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GPS CRUSH Club Director

Margie Arm - GPS Crush Founder & Club Director

Coach Bio and Related Experience

Coach Arm started GPS Crush Volleyball in October of 2010 to create a local and more affordable option for players. Coach Arm coached GPS Crush 14s in 2011 (GPS Crush "winningest team ever) 15 Open in 2012, 16 Orange in 2013, 17 Orange Central in 2014, 17 Orange  in 2015 & 18 Orange 2016. This season Coach Arm will coach our 15 Orange team and assist on 13 Orange. She'll mentor the coaches on our 12s-15s teams in our new Coach Mentor program..

She is from Kalamazoo/ Portage, MI and she has been coaching girls HS and club Volleyball for 36 years, since 1981. 

She has coached college volleyball as an assistant to Jim Birmingham at Southwestern Michigan College and she assisted Richard Myers at Western Connecticut State University. After gaining some college coaching experience, she went back to coaching purely high school volleyball where she loved working with the high school age athletes so much more. 

Coach Arm has coached high school girls volleyball in Michigan, Connecticut and PA and all ages & levels of club volleyball in LRVA, GEVA and KRVA. 

Since in PA, she has coached with and directed for Ridge Juniors, Del Val 14s-16s, and Infinity Volleyball Academy 14s-16s & also coached at Pennridge HS for 6 years where they won the division and swept all league 1st team in 2002. She coached at CB East for 4 years from 2009-2012.

Coach Arm played Collegiate volleyball for Kalamazoo Valley's Jack Magelssen, the nations winningest high school girls volleyball coach where she became obsessed with learning & teaching the sport of volleyball. 
While in Michigan, she coached at USA Michigan Juniors, Lawton HS for 3 years where they won 3/3 SAC Conference championships and a District Championship. She coached at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix HS for 6 years where she competed directly against her former coach Magelssen in the Big 8, In 1987, her Loy Norrix team broke Portage Northern's 8 year conference winning streak.
In Connecticut, she coached at Brookfield HS volleyball for 6 years, winning 3/6 WAC League championships and made 6/6 CT state tournament appearances, losing in the state semi- final in their best run. She directed & coached for Danbury (CT) Juniors VBC.

Coach Arm also coached Nutmeg State Games VB and coached Brookfield high school Tennis for 3 years. In 1992, her tennis team broke Joel Barlow high schools 8 year 120 game conference winning streak. She has also spent 6 years coaching track & field in Kalamazoo & Portage MI.

Her HS volleyball teams have earned district, region and or state tournament post-season play in all but 2 seasons. 71 of her HS players have received all-league, division, region, and/or all-state honors. Coach Arm's former players have gone on to play at every college level and some have made names for themselves as high school, club or college coaches. Coach Arm's BA is in History/ English is from Western Connecticut State University. 

At 26, after returning to college, coach Arm also played collegiate D3 tennis 1st & 2nd Singles for Wesley College in Dover, DE.

In addition to directing GPS CRUSH, Coach Arm volunteers during high school pre-season and try outs  & she serves as a consultant for a few area teams/ coaches. 

Coach Arm also teaches Volley Tech instructional volleyball programs and GPS Crush CRUSHERS Camps and other volleyball clinics.. 

Coach Arm & her husband, Matthew have 2 daughters Kelsey & Natalie. Kelsey is a senior at U Tampa and Natalie is a Freshman at Susquehanna University where she plays on the volleyball team.

More bio info and fun facts: 
Margie Arm grew up in Kalamazoo/ Portage, MI where Western Michigan University was a perennial top 10 D1 volleyball program. She grew up playing beach doubles in South Haven on Lake Michigan. Michigan high school volleyball was a winter sport then allowing the high school athletes to take in every WMU game. This schedule had a tremendous impact on the quality of play, speed of the game & volleyball IQ of the high school VB athletes & programs.

Margie was cut from the volleyball team in 7th grade. Then she played for Portage Central from 8th through 12th. She played USA MI Juniors and then played at Kalamazoo Valley. She continued her playing career through USVBA as an adult playing on teams through 2002. Her women's team won the MI women’s class A championship title in and they were finalists in multiple seasons.

As a high school athlete, Margie was very focused on her running career where she ran the 400 and anchored the state meet qualifying mile relay. 
With a vertical over 26", Margie was also one of the city's top high jumpers and long jumpers 17' 4 1/4" . She held the school long jump record for many years until one of the track athletes from PC that she coached broke it. She also competed as the only girl on the boys high school cross country team (5K) for 3 years & it was determined that she had to compete in the boys state XC meets "since she trained with the boys" Although Margie played volleyball "to stay in shape" for track she won all area & all league awards in volleyball as an outside hitter. She coached Track at Kalamazoo Milwood and Portage Central Middle schools for 5 years and she also coached the Milwood Middle School volleyball team for 3 years which fed into her HS program at Loy Norrix.
As a senior, she received the PCHS female scholar-athlete award and Bnai Brith Scholar Athlete award.

Her "plan" was to run track at Villanova but a family situation changed her path and she attended local Kalamazoo Valley, playing volleyball instead -under Jack Magelssen, the nations winningest high school girls volleyball coach where she became obsessed with learning & teaching the sport of volleyball.  She never imagined how long she would be actively involved in the promotion of youth volleyball. She has been coaching girls HS and club VB ever since. She has coached HSVB in MI, CT and PA and all ages & levels of club VB in LRVA, GEVA and KRVA for over 36 years and through 25 High School seasons. Her teams have earned district, region and or state tournament post-season play in all but 2 seasons. 87 of her HS players have received all-league, division, region, and/or all-state honors. 

Since in PA, she has coached at CB East for 4 years and Pennridge for 6 years winning the division / conference & achieving her 300th win in 2003 at Pennridge. In 2002, her team (including Pennridge MB Captain Shebly Bunting/ Keller) won the division and that year, Pennridge HSVB swept all 6 positions on the all-league 1st team board. She also directed & coached Ridge Juniors, Del Val Academy, & Infinity Volleyball Academy. Margie is now the director of GPS CRUSH.

While in CT, she coached at Brookfield HS for 6 years where her teams won 3 WCC league titles and made 6/6 CT state tournament appearances, losing in the CT State semi-final in their best run. While in CT Margie also coached Nutmeg State Games VB and coached Brookfield high school Tennis for 3 years. In 1992, her tennis team broke Joel Barlow high schools 8 year 120 game conference winning streak. 
 

Back in November of 2010, Margie visited MI & was privileged to witness Lawton High School's first District championship since 1984 when she coached there.  Four of the players on this 2010 team are daughters of Margie's Lawton HSVB team from our 1984 district championship team. Talk about nostalgia!


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