Brazos Valley Juniors: Coaching Staff

2013 Brazos Valley Juniors Coaching Staff

 Meet the 2014 Brazos Valley Juniors Coaching Staff. You will find them well qualified to help our athletes improve their volleyball skills.

2014 Brazos Valley Juniors Coaching Staff

Please review the brief summaries of our coaches for the coming season. You will find that they are well-qualified to help you improve your game!  Coaches are listed alphabetically.

* Lauren Aiple- Lauren is a junior at Texas A&M pursuing a nursing degree. She comes from Round Rock, Texas where she was a three year varsity outside hitter, was team captain and also voted MVP her senior year. She played club for TCA and Austin Juniors where her 17 Navy team finished first in The Lonestar Classic. Lauren has coached 12’s or 13’s for the last three seasons at Max Performance. In addition she has worked at several summer camps in addition to Round Rock High school’s summer camp. Her love for mentoring and teaching young girls the sport of volleyball has kept her coming back year after year!

*Mackenzie Beasley-  Mackenzie is currently a sophomore, animal science major at Texas A&M.  She comes from Amarillo, Texas where she had a strong volleyball career at Bushland High School.  In her first year on varsity she earned the Newcomer of the Year award, then in the 2010 volleyball season her team reached the 2A state tournament, and finally in her senior year, she was named to the All-State volleyball team as an outside hitter.  Mackenzie has coached several summer camps, including the Texas A&M volleyball camp and is a great addition to our staff.

*Trenton Becker - Trenton, a recent graduate of Texas A&M University, earned a degree in Sport Management and wants to continue being involved with volleyball, either as a coach or on the administrative side of the game. He was a four year member of the Texas A&M men's volleyball club, which resulted in conference championships three out of the four years he played. Trenton was a part of the club when they won their National Championship. He is the assistant coach for the A&M women's club team, and also began coaching the A&M volleyball camps this past summer. Trenton is passionate about the game of volleyball and enjoys analyzing every aspect of the sport. His knowledge and experience of volleyball, positive attitude, and willingness to improve his players will be a definite asset to the club.

*Taylor Benton-  A freshman Architecture major at Blinn College 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. Her team will enjoy her very positive and dedicated approach to the game!

*Carli Betik-Carli comes to BVJ from Ennis, TX. A multi-sport athlete, volleyball has always been her favorite. She earned All-State and All District honors all four years of high school and led her team in kills for four straight years. She is currently attending Blinn College, studying science/kinesiology, with career aspirations of coaching. Being an all around volleyball player, she looks forward to helping each of her players improve their individual skills during the season. Carli’s desire to coach grew after giving private lessons and coaching summer league. She is also very excited to share her knowledge of the game with players who have the same passion and love for the game as she does.

*Ian Calandra-Ian, a Kinesiology major, a member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M and a member of the Texas A&M Men’s club team has a passion for life and packs plenty in it. We are pleased for him to return to our staff for a second season. He has been an All League selection on the Men’s Club team and attends the Aggie women’s team practices to learn more about coaching and serve as a practice player when needed. Ian is a favorite staff member at Texas A&M summer volleyball camps. Ian’s enthusiasm for life and for the game will continue to be a positive impact on our players.

*Laura Jo Clanton- We are really glad to have Laura Jo return to us for a fifth season as she has guided her players to great team success and individual improvement in her past tenure with us. She coached our 14 Red team two separate years to a bronze medal finish at the Lone Star Classic in the Select Division. Laura Jo was the head coach at St. Joseph’s Middle School for two seasons in addition to getting her coaching start coaching teams for the College Station Parks league, Aggieland Summer League and working several years of Bryan High Summer Camp. She also works Texas A&M Volleyball camps and serves as a Volleyball official for the Brazos Valley chapter.  She is a former Brazos Valley Juniors player and graduate of Bryan High School, Texas A&M, and DePaul University in Chicago. She is currently working for the Texas A&M Health Science Center as a Communications Specialist.

*Christiana Clark- Another former Brazos Valley Juniors player returns to our staff for a second season and we are glad to have her. She was introduced to the game by Laurie Corbelli, who was her summer rec league coach in 5th grade. Christiana learned to love the game at that young age and has always looked for ways to stay near the game. She will graduate from Texas A&M and the Mays Business school in December. While playing club and high school ball, she was also invited to participate in a USA High Performance camp. Christiana is a Texas A&M Volleyball camp staff member. She graduated from Allen Academy and has returned there to coach. She served as Allen’s middle school coach one season and is currently the Varsity Assistant.

*Lindsey Durrenberger-Currently the Head Volleyball and Soccer Coach at Giddings High School, her Alma Mater, Lindsey returns to our staff for a second season.  While an athlete at Giddings, she excelled in volleyball and basketball, and played club volleyball for Capital Area and AIM. She was recruited in both sports, but chose to go to McNeese State on a volleyball scholarship and successfully completed four years of Division 1 volleyball there. She has many college contacts which will also be beneficial to our players that strive to play at the collegiate level. In additon to running her high school summer camps, Lindsey also attended the Gold Medal Squared Coaching Clinic this past summer.

*Brittany Field-We are very pleased to have Brittany return to Brazos Valley Juniors for her third season with us. Her enthusiastic coaching style is contagious! After a terrific career at Naaman Forest High School, where she won numerous awards for her playing abilities and her outstanding attitude, she played most of her club career for Dallas Force, including earning two trips to the Junior Olympics. Prior to coming to BVJ, Brittany coached three years of summer league and worked high school summer league camps.  Sharing her passion for the game will help her players individually and collectively continue to improve their skills!

*Meredith Fletcher-Enthusiasm and patience are the two words that describe Meredith as she returns to Brazos Valley Juniors for a third season. Meredith is a great bonus to our coaching staff as she has the ability to motivate, teach, and inspire her athletes with her true sincerity and desire for her players to improve. Meredith is a member of Rudder High School’s first graduating class and a member of their first volleyball playoff team. She ran the Aggieland Panthers volleyball camp for their high school players, has coached at Rudder High Camps and has assisted the BVCHEA Freshman teams for two seasons.

*Kristin Goodman-After transferring from The University of Texas at Austin, Kristin recently graduated from Sam Houston, completing her degree in communications and business administration. Kristin returns to our staff for a fourth season after coaching two years at Austin Juniors. Kristin will serve as our Staff and Tryout Director as she has a great vision for BVJ and all the teams and coaches. During a stellar high school career in the Houston area, playing for Pasadena Memorial, she was named to the All District Team two years and was MVP in 2006. In addition to coaching club in Austin and for Brazos Valley, she has worked high school camps, Austin Sports Center Camps, University of Texas Camps and Texas A&M volleyball camps. Kristin has a love for the game and for life that is absolutely contagious.

*Jeff Graham-Jeff is a construction science major who currently attends Blinn College. He plans on transferring to Texas A&M University to obtain his degree. He started off playing the game through a program in high school that allowed senior men to compete in volleyball against two other high schools in the district. He has been motivated since then to learn all that he can about the game and to perfect his skills. He has played in many sand tournaments and local leagues and if a gym is open, you are likely to find Jeff in it! He is very excited in helping to coach our athletes and has high expectations and goals for the upcoming season.

*Jordan Hitchcock-Jordan a former BVJ player, began playing volleyball in third grade and was a high school standout at Anderson-Shiro. She was recruited to play volleyball at Temple College. While at Temple she coached summer camps with her head coach to learn even more about the game. After a career ending injury,  Jordan has returned to the Brazos Valley and is currently a student at Blinn. Jordan wants to share her passion for the game by coaching young athletes to reach their fullest potential.

*Haelee Horne-Haelee has been around volleyball for many years in several capacities. As a player, she played for Cedar Park High School as a 3 year varsity letterman and played club for 7 years, with Club Jollyville and Austin Juniors. She played two years of college volleyball for Texas Wesleyan and coached a 17’s club team in Dallas before the traditions of Texas A&M drew her to this area. Haelee returns to our staff after doing an outstanding job in her first year with BVJ. She looks forward to teaching players the love of the game and with her past experience, we are confident she will continue to do that!

*Kelsie Hundl-Kelsie is a 2008 Texas A&M economics graduate who has returned to College Station and Brazos Valley Juniors after spending the last few years in Dallas.  She started her coaching career with BVJ while a student in Aggieland. While in Dallas, she coached for Dallas Juniors where she became CAP I Certified and played on multiple indoor and sand leagues.  Kelsie played volleyball for Brazoswood High School, Texas A&M's women's club team, and the university's intramural teams.  We are pleased that Kelsie has returned to the Brazos Valley and to BVJ! Her passion is to teach the how's and why's of volleyball along with her encouraging spirit which will both be a great contribution to our club.  

*Shelby Jackson-Shelby began playing club volleyball while in elementary school. Living in Temecula, California, she played for the Viper Volleyball Club. Because her family moved a lot, she played for several clubs during junior high and high school years in California. She was a four year varsity starter, and as a freshman was part of the CIF Final Four team. During her sophomore year, she played for the International School of Beijing where her team took home an APAC title (equivalent of winning a state title). During her junior and senior years she played for Faith West in Katy, Texas where she was an All-State setter, and played club at KVA. She played at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport during her freshman year of college. While living in Katy, Shelby coached both summer league and power league teams for KVA. Shelby loves both the mental and fundamental elements of volleyball and her passion and energy are key to her coaching style. She is beyond excited to be a part of Brazos Valley Juniors!

*Samantha Lopez-A three year Varsity player, an All Valley Setter and All District Defensive player, Samantha came to us from McAllen and is currently an Allied Health major at Texas A&M with aspirations to pursue a career as a doctor specializing in Internal Medicine. This will be her second season with BVJ and she did a fine job in her first one! Her father is a club director in McAllen and so Samantha has great knowledge of all aspects of the game and team management. During the school season, you will often find Samantha on the referee stand as she works for TASO. She has experience coaching for RGV Sting and also worked summer camps at UT-PanAm. She will bring solid fundamental training to our athletes.

*Melissa Mauger-Melissa returns to BVJ for her second 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.

Charlsie McDaniel-Charlsie joins us with a wealth of playing experience in both high school and college. A three year Varsity player at perennial power Red Oak High School and lead 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.

*Tara Murray-We are fortunate to have Tara return to our staff for a third season as she brings a great deal of volleyball experience to us after playing at Katy High School and playing most of her club career at Texas Elite where she played as a setter and a defensive specialist.  Tara has always sought out ways to teach and coach young players as she coached for Katy Volleyball Academy, Katy YMCA League, coached skills camps and taught private lessons through Houston SWAT volleyball club. This past summer, Tara was a regular at the Texas A&M Summer camps and currently serves as a manager for the Texas A&M volleyball team. Tara returns with a quiet confidence that will improve her player’s skills and improve their understanding of the game.
 
*Nicole Miller-Nicole is a Junior at Texas A&M University and is studying Supply Chain Management in the Business school. Nicole was a 3 year varsity player for her Mayde Creek High School in Katy and served as captain for two years. As a libero, she led the district her senior year in digs per game and total digs for the season. She was also named to the the All-American Academic team in 2011. Nicole played club volleyball for 5 years at Katy Volleyball Association and  also coached a Power League team for KVA. In addition, she has worked numerous volleyball camps. We are really pleased to have Nicole return for her second season with us. She has a remarkable way with young players, very patient and a very effective teacher.

Lauren Montagnino-A graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Chemistry, Lauren is currently the Assistant Varsity coach at Navasota High School. Lauren was a 3 year Varsity letterman at Thorndale High School where she played defensive specialist as well as setter. Throughout her 4 years at Texas A&M, Lauren officiated Intramural Volleyball for Texas A&M Rec Sports as well as earning back-to-back Women's Competitive League championships. Lauren has also taken part in coaching summer camps at Thorndale and Navasota High School. Lauren's love and passion for the game has inspired her to assist in the development of up and coming volleyball players on and off the court.

*Steven Munoz-Passionate about the game and driven to share his knowledge and love for the sport, we are looking forward to what Steven will bring to BVJ. Currently attending Blinn College,  Steven is a marketing major who plans to earn his degree at Texas A&M. 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 the 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.

*Jacky Pence- Jacky enters her eighteenth year of working with Brazos Valley Juniors and her twelfth 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. The team has won the prestigious AVCA Team Academic Award for the past five years and has qualified for the state playoffs in it’s early existence.  In addition to coaching high school and college camps and coaching city league teams, Jacky runs 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 coached 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 first 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. 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.

*Kallie Pence- BVJ is fortunate to have Rutgers University graduate return to BVJ for a third season. She is currently the Head coach at Navasota High School where she is successfully building the volleyball program there. 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 Rudder High camps, has been very active in giving private lessons and guest coached for BVJ for the three years. Most recently, 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 asst. 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.

*Kelsey Plunk-A senior mathematics major at Texas A&M from Birdville High School, Kelsey was a four-year varsity player and has 6 years of club experience with ACE and Texas Image. She is in her third season with the Texas A&M Women’s Volleyball Team as their Head Manager. Kelsey also served as the Camp Registration Coordinator for Texas A&M Volleyball Camps. Beyond that, her previous coaching experience entails coaching at several camps including ACE Volleyball Specialty Camps, several high school team camps, and Texas A&M Volleyball Camps. Kelsey also coached a 13’s Team at Blue Crush Volleyball Club. Her energy and deep love for the game will be an asset to our staff.

*Chelsea Reber-We are very fortunate to have one of our own local, and former BVJ players return to us for her second season in a coaching capacity. Chelsea was an outstanding player at Bryan High School leading them to their best record in program history in 2005 and was named District MVP. She was a key player at Blinn College for two years, before graduating from Texas A&M where she played club volleyball two years and was a USA National Champion her Senior Year. She then went to Syracuse University to earn her Master’s degree and played club volleyball there as well. She has returned to Bryan, taking a full-time job as the vice president for Piranha Fitness on Demand and also works as a fitness trainer for Piranha. Chelsea is the play-by-play announcer for the 2013 Texas A&M Volleyball team. She has coaching experience working summer camps for Blinn College, Bryan High, has coached teams in Aggieland Summer League and has coached club teams for Wicked Good and Washington County Juniors.

* 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 the ninth 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 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 Varsity Assistant coach at Rudder High School, where he previously guided his JV team to the 2011 District championship.  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.

*Robyn Romansky- (Special Assignment Coach) Robyn Romansky was the assistant volleyball coach at Texas A&M University from 2004-2009.  With legendary coaching duo Laurie and John Corbelli she was instrumental in developing 5 All-Americans and 7 Big XII Conference First-Team Selections.  The Aggies went to the second round of the NCAA tournament twice and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2009.  Romansky joined the Aggies after the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, having completed a 3-year tenure on the coaching staff of the USA Women's Volleyball Team.  Romansky has also coached numerous USA High Performance and A2 teams.  She has assisted Kevin Hambly, now head coach at AVCA #1 Illinois, most recently during their gold medal-winning 2007 USA High Performance Championship.

*Sunday Saenz--Sunday returns to us for her fourth season of coaching.  Sunday played high school volleyball at Arlington High and played club for Texas Advantage and Tejas. Before coming to College Station, she coached a first year team for Texas Image. Prior to working with BVJ, she coached YMCA league teams and coached summer league for TAV. Sunday brings a very positive and patient approach to coaching and her players will benefit from her experience.


*Wally Simpson- Wally continues to be a tremendous asset to our staff after spending several years on the administrative side of club volleyball. Wally founded Brazos Valley Junior Volleyball Association in 1996 and coached and directed it for several years. As the 18’s coach, his team was the first from our club to qualify for the prestigious Tour of Texas, where they finished in the top tier. He then helped start the Caldwell Junior Volleyball Association and Aggieland Juniors before returning to our Brazos Valley Juniors staff. In addition he runs the Aggieland Summer League. Wally served as the Brazos Valley Area Representative to the Lone Star Region for 26 years. He will begin his ninth season (over twenty years of coaching club) and brings a very technical background along with expertise in the higher levels of the game, such as offensive systems, statistical evaluation and team strategy. Wally also has a solid network with college coaches and works hard to connect our athletes that have a desire to play in college with coaches that have a need for our athletes.

*Allyson Smith-A third generation Aggie, there was never a question of where she would attend college! Allyson returns to BVJ for her second season after a successful high school playing career at CyFair High School in Houston. 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 is a University Studies major with a goal of being a dietitian for an Olympic, collegiate, or professional team. She works as a school volleyball official for the Brazos Valley chapter and gained initial coaching experience working the CyFair High School summer camps. Allyson also plays for the Texas A&M Women’s club team.  In addition to helping guide her BVJ 14 Mizuno team to the Big South Championship and a third place finish at the USAV National Championships, Allyson also coached the Bryan High JV Summer league team.

*Michelle  Trimble-We are pleased to add Michelle to our staff as she joins us with a great deal of experience. She has coached club for five 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. She finished her four year Panther career in the top 10 in service percentage and top 20 in all-time kills. After finishing her career at GSU, she went 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 is currently in her second season as the Head coach for the Texas A&M Women’s club volleyball team, helping the team to an elite 8 finish at the national tournament last season.  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.

*Julia (Shackford) Wilson-Brazos Valley Juniors is very pleased to have Julia return to our staff for a third season, as she has been playing or coaching over 20 years. In her first year coaching for BVJ, she led her 13 Mizuno team to a silver medal finish at the Lone Star Regional Championships and a berth to the USA Junior National Tournament.  In her second season, her 17‘s team missed qualifying for the National tournament by one place, finishing second at the Lone Star Classic. She moved to the Brazos Valley as she does work at Texas A&M in Oceanography while earning her PhD. A New York City native and All Star player in New Jersey, she was a  four year letterman and graduate at Colgate University, helping them to the Patriot League Championship. She then earned a Masters at Georgia State and coached for North Atlanta Volleyball Club. After she moved back to New Jersey, she coached for DIGS, (the same club that she had played for), for three years and also for Essex Volleyball Club and was then named as Associate Head coach for Rutgers-Newark for two seasons. Julia is CAP I certified and hopes to go back to collegiate coaching in the future.

*Sydney Wilhelm-Sydney joins us for her second season after earning four Varsity letters from Bastrop High School and is currently a senior Kinesiology major with plans to attend PA school or to pursue a Master’s in Sport Management in an effort to work with USA Volleyball. She played club volleyball for Austin Juniors and before joining BVJ, she gained experience coaching a 16’s team for AJV after two years of coaching in the Bastrop Summer league. She currently plays and serves as President for the Texas A&M Women’s club team and her focused and determined personality along with her knowledge of the game will serve our players well.