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Maximum Performance Volleyball

The Elite Kansas City Volleyball Club

Maximum Performance Volleyball is dedicated to providing elite Kansas City volleyball club players the best coaches and training techniques to allow them to develop into champions.  Our philosophy emphasizes mental and physical preparation to enable our players to compete at the highest levels in game situations.  By competing with other top level athletes against the best teams in Kansas City, we give our players the confidence they need for future matches at every level.  We focus on instilling in our athletes the character and determination that creates champions. We are currently enrolling young women ages 11-18 for our MPV club season. Club will give athletes a chance to compete with and against other top level volleyball players from around the area.  This is a tremendous opportunity for aspiring players to learn the advanced skills they need to compete at higher levels of play. Now every athlete with the desire to compete has the opportunity to see if they have what it takes to train with the best.

From Our Parents and Players

Our experience at MPV has been excellent.  From the coach to the director, everyone has gone out of their way to make this a positive experience.  Joe is always willing to listen.  I feel that our team grew from the positive, but stern, coaching that they received.  The girls (and parents alike) can’t wait to come back.  Thanks for a great season.

Billi D


This was our 1st year with MPV and our experience is beyond what we could have asked for. Just to watch all the girls from where they started and to how much they have progressed is AMAZING! I am very humbled by this whole experience and could not be more proud to have my daughter be part of a club as wonderful as MPV.

Amber G


My daughter has played for MPV for 2 years now.  Going into this for the 2013-2014 season was a little scary.  MPV took her on, taught her to play a position she’d never played before (Libero) and let her grow not only as an athlete, but taught her so much about the game itself.  Coaches from older teams were willing to give her extra time outside of their own practice to work on her libero position, and when she expressed an interest in setting going into her 8th grade year, they offered her extra time to work one on one with them to prepare her for school tryouts.  Something they certainly didn’t have to do, but that just shows that MPV is about the players.  Are we in it for a full ride to a Division 1 school, no.  Does she dream about that possibility – of course she does!  But as long as she has coaches and a director, like those at MPV,  that want to see their players grow – then why not dream big!  They have done an incredible job in my eyes. We look forward to year three with MPV.

Kris W


Our Coaches

Brett Furguson

18 Gold National

  • Assistant varsity coach at Staley High School from 2013 – 2016 seasons. Accumulated over 20 wins per season.
  • Assisted in the development and implementation of a faster tempo offense they won the Camdenton tournament twice, the Winnetonka tournament once and two-time conference champs.
  • District runner-up in 2015 and helped to train and develop two Division 1 players during his tenure there.
  • Coaching at Rockhurst during 2015 season the team went to the Elite 8.
  • They had the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year on the team and an incredible 34 – 4 record.
  • Key part of Northwood reaching the GLIAC Tournament in back-to-back seasons, helping Northwood finish with an 11-8 mark in conference play in 2011, and 15 – 1 in 2012 in route to a regular season and Conference Tournament Championship and 26-7 overall record.
  • Helped guide Northwood back to the NCAA tournament for the first timein 12 years.


    • Recognition by the AVCA as a “Thirty Under 30” award winner, which is given out to the top young, up-and-coming coaches under the age of 30. • Recruited 2-time All-American Juliia Pakhomenko, installing a new offense, and working primarily with the setters, pin-hitters, and DS/Libero’s. • Went to Northwood after Park University, where he was both a player and a coach. • Help Northwood have five 1st-team All-Conference Players, two All-Region Players, and 1 first team All-American. • Served as the Interim head coach for both the men’s and women’s program in 2010 after he had been an assistant for the Pirates. • At Park he helped turn the women’s program around quickly, after mustering only 7 wins in the first year, Ferguson and Rick Mischka were able to get the women’s team to 19 wins, tying for the Nation’s largest turn aroundin 1 year. • Itegral in recruiting and training four All-Conference players for the Pirate women. • Recruited a setter for the mens team who would become a 4-time All-American, an Opposite/Outside that would be a 2-time All-American. • Tutored seven 1st team All-Conference Players for the men. • Guided the men back to the Tournament and into the Final 4 as Interim Head Coach. • Coached the Pirates team to take a set, and challenge eventual champion, California Baptist. • One season as an assistant coach at the Division I level at UMKC. • Coaching for USAV club volleyball since 2007 and having success at each stop, coaching at multiple age levels. • 2008 graduate of Park, played four years of volleyball for the Pirates. • Part of four NAIA National Tournament teams. The Pirates went 102-16 in his career and was the NAIA runner up in his junior season, and his career culminated in a National Championship, on his home court in his senior year of 2008.

Pete Smart

18 Gold National

  • Began playing competitive volleyball as a junior in high school in 1976
  • As a senior in 1977, he played on the USVBA (now USAV) Adult Regional AA (open) team which won the Regional
  • 4 year career playing at Graceland College (now Graceland University) During that time earned 4 conference championships and 1 district championship.
  • Played Middle position and was also a featured passer and defender in the back row.
  • The 1978 team finished 2nd at NAIA nationals, with Pete earning All­American honors.
  • The 1979 team was NAIA national champions with Pete again being All­American and captain of the team. Unfortunately, the state of the US economy forced the cancellation of the following NAIA national championships for the 1980 and 1981 seasons
  • Coached numerous D-1, D-2 and NAIA during his coaching tenure.
  • 12 years experience in club volleyball.


    • Has qualified five of the last six teams for USAV Nationals. • Coached at Kearney High School from 2004-2010. • Notable teammates that have been very involved in Juniors volleyball were Brian Tubbesing and Dave Abramson. • More importantly Pete tries to teach and reinforce a love and respect for the game of volleyball in each of his players.

Charles Cooper

14-1 Gold National

  • 4 year starter at the University of Iowa Men’s Volleyball.
  • 40th year playing volleyball (yes, I amthat old).
  • USAV since 1990 – Men’s, Coed, Doubles, Grass & Sand.
  • Coaching since 1995: HS and Club.
  • Assistant Coach (Varsity), Head Coach (JV, Freshman) – Highlands Community High School (Iowa). Assistant Coach (Varsity), Head Coach (JV) – West High School (Iowa).
  • Assistant Coach (Varsity), Head Coach (JV) – Shawnee Mission East HS (KS).
  • Head Coach (Varsity) – Shawnee Mission East HS (KS).
  • Director and Head Coach Ascent Volleyball Club (MO).
  • Head Coach Club in Iowa and KS/MO since 1995.
  • Coached ages 9 – 23.
  • 30+ players earned college scholarships from D1-NAIA.
  • (My last two players are playing at Butler and Case Western with the D2 Player of the Year graduating this May from Rockhurst).
  • Heart of America Region Coaches Trainer 2014.
  • CAP Level II USAV accreditation.

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