12 Regional - Valeria Malak

     Hometown:  Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Coach Val Malak with her cheerful personality and savvy coaching skills brings so much energy and sparkle to our club in every aspect. Her love for volleyball is contagious and we are very lucky to have her as a part of our program.  Coach Val has been coaching volleyball in the Parochial School League since 2009 and has been part of the LRJ coaching staff since 2010.  Coach Val is very excited to coach your daughters and teach them all the skills she has learned over so many years. She looks forward to watching them fall in love with volleyball while they are learning and becoming better athletes in the game.

Coach Val is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she played volleyball in High School and college, followed by one year on the Argentina National team. She then decided to go to medical school and is currently a Pediatrician in Little Rock.

Lead Coach and 12 Red (League) - Mike Mitchell

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

Coach Mike Mitchell is returning to Little Rock Juniors as a Lead Coach in our League program.  He will oversee practices in several age divisions ensuring players are being instructed on fundamental skills using the same keys that our teams use throughout the club when teaching basic skills.  We are super excited to bring his valuable coaching experience and knowledge of the game to our youngest players.   His coaching philosophy is about “basics”.  Establish sound fundamentals and details to the little things, as players and as individuals off the court, and the big things will fall into place.

Volleyball has been a way of life around his household; his daughters still play in adult leagues, one of his daughter’s is the Head Volleyball Coach at a high school in Atlanta and his other actually met her husband through volleyball. It is a sport that Coach Mike and his family have enjoyed through his years of playing, coaching and participating as a parent of players (20+ years). He has been a participating member with the Delta Region for a number of years and has watched and interacted to help volleyball grow within the state of Arkansas.  Coach Mike has coached club 18s, 16s, 15s and 13s; and assisted coaching with his daughter at the college level. 

12 White (League) - Laura McCormick

Hometown:  Little Rock, Arkansas

Coach Laura McCormick will be assisting in our Leage division this season.  Coach Laura will be working with her Dad, Mike Mitchell in overseeing the training program for our League division.  We are so excited for the high level of coaching experience and knowledge that she is bringing to our program for the development of our youngest players.  Her coaching philosophy is to help develop confidence, responsibility, and teamwork while learning to accept mistakes and keep pushing forward. 

Coach Laura is a former Little Rock Juniors player and we are so happy to have her back!  She started playing volleyball at the age of 13 and started playing club volleyball at the age of 14. She played club volleyball and school volleyball until the end of high school as a libero.  Coach Laura has coaching experience both at the high school level and club level. For 2 years she was the Junior High coach for Homeschool Junior High School and coached one year for 501 Volley Club. Coach Laura attended the University of Arkansas, where she continued to play intramural volleyball. She now enjoys playing beach and indoor volleyball with the Little Rock volleyball leagues.

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