Alabama Juniors Volleyball Club: 2014 Coaching Staff

2014 Coaches List


Tonnie & Brett Glover

Tonnie and Brett will be entering their 12th year of coaching for Alabama Juniors. Tonnie has been coaching volleyball for 14 years. She played her high school volleyball at Thompson High School. She played club ball from the age of 12, and received a full volleyball scholarship to play college ball at Samford University as an outside hitter. Brett was a multi-sport athlete, and they have enjoyed the opportunity to coach together throughout the years. They teach camps, clinics, and private lessons for both individuals and schools around the city. They thoroughly enjoy working with younger players and teaching foundational volleyball. They take their job very seriously, and see every year

as an opportunity to impact, motivate, and inspire young girls to love the sport of volleyball. Their desire is not to just create a love for the sport but to build character, good self confidence, and to help the girls reach their full potential in both volleyball and their everyday lives. They have two children, Sierra, 15, who has plays with Juniors and at Thompson High School, and Luke, 1.

Carol Nelson Bolton

Carol has twenty-two years of coaching experience (beginner to high school level) and has coached for Alabama Jrs. for 7 years (ages 12-15). She attended North Side High School in Ft. Wayne, IN where she was a three sport student athlete, earning ten (10) varsity athletic awards (2 in volleyball, 4 in basketball and 4 in track & field). Played middle hitter/blocker for Coach Ry Taliaferro, lead team in blocks her junior and senior year and to a #3 state ranking. Competed in AAU Junior Olympic Track & Field Nationals four years in the 400 & 1600 meter relays and long jump. Played college basketball for Indiana-Purdue at Ft. Wayne. Works as a volleyball and

basketball camp instructor for various schools and colleges. Head volleyball coach at Bumpus Middle School in Hoover for twelve years-won five 7th/8th grade Metro Championships. Varsity assistant girl's basketball coach at Spain Park High School. Carol is married to Rev. Jerry Bolton and has twin stepsons, Jeremy & Jared, who are in their 2nd year of college in Mississippi. Carol's Alabama Juniors 12-1 Squad won the Southern Region Volleyball Association's Club Championships in 2011.

Bianca Hill, Breana Thomas, Ross Hickman


Bianca played volleyball in high school at Coffee High (Florence, AL) and Jefferson Davis High in Montgomery. She played for the University of North Alabama for one year and choose to play tennis for the rest of her college career. She previously coached volleyball at Bradshaw High in Florence, and she has been coaching with Alabama Juniors for 7 years.

Breana is a freshman volleyball player at the University of Montevallo. She played club volleyball at GA5 for four years where she played Middle Hitter. She has coached at the Southern Volleyball Center in Alpharetta, GA with their Competitive Volleyball League.

Ross will be entering his 8th year of coaching for Alabama Juniors, and his 19th overall. Ross has played sand volleyball for 22 years, including 3 AVP qualifiers. He played indoor at Arizona State under Jeff Nelson. He began coaching with East Valley Juniors in Phoenix, where the 1995 16s team took 2nd place in Open Nationals. Ross has also coached both high school and college teams. He enjoys coaching all ages and levels, and seeing the results of hard work both individually and as a team. Ross is married to Paige, and they have two sons, Caleb and Seth.

Bri Marquez & Caprice Lawrence

Bri attended Minooka Community High School in Channahon, Il. Played club for UNO from the age of 14. Received all conference awards for the SPC as a setter. Attends University of Montevallo now as a sophomore setter. 




Caprice played Volleyball and Softball in high school at Clayton High School (St. Louis, MO). She continued playing on intermural volleyball teams in college and park & rec leagues. She is entering her 7th year of coaching at Evangel Christian School (Alabaster) and her 4th year as head coach.Caprice’s JV teams have won 4 out their last 5 Conference Championships, including this year’s tournament. Her Varsity team remains undefeated in regular conference play for the last 5 years and won their 5th Conference Championship this year. The team finished their season with a record of 31-2. They also won the Division II Championship Tournament at the National Association of Christian Athletes this year in Dayton, TN, remaining undefeated in bracket play. Caprice is married and has 3 children, her oldest daughter, who played volleyball for ECS, is at Alabama studying English and Italian, her son is a Senior at ECS this year and her youngest daughter, just finished her first year on the ECS JV team.

Grace Burgess and Katie Best

Grace played high school volleyball at Homewood High School and played with Alabama Juniors for club. She continued on to play Libero for four years at LaGrange College in Georgia. Grace was named Conference Libero of the year in 2008 and holds the record at Lagrange for digs per match and total digs. She earned a B.S. in a early childhood education. Her coaching career  began as the volunteer assistant coach at Lagrange.  When she moved moved back to birmingham, she started coaching at Alabama Juniors 15-1. Since then, she has coached private lessons and team camps at Birmingham Southern, Pelham, Vestavia, and Mountain Brook with Coach Judy Green, and she just completed her first season as the JV coach at Spain park.

Katie is a Junior at the University of Montevallo. She is currently on scholarship as a middle/right side hitter. She is a psychology major with a kinesiology minor. Member of the Student Athletic Advisory Commitee. Two time recipient of the peach belt conference presidential honor role award. Spain park high school alumni. 


Sarah Guidry & Melinda Claiborne

Sarah played volleyball for three years in middle school and 4 years in high school in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She played club for 5 years and some sand volleyball. She played two years of collegiate volleyball at Pensacola State College and is currently at the University of Montevallo in her junior season. 

Melinda has been involved with volleyball for 35 years. She began playing club volleyball in California (1980), followed by playing on the Junior Olympics team in the summer of 1984. The next summer, she played on the West Team in the National Sports Festival 1985. She moved on to play college volleyball at the University of Hawaii for one year, then the University of Washington for her last three. During those years she gained the titles of: Two-time All-American, 7th in Service Aces, 8th in Average Digs per Set, and Pac-10 Player of the Decade. She began coaching right after graduation as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Colorado State University (1990-1991), Assistant at the University of Nevada (1991-1992), Assistant at the University of California-Berkeley (1992-1994), while playing Semi-Pro with The San Jose Storm (1992-1994). In the fall of 1994, she began playing Professionally in Germany. She then came back and began coaching again at The University of Georgia as an Assistant (1997-2000). In the beginning of 2000, she was hired as the Head Volleyball Coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and stayed there for 5 years before retiring and moved on to become a Special Education teacher in the Shelby County School System.

Nevena Stephanov

Nevena started playing volleyball when she was 11 years old. She played for the Junior National Team in Serbia which won the Balkan championship as a setter when she was 15. She played club in Belgrade, Serbia until age 18, and then received a scholarship for UAB and moved to Alabama. During her four year career, she started every match and holds second place in school history in assists. She was team captain all four years while playing for UAB. By the end of her college career she was awarded: 1st Team All-C-USA Volleyball Team, 2007, 2008; All-C-USA Tournament Team, 2007, 2008; Conference Setter of the Year 2008 award; 7 times C-USA

 Volleyball Player of the Week, 2005 – present ; 1st C-USA Tournament Title in School History, 2006; NCAA Tournament appearance, 2006; 2nd round of NCAA 2008; All-Midwest Region Team 2008; All-America Honorable Mention 2008; Lillian Fahy Post-Eligibility Scholarship 2008. Nevena holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She has worked the past four years as a volleyball coach, certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, and strength and wellness coach. She coached at Team Sting for three years and will be entering her second season with Alabama juniors.

Valeria Hackett & Andrea Thames

Valeria is in her 17th year of coaching and teaching. She played high school volleyball at Chelsea High School and played on the Club Team, Sojourners, which is now the Alabama Juniors. She earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Montevallo to play volleyball under former coach Judy Green. Valeria returned to Montevallo to head coach the Falcons but after starting a family she returned to the high school level and even helped start the volleyball program at Oak Mountain H.S., where she led the program to several appearances at the State Finals. Coach Hackett has coached club off and on over the years and she currently teaches at Chelsea Park. Coach Hackett lives in the Chelsea area and is married to Rob Hackett and has two children Taylor 13 and Brett 5.


Andrea is entering her 8th year with Alabama Juniors. She is originally from Indiana where she played club ball for KJVA. She attended the University of Montevallo on a volleyball scholarship where she played for Judy Green. She is married and has one daughter who plays for ALJRS. Andrea has a passion for the game that she hopes to share with young athletes for years to come.

Ellen Rehme & Alex Bothe

Ellen played volleyball at the University of Florida for two years before transferring to TCU in Ft. Worth, Texas. She also played volleyball at TCU, twice being named team MVP honors as well as earning her bachelor's degree. She continued her volleyball career professionally overseas in Cyprus, where her team finished first in the league and second in the tournament. Rehme then returned to TCU as graduate assistant in the weight room while earning her master's degree. Following her stint at TCU, Ellen took a position at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., where she was responsible for all aspects of strength and conditioning for soccer, volleyball, women's basketball,

and the throwers for the track team. Ellen Rehme joined the University of North Carolina Olympic sports strength and conditioning staff in 2010. She is responsible for developing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for swimming, cross country, rowing, fencing and cheerleading teams, and for the throwers on the track and field team. This will be Ellen's fourth year with Alabama Juniors.


Alex attended Seguin High School in Seguin, Texas where she was a two sport athlete, competing in both volleyball and softball.  She played club ball for the Seguin Strikers for 5 years. Her senior year of high school, she played for Bexar County Juniors before committing to Birmingham Southern’s volleyball team the upcoming fall of 2010. She currently attends Birmingham Southern College where she just finished out her senior year of volleyball earning first team all-SAA honors. She finished her career with a total of 1329 kills and 1690 digs. Alex is majoring in Elementary and Special Education at Birmingham Southern College as well.

Ross & Paige Hickman

Ross will be entering his 8th year of coaching for Alabama Juniors, and his 19th overall. Ross has played sand volleyball for 22 years, including 3 AVP qualifiers. He played indoor at Arizona State under Jeff Nelson. He began coaching with East Valley Juniors in Phoenix, where the 1995 16s team took 2nd place in Open Nationals. Ross has also coached both high school and college teams. He enjoys coaching all ages and levels, and seeing the results of hard work both individually and as a team. Ross is married to Paige, and they have two sons; Caleb, 10, and Seth, 9.  

Maureen Esler & Rachel Wotitzk


Maureen first started playing volleyball when she was 10 years old. She played as an outside hitter for 4 years for Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia. She played club for one year at Cobb Atlanta Juniors, one year at Atlanta Juniors, and three years at A5 in Atlanta. She currently attends the University of Montevallo, and received a scholarship to play volleyball her first 2 years as a libero. She is returning for her 6th year coaching for Alabama Juniors.

Rachel is returning to coach again this year with Juniors. She played volleyball at Charlotte High School and played club for six years. She played collegiate volleyball at the University of Montevallo.

Drennan Morrison

Drennan Morrison (bio coming soon)

Laura Farney

Laura Farney is entering her first season as an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Montevallo. She spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. Laura helped guide Arkansas Tech to a 52-22 overall record in her two years as a graduate assistant coach. Laura helped guide the program to a runner-up finish in the Great American Conference in 2012, and they claimed the Great American Conference championship and earned a berth in the 2013 NCAA Division II Tournament a year ago. Laura also served as a club coach with the Golden Suns Volleyball Club for three years in Russellville, Arkansas.

Laura was a four-year member of the women's volleyball program from 2008-11 at Arkansas Tech, where she became the fourth player in program history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She helped Arkansas Tech compile a 121-27

overall record during her career while also claiming three conference tournament championships and a bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament in her senior season.

 Laura received several honors during her collegiate career, including her selection as a nominee for 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year, and an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division II All-American honorable mention selection following her senior season in 2011. She was named first team All-Gulf South Conference following her sophomore and junior seasons before being selected first team All-Great American Conference following her senior season. Laura was also named a AVCA All-South Region selection in each of her final three seasons at Arkansas Tech. Laura, who attended the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in 2011, was selected to the academic honor roll in each of her four years at Arkansas Tech and was named the university's Most Outstanding Student-Athlete following her senior season. She was also inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society as a graduate student at Arkansas Tech.

  Laura received a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities in Sociology from Arkansas Tech in May 2012. She also received a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech in May 2014.