Bravo: BRAVO Directors and Coaches

Friday, October 18

BRAVO DIRECTORS AND COACHES BIOS CO-DIRECTOR

I’m Dianna Marshall one of your BRAVO Directors, along with my husband Ken. I have 30 years of playing experience and 20 years of coaching experience. Here in Bowling Green I’ve coached on the college and club level, worked various camps (WKU and BRAVO) for all age groups, and given private lessons. As of eight years ago, I’ve 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 17th 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. After a few years of assisting, I head coached 8 years 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.

CO-DIRECTOR AND COACH

Hello, I’m Ken Marshall, the original “Marshall”. I’m in my seventh year Directing BRAVO. For the last 9 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 girls and my wife, so I’m right at home Coaching & Directing BRAVO, where at least my opinion counts.

COACHES

Hi, 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 volleyball teams. I have been involved with BRAVO since its inception. I firmly believe in the direction that Ken and Dianna have taken BRAVO and believe with their continued input and support, BRAVO will continue to grow and help the volleyball in this and surrounding areas. Also, I coached two years of club volleyball before BRAVO began. Volleyball has been a relaxing hobby of mine for over 20 years. For the past 15 years, I’ve been a volunteer 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 also work at Total Image Audio. Personally, I married my high school and college sweetheart, Lisa. We are now the proud parents of baby Jack, a beautiful baby boy, who is the center of our world. I now have a new set of priorities, but 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 sixteen years. I have a nine 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 am also very active with the Warren County Youth Volleyball program as a head coach. I have coached BRAVO for four seasons, one with the 13's, one with the 17's, and two with the 12’s. I am VERY excited to begin the 2015 BRAVO season!!! I look forward to working with our youth and sharing my love for the game!!!

Hi! My name is Vanessa Bolton. Born and raised right here in Bowling Green, KY, I started playing volleyball my 6th grade year at St. Joseph's School and immediately fell in love with the game. I continued to play through the rest of middle school and on to high school varsity at Bowling Green High School for four years. I began playing club ball with BRAVO my freshman year in high school. I am now a student at WKU majoring in Secondary Education and Mathematics. I played intramural volleyball at the beginning of the year. This is my first year being an assistant coach for BRAVO. I can't wait to share the skills I have learned over the years with my girls! Volleyball has always been a huge part of my life and I'm very excited to begin my career as a coach!

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 St. Joseph 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. Two years ago, I had the privilege to be an assistant coach under Abbie Bear and Kelsey Towns with the BRAVO 13 Black team. Last year, I head coached BRAVO 13 White with Justin Griffin and Taylor Faulkner. I am excited to be a part of the BRAVO coaching staff once again and cannot wait for the season ahead.

Hello! My name is Sarah Cassady. Some of you may know me as Sarah Doom. I recently got married this past September! For those, that don’t know me all that well…I am 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 6th season with BRAVO, and I am so excited to get started! I have been involved with volleyball for over twelve 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, assisted with WKU’s Volleyball Team Summer Camps and 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! Last year, I was head coach of 14 White. We got a lot of work done, including winning the Presidents Bay Bash in Nashville.

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 6th 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. I’m happy to serve as a BRAVO Board member, helping this area 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 11th year coaching volleyball either at the high school or collegiate level. Kristi and I are proud parents of 3 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 third season as a BRAVO coach and my fifth 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 was the Assistant Coach at South Warren Middle School for two years. I am currently the SWMS Head Coach. 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 Bailey Jordan. For 18 years I have lived in Bowling Green. As of now I am a freshman at Western Kentucky University with a double major of art and mathematics. I started playing volleyball my freshman year at Bowling Green High School. I have had a love for the sport ever since. I played all four years of high school volleyball, BRAVO club season, and most recently on intramural teams at WKU. I try to play every chance I get. Volleyball has been a major part of my life by teaching me what it means to be on a team and how to work with others.I am new to coaching but I am incredibly excited to start!

Hi there, my name is Katie Mabry. While I have been involved with volleyball in some form for nearly 20 years, this will be my first season coaching with BRAVO. I moved to Bowling Green about 3 years ago from my hometown of Orlando, Florida where I played Division 6A High School volleyball. I captained multiple years and received various tournament and All-Metro honors. I played club seasons throughout high school with The Orlando Volleyball Academy: Asics and Elite Teams. In addition, I coached summer camps and tryouts with OVA. I began my Undergraduate College career at the University of Arizona where I played Club Volleyball as a setter, and completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Central Florida in 2006. I currently work as a Victim Advocate for the Barren River Area Safe Space, Inc. and in my free time, I enjoy playing both indoor and beach volleyball. I am honored and super excited to assist with such an amazing organization this season!

Hello, my name is Samantha Mosher. I am a sophomore at WKU this year, majoring in Nursing. 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. This is my second year coaching with BRAVO. I learned a lot my first year coaching with Abbie Siljendahl. I am extremely excited to teach the BRAVO girls and hope to share my love for this sport with others.

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. I am looking forward to another 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 7 years and was the 15Red Head Coach last year. I have led many BRAVO teams to successful seasons! I have also been the head volleyball coach at Drakes Creek Middle School, South Warren Middle School and am currently the head coach at Greenwood High 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 7 years and have truly enjoyed their experience and the skill development and competition that comes from this level of play. My oldest daughter, Courtney, signed last year to play at Brescia University, and one of my goals as a travel coach is to assist any player to make it to the collegiate level if that is her passion. 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 BRAVO Board!

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 7 years. I have been very fortunate to be with some extremely successful teams. Last year my 14Black team had a record of 38-9 with 1 tournament win and two second place finishes. I look forward to working with the BRAVO Board & Coaches to continue this BRAVO success. I just finished my seventh 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.

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 moved back to Bowling Green, and started coaching BRAVO again last year with 15Black. In between, 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 fourth season coaching for BRAVO. I was a Graduate Assistant Coach for WKU Volleyball for two years. 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 a four year starter (2006-2009) on Western Kentucky University's volleyball team, where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2010. I have 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 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 senior year at Western Kentucky University. I have worked with the WKU volleyball team for 2 seasons, but had to give that up in order to start the 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 five 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 fourth year coaching with BRAVO! Hi everyone!

My name is Nicole Whitson! I am a junior 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 going into my second year as 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 thirty years through indoor and sand volleyball leagues. I have been an assistant coach with BRAVO since year one. 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 and is now a BRAVO coach. Also, my youngest daughter, Zoe, is starting her fourth season with BRAVO. I look forward to another rewarding year with outstanding players.

Hi, my name is Meagan Ward. I was born and raised here in Bowling Green, Kentucky and am currently attending the Honors College at WKU, majoring in Elementary Education. I started playing volleyball in the 6th grade and have loved it ever since. I played for Bowling Green High School for five years, BRAVO club volleyball, and just recently WKU intramurals. Volleyball has been a very essential part of my life, teaching me how to work as a team and also helped me create long lasting friendships. I'm very excited for my first season coaching! It will be a lot of fun and I can't wait to start the season!

Hey there! I'm Jimmy Yokley. I have played competitive volleyball for many years. I have been an assistant high school coach for 9 years, and I am currently the assistant coach at Warren East High School. This will be my second season coaching with BRAVO. I love watching the sport grow and I love being a part of BRAVO!

Hi! My name is Sheila Yokley. I am the head volleyball coach at Warren East High School. I have played competitive volleyball for 25 years. I have coached with BRAVO for 6 seasons and high school for 9 years. Volleyball has been such a big part of my family life as we have all enjoyed playing and coaching it. It's so exciting to see how volleyball has developed since it started here in 2000-2001. BRAVO has played a large part in this and I am so proud to call myself a coach within this fantastic organization! Go BRAVO!