Impact Volleyball Club is entering its 8th year in Fort Wayne, IN. While Jay has moved on to run a club in Milwaulkee, he has sold the club to Andrew Achenbach. Andrew has coached club (N3, Pineapple, Impact), college (Indiana Tech), middle school (Blackhawk Christian, Lane), and high school (Canterbury) over the past 18 years. He also played collegiately at Indiana University from 2000-2005. Andrew has trained under either Jay Golsteyn or Scott Lauer throughout his coaching time in Fort Wayne.
The club's roots go back to 1998 when Jay Golsteyn decided to open up a volleyball Club in Nashville, TN. The goal was to make a positive Impact in young athlete’s lives through volleyball. Impact Volleyball Club was the perfect name to accomplish this goal.
In our inaugural season in 1999 we were 4 teams in size and practicing out of a Church and a HS gym. The facilities were limited but the training and success of the Club grew tremendously over the years. In our first year we were the strongest Club in Nashville and in our 2nd year we were one of the top two clubs in the Southern Region. We won multiple Qualifiers and Regional Championships as well as helping several players achieve their dreams of playing college volleyball. In 2003 we secured our first warehouse to call home. We bought 3 Sport Courts and began to get serious with volleyball training in Nashville, TN. Our investment paid off as we began to see more people entrusting their kids to us for volleyball training. In 2004 we nearly doubled in Size as we added a 4th court. We were hosting tournaments and Leagues as well as multiple camps and clinics throughout the year.
The quality of the players we were producing through our training became very evident in the following years. We had more kids every year going on to play in college, winning All-District/Conference honors, winning state championships and becoming All-Americans at National Tournaments. In 2006 we won our First National Championship and in 2008 we won our 2nd National Championship.
In 2009 the company was sold and Jay Golsteyn went on to Direct Impact at the A-Game sports complex in Franklin, TN which is a suburb just south of Nashville, TN. A-Game had 12 volleyball courts and allowed the Club to grow even bigger. In 2010 we merged with another local club and changed our name to Alliance VBC. We were 50 teams deep at one point and had 10 tournaments a year along with multiple camps and clinics as well as the development of a Youth League concept that Jay brought to Fort Wayne in 2013. Jay directed the club as well as tournaments and camps, clinics and leagues throughout the time he was involved at A-Game.
Jay moved to Fort Wayne in 2012 to open up Pineapple Volleyball Club after being recruited by RCI to come run the SportONE Fieldhouse. Pineapple Volleyball Club was born with the help of former N3 Club Directors Scott Lauer & Joyce Moss and the support of Lloy Ball with the use of his brand, Team Pineapple. RCI, Scott & Joyce convinced Jay to move his family to Fort Wayne to take Club Volleyball to a different level. In the first year the Club had a phenomenal outpouring of players come through its doors. The Club started from scratch and had 27 teams in its inaugural season. The club was also able to develop several tournaments in its first year as well as growing them over the next two years allowing more families to stay in Fort Wayne and not have to travel out of town every weekend to play. In 2015 we had our best season with our 14 National team finishing 5th at the AAU National Championships and our 16 National team finishing 11th. We have had 2 AAU All-Americans over the past two seasons. Our 15 National team also had a monumental win over long time powerhouse Sports Performance. Pineapple was the biggest and arguably the strongest volleyball club in the city in 2015.
Our history shows we have a proven track record of running a highly competitive volleyball program that consistently develops players of all abilities to play at the next level. College coaches are still familiar with the Impact VBC name and are confident to know that the players coming out of this program have been prepared to compete at the collegiate level. The club will continue to run tournaments, camps, clinics and leagues throughout the season to serve all levels of players in the Fort Wayne area. We look forward to having you apart of Impact Volleyball Club and experiencing the Impact difference.