PR -United Sports Academy Adds New Staff

August 13, 2021

NORTH SIOUX CITY, SD – The United Sports Academy has hired Jay Wolfe as the Director of Basketball Training and Emma Mertler as the MVP United Volleyball Administrative Assistant. These are two great additions to our respective programs and we are excited to welcome them to our team.

In his new role, Wolfe will work with United Sports Academy athletes on basketball skills training and development, including leading monthly basketball lessons.

Wolfe spent two years as the Athletic Director/Housing Graduate Assistant at Iowa Lakes. He was responsible for assisting the Athletic Director with the day-to-day operations of the athletic department. These duties included compliance and eligibility for all 15 varsity sports, event management, assisting with sports information, and scholarship/letter of intent management. Wolfe recently completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration through Upper Iowa University in October 2020. 

Prior to his time at Iowa Lakes, Wolfe was a standout basketball athlete for the Briar Cliff Chargers where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Sport Management and Business Administration. As a senior, Wolfe was named GPAC Player of the Year and a First-team All-American after averaging 23.1 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.2 steals. Wolfe shot 57.1% from the field, 48.2% from beyond the arc, and 86.8% from the free throw line. At the end of his career, Wolfe ranked 9th in career points (1,804), 5th in career 3-pointers made (246), and 1st in career games played (135). Wolfe was a two-time NAIA All-American, two-time 1st team All-GPAC selection, and a two-time NAIA scholar athlete. In his four years, the team complied a total record of 106-29.

"First and foremost, I want to thank United Sports Academy for giving me this tremendous opportunity. I am thrilled to join the United team and help give back to the Siouxland community through the game of basketball. I look forward to using my previous basketball experiences and knowledge to help continue developing the youth of Siouxland," states Jay Wolfe.

For more information on United Basketball and how to train with Jay Wolfe, visit or contact him at

With MVP United Volleyball, Emma Mertler will serve as the recruiting coordinator, lesson trainer, and club administrative assistant.

Prior to joining our staff, Mertler played at Lakeland University in Plymouth, Wisconsin, for four seasons. Throughout her college athletic career, she directed and coached at Wisconsin Volleyball Academy Lake Effect and their beach volleyball programs as well as spending three seasons assistant coaching the Lakeland University Men’s Volleyball program. She just finished her first season with MVP United coaching the 17 White team and has been on their lesson staff since the fall of 2020.

"I am so excited to be joining the MVP United family full-time! I cannot wait to work with athletes and their families in the college recruiting process along with interacting with all of our athletes in lessons and training throughout the year. The MVP family is truly incredible and I love being apart of it," states Emma Mertler.

For more information on MVP United and college recruiting information, visit or contact Emma at

The United Sports Academy is located in the CNOS Fieldhouse – 300 Centennial Drive, Suite 170, North Sioux City, SD.

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Jay Wolfe

Director of United Basketball Training

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Emma Mertler

MVP United Administrative Assistant

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