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Brian Payne - Club Director/ Tier Coach

Brian began coaching club volleyball in 1992. He was a part of starting the Crossroads of America Volleyball Club in 1999 and has continued to be a dedicated leader of its development over the many years since its beginning. He has coached in many age groups over the years, but in recent years has coached the 12-1s team, taking his girls to several top 20 finishes at AAU Nationals. One of his teams finished in the top 10 in the nation. This year, he will continue serving as Club Director and dedicate his time as a 'Tier' coach, guiding and training COA girls from different age groups and abilities. Brian is a former head coach at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. As the head coach for eight years, he led the team to over 200 wins with three sectional titles, one MIC conference title, and was one win away from the IHSAA 4A Final Four two years in a row. He began playing volleyball in 1987 at the White River Park State Games, then coached by the legendary Cathedral Coach Rhonda Low. His club team finished state runner up three years in a row. He was later picked up by a club team out of Toledo, OH and competed in the Boys' USVBA Nationals in 1989. He then went on to be a part of the IPFW Men's team for two years, before transferring to ISU where he earned a degree in English Education. Brian has participated in many collegiate camps around the midwest. He has been exposed to some of the best minds in the game from camps, club, and participating in numerous AVCA National Conventions.

Christy Pinkston - 18 Cyclones Head Coach

Christy grew up in Findlay, IL and started playing volleyball in seventh grade. She played all four years at Findlay High School, but it wasn't until her junior year that she truly began to appreciate and love what volleyball had to offer. This was due to a growth spurt and an amazing high school coach. During her senior season, Christy was named to two all-tournament teams and First Team All-Conference. Christy went on to play for Millikin University. She graduated from Illinois State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Since college, she has coached many different sports including, volleyball, softball, cheerleading, track, and gymnastics. However, coaching volleyball has always been her passion. In December of 2000, Christy started the first volleyball program in Paris, IL at Crestwood School. She went on to start the program at Mayo Middle School-- then on to Paris High School. During her time as the Crestwood volleyball coach, 7 of her teams made it to the state tournament. Four of those teams finished 4th or better. Christy's daughter, Emma, was a member of four of those teams. Christy ran her own successful club for three years where she directed and coached teams that won a combined three tournaments, had players make an all-tournament team, and that won three different bracket championships while at AAU Nationals. Christy is excited to be back at Crossroads of America again this season. Last season was an amazing year with a very talented group of players. Before the season was cut short, the team was showing great improvement with every practice and tournament. One of the most exciting volleyball weekends was in Kentucky when the girls fought hard, even coming back from big deficits, to finish 6-0. It was amazing being a part of such determination and drive. Christy is also happy that all of the seniors from the '19-'20 team are each now part of a college program. COA has provided Christy with the opportunity to focus on coaching, watching her daughter play, and spending more time with her family. Christy has been married to her husband Curt for 22 years. They have 2 kids, Emma and Drew, who are very busy in sports. Emma will be playing for Juniata College this season. Christy is currently an English teacher at Kansas High School in Kansas, IL. She is also the head volleyball coach at Paris High School. While coaching at PHS last season, her team ended having the best record in the school's history even playing for the regional championship. She also had one of her players, who also played through COA, become the first player in Paris to be playing college volleyball and on a scholarship.

Chloe Mason - 18 Cyclones Assistant Coach

My name is Chloe Mason. I am from Terre Haute, Indiana. I have played sports since I was little. I played travel basketball for about 4 or 5 years. I played COA volleyball for 10 years. I attended Terre Haute North, and currently go to Indiana State. In high school I was All Conference honorable mention my freshman year, and All- Conference my sophomore, junior, and senior years. My junior year I was also first team All-State. I hold the school records for most aces in a match and most aces in a season. I was also the Gold Medal winner my junior year. In 2018, I was a part of the COA 18-1’s team that got second in the nation. That same year and the following year I was on the AAU All-Tournament Team at nationals. I’m now a junior at Indiana State on the volleyball team, as a setter. I am currently majoring in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising. I plan on working on my master’s degree for my final two years of college. I began giving volleyball lessons last year and have loved working with so many great girls. My sister plays in the 16’s division at COA and my dad is the club's Recruiting Coordinator.

Mary Alvanos - 18 Pink Panthers Head Coach

My name is Mary Alvanos and I am from Charleston, South Carolina. I have played three sports since middle and high school - volleyball, basketball, and softball. I first picked up a volleyball when I was 10 years old and began playing club two years later, in sixth grade through high school. I was grateful to be a part of the South Carolina South Region All State Team and a part of the South Carolina South Region North/South All Star Team in 2014. I was a state championship runner up in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014. I was recruited to play volleyball for the first scholarship team at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Throughout high school and club ball, I was an outside hitter and defense specialist. It wasn’t until my senior year of club ball that I began setting, and I was ultimately recruited as a setter for SMWC. I currently hold the single season record for assists and the career record for assists at SMWC. In 2016, I was named All Tournament in the USCAA National Championship game. While at SMWC, I helped my team make it to four national championship games. I've coached COA for 3 seasons from 2017-2019 and again in 2021. I graduated from SMWC in 2019 with a major in Psychology. I am currently a master’s student at Indiana State University majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Jaelyn Fennell- 18 Pink Panthers Assistant Coach

My name is Jaelyn Fennell, and I am from Terre Haute, Indiana. I was first introduced to volleyball at a COA clinic in 2013. I played volleyball throughout all of middle school, high school, and two years of college at Saint Mary of-the-Woods college, as a right side hitter. The highlights of my volleyball career include: All-Conference my freshmen and junior year of high school, 2nd in the state for hitting percentage my sophomore year of high school, and COA national’s runner-up in 2018. I have coached one year at COA in 2020. I am currently a senior at Saint Mary of-the-Woods College and am studying psychology and criminology.

Alison Fell - 16 Chaos Head Coach/Tier Coach

This will be Ali’s 9th year coaching for COA and her third year coaching the 16 Chaos team. Previously, Ali coached our 18-1s team for 6 years and coached that team to 4 fifth place finishes and one 2nd place finish at the AAU Nationals in the 18 Club Division.

Ali began playing volleyball at the age of 12 for COA volleyball club, when it was known as Pacesetter Volleyball Club. Ali played four years of varsity volleyball at Terre Haute South Vigo High School under then coach, Brian Payne. Ali went on to play her collegiate career at DePauw University. Ali was a four-year starter for the DePauw Tigers and earned several all-tournament and all conference awards. Ali was awarded the prestigious Tiger Pride award in her senior season. Ali obtained her degree in Communications from DePauw and has a master’s in communication and media studies from Indiana State University. Ali currently works at Old National Bank as a Private Banker. Ali has two daughters, Emma and Anaston, who both play for COA. Derek, Ali’s husband, serves on the COA Board of Directors.

Morgan Henrickson - 16 Chaos Assistant Coach

Morgan is from Brazil, Indiana and began playing at COA when she was eight years old.  She lettered all four years at Northview High School.  During her time at Northview, the Knights won 3 Sectionals, 3 Regionals, and 1 Semi-State Championship.  Morgan made All-Conference her junior and senior year and was selected to be a member of the Indiana  South All-Star team her senior year.  Morgan then went on to play for DePauw University, where she is studying Kinesiology. While at DePauw, Morgan was a four year starter and letter winner for the Tigers. Her sophomore year at DePauw, Morgan was recognized as All-NCAC First-Team, All-Region First-Team, and an Honorable Mention All-American. Her junior year, Morgan was named All-NCAC First-Team, as well as Sports Imports/AVCA Division III  National Player of the Week. Throughout her career as a Tiger, Morgan was named NCAC player of the week four times, and she was a captain her junior and senior year.  After graduating in May 2020, Morgan currently attends Physical Therapy School at Indiana State University.

Aaron Benefiel - 16 Rhinos Head Coach/Tier Coach

This is Aaron's seventh year coaching for COA. In the past, he has assisted with multiple age groups at clinics and during club season. Primarily, Aaron had been the assistant coach for the 18-1’s team along the side of Ali Fell and assisted the team to multiple top three finishes at tournaments around the Midwest in the 18 Premier division and two top 5 finishes and one 2nd place finish at the AAU National Tournament in the 18 Club Division in Orlando, Florida. In previous years, Aaron has assisted at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. In his free time, he is a licensed IHSAA volleyball official and a volunteer assistant coach at Indiana State University. In 2017, he aided ISU in reaching the MVC tournament where they made program history with their first ever tournament win. On the weekends, he likes to travel to Indianapolis and other major cities to play in competitive volleyball tournaments. Aaron is always striving to find ways to better not only himself but COA and everyone associated with the club. Outside of COA, he is working as a full time Correctional Officer at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility since 2012. This year at COA, Aaron will be the head coach for the 16-2’s team and is super excited to bring the knowledge and skill that he has obtained from many great coaches around the area.

Sara Parker - 16 Rhinos Assistant Coach

I am from Colorado! I am currently the assistant volleyball coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and getting my master’s degree at ISU for physical education exercise science. I began my volleyball career at 10 years old, going to camps and clinics. Started playing club in middle school and high school for a club up in Northern Colorado. Graduated from high school in 2014 and went on to play college volleyball at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota. I played 5 seasons for Presentation College Volleyball as a DS/Libero. I also coached while I was in college for the local club in town, Matchbox Rec. I was head and assistant coaches for multiple age groups (14s-18s) in 2014 and 2016-2018 seasons. After graduating from PC in 2018 with a B.S. in Exercise Science I went on to be the assistant volleyball coach at Alma College in Alma, Michigan. I coached there for a year in a half, the 2019 and 2020 season. While in Michigan I was the Head 18s coach for FarOut North VBC. Lastly before landing in Terre Haute, I was the Head C-Team coach and assistant Varsity coach at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado for the 2020 season. This will be my first season coaching with COA.

Sera Little - 16 Pythons Head Coach

I am from Brazil, Indiana and I began my volleyball career around 8 years old. I started playing club volleyball for Circle City in Plainfield, IN, and I played there for three years until I came to play for COA where I finished out my club career and finished 2nd at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida in the 18 Club Division. I went to Northview High School where I was a four-year varsity starter as a Middle Hitter. We won 4 Sectionals, 3 Regionals, and 1 Semi-State Championship. I earned Rookie of the Year, Mental Attitude, and All-District during my time at Northview. I started my collegiate career at DePauw University where I played for two seasons as a Middle Hitter and Outside Hitter. I transferred to Indiana State University to study Speech Language Pathology, and I now play for the Women’s Club Team.

Maggie Mershon- 16 Pythons Assistant Coach

I am from Brazil, Indiana and started playing volleyball when I was around 8 years old. I was introduced to COA at age 11 at a summer camp and was invited to play! I continued for 5 more years. I went to Northview High School where I played all 4 years. I now am a senior at Indiana University in Bloomington studying Exercise Science and wanting to go to IU School of Optometry.

Emily Wilcox- 16 Cobras Head Coach

Hi, my name is Emily Wilcox and I am from Colorado Springs, CO. I was a three-sport athlete in high school, volleyball, basketball, and track. I have been playing volleyball since I was 10 years old. I began playing club when I was 12 years old and continued to play until I was 17. I was a three-year varsity player and 2-year starter in high school and was able to make all league team and second-team all-state in 2018. I then went on to play volleyball for Rose-Hulman as an RS/MH and have just finished my last season as a player there.  This is my first season being with COA. I have previously been an assistant coach for my high school during their summer leagues the past few years and have helped at their tryouts and camps. I am excited to get to work with the 16's this season and get to be a part of the COA family. 

Matt Jarvis - 15 Gophers Head Coach

Matt was born into the game of volleyball in Muncie, Indiana. He was mentored from a young age, the game of volleyball, by his dad and many other coaches through the Munciana program. Matt was a big factor in starting the boys’ volleyball team at Muncie Central High School, where he played 3 years as a setter, and was voted to the All-State team in the first year and made it to the Boys State Finals the second year. Matt played numerous years in the men’s AAU program with Munciana. Matt has coached at numerous college camps and has also taken teams to participate. Matt was an assistant coach for the 12's and also a head coach in the 12's-girl’s division for Munciana. This will be Matt’s 9th year as a head coach at COA. Matt has coached 16 Blue, 14 White, 14 Red for 3 seasons,  18-White, 16 Rhinos for 2 seasons, and currently is the  head coach of the new 15 Gophers.  Matt was also the head coach at Terre Haute North High School for the 2015-2018 seasons. Matt and his wife Amy have two kids, Tanner 12, and Wrin 9, and currently reside in Terre Haute. Matt is Vice President of  Benchmark Fabricated Steel in Terre Haute.

Asia Povlin - 15 Gophers Assistant Coach

My name is Asia Povlin. I started playing volleyball when I was 8 years old, and joined my first travel team when I was 9. I played for COA for 9 years. I was an all around outside hitter growing up in school and in club, and was named captain for many of those years. I attended Sullivan High School where I played varsity volleyball, softball, and basketball all 4 years. I also played travel softball for 12 years. I made the all district team and second team all state my senior year. I made the IHSVCA 3A south team my senior year of high school. I broke the record for most kills in a tournament and most kills in a season at Sullivan High School. I finished with 1000+ digs and 1500+ kills in my high school career. I am currently playing college volleyball at Indiana State University as a Defensive Specialist. I am majoring in Nursing, and plan on double minoring in nutrition and public health. This will be my second year of coaching.

Denise Meyer - 14 Phoenix Head Coach/Tier Coach

This is Denise’s 4th season coaching for COA at the 14’s level. A native of Muncie, Indiana and a graduate of Muncie Burris High School and Ball State University, Denise Meyer has been around the sport of volleyball consistently since she started playing it in the sixth grade. With nearly 20 years of coaching experience, Denise has spent most of it working for Greencastle Schools where she is a middle school ELA teacher and is the HS assistant coach and JV head coach. Beyond coaching volleyball, she is also the proud mom to daughters Maggie, Abby, and Lilly and wife to Tony.

Shelby Reed - 14 Phoenix Assistant Coach

Shelby has been playing volleyball since the fourth grade. She competed at COA as well as Terre Haute South where she was a four year varsity letter winner. Her Senior year, she was named captain and libero. At South, Shelby won two Sectional titles and was an All MIC Conference member her Senior year. Shelby then went on to play Division 1 volleyball at Arkansas State University. Starting all four years as a defensive specialist, Shelby played against BYU, Western Kentucky, Mizzou, IU, Kansas, Tulsa, and several other top 20 teams. Shelby graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in May of 2014. She has been a practice player, assistant and head coach for COA for nine years, along with one year as head coach for the 10's team at Arkansas Jrs.  Shelby is also the Varsity coach at Terre Haute North High School.

Dillon Taylor - 14 Vipers Head Coach

Dillon is a second year coach with COA this year. He has also coached for two years at North Central Jr/Sr High School as well as one season with Greene County Volleyball Club and he is the current Varsity Coach for Sullivan High School. He teaches 7th and 8th grade math at North Central Junior High School in Farmersburg.  Dillon is from Bedford, IN. He began playing volleyball during his Junior year of high school in a recreational league in Bedford since there was no boy's volleyball program near him. That is when he fell in love with the sport. Once he started his journey at Indiana State University, where he studied Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Dillon helped start the Men's Club Volleyball program. He helped develop the program into a contender in the Midwest Plains Volleyball Conference, a top 20 finish at the NCVF D2 Nationals, and a top 15 National Ranking in his senior year. Dillon played everywhere on the court throughout his four years, but he settled in at Libero as a Junior and Senior. This will be Dillon's 3nd year working with the 14s age group. This is his second year at COA, and he can't wait to see where this season will take his team!

Leah Stephens - 14 Vipers Assistant Coach

Leah is from Brazil, IN, and has been playing volleyball since 2nd grade. She was a four-year varsity setter for the Wabash Valley Warriors, which is a homeschool volleyball team out of Terre Haute, IN. Leah was captain her junior and senior years and was selected to the National All-Tournament Team three years in a row. She has also played four years of club volleyball as a libero/DS, three of which were here with COA. She is a senior at Indiana State University, studying computer science and mathematics with plans to pursue a career in intelligence analysis after graduation. Leah wanted to stay involved in the sport after she graduated high school, so she began her coaching career in 2018. She coaches for her old high school team and has been the JV/Varsity head coach for the last three years. This is her second year coaching for COA and she is excited to see what the season will hold! 

Rachael Edwards - 14 Cougars Head Coach

This is Rachael’s second year coaching for COA. She’s a Terre Haute native and has been playing volleyball since she was in 5th grade. She’s played for COA for six years and was a four year volleyball athlete at Terre Haute North (2 year varsity athlete). Rachael currently holds the school record for amount of points scored in a game which was made during her junior year of high school. She graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Sport Management in May of 2020 and is currently a graduate student and a graduate assistant (PE 101) at ISU for Physical Education Coaching.

Hannah Compton - 14 Great Whites

My name is Hannah Compton, and I am from Richland, Indiana. I started my volleyball career when I was 14. I played at South Spencer High School where I was a 4-year varsity starter as an Outside Hitter. I received the award for most kills, Mental-Toughness, and Honorable Mention in the PAC conference during my Junior, and Senior years. I tried out for the North/South all-star team my junior year and was ranked 22 out of 100 girls. I played club volleyball at Metro in Evansville, Indiana for 3 years. I am currently a Junior at Indiana State University. I’m studying Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Counseling. I’ve played for 3 years on the women’s club team, and I am currently the secretary. I have been the Manager of the Men’s Club Volleyball Team for 3 years. I am the Head JV coach at Terre Haute North Vigo High School.

April Ross - 13/14 Raptors

April began her volleyball career in the 7th grade. She continued to play in high school where she was a 3 year varsity letter winner. April was named to both the NTC and EIC all conference team her junior and senior year. She also received best defensive player and MVP her senior year. While in high school she also letter all four years in basketball, softball, and track and field. After high school, she continued her volleyball career at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. where she graduated with a bachelors degree in Biology and is currently working as a Physical Therapist Assistance at Union Bone and Joint.

Following college, she coached Cowden-Herrick’s High School JV and Varsity volleyball teams for 2 years. After getting married to Brian Ross, she continued to play in an all-women’s club in Lake St. Lois, MO.  Brian and April moved to Terre Haute in 2003. They have 3 children, Alex, Isaac, and Julia. April has coached Woodrow Wilson JV team in 2017,2018, and 2019.  This is her 9th year coaching with COA!

Jen Sutherlin - 13 Kangaroos Head Coach

Jen was born and raised in Covington, IN. She is currently in her 9th season as the head coach at Covington High School. Jen has also coached at COA for 10 years, working with multiple age groups.  Jen and her husband Doug have one daughter, Alex  that currently plays at COA as well. Jen graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in Accounting, while also playing on the Sycamore Volleyball  Team. Jen is employed by Walgreens where she does accounting work at their corporate office.

Trenton Smith - 13 Kangaroos Assistant Coach

Trenton began his volleyball career in seventh grade as a Defensive Specialist for his middle school. He went on to play club volleyball at Club One in Plainfield, Illinois for three years where he was a Libero. In high school, at Plainfield South, he was the starting libero and Team Captain for all four years. Currently he plays on the Men’s Club Team at Indiana State University and is the club President. In the spring of 2019, he began his coaching career at Rams Volleyball Club in Plainfield, Illinois where he coached the top 13/14’s girls’ team. In the fall, he was the assistant Varsity coach at Terre Haute North. This is his second year with COA.

Hannah Zuege - 13 Jaguars Head Coach

 

Hannah Zuege is originally from Bedford, Texas and transferred in as a junior at Saint Mary of the Woods college in the fall of 2021. Hannah began playing club volleyball for Integrity VBC for 11s-15s and then played for Texas Image for her 16s-18s seasons. She also participated in her High School Volleyball program at Euless Trinity High School on the varsity team for all four years and was rewarded multiple district awards throughout her high school career. Immediately after graduating high school, Hannah moved to Springfield, Missouri to play division 2 volleyball at Drury University. After 2 years of competing in the GLVC Conference with the Drury Panthers as an outside hitter/defensive specialist, she entered the transfer portal and eventually signed to play for SMWC as an outside hitter. Throughout her first season at SMWC, she managed to set the new school record for most kills in a match, most points in a match, highest hitting percentage in a match (min. 15 kills), most kills in a season, and became the first player in program history with 400+ kills & 300+ digs in one season. Hannah was awarded with many accolades for her performance such as; River States Conference First Team All-Conference, NAIA AVCA Midcentral Honorable Mention, and USCAA First Team All American. She helped her team greatly to win the 2021 USCAA National Championship in Virginia by setting the new record for most kills in a USCAA tournament match and earning the 2021 USCAA National Tournament MVP. Hannah is now coaching the 13 Jaguars team for her first club season with COA while also studying psychology & criminology.

Jocelyn Rivas Chavez - 13 Jaguars Assistant Coach

My name is Jocelyn Rivas Chavez and I am from Goodyear, Arizona. I am in my freshman year at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College studying Nursing. I have played volleyball for 8 years but have played competitively for 5 years. I have always loved playing volleyball ever since I started playing. I went to Millennium High School and won the Arizona 5A 2020 State Championship in my senior year. At SMWC I played as a freshman Libero/DS. When we won the USCAA Division 1 Women’s National Championship, I made All-Tournament Team. 

Maddy Howes - 12 Scorpions Head Coach / Tier Coach

Maddy has been coaching at Crossroads of America Volleyball for 6 years. This will be her 7th season coaching and second year head coaching in the 12s division after coaching the 10s and 11s over the previous few years. A native of Terre Haute, she found her love of volleyball when she began playing for COA in the fifth grade. She continued playing for the club throughout middle school and high school before graduating from Terre Haute North. From there, she decided to continue her education and volleyball career at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College where she was the first scholarship volleyball player. She helped lead the first ever scholarship team to three USCAA National Championship Runner-Up Medals. While a Pomeroy, she was recognized with several awards including USCAA All-American Honorable Mention, USCAA National All-Academic Awards, USCAA National All-Tournament Team, and Pomeroy Student-Athlete of the Year. She graduated from SMWC with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Currently, she works as a Kindergarten Teacher at DeVaney Elementary in Terre Haute.

Kelsey Sanders - 12 Scorpions Assistant Coach

Kelsey Sanders is from Farmersburg, IN, where she attended North Central HS, class of 2009. While in school,  she played volleyball  8th grade through her senior year. After high school, she attended Ivy Tech and started her coaching career. This is Kelsey's 9th year coaching . She has coached as an assistant to 12 red, 13 red, and 16 red and was head coach to 13 red for two years. Kelsey was also an assistant for Terre Haute North Vigo High School the last couple years and was the varsity coach for North Central High School the year before that. Kelsey is excited to be back into the gym to start another great COA season.

Maddi Besser - 12 Hurricanes Head Coach

Maddi began playing volleyball in the 3rd grade for a local training team, before turning to Munciana Volleyball Club only two years later, for an 8 year-long career. She played for multiple 1’s and 2’s teams, placing as high as 5th in the nation on multiple accounts, as well as attaining several other championships. Although Munciana was considered her “second home,” her first became the gym at Yorktown High School. Maddi played for Yorktown Volleyball for a total of 7 years (3 Middle School, 4 High School). During these years, she got to not only play alongside various talented athletes, but to achieve a perfect 34-0 season, along with a 4A State Championship her junior year. There were some hardships, yet many successes in Maddi’s career during her time at Yorktown, following in becoming a Co-Captain and receiving the Mental Attitude Award for YVB during her senior year. Now a Recreational Therapy major at Indiana State University, Maddi is eager to get back in the gym to share her love for volleyball, and to pass on the knowledge she’s gained along the way.

Madison Demeter - 12 Lightning Head Coach

Madison is from Elkhart, Indiana and graduated from Northridge High School. She began playing volleyball in Kindergarten. Madison went from Elementary camps to playing for NIVA starting in third grade. She played club up until 5th and started traveling in 6th grade and continued up until her Junior year of high school. She has played all around but mostly as a setter and right side hitter. Madison played on Varsity all 4 years of high school and was awarded the mental attitude award back to back years Junior and Senior year. She coached for NIVA her senior year with a 12U team. Madison is now a Junior at Indiana State University studying in dietetics and is beyond excited to get back in the gym to coach the sport she loves. 

Kayla Harding - 12 FORCE

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Heather Ireland - 11 Piranhas Head Coach/Tier Coach

Heather has been a student of the game since her early days at Woodrow Wilson. She was a three year starter at Terre Haute North High School, played club volleyball for seven years and finished her career setting for Marian University. While living in Indianapolis, she coached for three years in the Metro South Volleyball Club in both the 16 and 18 age divisions. Since joining COA over 10 years ago, Heather has coached teams in the 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 age divisions. A frequent instructor at camps and clinics, she is also the director of the Volleytots program. In her spare time, Heather has added volleyball referee to her resume giving her an opportunity to see many of our COA athletes compete for their schools. She is looking forward to a fantastic season and is excited about returning to her passion of skill development for our younger athletes.

Emily Rinck - 10 Barracudas Head Coach

Emily was born and raised  in Terre Haute, IN. She began her lifelong passion for volleyball at age 11; playing volleyball in middle & high school,  travel volleyball teams, college club teams, and recreational leagues. Emily has called COA her home since 2006. In addition, she has coached at several local schools including Honey Creek Middle School, St. Patrick School, North Central Jr. High, and North Central Sr. High. Emily received her bachelor's degree from Indiana State University in 2006 and earned her teaching certification from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2019. She currently teaches at Davis Park Elementary School. She resides in Terre Haute with her husband Matt.

Hannah Ireland - 10/12 Passing Pandas Head Coach

I am from Terre Haute, Indiana. I began my volleyball career in 4th grade at COA's Elementary League. I played for COA volleyball for 8 years along with playing at Terre Haute North HIgh School as a setter.  Since playing, I was the assistant coach for 10-1s in 2018. I have co-directed the Volleytots program, assisted with 11-1s, and coached in Elementary League and clinics. I attended Hanover College and played for the school's recreational team. I will graduate in December with a degree in Elementary Education after student teaching in Indianapolis. I am excited for my first season as a head coach and cannot wait to learn from the amazing coaches in my age group. 

Paige Yontz - 10/12 Passing Pandas Coach

Paige was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa where she began her volleyball career in 3rd grade on a local recreational team. As she developed a passion for the sport, she transitioned to playing for competitive club teams beginning in 6th grade. Paige played for various clubs in the Des Moines metro area throughout high school and had the privilege of learning from several great coaches. Paige was a two year letter winner at Waukee High School, one of the largest high schools in the state of Iowa, and led the team in service aces both her junior and senior year and held the role of team captain her senior year. Paige went on to play and letter all four years at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, an NCAA DIII program, where she would hold the role of co-captain and lead the team in kills, service aces, and sets played during her senior season. During her collegiate career, Paige would twice be named to all tournament teams for her performance in non-conference competition and be listed as an honorable mention in the American Rivers Conference for her performance during her senior season. Paige would consider herself to be a "utility player," as she has played every role at least once in her volleyball career, though she has primarily held the roles of outside, defensive specialist, and libero. Paige recently moved to Terre Haute from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to become the Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Westminster Village and joined the coaching staff at Terre Haute South High School this fall where she learned about COA. Paige is excited to work with the youngest members of the COA family and looks forward to developing fundamental skills with those new to the sport and eager to learn more!

Deanna Potts - 10/12 Passing Pandas Coach

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Nicole Hendrix-Amodeo - 10/12 Passing Pandas

Nicole is a new coach to the COA Volleyball Club and is excited for the opportunity to assist young athletes develop a love for the sport. Nicole played high school volleyball at Terre Haute South Vigo High School where she was coached by COA director, Brian Payne. Nicole played the position of middle hitter and blocker.

After high school, Nicole attended Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. She earned her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Mary of the Woods College.  Nicole is in her 16th year of teaching social studies at her alma mater, Terre Haute South Vigo High School. Nicole and her husband, Jamie Amodeo, are proud parents of two girls, Hadley (9) and Mallory (4).

Madi Unger - 10/12 Passing Pandas Coach

I was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. I am currently a senior in high school, graduating early, and then starting nursing school at Ivy Tech. I work at Athletico Physical Therapy as a rehab aide and assist patients during their therapy sessions. I played COA and school volleyball for 5 years as a hitter and spent the majority of my time doing lessons whenever I could and doing COA camps and clinics, but I had to step away during my sophomore year of high school due to health issues. I am beyond excited to get back in the gym for my first year coaching and share my love of the game with these kids! 

Travis Mason - Recruiting Coordinator

Travis has a background in sports that goes back to the 1980's. He spent most of his time on the ball field, growing into a successful high school baseball player, and then went on to play at ISU.  He started the Mad Dog Baseball Travel Club a few years back, working as the co-director and coach.  His involvement with COA has developed from being a COA parent first, and has led to a passion for the sport. He is now the recruiting coordinator, familiar with NCAA rules, the recruiting process, and assists the COA athletes with the use of the Sports Recruit website;  COA uses this website to promote our athletes to colleges across the Midwest and beyond.


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Crossroads Of America Volleyball Partners and Affiliates

Interested in becoming a sponsor of Crossroads Of America Volleyball? 

Sponsored by Adidas Apparel

Adidas Apparel

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Adidas Apparel will supply COA volleyball players and coaches with footwear, apparel, uniforms, and accessories through the 2022 club season!  Thanks Adidas!

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Ironhorse Steel Detailing

Thanks to Ironhorse detailing for their generous sponsorship and support of youth volleyball in the Wabash Valley!  Call them for all your steel detailing needs! 812-939-3300.

Sponsored by Timberland Lumber Company

Timberland Lumber Company

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Thanks to our friends at Timberland Lumber Company for all of your support!  Go see them for your residential and commercial building product needs!

Sponsored by Old National Bank

Old National Bank

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Thanks to our friends at Old National Bank for their support of COA Volleyball Club!

Sponsored by Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau

Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Thanks to the Terre Haute Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau for granting COA volleyball club an award to assist us in bringing travel volleyball tournaments to the Wabash Valley. 

Sponsored by Crane Credit Union

Crane Credit Union

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Thanks to Crane Credit Union for your sponsorship of our club.  Make sure to check them out for your upcoming banking needs!

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Want to participate in your local community? Become a  sponsor for Crossroads Of America Volleyball and support youth in your area.
 

Ali Fell

Ali Fell

Fundraising Director

Phone: 812-243-8356