GSL SOUTHERN/ St. George
Former Player – UNLV 2001-2003
Former Coach – Club Vegas 2003-2006
Riliato's successful coaching career has been followed by a successful collegiate playing career. A two-time Big Sky all-conference performer at the University of Idaho, Rifilato played for the Vandals from 1982-85, where she was a four-year starter and three-time team captain. She led the Vandals each year in service aces and holds the career record with 220. She also ranks second in the record book with 4,744 assists. In 1997, Rifilato was inducted in the University of Idaho All-Time Great Hall of Fame. She completed her Family & Consumer Sciences degree from Idaho in 2011, graduating cum laude.
Former athlete at Dixie Community College.
Head Coach Dixie High 2001-2011 and 2015-present
Former player at Northwest College
Former player at Metropolitan State University
Division 2 1st team All America
Inducted into MSU Athletics Hall of Fame 2017
High School coach Grand Forks ND 1994-1996
Assistant Coach Dixie High School 2001-2004
Coached at SUVA for 2 years
After a stellar four-year playing career, Makenzi Bird-Murphey begins her second season on the Trailblazer sideline as an assistant coach.
Makenzi played 97 career games at Dixie State with 72 starts. She has enjoyed her best season as a senior as she posted a career-high 234 kills and led the team with a .290 hitting percentage. She also co-led the team with 11 solo blocks and finished third in aces with 25.
She finished her four-year career as Dixie State’s all-time leader in block assists with 238. She is also third all-time in total blocks (262) and sets played (339), fourth in solo blocks (24) and hitting percentage (.261), and sixth in career kills (610).
Makenzi was a four-time academic all-PacWest selection and graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Human Communication this May. She and her husband Kaden are the parents of one son, Bronx.
At Dixie State 2017: Played in all 28 matches with 27 starts as a true freshman and finished with a team-high 519 assists (5.09 aps) ... also collected 19 service aces (t-3rd on the team) and finished third on the club in digs with 215 ... recorded nine double-doubles, including a career-high 30 assists with 14 digs at Point Loma (11/4), and a career-best 16 digs and 18 assists at Notre Dame de Namur (10/11) ... dished out 20 or more assists 10 times overall … earned Academic All-PacWest honors.
At Greenway High School: Was a four-year varsity starter for the Demons and was a multiple time all-district and all-section honoree … helped lead GHS to the 2015 Arizona Division III state championship and a state runner-up finish in 2016 … the Demons played to a 109-11 overall record over her four-year career … earned first team all-state honors in 2015 and 2016, was named Section IV Player of the Year in 2015, and was a MaxPreps medium schools second team All-America selection in 2015 … also lettered in tennis and posted a 13-1 singles record as a senior … earned the 2016-17 GHS Female Athlete of the Year and Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete awards.
Personal: Born June 25, 1999, in Phoenix, Ariz. ... parents are Jeff and Shannon Nelson … mother Shannon played volleyball collegiately at Colorado Mesa, Arizona State, and Phoenix College … also recruited by Colorado Mesa, UTEP and Southeastern Missouri ... currently majoring in general studies.
Former Member - Snow Canyon High School(2008-2011)
Former Member - Seward County Community College (2011-2013)
Former Coach - Snow Canyon High School (2013-2014)
Former Coach - Southern Utah Volleyball Academy (2013-2018)
Kimmee Clark Clegg