Other Lesson Coaches

The following lesson coaches often provide lessons for Northern Lights. They are not full time staff members of Northern Lights, but are instead are members of our club coaching staff or are distinguished alumni from our club (often still playing in college).  They may provide lessons year-round, or only at certain times of the year.

Kari Raymond

Age Ranges: 13-18

Strengths: Hitting (esp Middles) / Serve Receive / Setting / Defense / Serving

Lesson Rate: $60 / 50 minute session

Biography: Kari is a Northern Lights alumni who also played for Bloomington Kennedy and Drake University as a Middle Blocker.  She has been on the Northern Lights coaching staff since 2004 and has coached all ages from 13’s to 18’s during that time.  Kari is currently on the coaching staff at Lakeville South High School, but has previously head coached at Burnsville, Bloomington Kennedy and Indianaola High School (Iowa).  She has won two AAU National Championships.  She has been an age group lead coach in the past (13’s/14’s/15’s/16’s/17’s) and regularly coaches our 1’s and 2’s teams, most recently 14-1 during the 2020 season.  Kari is a USAV CAP II certified coach.

Lisa Slinde

Age Ranges:  10 – 18

Strengths: Foundational Skill Development / Passing / Serving / Hitting

Lesson Rate: $60 / 50 minute session

Biography: Lisa just completed her 8th year as a coach for Northern Lights.  Her teams have ranged from 12’s to 17’s.   2019-2020 was also the first year she served as a lead coach for the 11’s/12’s age division for the club.  Lisa regularly coaches camps, clinics and skills sessions.  Prior to joining Northern Lights, Lisa was a coordinator for the Rosemount Volleyball Association club teams.

Elizabeth Larson

Age Ranges:  10 – 18

Strengths: Foundational Skill Development / Defense / Passing / Serving

Lesson Rate: $60 / 50 minute session

Biography: Beth Larson has only been with Northern Lights for a few years, but her volleyball knowledge is extensive.  She was the head coach for Northfield High School from 2000-2008 and served as an assistant coach at St. Olaf College from 2014-2019.  She has also coached for the Northfield Volleyball Club from 1998 to 2017.

Nathan Loehrs

Age Ranges:  U15 and older

Strengths: Hitting / Passing / Defense / Serving

Lesson Rate:  $60 / 50 minute session

Biography:  Nathan has been with Northern Lights for 12 years and has coached from 14’s to 18’s during that time.  He is a regular player of the sport outside of his coaching duties.   Nathan’s 2017 16-Red team won an AAU National Championship.

Erin Slinde

Age Ranges:  10 – 18

Strengths: Setting / Hitting / Serving / Blocking

Lesson Rate: $60 / 50 minute session

Biography: Erin graduated in 2020 from West Virginia University where she spent 4 years on the volleyball team, mainly as a setter and attacker/blocker.  She also served as co-captain of the team.  Erin was a member of Northern Lights for many years before heading to college.  She graduated from Rosemount High School and was awarded all-conference (3 years), all-state (1 year), and all-metro second team (1 year).  She also was awarded the 2015 Under Armour All- America third team and was an AAU All-American her 17’s year.