1975-1977: Spring Valley High School. Columbia, SC. All- State Player
1977-1981: College of Charleston, Charleston SC. All-State and All-Region Player. Inducted into the College of Charleston Athletic Hall of Fame
1997: Inducted into the College of Charleston Athletic Hall of Fame
1981-1985: USAV Player indoor and outdoor (grass triples and beach).
1986-1987: Started the first Women’s Club team while in Graduate School at UT
1988-2005: Played on a number of USAV teams, traveled nationally and competed at USAV nationals. Earned 3 gold medals and 1 silver.
1993: Started coaching for Smoky Mountain Jrs. Volleyball Club (SMJVC)
1996-2002: Coached at University of Tennessee, Furman University and Florida State summer
1997-2008: Full-time director of SMJVC. Coached a myriad of age group teams during that tenure (12’s, 14’s, 16’s and 18’s).
2010: Inducted into the Greater Knoxville Athletic Hall of Fame as a volleyball coach.
2010 – present: Head Volleyball Coach at Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, TN.
National Board Certification for Coaches
1999-2001 Assistant East Ridge Middle School
2001-2008 Head Coach Jefferson Middle School
2007-2008 Assistant Coach S.M.J.V.C.
2008-2012 Assistant and Head Coach K2 Volleyball Club
2009-2012 Head Coach Bearden Middle School
2012-2013 Head Coach Bearden High School
• 9 seasons as the Head Coach of the Carson-Newman Volleyball Team
• Ranked 42nd among winningest active DII coaches in the nation
• The winningest volleyball coach for Carson-Newman
• 3 consecutive NCAA appearances.
• 2 SAC tourament finals (2007 and 2009).
PRIOR TO CARSON-NEWMAN
1999-2003 Top assistant coach at East Tennessee State University, after serving as a volunteer coach in 1998.
2001 - Coach the Southern Conference Player of the Year and the 2002 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.
Started and developed the USAV Buccaneer Junior Volleyball Club which was comprised of over 100 athletes in the Upper East Tennessee area.
1997-1999 Served as an academic advisor for the ETSU Athletic Department.
1997 to 1998 Top assistant at Milligan College in Johnson City
Head volleyball coach at Conway Christian High School in Conway, South Carolina
Head coach at Tazewell High School in Tazewell, Virginia.
Currently and assist coach at Carson-Newman.
• Basketball and volleyball during her career at Carson Newman
• 2010 Junior year leading the nation in blocks per set with 1.73
• 2008 Freshman year ranked 2nd in the nation in blocks per set
• 2009 Sophomore year she finished 5th in the nation in blocks per set as a right side
• 2011 Senior year finished 2nd in the nation in blocks per set
• 2007 All-SAC freshman team selection
• 2009 All-Tournament team selection at the SAC tournament
• 2010 Second team All-SAC performer
In her final season finished fifth in the conference with a .288 hitting percentage.
As one of two players to be named to the American Volleyball Coaches' Association All-Region team, James will use her playing experience to help the front line of players.
• 33 years playing volleyball
• 4 years Grissom High School Volleyball team
• MVP 1987,1986
• Best Defensive Player 1985
• Regional MPV 1987
• State Champions 1985, 1986
• 4 years Huntingdon College Volleyball team
• Regional Freshman of the Year 1987
• Regional Champs 1988,1990,1991
• MVP 1991
• Regional Top Blocker 1990
• Coaching for 6 years
• ORV Coach for 4 years
• CBFO for 2 years
• 2013-Present Powell High School Head Volleyball Coach
• 2011-2012 Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach Carson- Newman College Jefferson City, TN
• 2008-2009 Student Assistant Volleyball Coach Carson- Newman College Jefferson City, TN
• 2006-2008 Carson-Newman College Jefferson City, TN Player
• 2005-2006 Tusculum College Greeneville, TN Player
• 2001-2004 Daniel Boone High School Gray, TN All State Player
• Archbishop Keough High School, Baltimore Varsity
and JV 2 years
• USVBA women’s team, Washington, D.C. 1 year
• Various recreation teams Fairfax, Virginia 11 years
• CBFO: 13 teams over 6 years
• Karns Middle School - 2 years
• SMJVC - 3 years
• Farragut Middle School - 1 year
• K2 -2 years
2013: HVA Assistant Volleyball Coach
2009-2012: HVA volleyball team member
2010: JV Captain
2011-2012 Varsity Captain
2011: All district Honorable mention
2012: All District
2008: SMJVC Member-Captain
2009-2012: Phoenix Rising Volleyball Club member -Captain
Four years coaching at Indy Juniors volleyball club
2012-Team finished 5th at Nationals
2013- Team finished 3rd at Nationals
2006-2008 Indy Juniors Volleyball club
2004-2008 Fishers High School
2008-2009 Dominican University
• Farragut Middle School, Physical Education
• Building Level Technology Coach
• Gardening Club Sponsor
• Farragut High School, Asst. Volleyball Coach
Brendon Cleer served as head volleyball coach at Zachary High School in Baton Rouge for 3 years. During his tenure, his teams were district champions all 3 years and competed in the state tournament 2 of the 3 years earning a 2nd place finish. Coach Cleer was voted district coach of the year all 3 years. Additionally, he has coached middle school boys and girls teams and has worked for over a decade teaching volleyball skills in the classroom and encouraging boys and girls in the Knoxville area to become involved in the sport of volleyball as players, coaches, and officials. Coach Cleer has served as assistant volleyball coach at Farragut High School for 13 years during which FHS teams have made 6 state tournament appearances.
2002-2006 Anderson Co. High school
2006-2007 Bryan College
2008-2010 Anderson Co. High School Assistant coach
2011-2012 Phoenix Rising 15-1 head coach
2003: ACHS Rookie of the Year
2004: All-District Tournament Team MVP
2004: All-Region Tournament Team
2004: ACHS Best Defensive Award
2004: ACHS Record Holder Serve Receive Attempts in a Season: 605
2005: 1st Team All-State
2005: All-District Tournament Team
2005: All-Region Tournament Team
2005: ACHS MVP
2005: ACHS Best Offensive Player
2005: Best Defensive Player
2005: ACHS Record Holder
Kills in a Match: 21
Kills in a Career: 961
Career attack attempts: 2646
2012: ACHS Volleyball Hall of Fame Inductee.
Four years of coaching/reffing CBFO volleyball
2013 Assistant Coach for Hardin Valley’s junior varsity team.
2009 Rookie of the Year
2009 All District
2010 All District
2011 All District
2011 Defensive Player of the Year
2011 Tournament MVP
2012 All District
2012 All Region
2012 District MVP
• Head Coach Bearden Middle School Lady Bruins Volleyball
• Played for Carter High School Varsity 2004-2007
• Team Captain 2006-2007
• TSSAA All District Player 2006-2007
• Played for SMJVC Club 2004-2006
• A current University of Tennessee student majoring Supply Chain Management and Political Science with a minor in International Business
• Current West Valley Middle School volleyball coach
• Varsity captain for Bearden High School for 2012
• 4th place finish at State for Bearden High School for 2012
• Varsity volleyball player for four years at Bearden High School
• Junior Varsity captain for Bearden High School for two years
• CBFO referee for one season
• CBFO co-coach for two seasons
• Player for SMJVC for three years
• Player for K2 for three years
4 years at Anderson County High School
2 time all-state
1 state all tournament team
Prep xtra player of the year
4 years King College Volleyball
1 all conference freshman team
1 all conference team Carolina's conference
NetVC 13-2 co head coach
2012 Anderson County head JV coach and varsity assistant
2013 CAK head JV coach and varsity assistant
Fairwinds Christian High School, Newark, DE: 2004-2007
The Crown College, Powell, TN: 2008-2011
Maryville Christian School, Head Coach, Maryville, TN: 2012
The Crown College, Assistant Coach, Powell, TN: 2012
The Crown College, Head Coach, Powell, TN" 2013- Present