Brazos Valley Juniors: Coaching Staff

2015 Brazos Valley Juniors Coaching Staff

 Meet the 2015 Brazos Valley Juniors Coaching Staff. You will find them well qualified to help our athletes improve their volleyball skills.

2015 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 senior 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 returns to BVJ for her second season and gained previous experience for 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!

*Ashley Bauman-Ashley is a Junior at Texas A&M University, majoring in Education. She played high school volleyball at Pearland High School and played 7 years of club volleyball for Pearland Juniors Volleyball Club - playing both Libero and Outside Hitter. Ashley also coached two years for PJVC at their developmental camps and assisted with their summer league programs.  She is very passionate about the fundamentals and development of young players, and looks forward to building a solid foundation with each of them.  We are pleased to Ashley join the Brazos Valley Juniors family.

*Taylor Benton- Returning to BVJ for her second season, Taylor is a sophomore Architecture 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 last season 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!

*John Bundren-John is excited to be joining us for his first year at BVJ. He is an accounting major at Texas A&M seeking a master's degree in finance in the spring. John has a lot of coaching experience from being a coach at T Bar M Sports Camp for several years. He has been around club volleyball for most of his life with three sisters playing for Victory in the Dallas area growing up and by playing on the A&M Men's Volleyball Club the last five years. He also coached the Texas A&M volleyball camps this past summer. John's passion for the sport and developing players will make him an asset to his team and to Brazos Valley Juniors!

*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 fourth season. 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. Ian’s enthusiasm for life and for the game will continue to be a positive impact on our players.

*Laura Jo Clanton- Laura Jo return to us for a sixth 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, currently the freshman volleyball coach at Rudder High,  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 has also worked Texas A&M Volleyball camps and has served 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.

*Nicole DeHaven- Nicole is a sophomore 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!

*Shelby Dickson-Shelby will be a December 2014 graduate at University of Texas-Arlington, finishing with a degree in Exercise Science. We are really looking forward to having Shelby join our coaching staff, as she was a star player in our community, as a 3 year starter at A&M Consolidated  and a top player for BVJ through her high school years. After her stellar high school career, she played two seasons at Blinn Junior College with the last season resulting in a 38-0 record and a NJCAA National Championship, and Shelby was named at the MVP! Shelby finished her playing eligibility at UT Arlington experiencing play within the Western Athletic Conference and the Sunbelt Conference. Her senior year the team finished second at the 2013 Sunbelt Conference Tournament. She gained valuable coaching experience working Blinn, UT-Arlington and A&M Consolidated Summer camps during the past several summers. Shelby is looking forward to teaching young players the sport she is passionate about and helping them to improve their skill.

*Lindsey Durrenberger-Currently the Head Volleyball and Asst. Track Coach at Magnolia West High School, after a head coaching tenure at Giddings High School. Lindsey returns to our staff for a third season, but this year as our Staff and Tryout Director. She will also be our point of contact for college coaches recruiting our athletes.  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. In additon to running her high school summer camps, Lindsey has attended the Gold Medal Squared Coaching Clinic.

*Dennis Hargett- Dennis enters his eighteenth year with Brazos Valley Juniors. Along with fellow staff member, Wally Simpson, 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 he followed that with a 2009 bid to the Junior Olympics by winning the Northeast National Qualifier. In 2011, Dennis’ team earned a bid to the USA Junior Nationals at the Regional Championships. Dennis is CAP certified and has a tremendous love of the game.

*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 for a third season after doing an outstanding job in her first two years with BVJ. Haelee teaches and coaches with a quiet confidence that brings out the best in her players.

*Kelsie Hundl-Kelsie is a 2008 Texas A&M economics graduate who returned to College Station and Brazos Valley Juniors after spending several 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 our staff again this season! Her passion is to teach the how's and why's of volleyball along with her encouraging spirit which are both great contributions 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. Shelby, a student at Blinn Jr. College brings her enthusiastic approach to the game back to BVJ for her second season.

*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 a senior Biology major at Texas A&M with aspirations to pursue a career as a doctor specializing in Internal Medicine. This will be her third season with BVJ and she did a fine job in her first two years! 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 and local high schools. She will continue to bring solid fundamental training to our athletes.

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

Lauren Montagnino-We are pleased to have Lauren return to BVJ for her second season on our staff. 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 and 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 glad to have Steven return to our staff for his second season. Currently taking classes at 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 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.

*Macy Murphy-We are pleased to add this enthusiastic coach to our staff. With a sparkle in her eye, she will inspire our young players to excel. At Livingston High School, she was a four year varsity letterman and captain. She was a 1st-Team All District selection for two years, and Setter of the Year her senior year. Her school team awarded her Offensive MVP and MVP as well, during her career.  Macy played club volleyball at Texas Tornados, Texas Thunder, TCA, and Xtreme.  She gained coaching experience working at Troup High School, Livingston High School, and Cleveland High School’s summer volleyball camps.

* Kara Mushrush-Kara is a junior at Texas A&M University and pursuing a psychology degree with plans to make coaching volleyball her career. She is from Bellville, Texas and played varsity volleyball for three years at Bellville High School as an outside hitter. During that time she received All-district and All-state honors and was named to play in the TGCA All Star Game.  She also played three years of club volleyball for Brazos Valley Juniors. After high school she continued her volleyball career at Wharton County Junior College where she received the Exemplary Academic All American award. She transferred to Texas A&M this fall, 2014, where she currently works as the Texas A&M Volleyball Team’s manager and is also on the Texas A&M Women’s Club Volleyball Team. Kara is a definite asset to our staff and we are proud to have her return to our staff after her successful career as a BVJ player.

*Jacky Pence- Jacky enters her nineteenth year of working with Brazos Valley Juniors and her thirteenth 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 six years and qualified for the state playoffs in it’s early existence.  In addition to coaching high school and 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 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. And in 2014, her 13’s team 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.

*Kallie Pence- BVJ is fortunate to have Rutgers University graduate return to BVJ for a fourth 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 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 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.

 *Ashley Petty-Ashley is a junior marketing major at Texas A&M University. She played high school volleyball at Mansfield High School and was a starting Varsity middle for three years. She played club for 8 years at TNT, One10, and TAV and played sand volleyball for two years with One10. Ashley has assisted in high school summer camps as well as youth developmental leagues. She is looking forward to the season and hopes to pass along her passion for the sport to each player she coaches!


*Chelsea Reber-We are very fortunate to have one of our own local, and former BVJ players return to us for her third 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 is currently 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 2014 Texas A&M Volleyball team. Prior to joining our BVJ staff, she gained coaching experience working summer camps for Blinn College, Bryan High, Texas A&M and coached teams in Aggieland Summer League and 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 his tenth 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.

*Caroline Shaver-Caroline is a junior 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. 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. Her knowledge of volleyball, love for the game, and motivation and willingness to improve her players will bring a positive impact on our players.

*Cameron Shoffner- Cameron is a senior education major at Texas A&M University. He was an Outside Hitter at Austin Juniors for 2 years before attending A&M. For the Aggie Men’s club team, Cameron is a versatile player, whose knowledge of many positions, will serve his players well. Cameron has coached various clinics at Austin Juniors and has worked with the Aggie Volleyball Camps for the past three summers. Over the past three falls, Cameron has served as a TASO Volleyball Official and expects that experience to translate into a higher level of direction and explanation in his coaching. After graduating, he plans to teach high school math and coach volleyball. He has an expanse of knowledge and passion for the sport he loves and we are fortunate to have him join our staff.

*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 1995 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 has served as the Brazos Valley Area Representative to the Lone Star Region for 26 years. He will begin his tenth 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 third 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 nutrition and Kinesiology major with a goal of being a dietition for an Olympic, collegiate, or professional team. 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. Allyson loves being in the gym and plays for the Texas A&M Women’s club team in addition to coaching for BVJ. For the past two summers she has coached area high school summer league teams and was also on the staff for Texas A&M  Summer Camps.  In her first two years of coaching with us, she has helped guide her teams to the Junior National Championships and two National Qualifier first place finishes!

*Michelle  Trimble-We are pleased to have Michelle return to our staff as she brings a great deal of experience. She has coached club for six 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 third season as the Head coach for the Texas A&M Women’s club volleyball team.  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.

*Lorena Valle-Lorena is a junior at Texas A&M pursuing a Plant and Environmental Soil Science degree. She is from Houston, Texas where she played for Bellaire High School for four years. She was a two year letter, and was first-team All District her senior year. She played for Westside Wranglers for 4 years. She also played for the Guatemalan National volleyball team at a NORCECA tournament her senior year of high school. She coached 15’s last year for San Antonio Cobras, while a student at UTSA. Lorena is very passionate about the game of volleyball, and has desire to share her love for the game with other girls.

*Emily Wendlandt- Born in College Station, raised in Leander, Emily chose to return to Aggieland for her college career. She is a Junior at Texas A&M pursing a degree in Applied Exercise Physiology, with aspirations to become a physical therapist. A three year Varsity player, was a middle and an outside hitter and her leadership skills earned her captain responsibilities for two seasons.  She played club for Blacklands and Texas Eclipse. Emily has coached various summer camps, clinics, and was an assistant coach on the Texas Eclipse 12 Green team that earned a bid to Nationals.

*Sydney Wilhelm-Sydney has become a crowd favorite at the Texas A&M volleyball games this year as she earned a spot on the team after playing club volleyball for the Aggies in her first three years. Sydney returns to BVJ for her third season after earning four Varsity letters from Bastrop High School. She 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. Most recently, she worked at the Texas A&M Volleyball camps . Prior to coming to College Station, she played club volleyball for Austin Juniors and gained coaching experience coaching a 16’s team for Austin Juniors after two years of coaching in the Bastrop Summer league.

*Shelby Williamson-Shelby started playing volleyball at 6 years old in her area Little Diggers program. She was a three year Varsity Starter at Iola High School and was received numerous awards, including All State recognition.  While in high school she coaches Little Diggers.  Shelby began playing for Brazos Valley Juniors her freshman year starting on 15 Red and finishing up on 18 National. Shelby has a passion for volleyball and is a very enthusiastic person. She is a freshman at Blinn College, with plans to coach and teach, and is so excited to be a part of the BVJ Coaching Staff!