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Willowbrook Directors

Gabi Carbone

Training Director, Recruiting Coordinator, Coach 16 GOLD

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 won her first National Championship with her 16 Gold team in 2016 in Indianapolis, IN. The next summer, she brought home the Bronze medal with her 17 Gold team in Minneapolis, MN.

Janice Pressley

Marketing, Camp Director, Coach 15 GOLD

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.

Lizzi Piercy

Facility Director, Admin & Finance, Coach 15 RED

Lizzi is in her 3rd season as a director at Willowbrook, and returning to her 6th season of coaching at Willowbrook, after taking 2 seasons off to run the facility. She played for Willowbrook's top teams, starting as a Gator in 2000, before she started at Texas A&M University in 2009. In 2015, she took 13 RED team to a top 10 finish at AAU Nationals. And In 2017, she brought home her best finish by bringing home a bronze medal from AAU Nationals with 13 GOLD. She is married to her husband, Kenrick, and they have two fur children, Luna & May. Lizzi is very excited to get back in the coaching seat this year, and hopes to bring home more medals to Willowbrook.


Team Coaches

Tony Lind

Coach 18 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.

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.

Brittany Newberry

Coach 17 GOLD

Keith Huskey

Coach 17 RED

Erica English

Coach 17 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.

Rich Richardson

Coach 16 WHITE

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

April Murphy

Coach 16 BLACK

April played two years at FCCJ where she holds school records in block assists, kills per game, kill percentage and block solos. She transferred to Northwestern State University where she earned 2nd team all-conference honors in 2000 and all conference in 2001. She received my BS in Accounting & Finance in 2002. After college, she worked as an assistant volleyball coach at Southern University for two years before returning to Houston and working in her field of study. She has heavy experience in recruiting and preparing kids for college volleyball...

In 2010, she moved to Australia and played 3 years there with the Melbourne Renegades.

She believes in LOUD middles, communication all around and mental awareness/toughness in the game of volleyball. Volleyball is more mental than it is physical.

Anthony Monroe

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!

Keelie Arneon

Asst Coach 15 RED


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. 



Chloe Erickson

Asst Coach 15 WHITE

Briana Tolbert

Coach 15 BLACK

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Tonya Davis

Asst 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 Carmichael

Coach 15 BLUE

Ally 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.



Elizabeth Higginbotham

 

Coach 15 GREEN

Elizabeth is in her second year coaching for Willowbrook, and in her fifth year of coaching club volleyball. She is currently attending Lone Star College and the Marketing Manager for Veteran Electric, Inc. Elizabeth has playing and coaching volleyball for the past 11 years. A firm believer in volleyball being a lifelong sport and the only way to improve is to play, and then play some more. Volleyball is truly a sport that transfers from the court to everything we do in life, and Elizabeth firmly believes in helping her players succeed on and off the court to reach their goals.

Kendra Johnson

Asst Coach 15 GREEN

Journey Amos

Coach 15 PINK

Alexandria Bailey

Coach 15 PINK

Ariel Apolinario

Coach 14 GOLD

Talita Milasauskas

Coach 14 RED & 11 GOLD

Carlyn Stella

Coach 14 WHITE

Carlyn is in her second year of coaching at Willowbrook. Carlyn is a graduate of Montgomery High School and an Asics Willowbrook alumni. She played her first year of college ball at Bowling Green State before transferring to Lamar University, where she played her last 3 years.

Heather Barber

Coach 14 BLACK

Heather is going in to her sixth year of Coaching Club volleyball; this is her second 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.


Heidi Otto

Asst Coach 14 BLACK

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.




Tony Avillanoza

Coach 13 GOLD

Tony is in his third 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.

Tony finished his 2017 season bringing home the Silver medal from AAU Nationals, in Orlando, FL, with his 14 Red team.


Diane Beckmeyer

Coach 13 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 eleventh year at Willowbrook where she has coached top teams from 13-18's.

Julie Underwood

 

Coach 13 WHITE

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 fourth year coaching at Willowbrook, and she is excited to grow the love of the game with her team.



Tiarra Moore

Asst Coach 13 White

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.



Elyse Buras

Asst Coach 13 BLACK

Elyse is in her second year of coaching at Willowbrook. Currently a Junior at Cy-Fair High School, Elyse is a member of our 2016 National Championship team, having played a vital role in the line-up!

Crystal Gates

Coach 13 BLUE

Beverly Murphy


Coach 12 GOLD

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.


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".

Audrey Harris

Asst Coach 12 RED

Audrey is in her second year of coaching at Willowbrook. Currently a Senior at Cy-Woods High School, Audrey is a member of our 2016 National Championship team, having played a vital role in the line-up!

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.

Amy Johnson

Asst Coach 11 GOLD

Amy Johnson was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, home of the best snow on earth.  Amy has a deep passion and love for the game, volleyball.  Prior to her current position she played and was well affiliated with volleyball club teams in Utah.  Amy helped her Skyline High School Eagles win the Utah State Volleyball Championship.  She further became an Assistant Coach for her former Jr. High School.  In 2008-2010, Amy was the Head Coach for Willowbrook Sports Complex 12 Blue and enjoyed her time with players and staff members very much. Amy cares deeply about education as well as athletics.  Amy has won awards such as Athlete of the Year, Presidential Award, National Honor Society, Associate of Science Degree with Honors and even placed 7th Nationally in a Dental Competition.  Amy works very hard and has an enthusiasm for volleyball that beats deep to her core.  She finds complete satisfaction in teaching and encouraging other athletes to reach their full potential. Amy's greatest joy in life is the gift of being a mother to her four handsome and athletic sons.  Her boys have been introduced to volleyball among many other sports seeing the importance education and dedication can bring.  Amy continues to strive to be an example that all things are possible when one incorporates hard work, mental toughness, high performance, faith, and a positive attitude. 

Mona Chalmers

Gator Developmental Director

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😊