For Immediate Release



One of the nation’s most successful girls’ volleyball programs joins the growing 3STEP Sports roster of youth club sports as a cornerstone of its volleyball division


WILMINGTON, Mass. (Jan. 11, 2022) – 3STEP Sports, the most impactful youth sports ecosystem in the nation, has acquired Kiva, one of the nation’s most iconic and successful girls’ volleyball programs over the last two decades, as a foundational piece to its growing volleyball division.

Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy (KIVA) was established in 2001 by legendary girls’ volleyball coach Ron Kordes. Over the last 20-plus years, Kiva has been one of the premier junior volleyball clubs in the nation with 45 championships and 119 medal finishes in national tournament competition. Kiva has also developed more than 125 athletes who have earned college scholarships.

“We are thrilled to be joining 3STEP Sports,” said Kordes. “Over the last several years, 3STEP has established itself as one of the premier players in youth sports. We look forward to partnering with them to assist and enhance the growth of the wonderful sport of volleyball.”

Kordes has been the longtime girls’ volleyball coach at Assumption High School in Louisville, KY, winning 20 state championships and five national titles in 32 years. He was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame in 2020 and was inducted at the organization’s national convention in Columbus, Ohio, last month. Kordes runs Kiva with his daughter Anne, a former player and head coach at the University of Louisville.

“Kiva has established a standard of excellence in club volleyball that is second to none,” said 3STEP Sports founder and CEO David Geaslen. “Ron Kordes has built an empire with Kiva and his mission aligns perfectly with ours. Adding Kiva is a giant step for our growing volleyball division.”

The 3STEP reach spans 40+ states and serves more than 3 million athletes across eight sports through industry-leading events, nationally spanning club programs, premier media content and more. The mission of 3STEP is to be the standard of the youth sports experience and create consistency in the industry.


To learn more about 3STEP Sports, visit threeestep.com.

For more on Kiva, go to kivasports.net.



Walker Jones, 3Step Sports: walker.jones@threestep.com or 410-926-8170

Kevin Flight, Elevate Communications: kflight@elevatecom.com or 617-861-3657