LC Tiger Girls Volleyball Coaching Staff
Kara Nitteberg, Varsity Head Coach
Kara Nitteberg brings 15 years of volleyball experience as a player, referee, and coach. She received a BA in Chemistry and a BAE in Chemistry and Physics from Eastern Washington University. She played two years at Spokane Falls Community College before transferring to EWU to focus on her science degrees. She continued to play on the Womens Club Team at EWU until graduating in 2020. You can still find her on the court as part of several Spokane Area adult leagues. Kara coached club volleyball for 5 years and served as the assistant varsity coach at Central Valley for four years. She has been an assistant coach the last two years at Ridgeline High School where she is the AP and General Chemistry teacher. Kara has three years of experience as a regionally certified referee. She is excited to be leading the Tiger’s volleyball program.
Varsity Head Coach
Chris Kosty, Varsity Assistant Coach
Chris Kosty grew up in Huntington Beach, one of the most iconic beach volleyball locations in the country. Like many kids in California, Chis started playing volleyball from a young age, honing his skills in both indoor and beach volleyball. His college volleyball career started at Golden West College and later transferred to the University of Hawaii. After college, he traveled overseas to play in Germany and Switzerland. Upon arrival back to the states, Chris spent some time training with the U.S. men’s national team in Colorado Springs. Chris played on the AVP for 8 seasons with some top 20 finishes. Chris’s coaching experience has included being an assistant at Golden West College, Long Beach State, Oregon State, and Indiana University. He also held the position of Assistant and Head coach at North Idaho College.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Trent Codera, Assistant Coach
Trenton Codera grew up in Yelm, Washington and moved to Spokane in 2015 to study Environmental Science at Eastern Washington University. Trenton grew up playing baseball but has always had an affinity to the game of volleyball. Due to a high school injury, he was unable to attempt to play baseball at a higher level and picked up volleyball at EWU. Trenton played and was the President of EWU’s Men’s Volleyball Club for three years. Trenton also has 4 years of assistant coach experience (2 years of club, 1 year of middle school, 1 year of high school) and 1 year of head coaching the U17s team at Club South. With a new program and new coaches, Trenton is very eager and excited to be a part of the LC Tiger family.
Julie Jones, Assistant Coach
Julie has a long career in the Spokane area as a volleyball player and coach. Some of her playing highlights include playing on the 1998 Ferris High School State Championship team, 2 years playing at EWU and then 2 years playing at Whitworth University where she was named Northwest Conference MVP both years and was a 1st team and 2nd team Division 3 All-American. Julie has over 10 years of coaching experience ranging in ages from youth to high school. Julie and her husband Brad have three teenage daughters and she currently works at Lumen High School (a high school for pregnant and parenting students). Julie loves investing in high school students and is passionate about positively building them up as both a person and a player.
Amy Hook, Assistant Coach
Amy Hook is excited to be dusting off her coaching hat and joining the tiger volleyball coaching lineup this fall. She played volleyball at Mead High School and Whitworth University and coached a variety of club teams while in college. Her high school coaching experience includes JV and Varsity assistant roles at Evergreen High School in Evergreen, CO and coaching at the Freshman and JV levels at Lewis & Clark between 2008-2011. Amy is thrilled to be back in the LC gym!
Mica Chen, Assistant Coach
Mica Chen originally from Shanghai, China where she played volleyball professionally for six years for Shanghai Junior Women’s Volleyball team. She recently just graduated from Gonzaga University with a Master’s degree in Sports & Athletic Administration. She served as a graduate assistant for the Physical Education Activity program at Gonzaga, instructed activity courses for credits for two academic years. Before stepping into the Pacific Northwest, she played volleyball at a NJCAA Division 1 school, Indian Hills Community College and continued her academic and collegiate volleyball career at the University of Alaska- Fairbanks, a NCAA Division 2 institution, where she got her bachelor’s degree in Multicultural Education. She’s excited to be a part of the Tiger’s volleyball program and looking forward to the coming season!
Kate Burns, Assistant Coach
Kate Burns started coaching middle and high school aged student athletes while obtaining her BA degrees in English and education, and has continued her love of teaching a variety of sports for the past 30 years. She's been a certified alpine and Nordic ski instructor, a USPTR tennis professional, and a track coach. Currently, she is the head girls tennis coach at Lewis and Clark, a mountain bike coach, and is excited to lead the Tiger C volleyball squad in 2023.
Kate played tennis for the University of Puget Sound and qualified for collegiate nationals three times. Her passion is fostering a positive, inclusive team environment so young athletes feel empowered to participate in sport for life.
Toni Sharkey, Assistant Coach
My name is Toni Depasquale-Sharkey, Coach Sharkey. I am a resource teacher at Lewis and Clark High School and I teach Health and Fitness for SVL during the summer. A grew up in Southern California and moved to Spokane about 15 years ago. My husband went to Gonzaga so surprise surprise, we are ZAG fans. My daughter Frankie is 10 and plays soccer for Sounders and likes to play Monopoly and my son is 12 heading to Sacajawea he likes guitar and baseball. We all like to ski and snowboard during the winter, thank goodness for hand warmers. I played competitive soccer and swam growing up. I graduated from San Francisco State University.
Throughout my adult life I have played recreation soccer, volleyball and softball. I am excited to be your C Team volleyball coach. My goal for the team is to develop the skills needed to compete but more importantly, experience the joy and social connection of this fun sport, so they can play volleyball not only in high school, but throughout your life!