Asics Willowbrook Coaches

Training Directors and Head Coaches

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  • Gabi Carbone
  • Janice Pressley

Gabi Carbone

Training Director and Recruiting Coordinator and 16 GOLD Coach

Gabi Carbone, a native of Brazil, has been working with Willowbrook Volleyball Club since 2000. She has been named the Club Recruiting Coordinator in 2010 and named Training Director shortly after in 2012. Serving as the Head Training Director and Recruiting Coordinator, Carbone's responsibilities include coaching the 16's top team, planning club wide practices, training and developing coaching staff, practice layouts, tournaments selections, helping promote kids and finding them scholarships to play in college and more. After graduating from University of Houston in 2003 with degrees in psychology and kinesiology, Carbone started coaching right away where she spent seven seasons with the University of Houston Cougar volleyball program. During her time at the University of Houston, Carbone has helped the team to 7 winning seasons, one trip to the C-USA Championships and one trip to the semi-finals. She also trained several ALL Americans, and ALL conferences players. Carbone was considered one of the top recruiters in the nation. Her commitment to the volleyball community extends far beyond. She has been training and developing players since 1998. Carbone's National and international knowledge and experience is crucial in training and preparing kids to further their
volleyball careers. Since full time at WSC Carbone has helped several players to fulfill their dreams of playing volleyball at the collegiate level. She has a 100% ratio in regards of college recruitment, meaning every kid that wants to play in the next level she will find a place for them to play. She has also qualified every team she has coached for Junior Olympics, where she has earned Silver and a Bronze Medal and also a 5th Place. She has also led her teams to 2 National Qualifiers Championship and 1 Bronze Medal Placement. Carbone also brings a great deal of International experience to Willowbrook volleyball program. Being a native of Brazil, the top country in volleyball, shows that Carbone has played at the highest level; making her an exceptional player and trainer. As a former student-athlete for University of Houston, Carbone set the program record with 3.55 digs per game in the pre-libero era and was the team captain. She also is in the program's Top 10 with 0.35 service aces per game. Carbone was a member of the 2001 First-Team All-C-USA. Before coming to UH, Carbone was a standout in her native country of Brazil as well as at Seward County Community College in Kansas, where she garnered All-American First-Team honors, AVCA First Team All American, Player of the year and several All Conference and All Region awards during her 2 years. Carbone has been a key person for Willowbrook's success. The owners plan on having her in the program for a while to continue to influence the volleyball community and players.
In 2013 Carbone was awarded by the LoneStar Region to the Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award.

gabi@willowbrooksports.com

Janice Pressley

Camp Manager and Marketing Director and 15 GOLD Coach

Janice currently serves as Willowbrook's Summer Camp Marketing Director. Janice has coached on the high school level and collegiate lever for 7 years with stints at Bartram Trail High School, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. In addition to collegiate coaching, Janice was also the Regional Director and Camp Director at Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association where she has served since 2001 with an appearance in the 2010 USAV Jr National Championship, winning a Gold Medal. Starting in 2007, Janice has also coached internationally with Bring It Promotions as a Head Coach leading and assisting teams in Austria, Slovenia, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand. Before her coaching career, Janice played at Florida Community College at Jacksonville and then transferred to Georgia Southern University with All Conference Awards as well as a Southern Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to eventual runner up Florida in the first round.

janice@willowbrooksports.com


Head Coaches

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Latisha Brown

Coach 18 GOLD

Latisha has over 28 years of experience playing and coaching volleyball.  She has trained hundreds of girls to become superior athletes, and responsible human beings with a special emphasis on character development, self-esteem enhancement, discipline, and an “I can do it” mentality.  A major inclusion in her coaching is encouraging athletes to believe that if they put their minds toward a specific goal, they could accomplish anything they desire.  Her chief joy when coaching and training is seeing athletes transform to a higher level of excellence in their overall performance and a remarkable increase in their confidence. 
She joined the Willowbrook coaching staff in 2007 with the 11 and under group. She has experience as a Collegiate Coach, High School Coach, Club Coach and as a player.  As a Willowbrook Coach, she has coached 12 Red, 13 Red, (3) 15 Red teams, and took the 17 Red to Post Season in 2014. Each of her teams has either placed high in major and minor tournaments, won tournaments, qualified for the Tour of Texas and/or qualified for Nationals.  Latisha has years of experience as a collegiate coach at The University of Houston and Rice University.  Lastly, Latisha’s High School coaching career includes starting a girl’s athletic program at The Banff School (Basketball, Volleyball and Cheerleading) and was the Head Coach at Northland Christian (leading them to a record winning season at that time).
As a player, Latisha received a full athletic scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Houston as Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter. At The University of Houston she was in the record books for many years in hitting percentage, total kills and blocking.  Athletic honors include: All-Decade Team in the SWC, multiple AVCA All-Regional, SWC All-Conference, All-Tournament and Player of the Week Awards, as well as the Captain of the United States Olympic Festival North Volleyball Team.  She was an intricate part of the first team at U of H to make the NCAA tournament her Junior year.  Latisha led her team to winning NIVC post-season Championship her Senior year.
Her coined athletic coaching phrase is D + A = S (Discipline + Action = Success). The chances of Success are increased if an athlete can remain Disciplined in the skills and training taught, and put forth aggressive Action toward those learned skills.
Latisha is the author of “Get Up You Big Fat Procrastinator”. 


Royce Molitor

 

Asst Coach 18 GOLD

Royce Molitor is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Finance. In his 10 plus years of coaching, including soccer and volleyball he has taken multiple teams to Nationals with a 4th place finish in the 14's division. He believes in being the best at aspects of the game you have control of such as: Individual work ethic, court awareness and team communication. He is married to Debbie and they have 4 daughters who have all played volleyball.

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Charvette Brown

Coach 18 RED

Charvette has a strong volleyball background, with over 25 years of playing and coaching experience. Prior to joining the Willowbrook family she was Co-Club Director of Texas Select VBC from 2006-2013 and Woodlands Legends Select VBC from 2013-2015. She graduated from Cypress Creek High School and was a member of the 42-0 state winning volleyball team. Charvette received a Division I volleyball scholarship to Southern University-Baton Rouge, where she was team captain for two seasons. Her last two years of college were completed at Texas Southern University. Some of her accomplishments include four time 1st team All-Conference, Conference Freshman of the year, three-time team MVP, and two time conference tournament MVP. She was also ranked number eight in the NCAA Division I ranking for kills per game and named the Southern University Female Athlete of the Year. Charvette was head volleyball coach at Westfield HS from 2007-2012 and is currently the head volleyball coach at Conroe HS. In her first season at Westfield, she changed the volleyball program around from a 1-31 record to 17-16 record finishing one place shy of a state playoff birth. In 2010, Coach Brown was selected by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as a minority coaches scholarship recipient for the AVCA National Convention. In 2011, she received Co-Coach of the Year for District 13-5A. Charvette has a BA in Sociology with a minor in History and is a impact certified coach. She is married and has three daughters.

 

Marissa Davis

Asst Coach 18 RED

April Murphy

Coach 17 RED

 

Michelle Paul

Asst Coach 17 RED

 

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Tony Lind


Coach 16 GOLD

Tony has been coaching for Willowbrook since 2003. He has coached every age group from 13's to 18's. In 2006 – 2007 Tony's first team Qualified for Jr. Nationals by taking 4th at Lone Star Regionals since that time Tony has had 5 other teams qualify for nationals; 2 of the Teams in 18 Open. In 2010 his team took 3rd at Lone Star Qualifier and 2011 they took Second at Big south and Second at the Lone Star Qualifier. He also led his 18's team to winning the 2012 Big South Qualifier, one of the largest and hardest qualifiers in the country. He was also the Assistant coach for 17 Red in 2012 where they finish 2nd Place in 17 National Division at JO's. In 2014 he Qualified his 16's second team by Finishing 4th at Lone Star Regionals. In 2015, he missed medalling at Junior Olympics by one match and took 5th. He also qualified in 2016 for Junior Olympics.

Jessica Callahan

Coach 16 RED

Former junior college Head Coach and long-time Southeast Texas native Jessica Callahan joined the Lamar University volleyball program as Assistant Coach on March 26, 2015. Callahan has spent the last 13 years in Southeast Texas working as a High School Coach, Camp Coordinator, Club Coach, Junior College Head Coach and Division I Assistant Coach. The Alvin, Texas, native played junior college volleyball at Utah Valley State College (1996-97) before transferring back and finishing her career at UH (1998-99). She spent six seasons as the head coach at Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas, where she built a 71-59 overall record and 33-14 mark in district play. She led her teams to the playoffs every year as head coach, including a deep run in 2009. Before she was Atascocita's head coach, Callahan was the owner of the H.I.T Volleyball Academy where she worked with young players, oversaw club operations and scheduled tournament and practice facilities. She was the head coach at her alma mater (Alvin High School) for three seasons, and was named as the District and County's Coach of the Year. She led the Jackets to a district championship that season and was an area finalist. In 2002, she took third place in the district and was a bi-district finalist. Between her stints at Alvin and Atascocita, she traveled around Southeast Texas to work with Port Neches-Groves, West Orange-Stark, Vidor and West Brook high schools as a volleyball camp director. Her most recent stint was as the first and only head volleyball coach at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. She started the program, but it was cut just after one year due to funding. Prior to that, Callahan was the head coach for the TEAMSIX volleyball club. There she worked to teach players fundamentals of volleyball and refereeing skills. She graduated with a degree in communications and was Magna Cum Laude at the University of Houston. She was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and achieved Athletic Recognition for Academic Excellence in 1999 and 2000. At UVSC, she helped her team to two straight trips to the junior college national championship tournament and a 31-11 league championship her final season. She currently lives in the Beaumont area with her husband Adam Callahan and three sons Aiden, Keegan and Colten.

Carlyn Stella

Asst Coach 16 RED

 

Jessica Gehrke

Coach 16 WHITE

Jessica Gehrke has been coaching for almost twenty years.  She has qualified several team for JOs and have had many players continue their careers playing at Div 1 and Div 2 colleges.  Jessica specializes in working with setters and middles and enjoys watching athletes grow not only on the court but off as well.



Michelle Paul

Asst Coach 16 WHITE

 

Trina Searcy

Coach 16 BLACK




Anthony Monroe

Asst Coach 16 BLACK

Anthony Monroe is a native Houstonian who graduated from Texas State University and now works for Fox Sports Network. Anthony played for the Texas State Men's Club Volleyball team during his time there, and went on to coach as an assistant after graduating. This is his first year coaching with Willowbrook and he couldn't be more excited to be a part of the program!

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Diane Beckmeyer

Coach 15 RED

Diane Played at Cy-Creek High School where she Made the All-State Team. After High school she went on to play Division I in college at University of New Orleans and Stephen F Austin. She coached volleyball at Cypress Christian for four years - two years at varsity. She also Coached them to their highest ranking in school history - 8th in state out of all 1A-3A schools. Diane is entering her tenth year at Willowbrook where she has coached top teams from 13-18's.


Shannon Sampson

Coach 15 WHITE

Shannon is entering in 13th year in coaching volleyball and 2nd year at Willowbrook.  Being able to pass along the knowledge and the love of the game keeps him inspired with working with our talented youth.  He believes in working hard, being engaging during practices, tournaments and loves to show the passion of commitment during competition.  His favorite quote is “You have to stop asking what you can GET, and start asking what you can GIVE”! By serving your team first, teaches you the meaning of teamwork.  Shannon is married of 20 years to Tonya and with three beautiful kids; Marissa, Alyssa and Kasey. 



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Tonya Davis

Coach 15 BLACK

Coach Tonya Davis is entering her 12th year as a volleyball coach. She is a graduate of Houston Baptist University with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Theology and also from HBU, Davis has her Masters in Education (MEd). Davis volleyball coaching career begin with her own passion for the game as a coach for a middle school where she developed and trained players to have integrity on and off of the court. Davis has 3 years of select/club volleyball experience where she thoroughly enjoyed the heightened level of competition for her players. Eight years ago, Davis also began coaching and volunteering volleyball at the local YMCA and also developed a free volleyball summer camp which she still facilitates annually for low income athletes. Davis has played indoor and beach volleyball on the adult level and still enthusiastically follows the sport. Davis is IMPACT certified and believes in pursuing continual coaching education. Davis believes the most important aspect in a player is attitude first and ability second.


Allyson Plyler

Coach 15 BLUE

Played at Willowbrook for 6 years before committing to Belhaven University as a Setter. I started coaching in 2012 in Jackson, MS, but once I graduated I came back to Houston knowing I wanted to continue the coaching path. I thoroughly enjoyed playing for Willowbrook, so when I had the opportunity to coach and continue to pass on my love of the sport I knew where I needed to be. I look forward to molding young players into college athletes to continue their love for the game as well.



Christina Curry

Coach 15 GREEN

Christina is a Houston native who played at Kingwood High School and for Willowbrook Juniors’ top teams her 16’s through 18’s years, qualifying for nationals twice.  She accepted a Division 1 Volleyball Scholarship to play at Furman University where she competed for four years; serving as a team captain her senior year. After finishing at Furman she earned a Master of Science in Nutrition at Texas A&M, and currently works as a sports dietitian in Houston. This is her first year coaching at Willowbrook.  She is excited to give back to the club that gave her so many opportunities, and to share her love for the game of volleyball.



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Madison Hiemenz

Coach 14 GOLD

Madison played on the very first Willowbrook Club volleyball team that actually went on to medal in two national qualifiers. 
She began playing volleyball at the age of 9 when Volleyball quickly became her favorite sport.  Madison trained and played as both a setter and hitter.  She played for Bleyl Junior High as well as Cypress Creek High School.  She was honored to accept a scholarship to play Division I volleyball for Southern Methodist University. 
She began coaching for Willowbrook right after she completed her volleyball career at SMU.  This will be her 6th season at Willowbrook.  She specializes in setter training and development of fundamental skills for beginning volleyball players. 
Madison was a kindergarten teacher for 6 years until the recent birth of her son.  She is now a proud stay at home mom that loves the ability to continue her passion and love for volleyball through coaching. 

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Tony Avillanoza

Coach 14 RED

Tony is in his second year as a coach for Willowbrook. Coach Tony has been involved with volleyball as a player and coach for over 20 years. A Biochemistry graduate of Baylor University, he has coached for Waco Juniors Volleyball Club since 2006. Primarily handling 13-15’s age groups, Tony’s most recent successes include guiding Waco’s top 13’s team in finishing 1st in the Lone Star Regional (non-bid) in 2012 and winning the Cross Court Classic. In 2013, as the 14’s Head Coach, he guided the team in qualifying for the Tour of Texas and a Bronze medal at the Junior Olympics in Dallas. That same squad finished 2014 as National Champions in the 15’s age group. In 2015, his 14’s team finished, a well-earned 5th at the Lone Star Classic National Qualifier. He also served as an assistant to Waco’s top 16’s team, which earned a bid to Nationals in New Orleans. 

A native of the Philippines, he started playing volleyball at age 10 and played Varsity tennis for Pearland High School. A member of Baylor Men’s Club team, Tony garnered 2nd team all conference (SIVA) honors in 2004 and 1st team honors in 2005 as Libero. He helped Baylor Men’s Volleyball Club to its highest National finish (5th) at the NIRSA tournament in 2005.

In his stint in Waco, coach Tony not only handled Developmental Teams (2006) and brought volleyball camps across Central Texas, he was also a volunteer assistant coach at Baylor University for 8 years.  He was part of the 2009 Sweet Sixteen squad as well as the 2011 team, which participated in the NCAA tournament. As a collegiate assistant, he was involved in all aspects of on court training with the primary focus on liberos and defensive specialists. He was instrumental in guiding Baylor’s defenses consistently at the top of the Big XII in digs per set. In 2011-2013 he served as Baylor University’s Director of Volleyball Operations where he oversaw managers and equipment, was heavily involved in Baylor Volleyball camp set up, Data Volley entry and analysis, video exchange, scouting report make up, and as a liaison to visiting teams during home tournaments and matches.



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Beverly Murphy


Coach 14 WHITE

Beverly is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, where is played volleyball and was a member of the track and field team. She started her coaching career in Goodrich ISD, and was a Head Coach for volleyball, track and field, basketball and cross country. She later moved to Lincoln Junior High, Livingston Junior High and Livingston High School, and was a volleyball, basketball and track and field coach at those schools. In 2004, she started her time at then 5A Klein Collins High School. She took over the Head Volleyball Coach position from 2008-2011. She took her team to the state playoffs from 2009-2011, graduated 7 college scholarship recepients, coached several All-State athetles, one All-American and numerous All-Distrcit and All-Academic athletes. Beverly's extensive knowledge and passion for the game is what makes her stand out from the rest.

Julie Underwood

 

Coach 14 BLACK

Julie has been playing volleyball since she was 10. She began her club career at Copperfield Juniors before moving to Willowbrook. She also played for Langham Creek High School before having to quit due to a knee injury. Although she did not play competitively at Sam Houston, she enjoyed playing at the recreational level until she graduated in 2010 with a degree in journalism. Julie still enjoys playing volleyball, both sand and indoor. This is Julie's second year coaching at Willowbrook, and she is excited to grow the love of the game with her team.



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Michelle Williams

 

Coach 14 BLUE

Michelle Williams, 23 year old native of Houston, Texas. I went to Westfield High school then  received a Division 1 scholarship to play at Southern University and played all 4 years. I graduated from Southern University May 8th, 2015. I have been playing volleyball for 11 years. I have coached many team camps, summer leagues, and skill sessions. I coached for Louisiana Volleyball in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this past club season. I also coached on the college level, being a 5th year assistant at Southern University. I am excited to be apart of the Willowbrook Volleyball family, and to share my knowledge and skill for the game.



Brittany Terry

Coach 14 GREEN



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Rich Richardson

Coach 13 GOLD

Daniel "Rich" Richardson is 51 Years old, and an Impact certified coach as well as a USAV Championship Official/Scorer, with over 30 years playing experience, and 25 years officiating experience. In Rich's 12 years of coaching he has had 5 teams qualify for USAV Nationals, while earning a bronze medal in the American division in 2005, and 2007 at the 17's age level, as well as a silver medal in the National division this past season. Rich has dedicated himself to "Striving to help young athletes achieve their goals on and off the court. It is truly and honor and a privilege to have this opportunity." In 2013 coach Rich was awarded by the LoneStar Region to the Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award

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Erica English

Coach 13 RED

Erica English is on her third year as a coach for the Willowbrook Volleyball Club. She has been involved in the sport of volleyball for approximately 14 years. Her interest in volleyball occurred after watching her older sister participate in the sport. She began playing volleyball during middle school. She was a two year letterman at Elkins High School. She was also a member of Texas Tornadoes Club for four years. She also played collegiate volleyball at McMurry University in Abilene Texas. She is currently employed full-time at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in business operations. While she has had the opportunity to provide private volleyball lessons and serve as coach in different venues, she is very excited to share her volleyball experience, skills and knowledge with others that share the same interest and passion for the sport.

Heather Barber

Coach 13 WHITE

I am going on to my 5th year of Coaching Club volleyball; this is my 1st year with Willowbrook. Volleyball was introduced into my life at a very young age; as my Father played for the Men’s Canadian Military team for 25+ years. I played volleyball in Canada from 6th grade up through 12th. Attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth where I played early in my Freshman year but due to back injury, was no longer able to. Continued to play recreationally until Mom duties took over not allowing much time to be involved in the sport.  Moved to Texas 8 years ago and was introduced to Club volleyball through a friend who’s daughter played. I began as the Operations Manager at the last Club I was at, and quickly moved into a Coaching role. My passion about this sport is that it is ever growing – whether you are a player or are a Coach. I love learning from the players as much as I love teaching/sharing my knowledge.


Steve Buras

 

Coach 13 BLACK

Steve Buras is a chiropractor who has been in practice for 23 years. He received his undergraduate education from Texas A&M University in 1988. He received his degree and chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College in 1991. He has had an interest in athletics and kinesiology beginning in his college years. He began his coaching career with baseball in 2003. He began volunteer coaching his daughter in volleyball at YMCA and Cy-Fair Sports Association in 2007. As his interest grew and his daughter’s skills improved, he started coaching at Willowbrook in 2011. He considers himself to be a student of the game. He believes that the phrase “I can’t” simply means “I haven’t learned to yet”. He is IMPACT certified and is a USAV provisional referee.



Elizabeth Higginbotham

 

Coach 13 BLUE



Nikki Mays

Asst Coach 13 BLUE

My name is Coach Mays.  I have been coaching high school volleyball since 1997.  I have been a member of Texas Girls Coaches Association since 1997 and have attended hundreds of hours of training for volleyball from various college coaches. I've coached freshman level volleyball for ten years and varsity volleyball for nine years. I specialize in passing, setting, and serving. My philosophy is to nurture the player through the game of volleyball. Thank you for allowing me to coach your daughter!

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Mona Chalmers

Coach 12 GOLD

Mona is a retired Physical Education teacher who has coached club volleyball for 19 years. While a school coach - Mona's teams earned 31 district championships in sports.  In Club Volleyball Mona has coached 11-15 year olds, been an Age Group Director,  Director of a Developmental Program, run Summer Camps, and also enjoys doing Private Lessons.  She has qualified her club teams for Girls Junior Nationals 7 of the last 10 years, and has brought home a Silver medal and a Bronze medal!
Mona has a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Hawaii where she walked on and played basketball on a scholarship😊



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Kesha Dyer

 

Coach 12 RED

Kesha has coached volleyball in the Houston area as well as New Orleans for over 10 years. She has won several district titles as a junior high and high school volleyball coach. This is her first year coaching club volleyball. Kesha has a degree in Sports Medicine and is certified to coach other sports. Along with volleyball she can be found coaching track as well as supporting her children in their numerous activities or simply spending time with family and friends. Kesha firmly believes in "I CAN" never "I CAN'T".

Jessica Riva

Coach 12 WHITE

Coach Jessica was born and raised here in the houston area. She graduated from Klein Forest High School where she played volleyball for 4 year. Receiving 1st team all district her Jr. And Sr. Year. During this time she also played club here at Wollownrook. In 2004 her team won a bid to Jr. Olympics. After hs Jessica received a full ride scholarship to play at Panola Jr. College before transferring to SHSU to finish her degree. After college she started coaching and is currently in her 7th year.

Audrey Harris

Asst Coach 12 WHITE

 

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Josie Santos

Coach 11 GOLD