Club Director and Head Coach
“I wanted to start a program that spent all its energy and resources on bringing volleyball to kids that don’t have access to the game. Volleyball is the greatest team sport in the world and offers life lessons that anyone at this level will keep with them for the rest of their lives. I take great pride in seeing what my players have gone on to achieve in their adult lives, and take special notice of how many of them have gone on to coach volleyball.
Club volleyball has become so expensive that many kids are left out of the equation and I want KnockOut Volleyball to be the organization that changes how the system works allowing everyone access to the game.”
Coach Coward just completed his first season at Whitney High School, with a playoff campaign in his 27th year as a coach, and his 18th as a Head Volleyball Coach. He ends the '17 campaign with a 392-283 career record as a varsity coach. His top team was the ’04 Dripping Springs squad that spent most of that season ranked number one in the state and lost in Regional Finals to Boerne in game five. Coach says, “That team in Drip was tough. Seven of their 32 wins came in situations where they had lost the first two games and had to win three in a row. They never quit. As great as that team was I still look back at that first team of mine with the most fondness. There wasn’t a single player in the program at Hudson Catholic (in ’94) that had ever seen let alone played in a volleyball match when we started the program. Three years later those same kids were in the playoffs it was an amazing feeling.
Director of Growth and Development
Jacqueline played sports all her life. She even played professional football for the WPFL. After High School she joined the Marine Corp where she played sand volleyball.
Her passion for sports, and her daughters, Zayda and Kadyn, led her to volunteer coaching volleyball at the YMCA. That next season, she took that team to club and continued to coach where she was able to follow her passion for growing and developing the youth through sports.
Jacqueline soon realized how money driven club was on how the heart of an athlete and talent didn’t matter, when a 10 year old girl was removed from her team after her parents could not afford the fees. She decided to do something about it and founded Austin Attack Volleyball. As a non-profit organization, she focused on those that are underserved. She continues to volunteer at YMCA and at the Austin Children’s Shelter, helping the youth in our community.
Knockout Volleyball acquired Austin Attack in 2017-forming a Sand and Club Lite division. Together we share a vision that every athlete should have the opportunity to play Club Volleyball based on their talent and not how much the parents can afford.
“I am a Mom, a coach, an entrepreneur, and Philanthropist.”- Jacqueline
Business and Website Manager
Thia is so excited to be a part of Jeff’s dream of making it possible for everyone to play volleyball. “I’ve spent years watching kids not being able to join club teams, and it effecting their level of play. Now is the time to change that. I have been in the situation of having to tell my child they can’t play club sports because we don’t have the money. This feels horrible. I am so glad we are changing that with volleyball, here in Austin.”
Tournament Registrar and Manager
Linda Polley has been involved with USA Volleyball for 32+ years as an official, coach, and director of a club for economically disadvantaged girls. Her goal has always been to find a way to make volleyball more accessible to young people and to help them develop essential core values. The main objective of any club should be to provide a fun and rewarding volleyball experience to anyone who has the desire to play! Linda’s motto is: “You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” R. Buckminster Fuller
A heartfelt and rewarding objective of Linda’s role includes, providing opportunities for young people to enjoy the great sport of volleyball, make new friends, learn new skills, acquire habits of self discipline, learn to cooperate, compete fairly and occupy free time. Her philosophy is; when the game of volleyball is adapted to the age and abilities of the participants, they experience more success, enjoy the activity more, and want to play more often! The more they play, the better they get!
This is Amber’s first year coaching with KnockOut. She is currently working as a Geometry teacher in Round Rock ISD, and has always had a passion for volleyball. In high school she was devoted to her studies as well as sports, and played volleyball, basketball, and track. In college she went on to play volleyball at Feather River Community college, one of the top JC volleyball programs in California, where she made the all-state team as an outside hitter. She finished her college career at Cal State East Bay with a full ride scholarship for volleyball, ending her senior season with all-state honors again. She got her degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in education which she is now using to bolster both her teaching career, as well as coaching. She has previously coached 16s and 12s team in California, and has been officiating the game for 8 years now.
She enjoys playing both beach volleyball, and indoor, whenever she gets the chance, and is looking forward to working with KnockOut Volleyball, and getting to know everyone throughout the upcoming season.
Head Coach: 12 Sapphire
This is Angelina’s first year a Club coach. She grew up playing volleyball and basketball in Abilene, Texas where she played for Abilene High School as a Defensive Specialist. Angelina attended Abilene Christian University, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. She moved to the Austin area in the late 90’s where she began coaching volleyball on the Rec Level for many years. She coached a 10U team full of younger athletes to the TAAF State Volleyball championship. The next season that team moved up to 12U and placed 2nd at the TAAF State Volleyball tournament. The 10U team went to the State Tournament with 6 players, and 4 of those 5 are now is college playing either Volleyball or Basketball at the Division 1 or 2 Level. Angelina has the patience it takes to teach the very youngest athletes to not only love the sport of volleyball but to also develop the basic skills needed to advance.
Defensive Specialist/Head Coach
Coach Bailey is one of Knockouts newest additions. Bailey grew up in Austin and went to McCallum HS. Throughout high school she found a passion for volleyball at both the high school and club level. At McCallum high school she found her role as a defensive specialist/libero and taught herself how to set. During her two years on varsity, Bailey contributed at least 10 digs a match and helped the Knights win district in 2013 and 2014. As senior year came to an end, Bailey decided against playing college volleyball in order to attend her dream school, UT Austin. Since 2014, Bailey has attended the University of Texas at Austin in the Liberal Arts Honors program. During her first year, Bailey's passion for volleyball never waned. During her second year, Bailey pursued this passion as a coach. In 2015, Bailey coached for Total City Sports Volleyball and moved to Knockout last year as 15’s Kiwi Head Coach/ 14 Kiwi Assistant. This year, Bailey will be the 16’s Nationals Head Coach as well as the defensive specialist coach for the 13’s Nationals team..
"Coaching doesn't end on the court. A successful coach will develop amazing athletes as well as amazing people."
Bailey's passion extends far beyond a volleyball court or tournament. We all expect to become better players; Coach Bailey also expects for her team to become better people. In the long run, Bailey would like to develop a coaching style that perfects the development of skills, as well as character.
This is Bilyesia's third year coaching with KnockOut! She began playing volleyball in middle school and continued through high school and played one year of club.
"Volleyball has always been fun and challenging for me. You can always continue to develop and grow in so many ways! As a coach, my goal is to help the girls develop and grow their volleyball skills on the court and show them the beauty of the game! I am excited to see what this season brings!" #GoKnockOut
Assistant Coach: 12 Sapphire
Carly grew up playing volleyball in Utah, she started playing in 6th grade where she fell in love with volleyball. Carly was a 4 year captain setter for Summit Academy, where she earned her varsity letter all 4 years as well as player of the year. This is Carly’s first year coaching with KnockOut, “I am very excited to coach for Knockout! I can’t wait to share all my knowledge with the athletes and watch them grow!”.
“I am very excited to share my knowledge, experience and passion for volleyball with young women who, I feel, will take what they learn, not only into volleyball, but into life.”
This is Elise’s third year with Knockout, returning to coach the 13 Regional South team. Her team’s have been very successful thus far, ending both seasons as a top ranker in the club. Last year’s 12 Kiwi brought home the first and ever trophy from Lonestar Classic, placing 3rd in their division. Elise is excited to be a part of the Knockout team once again, and eager to help young players and other coaches be their best and more successful.
Elise has been playing volleyball since middle school, playing for Metro Volleyball Club, in San Antonio, from ages 12-16, then joining a team created club called San Antonio Elite from 16-18. She played throughout high school, and as a senior received the Erica Leatherwood athletic scholarship, for being a top female athlete. Since high school, she has kept playing wherever she can find a place to play and a group to play with. She currently plays in an adult league in San Marcos, TX, with the Honey Badgers. They have won 6 championships together.
Off the court, Elise is a certified yoga instructor and general manager at Shine On Yoga in San Marcos. She hopes to bring her knowledge, experience of life, and genuine love for the game, to the young women of Knockout.
“I get to do what I love, everyday. Everyone should get that opportunity, and Knockout is making that possible. I’m so happy to be a part of that.”
Jalah graduated from Pflugerville High School in 2015. She has been playing volleyball since elementary school, and always enjoyed it. She played club volleyball fro Thunderstruck, and Magic Volleyball Clubs. She's always had a deep passion for the sport. This will be her third season coaching and the growth she sees, not only from the club, but from the girls improving, is phenomenal.
"When Jeff came to me offering me a position to coach, I was so excited to have the opportunity to be able to teach the sport I love. All I want is for kids to be involved and improve in this sport. I think the purpose for KnockOut Volleyball is an amazing thing and opportunity for young girls to improve their game. I'm so excited for this upcoming season." "I've got your 6." -Jalah
Volleyball has always been apart of Sarah's life. "My parents actually met playing volleyball!" She started playing club when she was in 6th grade and played until her senior year of high school for Austin Juniors Volleyball. Her team was the first North team qualified to go to Junior Olympics. Thanks to her years in club, she was able to play on Varsity her freshman year of high school where she held the record for the most kills in a match. Since then she has found her passion in coaching and quickly became the Head coach at Texas Tide Volleyball for the last 3 years. At that point she was offered to partner in a new Sand Volleyball club where she became the Director of Coaching.
"I love coaching and the new challenges each season brings.I am so excited to now be a part of the KnockOut team."
KnockOut Volleyball, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit created in order to serve as an outreach program to provide access to individuals with limited financial means that would otherwise exclude them from participating in competitive club volleyball outside of the school day, establishing an atmosphere where all players and family members feel a sense of belonging. KnockOut Volleyball, serving up one life experience at a time.
KnockOut Volleyball, Inc. is a non-profit Volleyball Club, 501(c)3, that welcomes players and families of any religion, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin.