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KVA Club Coaches

Carmen Mercadal Foster

Coach 18RED

David McGinnis

Director U15-U18 

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 13RED

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
Coach 18RED

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

Joe Fiore

Director U12-U14

Coach 12RED

Cheryl Drake
Coach 16WHITE

• 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

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


David Corbitt
Coach 16RED

Chiropractor and Knoxville native
1995-97: Played at Ambassador University in Texas
2003: Won USAV Hi Neighbor Tournament in Asheville
2002-08: Coached at SMJVC
2010-13: Coached at K2

Vanessa Smith
Coach 14RED
Brendon Cleer
Coach 16BLUE

• 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

• 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.



Roxanne Acree
Assistant Coach 13RED
Sloane Gouffon
Coach 15RED

Roxanne Acree currently serves on the University of Tennessee Volleyball coaching staff as the director of operations. She moved to Knoxville in the Spring of 2014 to join the Lady Vol coaching staff.


During her time at Louisville as an undergrad, Acree coached three different volleyball programs including assisting at Assumption High School, whose Varsity team won the Kentucky state championship and earned a No. 5 national ranking in 2013.


Acree also coached and worked at the KiVA Volleyball Club, the club where she played in high school. While at the club, which boasts 46 national championships, Acree directed summer and fall junior league camps which boasted 400+ athletes ranging from ages 4-16.


The major project she worked on was the Bluegrass Tournament, a two-day annual event that consisted of 750+ teams from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, the largest two-day junior volleyball event in the country.

Also while at Louisville, Acree worked as an Athletics Operations Assistant where she coordinated game day and special events including athletic banquets, games, team travel and alumni events.


A native of Louisville, Ky., Acree began her playing career at Indiana University - Southeast before transferring back to her hometown university.


Acree's mother, Crystal, was a middle blocker for the Cardinals while her father, Hal, was a catcher on the baseball team and an assistant coach post-graduation. She has an older brother, Christopher, a younger brother, Nathaniel, and a little sister, Hallee.

- Assistant Coach Bearden High School 2011-current 


- K2 13-regional 2012 


- Played at Bearden High School  from 2006-2010 


- Played SMJVC  2006-2010 

Linda Sanchez
Coach 17RED

Coaching Experience:

2013-14 Coach at KVA

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 


Mark Kamer
Coach 13WHITE
Ginger O'Donnell
Coach 15BLUE

Coaching Experience:

2010 – 2014 CBFO Head Coach

8 seasons coaching a total of 12 teams 4th – Middle School

Competitive League Experience

2014 Gold Division 1st Place

2013 Fall Gold Division 1st Place

2013 Spring Gold Division 2nd Place

History coaching as both assitant and head coach.

Played volleyball high school into freshman year in college.


I am a mother of two little girls, and I have been a teacher for three years.


 I enjoy coaching and helping young athletes grow into young adults. It is my goal to positively touch lives in any way possible especially through volleyball.

Heather Ackermann
Assistant Coach 14RED

2013-Present - Farragut Middle School Coach

 *2013 - Knox Volley Tournament Champions

 *2013 - KVA MIddle School Tournament Champions

 *2014 - Rocky Top Sports World Champions

 *2014 - Grace Christian Middle School Champions

 *2014 - Junior Buccaneer (ETSU) Volleyball Classic Champions


 *2014 - Knox Volley Tournament Champions


2011-2014- CBFO Volleyball Coach

*2014 - 2nd place Middle School Competitive

*2011 - 2nd place 3rd/4th division


1990-1992 - High School Referee

*Traveled regionally as a high school referee



*Played Volleyball at T.C. Roberson High School

Rachel Meyers
Assistant Coach 13WHITE

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


Maddi Trent
Assistant Coach 16BLUE
Reagan Winstead
Assistant Coach 16RED

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 



  • Assitant Coach 18Red team 2013-14

  • 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



Courtney Dennis

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


Alex Sexton
Assistant Coach 15BLUE


TSSAA High School Official

Karns High School Assistant Coach 2014-2015

Ashley Wagner
Caroline Aldridge
Assistant Coach 17RED

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

Playing Experience:

2004-2008 Oak Ridge High School

2008-2012 Bryan College​

Current grass/sand player


Coaching experience:

2006-2007 Assistant coach at Robertsville Middle School

2012-2014 Assistant coach at Oak Ridge High School


I am a fourth grade teacher at Northshore Elementary and I love coaching and playing volleyball! I enjoy traveling and playing in grass and sand tournaments across the southeast. 

Chase Rathfoot
Assistant Coach 12RED
Santana Ewers
Assistant Coach 15RED