: Coaching Staff

Ellis County Juniors Coaches 2014/2015


Justin Wilson - Club Director

Ellis County Juniors VBC was founded in 1998 by Justin Wilson and he continues to serve as the Director and coach. He and his wife Denise have lived in Waxahachie all their lives. He got interested in the sport in the early 1980's and has played on several teams including a USA Volleyball Men's team in the late 1980's. He has had a passion for the sport ever since. 

His coaching career began when he got the opportunity to coach the Varsity team at Cornerstone Christian School in 1995. He coached for four years from 1995 - 1998 and ended with a record of 115 - 15. In four seasons his Cornerstone teams went an undefeated 40 - 0 in District, went to the regional finals all four years and made two trips to the TAPPS State Championships Final Four. 

His daughter Lindsey began playing club at age 12 for Texas Impact (TAV now). After 2 years of traveling back and forth to Arlington for practices twice a week he could see that there was a real need to start a team in the Ellis County area to make it more convenient and more affordable for parents and their kids. He coached his first club team in 1996 made up of kids from Waxahachie, Cleburne, Cedar Hill, and Duncanville. Club volleyball was new to the area so they started very small with just that one team and they played under another club. His assistant coach was Paul Nelson who is a USA CAP Level I coach and has coached with the club since it's inception. After 2 years he began to get calls from more and more parents who had kids that wanted to play so in 1998 he decided to start Ellis County Juniors.

Justin is Impact Certified, a USA CAP Level II coach, and is certified in the VCAP (Volleyball Conditioning Program). His USA CAP Level I instructor was John Dunning who is the Head Coach at Stanford University with multiple National Championships and he had several Division I coaches as instructors for the USA CAP Level II accreditation. He continues to read and study the intricacies of the game and he recognizes that junior volleyball is a fast changing sport and the level of play just gets better and better each year.


Hansford "Hank" Moore - Head Coach 17 National Black

Married: to Lori Moore (28 years), Two sons: Nick age 20, Lucas age 18

B.S. from Evangel University, Springfield Mo.

M.S. from Texas A&M University- Commerce

Administrator of Cornerstone Christian School 1988-1998 / Associate Professor at SAGU 1998-present

Head Volleyball Coach at SAGU 2000- present( SAGU All Time Career Leader in Wins with 135 wins.)

NBCAA National Championship 2000, 2001, 2003

NCCAA - Central Regional Champions 2005-2009 / NCCAA -Central Region Coach of the year 2005-2007

NCCAA National Tournament 2005-2011 / RRAC - Conference Coach of the year 2006

Coached 5 NCCAA All-Americans(Kelani Daniels, Rachel Brown, Brittani Toole, Krystal Cisneros and Taylor Calverley)

Coached for ECJ 2005- Present

Hank has served in Full Time Ministry for 28 years. Hank has been a huge part of what we do at ECJ for the past 8 years. He is the spiritual leader of our club and writes our team devotionals every week for our coaches to share with their teams. He is a great volleyball coach but even a better life coach for your kids. We are honored to have him continue to be a part of our program. After several years at the 17U and 18U age level Hank will be coaching our 17 National Black team this season.


Jamie Grounds- Head Coach 16 National Black

Jamie is originally from Sachse, Texas where she played for Sachse High School. She then committed to play volleyball and softball for North Central Texas College as a defensive specialist for volleyball and an outfielder for softball. After graduating from NCTC, Jamie went on to Tarleton State University to finish her last two years of college playing softball for TSU. This will be her third season with ECJ and her first year as a head coach after assisting on the 14U and 15U Black teams the past two seasons. 


Lindsey Wilson Laird - Head Coach 15 National Black                                                                           lindseym1013@gmail.com 

Lindsey was born and raised in Waxahachie and currently lives there with her husband Justin. She began playing volleyball at Cornerstone Christian for 4 years and Waxahachie High School for 2 years. She played club volleyball since the age of 12. Her first two years were for Texas Impact (now TAV) and she played her last 4 years for Ellis County Juniors VBC. She received a full scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University where she was the starting setter for all 4 years. She graduated with a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education. After graduating, she enrolled at Henderson State University to get her master’s degree in Sport’s Administration and was the Assistant Volleyball coach for Henderson State under Rhonda Thigpen where one of her main duties was recruiting. In 2006, she moved back to Waxahachie and got married to her husband Justin in 2007 while teaching and coaching at Walnut Grove Middle School in Midlothian.

Lindsey is Impact Certified and a USA CAP Level II coach. She has coached club for Texarkana Juniors while in college and Ellis County Juniors for the past 9 seasons. She also has worked camps for several years while playing in college and after finishing school. 

Lindsey was very involved in coordinating and coaching in our first ECJ Beach season in 2009 and has run it the last 4 seasons. She was also in charge of our first ECJ Boot Camp conditioning program in 2009. Her first season with ECJ, Lindsey coached our 17 & under Black team. In 2010 she took our 14 National team to a top 15 ranking in the region and repeated that in 2011 as a 15U team. Her team won the White division with a 10-3 record at AAU Nationals. Lindsey has had the opportunity to coach every age group during her 9 years at ECJ and was the head 15U coach in 2014. She will be the head coach of our 15 National Black team again this season.


Whitley Ellison- Head Coach 13 National Black 

Whitley graduated high school from Grace Preparatory Academy in 2009 where she played volleyball and threw discus and shot put for all four years of high school. She was recruited by Texas Tech to throw discus beginning 2009. After competing for the Red Raiders for two seasons, Whitley transferred back home to UT Arlington in 2011. She signed on to the Maverick’s Women’s Track & Field team for the remaining three years of her eligibility. Whitley earned the WAC All-Conference Academic Award and was named onto the WAC Second-Team in 2013. She also holds the second best discus personal record in University history at UTA with a distance of 161’ 8”. She graduated from UTA with a BBA in Management in 2013 and a BBA in Marketing in 2014.

Whitley began coaching for ECJ as the assistant for the 14U Blue team during the 2012 club season. She continued to coach club for ECJ up until the 2015 club season and is back with ECJ for the 2016 season. 

Whitley also coached volleyball and track at Grace Prep from 2012-2014. She was part of the Varsity coaching staff for the first Volleyball State Championship in Grace Prep’s history in the 2012 season.  Whitley also coached her brother, Kail Ellison, in discus at Grace Prep. Kail won the 2014 TAPPS State Championship title in discus during his senior year in 2014. Additionally, Whitley was the Varsity Assistant Coach for the second Volleyball State Championship title won by Grace Prep in 2014. She is now the Head Varsity Volleyball Coach at Fort Worth Covenant Classical for the 2015 season.   


Melinda Krerowicz- Head Coach 14 National Black

Coach Mel is married to Mike Krerowicz (24 years) and has three Children:  Twins Tim and Steph age 25 and Cody age 22.  She is currently employed as an Accountant/HR Generalist at ULTRAX Aerospace Inc.

Coach Mel Krerowicz just relocated here from Kansas City area.  This will be her thirteenth year as a Club Volleyball Coach. She started her coaching career in 2002 as a 13’s Head coach for Invasion Volleyball Club out of the Kansas City area and has coached age groups ranging from 11 through 17 years old.  She’s IMPACT certified.

Coach Krerowicz believes athletes should pursue excellence both on and off the court. She ranks attitude as the most important asset of a volleyball player and fosters an environment of teamwork and leadership through structured practice plans and discipline. She believes athletics provides many opportunities to players and her goal for each of her athletes is that they will grow as a player, team member and person during the season.  She believes that success is measured not just by wins and losses but also by the progress of the player! 


Paul Nelson - Assistant Coach 15N Black

Paul has lived in Ellis County his entire life. He now resides in Ovilla with his wife Melinda. He is employed (25+ years) with MidTexas International Center ,Inc., an automobile accessory and distribution company that handles Mazda, Kia, GM and Lexus automobiles. MidTexas is locatedin Midlothian.


Paul began playing volleyball in the early 1980's in a Waxahachie church league. He immediately fell in love with the sport and has played on several teams including a USA Volleyball Men's team in the late 1980's.


His club coaching career began in the mid 1990's as an assistant to ECJ's current director Justin Wilson for Club Med Volleyball. Paul also was Justin's varsity assistant at Cornerstone Christian School from 1995 - 1998 and they compiled a 115-15 record over the four seasons. Paul is Impact Certified and a USA CAP Level I coach. His CAP Level I instructor was John Dunning, who is currently the head coach for Stanford University.


Paul has coached at every level from 12 & under through 18 & under and in 2007-2008 was an assistant for Ellis County Junior's first ever 12 & under team. In 2008-2009 Paul was assistant coach of our 15 National team and he assisted with our 16 National team in 2010 and 2011. This past club season Paul was the assistant on our 13 National Black team and this year he will be back assisting Coach Wilson on our top 15U team. Paul has 14 years of coaching experience. He is great with the kids and really enjoys coaching. We are really blessed to have a strong Christian coach like Paul committed to our program and to your kids.



Celi Bruce - Assistant Coach 15N Black 



Devan Guynes - Head Coach 16 National Blue 


Devan Guynes has lived in Ellis County since 2004. She began playing volleyball at 10 years old, and has loved the sport ever since! She played for ECJ her sophomore-senior years of high school, and is so thankful for everything Justin and his Team poured into her over those three years. She couldn’t think of any better way to pay it forward than have the opportunity to coach and mold young girls in the same sport she learned so much from. Devan played volleyball at SAGU her freshman and sophomore years, and then had to retire the sport due to a leg injury. She still loves the game, and is very passionate about coaching and helping girls grow their talents and abilities on the court. This will be her third year to coach for ECJ, fourth year to coach club volleyball, and she can’t wait to get started! Devan is getting married on October 17th of this year, and she and her soon-to-be husband will live in their new home in Midlothian where they are on staff as youth pastors at Life Church.



Taylor Calverley - Assistant Coach 16N Blue


We are very excited to have Taylor back coaching for us this season after a year off. Taylor is currently the assistant coach at SAGU under Coach Hank Moore. Taylor was a 4 year starter as a setter for SAGU and was selected All Conference all 4 years. She also made the All Region Team her sophomore, junior and senior years and she was an Acedemic All American her junior and senior year. Taylor has been a head coach for us before and did a great job. We are very blessed to have her back coaching our 13 National Black team for this season.



Kara Nielsen- Head Coach 12 National Black



Kyle Nielsen - Head Coach 13 National Blue

Last year was Kyle's second year at ECJ and he did a great job as the Assistant Coach of our 15 National Blue team. We're very glad to have Kyle back with us this season. Kyle's wife Kara is one of the Junior High Coaches at Waxahachie Howard and has coached club several years at ECJ. Kyle will be the Head Coach of our 13 National Blue team thia season.


David Ramirez - Assistant Coach 13N Blue


Tony Hernandez - Assistant Coach 14N Black

This will be Tony's 5th season coaching for us at ECJ. Tony was Head Coach at Avalon High School for several years before moving into administration and has coached club at several different age levels including 14U as a head coach, and he has also coached at 15U two seasons ago. Last year Tony was one of our Co-Head Coaches on our 14 National Blue  team teaming up with Coach Ashley Montalvo. Tony has always done a great job for ECJ and the kids and we are very fortunate to have him back coaching this season.


Caitlin Paschal - Assistant Coach 13N Black

Caitlin played setter at Midlothian High School and played club volleyball at ECJ since she was 13. She is currently a setter and right side at SAGU. Caitlin was an assistant coach for ECJ's 14 Elite team in 2013 and the assistant coach for the 13 Elite team last year. We are glad to have her back coaching again this season as an assistant coach.


Emmalee Smith - Assistant Coach 17N Black

Emmalee played setter and libero at Red Oak High School and played 4 years with us at ECJ on our top teams. She currently is a Junior libero at SAGU. In 2012/2013 she was an assistant coach on our 18 National team with Hank Moore and was Head Coach of our top 12U team in 2013/2014. Last year she was the assistant coach for our 17 National team. We are blessed to have Emmalee coaching again with us this season as an assistant coach on one of our teams.


Melanie Moyer - Assistant Coach 16 National Black 

Melanie is originally from Katy, Texas where she played for Mayde Creek High School and Katy Volleyball Academy. She then committed to play volleyball for East Texas Baptist University as and outside hitter and defensive specialist. She went on to earn All conference awards 2 of the 3 years that she played for ETBU. While in college, Melanie coached 2 years for East Texas Juniors VBC and 1 year at Wrecking Crew VBC. After graduating from ETBU, Melanie moved to Waxahachie and is now teaching Health and coaching volleyball, basketball, and track for Palmer ISD. This will be her first season with ECJ and could not be more excited to work with the girls and grow as a coach. 


Courtney Tobolka - Assistant Coach 12 National

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