Ohio Premier Boy's Club Directors and Coaches
Anitra Brockman, Director and Coach
Anitra has headed up numerous volleyball teams and programs across the region. Most recently, she served as the womens’ Varsity volleyball coach at Summit Country Day School—where she led the Silver Knights to their best overall record of 17-7 and 12-4 in the MVC—and as head coach of the mens’ Varsity team at Badin High School, taking the Badin Rams to their best overall record of 16-10 and 7-7 in the GCL COED. She’s also coached Junior Olympic teams at Cincinnati Volleyball Academy, Cincinnati Attack, and Clippard YMCA; and Varsity and JV teams at Hamilton High School and Northwest High School, respectively. She was director of the boys program at Cincinnati Volleyball Academy and assistant director of the girls’ program there, and in the last two years she’s led 14s and 16s boys National teams to multiple top-ranked finishes at national and regional tournaments. Anitra has also helped several players earn college scholarships and/or entry into the USA High Performance Program.
Her track record has won her both the 2019 Division II South Region Coach of the Year award at Badin and the 2019 Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award Recipient from USA Volleyball. Her coaching philosophy is to inspire a positive learning environment which involves team- and self-accountability, mental toughness, self-assurance, competitive drive, leadership, and sportsmanship on and off the court.
Anitra is a Cincinnati native and has three children: Janele, Janae, and Jordan; a granddaughter Aalaya, and a grandson on the way. In her free time, Anitra enjoys singing and has performed the National Anthem at several major sporting events.
Gina Boothe, Assistant Director and Coach
Gina’s award-winning volleyball career began at Anderson High School, where as a four-year Varsity player she was named Rookie of the Year, MVP, All-City and FAVC Player of the Year. Her time at Edinboro University yielded even more recognition, included ranking her in the school’s 1,000 Kill Club. Since graduating, she’s coached both girls’ and boys’ volleyball, encompassing everything from the 14s Junior Olympic Team at Club Gold South; to serving as an assistant coach at Edinboro and Muskingum; to serving as boys head volleyball coach at Purcell Marian and teaching at Cincinnati Volleyball Academy; and more. It’s her first year at OPVC and she can’t wait to begin!
Michael Berkemeier, Assistant Director of Coach and Player Development
Michael was Hamilton’s girls’ varsity head coach in 2005 & 2006. From there, he was Fairfield’s boys’ and girls’ varsity head coach from 2007-2014 where he earned GMC Coach of the Year honors in 2011 and 2012. He also earned the South Region Division I Coaches Achievement Award in 2011 and the South Region Division I Coach of the Year in 2012. Since resigning as a varsity coach, Michael has spent the last five season coaching for the Cincinnati Attack as their 13-2 head coach (‘14-15), 14-1 head coach (‘15-16), 15-1 head coach (’16-17), 16-1 asst. coach (’17-18), and 14-1 head coach (18-19). Outside of coaching, Michael is married with three boys – Michael (17), Aidan (15), and Andrew (15). Michael serves as the principal of the Fairfield Freshman School.
Nick has 15-plus years of volleyball experience, playing at Elder High School from 2007-2010 and helping carry the team to two state championships and two state runner-up titles.
He’s been coaching for nearly as long, with tenures at Our Lady of Victory, Cincinnati Thunder, Cincinnati Attack, Ross High School and Taylor High School, coaching boys and girls and spanning 7th grade, 8th grade, and high school. He and his wife are FC Cincinnati season ticket holders and enjoy going to games and concerts with friends, hanging out with their puppy, and working on their new house.
Riley played volleyball all four years at Elder High School. During the offseason, he played for the Cincinnati Attack, competing in several national tournaments and playing teams from Maine to Puerto Rico throughout his high school career. He started coaching volleyball for his sister’s team when she was in grade school, and began coaching high schoolers last year at Taylor High School in Cleves. When he’s not on the court, he enjoys being outdoors, at his family’s lake house, and hanging out with family and friends.
Since 2000, Jim has coached 20-plus boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams in 3rd–8th grade at St. Margaret of York, where he also served as the Boys Volleyball Coordinator from 2010-2013. He’s coached club teams for Cincinnati Attack, Cincinnati Volleyball Academy, and Air City, for the last 10 years has run summer youth and high school sand leagues. In addition to coaching, Jim is an avid sand volleyball player, and every summer he coordinates an adult doubles league with about 50 open/A/B level players.
Blake played volleyball for two years on Ohio State University’s Varsity team and two on the OSU club team, where in 2010 his team won the Club National Championship. He’s been coaching for seven years, including stints at Olentangy Orange High School, Cincinnati Attack (the majority of the time coaching National teams) and Cincinnati Volleyball Academy. Off the court, Ben works in healthcare administration and enjoys golf, traveling, and renovating his new house in Norwood. He is recently married and he and his wife just welcomed their first child, Austin Lane, to their family.
Chandler has been playing volleyball competitively for more than 20 years. A native West-Sider, he played for St. Ignatius grade school before going on to play for St. Xavier High School, where his team won a state championship in 2006. He also played for Cincinnati Attack from 2004-2007. In college, he played club volleyball for Ohio State University, winning the Club National Championship in 2010, and he continues to play in competitive tournaments throughout the country. Off the court, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and working as a nurse practitioner in orthopedics.
Tim has coached in the OHSAA, OVR, GCL, GMC, GWAC, and OHYA leagues for more than 10 years, including several years at St. Xavier High School and Bridgetown Middle School. He also spent time as the coordinator and lead coach of the St. Jude girls volleyball program, where he oversaw more than 150 players and 15-plus coaches, and independently founded an indoor girls summer volleyball league that’s still going strong today. Tim brings to his first year at OPVC, where he’ll be coaching the 17-1 National Team, a resume encompassing leadership roles at Cincinnati Attack, Cincinnati Volleyball Academy, and CYVBC.
Tim has also played volleyball competitively—both indoors and out—for more than 20 years. A native Cincinnatian and graduate of the University of Cincinnati, he’s been married to his wife Kathy for 20 years and their four daughters all play volleyball; the oldest two in high school and the oldest planning to continue in college.
Cindy brings 10+ years of coaching experience to the OP Volleyball program. She played at Mt. Notre Dame and NKU, until a shoulder injury ended her playing days and jump-started her coaching career. She has coached Princeton Junior High, Colerain High School's JV/Varsity and Tri-County Volleyball Club (which morphed into today’s Cindy Classics) as well as a number of years volunteering as a grade school coach. Cindy is also in her second year as the JV Head Volleyball Coach at Summit Country Day. Cindy's coaching philosophy is to be a positive role model while encouraging her players to play with integrity, character and respect.
Francine Taggart grew up on the west side of Cincinnati and has been playing and coaching volleyball for over 30 years. She began playing competitive volleyball in the sixth grade for the Blue Chip Club and earned multiple distinctions as a volleyball “All American.” She continued to play club volleyball throughout high school. At Mother of Mercy, then a Division I high school, she played all four years on the Varsity team where she established many school records as an outside hitter. She attended Xavier University where she earned a Masters Degree in Accounting. She currently works as a CPA.
Francine loves the game of volleyball and still plays herself. As a coach, she enjoys helping to develop physical agility and the mental prowess in young talent. She joined Ohio Premier Volleyball Club to begin a boys “Under 12 Program” in 2018. That year her team won the regional title.