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Coaches for Magnum Teams 2021
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 Mizuno- Amber Haver
•17 Mizuno- Eric Shick, David Tiffner
•16 Mizuno- David Tiffner, Anna Tovo
•15 Mizuno- Dawn Barnes
•15 Elite- TBA
•14 Mizuno- Erica Crawford, Gary Price
•14 Black- Caitlyn Hooker
•13 Mizuno- Erica Crawfor, Sommer Blair
•13 Black- Allison Womack
•Youth Academy Teams: Courtney Ingle
Coaching Experience: Barnes is coaching with Magnum for the first time in the 2021 season. She is the new coach at S.C. State after serving as head coach at Malcolm X Junior College (NJCAA Division I), prior to that she coached at Indiana University Northwest and Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Ill., where she held the same position.
She spent three seasons at Chicago State University on the Cougars' coaching staff, where Barnes served as the interim head coach in 2014 and the Cougars won their first home tournament in the program's Division I history, while producing 10 Academic All-WAC selections.
Before arriving at Chicago State, Barnes was a volunteer assistant coach at George Mason in 2012. She assisted the Patriots with coaching and game planning. Prior to George Mason, Barnes was the head coach at Howard University for two seasons. She coached three all-MEAC selections and five All-Academic selections and developed the Howard Volleyball Camps.
Barnes served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 2009. She helped the Panthers to a 20-11 overall mark, including a school-record 12 wins in BIG EAST conference play. While at Pitt, she coached the BIG EAST Player of the Year, Libero of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year. She was responsible for technical team practice coordination and match preparation. Barnes also has collegiate coaching experience at Vassar, Eastern Kentucky, and Augustana College.
Barnes is also active with the USA High Performance tryouts, developmental camps and clinics at various locations throughout the nation. She has previously worked camps at Butler and Purdue Universities.
Barnes has extensive experience with several volleyball clubs, having spent three seasons coaching with Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy. She served as the director of recruiting at the NVVA Club in Sterling, Va., and the Metro American, Select and Pittsburgh Elite volleyball clubs and is a Member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)
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.
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.
Assistant Coach 14 Champion
Coaching Experience: Asia began her volleyball coaching career with Magnum during the 2018 season where she was the Assistant Coach for our 14 Champion Team. During the 2019 season she was the Assistant Coach for the 17 champion team.
Playing Experience: 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.
Coach Haver currently coaches at Columbia International University.
She 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.
Head Coach 14 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.
Youth Academy Coach
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. She has bee coaching with Magnum for many years.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.