I was born and raised in Beaumont, TX and attended Clifton J. Ozen high school which was named after my Great Uncle. I was a multisport athlete receiving scholarship offers in Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Academics. I accepted a full athletic scholarship for volleyball from Prairie View A&M University. I graduated with my BBA in MIS. I later received a MBA in GM and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. I am HS Assistant Principal and CPT. I am also a mother of 3 amazing kids.
I started playing volleyball at the age of 12 and played club volleyball for the Tri-City Slammers. I was the starting MB all 4 years of college and received All SWAC, 1st Team All Conference, 2nd Team All-Conference, Team MVP and many other accolades. I have been a Middle school, Freshman and Varsity Volleyball Coach and have coached AAU volleyball for 6 years; 16 Select, 16 Power, 14 Adidas, 14 Attack, 17 Power and currently 18 Power.
I believe in meeting players where they are initially and then bringing them up to where they need to be in order to meet their personal goals as well as team goals. Every player is unique and has a different skillset than their peers. Volleyball coaching techniques and strategies should not be a one size fits all approach. I like to assess what players need individually as well as collectively and then approach coaching from that standpoint.
“Give me your best or give me nothing at all”. Practice is about working to improve upon skills and performance while game time should be about execution. I need a player to give 100% percent every practice or I’d rather they not attend at all. You won’t reach a high level of play being undedicated to the performance improvement process which is what practice is. A player’s failure to “show up” to practice moves them from being an asset to a liability and liabilities shouldn’t be allowed to grace the court during games.
Accuracy with hitting/attacks, training Middles, blocking and utility player mindset.