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Coaching Staff

Coach Valerie Long-

Coach Long has been coaching the sport of volleyball for over eighteen years.  She has been director or co-director of Carolina and Palmetto region clubs for eight years.  Her passion for the sport is evident in her enthusiasm with her teams, both at practice and during tournaments.  Her vision for the War Eagles is to increase the love of volleyball throughout the York County region by introducing players to the sport and developing each player to be highly competitive locally, regionally and nationally. 

 

Coach Chelsea Jones

Education: Coach Jones is a graduate of Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC with a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a minor in Coaching. She is currently pursuing an MBA from UNC - Pembroke and will graduate in December 2019. 

Collegiate: Coach Jones played volleyball at Alleghany High School in Sparta, NC.  She then played Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC where her team was the GSAC Conference Tournament Champions in 2012. During her time with Salem volleyball, they were the first sport to earn a bid to the NCAA DIII Tournament and was the first ever Conference MVP (2012) in school history.  

Professional: Coach Jones started her volleyball coaching career in 2010 at Alleghany Volleyball Club in Sparta, NC. She then worked at Fluid Volleyball Club in Winston-Salem, NC where she became a Master Coach and Assistant Club Director over a four-year span. In 2014, she went back to her Alma mater, Salem College, to be the Assistant Volleyball Coach and helped lead the team to their second GSAC Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA DIII Regional Tournament bid.

Coach Jones was then given the opportunity to start a volleyball program at Laurel University in High Point, NC in 2015. She took the John Wesley University (previously named Laurel University) volleyball team to the NCCAA South Regional Tournament in both 2016 and 2017. After coming to Piedmont through means of a merger, she led the team to the NCCAA South Regional Championship and National Tournament in 2018.

Coach Amy Berlak

Coach Amy started playing volleyball for her school in the 5th grade. At 12 she began playing juniors for CJV in Charlotte, NC. She made varsity as a 13-year-old freshman at Charlotte Catholic High School, and continued to play Juniors throughout high school. Her CCHS team won the volleyball state championships her sophomore, junior, and senior years. As a college freshman, she got a scholarship to play for Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL where she set the school record for most aces in a match. She moved back to Charlotte to finish her schooling and start a family. She is excited to share her knowledge and love of the game with a new generation. 

Coach Jade Young

Coach Jade started playing volleyball in 7th grade on a varsity HS team in Norway, SC. She moved to Rock Hill and continued playing for Rock Hill High School for the amazing Cindy Elder as an Outside Hitter. She has played for Rock Hill Volleyball Club (setter and OH) and CUVC (libero). Her coaching career began in 2005 at Rock Hill High School as an Assistant Coach and also includes Head Coaching positions for Dutch Fork Middle School, Magnum Volleyball Club (14 National), Rock Hill Volleyball Club (12's, 13's, 14s) and Intense (14 Elite).  Her teams over the years have won multiple region titles, numerous championships and produced talent all over the Carolinas. Jade has 3 daughters; Jayla a sophmore at Rock Hill High, Jayden who is a 6th grader, and Christian Jade a 1st grader.  "They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them... you show them the reasons." "Having the capacity to lead is not enough. The leader must be willing to use it." -Vince Lombardi

Conditioning Coach Corey Long

Corey has been playing volleyball with girls and boys teams since he was 10.  He loves the sport and while continuing to play, he offered to work with Coach Jade and Coach Chelsea as an apprentice assistant coach for both of their teams as they need him.  He loves sharing what he has learned over the years with the players and loves to watch them grow in their fundamentals.  Baseball is his first love, but volleyball is a very close second.  He plays on a National 17U boys team in Charlotte.  In addition to his strength and conditioning, he offers private lessons in hitting and blocking.

Coach Jon Haese

Jon grew up on the frozen streets of eastern WI where he played football, basketball and golf in high school.  He went on to play basketball at a small D3 University in WI and was part of a program that won 81 games during his four-year career.  After graduating college, Jon played volleyball for 5 years competing in various leagues and tournaments throughout the state.  He has experience coaching soccer, basketball and golf but has a passion for growing boys’ volleyball.  Jon lives in York, SC with his three amazing children and wonderful wife.

 

Coach Kailee Long 

 Kailee began playing volleyball when she was 8. Through the years she has played at CJV and War Eagles as a starting setter and captian. She played all the way from middle school to high school. Throughout her volleyball career she has received all region, MVP, Offensive MVP, and All- Tournament MVP. She has been coaching for the past 3 years. She coached academy at War Eagles and the gold programs at CJV. This past year she was the head coach of the 12 Developmental team at War Eagles. She is currently in college at York Tech studying to become a Dental Hygienist.

Coach Mae McKinney

Mae started playing for War Eagles the very first season the club opened, and played with them for 5 years on club and national teams. She also played for Clover High School and PRV. Mae coached Academy at War Eagles, private lessons, and 8th grade volleyball at Oakridge Middle School 2021 season. She is starting college at York Technical College in August. 

Coach Martha Ann Robinson 

Martha Ann  has been playing volleyball for 9 years, she started playing for War Eagles the very first season. She played with war eagles for 6 years on club and national teams. She also played for Clover High School and CJV. This is MA’s 2nd year coaching for War Eagles, she coached a 13u team this past season. She is currently transferring to St. Andrews University from York Tech, majoring in Equine Business. She is on their equestrian team and is also hoping to join there volleyball team for the 2022 season. 

Coach Laurie Parker

My name is Laurie Parker.  I was born and raised in a small town in Indiana then moved to Columbia, South Carolina after I got married in 2004.  We moved to Lake Wylie in 2019 and have enjoyed the lake life, great schools, and the city of Charlotte.  I grew up playing volleyball all through high school and college (and club ball), mostly as a setter, but also with some back row experience.  I am excited to coach the 15U team this year with the War Eagles.  I am looking forward to coaching the girls and watching them improve their volleyball skills, knowledge, and technique.  But most of all, I am excited for the girls to work together as a team, be competitive, and develop a love for the game.