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The TK Volleyball Coaching Team

Suzanne was born and raised in California. As a child and young adult, she was an avid equestrian and competed at the elite levels in the hunter-jumper world claiming her share of awards and accolades.
In 1995, she joined the United States Marine Corps. Following basic training in Parris Island, SC, she went on to...

Suzanne Fitzgerald

Tim was born in Stuttgart Germany and raised in South Louisiana where he learned to hunt, fish, swim, and play baseball. He moved to Athens, GA in 1981, graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1984 and left three months later for US Navy Recruit Training in Orlando, FL. By Christmas...

Tim Sanchez

Marc has had a storied career both playing and coaching. He was born in Frankfort, Germany and raised in Southern California. He played high school indoor for Mount Carmel High School in San Diego before moving on to play for San Diego State University. After leaving SDSU...

Marc Jones

Zach Roschi is a native of Fishers, Indiana. He grew up playing soccer and played for Bob Jones University where he graduated in 2009.

In 2015, Zach was an Assistant Coach at Southern Wesleyan in Central, South Carolina and helped lead the Warriors to a 22-8 overall record and...

Zach Roschi

Rumor has it that if you ask anyone who knows volleyball in Georgia to build their "dream team," they would all choose Kelly Murphy as their starting outside. We might be biased, but we're pretty sure that's true. Funny story: Kelly didn't start her athletic career as a volleyball player. In fact, she was...

Kelly Murphy

Heather Stafford is a Georgia native, born and raised in the Sandy Springs area. She began her volleyball career at Holy Innocents' at the age of 11 and continued to grow her game at Riverwood International Charter School. Upon graduation she followed the game to Piedmont College in Northeast Georgia where...

Heather Stafford

Trey Jones has been around volleyball his entire life and according to him, volleyball became a passion for him the the first time he walked onto a court. This makes perfect sense when you consider his father is Marc Jones - another of our coaches - and if you've read Marc's bio, you know that Trey would...

Trey Jones

Bridgette Villano was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and played as an outside hitter at Boomers Volleyball Academy and Ocean Breeze Volleyball Club. She later played at The University of Tennessee as a libero.

In her Junior year, Bridgette...

Bridgette Villano

Tom McArdle started his coaching career when his youngest daughter introduced him to the sport during her middle school years. In 2011 he coached his first team as an assistant to Carl Whitmire. He was hooked; and he's continued to serve with the Walton program not only as...

Tom McArdle

Ashley Miller was born and raised in Georgia and began her volleyball career at the age of ten playing for Atlanta Boom. When she was fourteen, she moved across town to A5 Pure Volleyball where she stayed until she completed her eighteens season. Her club career accomplishments include...

Ashley Miller

Georgia-born and raised Claudia Coco began her volleyball career at the age of 12 with A5 Volleyball Club in Atlanta where she played for our founder Suzanne on the U13 team. She spent another year with Suzanne at 14s as well so she's very familiar with the philosophy and systems we will use at TK Volleyball...

Claudia Coco

Katie Crocker began playing volleyball at the age of eleven with A5 volleyball in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her club career she played middle and right side. Outside of club season, Katie played in the Walton High school (Marietta, GA) feeder program on the highest level middle school team, and she...

Katie Crocker

Career Profile

Suzanne was born and raised in California. As a child and young adult, she was an avid equestrian and competed at the elite levels in the hunter-jumper world claiming her share of awards and accolades.

In 1995, she joined the United States Marine Corps. Following basic training in Parris Island, SC, she went on to Texas where she would become the 1st female in Marine Corps history to become an Aircraft Firefighter and Rescue team member out of Goodfellow Airforce Base Fire Training Center—one of the toughest structural and aircraft training facilities for civilians and military personnel---in the country. Not only was she the first female for the Marine Corps to graduate, she was the first male or female Marine to graduate the Academy with honors. During this time of service, Suzanne learned the art of team before self. The discipline that her teams demonstrate mimics much of the values and traits that were acquired during this period of her life.

She began coaching volleyball after getting her Masters in Education and taking her first teaching job at Shasta High School. Since then, she's coached at both the high school and club levels every year building a very impressive resume in the process.

Suzanne is a six-time recipient of the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year award and in 2018 she was awarded the PCA Double Goal Coach award and the National High School Coaches Association Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading her Walton High School Lady Raiders to a 40-1 record that included beating six eventual state champs from across the nation. In total, their opponents had a combined winning percentage of 70 percent and only four of teh forty-one teams finished the season with a losing record.

In 2015, her and her husband Tim Sanchez were married on a volleyball court, in front of a net, at The Big South National Qualifier in Atlanta, joined by nearly 50 of her current and former players as part of the wedding party.

As a mother, daughter, wife, coach, English teacher and Marine—Suzanne understands and is willing to understand that there is more to life than winning a match, a tournament and/or a national title. Life’s beautiful moments reside in the relationships we have with others.

And that’s how she coaches.

Coaching Accomplishments

Club

1999 - Present
Intensity Volleyball (CA), VolleyOne(GA), A5 Volleyball Club(GA)

  • Qualified Open 10 times at multiple age groups
  • 4 USAV Qualifier Open Gold Medals
  • 4 USAV Qualifier Open Silver Medals
  • 4 USAV Qualifier Open Silver Medals
  • 2 USAV GJNC Open Bronze Medals
  • 4 USAV GJNC Top Ten Finishes
  • 5 AAU JNC Top Ten Open Finishes

High School

2006 - Present
Walton High School (GA)

  • Head Coach of Walton High School Lady Raiders
  • 6-Time State Coach of the Year in Georgia
  • 7 State Championships since 2010
  • 8 Area Championships since 2010
  • Nationally ranked in the top 25 four times
  • Nationally ranked in the top 10 2 times
  • 2017 PrepVolleyball, MaxPreps, and VolleyballMag National Champions 
  • 2018 PCA Double-Goal Coach
  • 2018 National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year

Career Profile

Tim was born in Stuttgart Germany and raised in South Louisiana where he learned to hunt, fish, swim, and play baseball.  He moved to Athens, GA in 1981, graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1984 and left three months later for US Navy Recruit Training in Orlando, Florida.  By Christmas of the same year he found himself at his first duty station:  Special Warfare Group One/Special Boat Unit Twelve in Coronado, CA.

He thought it was cool at first because he was able to trade in the bell-bottom dungarees for woodland camouflage. Furthermore, he was going to get to work on these cool little boats instead of a ship.  They actually wanted him to swim, and scuba dive, and he was going to get paid and get to see the world doing it.  What more could an eighteen-year-old kid from the sticks want? Then they told him he had to write a will; and the cool became scary in short order.

This fear isn’t new to the Navy.  They learned to deal with it long ago using the very simple principles of rigorous discipline and training.  They will push a group to do things they wouldn’t normally do.  They will challenge them to work beyond what they see as their limits.  Doing this often results in failure – sometimes successive failures.  Each failure carries a consequence and as a result, the group is forced to learn from their failure and adapt.  They push each other and carry each other and learn to trust each other.  As they do, their failures turn to success.  Through a repeated application of this process, a team will emerge – and “team” is the heart of Naval Special Warfare.

After he met his wife Suzanne in 2010 and began coaching, Tim realized just how his former life related to not only athletics in general, but volleyball specifically.

A boat crew is a small team that must perform in a confined area with specific and unforgiving boundaries.  Inside those boundaries, each member has specific responsibilities and there is very little margin for error.  In any situation, decisions must be made quickly; and any movements require speed, precision, and synchronization.  If any single member fails to cover their area of responsibility, things can come apart quite quickly.  To ensure success a team must train constantly with an intensity that mimics reality.

Volleyball isn't as serious of a situation, but the principles are still the same.  You have a confined court area with a small team moving around inside a specific set of boundaries.  Decisions must be made quickly; movements require speed, precision, and synchronization; and If someone fails to do their job, it can result in a lost point, a lost match, or in some cases even an injury depending on the situation.  To be successful as a team, each athlete must cover their area of responsibility - no matter what - and they must trust that their teammates will cover theirs.  To ensure success, a team must train constantly with an intensity that mimics reality.

The beauty of this is that the concepts you’re training aren’t limited to either the military or athletics.  A person who has pushed through and accomplished things they didn’t know they could – in training or competition – will learn to believe in themselves.  They will persevere when life gets tough.  They will be willing to try, fail, re-assess, and try again – and because of this, they will be successful.

Tim assisted his wife Suzanne with each of her club teams at A5 Volleyball Club between 2010 and 2017.  In 2015, he began assisting with the Walton High School Varsity squad and has head coached at various levels in the Walton Middle School Feeder Program.  This year, he gave up assisting on the Varsity team to head coach the Walton Royals - the top middle school team.

 

Accomplishments

Club Coaching (Assistant)

2010 - 2017

A5 Volleyball Club(GA)

  • Qualified Open 8 times in U14
  • 3 USAV Qualifier Open Gold Medals
  • 4 USAV Qualifier Open Silver Medals
  • 3 USAV Qualifier Open Bronze Medals
  • 1 USAV GJNC Open Bronze Medal
  • 3 USAV GJNC Top Ten Finishes
  • 2 AAU JNC Bronze Medals
  • 4 AAU JNC Top Ten Open Finishes

High School (Assistant)

2015 - 17

Walton High School(GA)

  • 3 State Championships
  • 3 Area Championships
  • Nationally ranked in the top 25 (2015)
  • Nationally ranked in the top 10 (2016)
  • 2017 PrepVolleyball, MaxPreps, and VolleyballMag National Champions

Career Profile

Marc has had a storied career both playing and coaching. He was born in Frankfort, Germany and raised in Southern California. He played high school indoor for Mount Carmel High School in San Diego before moving on to play for San Diego State University. After leaving SDSU his amateur career included being a member of the USA Men's National Team that played in the Goodwill Games, World Championships, and World League. He also played in the USAV Men's Open Division National Championships. His indoor professional career included playing for the number one ranked professional team in Turkey, the number one ranked professional team in Germany, and the Team Cup Indoor League. His beach professional career included playing on the AVP Budweiser 4 Man Beach Tour, the Molson Beach Tour, and the FIVB Beach Tour.

Marc says the reason he got into coaching was to give back to the sport that providing him with so much.  He wants to help players develop their skill and works diligently to foster a love and passion for the game of volleyball.

Coaching Experience

Club Coaching

2011 - 2018

A5 Volleyball Club(GA)

2018: Head Coach 17-2 Girls
  • Won Central Zonal and Bluegrass Pre-qualifier in 17 Premier
  • Finished 4th at MEQ, 3rd at BIG South in 17 USA and 15th at NLQ in Open.
  • Finished 5th at AAU’s in Premier and 11th at USAV in National
  • Won various other tournaments
  • Team finished ranked in the top 50 for 17’s.

2018: Head Coach for Beach National Team

  • Players won various tournaments throughout the season in multiple age groups.
  • 14U team won the 14 National USAV Beach National Championships and 3rd at the Rox National Beach Championships.

2017: Head Coach for 17-2 Girls

  • Placed 5th in Open at Central Zonals, 4th in Open at Big South Qualifier.
  • Won various tournaments
  • Finished 12th in Open at AAU’s and 5th in National at USAV
  • Finished in the top 40 for 17’s in the country.

2017: Head Coach for Beach National team and Director of Beach Player technical development.

2016: Head Coach for 17-2 Girls

  • Team won Central Zonals and Bluegrass Pre-Qualifier
  • Qualified for Nationals

2016: Head Coach for A5 18-1 boys

  • Placed 3rd at AAU National Championships.

2013: 16-1 Boys

  • Qualified for 16 Open National Championship in first season

2012: 2015 18-2 Girls Head Coach

  • Won multiple National qualifiers
  • Won multiple Louisville Pre-qualifiers
  • Won top 3 finishes in various other National Qualifiers and tournaments
  • Won Southern Regionals and top 3 finishes
  • Placed 9th in Open at Kansas City qualifier and 9th in Open at Chicago Qualifier tune up
  • Placed 3rd at 2015 Big South Qualifier Open division and qualified in Open for USAV National Championships.
  • 2015 team finished season ranked 38th in Nation for all 18’s teams.

Teams qualified for USAV Nationals in each season coached.
Multiple players go on to play at the D1-D3 level indoor in college and multiple players go onto play D1 Beach volleyball.
Multiple AAU All Americans for both girls and Boys

2012 - 2013: Head Coach OCDP/ Select Coach, Triple Crown Volleyball; Marietta, GA

  • Head coach for sand program. In charge of player development and partner pairings.

2010 - 2018 Lead Coach, Volley Performance; Atlanta, GA

  • Camp lead coach for athletes ages from middle school through high school.

2010: Head Coach, GA5 Volleyball Club; Lawrenceville, GA

  • Coached 18-1 Girls team; four senior were awarded major scholarships to be a student athlete.

1995 - 1998: 

  • Head Coach U16 and U18 Girls teams - Coast Volleyball Club
  • Head Coach U16 Boys - Seaside Volleyball Club
  • Head Coach - Rancho Bernardo High School Boys Varsity
  • Lead Camp Coach at UCLA, UCSD, USD and other Southern California camp locations

High School

2011 - Present

2015 to present: Head Coach, Milton High School; Alpharetta, Ga

  • 2015 - Team doubled their wins from the previous season.
  • 2016 - Had a 25 win season and qualified for the State Championship Tournament.

2012 - 2015 Assistant Coach, Milton High School; Alpharetta, Ga

  • Coached Varsity. In charge of blocking and hitting fundamentals.

2011: Assistant Coach, Walton High School; Marietta, GA

  • Coached varsity and claimed the state championship title.

Career Profile

Zach Roschi is a native of Fishers, Indiana. He grew up playing soccer and played for Bob Jones University where he graduated in 2009.

In 2015, Zach was an Assistant Coach at Southern Wesleyan in Central, South Carolina and helped lead the Warriors to a 22-8 overall record and the semi-finals of the NCCAA Tournament. In 2016, he took an Assistant Coaching job at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina and helped the Bearcats to a 21-12 season and a trip to the NCAA Region Tournamant.

This year, Zach was named the Head Coach of Shorter University here in Atlanta where we are sure he will enjoy similar success.

In addition to college coaching, Zach spent the past three years coaching club volleyball for Upward Stars in Spartanburg, South Carolina where he worked with Corey Helle.

Zach also played beach volleyball in the National Volleyball League, the East End Volleyball League, and the EVP tour.

We are very grateful to have both Zach and his Assistant from Shorter University Megan Widener on our staff and are looking forward to having them in the gym.

Playing Experience

Club


National Volleyball League

East End Volleyball League

EVP Tour

Coaching Experience

Club

2015 - 2018

Upward Stars Volleyball Club (Spartanburg, SC) - Head Coach U14

College

2015 - Present

Southern Wesleyan (Central, SC) - Assistant Coach

Lander University (Greenwood, SC) - Assistant Coach

Shorter University (Atlanta, GA) - Head Coach

Career Profile

Rumor has it that if you ask anyone who knows volleyball in Georgia to build their "dream team," they would all choose Kelly Murphy as their starting outside. We might be biased, but we're pretty sure that's true.

Funny story: Kelly didn't start her athletic career as a volleyball player. In fact, she was a hockey player.  How many girls do you know who can claim to have made that jump?  Lucky for us, she gave up her hockey stick and started her volleyball career in seventh grade playing at A5 in Atlanta.  In 2009 she started her high school career at Walton High School where she played four years under our founder Suzanne Fitzgerald.  In fact, she and her teammates were the ones who began Walton's amazing Area and State Championship run that continues even now.

Upon graduation, she left Atlanta and joined the Wolverines of Michigan in South Bend.  As a freshman she started 35 of 39 games for the Wolverines and made a huge splash in Big 10 volleyball as the Wolverines made it to the Final Four for the first time in school history.  Unfortunately, her sophomore year began a series of hardships brought about by various injuries - the worst of which was an ankle injury that resulted in a medical red shirt her Junior year.  Kelly's resolve never wavered however.  She fought her way through the adversity and as a fifth-year senior she earned her way back to the floor in a season that saw the Wolverines do something no other Michigan volleyball team has ever done: beat Russ Rose and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Penn State.

While she was doing all of this, Kelly found time to earn a Bachelors of Science in Bio-psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and a Masters Degree in Management from the Ross School of Business.  She now works in Atlanta in the medical device industry.

Playing Experience

School/Club

2007 - 2012

Walton High School

  • National Honor Society 
  • Beta Club 
  • Three-time Area Champions
  • Three-time State Champions
  • Three-time Scholar Athlete (2010-12) 
  • Three-time Captain (2010-2012)
  • Four-time All-Area (2009-2012)
  • Two-time AAAAA State Player of the Year (2010-11) 
  • Under Armour High School All-America (2011) 
  • Ranked the No. 73 Senior Ace by PrepVolleyball
  • Gatorade State Player of the Year (2010) 
  • Named an All-American by PrepVolleyball (2010-12) 
  • Named a part of the "Frosh 59" and "Sophomore 79" by PrepVolleyball

A5 Volleyball Club

  • AAU all- American (2009)
  • USAV All-Tournament team (2011)

College

2012 - 2016

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

  • Three-year captain (2014-2016)
  • NCAA semi-finalist (2012)
  • 4 NCAA tournaments (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • Sweet Sixteen (2016)
  • 5-time UM Academic Achievement (2012-2017)
  • 4-time Academic All-Big Ten (2013-2017)
  • 2-time Big Ten sportsmanship award (2015, 2016)
  • Bachelors of Biopsychology, Neuroscience, Cognition (2016)
  • Masters of Management from Ross School of Business (2017)

Kelly was inducted into the A5 Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2017

Career Profile

Heather Stafford is a Georgia native, born and raised in the Sandy Springs area. She began her volleyball career at Holy Innocents' at the age of 11 and continued to grow her game at Riverwood International Charter School. Upon graduation she followed the game to Piedmont College in Northeast Georgia where her career highlights include being a four-time member of the All-Academic Team and a three-time member of the All-Conference team. In 2010 she helped her team to a Conference Championship which earned them a berth in the NCAA tournament.

She graduated with a degree in Early Childood Education and began her coaching career at North Springs High School where she coached the team to a 28-15 record and an appearance in the State Championship Tournament. During this time she began coaching at Tsunami Volleyball Club as well. In 2014 she returned to her alma mater and took over as Head Coach of the Riverwood Raiders and moved her club affiliation to A5 Volleyball Club.

After taking a personal hiatus from coaching, Heather returned to the courts in 2018 to assist Suzanne Fitzgerald at A5 Volleyball Club.

Throughout her coaching career she has been a firm believer in developing each individual player as a whole, and focused on teaching skills to be used both on and off the court.

Playing Experience

School/Club

2004 - 2007

Riverwood International Charter School

College

2007 - 2010

Piedmont College

  • Conference Champions
  • NCAA Tournament Appearance
  • Bachelors of Science Early Childhood Education

Coaching Experience

School/Club

2011 - 2018

North Springs High School

  • State Championship Tournament

Tsunami Volleyball Club

Riverwood International Charter School

A5 Volleyball Club

College

2007 - 2010

Piedmont College

  • Conference Champions
  • NCAA Tournament Appearance
  • Bachelors of Science Early Childhood Education

Career Profile

Megan began playing volleyball in 7th grade for White Knoll Middle School, and continued playing through all four of her years at White Knoll High School. She also played for Magnum Volleyball Club’s Mizuno team throughout high school career.

Her playing career continued at Southern Wesleyan University for 4 years, and she finished with a 5th year of beach at Jacksonville University. In addition to being a setter for all 12 years, she was a defensive specialist her Freshman year at SWU.

Megan is currently the assistant Volleyball Coach at Shorter University in Atlanta.

Playing Experience

School/Club

2003 - 2009

White Knoll High School

Magnum Volleyball Club - Open Level

College

2009 - 2014

Southern Wesleyan University (4 years)

  • 2013: Named to the All-SSAC 2nd team
  • 2014: Named NCCAA 1st Team All-American and NCCAA 1st Team All-South Region
  • 2015: NCCAA 2nd Team All-American and NCCAA 1st Team All-South Region

Jacksonville University (1 year)

  • 5th Year Senior Beach Volleyball - Pair 2

Coaching Experience

Club

2012 - 2018

Carolina One Volleyball Club (Greenville, SC) - Head Coach 16 Regional

Carolina One Volleyball Club (Greenville, SC) - Head Coach 15 and 16 Power

Magnum Volleyball Club (Columbia, SC) - Assistant Coach 15 Mizuno and 14 Mizuno (Open Level)

College

Present

Shorter Univeristy (Atlanta, GA) - Assistant Coach

Career Profile

Bridgette Villano was raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and played as an outside hitter at Boomers Volleyball Academy and Ocean Breeze Volleyball Club. She later played at The University of Tennessee as a libero.

In her Junior year, Bridgette tore her ACL.  This ended her season and any chances at winning her conference awards.  However, through watching the game from the sideline and helping other players see the game from an alternate perspective, she fell in love with helping players grow their strengths and diminish their weaknesses both on and off the court.

This experience gave Bridgette a strong passion for expanding the knowledge and love of volleyball so after graduating, she decided to keep volleyball in her life and took up coaching.  She's since coached in South Florida and San Jose California at both the club and high school level.

Bridgette recently moved to the Atlanta area and looks forward to using her intensity, competitiveness, and empathy to help make TK Volleyball Club a great place for athletes to both learn and grow.

Coaching Experience

Club

2017 - Present

Tribe Volleyball Club - Pompano Beach, FL: U15 Girls

Titan Athletics - San Jose, California: U16 Girls

  • 4 USAV Qualifier Open Silver Medals

School

2018
Lincoln High School - San Jose, Ca
  • Head Coach Boys JC Team

Career Profile

Tom McArdle started his coaching career when his youngest daughter introduced him to the sport during her middle school years. In 2011 he coached his first team as an assistant to Carl Whitmire. He was hooked; and he's continued to serve with the Walton program not only as the head coach of the Walton Middle School Reds, but as the Middle School Coordinator where he handles scheduling of practice time and gyms as well ast match and tournament scheduling and coordination. For the past five years, Tom has also head coached 13s and 14s teams at North Atlanta Volleyball Club. He is also especially proud of the fact that he's been able to share the bench with both of his daughters as assistants in his career.

Tom believes the sport of volleyball is instrumental in teaching and developing leadership, teamwork, and a strong work ethic. He also believes that he continues learning to be a better coach and person from his players and the coaches around him.

 

Coaching Experience

School

2011 - Present

Walton Middle School Feeder Program

Club

2013 - 2018

North Atlanta Volleyball Club

Career Profile

Ashley Miller was born and raised in Georgia and began her volleyball career at the age of ten playing for Atlanta Boom. When she was fourteen, she moved across town to A5 Pure Volleyball where she stayed until she completed her eighteens season. Her club career accomplishments include her seventeens team taking the silver medal in the Open Division at the USAV Girls Junior National Championships and the honor to travel and play overseas in China and several countries in Europe.

In high school, she played four years at the Varsity level for Walton High School under our founder, Suzanne Fitzgerald where she won four Area Championships and three State Titles taking home a GVCA Senior All-Star award, Honorable Mention for All Area, and made the Under Armour All-American Watch List.

Upon graduation, Ashley moved on to a new phase in her career as a Division II Athlete at Valdosta State University where she played three years as a starting middle blocker at only 5’8” tall! Yes, Ashley was that good! She was also a member of VSU’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Today she continues her studies at Kennesaw State University where she is looking to complete her degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish. She coaches camps and clinics at Walton High School and this year coached the Walton Middle School Diamonds with the Walton High School feeder program. She loves coaching the sport and is looking forward to her first season at TK Volleyball.

Playing Experience

School/Club

2009 - 2015

Walton High School

Atlanta Boom Volleyball Club - Open Level
A5 Volleyball Club - Open Level

College

2015 - 2018

Valdosta State University

Coaching Experience

School

2011 - 2018

Walton High School

  • Camp Coach
  • Head Coach: Walton Middle School Diamonds

Career Profile

Savian (Savi) Jordan was born in Detroit, Michigan where her father Richard played in the NFL with both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions.

She began to play volleyball at the age of 11 and after a move to Atlanta began playing for A5 Volleyball Club. In 2013, she played for our founder Suzanne on the open-level U14 team as an outside hitter and defensive specialist.

She played for her varsity team at South Forsyth High School as a freshman in 2013, but tore her ACL early on and as a result she missed most of the season.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Savi stood tall, worked hard at her rehab, and pushed through the adversity. She returned to the court the next year and had an immediate impact logging nearly 250 digs in 127 sets played. As a junior she saw her team make it all the way to the 6A State Championship where she played against her former club coach, and as a senior she led her Lady War Eagles to the 7A final four.

Upon graduation she walked the aisle to receive her diploma having lettered at varsity all four years under head Coach Kelley Wren and ranked as the eighth-best libero in the entire state of Georgia. In three years of playing time she logged 136 aces with a serve-in percentage of 95% and 976 digs.

She went on to play two years at Georgia State under head coach Sally Polhamus.

Playing Experience

School/Club

2011 - 2017

South Forsyth High School

  • 6A State Championship Runners-Up
  • 7A State Championship Final Four

South Forsyth High School

College

2017 - 2018

Georgia State University

Coaching Experience

High School

2014 - 2017

Camp/Clinic Coach

College

2014 - 2017

Camp/Clinic Coach

Career Profile

Full BIO coming soon!

 

Career Profile

Georgia-born and raised Claudia Coco began her volleyball career at the age of 12 with A5 Volleyball Club in Atlanta where she played for our founder Suzanne on the U13 team. She spent another year with Suzanne at 14s as well so she's very familiar with the philosophy and systems we will use at TK Volleyball - much like our other former players.

In addition to a storied career as a Defensive Specialist/Libero at A5, Claudia attended and played for Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, GA. While she was there she managed to rack up 506 total sets played and an astonishing (state and national record) 2754 digs for a career average of 5.4 digs per set - a stat that earned her an appearance in Sports Illustrated. Over her career, her efforts helped the Cougars advance deep into the GHSA State Championship tournament in each of her four years of play. As both a freshman and a senior, her team played for the Championship and in her sophomore and junior seasons they played in the Final Four and Elite Eight respectively. She was named Georgia Defensive Player of the Year, named to the All-State team twice, named a PrepVolleyball national Defensive Dandy every season of her high school career, and she was named to four All America teams in either Club or High School.

After graduation, she moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where she spent played for the Tennessee Lady Vols Volleyball Team from 2014 - 2016. While there, she was named to the 2016 SEC Volleyball Community Service Team for her efforts on several fronts including the reintroduction of mussels into the wild, composting at a Knoxville Select Sport Horses farm, and teaching elementary school students about endangered species. She also organized the volleyball's toiletry item drive for the Tennessee Holiday Meal and assisted with Vol-oween, Tennessee's Halloween event for children of university faculty and staff. And if that wasn't enough, she served as the team representative on Tennessee's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

 

Playing Experience

School/Club

2009 - 2014

A5 Volleyball Club

  • AAU All-American (2010)

Chattahoochee High School

  • Two-time State Championship Runners-Up
  • State Championship Final Four
  • State Championship Elite Eight
  • Georgia State Defensive Player of the Year
  • Two-time First Team All-State
  • Four Time PrepVolleyball Defensive Dandy
  • 2013 MaxPreps/Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American
  • 2013 First Team MaxPreps All-American

College

2014 - 2016

University of Tennesee

Coaching Experience

Club

2017

K2 Volleyball Club (Knoxville, TN)

Career Profile

Katie Crocker began playing volleyball at the age of eleven with A5 volleyball in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout her club career she played middle and right side. Outside of club season, Katie played in the Walton High school (Marietta, GA) feeder program on the highest level middle school team, and she played all four high school years on Varsity under head coach Suzanne Fitzgerald. She is now playing right side at Kennesaw State University.

Katie assisted Tim Sanchez in coaching one of the middle school feeder teams for Walton High school in 2017, and assisted during countless Walton camps over her high school career.

Katie says that she "loves playing and coaching volleyball because the game is so technical and strategic as well as competitive and most of all fun. Volleyball gave me the perfect outlet for growth as a person outside of volleyball. I learned teamwork skills, leadership, confidence, discipline and countless other life lessons that I still apply to my life. I absolutely love what the game has done for me, and I can't wait to help other young women gain the same knowledge and strength. “

Playing Experience

School/Club

2010 - 2018

Walton High School

  • National Championship
  • Three-Time State Championship
  • 2017 Team Captain

A5 Volleyball Club

College

Present

Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)

Coaching Experience

School

2015 - 2018

Walton High School

  • Camp Coach
  • Assistant Coach: Walton Middle School Diamonds

Career Profile

Trey Jones has been around volleyball his entire life and according to him, volleyball became a passion for him the the first time he walked onto a court. This makes perfect sense when you consider his father is Marc Jones - another of our coaches - and if you've read Marc's bio, you know that Trey would most certainly have been steeped in the sport so it's not surprising that volleyball is his passion.

He began playing in 2012 for A5 Volleyball Club in Atlanta. In 2013 he moved to Mojo Boys Volleyball Club in Longwood, Florida. In 2014, he opened up a two year stint with Ocean Bay Volleyball Club in Deerfield Beach, Florida and in 2016 he returned to Atlanta and A5 Volleyball Club.

He started coaching as a Manager at Milton High School where his dad was head coaching and he continued to do so every year until he left to play for Erskine College in 2017 and 2018. Along the way he also assisted Marc with his club teams at A5 where he coached from 2016 to 2018.

His coaching career continues this fall as he joins the Georgia State University Panthers as Team Manager.

As he looks back on a career that seems long given his age, Trey says that he fell in love with coaching because he "...wanted to give back to a sport that taught me so much about life, work ethic, perseverance, leadership, and teamwork."

Welcome to TK Volleyball Trey!

Playing Experience

Club

2012 and 2016

A5 Volleyball Club (Atlanta, GA) - 2012 and 2016

  • Qualified for 16 Open at Boy’s Junior Nationals as a first-year program (2012)
  • Placed 3rd in AAU Nationals for Boy’s 18s (2016)

Mojo Boys Volleyball Club (Longwood, FL) - 2013

Ocean Bay Volleyball Club (Deerfield Beach, FL) - 2014 - 2015

  • Qualified for the 16 and 17 Open Division (2014/2015)

College

2017 - 2018

Erskine College (Due West, SC)

Coaching Experience

School

2012 - 2018

Milton High School (Milton, GA) - Team Manager

Club

2015 - 2018

Volley Performance (Atlanta, GA) - Clinic/Camp Coach

A5 Volleyball Club (Atlanta, GA) - Assistant Coach 17 Marc - 2016 - 2018

  • Finished 4th in Open at Big South Qualifier (2017)
  • Finished 12th in Open at AAU Nationals (2017)
  • Finished the season ranked in the top 40 17s teams (2017)
  • Finished 3rd at Big South Qualifier (2018)
  • Finished 5th at AAU Nationals Premier division (2018)
  • Finished 11th at USAV Nationals National division (2018)
  • Finished the season ranking in the top 50 17 teams (2018)

College

Present

Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) - Team Manager