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Spring Sports Start Dates

By Kelly Vang 01/30/2019, 8:30am CST

Spring Sports Start Dates

Spring sports are around the corner.  All start dates, captains practices, and coach information can be found here.

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2019 Softball Coaching Announcement

By Kelly Vang 01/22/2019, 10:30am CST



Blake Softball Community,


The Blake Athletic Department is excited to announce Jenna Privette as our Head Softball Coach.

Jenna is excited for the opportunity to continue the growth of the Blake Softball program. She served as an assistant coach five years ago at Blake before taking a top softball assistant job at St Croix Lutheran.  She has been a Softball Head Coach of the 14u and 16u team for the Eden Prairie Arctic Blast club softball team for the past 4 years. Additionally, Jenna also currently serves as a varsity girls hockey assistant coach for the Holy Family Fire.  She played collegiately at Crown College.


Currently, Jenna works for LifeTime Fitness as an Operations Manager. She resides in Lakeville, MN.  


“We as a coaching staff are excited to get started bringing new traditions in as keeping old ones as well. I look forward to continuing to build this already great program into a consistent winning quality program. Our team will be leaders on and off the field with hard work respect and expectation of excellence and success. I’m looking forward to getting started with this hard working group of young women” exclaimed Coach Jenna Privette.


Joining the coaching staff  will be assistant coaches Jeff Jensen, and Megan Sartor.  Jensen returns for his fourth year as varsity assistant softball coach and works as the Lead Maintenance for Buildings and Grounds at the Blake Highcroft Campus.  Sartor joins Blake from Bloomington Kennedy and works as an Administrative Assistant at Bloomington Kennedy High School. She has experience at both the club and high school levels.  


Please join us for a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the Bovey at Blake Hopkins Campus.  A lite bite and drinks will be served. Coach Privette and her staff will give a brief presentation and be available to say hello to players and their families.  


Go Bears!



Nick Rathmann

Director of Athletics

2019 Volleyball Coaching Announcement

By Kelly Vang 01/14/2019, 10:00am CST

2019 Volleyball Coaching Announcement

Blake Volleyball Community,


The Blake Athletic Department is writing to inform you that the girls volleyball program is reorganizing its coaching staff, shifting Leesa Malone to interim varsity head coach for the 2019 Fall season, and transitioning Steve Kaback to a more comprehensive role as director of volleyball operations.

Leesa is thrilled at the opportunity to continue the growth of the Blake Girls Volleyball program. She served as Coach Kaback’s top assistant last year and is ready to grow into her new role as varsity head coach. Leesa has been coaching volleyball for the last six years. She has coached two season as a head coach at Crossfire Volleyball and has coached summers at Bethel University, University of Northwestern, Eden Prairie High School, and Fridley High School.


Currently, Leesa works for Ronald McDonald House Charities as a Relief Manager. She resides in Eden Prairie with her husband LeRoy.


“We as a coaching staff, are excited to build upon what is going well in the volleyball program and look to grow the program in the coming years. I love the quote that says, ‘It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort and when you bring effort every single day. That’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.’  I’m looking forward to getting in the gym and working with the girls to make them not only great athletes but also great women.” -Leesa Malone


We are pleased to note that Elizabeth Miller will be returning to her junior varsity coaching role and Joe Xiong will return as Middle School coach.  Coach Kaback’s role is built to create continuity across all teams with a focus on working with individual players and developing younger talent. He will oversee operations of the entire volleyball program, while having Coach Malone be in charge of the day-to-day mechanics of the varsity team.  


“As we looked back at the past two season, the coaching staff and athletic department saw a need to bring players along faster, improving their skills and court awareness with more one-on-one attention during the season.  Coach Malone’s energy, high volleyball I.Q., and great emotional connection with the players will make her a fantastic leader for the varsity program, giving me the freedom to connect with players up and down the program. We have a lot of work to do, and believe that with this coaching structure in place, we will be able to optimize the talents of our young upcoming teams.” -Steve Kaback


A new varsity assistant coach will also be hired to assist Coach Malone.


Go Bears!

Nick Rathmann | Director of Athletics