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Proposed Coaches for Magnum Teams 2020
We are super excited about the Coaching staff this year. This is one of the best coaching staffs that we have ever had in our club.
•18 Champion- Head: Eric Shick, Assistant: TBA
•17 Champion- Head: Amber Haver, Assistant: TBA
•17 Elite- Head: Carly Swisher, Assistant: TBA
•16 Champion- Head: David Tiffner, Assistant: Anna Tovo
•16 Elite- Head: Head: Brian Elrod, Assistant: TBA
•15 Champion- Head: Bryan Piro, Assistant: Alli Bell
•15 Elite- Head: Mackenzie Wood, Assistant: TBA
•15 Black- Head: Courtney Ingle, Assistant: TBA
•14 Champion- Head: Alexzandra Peckham, Assistant: Jasmine Foster
•14 Elite- Head: Caitlyn Hooker, Assistant: Jim Prather
•14 Black- Head: TBA, Assistant: TBA
•13 Champion- Head: Erica Crawford, Assistant: TBA
•13 Black- Head: Andrea Wolfe, Assistant: TBA
•12 Black- Head: Angela Seitzer, Assistant: TBA
•Youth Academy- April Hamilton and others
•Other coaches who haven't been placed yet: Shane Beaver, Sommer Blair, Denise Jeanmougin, Emily Aysse, Jessica Imbimbo, Levi Abbott, Alex Williams, Asia Greenhill, Gary Price
This will be Levi’s 9th year of coaching in Club Volleyball. He has coached or assisted with all of the age groups of Club Volleyball. He was the Assistant Varsity Coach at Spring Valley for 2 years.
Levi has been playing indoor and outdoor volleyball for 22 years, prior to that he played in a Wallyball league for 5 years. He has played in several Men’s USAV Tournaments in the past. Due to injuries and age, he started coaching and playing less to stay involved for his love of the sport.
This is Emily's 2nd year coaching with Magnum. She is currently a student at USC. Emily coached for Mary Jo Stemple at her high school camps during the summer but this will be her first time coaching club.
Emily played at Academic Magnet High School in Charleston, SC. She played club for Charleston Juniors and Carolina Islanders.
Sommer began coaching while still in high school, assisting with youth programs and clinics at local schools such as Carolina Springs Middle. Throughout her tenure at North Greenville University (2013-2017), she assisted in clinics hosted by Upstate Volleyball. Also while at NGU, Sommer would lead her teammates in in volunteering to host clinics for a local group home, where teenage girls in foster care could come learn more about the sport. This is Sommer’s inaugural club season as a coach.
Sommer did not play club volleyball, and instead was an avid AAU basketball player, playing for a team that included Aja Wilson and Alaina Coates on the roster, current WNBA players. However, she did play right side at White Knoll High School, where her team made it to the state semi-finals each year she was a varsity starter (2010-2012), which would earn her a full academic/athletic scholarship to play at the college level. Sommer was recruited to play at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC, where she played from the 2013 to the 2017 seasons. During her years there, she predominantly hit right side, but also assisted at the middle blocker and outside hitter positions, and even acted as the back-up setter at one point. Her versatility helped earn her team their first 20-win season her junior year, the team’s best record since the program was established.
Ali began her volleyball coaching career at Players Choice in Akron, OH. She also coached locally at Kershaw County for one season in 2017. This will be her first season with Magnum.
Before coaching Ali played high school and club volleyball in Northeast Ohio. She played club for a variety of clubs and is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina studying Finance and Sport Management. She plays both indoor and
This is Kendra's first season with Magnum. She has been coaching with A5 Volleyball Club in Atlanta. She coached the 13 age group, helped out with the Volleyperformance Academy and other clinics. She also interned for the office staff. Before working for A5 she coached with Tsunami Volleyball Club in the 13s and 18s age group. At Tsunami she coached the Libero clinics and other clinics.
Outside of club volleyball Kendra coached both middle school and high school volleyball. She coached for the Pace Academy in Atlanta. For one season worked under Jen McGurn, former UGA assistant coach. She helped with Varsity at Westside High School where she helped the team break many school records (First Final Four appearance). She also helped coach at Georgia State's Womens and Mens club teams.
Kendra played high school at Westside HS in Augusta where she helped the team become Region Champions in her senior year. She was Co-player of the year for her region and helped take the team to the Final Six appearance in AA State playoffs (which was the first time in program history). She then went on to play in college at Andrew College where she was the starting setter her freshman year. She then became the starting libero her sophomore year. She then transfered to Georgia State where she played setter and DS for the women's club team for he junior and senior years.
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Assistant Club Director
Erica began her volleyball coaching career at White Knoll High School where she is finishing her second season as JV coach. She started with Magnum in the 2015 season coaching the 13 Black team with David Tiffner and taking them to the AAU National Championships.
Before coaching Erica played high school and club volleyball in Michigan. She played club for Michigan Elite (a well respected JO club). She then went to play volleyball at Notre Dame College for 3 seasons.
Brian started coaching in 2009 with Hammond school where he was an assistant coach for 1 season. With the Hammond program, Brian either won his region or was region runner-up every year. He has continued as the overall director of the entire volleyball program at Hammond for 4 years, overseeing 1-2 middle school teams, 1 jv, and 1 varsity. His overall record as Head Varsity coach for the past 2 seasons is 23-5 (.820) and 12-2 in 2014 season. He gave up the Hammond position in the spring of 2015 and now coaches at Northside Christian School in West Columbia.
Other notable High School coaching achievements:
Led the Skyhawks to consecutive upper-state semi final appearances. Had 7 players make all-region and 1 make all state. Coached the North 3A Allstar team in the Independent school's North/South all-star match in 2011. Coached the SCISA all-stars versus the GISA (Georgia Ind School Association) all-stars in which we won in straight sets following the 2013 season.
In 2014 he coached the Magnum 16 Elite team in his first year with Magnum. Before that he coached at the U17 level with another club. In 2017 Coach Elrod won the Palmetto Region Championships with the 18 Mizuno team.
Brian has over 16 years of experience playing both indoor and outdoor volleyball. He still competes at the AA or Open level.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Amanda moved to South Carolina 8 years ago. She played at Fort Dorchester High School beginning in the 8th grade and was a four year varsity starter as a setter. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded season MVP, and “all tournament” player at three different tournaments. She played club volleyball for four years and continues to play in both indoor and outdoor co-ed leagues. She attended the University of South Carolina and earned a degree in biology. Last year she coached the Magnum 13 Red team.
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From Holly Springs, NC. Asia played at Holly Springs High School and was a varsity starter as a setter, lettering her last 2 years as well as Academic All-Conference. She played for a variety of club teams in North Carolina, ending her club career at NC Elite. She attends The University of South Carolina and is pursuing her Nursing degree. She continues to play indoor and sand volleyball. This will be her first season with Magnum Volleyball.
Coaching Experience: Angie Gregory has been coaching high school volleyball since 2013. She coached for 3 years at Dreher High School as the head Junior Varsity coach until offered the Head Coach position at Spring Valley High School where she currently coaches. Coach Gregory has also coached 12s and 14s club volleyball over the past 3 years.
Playing Experience: Coach Gregory was an All-Star/All-State athlete at Dutch Fork High School and was a member of the Gamecock Juniors Volleyball 18's team her senior year, winning nationals and traveling to compete in the USAV Junior Olympics in California. Coach Gregory received a scholarship and played at the college level for Francis Marion University.
Life Experience: After her first year in college she decided to join the Army Reserves and began her 13 year journey through the disciplined military life and served three years of deployments and mobilizations overseas and stateside. Upon returning from her tour overseas, Coach Gregory finished up her education at the University of South Carolina, earning a Master's Degree in Physical Education, and began working as a physical educator, volleyball coach and player in the Columbia area. She currently plays at the BB/A level and plays indoor co-ed as well as outdoor volleyball tournaments in the Columbia and surrounding areas.
Coach Gregory brings her life experiences of volleyball, military, and education as well as a love of teaching with her to her coaching and offers a holistic approach to coaching where the job is more than just teaching young athletes how to be great volleyball players but teaching each young person how to have great faith, character, love and respect for self and others.
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Coaching Experience: April Hamilton has been coaching high school and club volleyball since 2001. She took a 5 year break to focus on her family and is ready to be back. Coach Hamilton has coached 10 club seasons as well as assistant and head coaches for Hammond, Lugoff-Elgin and Robert E. Lee.
Playing Experience: Coach Hamilton was Region Player of the year and an All-State athlete at Lugoff-Elgin High School. She was also a member of the Gamecock Juniors Volleyball Team throughout high school. She received a scholarship and played at the college level for Columbia College and Southern Wesleyan University. She played for many years in outdoor and indoor tournaments as an adult and hopes to get back to playing competitively.
Life Experience: She is the lead teaching interventionist at Lexington Elementary. This is her 14th year teaching. She has her masters in education and loves to see her students and players learn new things and develop confidence.
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Coach Haver grew up in Stow, Ohio and earned her Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida for Graduate School and received her Master's Degree in Deaf Education and Intervention. Over the last decade, Coach Haver has spent her time teaching deaf children in Florida, Ohio, and South Carolina. In August 2015, Coach Haver accepted a position as an Interventionist at Gray Collegiate Academy and served as the Director of Federal Programs. As the Head Volleyball Coach for Gray Collegiate's inaugural season in the South Carolina High School League. She led them to a perfect 10-0 region season and a deep run in the state playoffs. In the second year, under her direction, the team clinched another region championship and a berth in the Final Four. In two short years, she produced 8 All-Region players, 3 All-State players, 1 Region Player of the Year, and the highest collective GPA of any athletic team at the academy. In addition, she was named South Carolina Coach of the Year for Class AA and Region III.
Along with her educational specialties, Coach Haver has coached for over 20 years as a track coach, as well as both club and high school volleyball. Coach Haver is known for her character-based coaching style. Her goal is to develop the whole athlete, with a focus not only on skill improvement, but also with an increase of discipline, integrity, athleticism, character, and nutrition. This style has been a catalyst for training a myriad of athletes who received D1 and D2 scholarships in both volleyball and track, and earning many honors such as All-State, All-Star, and Region Player of the Year. Coach Haver has also been the head coach in 4 winning high school programs in Ohio and South Carolina, as well as coaching elite teams for Matchpoint, SC Midlands, and Magnum Volleyball Club, Haver is no stranger to coaching success at the Region, State Championship, and National level. In her 4 years at AAAA Ridge View High School, she lead no less than five athletes each year to qualify for the State AAAA Track and Field Meet and New Balance National Championship, earning a multitude of titles in both individual and relay events. In 2014, she led them to obliterate a 19 year-old state record at the State Championship in the 4 x 400m Relay. She repeated this feat again at the 2015 State Championship, by leading her team to break their previous record and remain the current state record holders.
In 2018, Haver started the first volleyball program in school history at Columbia International University. In it's inaugural year, she yielded one AAC First Team All Conference player, one AAC All Freshman Team Player, one AAC Champion of Character, two NCCAA D1 All Region First Team players, two NCCAA D1 All Region Second Team players, and one NCCAA D1 Region Player of the Year.
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Assistant Coach 16 Elite
Jessica began her coaching career in 2010 when she was a freshman at Pasco-Hernando Community College in Florida. She was an assistant coach at a club team there for two years for U-16 teams before moving to Florence, SC in 2012. There she became a head coach for Florence Junior Volleyball Club for three years and Grand Strand Juniors for one year. While in South Carolina, she’s coached teams in both the U-16 and U-18 age groups. Jessica has also offered private coaching sessions for multiple players who have now signed scholarships to play at the college level. Unfortunately because of her full-time work schedule she had to take last year off from coaching, but this year Jessica has joined the Magnum Volleyball coaching staff and she’s excited to be a part of the team.
Jessica did not start playing volleyball until she was a junior in high school, but that did not stop her from earning a full scholarship to play at the college level. Jessica was recruited to play at Pasco-Hernando Community College (now Pasco-Hernando State College) in New Port Richey, Florida from 2010-2012. She earned a starting spot as a freshman and that season, her team went on to win a National Championship at the NJCAA DII level. As a sophomore, Jessica was voted team captain and helped her team earn a top-16 national ranking. She was also voted as the Most Valuable Player at the end of the season. From there, Jessica was recruited to play at the NCAA DII level at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. During her years there from 2012-2014, she was voted into the role of team captain and helped boost her team to the best W-L record they had seen in almost a decade. Jessica was selected to the Peach Belt All-Conference 2nd team her senior year. In her career, she tallied over 1,100 kills as a 6-rotation right side. Jessica continues to play competitively in both indoor and outdoor volleyball tournaments across the state.
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Coaching Experience: Courtney began her coaching career her Freshman year at Coker College for Pee Dee Juniors. In 2006, Courtney started coaching Summer/Fall Youth Camps and Club on and off for Magnum. She built the Varsity and JV Volleyball program at Batesburg-Leesville High School where she led her girls to a second place seat in the Region and then went on to win Region two years in a row.
Playing Experience: Courtney was an All-Star/All-State/All-Region Athlete at Irmo High School. She also played for Carpe Diem Volleyball Club where her 18’s Team was invited to Nationals. She received a scholarship to play volleyball at Coker College where she started as a Freshman. She played there for 3 years before she tore her rotator cuff and could no longer play. After recovery, Courtney played on the University of South Carolina’s Club Team while receiving her Masters Degree. She also still plays indoor and outdoor tournaments around the Lexington area.
Assistant Coach 14 Elite
Elise Kirk has been coaching middle school volleyball at Lexington Middle School. She was assistant for the 2017 season and head coach for the 2018 season. During both seasons, the Wildcats continued their PAC Champion record. This will be Elise's third year coaching club ball and first year at Magnum.
Elise played volleyball at North Augusta High School and club ball in Aiken, SC. Coach Elise graduated from USC with a Bachelor's in Business Administration.
Head Coach Youth Academy 1
Alexzandra began coaching in high school where she assisted with practices and summer camps at So-Cal Juniors Volleyball Club in Garden Grove, CA. Throughout college she also spend time with Mavericks Volleyball Club in Corona, CA when I would return home for summers. This year she was an assistant coach for Columbia College.
Before coaching Alexzandra played volleyball at Mission Viejo High School in CA. In high school, she also played club at Laguna Beach Volleyball Club for her freshman year then at So-Cal Juniors for her sophomore, junior and senior year. From there she went on to play at Francis Marion University from 2012-2016 where she was a six-rotation player and achieved over 1000 career kills and was named into the 2015 All Conference Team.
Bryan Piro has been coaching high school and/or club volleyball since 2000. He coached at both Spring Valley High school and White Knoll as an assistant before taking over and leading the Timberwolves to two straight 2nd round appearances. After 4 years at White Knoll, Piro moved to Nashville where he was both a head coach and the Assistant Club Director for Select Volleyball Club in Franklin, TN.
He coached the 15 elite team to a top 10 finish at the Mid-East Qualifier in 2007, as well as assisted in the 12s, 13s, and 14s teams to receive bids to Nationals. On his venture back home, he rejoined the White Knoll Volleyball staff and helped lead the Timberwolves to their first ever Lower State Championship appearance. For the last 6 years Bryan has been coaching the 16 Mizuno team. In 2011 his team finished 5th in the OPEN division at the Northeast Qualifier in Baltimore, MD. He's led his teams to two second place finishes in the Palmetto Region and took his teams to USAV Nationals in Reno and Atlanta. He is currently the head coach at River Bluff High school.
Co Head Coach 16 Champion
Eric began coaching volleyball in 1997 as a student coach with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks under Head Coach Kim Hudson. He worked with the team for 3 years and learned great technical training from some of the best. During his time at USC he also began coaching Club volleyball as he coached for Gamecock Juniors (the only club in Columbia at the time) for 2 years. After graduating from USC he coached at the high school level for 1 year at Cardinal Newman where they won the SCISA Class 3A Upper Region in his first season. He then took a position at the collegiate level with a 3 year stint at Columbia College (NAIA) where he increased the schools standing in the region each year. Eric returned to coaching at the high school level where he coached at White Knoll High School. He took the Timberwolves to a 3rd place finish in the state playoffs in 2015. He currently coaches at Lexington High School in Lexington, SC where he led them to back to back Region Championship and also two 3rd place finish in SC 5A in Nov 2017 and 2018.
Eric grew up playing outdoor in high school. During his freshman year he went to a small college in PA to play soccer and they had a mens club team. He learned the indoor game there. In the summer of 1997 Eric played in China and Thailand for a month before he returned to South Carolina to attend USC. He then started coaching at USC and the rest is history.
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Carly began coaching while playing at Carson-Newman University in youth programs such as
Eaglets developmental training programs and Summer team camps. In 2012 Carly began
coaching as the Assistant coach for Francis Marion University while attending graduate school.
The 2012 season and 2013 season were two of FMU’s most successful seasons with multiple
players earning Peachbelt All-Conference honors. During this time Carly was the head coach for
the 16-2 and 17-1 (2012-2014) coach for Florence Juniors Club team as well as serving as the
role of assistant director of the club. Throughout this time Carly assisted in FMU sponsored
volleyball camps at various local schools as well as the Individual camp hosted by FMU for high
This is Carly’s second season with Magnum after coaching the 16 Mizuno team in the 2016-17
Carly is a native of Fort Collins, Colorado and played club at one of Colorado’s top club
volleyball programs, NORCO Volleyball Club. During that time she participated on teams that
earned bids to JOs and participated in top Junior National Qualifiers such as Crossroads,
Northwester Qualifier, and others.
Carly played two seasons for Tusculum College (2008-2009) where she was ranked nationally in
aces per set, earned All-Freshman Honors in conference and was a leading contributor and starter
both seasons. Carly finished her playing career at Carson-Newman University (2010-2011)
where her team finished top 32 in the nation, was a member of the 2010 team that statistically led
the nation in blocking, and made South Atlantic Conference Tournament appearances both years.
In her career she amassed over 1,000 kills and started as a right side all four years of her college
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David began his club coaching career in 1996 with two seasons with Gamecock Juniors. Both teams that he coached were 18s teams, one of them won Regionals and went and competed in the USAV Junior Olympics in San Jose, California. He then coached 5 years at White Knoll High School. Four of those years White Knoll was 2nd or 3rd in the region and competed in the playoffs. David then got back into club coaching for Magnum. He has been coaching with Magnum since 2006. David has been coaching for Magnum at the U17s level since 2009 and finished 2nd in the Region for 2 years before winning the Region in 2012. David's teams have continued to do well each year in both the PVA and SAVL.
During the 2015 season David also became the Master Coach for the 13s age group and coached the 13 Black team that year.
David still plays both indoor and outdoor and has won the Clash and Crown many times in the Men's A division.
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Head Coach 15 Elite
Mackenzie has been coaching with Magnum for four years. She is also the assistant coach for AC Flora High School where she teaches special education. Mackenzie has experience coaching ages 13-18 at all levels. Mackenzie has coached both 14 and 15 Elite teams for Magnum.
Originally from Bristol, TN, Mackenzie moved to South Carolina 5 years ago where she attended Columbia College to play volleyball. Mackenzie played all four years at Columbia as a Libero and a backup setter. In high school Mackenzie was a Libero and an outside hitter. She has played volleyball for over 13 years. She continues to play volleyball through outdoor tournaments.