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KVA Club Coaches

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Carmen Mercadal Foster

Coach

David McGinnis

Director U15-U18 / Coach

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

                      volleyball camps.  

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

 

2012-2014 Head Coach Bearden High School

 

Shannon Mincey

Coach

2014 Served as KVA 17s coach, private coach,

 

2004-2013 Head Coach - Carson-Newman University

 

1999-2003 Top assistant -East Tennessee State University.

Setters and Outside Hitters Coach In 2001 - Coached/Trained the Southern Conference Player of the Year (Transfer Setter from Ohio State U) 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.

 

1997-2000 Personal Strength Trainer Fitness Center

 

1997-1999 Served as an academic advisor for the ETSU Athletic Department.

 

1997-1998  Top assistant - Milligan College in Johnson City

 

Head coach -Conway Christian High School in Conway, SC

 

Head coach - Tazewell High School in Tazewell, Virginia.

 

Played at King University as a Middle Blocker/Hitter

Numerous Overseas Mission Trips with volleyball teams

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Nikki  James
Coach

Coaching:

Playing:

• 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.

Jamie Petrik

Coach

 
Cheryl Drake
Coach
• 3 Years as  CAK Girls Volleyball Head Coach
   with 31 wins 
 
• District and Regional championships
 
• Leadership Teacher at CAK
 
• 2012 Knoxville News Sentinel Coach of the Year
 
• 7 of Division I and II coaching experience

Playing History

  •  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 History

  •  Coaching for 6 years

  •  ORV Coach for 4 years

  •  CBFO for 2 years

 

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Vanessa Smith
Coach

• 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

Joe Fiore

Coach/Director U12-U14

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Maddi Trent
Coach

• 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 

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Linda Sanchez
Coach

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Brendon Cleer
Coach

Coaching Experience:

Four years coaching at Indy Juniors volleyball club

2012-Team finished 5th at Nationals

2013- Team finished 3rd at Nationals

 

Playing Experience:

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.

 

 

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Brittany Irwin
Coach

Playing experience:

  • 2002-2006 Anderson Co. High school

  • 2003-2006 SMJVC

  • 2006-2007 Bryan College

Coaching Experience:

  • 2008-2010 Anderson Co. High School Assistant coach

  • 2011-2012 Phoenix Rising 15-1 head coach

Awards:

  • 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. 
     

             

 

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Jennifer Casey
Coach

A current 8th grade Science teacher at Bearden Middle School 

 

Playing experience:

 

Coaching Experience:

 

During her tenure at East Hamilton Middle/High School in Chattanooga, TN, the middle school teams were district and multiple tournament champions. With her assistance, the High School team earned District, Regional, and Sub-State champions and placed 6th in the State in 2011 and 3rd in State in 2012.  Coach Casey has participated in coaching clinics and camps while in the Chattanooga area.

 

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Reagan Winstead
Coach

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Rachel Meyers
Coach

Coaching

  • Four years of coaching/reffing CBFO volleyball

  • 2013 Assistant Coach for Hardin Valley’s junior varsity team.  

Volleyball Awards:

  • 2009 Rookie of the Year

  • 2009 All District

  • 2010 All District

  • 2011 All District

  • 2011 Defensive Player of the Year

  • 2011 All-Region

  • 2011 Tournament MVP

  • 2011 All-State 

  • 2012 All District

  • 2012 All Region

  • 2012 District MVP

 


 

Coaching Experience:

• Head Coach Bearden Middle School Lady Bruins Volleyball

    2013-Present 

 

Playing Experience:

• Played for Carter High School Varsity 2004-2007

• Team Captain 2006-2007

• TSSAA All District Player 2006-2007

• Played for SMJVC Club 2004-2006

 

 
Ashley Wagner
Coach

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Courtney Hodge
Coach

Playing Experience:

   Fairwinds Christian High School, Newark, DE: 2004-2007

   The Crown College, Powell, TN: 2008-2011

 

Coaching Experience

   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

currently a UTK student majoring in psychology and art.

 

Playing:

Clinton High School   1998-2001

Varsity co-captain 2001

 

Coaching:

 Sacred Heart Cathedral School       2013-Current

Volleyball JV Head coach/ Varsity Assistant

Girls Basketball JV head Coach/ Varsity Assistant

 

CBFO- five seasons

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 Ashley Pittman
Coach

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

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Tayler Tate
Coach

•   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