Joanna Hayes - Performance Club Director/Coach
From the day that I was introduced to the game of Volleyball, I was hooked. In the 40 plus years since, it has been my joy to play and coach the game I love. My delight is passing on my love and passion for the game that has been so good to me and my family.
As a player, I garnered my share of accolades on the court. Playing in the State Championship game in 1978 and receiving a full scholarship to MSSU, where I graduated with degrees in Physical Education, Psychology and Health. I later added a Master’s degree in Education from Drury University in 1991.
I began my coaching career in 1984 as the Head Volleyball Coach at my alma mater, Springfield Central High School, where I coached for 12 years. I then was the Head Volleyball Coach in Monett, MO. After 19 years as a Head Coach, I accepted an Assistant Volleyball coaching position in Ozark, MO, where I coached for my former assistant, Becky Justis, and had an opportunity to coach my own 2 daughters, Aleah and Jade.
My passion for volleyball was a key ingredient in the formula that put Ozark on the radar of the Volleyball World. In my final two seasons at Ozark, they made repeat appearances to the State Championship Tournament, winning 1st and 3rd places respectively.
In 27 years coaching High School Volleyball, I coached over 40 young ladies who went on to play volleyball at the college level. (This list includes both of my daughters.) As a Club Coach that number doubles. I know what it takes to not only get to the next level, but how to succeed. As a lifelong learner, I know how to help athletes and parents navigate the waters of college recruitment.
I am more than a Volleyball Coach. I am one of those rare people who has found my passion and calling in life. I believe in the quote, “If you love what you do, you don’t have to work a day in your life!” More than volleyball skills, are the life skills that I pass on to young ladies. My two best examples are the daughters my husband of 32 years, Bruce and I have raised together. Faith, family, and volleyball.
My love for the game moved me to establish Performance Volleyball. Growing from 1 team in 2012 to 18 for the 2019-2020 season, is evidence that this passion is contagious.