Coach Valerie Long-
Coach Long has been coaching the sport of volleyball for over eighteen years. She has been direcotr or co-director of Carolina and Palmetto region clubs for seven 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 Andrea Carrigan
Andrea Carrigan is a Spartanburg, SC native. She started playing volleyball at the age of 12, and continued playing through all of her teenage years. She went on to Winthrop University where she majored in Healthcare Management and began coaching at South Pointe High School. She coached school ball and club ball (Rock Hill Volleyball Club, Upward Stars) year round for 7 years before moving to Wilmington, NC. In her years coaching in the Rock Hill region, she organized youth camps, ran skills clinics, and did one-on-one lessons with children ages 7-18. She took some time away from coaching while she lived at the beach, but continued to compete in grass and sand tournaments. She recently moved back to the York County area and is excited to share her passion for the game with young student athletes.
Coach Khadija Layne
Coach Layne was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts by her West African mother, who prided education as a means to move forward. Coach Layne attended Walpole High School in the suburbs of Boston where she was an all around athlete in volleyball, basketball, and tennis. Upon graduation, she attended Salem College, the oldest women’s college in Winston-Salem, NC. While there, Coach Layne played volleyball and basketball. She also was a founder of the Ghostryder’s Step Team. Coach Layne graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and a double minor in Psychology and Criminal Studies. She then attended graduate school at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA and received a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. While in Pittsburgh, she played on three adult volleyball leagues for the Steel City area and is currently skill rated through the NAVGA organization. Coach Layne has recently moved back to Charlotte to become a fully licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Eventually, she would love to open her own practice, but until then is continuing to work with adolescents, couples, and families in therapy and reaching their personal goals. Coach Layne is happy to be back in the area and continuing to develop in athletes of all ages a love for the sport she has loved for so many years and continues to play.
Coach Niki Clevenger
Niki Clevenger graduated from Clover High School in 2006 and attended Newberry College on a volleyball scholarship, where she earned a BS in Sport Management with a minor in Coaching. Upon graduation in 2010 Niki immediately began coaching club volleyball with Rock Hill Volleyball Club. After coaching two years, she took time off to continue her education in Durham, England, on yet another volleyball scholarship.
While there, Niki competed on an international level, gaining more experience while training with various national teams and playing for Durham University’s varsity league. Upon returning to the U.S., she also returned to her involvement with volleyball in York County. Between 2012 and 2016 Niki spent time coaching with Rock Hill Volleyball Club and Soar Volleyball Club, as well as creating and operating Rebel Volleyball Club in Fort Mill during the 2013-2014 season. In addition to these programs, Niki has been involved with Roar Sports in Rock Hill since March 2014 , coaching teams, training athletes and training coaches in the program. Niki is married and has two English bulldogs who are her babies. She works full time for the City of Rock Hill and attends New River Community Church in Lake Wylie. She is also a sponsored 3 gun shooter, shooting matches alongside her husband all over the east coast traveling as far west as Missouri and Oklahoma. Niki is also a certified NRA basic pistol instructor.
Coach Tomika McKinney
Coach McKinney is originally from Columbia, S.C. After playing in middle school and high school her passion for volleyball passion was reignited when Tomika’ s oldest daughter decided to pick volleyball as her interest. Tomika coached volleyball last year at Roar sports. Coach McKinney is married with three children and several Olde English bulldogs. She works full time at York Technical College in Rock Hill, S.C. Coach McKinney's favorite volleyball quote: "If you have the right mental attitude, nothing can stop you from achieving your volleyball goals"--Felicity Luckey
Coach Tyrell McKinney
Coach Tyrell McKinney began coaching with War Eagles in 2019. He is very dedicated to his players and the learning process. He fell in love with sports at a young age and has been sharing his passion for the game of volleyball through coaching. Coach Tyrell's fast paced training, high energy and positivity were effective in 15U team growth during the 20 19 season. Coach Tyrell also coaches youth football, and has enjoyed coaching volleyball for War Eagles as well.
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 Matt Bobak
Matt Bobak is from Johnstown, PA and where he attended Richland High School and played competitive volleyball under hall of fame Coach Linda Renzi for 4 seasons. He was a 4 year contributor and 3 year starter where his team won the conference title each season, went undefeated each season and played for the state championship. After high school, he studied occupational therapy and currently works in home health therapy. He has 4 children and a wonderful wife and lives in Lake Wylie, SC.
Coach Holly Armstrong
Holly Armstrong is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has been married for 17 years, and is a mother of three children. Her entire family is actively involved in mission work in underprivileged Guatemalan schools and an orphanage. She has loved volleyball since she was a middle schooler. She played in high school and for the UMBC club team. She has experience in various avenues of coaching: Head Volleyball Coach for Lake Pointe Academy, and Academy Instructor and Assistant Coach for 12U’s for the Clover War Eagles. In addition, she is a private swim instructor and has worked with the YMCA as a running/children’s triathlon coach. With a Masters in Education, a decade of experience homeschooling, a love of physical fitness and a heart to serve in many ministries, Holly is dedicated to not just the sport of volleyball. She values each team member as an athlete and individual engaged in learning the sport of volleyball, as well as the plethora of life skills this sport teaches. Holly is also first aid and CPR certified.
Coach Emma Sorey
Emma Sorey currently lives in Belmont NC, but she is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She played school volleyball for 6 years, playing all three playing positions, but mainly as a setter in high school. She hopes to continue playing volleyball in college where she would like to major in Zoology or Wildlife and Fisheries. "Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going. it is a game of intuition, imagination, improvisation--but most of all, of reciprocity. Of teamwork. There is no way to freelance in volleyball." --Marv Dunphy.
Coach Kevin Bundy
Kevin Bundy grew up in a military family and has lived all over the United States. He played 3 sports in high school; Football, Golf, and Baseball. He went on to play baseball at Averett University, where he was a 4 year starter, and was selected as Captain of his team for his last 2 years on the squad. After graduating from college, he pursued a career in Accounting. He competes in team distance road and trail running races, as well as various obstacle course races. His coaching experience includes Girls High School Softball, Little League Baseball, and Boys Volleyball. He has a passion for helping athletes grow in both skill and enthusiasm for the game. He lives in Lake Wylie, SC with his wife and 3 children.
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