GVJ Volleyball Club Wins Big With Coach Cherry Roberds As A Club Mentor

GVJ Volleyball Club Wins Big With Coach Cherry Roberds As A Club Mentor

GVJ Volleyball Club

The Gila Valley Juniors Volleyball Club offered to Globe-Miami and surrounding area athletes and this past season, Cherry Roberds participated in the club season. Miami High School Coach Cherry Roberds is a living legend; the kind of coach and teacher that students remember for years after graduation. Generations of Miami families have been lucky enough to call Roberds their coach, teacher, leader and friend. For over 54 years, Coach Roberds has led numerous tennis and volleyball teams to Arizona state titles; winning with integrity, passion, and grit.  Roberds was inducted into the Arizona High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994 for tennis. In 2003, she went into the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.  Roberds continues to lead with that same passion and energy as her first year in Miami; as she looks grow club volleyball in our region. Roberds has found recent spirit in the Gila Valley Juniors Volleyball Club, helping to mentor other young local coaches and provide facility management support.  

We recently caught up with Veronica Guadiana, 2005 Miami High School Graduate and Jaymie Swift Hooke, 2002 Miami High School graduate, to learn more about the Gila Valley Juniors Volleyball program and the recent expansion in the Globe-Miami (and surrounding) area.

Q) How long are the SCHOOL volleyball seasons?

A) It is from August to October and with State Playoffs in the beginning of November.


Q) How long is the CLUB season?

A) From November to April.


Q) How many tournaments will the CLUB season play in? 

A) There are 7 tournaments within the Arizona Region.

 GVJ Volleyball Club

Q) What month will tryouts be for next season?

A) Mid-November after high school State volleyball finals are complete.


Q) How many girls attended tryouts last year? 

A) For our Miami area team we had 12 girls attend and well over 70 girls attended the Thatcher area tryouts.


Q) What are the age requirements?

 A) As long as the athlete can catch a volleyball and is able to follow directions, usually around 6+.

  GVJ Club Volleyball

Q) Does the athlete need to have prior club (or sport) experience?

A) No, they do not. There are two options, to compete in tournaments as a travel player or be a practice player for skill development.


Q) What is the anticipated fee? 

A) Practice player is $325.00; Travel Player is $700.00; Other fees are: Arizona Region Membership of $55.00 and Tryout Fee of $40.00

GVJ Club Volleyball

Q) Tell us about yourselves and a little about the Miami area coaches?

This was Coach Kara Satter and Coach Lisa Hansen first season with GVJ. They both coach volleyball at Globe Unified School District with Satter at the Junior High and Hansen as the Head Varsity Coach. They each enjoy the game and GVJ was pleased to add them to the program this year. 

Coach Veronica Guadiana went to Miami High School and graduated in 2005.  She lettered in volleyball for 3 years under stand out coach Cherry Roberds. Veronica was an outside hitter and she also played one season for GVJ. This year was her first year coaching and she looks forward to coaching in the future seasons with GVJ.

Coach Jaymie Swift-Hooke is a Miami High School graduate '02 that lettered 4 years in Volleyball under the legendary Coach Cherry Roberds. Jaymie began playing volleyball in first grade and attended Coach Roberds summer camps since. She also played for GVJ for two seasons. Jaymie continued her education and volleyball career at Yavapai College in Prescott as an outside hitter and setter. She then transferred out of state to the University of Texas at El Paso, where she majored in Health Science and was a member of the UTEP women's volleyball team as a Libero/Defensive Specialist/Setter. She graduated in 2007 with her Bachelors of Science in Health Promotion. Jaymie began coaching club volleyball while in Prescott and coached 1 year with Yavapai Juniors, 2 years with South Dakota Volleyball Club and 8 years with Gila Valley Juniors. Jaymie also has 3 years of Division 1 coaching experience as an assistant at Dartmouth College and a graduate assistant at South Dakota State University for 2 years. She is excited to teach and grow the game of volleyball in the Miami/Globe/San Carlos areas.

Cherry Roberds served as a mentor to new coaches and assisted with facility management during the course of the club season. Mrs. Roberds has been a teacher and coach for 53 years and has produced many talented teams and individual athletes that continued their investment in education and athletic careers. On January 16, 2020 Cherry Roberds was one of four coaches from Arizona to be named a NFHS National Coach of the Year.


Q) Since this is not school sponsored, who can try out -- Globe/Miami, Superior? Hayden? Kearny? Winkleman? Thatcher?

A)   Any girl from any school can try out for a Thatcher area team or Miami area team.

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GVJ Club Volleyball

A special thank you to Jaymie Swift-Hooke and Veronica Guadiana for participating in this blog and providing the featured pictures!

NOTE: Prior to COVID19, a summer camp was planned for all athletes, at this time it has been placed on hold. In the event this is offered, we will update this blog! 

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