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Coaching Staff

We are proud to offer an elite level coaching staff with an extensive volleyball background! Here are a few highlights of our coaching staff:

5 Current or former college coaches
3 Conference Coaches of the Year
40+ years of college coaching experience
9 Current or former high school coaches

9 High school state titles
1 National High School Coach of the Year
3 Mississippi High School Volleyball Coach of the Year

9 Current or former middle school coaches
6 Middle school titles

In-Sik Hwang - Club Director

In-Sik is the former Head Volleyball Coach at Christian Brothers University where he coached for 18 seasons and earned the GSC West Coach of the Year Award in 2010,2012, and 2016. In 2010 he led the Lady Bucs to a 9-3 GSC West mark that was the best finish in 14 years of GSC West play for CBU. Hwang has coached 20 All-GSC players and five Academic All-GSC players at CBU. The 2006 Lady Bucs placed their entire roster on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll, the only GSC team in ANY sport to achieve that honor. In 2008 Hwang broke the record for most wins in a season and in 2011 he became the winningest volleyball coach in CBU history. The 2011 season highlights included an appearance in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Additionally, three members were placed on the ALL-GSC team, 2 were named All-Region, and one All-American. In the 2012 season his team played for the Gulf South Conference Championship and made their second appearance at the NCAA tournament advancing to the semifinals thus placing in the top 32 teams. 

Before accepting the position as Head Volleyball Coach at CBU in 2002, In-Sik was the Head Volleyball Coach at LaVergne High School where he was honored as the Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001. He was also honored as the Conference Coach of the Year at Franklin High School in 1999. In-Sik graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1998 from Middle Tennessee State University where he held the position as Assistant Volleyball Coach and helped guide the Blue Raiders to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995.

Kim Robinson - Master Coach

Kim Robinson has 18 years of coaching experience along with 19 years of playing indoor/outdoor volleyball.  She is the current Head Volleyball Coach for Northpoint Christian School. She is the former Head Volleyball Coach of the Memphis Nighthawks and the former Assistant Volleyball Coach for Saint George's Varsity Volleyball Team. A New Orleans native, she learned at an early age about dedication and teamwork to a sport she instantly fell in love with. She was a high school  letterman with All Conference and All Tournament  awards.  She also played at the University of New Orleans.  During  high school  is where her volleyball  career shifted to beach.  Playing  in over 200 volleyball  tournaments  nationwide, she holds a current membership in LOVA.  She earned many accolades, one of which includes representing  USA in a match vs. JAMAICA.  Before  moving to Memphis , she coached at the club level, as well as coaching middle school and high school.   Kim worked/played and was a member of the staff of the Coconut Beach Volleyball Complex;  a 22 sand-court facility where clinics, camps, AVP tournaments were held year around, as well as hosting 180 team leagues.  She a personal trainer/strength coach/sports nutritionist.  She has worked  for the DAC where she coached/trained volleyball  players and athletes to obtain their highest level of competition. She continues to participate in beach volleyball activities and maintains a high level of personal fitness as she works with her clients.  Kim is very excited to be apart of the MVA staff and to use her experiences and skills to guide young athletes and help each one improve, not only their own level of skills and fitness, but also to nurture each in developing a love of the sport.

April Jauregui - Master Coach

April Jauregui joined the MVA staff in the spring of 2018. Prior to that, she spent 17 years recruiting and coaching in the Division I college ranks. Most recently she served as the Head Volleyball Coach at the University of Memphis for the past 10 seasons.  Coach Jauregui is still actively involved in the game, and is currently the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Briarcrest  Christian School. A native of Long Beach, California, it was volleyball that brought her to the mid-south. Coach Jauregui played her collegiate career at the University of Memphis and graduated in 2001. Her coaching career has taken her to all parts of the country and the world. She specializes in training Middle Blockers and Defensive Players, but has coached every position during her career. She has extensive knowledge of NCAA Eligibility Rules and Procedures as well as the ins and outs of the recruiting process.

“I have known In-Sik for over 16 years. We first worked together at Spike Volleyball Club when I was living in Nashville after college.  I have a true respect for how he teaches the fundamentals of the game. It is a pleasure to be at MVA."

Allison Burchyett - Master Coach

Allison is the current Head Volleyball Coach at Northwest Community College. She is the former Head Volleyball Coach for Lewisburg High School. She is also the former Head Volleyball Coach at Southaven High School where she coached for 13 years and  led the Lady Chargers to three state titles.  Her coaching background also includes time at Lafayette, Jonesboro, Ark. Valley View and Willow Springs, Mo.  This will be Allison's 5th season coaching with MVA.  Allison's high level volleyball knowledge makes her a great asset to the MVA staff!

Mike Dedman - Master Coach

Mike played and/or coached with various men’s USVBA teams in the Delta and Southern Regions from 1986 to 1995. In 1991 Mike was a player-coach for the men’s A Division Delta Region Champions and later that year played with a men’s Open team that finished 13th overall at U.S Nationals.  In 1993 Mike was a player-coach at the 1993 US Open Tournament. Mike presently coaches the lower school team at Northpoint Christian School where he has won 2 PAA championships and 1 Shelby Metro championship. He is in his 8th year at MVA and is USAV CAP I certified.

Blythe Clausen - Master Coach

Blythe is in her 5th season coaching for MVA. She is currently the Head Coach for the 8th grade volleyball team at Saint George's Independent School. She is a former player for Christian Brothers University where she held the position of Defensive Specialist\Libero.  Blythe majored in Psychology and she currently works as a Behavior Technician for children with autism at the ABC center.  Blythe specializes in training our DS and liberos at MVA.  She is our go to Clinic Coach for our players looking to improve their back row skills.  

Blythe has a fantastic personality and the players respond very well to her coaching style.  She is very energetic and has a real passion for the game and for Coaching.

Christina Morgan - Master Coach

Christina Morgan is a native of DeSoto County who attended Sacred Heart School from K-8 and graduated from Horn Lake High School. She played on the first ever club volleyball team in DeSoto County (Lady Blazers) growing up. She played volleyball at the varsity level all 4 years of high school.  While attending Horn Lake High, Christina was on the first ever state championship team in the state of Mississippi in 1995.  She was named all district and all county in 1996 and 1997 where she helped lead her team to the North Half championship both years.  She was also named all state in 1997. 

She coached for the Lady Blazers Club team and refereed volleyball while attending college.  She graduated from the University of Mississippi and received her first job as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Horn Lake High in 2005-2006. When Lake Cormorant first opened its doors in 2006, she began the volleyball program there starting with only 7th and 8th graders.  Each year the school added a grade and when the school was first able to compete for a state title in 2009, her team (LCHS) won the 5A Class II state championship.  She has gone on to win two more state championships in 2012 and 2013. She has also led her team to win 5 out of the last 8 district championships, four North Half championships, and three county championships.

She was named MAC coach of the year in 2010 and 2012.  She was also named Chickasaw Conference coach of the year in both 2009 and 2010.  She was named coach of the year by the NFHS in 2011.  She was chosen as the Mississippi North All Star coach in both 2010 and 2012.  In 2017 she was selected as the Desoto County Volleyball Tournament Coach Of The Year. She has had over ten of her players go on to play collegiate volleyball and receive scholarships. 

Christina earned her Master’s degree recently in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.  Christina has a daughter, Madison, who has been a part of our program since 2011 and she has committed to playing volleyball for Christian Brothers University.

Madison Stevens - Master Coach

Madison played for MVA for 8 seasons.  She attended Lake Cormorant High School were she lead her team to two state runner up titles.  At Lake Cormorant, Madison was chosen as All County all four years of high school and was named MVP of the county her senior year.  She also was named All State her Junior and Senior year. She played for the Mississippi North All Star team and was chosen Memphis Best of Preps three years in high school.  Madison is a former collegiate player for Christian Brothers University (libero).  She specializes in defensive specialist/libero training and setting training.  Madison assisted MVA with practice coaching and clinics for 2 seasons before becoming a Head Coach in 2019. Madison has received rave reviews from our players! She has great knowledge of the game and her love for it shows in her play and coaching.  

Joy Dedman - Senior Coach

Joy has an extensive background in volleyball and we are very excited to have her join our MVA staff.  She is the former Head Volleyball Coach for NCS where she coached for 19 years.  Four of her teams have made TSSAA Sub-state appearances and one team has been to the TSSAA State tournament.  She was named TSSAA Division II-A West Region Coach of the Year in 2010.  Joy began her volleyball career playing in Junior High and continued playing in High School where she also played on a Junior Olympic team.  Joy was named Best of the Preps Athlete of the Year in 1987.  She continued her volleyball career playing on a full volleyball scholarship at Christian Brothers University from 1987-1991.  She was TCAC All-Conference all 4 years and made the NAIA All-District Team 2 years.  She played USVBA for the Delta Region from 1991-1992 and helped lead the team in winning the Delta Region Championship in 1992.  This is Joy’s 7th year coaching at MVA.  

Kristi Thurman - Senior Coach

Kristi is a native Memphian and attended Bishop Byrne High School. During her high school athletic career, she was a 7 time 1st team Tennessee All State High School player in 3 different sports – volleyball, basketball and softball.  She received the Commercial Appeal Best of Preps - Athlete of the Year and was a Best of Preps top 5 finalist in volleyball, softball and basketball. She also received the honor of being selected to the USA Today All-USA Girls Basketball 2nd team.

Kristi received a full athletic scholarship to Division 1 Troy University and was a 4-year starter for the Volleyball Team.  She holds the university’s record for the highest Attack Percentage, most Service Aces, the highest Service Ace percentage per set and the university’s record for Total Blocks.  She is also in the record books for Solo Blocks and Block Assist. During her collegiate career at Troy University, she received 1st team All-Conference honors 2 years in a row, 2nd team All-Conference 1 year, 1st team All-Conference Academic for 2 years, multiple all-tournament team awards and tournament MVP honors.  She graduated with a BS and MS after working as a Graduate Assistant Coach for 2 years.  

She is currently in her 5th season of coaching volleyball at Sacred Heart School and in her 4th  season of coaching at MVA.  Her twin daughters, Hassie Clare and Quinn, share her love of volleyball and are starting their 6th season with MVA!

Zina Johnson - Senior Coach

Zina is the current Head Volleyball Coach at Central High School in Memphis and is the former Head Volleyball Coach of Southwind High School.  She is in her 6th year of coaching club volleyball with MVA.  Zina played at Burrillville High School where she led her team to an undefeated season and won the RI State Championship. She was recruited and played at RI College before transferring to Cumberland University in Middle Tennessee.  She was a member of the 1991 TCAC regular season championship team.  She then went on to be an Assistant Coach for Cumberland for two more years before coaching at Mt Juliet High School and Wilson Central High School. She currently teaches in addition to coaching  at Central High School  She is married to William Johnson (22 years)  and is the proud Mama to four daughters: Elena (MVA Alumni, playing for Tougaloo College), Hannah, Whitley, and Sarah.  

Jade Pham - Head Coach

Jade Dedman has been playing/ been involved in volleyball for about 13 years. She played from 5th to 12th grade for Northpoint Christian School where she was named TSSAA All-Region Honorable Mention her 10th and 11th grade years, First Team All-Region her senior year, and received the Wendy’s Heisman award.  She also played 3 years of club volleyball at MVA.  She coached 3 years at Northpoint Christian School for the youth teams and she is currently the Head Volleyball Coach at Olive Branch Middle School. This will be her 5th year coaching with MVA.  Jade is impact certified and very knowledgeable in the sport.  

Katelyn Rich - Head Coach

Katelyn Rich began her volleyball career playing for Southaven High School where she played four years and won a state championship. Katelyn also played competitive volleyball for Memphis Metro during her high school years. She is currently the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Lake Cormorant High School where she works under the tutelage of Christina Morgan, who has won several state championships and has been a part of the MVA program since 2011. This is Katelyn's 3rd season coaching with MVA. Katelyn is very excited to continue her love of volleyball with helping young athletes rise to their full potential.

Kaylie Groves - Head Coach

Kaylie is one of the original members of Memphis Volleyball Academy. Kaylie played for MVA when they first opened their doors in 2010 -2012. Kaylie also played for the Olive Branch High School Team.  Most recently she has taken on the task of building up the volleyball program at Olive Branch High School as their Head Coach. She specializes in middle hitter training and front row offense. Kaylie has an energetic personality and will be a great fit in coaching our younger age groups. She looks forward to working at MVA and to help other young players find their passion in volleyball like she found at MVA.

Melissa Fuller - Head Coach

Melissa is the current Head Volleyball Coach and Athletic Director for Lake Cormorant Middle School. She has been at LCMS her entire teaching career of over 13 years. Melissa also brings over 13 years of coaching experience in various sports that includes, softball, track, football, and volleyball.  Melissa is Cap I certified and she is in her 3rd year coaching with Memphis Volleyball Academy.

Additional MVA Head Coaches

Aldon Pilz - 2nd Year MVA Coach, Collegiate Player (CBU) Amber Allen - 2nd Year MVA Coach, HomeSchool Team Coach Ashley Bakke - 2nd Year MVA Coach, MVA Alumni, Former Collegiate Player ( Martin Methodist)
Brinley Steed - 3rd Year MVA Coach, Collegiate Player (Northwest) Brittany Mnichowski - 5th Year MVA Coach, MVA Alumni, Former Collegiate Player (Victory University) Caroline Aldridge - 2nd Year MVA Coach, Former Collegiate Player (Northwest)
Caroline Drissel - 2nd Year MVA Coach, MVA Alumni, Arlington Middle School 6th Grade Coach Haley Stephens - 2nd Year MVA Coach, MVA Alumni, Collegiate Player (Northwest) India Jeffries - 2nd Year MVA Coach, Former Collegiate Player (Northwest)
Jennifer Collard - 6th Year MVA Coach, Desoto Central Middle School Coach Karla Gonzalez - 2nd Year MVA Coach Keegan Bradley - 2nd Year MVA Coach, MVA Alumni
Macy Woods - 2nd Year MVA Coach, Collegiate Player (Northwest) Megann Fickle - 3rd Year MVA Coach, Former Collegiate Player (CBU) Melissa Fuller - 3rd Year MVA Coach, Lake Cormorant Middle School Coach
Noah Dedman - 2nd Year MVA Coach, Adult Volleyball League Player Shannon Pham - 2nd Year MVA Coach, Adult Volleyball League Player Stephanie Collard - 3rd Year MVA Coach, MVA Alumni, Desoto Central Middle School Assistant Coach
Sydney Slocum - 3rd Year MVA Coach, MVA Alumni