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About ZIVA


Hi, my name is Natalie Rawson and I am the Founder and Co-Director, along side Nicky Cannon of Zone-In Volleyball Academy. I moved to Wichita Falls, TX in March of 2010 to accept the position of the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Midwestern State University. In my time here I have had the blessing of working with several local youth through private lessons, camps and clinics. I truly believe in the talent here and see the potential for growth and success of local volleyball with a dedicated organization like ZIVA.

I grew up playing volleyball in Southern California where I was born and raised. I continued my volleyball-playing career as a student-athlete at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. I was fortunate enough to play softball and volleyball at the collegiate Division 1 level and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I began my coaching career at a small Junior College in Marshalltown, IA in 2007. It was here that I learned, coaching is what I was called to do. After two years I took a position as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at University of Louisiana Monroe, and one year later I came to Wichita Falls to join the MSU Mustangs volleyball coaching staff. I was the Assistant Volleyball Coach at MSU from 2009-2012 and finished up my Masters at the Dillard College of Business. I quickly fell in love with Wichita Falls and MSU and was grateful to call this place home. I am currently now the Head Coach at Newman University in Wichita, KS were I have the privilege of running my own program while still Co-Directing ZIVA with my twin sister Nicky Cannon.

ZIVA has been created out of my passion for the game of volleyball and my dedication to growing young women. I believe in the importance of learning disciplined, fundamental technique at a young age and combining this with strength training and knowledge of the game to develop the most successful volleyball player. I believe in what ZIVA stands for; “Brilliance, shine, radiant” and helping young women to shine.


“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”                  ~Matt 5:16 ~