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Juggernaut 2020-21 Program Summaries

Led overall by Club Director, National Program Director, and Head Coach Jess Sponenberg, Juggernaut plans on offering numerous distinct club volleyball programs for the 2019-20 season. These divisions allow for different entry points into the Juggernaut system based upon desire, commitment, attitude, and ability. Jess Sponenberg runs the National program, and Tarah Olmstead runs the Regional program.

With each program having its own director, Juggernaut lands the best training environment. Your player gets their head coach, most teams get an additional assistant coach, AND their director running and overseeing the courts at every practice.  

National Program

Jess Sponenberg

Led by National Club Program Director Jess Sponenberg and designed for ages 14-18, our National Program is for players who want the highest level of training provided by the Juggernaut staff, can practice two weekday evenings (Tue & Thu), plus every Friday, have an optional skills training session on Saturdays, compete nationally at three to five events (including CO Crossroads), as well as the local events (Sundays Jan-May). Included in this program are Physical Training (PT) and an opportunity for college recruiting workshops.

Regional Program

Tarah Olmstead

Led by Regional Club Program Director Tarah Olmstead. This program is designed for ages 11-18. Our Regional Program is for players who want the high level of training provided by the Juggernaut staff, can practice two weekday evenings (either Mon & Wed or Tue & Thu), plus two Saturdays a month, want to compete nationally at one-two events (including CO Crossroads), regionally at one multi-day event, as well as the local events (Sundays Jan-May), plus one multi-day local tournament.

Tarah and Jess are the new co-owners of Juggernaut. They have been a major part of Juggernaut since the inaugural season in 2005. Combined they hold 30 seasons of head coaching club volleyball, and an additional 25 seasons of coaching high school.  

As they begin their 15th season, Tarah and Jess, along with many other committed coaches, participate on the Coaching Committee and also rotate as the Lead Coaches at all of our practices. Yes, they are present at every single practice for every single team. They write and administer the practice plans alongside the coaching staff, to ensure consistency, master progressions that welcome players from day one through graduation day, thus allowing excellence throughout the programs.

Juggernaut provides a number of programs and payment plans for its members.

To help decide which path to take, please read the following:

Your first decision should be "Travel" or "Partial-Travel"

Travel Teams

partial-Travel Teams

Travel teams are generally for those players chasing starting spots on their HS or Gold Crown team with the eventual goal of acquiring a college scholarship.

Travel teams practice one day more per week than non-travel teams and participate (travel) in 3-5 out-of-state competitions.

Our travel/practice commitment goes highest to lowest from Nat'l teams to Regional teams.

Partial-Travel teams leave CO once or twice under parent supervision to truly get the feel of national competition but with a stepping stone approach to ensure a smooth transition if you are new to club, or desire a higher level at some pint. 

They practice two days per week.

Most players in the Regional program strive to play this level to help them make their high school or Gold Crown team and are typically not looking to play beyond the "club" level in college.


Your FINAL decision will be your age category (not really a decision!)

Juggernaut believes that all participants should typically play within their age group. There are very few instances, unless proposed by the Juggernaut Coaching Committee, where you will play "up" an age category. For the 2019-20 season, if you were born between these dates, you will play in this age group: