• Three NCAA Div. III national titles
  • 11 NCAA Div. III playoff berths
  • 17 Iowa Conference championships

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Coaching staff

Kent Clayberg
Head coach
Iowa Conference coach of the year--2003, 2005, 2007

Kent Clayberg joined the Central volleyball staff as an assistant coach in 1998 before being promoted to associate head coach in 2002 and then head coach in 2003.

A 1990 Central graduate, Clayberg has compiled a 276-166 (.624) record in 12 seasons as head coach, winning five Iowa Conference titles and earning four NCAA Division III playoff berths. He was the Iowa Conference coach of the year in 2007 after sharing the honor in 2003 and 2005.

Clayberg has been an instrumental part of a Dutch program which has produced three NCAA Division III championships, 11 NCAA playoff berths and 17 Iowa Conference titles.Kent Clayberg

He has been selected three times to coach all-star squads in international competition through USA Athletes International, Inc. He coached a Division III team in the Netherlands in 2001, took a squad of Division II all-stars to the Northern University Games in Cairn, Australia in 2005 and led a team of combined division players to Scotland in 2009.

Clayberg previously was an elementary school teacher at Boone, Iowa. He earned a master’s degree in education with a concentration in exercise physiology from Iowa State University. He was a student coach for the Cyclone volleyball team for one season and served as a club coach as well. Clayberg also teaches in Central’s exercise science department.

Phone: (641) 628-5139
Email: claybergk@central.edu



Eden Denney
Assistant coach

Eden Denney joined the Central volleyball staff as an assistant coach in 2016.

Denney graduated from Texas Lutheran in 2011 after a four-year career as a middle hitter with the Bulldogs and also received an MBA from Southwestern (Kan.) College.

She served as an assistant coach and Co-Coordinator of Wellness at Franklin College (Ind..) from July 2014 to December 2015. Prior to that, she was a graduate assistant coach at Southwestern College (Kan.) from Aug. 2013 to May 2014. She has also worked as an assistant coach with USA Volleyball High Performance since 2014.

Nichole Baethke
Assistant coach

Nichole Baethke joined the Central volleyball staff as an assistant coach in 2016.

A 2011 Central graduate and a three-time letterwinner with the Dutch volleyball team, Baethke served as a team co-captain in 2010. A defensive specialist in her playing days, Baethke amassed 457 digs in her career.

She is also employed at the Pella Recreation Center Health & Fitness.


Travis YetsTravis Yets
Assistant coach

Travis Yets joined the Central volleyball staff as an assistant coach in 2012.

A former goalkeeper on the men's soccer team at Central, Yets graduated from Central in 2013. His 83 career saves are ninth most in program history.

He is employed as a Patient Care Technician at Pella Regional Health Center.

Liz FosterLiz Sanders
Assistant coach

Liz Foster joined the Central volleyball staff as an assistant coach in 2014.

FFoster was a three-time letterwinner as a defensive specialist for the Dutch from 2009-11, averaging 3.94 digs per match in her career.

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