Strength & Conditioning Coach Theresa has over 20 years of experience teaching kids. In the last 2 years her focus has been coaching CrossFit for kids, teens, and adults, with an added specialty in Mobility. Coach Theresa is adept at tailoring strength and conditioning for specific sports, having developed a CrossFit football intensive program, and a training program for Austin Attack Sand Volleyball. She has a passion for motivating people of all ages to become stronger, faster, and more agile, while also training them to prevent injury through consistent mobilization. As KnockOut's Strength & Conditioning Coach, Coach Theresa will take our players to a higher level of overall fitness.
Front Row Specialist Assistant Coach: 13 Nationals Alyssa received All-District and All-State honors each year as a middle hitter at both Mark Morris and R.A. Long High School in Longview, Washington. She played club volleyball for Cowlitz who competed nationally while also balancing high school basketball and soccer. Alyssa began her college career at College of Southern Idaho who was ranked the number one junior college in the country for volleyball. Alyssa was the only freshman to be named First Team All-American in 2007, won MVP at multiple tournaments, and holds a record at CSI with an average hitting percentage of .461. Alyssa then transferred to Middle Tennessee State University where she played both middle hitter and outside hitter, taking the team to 2 conference titles and 3 NCAA appearances. At Middle Tennessee State University Alyssa coached camps during the summer and really fell in love with the coaching aspect of the game.
After graduating with honors from college with a liberal arts degrees and minors in coaching, criminal justice, and health, Alyssa moved back to Washington where she coached at Lower Columbia College, Mark Morris High School, and an 18s club team. As a coach she is known for her positivity, knowledge, enthusiasm, and love for the game; she really pushes her players to work hard but most importantly to believe in themselves as players.
Setter Specialist Fun Fact: Angela’s parents actually met playing volleyball, and that is how her volleyball career began!
Angela played club out of Houston for Houston Juniors (12s-16s) and Texas Tornados (17s-18s), earning a bid to nationals each year as their setter. She received All-District honors as a setter and right side hitter in high school at St. Agnes Academy. Angela began her college career at Middle Tennessee State University, winning a conference title and appearing in two NCAA competitions. She then transferred to LSU with no plan to play division 1 volleyball and began playing on the club team for 1 year before being asked to set for the NCAA LSU volleyball team. With this team she earned the opportunity to travel to Europe for 2 weeks and play international teams! Ultimately Angela decided to focus on getting into graduate school for occupational therapy which is what brought her to Austin, TX. Angela has set many top level hitters in a variety of programs and has a great understanding of technique and volleyball knowledge related to being a successful quarterback of a team as a setter and is excited to begin her coaching career at Knockout!
Lite Coach Blayre is from Dripping Springs. She is currently finishing up her senior year. She will be attending college in the fall to major in nursing. Blayre started playing club volleyball in 5th grade, as a setter. The following year she moved to libero and played that position all the way through club volleyball. The opportunity arose to be a coach this year, instead of playing for KnockOut, and she decided to take it. Throughout her 7 years as a player, she attended every camp and clinic she could find that would further her knowledge of the game. Blayre has a strong passion for volleyball and coaching. She is happy to be one of the first players that is also going to be a coach for KnockOut.
Team Building Specialist Head Coach: 13 Sapphire: National Heidi Yohe, originally from Washington state, found her collegiate volleyball career at Springfield College in Massachusetts, where a past alumni invented the game of Mintonette, which later changed its name to Volleyball. She has a deep understanding for the rich history and a love for the game.
Her senior year, she lead her team to a conference title. She was awarded New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and First Team honors, Athlete of the Week for 3 weeks, and voted Most Valuable player by her peers for two years. She holds the record for single season serve reception percentage and is third for career digs per game.
At Springfield College, she studied Youth Development and Outdoor Leadership. She won the prestigious Senior of the Year award for her efforts on the court, in the classroom and working as a camp director.
Heidi now has 10 seasons of coaching behind her and is currently the Head Coach for Headwaters Middle School.
While not coaching, Heidi loves all things family and adventure. She loves camping, swimming, rock climbing, kayaking, SUP boarding and hiking. During the week, she works for a local non-profit whose mission is to protect our natural water resources.
Assistant Coach My name is Jeanette Rodriguez. I have played volleyball for as long as I can remember. Age 8 I played in my first co-ed (adult) tournament and we won! Since then I have never put the ball down and that's where I began my passion for the game of volleyball. I played all for years for Manor High School and was named the districts New Comer of the Year in 1999 as the Varsity setter! This is my 3rd year coaching club volleyball (various teams). But I am thrilled to be here with Knockout!
My passion shows on and off the court, when I play and when I coach. It's instilled in me to always lead by example and teach and play the game to the best of my ability. Side note little cool piece of history on me: I can officially say I have peppered (back and forth) with Misty May-Treanor and her teammate Veronica Walls-Lee (Long Beach State). And I was on the beach court with Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno wayyy back in the day!! What an experience!
Being a part of Knockout Volleyball has been an honor as I believe in their mission and hope to provide the girls on the court with the same leadership skills and knowledge not only in volleyball but in life, in general. GO KNOCKOUT!!
Head Coach 12 Kiwi - Whitney Madison Montgomery is a former player of Jeff Coward and has played Varsity Volleyball, as well as Track all four years of her high school athletic career. She has received All-District and All-State awards for her Junior and Senior year at Whitney High School. She has participated in Club Volleyball through the club team Triple A and has participated in Summer Sand Volleyball tournaments. Madison is new to the coaching world, but is ready to make a change.
“Volleyball has always been a sport I have loved both on and off the court. When Coach Coward asked me to be the coach for a new 12's team, I was honored. It is an amazing opportunity not only to expand Knockout Volleyballs mission, but it is special to me that I am able to bring volleyball to my small town. There are so many kids out there with the talent and passion for the game, it would be a shame for them to not unleash their potential due to lack of money.”
Madison is excited and more than ready to begin a new chapter in her life! Her main goal is to open up young kids in her community to not only the skills volleyball requires, but to many life lessons and character building experiences.
Assistant Coach: 14 Kiwi Michelle is from Del Valle, currently finishing off her senior year in the top 10% of her class. This is her first year assistant coaching with KnockOut Volleyball. All throughout the years, she played with the organization she became very fond of the coaches and supporters. Throughout the summer she worked camps, private lessons, and tryouts, instantly falling in love with coaching and assisting the sport. She has played volleyball for 6 years and has yet to find anything as amazing. She is very enthusiastic for this season in hopes to making a difference. If it wasn't for KnockOut's cause, and goal to make it possible for everyone to get the opportunity to play, she wouldn't be where she is today.
"I am so honored to be the 1st person to go from a player for KnockOut and immediately become a coach for KnockOut." - Michelle
Assistant Coach: 15 Sapphire Michael Kulchisky joins the KnockOut Volleyball Coaching staff as a Coach’s assistant, bringing over 16 years of playing experience, and a lifetime passion for Volleyball. Growing up overseas, he was provided the opportunity to play volleyball from Junior High thru High school internationally. He was elevated to starting Varsity Middle Blocker in 10th grade. Volleyball stayed with him thru college. 4 semesters of Advanced Volleyball at UT under the guidance of Glen Lietzke (Asst. VB Coach Lady Longhorns), scrimmage squad for UT Club, and eventually Tournament Team member for Texas Tech Men’s Club. "My coaching philosophy is simple. Every athlete is both capable and unique. My goal is to teach each individual how to leverage technique, and play with confidence, at the edge of their ability, while executing as part of a team."
Assistant Coach: 13 Kiwi Rachel is currently a senior at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor majoring in Fitness and Wellness. She plans to pursue a career in exercise physiology with a focus in cardiac rehab. In high school, she played on a club volleyball team and developed lifelong skills and a love for volleyball. She planned to play volleyball at UMHB but was involved in an accident that fractured her neck. She hung up her Mizuno’s and focused on her studies. She stayed involved in volleyball by coaching in camps and providing private lessons with girls ranging from middle school to high school. "I am so excited to be a part of KnockOut Volleyball, and cannot wait to help these girls grow their skills and passion for the sport."
Assistant Coach: 13 Rowi SarahJane began playing volleyball in 4th grade and started playing club volleyball in 6th grade. She played for Alamo Volleyball Association in San Antonio as a defensive specialist, or libero, 12s through 15s and went to the Junior Olympics with that team 3 times. Her High School volleyball playing ended when she was 16 due to an ankle injury, but since then has been playing with an adult league co-ed team in San Marcos for the past 3 years.
"Growing up playing volleyball was an immensely positive outlet for me and helped me develop skills to navigate all of life's up and downs. I'm so grateful for the way volleyball has helped shaped me into the person I am today. This is my first year coaching and I can't wait to be a part of the KnockOut family!"
Head Coach Susan has been the varsity coach for the past nine years at Round Rock Christian Academy. Her team won 30 or more matches the past three years and won the state championship in 2012. Susan led the Crusaders to playoff appearances in all nine years.
As a player, Susan was a four year academic all-district and three time all district selection at Round Rock High School. Susan was also a two time All Central Texas selection as an outside hitter and was named to the Insite.Com all state volleyball team her senior year. Declining multiple out of area options, Susan played her freshman year in college at SCAC playoff qualifier Southwestern University in Georgetown before pursing her academics at the University of Texas in Austin.
“I’m so excited for the wonderful opportunity to be part of something that is so special, I love volleyball, love coaching and love the opportunity to share that experience with the players,” said Susan.
Susan played on Austin Juniors Mizuno teams from age 11 through Age 18 and participated in five Junior Olympic Open Division national tournaments as well as national qualifiers.
“I love volleyball for what you learn about both the sport and life from the sport. Remembering that volleyball is fun,” Susan said.