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Faces of Omaha 2018

April 19, 2018 by
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Deb Grafentin

April 7, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

The volleyball academy had a great opening year in their new facility. They were voted Best of Omaha for the sixth year in a row, and look forward to offering so much more than volleyball to the local community. Their variety of youth programs are available throughout the year (lessons, leagues, Li’l Diggers, schools, and camps). New programs are forming to meet the needs of what their clients, youth and adult, are asking for. Their adult leagues and tournaments are growing each session. Choose from fours or sixes, coed, men’s, or women’s volleyball, with a variety of levels of play.

The Volleyball Academy is not just a volleyball facility. The 50,000 sq. ft. facility can be used for corporate outings, banquets, gymnastic meets, coaches clinics/seminars, pickleball leagues and tournaments, martial arts meets/events, craft fairs, dances and/or receptions. The facility is open to the community’s needs. The academy will help anyone with their volleyball needs for training or matches. TVA has a coaching staff of over 50 ready to “serve.” TVA is the No. 1 volleyball facility in the metro area.  

The Volleyball Academy
11934 Portal Road

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The Volleyball Academy

April 1, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Deb Grafentin and Krista Barr opened The Volleyball Academy in 2006. They say the organization’s new 50,000-square-foot facility in La Vista is the best of its kind in the region. It’s not just the freestanding design with no poles to obstruct play for eight wood-surface courts, or the many amenities like retail space and conference rooms; it’s the expanded programming available to a wider group of players.

The facility hosts a broad spectrum of lessons, classes, leagues, tournaments, and camps. Kids can participate starting as young as kindergarten-age. Competitive and recreational programs are available for teens and adults year-round. Programs are led by experienced coaches, some of who  have advanced from the playing courts through the academy’s Junior Coaches program that provides leadership opportunities beginning in high school. Grafentin’s own coaching experience includes college-level volleyball and spans nearly four decades. In 2015, she was honored as one of the top 75 coaches in American youth sports when she received the Double-Goal Coach Award from the Positive Coaches Alliance.

11924 Portal Road, La Vista, NE 68128

402-213-4644 • thevolleyballacademy.com

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The Volleyball Academy

March 25, 2013 by

Deb Grafentin was an educator for 23 years before opening The Volleyball Academy in 2006. “My dream has always been to coach and teach,” she says, “TVA allows me to do this on a daily basis.” Six years after opening, The Volleyball Academy still prides itself on being the only business in Omaha that provides the most volleyball programs and classes under one roof. Players start as early as kindergarten, and while classes are available for adults as well, the most common customer is the K-12th grader. Customer satisfaction is most important to Grafentin, as she explains, “We really want our clients to feel welcome when they enter and throughout their experience with TVA.”

Each year, TVA has seen a steady increase in the growth of their classes, with the Lil’ Diggers and Fall, Winter, and Spring Leagues as their most popular programs. The Lil’ Digger-Big Digger program encourages parents of K-4th graders to attend with their children and get involved in learning volleyball skills. “This allows the family to enjoy volleyball all year long wherever they may want to play—family picnic, the backyard, on the beach, etc.” The newest program, the Lil’ Digger 2nd-4th grade Balloon Ball League, has been added as a three-on-three mini court game in which Balloon Balls are used for players to get more practice in contacts and touches of the ball.

The Volleyball Academy, which is located in the West Omaha-Chalco area, is a unique company in that it continues to cater to both kids and adults each year with new programs and changes existing programs based on the needs of players. “When a child, teenager, or adult come to us for some style of training, and they leave knowing they have improved and had fun participating in our programs, that to us says it all.”

This is evident in the testimonials on TVA’s website, and what may be Grafentin’s favorite memory. “The first summer we opened our doors at a summer camp for Lil’ Diggers, one of the 6-year-olds came skipping up to one of our court coaches on her way to a water break and said, ‘This is the greatest day of my life!’ Right then and there, I knew we opened for all the right reasons.”

With the success of TVA and the opportunity to teach volleyball skills every day to players of all ages, Grafentin’s dreams are finally coming true.

The Volleyball Academy
8930 S. 137th Cir., #2