Head Coach Makenna Barker
Makenna Barker begins her second season (2020-2021) as the Head Coach of the SRC Volleyball program.
During the 2019 season, Barker had 4 NJCAA Academic All-American student athletes, 5 Mid-West Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference student athletes, and had the highest GPA in the athletic department with a 3.40. Coach Barker also had 2 All-Region 24 players, Libero Emily Richardson and 6-rotation OH, Hannah Burdess. Barker has also sent Kyanae Toombs, the lone sophomore on the 2019 team, on to play at Harris Stowe State University.
Barker played club volleyball for 5 years with Illini Elite and Peoria Elite. Barker is a 2014 graduate of Lewistown High School where she was a 6 rotation player, earning All-Conference awards 3 years in a row. She played collegiately at Illinois College in Jacksonville until an injury put an end to her playing career. Coach Barker is currently ranked #1 at Illinois College in aces in a single match. Barker has since graduated with an Associate’s degree from Spoon River College, a Bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, and a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Barker was tasked with starting up the new program in 2019 after it had been dormant for many years. She has prior coaching experience at the high school and club levels. Barker was an Assistant Coach with Lewistown High School beginning in 2015 and has coached several different club teams during that timeframe, as well. Barker was also a licensed IHSA volleyball official from 2013-2018.
“I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to start up this program in 2019. We have grown so much as a program since then, and it is very rewarding to watch these ladies be the foundation for the future program that we are trying to build. SRC is a great institution and I am excited to be a part of the growth that is happening here!” – Coach Makenna Barker
Assistant Coach Abby Beck
Beck, an avid lover of volleyball, is excited to once again be serving as the Assistant Coach to Barker.
Coach Beck, a 2012 SRC Alumni completed her Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in 2016 and since then Beck has been employed as both a part-time Sociology Instructor as well as full-time Student Success Coach. Her passion in both roles allows her to work closely with all students, including athletes, to identify issues that impact their academic performance. In addition, Beck works to make sure that students are aware of and have access to services including academic support as well as campus/community resources.