Bravo: BRAVO Directors and Coaches

Friday, October 18



I’m Dianna Marshall one of your BRAVO Directors, along with my husband Ken. Here in Bowling Green I’ve coached club volleyball, worked various camps (WKU and BRAVO) for all age groups, given private lessons, and as of seven years ago taken on more of an administrative position with BRAVO. I grew up in a small city in Northern Kentucky, Bellevue. The youngest of 8 children, I set a goal to play Division I volleyball in order to afford a college education, and did so at Morehead State University, MSU. I’ve been an assistant college coach both at MSU & also here at WKU. This is my 16th year working as an Academic Athletic Advisor at WKU. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling. Before ending up here as a wife and mother of 2, I stayed very busy with volleyball year round. I coached 8 years of club volleyball for Northern Kentucky Junior Volleyball, NKJV, ages 14-18. During this time I also coached all 3 high school teams (Frosh., J.V., & Varsity) for Simon Kenton H.S. taking the team a long way ending with numerous tournament championships and state tournament appearances, all along with teaching H.S. mathematics. In addition, the last 4 years in N. KY I served as Coaching Coordinator/Supervisor, Board Member, and Tournament Director all for NKJV. Now, I’m very committed to improving the sport of volleyball in this area.


Hello, I’m Ken Marshall, the original “Marshall”. I’m in my seventh year Directing BRAVO. For the last 8 years I’ve coached travel club teams here in Bowling Green, but even before then I helped out wherever needed to promote and improve all levels of volleyball in this area. My initial involvement was as an assistant with WKU Volleyball for 4 years (’97-’01) and volunteering now in different capacities for well over 20 years. Also I’ve worked various camps, conducted private lessons, helped prospective players in the college recruiting process, and managed to continue to play myself at a high level both indoors and outdoors. Perhaps my highest accomplishment is teaching my daughter Riley, whose ball control already is better than my wife’s. I attended BGHS back in the day and graduated from WKU with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. I’m a business owner by day, but truly enjoy coaching and playing whenever possible! My BRAVO teams have been very successful showing much improvement both individually and as a team. BRAVO has already come along way fielding 10 competitive travel teams last year, sending girls off to play college volleyball, & capturing many tournament titles along the way. I hope to continue to contribute to the growth of that success for many years to come. At home, I’m outnumbered with two little girls and my wife, so I’m right at home Coaching & Directing BRAVO, where at least my opinion counts.een


Hola, my name is Steve Allen. I am a Bowling Green native, and a graduate of Bowling Green High and WKU. While attending college I played on numerous WKU club teams. I have been involved with BRAVO since its start. Also I coached 2 years club volleyball before BRAVO began. Volleyball has been a relaxing hobby of mine for over 20 years. For the past 15 years I’ve volunteered as an assistant with the WKU volleyball team. Together with Ken Marshall we are the voice the fans hear for the play by play commentating when the Hilltoppers webcast their games. Professionally I am a full time entrepreneur and part time I work a fun job at Total Image Audio. Personally, I married my college sweetheart, Lisa. We have three kids (Deuce, our very energetic dog, Gigi and Coco our very independent yet lovable cats) and look forward to expanding our family. I’m excited about how far BRAVO has come, and I plan to be a part of their future success.

Hi! My name is Allyson Barnett. I have lived in Bowling Green for the past fifteen years. I have an eight year old daughter that everyone will get to know, if they don't already. I moved here from a small town in southern Indiana, Tell City, to finish my degree at WKU. I received my bachelors in exceptional child education in May 2001, and then completed my masters in counseling in May 2008 from WKU as well. I have been teaching special education for Bowling Green City schools since July 2001. I began playing volleyball at a very young age with our local parks and recreation in Indiana. Once I began junior high, I was able to play for the school team. I played three years in junior high and then moved on to the high school where I was a four year starter on the varsity team. I was a setter and an outside hitter. I began my coaching career in June 1997. I was the assistant coach at my high school for one year before I moved to Bowling Green. Once I received my degree and my teaching position, I began looking to coach again. However, Bowling Green City Schools did not have a program. I continued to be active with volleyball playing in the adult leagues. Finally in 2006, I began coaching at BGHS as the assistant coach. The following year in February, I was named the Head Varsity Coach for BGHS. I was the Head Coach for the 2007-2011 seasons. I have coached BRAVO two seasons, one with the 13's and the other with the 17's. I took last year off and am VERY excited to begin coaching BRAVO again. I am also very active with the Warren County Youth Volleyball program as a head coach. My daughter, Kaia, was finally able to play this fall. I look forward to working with our youth and sharing my love for the game!!!

Hello, My name is Dawn Burgess. I am a native of Bowling Green where I graduated from Warren Central High School and Western Kentucky University. I have three children: two girls and one boy. All three love playing volleyball. I am a Kindergarten aide at St Joseph School and have been coaching our middle school volleyball team for the past two years. I am a sports fanatic. I enjoyed playing the various varsity sports that my high school had to offer. My love for the game of volleyball started growing when I coached my daughter and her friends on a volleyball team 5 years ago. Since then, I have coached various volleyball teams, grades 3rd - 8th, attended various coaching clinics and taken coaching classes. I earned my USAV Indoor IMPACT Certification in 2012. Last year, I had the privilege to be an assistant coach under Abbie Bear and Kelsey Towns with the BRAVO 13 Black team. I am excited to be a part of the BRAVO coaching staff once again and can not wait for the season ahead.

Hello, hello! My name is Sarah Doom. I recently started working as a Graphic Designer at Fruit of the Loom, specifically with the Spalding creative team. I attended Western Kentucky where I received my Bachelors in Fine Arts. This will be my 5th season with BRAVO, and I am so excited to get started! I have been involved with volleyball for over 11 years, whether it be coaching or playing. I started coaching in 2010 with BRAVO and continued on to work with Warren Central High School for two and a half years. For the last 3 years, I've assisted with WKU’s Volleyball Team Summer Camps. This past school season, I head coached the freshmen team at Centennial High School in Franklin, TN, which is where I am from. I can't wait to see what we have in store for us this BRAVO season! I hope to help the girls improve their level of play and increase their love of the game!

Hello, my name is Taylor Faulkner. Volleyball has been a part of my life for over 8 years now. I truly have a passion for the sport. I played in middle school for Drakes Creek Middle, and I attended Greenwood High School and played all four years while I was there. My freshman year of high school I played club for MAVA and my sophomore through senior year I played club for BRAVO in the off season. I've been a setter the majority of my career. In high school I was named an all district, all region, and all state player. My freshman year of college I played for St. Catharine College. We ran a 6-2 so I got a lot of playing time while I was there, however I decided that I wanted to move home and continue my college career at WKU! I currently play for the club team at WKU and in some leagues through Parks and Rec when I have the time. This will be my first year coaching BRAVO, and I am very excited about it. This is definitely one good thing I am getting from being back at WKU! I am looking forward to the season and am very excited about coaching the girls and helping them be the best they can be on and off the court!

Hey! I'm Kate Frank and I have been playing volleyball for over 12 years. I was a member of the Greenwood High School volleyball team from 2002-2007 as well as playing on several club teams such as SKY, Vette City Volleyball, and Impact, out of Nashville, TN. After high school, I went to Arkadelphia, Arkansas where I played division II collegiate volleyball at Ouachita Baptist University. While playing college ball in the fall, I helped coach spring club volleyball for Hot Springs Juniors (Hot Springs, AR) for 2 seasons. I graduated from OBU with a degree in Kinesiology and Secondary Education in May 2012. I spent a year with my husband, Aaron, in Texarkana, AR teaching special education and coaching 7th and 8th graders before moving back home to wonderful Bowling Green. I am currently the head coach for the Warren Central Lady Dragon Volleyball team and cannot wait to get started coaching club ball! It's my favorite time of year, after Christmas, of course!

Hi, my name is Casey Garvey. I am a first year Graduate Assistant for WKU Volleyball. I am from Louisville, Ky. I played club volleyball at MAVA for 7 years, attended Mercy Academy High School, and just recently graduated from Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. My degree is in Fitness and Health Promotion, with a minor in Nutrition. At WKU I will be studying Sports Administration and Recreation with a concentration in Facility and Event Management. I have been playing competitive volleyball for 12 years, and I fell in love with the sport. My position was a setter. I coached club volleyball for the first time last year, in Birmingham, Al for a first year club called B’ham Boom. I worked with girls ranging from 15-18 years old, and I had a blast. I am very much looking forward to coaching at BRAVO and helping young girls develop their volleyball skills!

Hello, I’m Justin Griffin. Originally from Alabama, I got started in coaching volleyball at Jacksonville State University where I met my wife, Kristi. I was a student assistant there for 3 years and was part of 3 Conference Championships and 2 NCAA berths. Prior to my volleyball coaching career I played 2 years of college baseball, and I played baseball and basketball in high school. Currently, I am the Head Volleyball Coach at South Warren High School. This will be my fifth season coaching with BRAVO and I have enjoyed every season. I am proud to be part of BRAVO because it provides many opportunities for players in our area to grow and develop as players and individuals. On a recent note, I’m happy to serve as a BRAVO Board member, helping this area to continue to improve! Before moving to Bowling Green, I coached a very successful 17s club volleyball team in Evansville for River City. Overall this is my tenth year coaching volleyball either at the high school or collegiate level. Kristi and I are proud parents of 2 year old “Jaxon”, and being a parent is the biggest joy in my life.

Hello, my name is David Jackson. I’m very excited to be entering my second season as a BRAVO coach and my fourth as a BRAVO parent. I enjoy being a part of BRAVO because it provides an opportunity for the players to develop their individual and team skills in a fun, yet high-level competitive environment. I have played volleyball for many years in leagues and outdoor tournaments, and my senior year in college I was on the Murray State University Men's Club Team. I have previously coached with Warren County Youth Volleyball, and have been the Assistant Coach at South Warren Middle School the past two years. My wife, Leslie, who has always supported me wherever the road leads us will provide my end of game coaching critique (even if I don't ask for it and even though she was just a cheerleader) to keep me on my toes. I’m blessed to have both my daughters enjoy the game as much as I do, and fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach them to championships in rec league, middle school, and BRAVO. I look forward to a great 2014 season!

Hi, my name is Sydney Jackson. For my entire 19 years, I’ve lived here in Bowling Green. Currently, I’m a sophomore pre-vet major at WKU. I first played volleyball in eighth grade at St. Joe. Loved it! I then proceeded to dedicate my entire athletic experience to volleyball at Bowling Green High School playing libero at the Varsity level all four years, BRAVO Club in the off season, and Sand on the side. I continue to play sand volleyball whenever possible. I’m always game when the opportunity presents itself! I truly believe volleyball is a sport you never really leave; I have learned so much, not only about the sport but about myself and being a part of a team, managing time and challenges, how to compete and succeed! I'm fairly new to the coaching scene, but had a blast with the 15 Black Team last year. Thanks to the impressive coaching talents of Ken and Steve, my coaching debut was an incredible learning experience. I’m really looking forward to my second year coaching Bravo.

Hello, my name is Erin Leavitt. I’m from the south suburbs of Chicago and will soon reside in Bowling Green, KY. I am in the Army and stationed at Fort Knox. Volleyball has been a passion of mine for many years. I started playing in the 4th grade, shortly thereafter began playing club and played in high school and college as well. I graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO in 2008. Our team saw action at the NCAA tournament all three years I played there. After college, I played for the All-Army women’s volleyball team as well as the All-Armed Forces women’s team (a combination of service members). We’ve traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Amsterdam, Holland. As a coach, I’ve worked the past two years in Fayetteville, NC head coaching 17U teams. Throughout my college career, I coached clinics for junior high players. I truly love the sport and believe that growing as a player has as much to do with actions on the court as actions off of it. My coaching philosophy revolves around ensuring sound basic skills, combined with providing the discipline and motivation needed for girls to develop into mature, scholar-athletes. I’m excited to be a part of the BRAVO family this year!

Hello, my name is Samantha Mosher. I am a freshman at WKU this year, majoring in Healthcare Administration. I have been around volleyball since I can remember, starting with my two older sisters. MY younger knowledge of volleyball was in Iowa and then my family moved down to Bowling Green and that is where my career began. My first time being on an organized team was in the 7th grade. I played at the varsity level for four years and graduated from Greenwood High School. My club career started at BRAVO in the 8th grade. I spread my wings a little my junior year and played in Nashville for Alliance where I extended my knowledge of the sport. I started at just being an outside hitter, but soon adapted to playing all positions. I am all about hard work while still being able to have fun. I am extremely excited to teach the BRAVO girls and hope to share my love for this sport with others.

Hello! My name is Brittany Nicley and I’m super excited to be a part of the BRAVO Coaching Staff! Originally from the Indianapolis area, I have been playing volleyball for 18 years, starting when I was 10 years old. I played volleyball and softball for 4 years at an NAIA institution. I was a setter throughout high school and college. I graduated from Judson University (Elgin, IL) in 2008. In 2009, I was named head coach for Mid-Continent University (Mayfield, KY), a 4 year NAIA institution where I was the head coach for 4 years breaking all records in our history books. Travis Hudson, head coach for Western Kentucky University Volleyball offered me a Graduate Assistant position and I jumped at the chance. I have coached 6 seasons of club (Circle City-Indianapolis) and (WKVC-Paducah) I have coached 11u-17u. I was also Head Coach for a JV high school team in Indiana for one season and have instructed 12 different high school camps in the past 4 summers along with giving individual lessons to more than 30 female athletes. I have instructed multiple clinics for youth leagues in western Kentucky and central Indiana. I am very energetic and super excited to instill hard work and passion for the game of volleyball. I love teaching the game.

Hi! My name is Christy Patch and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to coach one of the 12U teams for BRAVO this year. I am an elementary school teacher in Macon County Schools, and mother of three volleyball players. I coached our Junior High Volleyball school team for 9 years, and this is my tenth year with our High School Team in Red Boiling Springs, Tn. Volleyball became a passion for our family in 2001 when my oldest daughter became a manager and statistician for the team, and I became a parent volunteer. Volunteering turned into assisting, and by the time all three of my girls were playing, I had fallen in love with coaching. This will be my fourth year coaching with BRAVO, and my seventh year in the BRAVO family. BRAVO was a very important part of my daughters’ growth and development in the sport, and provided opportunities to play with talented athletes that had the same drive and love of the game. The combination of great BRAVO coaches (Thanks guys) and the exposure helped my middle daughter realize her dream of setting for a college team in Boston, MA. I won’t hesitate to admit I learned just as much as my girls did along the way, and being with this club has made me a better coach. Last year I was the head coach of 12 Red Team and I loved working with the strong young athletes from the Bowling Green Area. I hope to provide this season’s talented young players with a strong base in fundamentals while encouraging their love of the game. I look forward to a great season!

Hello, my name is Tracie Phillips. I’m originally from Illinois but have lived in Bowling Green for over 10 years. I have been playing volleyball for over 15 years. Two of those years at Greenwood High School where I also graduated. I played club volleyball at Impact in Nashville, TN for 5 years. During my experience of club volleyball my accomplishments included placing third at the Junior Olympics and playing some of the top teams in the nation. After high school I went on to play at Union college for a year. I still enjoy playing volleyball in different leagues and travel teams. I have coached at Simpson County, and currently coach at Bowling Green High School. I have learned so much from those past years of coaching, but have so much more to learn. I am a strong believer in going back to the basics and the skills of volleyball. I am so excited to learn from this year and to learn just as much from the girls as I hope to teach them. Looking forward to a great year at Bravo.

Hello, I am Jason Reels. I am a native of Bowling Green where I graduated from Warren Central High School and Western Kentucky University. I have been a coach with BRAVO for the past 6 years and was part of the 17Black coaching staff last year. I have led many BRAVO teams to successful seasons! I have also been the head volleyball coach at Drakes Creek Middle School and am currently the head coach at South Warren Middle School. I am very passionate about the sport of volleyball and committed to growing the sport in this area. I served as the President of Warren County Youth Volleyball for 3 years and have personally played volleyball for over 20 years. I have two daughters that have played for BRAVO over the past 6 years and have truly enjoyed their experience and the skill development and competition that comes from this level of play. I look forward to the challenge of helping each player enhance their individual volleyball skills while building a strong team environment. My team will play hard but always remember to have fun and enjoy the game! I am proud to be a member of the newly formed BRAVO Board!

Hi, I'm Margaret Sherwood, formerly known as Margaret Madison. I am originally from Savannah, GA, and I moved to Bowling Green in 2008. . I have enjoyed many team and individual successes while playing Volleyball. My High School team won the Georgia 5A State Championship, and I was named the 5A Player of the Year. I played Middle & Right Side for Coker College in South Carolina and was fortunate enough to play in Australia for a few weeks. I have spent a few seasons as a Bravo assistant coach and co-coach. I am excited about being part of the Bravo team again!

Hello, I’m Morgan Shipley. I’m originally from Scottsville, KY and a graduate of Western Kentucky University. Go Hilltoppers! I currently work at David Graves State Farm agency here in Bowling Green, KY. I previously coached with BRAVO 4 years ago and have recently just moved back to Bowling Green. For the past 3 years, I lived in St. Louis, MO and coached college women’s basketball for the University of Missouri St. Louis. Before that, I was the Graduate Assistant for Western Kentucky University’s women’s basketball team for 2 years. I coached volleyball at Warren Central High school for 3 years and also coached boys basketball and girls tennis while I was a student at WKU. It is nice to be back in the area and back helping with BRAVO as much as I can. I fell in love with playing volleyball when I was in HS and loved coaching it when I lived in Bowling Green. My teams at Warren Central improved drastically while I was there, and it was because a lot of the girls made a commitment to play club with BRAVO. I understand the recruiting process from coaching college basketball and look forward to helping student athletes in this club that want to play in college find a good fit for them!

Hi my name is Abbie Siljendahl and I am in my third season coaching for BRAVO. I was a Graduate Assistant Coach for WKU Volleyball for the last two years. Both my past two BRAVO teams had great success and my players saw immense improvement within themselves. I have coached both the 16’s and 13’s age group. I am original from Naperville, IL where I played club volleyball for Sports Performance Volleyball Club. I was also four year starter (2006-2009) on Western Kentucky University's volleyball team, where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in spring 2010. I have recently obtained my Master's in Sport Administration - Facility and Event Management. While playing at WKU, I was named MVP my senior year, awarded the Lee Murray Scholarship, and was named to the Sun Belt Conference All - Tournament team. Over the past eight years, I have worked with all ages in various volleyball camps for WKU and for Sports Performance Volleyball Club (Chicago, IL). Summer of 2011, I was the camp director for WKU's team camp, All skills camp, Elite camp and Lil' Topper Volley camp and the summer of 2012 I was a co-director of those camps. I've also given private individual and group lessons since returning to the Hill.

Hello, my name is Kelsey Towns. I am in my junior year at Western Kentucky University. I have worked with the WKU volleyball team the last 2 seasons, but had to give that up this year in order to start my Nursing program. I have lived in Nashville, Tennessee my entire life. I started playing volleyball when I was ten years old on my middle school team and played throughout my high school career. I began playing travel volleyball for Select at age 12 then played at Alliance until I was 18. I have given private lessons at the YMCA in my hometown and have also helped out with an assortment of volleyball camps over the past four years. Also during that time, I have enjoyed coaching the 7th and 8th grade varsity volleyball team at my middle school, St. Henry. I’m looking forward to my third year coaching with BRAVO!

Hi I'm Tim Sharp. I am coaching with BRAVO because volleyball is one of my passions and I hope to see the sport continue to grow in this area. I have been playing volleyball for 20 years now, with three years of club experience at the University of Kentucky. While at UK, I helped coach the UK women's club team as well. I have been coaching BRAVO 14s travel team for the past 6 years. I have been very fortunate to be with some extremely successful teams. Last year my 14Black team had a record of 39-7 with 3 tournament wins. Now 7 of the 8 players made their Varsity high school teams and most start for their Varsity team. I look forward to working with the BRAVO Board & Coaches to continue this BRAVO success. I just finished my sixth year as a high school official and have enjoyed seeing the effect that BRAVO is having on the high school teams in the area. On a personal level, I’m an Engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and I have a seven year old daughter named Aubrey that I hope will love the sport of volleyball as much as I do.

Hi everyone! My name is Nicole Whitson! I am a sophomore in college at WKU. I have played volleyball since I was in the 7th grade for Warren Central and was one of the original BRAVO girls to filter all through starting at 13. I played a year at Kentucky Wesleyan and decide to come home to WKU. I now am the manager for the WKU Volleyball team. My sister, Zoe, is now playing volleyball for BRAVO. My dad, Jeff, coaches for BRAVO as well. I have been around the sport since I was a baby and played many years not just on hard court, but also in sand. In high school I was the starting setter for 4 years, and in college I was a utility player. I'm looking forward to coaching BRAVO girls and am so excited about this season!

Hello! My name is Jeff Whitson, and I am a Bowling Green native. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Liz. We have three children Nicole, Zoe, and Jackson. I have enjoyed and played volleyball for over twenty years through indoor and sand volleyball leagues. As an assistant coach with BRAVO now for six years, I have been extremely privileged to be a part of six incredible and successful BRAVO teams. This past year with 14Black was so impressive! I am also a fortunate father that my love for volleyball extends to my children. My daughter, Nicole, is now a manager with the WKU volleyball team learning from Coach Hudson. She played for BRAVO five years. Now, my youngest daughter, Zoe, is starting her third season in volleyball at the age of 14. I look forward to another great year with the BRAVO family, and am particularly excited to be part of the BRAVO Board.