Brazos Valley Juniors: Coaching Staff

2016 Brazos Valley Juniors Coaching Staff

 Meet the 2016 Brazos Valley Juniors Coaching Staff. You will find them well qualified to help our athletes improve their volleyball skills. Please review the brief summaries of our coaches for the coming season.  Coaches are listed alphabetically.

2016 Brazos Valley Juniors Coaching Staff

*Taylor Benton- Returning to BVJ for her third season, Taylor is a senior Graphic Design major at Texas A&M and is from Mansfield High School. She was a two year Varsity member as a Middle blocker as well as Rightside. She played club for 6 years at ACE, One10, and TAV. Taylor has assisted in coaching high school summer camps as well as club youth development leagues. The experience gained the last two seasons coaching with BVJ and coaching an Aggieland Summer League team will serve her well and her team will enjoy her very positive and dedicated approach to the game!

*Ian Calandra-Graduated from Texas A&M and currently teaching and coaching at Brenham High School, Ian was a member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M and a member of the Texas A&M Men’s club team. Ian has a passion for life and packs plenty in it. We are pleased for him to return to our staff for a fifth season, including successfully guiding the 2015 16 National team to a first place finish at MEQ and a bid to USAV Junior National Championships. At Texas A&M, he was an All League selection on the Men’s Club team and served the Aggie women’s team as a practice player to learn more about coaching. Ian is a favorite staff member at Texas A&M summer volleyball camps and his enthusiasm for life and for the game will continue to be a positive impact on our players.

Colten Conner - This is Colten’s first year at BVJ. He is a junior at Texas A&M University majoring in Parks, Rec. and Life Science with youth development. He played football, track, and baseball in high school and also played college baseball at Southwestern Assembly of God in Waxahachie. He moved home to Katy, Tx to be involved with his sisters and their volleyball and to improve his knowledge of the game. Currently, he is a personal trainer at Innovative fitness and loves working with athletes. He also plays doubles and indoor in the Brazos Valley area. Colten is very driven and passionate for volleyball and his hard-work and outgoing personality will be a great asset to BVJ! 

*Riley Cook-Riley comes to BVJ from Fort Worth and played volleyball and soccer for Paschal High School. She also played club volleyball for SVA throughout High School. Riley is a senior Education major at Texas A&M and hopes to move back to Fort Worth after graduation to teach and coach volleyball and soccer. Riley started coaching summer camps throughout high School and coached for Twelve Sports Association the past two years in College Station. Currently Riley plays, and is president, for the Texas A&M Women's Club Volleyball team.

*Ashley Davis-Ashley is new to BVJ this club season and is excited about working with the youth of the Brazos Valley Area.  Formerly an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Texas A&M International University, and club coach for 956 Select in Laredo, Davis comes to Bryan with nine plus years of progressive coaching experience ranging from Elementary age to Collegiate.  Ashley is the Head Volleyball Coach at Bryan High School making Bryan, TX her home, and guided the Vikings to the 2015 5A State playoffs in her first season at the helm.  Ashley holds a Bachelors of Art in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport and Fitness Management from Texas Lutheran University and a Masters in Education from Texas State University.  She will coach the 11 National Team for BVJ, emphasizing the fundamental techniques of Volleyball.

*Nicole DeHaven- Nicole is a junior allied health major currently attending Blinn College. Her freshman year of college, she played volleyball at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, TX as a setter/defensive specialist. She began playing volleyball at a young age and it has always been an important part of her life. She played club throughout high school at Copperfield Juniors, Willowbrook Juniors, Texas Tornados and Brazos Valley Juniors. She moved to Iola, Texas her junior year of high school and contributed to leading the team to the State Championship match. She received All-State Tournament Team and 1st Team All-State honors. She also was named her district’s Setter of the Year in 2012. While at ETBU, she coached at East Texas Juniors which gave her experience on what it is like to be off the court and coaching, instead of participating on the court. Nicole is an extremely motivated and passionate coach, desiring for this upcoming season to be full of excitement, hard-work and fun!

*Oshean Denney – Joining us for her first season at BVJ, Oshean is a Texas A&M University senior Accounting major from San Antonio, Texas. There, she was a two year varsity letterman at Judson High School. Her leadership earned her varsity team captain, and she received All-District Honorable Mention as Judson’s libero.  She also earned Academic All-District honors. She played club for Alamo Volleyball Association for three years, with teams qualifying for nationals and winning the Lone Star Regional tournament. Last year, Oshean was a coach at the College Station City volleyball league.  Her coaching experience includes coaching at Sonora High School’s summer camp and coaching the Northeast San Antonio High School Summer League.”

*Kallie Donley - BVJ is fortunate to have Rutgers University graduate return to BVJ for a fifth season. Kallie had an outstanding high school career at Bryan High where she was named All State by both TGCA and the Texas Sportswriters, played in the TGCA All Star game, and was both District MVP and Setter MVP. Making 4 trips to the Junior Olympics, Kallie played for Brazos Valley Juniors, and was on the club’s first team to win a National Qualifier and for Houston Juniors. She was selected to USA National Training camps and selected to the Lone Star Region High Performance team for four years before going to Rutgers where she played as setter and libero in her college career. Kallie has coaching experience that started with the College Station Parks league, working summer camps for Rutgers and for Texas A&M, coached summer league teams, coached at High School summer camps, has been very active in giving private lessons and guest coached for BVJ for three years, prior to returning to the area full time. In 2015, Kallie coached her team to the 2015 Junior National Championships in New Orleans, LA. In 2014, Kallie led her 15 National team to a first place finish at the Disney Qualifier, earning a bid to the National Championships, where her team finished ninth in the country. In 2013, she coached the 14 Mizuno team to a 3rd place finish at the USA Junior National Championships after coaching the team to a Gold Medal at the Big South National Qualifier. In 2012, she served as an assistant coach on the 14 Mizuno team that finished first in the Lone Star Regional Championships and 5th in the nation.  Kallie’s enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for the game will continue to be a driving force in the improvement of our players.

*Andrew Fields- Drew began playing volleyball at a very young age. HIs mother was the St. Mary’s University assistant volleyball coach to Laura Groff who is now the UTSA head coach. He began playing competitive volleyball his freshman year of high school for Texas Fusion Volleyball. He played several different positions for that team and his senior year the team became the first team from Texas to qualify for Nationals where they finished 25th at the Boys’ Junior National Championships. At Texas A&M, he is a setter for the Men’s Club Volleyball’s team in addition to coaching the Women’s Club Volleyball’s First team. Drew is also on the Texas A&M Aggie Volleyball practice team where he practices against the Aggies to prepare them for the week’s match. He coached the at Twelve’s Sports Academy and has Texas A&M Volleyball Camps. At Texas A&M he is studying to become a college coach.

*Faith Hardin is a junior, elementary education major, at Texas A&M University. She is from Midlothian, Texas where she played middle and as an outside hitter. Faith played club for 5 years at One10 and Ellis County Juniors. After high school she played collegiate volleyball for two years at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. During that time, she served as an assistant coach for two years at Ellis County Juniors. In addition, she has coached at several summer camps and provided lessons for girls looking to improve their skills. She is very passionate about teaching players the skills they need to succeed both on and off the court and looks forward to joining our staff.

*Dennis Hargett- Dennis enters his nineteenth year with Brazos Valley Juniors. Dennis was on the original BVJ staff in 1995. After learning the game as a student at A&M as support staff member for the Texas A&M Volleyball team, Dennis got involved with coaching junior level players. Dennis is known for his technical expertise in working with athletes, and earned the club’s first National Qualifier Championship in 2004, helping to guide that team to two berths to Junior Olympics with a first place finish at the Lone Star qualifier and a second place finish at the Northeast Qualifier. In 2007, Dennis’ 151 team had a very successful season and earned a berth to the Junior Olympics, and followed that with a 2009 bid to the Junior Olympics by winning the Northeast National Qualifier. In 2011, Dennis’ team  finished 3rd  at the Lone Star National Qualifier.  The 2011 team went on to earn a bid to Nationals during the Regional Championships. Dennis is CAP certified and has a tremendous love of the game.

*Cody Hassell-Cody Hassell is the head volleyball coach and girls' Athletic Coordinator at Anderson-Shiro High School. He has tremendous passion for the sport and began playing volleyball in the 90's in the San Antonio area. Cody began his coaching career at Anderson-Shiro seven years ago. He is in his fifth year as the head coach and already has over 120 wins. His 2015 team will enter the playoffs as the first place seed in district 25-2A. Cody’s experience and desire for his athletes to play with excellence will improve his players during their club season.

*Patrick Hazlett - BVJ will benefit from Patrick joining our staff.  A Texas A&M Kinesiology and Sports Management major, Patrick is a well known volleyball enthusiast in our community.  He played football, basketball, golf and ran track in high school and also played football at Texas A&M, but volleyball is his passion.  He grew up playing outdoor sand doubles playing in many USAV tournaments.  Most recently, he has coached the past two seasons at Twelve Sports Academy and also served as the Training Group Director during that time. In addition, he has coached several seasons in the College Station city league and Aggieland Summer League. He is currently the Head Volleyball Coach for St Joseph's Catholic School in Bryan.  He looks forward to teaching and improving his players skills in the sport that he loves.

*Jennifer Jennings-Jennifer is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Kinesiology Degree with hopes of attending Physical Therapy school. She is from Kendalia, and attended Smithson Valley High School where she played volleyball all 4 years in high school as a DS/Libero. Her senior year, she was awarded Academic All-state and All-district as well as Academic All-district team. Jennifer also played club for Sportslife. She has helped coach a YMCA volleyball team as well as helped previous club coaches with summer camps and clinics. Last spring, she coached for Aggieland Sports Alliance and we are pleased to have her join our coaching staff for 2016.

*Kelsea Kalich- Kelsea is a senior Management major with a Sports Management minor from Victoria, Texas. She lettered her freshman year at Memorial High School, and then three more years at Victoria West High School, earning various awards including All-Area MVP and All-State honors. She played for several different clubs in her six year club career, finishing at Houston Juniors. Kelsea has played for the A&M Women’s club team the past two years, including winning a silver medal at Nationals. She started her coaching career in the spring with a training group for girls new to volleyball and coached a summer league team as well as the Texas A&M Volleyball camp. Kelsea is excited to bring her knowledge and passion for volleyball into BVJ.

*Melissa returns to BVJ for her fourth season working with our 12‘s. She is a great asset to our staff and comes from the Houston area. Melissa brings plenty of success to us from a stellar career at Memorial High School where she reached the 5A state tournament finals. Melissa played club for Texas Tornados and Texas Elite, including qualifying for the Junior Olympics. She is currently the Junior Varsity coach and a math teacher at Rudder High School and her playing experience, setter training, and maturity is a bonus to our young players.

*Amy Jo Miller-Amy has been playing volleyball for much of her life and been in the gym as long as she can remember. Her mom was a high school coach in Katy, so Amy grew up learning the game from a coaches’ perspective.  As a setter, she was a 2 year varsity starter and was recognized for her accomplished play with many awards and recognitions. She went to Junior Nationals twice, earning a bronze medal one year. This is Amy’s first year with BVJ and she is really looking forward to the season.

*Charlsie McDaniel-Charlsie joined us with a wealth of playing experience in both high school and college. She was a three year Varsity player at perennial power Red Oak High School that led her team to the class 4A state tournament her senior year. During her high school career, she won many school and district honors, including district MVP, and was selected to compete in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star game.  She played club throughout high school at Mid-Cities and North Dallas Juniors. Charlsie earned a full athletic scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Texas – San Antonio. She was a key player in helping her team win the Southland Conference tournament and advance to the NCAA tournament. During her three years at UTSA, she earned numerous conference honors as well as being named the conference Freshman of the Year. She gained coaching experience by working summer camps at Red Oak HS and UTSA. After transferring to, and then graduating from Texas A&M as a third generation Aggie, Charlsie is pleased to call the Brazos Valley area home. She is excited to share her knowledge and love for the game with young athletes to improve their volleyball skills, and we are pleased to have her return to our staff for a third season.
*Steven Munoz-Passionate about the game and driven to share his knowledge and love for the sport, we are glad to have Steven returns to our staff for his third season. Currently he is in the process of wrapping up his Business degree with college hours at Blinn and Sam Houston State University. Steven started playing volleyball as a high school junior after suffering a football injury and has been in love with the game ever since. He has coached a Little Diggers team of Burleson County to a winning season and has also helped with many of the local high school camps and practices. While a student at Sam Houston State, Steven started the Men's Club Volleyball team. There he served as the club president, the coach, and played libero. He is driven to learn and share all that he can about the game.

*Mandy Nelson-Mandy is a junior attending Sam Houston State University for a degree in business management. She is from College Station, Texas and played as an outside hitter in volleyball for A&M Consolidated High School. Mandy played BVJ for four years and has a background in coaching city league teams and working the volleyball camps for College Station High School. During her free time she enjoys playing on the rec city league teams and playing in sand volleyball tournaments.

*Jacky Pence- Jacky enters her twentieth year of working with Brazos Valley Juniors and her fourteenth year in an administrative capacity as she is currently the Operations Liaison. Jacky played for the North Carolina Tar Heels winning 3 ACC Championships with a career high finish of 11th nationally. She also played for Athletes in Action representing the USA against National teams in South America. While a college player, she coached club volleyball in addition to teaching adult volleyball.  She is currently the Head Volleyball Coach at Rudder High School in Bryan after coaching volleyball and basketball at Stephen F. Austin Middle School for four years. The team has won the prestigious AVCA Team Academic Award for the past seven years and has qualified for the state playoffs, including a top five finish in Texas in 2014. In addition to coaching high school, college camps, and coaching city league teams for many years, Jacky directs the Rudder High School summer clinics and Summer Smash Tournament. In 2003, her 13’s team won the Club's first medal at a USA National tournament as they won the silver medal at the NIT in Phoenix. In 2004, she coached Brazos Valley 141 team to a Gold Medal at the Lone Star National Qualifier and a Silver Medal at the Northeast Qualifier, earning two berths to the USA Junior Olympics. After working only as the club director from 2005 to 2008, she returned to the BVJ coaching staff and guided her 14’s team to a berth in the Junior National Championships in 2010. In 2011, her 13‘s team won both the MEQ and the Lone Star Classic, the only time in our club’s history that a team has won two National Qualifiers in one season. In addition, her team won the 80+ team Houston Power League. In 2012, her 14 Mizuno team finished 5th in the nation. The team qualified for Nationals by winning the Lone Star Regional Championships. And in 2014 and 2015, her teams earned a berth to the Junior National Championships, qualifying at the Lone Star Regional Tournament. Jacky was also a member of the Lone Star Region High Performance Coaching Staff for several summers earning a silver and bronze medal at the USA National High Performance Championships.

*Sarah Peoples-Sarah is a sophomore at Texas A&M pursuing a psychology degree. She is from San Antonio, Tx and attended Alamo Heights high school where she started playing volleyball in sixth grade. Sarah, was a three year varsity starter, team captain, and was awarded district MVP, Time Warner Classics MVP, and all-area first team her senior year. She played seven years of club at San Antonio Magic and Centex. She has coached several YMCA volleyball teams as well as a few skills clinics through the Alamo Heights Junior School. She also has been co-coaching their Summer at Heights volleyball camp for four years now.

*Bill Reynolds –Bill has the impressive distinction of coaching his 12 Mizuno teams to Junior Nationals for three seasons in a row as his team qualified in 2009 and 2011 and became the first team in our club to win the Lone Star Regional championships to secure a bid in 2010.  Bill returns to our staff for his 11th year. He will continue to work with our youngest players, as he has a great desire to teach the game correctly so that the girls will learn the fundamentals well and gain confidence in themselves and in playing volleyball. He also directs the BVJ Patriot League, where the youngest players in the Brazos Valley are exposed to volleyball with an emphasis on proper technique and work ethic in a fun and competitive environment.  Bill grew up playing sand volleyball and is a graduate of Bryan High School and Sam Houston State. He returned to his hometown in 2001 where he taught and coached volleyball and basketball at Sam Rayburn Middle School for several years.  He is currently the Associate Head Coach at Rudder High School, where he previously guided his JV team to the 2011 District championship.  In 2014, he helped guide Rudder to a school, record-setting finish as 5A Region III Finalists.  Bill also co-directs the Rudder High School Camps, runs High school camps by request and has worked at the A&M Consolidated Summer camps and Texas A&M Volleyball camps. Bill also stays very busy giving individual and group volleyball lessons.

*Olivia Rook-Olivia is a sophomore at Texas A&M University, majoring in Animal Science. She played for 4 years at Arlington High School, 3 of which were on Varsity. She played club volleyball for 5 years at Texas Image and 900VB. As well as indoor volleyball, she also played sand volleyball for Texas Image for two years and attended the Junior Olympics. She has helped coach her high school’s summer camps and coached many seasons of YMCA volleyball.  Olivia’s love for the game is evident and she cannot wait to bring my competitiveness and experience to this club season!

*Andie Salom- Andie is a master's student in the professional program of accountancy at Texas A&M University. She has been around volleyball since middle school in several different roles. She started playing at the age of 10 and knew that it would be a big part of her life for many years to come. At 11, she started playing club in the North Houston area and played through high school while also playing for her school for some years. While still in high school she coached at small local camps through the YMCA. Once she got to college she played intramural volleyball every year and coached at St. Joseph's Catholic School in 2014 and 2015. This is her first year coaching at BVJ and we are glad to add her to our staff.

*Madison Smith-Madison will be a valuable addition to our coaching staff.  She has coaching experience at Twelve Sports Academy and is currently coaching at St.Joseph’s Catholic High School. She played club for Austin Junior’s where her team earned a bid to the Junior Olympics twice. Recently accepted into A&M, she plans to pursue a degree in wildlife biology and coach high school volleyball as well as continue to work with wildlife (primarily wolves) in the future.

*Caroline Shaver-Caroline is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing elementary education. She comes from McKinney, Texas where she has grown up in a home focused on volleyball. Caroline started playing volleyball in the fourth grade and continued all the way through high school. She continues to play volleyball with the women’s competitive intramural league at Texas A&M where her team has won the league two times in a row.  While playing volleyball at McKinney High, she also played at Excel Volleyball Club on their National team.  Caroline has coached recreational league teams, as well as multiple volleyball camps, and this will be her second year with BVJ. Her knowledge of volleyball, love for the game, and motivation and willingness to improve her players will be a positive impact on our players.

*Allyson Smith-A third generation Aggie, there was never a question of where she would attend college! Allyson returns to BVJ for her fourth season after a successful high school playing career at CyFair High School in Houston and two years on the A&M Women’s Club team. As a lefty she played Middle and Opposite throughout her school years, moving to Houston from Wichita Falls her sophomore year and finished her club career at Willowbrook. She graduated from Texas A&M in May with a degree in University Studies-Leadership, with minors in Human Resource Development and Sport Management, and is now pursuing a Master’s in HRD. She has worked as a school volleyball official for the Brazos Valley chapter and gained initial coaching experience working the CyFair High School summer camps. For the past three summers she has coached area high school summer league teams and has also been on the staff for Texas A&M summer camps.  In her first three years of coaching with BVJ, she has helped guide her teams to three appearances at the Junior National Championships and two first place finishes at National Qualifiers!

*Michelle Trimble-We are pleased to have Michelle return to our staff for a third season, but this year as our Staff and Tryout Director. She has coached club for seven years, coaching mainly with Atlanta Boom Volleyball where she also played club volleyball. Michelle played collegiately at Georgia State University where she was four year starter.  After finishing her career at GSU, she became the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Frank Phillips College for 2 years. During this time Michelle helped FPC continue with their nationally ranked traditions and helped to lead the program back to the national championships.  While at Frank Phillips, the team  produced two conference championships, a region championship, finished eighth in the nation and produced two All-Americans.  She was the Head coach for the Texas A&M Women’s club volleyball team for three seasons.  Michelle completed her Master’s degree from Texas Christian University in Educational Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education and is currently working at Texas A&M as an Academic Advisor.

 *Kimmy Tovar- Kimmy is in her junior year at Texas A&M University working towards her  degree in Kinesiology. She intends to  attend Physical Therapy school after she graduates.  Kimmy is from Bulverde TX, went to Smithson Valley High School, and played volleyball all 4 years as a setter/DS.  As a three year letterman, she was awarded several All District awards and Academic All State. Kimmy played club  for seven years for both Alamo and San Antonio Force. Her experience in teaching fundamentals and lessons along with working volleyball camps has increased her desire to work with our teams. She looks forward to working with all the teams and staff at BVJ to assist the teams and coaches as needed. 

*Luke Vaughan- Luke is excited to be joining us for his first year coaching at BVJ. He was born and raised in Montgomery, Texas and even though he never played competitively in high school, he has always had a strong passion for the game. Luke is a junior Finance major at Texas A&M University and hopes to have a career in banking. He is also a member of the Men’s Club Volleyball team at A&M, where he has served as the team’s libero for the past two years. His competitive drive and fun-loving spirit will make him a great asset to his team and Brazos Valley Juniors!

*Shelby Williamson-Shelby is a sophomore at Blinn College majoring in Nursing. We are pleased to have her return for a second season as a member of our coaching staff. She played for BVJ throughout high school starting on 15 Red and ending on 18 National. Shelby was a three year Varsity Starter at Iola High School and was received numerous awards, including All State Recognition. While in high school she coached Little Diggers Volleyball in her home town. Shelby has a passion for volleyball and is a very enthusiastic person. She is very excited to work with the girls and watch them improve and better themselves throughout the season.