MEET THE STAFF

Meet Dawn Jaqua Co-Director 

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Dawn Jaqua graduated from Portage Central High School and went on to play at KVCC. While finishing her degree at WMU, she coached varsity at Otsego High School for 3 years and was the assistant coach at Kalamazoo College for 2 seasons.  She continued her collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at  Western Michigan University under Coach Cathy George. She was the head coach at Portage Central High School for 20 years, where she had an impressive career including over 800 wins, 15 conference titles, 2 regional championships and 1 runner up finish in the 2009 state finals. She has run the national program for Dead Frog for several seasons and is now the Co-Director. 

Meet Kaity Buder Co-Director 

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Kaity Buder started playing volleyball at Portage Central under coach and fellow Co-Director Dawn Jaqua, where she was First-Team All State and a Miss Volleyball nominee. 

She went on to play 4 years at Grand Valley State University where her team advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA Division II Tournament. After graduation, Kaity returned home and coached 7 years at Portage Central as the Varsity Assistant. She has been with Dead Frog Volleyball since 2016 as a coach and Co-Director since 2021. Kaity lives in Kalamazoo with her husband Ryan and their son Parker and 2 dogs. She works full time as an Office Manager at a behavioral health practice.