Robbie Brink

Varsity Head Coach

Robbie started playing volleyball at the Lake Calhoun sand courts back in high school and while he admits to starting off quite horrendously, he fell in love with the sport and kept improving his skills. In college he played intramural level & eventually for the University of St Thomas men's club team, which was created his Junior year.  Robbie is excited to be coaching his 3rd season at Southwest this year.  In addition to coaching B Squad teams at SW, he's coached JO seasons at Centennial Volleyball Club and in Park Center.   When not coaching volleyball Robbie is also a Track Coach at Southwest and works full time as an ESL teacher in Minneapolis. He also owns a Standup Paddle-board rental company called SUP Calhoun where you'll find him during the summer months.


Jacob Polland

Varsity Assistant Coach

A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jacob brings an eye for detail and game strategy to our 2016 Season.  He'll lead many aspects of coaching a successful program including: statistics, real-time adjustments and focus practice plans to build on the vast talent Southwest has. He has coached High School Varsity Nordic Skiing for six seasons and looks forward to working with our Lakers!


Sharyl Gandara

Junior Varsity Head Coach

Sharyl attended Orono high school and played volleyball, basketball & softball. She went on to the U of M to study architecture and finished with a degree in Commercial Design.  She played in various co-ed volleyball leagues throughout college.  Her thirties were a time for working and having kids, two daughters. In her 40's, Sharyl left the corporate world to stay home with those girls and got back into volleyball, coaching seven years at the middle school level and 2 years of Club VB and one year at the high school level.  She continues to learn at coaches clinics & camps including those lead by: Hugh McCutcheon, Mike Sealy, John Kessel and many local colleges.


Kathy Kraemer

B Squad Head Coach

A passionate enthusiast of MN Volleyball, Kathy is a graduate of Southwest High School, where she played both volleyball and badminton.  She attended the University of MN where she played for the Golden Gophers.   In addition to volleyball I competed in badminton and traveled with the U of M club.  I have coached both volleyball and badminton at Southwest. Currently retired (after 36 years with Lunds Food Holdings) she now uses her time to learn new things or nurture her hobbies/ and interests.


Strength & Conditioning Coach

Daniel Polland


Daniel graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters Degree in Applied Kinesiology, and a Minor in Coaching.  He offers The Laker Volleyball players guidence & expertise on proper technique, the latest research & science to help give our teams the competitive edge.  The endurance, conditioning & mental toughness the athletes develop with Daniel's help have huge benefits! He's coached the Minneapolis Alpine Ski Team for 6 years. "I look forward to improving the girls strength and verticals!"