Tim Kelly began Bring It Promotions, LLC in response to his own overseas
experiences. Following his graduation from UCLA in 1994, Kelly accepted an offer
to play in Spain. What he soon realized was that most agents did not have the
European wherewithal to adequately advise or represent him as a client. By
developing contacts of his own and touring with his fellow American volleyball
professionals, he began placing male clients on teams he had established
connections with. It didn’t take long for the demand to spread to aspiring female
volleyball professionals too, so Bring It Promotions opened its doors to males and
females alike in 1997. In 1999, Kelly began preparations for the expansion of
his International Tours division. Like wildfire, the International Tours grew
rapidly into three categories: University Tours, Exposure Tours, and
Recruiting Tours. The Tours have grown to include over 20 different tours annually.
Kelly enjoyed a decorated playing career as a middle blocker at UCLA and as a
five-year professional in Europe. He has also served as Head of Delegation
for numerous European Champions League and South American Championship teams and
tournaments as well as on USA Volleyball delegations. Kelly lived in Europe
from 1994 to 2006, and currently splits time between San Juan del Sur,
Nicaragua and Santa Barbara, California when not on tour.
Solomon - Director of Recruiting for International Tours & Tournaments
Cory Solomon serves as the Director of Recruiting for International Tours and
Tournaments. Solomon is uniquely qualified for these positions because of his
extensive background in coaching volleyball at the collegiate, juniors, and
high school levels, and also his years travelling and living abroad. After
earning his bachelors degree from the University of Utah in 1987, he served as an
assistant coach at Utah for five seasons. During his final three seasons, the
“Utes” advanced to three consecutive NCAA 2nd round appearances.
After leaving the University of Utah, Solomon joined forces with Tim Kelly
and assumed a lead role in the development of an International Recruiting
Service as well as the expansion of Bring It Promotion’s International Tours.
Solomon originally conducted business from his home in Innsbruck, Austria, and had
the opportunity to watch European volleyball first hand. Living in Europe also
afforded him the opportunity to serve as a coach on numerous Bring It
Promotions tours. Solomon coached the Bring It USA team to a first place finish in the
Sibillini, Italian Tournament with a win over the top under-20 team from
Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He has led numerous tours through the Netherlands, Belgium,
France, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia
and Croatia. Because of Solomon’s dedication to the expansion of the
International Tours division of Bring It Promotions, he also arranged a University
Tours to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia.
Currently residing in Maribor, Slovenia, Solomon can either be found on the
beaches of Croatia or skiing or riding his mountain bike on the Pohorje
Mountain when he’s not on tour with Bring It Promotions.
Nick Ptaschinski - Director of Player Management , Women's Placements
Nick joined BIP's staff in the spring of 2008 and immediately took on the responsibility of running our women's placements. Another former client turned agent, Nick has a wide array of experience overseas on which to draw and help our players what they'll be getting into as they sign contracts to head overseas.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Nick played collegiate volley at Orange Coast College in southern California. He finished up at William Woods University ('03) in Fulton, Missouri and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communications & Journalism.
Nick started his professional career with a move to Leipzig, Germany in '04 to find a professional European volleyball team. As a BIP client he played the '04-'05 and '05-'06 seasons in the Netherlands with Lycurgus in Groningen.
After a two-year break from European volleyball, Nick returned to Europe in '08 and played one season in Örkelljunga, Sweden, two seasons in Switzerland (Lausanne and Geneva) and one season in Hildesheim, Germany, respectively.
Based in Groningen, the Netherlands, Nick continues to work full-time for the Women's Agency and also plays for Lycurgus in the top Dutch league. Female players interested in finding a team in Europe (or Puerto Rico, South America, Asia, etc.) need to be in touch with Mr. Ptaschinski.
Christopher Peña - Director of Player Management , Men's Placements
After a successful athletic and academic career at UCLA, Christopher began as a professional athlete playing basketball in Poland, Norway, and Ireland prior to returning to his native sport of volleyball for successful seasons in Puerto Rico, Spain, France, and Germany. Following the conclusion of his athletic career in 2008, Christopher involved himself with the management side of the business working alongside Jonathan Walsh and Kostas Margaritis, meanwhile working in the commodity and finance industry with Alpha Reales Investments, FSI, and completing a Masters degree in Marketing-Finance at UM in the Netherlands.
Christopher’s passion can be found in seeking out, developing, and tracking ambitious, high-potential young talent as a means of retrofitting the foundation of our sport and working to ensure that pro clubs have the sportive pieces necessary to achieve their goals.
Christopher originally hails from Santa Barbara, California and he is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, as well as conversational in Dutch, German and Italian.
Our man in Puerto Rico, Steven has been dealing with the professional
leagues since 1998. He has basically done it all in volleyball including
extensive coaching work and as staff for several men's and women's teams. He
has as much experience with the Puerto Rican Superior League (Professional
League) as anyone, but his true passion is his work with statistic and
computer modeling. Steven is an Ohio State alumni and was part of the Men's
Volleyball Team coaching staff at his alma mater. In recent years Steven has
coached and/or worked with three Olympians from the 2008 United States
Women's Olympic Team: Kim Willoughby, Kim Glass, and Ogonna Nnamani. In his
roles as coach, general manager, or sports director of various teams, he has
also worked with many other great athletes. He in charge of all women's
recruiting services in Puerto Rico for BIP and we hope to see his
involvement in tours grow in the coming years as well.
Federica was born in Italy. She attended and played for BYU-Hawaii, graduating in International Business Management & Intercultural Communication Studies with a minor in English. As a junior she was named to the conference all-academic team. She played on the professional beach tour in Italy beginning in 1997 and ranked in the top five before beginning play on the AVP Tour in 2007.
She has a Ph.D in Business and Communications and wrote her thesis on "Problem Solving Strategies & Decision Making. She speaks seven languages: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and a rare Italian dialect that she's not allowed to use on tour. While she should probably be managing some huge international company, we've been fortunate to have her running tours across Italy and the rest of Europe since the early 2000's. Federica is also a nationally recognized beach coach and runs camps in the summer when not on tour.
Rundle - Women's Placements & Business Development, Nicaragua
Brooke Rundle began working for BIP during the summer of 2002. Brooke's many talents for dealing with volleyball life in Europe were first discovered during her participation in BIP's January European Exposure Tour 2002 on which she was the team captain and fearless leader of her team and delegation both on and off the court. She was immediately hired to help run some of the many tours that BIP had planned for the summer of 2002 and she did a great job. Most importantly, she has received rave reviews from the teams and coaches that she has worked for in this capacity and we look forward to having Brooke in charge of many University and Youth Tours in future years.
Rundle took over the role of Director of Player Management for BIP in June of 2002 but stepped down in the middle of 2008 to concentrate on her real estate business in Nicaragua and help BIP grow our tours business in the region. Prior to her European stint, Brooke had an illustrious career at UCSB where she lead the Lady Gauchos to the Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament in each of her last 3 years. Rundle was Freshman of the Year and 1st Team All Conference in 1998 and went on to be voted All District and All Conference in each of her last 3 seasons, as well as 2nd Team All-American honors in 2000. After her collegiate career, she went on to compete one year for OK Benedikt, in Marbior Slovenia and one year for Eastborn Volco, in the Netherlands.
Brooke is originally from Westlake, CA, but currently resides in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua where she is the only licensed “Eco-Broker” in the country. She enjoys traveling, surfing, snowboarding, music, and either growing pitayas or building Earthships in her spare time. Please check Brooke’s personal site out at: www.brookerundle.com
"Bill" Kelly - Chief Financial Officer and Business
After graduating from the US Naval Academy, Bill Kelly enjoyed a 20-year
career with the Navy and finally ended it as the head of a computer
test facility on Point Loma, California. At retirement the family
moved to Santa Barbara so that Bill could take a job at Raytheon Company,
which would lead to another retirement after 17 years. At that point
Bill started a custom golf club company called Santa Barbara Golf
Technologies which motto was using technology for golf-game
improvement! With considerable business experience and his sons
need for financial support for the continued growth of Bring It Promotions,
Bill and his wife, Nancy, decided to take on all the financial responsibilities
for BIP. They look forward working with their son, Tim, as the company
continues to thrive..
A veteran BIP Tour Coach, Tony is a Swedish citizen that has been coaching professionally since '98. He's the Danish National Team Coach (since '04) but currently lives in London where he's involved in club ball. He has coached professional teams in Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria, and has had various American girls on his teams over the years. He's also spent several summers working university camps in the USA. He's a great resource for BIP players because he understands both "the American mentality" and what's expected and "normal" in Europe. Tony's also a wealth of knowledge and connections for us with the teams in Scandinavia; Denmark, Sweden, & Norway.
Jirka Honzik - European Tours Assistant, Player Representation Services
Jirka Honzik was born November 17, 1976 in Prague, Czech Republic.
He has lived all but one year in the Czech Republic, and in that
year (1994-1995), Honzik lived with Cory Solomons family in
Salt Lake City and was a foreign exchange student at West High School.
During his exchange year, Honzik played volleyball for Twin Peaks
VBC. Upon his return from the U.S.A. Honzik finished his high school
education in Prague, then enrolled in Prague University of Economics,
studying international trade, the European Union, and international
Honzik began playing volleyball at the age of twelve. By age 15
he made the Czech Junior National Team as a setter and went on to
win the Czech Junior Championships four consecutive years. He is
currently competing in his seventh season for a professional team
called MFF Praha. Honziks greatest accomplishment as a player
was taking second place in the Czech Clay Court Championships in
the summer of 2000.
Jirka Honzik has been assisting with BIP tours to the Czech Republic
since 1998. He was the USA Delegation Manager for the BIP team in
Spring Cup 2001 (Brno) and he is always a crowd favorite among University
Tour players. He assists not only with tours, but has also helped
us represent some Czech National Team players and was pivotal to
the early success of the International Recruiting Service. He is
invaluable to Bring It Promotions and is one of the main reasons
that we are as successful as we are today. Honzik is a tour guide,
team manager, tour director, and general Czech Lord all rolled into
one. No tour is complete without a jaunt through Prague and no jaunt
through Prague is worth the time if Jirka isn't running the show.
Honzik is also responsible
for adding several top Czech National Team players to BIP's client
list and has been responsible for the growth of a market in the
Czech Republic for American (and other foreign) players.
Honzik speaks fluent Czech, English, and German. His favorite music
group is Metallica and he enjoys all sports. He is single and resides
in Prague, Czech Republic.
Henrietta “Heni” Gazdig was born April 13, 1979 in Hungary. She started to play volleyball when she was 7 years old for a club in her home town of Ajka. From age 14 she played 3 years for the club’s First Team in the Top League as an outside hitter. By age 15 she was on the Hungarian National Team.
In 1997 Heni moved to Brisbane, Australia where she played volleyball for the University of Queensland for 3 years and for the Queensland University of Technology for one year. She also made the Queensland Junior Team, and in 1998 she was selected as the MVP of Australian National Championship. Later, she played for Queensland State and also coached for 2 years at the University of Queensland. (Note to interested NCAA graduate players: There are currently no Professional Leagues or opportunities in Australia after school!) In 2000 Heni moved back to Hungary and started to play for VASAS SC (3 times Hungarian League Champion, 8 times Hungarian Cup Champion) in Budapest.
After her second knee injury, Heni retired from volleyball and has been assisting with and running BIP Tours since 2001. We were fortunate enough to meet her at a tournament in Italy when she was traveling with her previous club team and it was apparent from the beginning that she would be a great asset for BIP. She currently coordinate all BIP activity in Hungary and also runs Junior and University Tours all over Europe. Heni speaks Hungarian and fluent English (with a strange accent). She is married and has two children.
Alma was born in Rome in 1985. She began playing volleyball at the age of 12 for a team located near her home. At 15 she won the pre-juniors championship while playing for the club "San Paolo" and soon after, began her career as a professional volleyball player.
She joined one of the most important societies at the national level and participated in several national finals. In 2004 she decided to transfer to Modica, Sicily to play in Serie B, where she played for three years on two different teams. In 2008 she moved to Pavia to play in Serie A (A1), and the following year with a team from Aprilia, near Rome, in A2.
In the meantime, Alma earned her Bachelors in History from the University of Rome and attained her Masters degree in Immigration. After enduring a serious wrist injury, she decided to change her career path and stop playing professionally. Starting in 2011, Alma has been our main woman in Rome and has run a number of tours up and down Bella Italia.
Karmen "Kiki" Kocar
Karmen "Kiki" Kocar was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia and started playing volleyball when she was 12 years old. By 16 she was playing in Slovenia's top league and has been playing professionally since 2003. She left Slovenia in 2005 to play her first season as a "foreigner" in Austria, and has since played with top professional clubs in France, Germany, and Croatia. She spent many years leading the Slovenian National Team as setter as well.
Kiki is currently living in Maribor where she's in a coaching program to eventually be a professional coach and has been helping with BIP Tours since 2008. She is fluent in English as well as Serbo-Croatian and Slovenian (yes, they're different languages) and conversational in German.
Sarah Ammerman was born in Denver, Colorado to a volleyball family. Her mother played college volleyball in Alaska, three of her brothers played collegiate volleyball, and her oldest brother Ryan won a National Championship with UC Irvine. After a standout junior career with Front Range Volleyball Club, Sarah signed to play with Texas A&M. After four very successful years (she was an All-American) Sarah decided to continue playing professional volleyball. Upon graduation she headed to Puerto Rico to play for Ponce, and then made the move to Europe where she played two years with Nova KBM Branik Club in Maribor, Slovenia. In these two years Sarah lead the club to two Slovenian Cup titles, two Slovenian National Championships and one Middle European Volleyball Championship. Sarah then moved to Hamburg, Germany to play for VT Aurubis Hamburg in the 1st Division.
Sarah started running tours with BIP in 2012 and will continue as a guide for many years to come. Sarah has traveled all over Europe, played with the BIP/USA Development Program in China, and her experience as a top level USA college player mixed with her professional playing make her a valuable guide on our tours.
Chris Mortimer - Official BIP videographer
Chris "Mort" Mortimer was first introduced to BIP on the 2003 August Men's Tour. He and his little dig-vid made some waves and now he's the official BIP videographer and future tour-leader. Mort played ball at UCSD from 1999-2003 and was an All-League libero as well as still being coach Ron Larsen's favorite player of all time. One of these days he'll be either playing professionally in some beach city in Portugal, or stolen away from BIP by some big Hollywood studio. For now he can be seen on 2-3 tours/year either filming or running the tour or both. Mort also specializes in Team Highlight, Recruiting and Exposure Videos for teams and athletes as well as general Graphic and Media Production.
Margaret "CJ" (aka "Ceej") Sherman is our new (2005) BIP South East Representative. First introduced to Bring It Promotions as a coach on our most famous "2001 Exposure Tour", Ceej was raised in South Florida playing softball, soccer, track, volleyball, and backyard football, as well as surfing, skating, and motor cross cycling with her brothers.
Her volleyball career began at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, where she earned NAIA All Conference and All Region honors. As a recent retiree from a highly successful collegiate head coaching career (Palm Beach Atlantic University, University of South Carolina Aiken, and University of Montevallo), CJ has switched her focus to coaching her two beautiful daughters, Meghan and Kamryn, on their high school and club teams (Jacksonville Juniors).
With CJ’s impressive coaching accomplishments; an overall record of 337 wins and 188 losses, including two back-to-back 30 win seasons, 7 times coach of the year, 34 All-Conference players, 21 Academic All Conference, 3 Conference Players of the Year, and 5 All-Americans, we are extremely excited to have her on board the BIP staff to help bring us to another level!
Ceej will be extremely active in recruiting for future tours, coaching and guiding BIP tours, and integrating the entire South East region into our activities.
Mauro was practically born in a sports hall as his father was the Sport Director of a volleyball club in Pordenone, Italy, just north of Venice.
He was one of the smallest middle blockers ever (unfortunately the libero role wasn't invented yet) and decided to start coaching at age 19. He's coached in every category, age group, division from Provincial to B1, as is currently coaching a team in the B2 National Division. Mauro has worked for the Italian Volleyball Federation as a press agent in several events since 2000 and was in the press department during the last Women World Championships Qualification Round held in Conegliano.
He first hooked up with BIP during Easter of 2005, when we brought Northern Lights 18's to play in an international tournament that Mauro organizes every year with some friends in Pordenone. Since then Mauro has helped host over 20 teams in the Venice area. He is also the co-owner and webmaster for Volley Nordest.
Jason Weaver - Website Development
Jason first joined BIP in 2002 during an European Exposure tour, after graduating from the Interactive Digital Design program in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He played 4 years with the GPRC Wolves and was selected as a CCAA All Canadian in his last year.
He has been updating, maintaining, and developing the Bring It Promotions website, and various projects for BIP since 2003.
You will now find Jason residing in British Columbia, Canada with his family.