THE VOLLEYSTRENGTH TEAM
DR. CHRIS HOLDER - DP, DMQ(CHINA), MASTER RKC, CROSSFIT LEVEL I, CSCS HEAD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH CAL POLY ATHLETICS
Chris Holder is Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and co-owner/head coach of VOLLEYSTRENGTH. Coach Holder has been a Division I college strength and conditioning for over 18 years working with athletes in every sport imaginable. Volleyball has been a priority team at each of his stops, building explosive, injury proof athletes.
Outside of his work at the college level, Coach Holder has written programs for high school teams, programmed for CrossFit boxes and worked with professional teams across the spectrum of all sports. During the NFL lockout prior to the 2011 season, the San Francisco 49ers entrusted their team to Coach Holder’s supervision while he was the Director of Strength and Conditioning at San Jose State University. The list of athletes that have trained under Holder before finding success at the professional level is innumerable.
Among his peers, Coach Holder is known as “the kettlebell guy," having been among the first Division I coaches to bring this dynamic tool into the college setting. A 15 year veteran of the RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge), Coach Holder is one of only twelve Master RKC instructors in the world. His forward thinking and dynamic programming has made him one of the most sought after kettlebell coaches around.
Chris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000, his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo in 2005, and completed his Doctorate in Medical Qigong from the International Institute of Medical Qigong in 2012. Medical Qigong is one of the four major pillars of Chinese Medicine.
Dr. Holder’s Medical Qigong research has set fire to the athletic world, as he has spearheaded two of the most game changing research studies in the field. His doctoral research focused on Medical Qigong’s impact on athletes during their competitive seasons and was the final step to earning the title, Doctor. His second research project, conducted at Cal Poly - his current employer, investigated the efficacy of a daily Qigong practice on strength gains in college aged athletes. The results for this research were some of the most ground breaking in the strength world and is currently in the manuscript phase of attaining publication in several scientific journals.
Coach Holder currently writes for six websites on all topics within strength training and medicine. He’s a lead writer for Breaking Muscle, contributing articles several times a month to their over 7,000,000 person readership. He is a co-author of a kettlebell programming book and is currently in the process of writing two books: one on kettlebell training and the other on barbell training for all people.
COACH CAROLINE WALTERS - DIVISION I ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH, CLUB DIRECTOR AND COACH, WEST COAST CONFERENCE STANDOUT AND HIGH SCHOOL HALL-OF-FAMER
One of the top defensive players in West Coast Conference history, Caroline Walters is heading into her 9th season as an Assistant Coach with the Cal Poly Volleyball program, serving as Cal Poly’s Interim Head Coach for the 2011 season.
A four-year letter-winner and three-time All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selection at Santa Clara (2003-07), Walters remains second in WCC History with 1,932 career digs and ranks first in Bronco program history with a 4.59 career dig-per-set average.
A four-time team Defensive Most Valuable Player recipient, Walters owns four of the top five single season per-set dig marks in Santa Clara history. Walters enjoyed her top collegiate campaign as a sophomore in 2005 as her conference-leading 516 digs – the third highest single season total in Santa Clara history – helped propel the Broncos to a program-record 27 victories, a West Coast championship, a berth into the NCAA Tournament, and ultimately to Santa Clara’s first Final Four and a final ranking of 4th in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.
With Walters in the lineup, Santa Clara posted an 84-34 overall record, a 41-15 combined West Coast mark and failed to finish lower than third in the conference standings during any of her four seasons. Walters appeared in 421 of a possible 428 sets during her career. A native of Los Gatos, Calif., Walters earned an Accounting Degree from Santa Clara.
Prior to Santa Clara, Walters was a four-year starter at Los Gatos High School under Vision Volleyball Club Director Joe Ripp. She played four different positions in four years for Los Gatos contributing to four De Anza Division Championships (2000-2003), two Central Coast Section titles (2000 and 2002) taking the Northern California crown in both 2000 and 2002 and finishing as the runner-up in the State Championships in each of those seasons.
Walters was recognized as the League MVP in 2002 and 2003 while also claiming spots on the All-San Jose Mercury News teams in each of those seasons.
In April of 2016 she was one of 10 members of the 13th class of inductees in the Los Gatos High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Playing for perennial National powerhouses Vision Volleyball Club and City Beach Volleyball Club, Walters’ teams qualified for Open Berths to each USAV Junior National Championships from 1997-2004. Highlights include a 3rd Place Finish in 14 Open (2000), a 5th Place Finish in 15 Open (2001), a 2nd Place Finish in 18 Open (2002), a 5th Place Finish in 18 Open (2003) and another 2nd Place Finish in 18 Open (2004).
Walters arrived on the Central Coast in 2009, starting 805 Elite Volleyball Club along with three fathers in the area wanting better training for their high school daughters. Taking over sole responsibility of the Club in 2012, 805 Elite has grown from one team of 10 girls in 2009 to 20 teams and over 250 participants.
COACH JESSIE HOLDER - HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACH, CLUB HEAD COACH, LEVEL 1 CERTIFIED RKC INSTRUCTOR AND DIVISION I STANDOUT
Coach Jessie is Head Varsity Volleyball Coach at Mission College Prepatory Catholic School in San Luis Obispo, California, a Head Club Volleyball Coach with 805 Elite Volleyball Club, Level 1 RKC Certified Kettlebell Instructor, personal trainer and mother of three.
Jessie was a three sport athlete in high school and earned a full scholarship to play libero at San Jose State University. She was a four year captain, four year All-Conference scholar athlete, two time First Team and two time Second Team All-Conference selection. While at SJSU, she broke every conference defensive record there was to break (most career digs, digs in a season, digs in a game, and highest digs per set average). She finished her senior season with the 8th most career digs in NCAA history.
While playing collegiate volleyball, Coach Jessie developed a love for training and kettlebells specifically. To this day, she uses this incredible strength training tool to help clients of all ages and abilities exceed their fitness goals. Entering her 13th year as a head coach, Coach Jessie has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of young athletes, some of whom have gone on to enjoy successful careers playing at the collegiate level.
When she is not coaching or personal training, Coach Jessie is dedicated to helping her children live healthy, balanced lives. She's an incredible resource for the community: passionately and inspiringly helping fellow moms maintain all-around health and wellness while juggling life, work and motherhood. She credits her love for sports and healthy living to growing up in a very active and athletic family.