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KVA Club Coaches


Carmen Mercadal Foster


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


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


Cara Gregg

Coaching Experience:
Assistant Coach at Rogers High School in Florence AL
Assistant Coach at Farragut High School

Playing Experience:
2004-2009 SMJVC
2005-2008 Farragut High School Volleyball
2009-2012 University of North Alabama

Volleyball Awards:
2005 JV Team Award
2006 JV MVP
2007 All-District Team
2007 District IV-AAA All-Tournament Team
2008 Varsity MVP
2008 District IV-AAA Best Hitter
2008 All District Team
2008 Region II AAA All-Tournament Team
2008 All-KIL Volleyball Team
2008 All-PrepXtra Volleyball Team
2008 All-State Volleyball Team
2009 TACA East All-Star Team
2009 All-GSC Volleyball Team
2009 Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year
2011 GSC All-Tournament Team

Jamie Petrik


Cheryl Drake
•4 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



Vanessa Smith

• 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

• 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 


Linda Sanchez


Brendon Cleer

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.




David Corbitt

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Jennifer Casey

Married, Knoxville native with 3 children




Played  (NAIA) volllyeyball at Ambassador University in Texas,

Have Coached club volleyball for 11 years.

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Courtney Dennis

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.


Currently a 5th-year student at UTK majoring in Materials Science and Engineering



2014-Present: Assistant Coach at Austin-East Magnet High School



2010-Present: UT Women's Club Volleyball

2007-2010: Tennessee Elite Volleyball Association (TEVA), Bristol, TN

2008-2010: Science Hill HS, Johnson City, TN - Varsity Captain

2006-2008: Providence Academy, Johnson City, TN

2006-2007: Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Club (NETVC), Bristol, TN


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Rachel Meyers


Heather Ackerman

Coaching Experience:

• Head Coach Bearden Middle School Lady Bruins Volleyball



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



Sloane Gouffon


Courtney Hodge

- Assistant Coach Bearden High School 2011-current 


- K2 13-regional 2012 


- Played at Bearden High School  from 2006-2010 


- Played SMJVC  2006-2010 

currently a UTK student majoring in psychology and art.



Clinton High School   1998-2001

Varsity co-captain 2001



 Sacred Heart Cathedral School       2013-Current

Volleyball JV Head coach/ Varsity Assistant

Girls Basketball JV head Coach/ Varsity Assistant


CBFO- five seasons


Clay Talbert

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Reagan Winstead


  • 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




Taylor Zigler

Player experience:
2006-2010: Maryville high school player
2009: Team captain
2007-2010: SMJVC player
2010-2013: University of Tennessee club player

Ashley Wagner


Ginger O'Donnell


Mark Kamer

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