Charger volleyball coach Chris Gravel doesn’t have to look far for great support from his coaching staff. His wife of 19 years, associate head coach Stephanie Gravel is also in her 21st season on the Charger volleyball coaching staff. Stephanie Gravel played collegiately at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, later transferring to Grand Valley where she was a two-year captain for the Lakers. Stephanie’s teams at Schoolcraft qualified for the national tournament twice during her career there.
Stephanie was not excluded from the team’s award-laden 2010 season. She earned the 2010 AVCA National Division II Assistant Coach of the Year honor, representing the highest achievement for any assistant volleyball coach at the Division II level. It was an award that was richly deserved for someone who contributes so many things to so many parts of the program.
Stephanie does extensive traveling, recruiting and fundraising for the volleyball program. She works closely with players on technique, training and teamwork concepts. She is also in charge of countless behind-the-scenes tasks, including player counseling, travel accommodations, camp promotions and recruiting year-round.
Stephanie also has experience as head coach at Grandville and Reading High Schools. Later in her playing career, Stephanie played for the MPVA (Michigan Professional Volleyball Association), where she achieved a No. 13 personal ranking as a player on tour. In high school, she was an All-Region and All-Conference player at Brighton High School.
Volleyball has played a big part in Stephanie’s life, but also the lives of her family members. Stephanie’s brother David Jandasek, was an All-American setter for the men’s volleyball team at Ohio State University and played professionally overseas. Her father Joe still competes in open events around the country, and has won many individual and team awards past his 60th birthday. Both of her parents coached the sport of volleyball.
“Coach and Steph,” as they are known to their players, are the proud parents of 14-year-old Brooklynn.