Alabama Juniors Volleyball Club: 2015 Coaching Staff

2015 Coaches List


121: Tonnie & Brett Glover

Tonnie and Brett will be entering their 13th year of coaching for Alabama Juniors. Tonnie has been coaching volleyball for 15 years. She has coached at both the high school and middle school levels. She has coached at Thompson Middle School for the past two years, an won Metro Coach of the Year for 7th grade this year. 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 plays with Juniors and at Thompson High School, and Luke, 13.

122: Donna Burke




131:  Katie Best and Carissa Bell


Katie is currently a senior at the University of Montevallo. She is attending on scholarship as a middle/right side hitter. She is a psychology major with a kinesiology minor.  Katie is a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Commitee, and a three time recipient of the Peach Belt Conference presidential honor role award. She attended high school at Spain Park High school alumni. 

Carissa is a junior L/DS at the University of Montevallo.  She isoriginally from Woodstock, Georgia and has been playing volleyball for 9 years. She was apart of clubs in Georgia such as North Atlanta Volleyball Club, SKY Volleyball Club, and Atlanta Juniors (CRUSH). Carissa was a 6 rotation outside hitter all four years of high school ball, and then was a DS/L during her club years. She spent the last two springs coaching at BVC. She has also worked several college summer camps over this summer and has found that very beneficial to her growth as a player and coach.

132:  Sarah Guidry and Bri Marquez

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 senior season. 

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 the University of Montevallo now as a junior setter. 



141:  JoAnn Hollis

JoAnn received her BA at Birmingham Southern in 1973, completed a MA in Administration in 1975 at UAB and acquired by Specialist certification in Physical Education from UAB in 1977.  She has been a Physical Education teacher for 40 years and coached for 30 years.  She has coached Basketball, Tennis, Track and Volleyball.  JoAnn began coaching and teaching in the Birmingham in the Jones Valley Area and then at Phillips High School.  She then moved to Gwinnett County Georgia where she taught Biology, Physical Science, Home Economics, Oceanography and Physical Education.  She was the commissioner there for Softball with the South Gwinnett Athletic Association.  In January of 1991, JoAnn

moved back to Birmingham and began working in Hoover City Schools at Simmons Middle School.  She began teaching and coaching volleyball at Simmons Middle School in 2002. Her teams won Birmingham Metro in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2014, and finished 2nd in 2012 and 3rd in 2010 and 2011. JoAnn has been voted Coach of the Year for Metro South in 2003, 2007, 2012, and 2014. JoAnn is the director of Alabama Juniors. This year, she will retire from  teaching and coach for the Juniors program. Carla Ragland and JoAnn started this program with a desire to see the sport grow and offer young women an opportunity to develop an elite level of skill and obtain college scholarships.  The program has been very successful and they continue to work together to make it grow even stronger.


142:  Melinda Claiborne and Anna Kathryn Johnson

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.


AK is entering her second season with Alabama Juniors, and has coached the 7th grade girls at Simmons middle school for 4 winning seasons including the 2013 Metro South championship team.  AK played volleyball through middle school and high school at Hoover High School. She now attends Samford University where she studies nursing in the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing.


151: Laura Farney & Caprice Lawrence

Laura 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.



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 8th year of coaching at Evangel Christian School (Alabaster) and her 5th 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.

152:  Brittany Todd & Chan Billings

Brittany played volleyball at Pelham High School under Tammy Richardson.  After high school, she played at Faulkner University while on scholarship. As an outside hitter at Faulkner University, Brittany broke the school record for most kills in a season and most kills in a career. While in college, she coached Faulkner Juniors and at Magic City Volleyball Club in Birmingham.  She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Counseling and is working on her Master's degree in Physical Education at University of South Florida.  Brittany am currently the head volleyball coach at Calera High School.  She has been married to her husband Brent for almost 5 years and they have a daughter, Aubree who is 2. 


Chan is in her first season as an assistant coach for the Calera High School volleyball team. She spent her high school years playing both basketball & volleyball at Pelham High School; volleyball under Coach Tammy Richardson. Chan was selected to the All-County and All-State teams both her junior & senior season. During her senior season, she set a record high 34 kills in the season opener against Muscle Shoals and was 2nd in Alabama history for kills in a match. Chan still remains on the AHSAA volleyball record page for this accomplishment and for also recording 1,014 kills in her high school career. She also played club volleyball with Alabama Juniors her senior year. Following high school, she attended the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith on an athletic scholarship. After one year she transferred and finished her college career at Fort Valley State University. Chan was team captain for two years and earned several honors while at FVSU. One of which, was being selected to attend the NCAA Division II student-athlete leadership conference in Dallas, TX. She was also named to the All SIAC team her senior year and helped lead her team to a 2nd place finish in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Chan also received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from FVSU. She is currently engaged with plans to get married in November 2015.


161:  Valeria Hackett and Andrea Thames

Valeria is in her 18th 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 16 and Brett 7.


Andrea is entering her 9th 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.

162: Ivory Leonard & Hannah Christie

Ivory has been coaching for six years and is currently the head coach at Homewood High School. Prior to Homewood, she was the assistant coach at Hoover High School. She began playing college volleyball at Northwest Community College, where they were conference champions in 2004. She then continued to play for another two years at Cumberland University.

Hannah played 8 years of club volleyball in the Puget Sound (Washington) Region. She is now a Sophomore setter at the University of Montevallo and is a Kinesiology major and biology minor. She coached the 8th grade Catholic Youth Organization at her high school, Eastside Catholic (Sammamish, Washington). Her mother, Betty, played volleyball for Ohio State.


171: Judy Green & Grace Burgess

Judy is a 27-year coaching veteran, and is currently serving as Director of Operations for UAB Volleyball after coaching three years as the head volleyball coach at Birmingham-Southern College. There, she led the Panthers to three-straight winning seasons, including a 21-9 finish in 2013.
Prior to Birmingham-Southern, she spent 15 years as head coach at the University of Alabama, where she amassed a 237-234 record. She announced her retirement from the program before the 2010 season.
At Alabama, Green's first recruiting class posted a 22-8 record as seniors that went on to win the program's first-ever SEC Western Division title in 2000. Her team won a second SEC West title in 2004, and saw three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Green collected her 600th career victory, ranking her 16th among active coaches for all-time wins.
In 1986, Green landed her first head coaching position at the University of Montevallo, where she took the Falcons to 10 straight NAIA national tournament appearances, including a fourth-place finish in 1988 and a fifth-place finish in 1994 with a 50-5 record.


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. 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.



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.

Carol Nelson Bolton

Carol has twenty-three 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.