How did North Peak come about? Why was it created?
North Peak was originally founded by Sheila Sorensen. Not only did Sheila play volleyball as a middle for the University of Utah, but all of her daughters fell in the love with the sport as well. Her eldest, Shay, played right side for Utah State University. Shannon is currently playing as a right side for Dixie State University, and Mikaela is a sophomore setter/right side at Sky View High School.
Sheila wanted to create a program that would help her daughters have a better opportunity to learn and grow in the sport, as well as help them have the opportunity to play collegiate ball. She started North Peak Volleyball Club and had several successful teams each year that performed at a high level throughout the season.
In the fall of 2015, Dixie Loveless was frustrated with seeing the same dilemma that Sheila saw in the valley. Cache Valley needed a program that offered more to its athletes. Additionally, there was a great need for some sort of practice facility, as it is difficult to rent competent gym space and having a volleyball facility allows more opportunities for ball contacts throughout the entire year. She reached out to local club directors, sharing her vision of what volleyball could become in Cache Valley. Sheila agreed on the need for a better, stronger program in the valley. She was excited at the possibilities but decided to take a step back but pass on the North Peak name and program.
Things quickly progressed from there. The Board of Directors was founded which includes some of the top volleyball minds in the valley. The mission statement and overall purpose of the club was created, along with guidelines on how we would create the most competitive level of play for all of our athletes, and give them the best opportunities to succeed. We determined that all of our Elite-level coaches must have some college level experience. All of our coaches would attend a North Peak coaching clinic, run by one of our Board members. All decisions and actions would be decided on and approved by the Board.
North Peak began receiving overwhelming support from the community. Many were excited and eager for what our new program would bring in giving the best opportunities to young athletes. Shortly after, we met with Scott and Treva McUne, directors of Cache Valley Volleyball Club. They too saw the vision and possibilities that could be achieved. It was determined that we would work together in order to combine talent in the valley and better the overall success of the programs.
After many hours of discussion between directors and Board members, we created several different levels in the club to help meet the needs of each and every athlete in the valley. Whether you play another sport, are in a tight spot financially, or want to compete at national tournaments and play on a travel team, there is a place for you at North Peak. We want to give every young athlete the option to play volleyball and reach their individual goals. Scott and Treva are directing the Club-level teams, which entails registering for EIVA tournaments and ensuring their team schedules meet the needs of the athletes involved. They also direct Academy-only athletes, which is an open gym style format for young athletes that want to learn basic volleyball skills but do not want to compete on a team. Dixie is the director of North Peak Elite and Premier teams. This involves registering these teams for tournaments and helping to find high-level coaches to help these teams compete at their highest level. She is also the finance director and makes sure that all club dues are paid, gear is ordered, and the club is able to grow and improve each year.
Our Skills Development practices are a big part of our program. We will have optional practices available to our Elite and Premier teams to learn from specialists in their field. This will help these athletes develop in their position and learn things from the perspective of someone who has been successful in his/her career in that position.
The North Peak Board is passionate about volleyball. We love it. We live it. We want to give young athletes in the valley opportunities to grow and compete at the highest level possible. We have goals for this season of volleyball as well as goals for where we want to be five years from now, and ten years from now. Volleyball is what we do! We can’t wait to get to know you and be a part of making your dreams come true.