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Buda, TX 78610

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Coaching Staff

Anthony Kelley

Anthony Kelley started playing volleyball as a sophomore in High School in Southern California at Birmingham High School. During his time there, he received 1st team All-league and 1st team All-City honors as an opposite hitter and was inducted into the schools athletic Hall of Fame. During his Senior year, he set school records for Kills in a Match, Season, and Career that still exist today. He played club for one season at Valley Oaks Volleyball Club. He went on to play one season as a setter and Opposite at Santa Monica College in California under AVP, MVP, and National Champion Setter John Mayer. After his playing career, he coached high school boys volleyball for 2 seasons as both JV head coach and Varsity assistant at Birmingham and 1 season as girls Freshmen head coach. He also coached 2 seasons with 818 volleyball club in Southern California for their 16's and 17's teams. He graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelors Degree. He is Married to fellow AJV south coach Gisselle Kelley and they have a 2-year old daughter.

Ashley Waggoner:

As a 2008 graduate of the University of North Texas, Ashley played volleyball for the Mean Green while earning a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Soon after, she returned to her beloved Alaska, where she was born and raised, to coach for two seasons at South Anchorage High School. In 2015, Ashley earned a Master’s degree at The University of Oklahoma in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration, where her goal was to immerse herself back into college athletics and learn from valuable mentors in the field. She spent three seasons coaching 14, 15 and 16-year-old junior girls in Norman, OK with Oklahoma Elite Volleyball Club under the direction of longtime Sooners head coach Santiago Restrepo. Although she has now lived all over the country, Ashley is back in Texas where she developed so much of her love for the game. When not out searching for the next best cup of coffee, you might find Ashley traveling with her husband Josh, and adventuring with their chocolate lab, Uma.  

Brittany Lampkin:

Brittany Lampkin is from San Marcos TX and graduated from San Marcos High School. Her freshman and sophomore year of college, she attended Panola College in Carthage, TX where she received 2nd team all-conference in the NJCCA Region 14 (2014-2016). Her Junior and Senior year, she decided to focus on school and attended Southern Arkansas University where she acquired her  Bachelor's degree in Sports Management. (2016-2019). She has been playing volleyball for 10 years and has 3 years of coaching experience and is still always eager to learn. One thing you may not know about her is that she has an 11 month old hyperactive pup who's name is Hazel! This will be 

Ernest Barcinas:

Celeste Mireles:

Celeste Mireles is a former Austin Junior player. She continued to play volleyball at Hill College, were she achieved Division Conference Champs two years in a row. She then transferred to Texas State University and decided to put her focus on school. She graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise Sports Science and furthered her education in Physical Therapy. Celeste has 2 years experience coaching club volleyball with ages 12 and 14 year old's. She’s excited to be back with AJV at the south location as a coach, and hopes to positively influence young players on and off the court. This is Celeste first year coaching with Austin Juniors South.
 

Ernest is originally from the island of Guam where he started playing volleyball at the age of 12 while in middle school. He started playing competitively in high school where he played on the Varsity for all 4 years. During that time frame of
playing for school, he was scouted by another local coach and invited to play on the Boys 17-18 National team. He played middle for the next 2 years for the Guam National Team where they played in the Junior Olympics in San Jose California, in 1996 and again in 1997. In 2003, Ernest joined the Army and played on the 2004 Men's All Army team. Since then, he has been a volunteer coach for the Killeen Parks and Recreation youth program and from there transitioned to the club level where he coached for Killeen Juniors and Heroes volleyball club totaling in 8 years of coaching experience. He always emphasize to his teams: “love what you do and do, what you love!", it gives the game a whole new meaning by never
forgetting where you come from or why you even do it. He looks forward to the opportunity working with everyone and very excited about this upcoming season. 

Gisselle Ponzio-Kelley:

Hannah Hansen:

Gisselle was originally recruited by her first volleyball coach after seeing her play softball for her arm and athleticism at Birmingham Senior HS and went on to receive Offensive Player of the Year starting as a setter/opposite. She fell in love with the sport and continued through the rest of high school with both Division One programs winning the Coaches Player of the Year award her senior year starting on varsity in multiple sports. She began coaching as a defensive coordinator, working with liberos and DSs on improving overall skill, court awareness, and ball control. After starting off leading setters camps with 818 Volleyball Club she became the assistant coach for their 16 As team that was successful in multiple tournaments making appearances in the quarter finals and semifinals. She went on to attend California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo for Architectural Engineering. After college in between careers and eventually starting a family she ended up back south becoming an assistant varsity coach for girls volleyball at a brand new school in Palmdale California, the Aerospace Academy where she helped turn their program around to become more competitive in league play. She then moved to Santa Clarita and became the assistant varsity and junior varsity coach for Golden Valley helping lead the team to a Quarter Final seed in the Sylmar Invitational Gold Division Tournament and taking the Championship in the California City Tournament. She has recently made the move to Austin Texas and is a head coach for St. Gabriel’s Catholic School and looks forward to continuing her coaching career with AJV South.

Hannah Hansen was born and raised in Austin TX.  She has played volleyball for 14 years. She played club for Kyle Jrs, and Austin Jrs. When she went to college, she played one year on the women’s club team at Texas State. After playing on the club team, she stopped playing competitively and started coaching. This will be her 7th season coaching club. She has coached ages 14’s-16’s and has ran/coached multiple camps and clinics for 2nd-11th graders. She is super competitive and loves being around and playing the sport! 

Halie Haley-Kator:

  Halie Haley-Kator, comes from a volleyball family. She has been a successful player and coach. The first time she stepped on the court, at age eight, she was wearing an Austin Juniors uniform. As a player she won, Girls Junior National Championship in Open, Gold, Silver and Bronze in Patriot Division . She played club volleyball for the HotShots and Southern California Volleyball Club. She also competed in junior beach, winning several tournaments with 2020 Olympian Alix Klineman.  During her beach career she was named Queen of the Beach. She played one year at El Camino Community College and with her time there her team won the California Community College Athletic Association Championship. From there Halie parlayed her playing experience into coaching. She was a youth specialist and coach 12s, and 13s for Southern California Volleyball Club. She coached 15s, 16s, and 18s at Club Troy in Southern California and she coached Freshman/JV at Notre Dame Academy High School. She is the daughter of Mick Haley, University of Texas and University of Southern California, four time national championship coach. He also coached the 2000 Women's Olympic team.  Her mother Carrie, is a former Texas High School coach and club coach. Halie is married to David Kator, also coaching at Lehman High School. They have one daughter, Harley. She is excited to return to her birth state of Texas and make her mark on the volleyball world. 

Jessica Cantu:

Jessica Cantu grew up in the small town of Gonzales, Texas which is where the first shot of Texas Independence was fired, and the origination of the Come and Take It flag. She is a graduate from Texas State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with a second teaching field in Chemistry. Her experience as a volleyball coach includes Head Coach for Austin Performance club volleyball, Head Coach for High Tech club volleyball, and Assist Coach for Austin Juniors Volleyball. For three consecutive years, she has interned with San Marcos High School volleyball program and four years of assisting with volleyball clinics and camps. She grew up playing and competing in sporting events with family. In high school she played  volleyball, softball, and basketball. In college, she participated in intermural volleyball, flag football, and basketball. She enjoys playing in local volleyball, kickball, and softball leagues with family and friends. Some of her hobbies include playing sports, outdoor adventures and spending time with family and friends.

Kelli Hardge:

Kelli Hardge played her only club volleyball season in 1986 with her high school team through Austin Juniors Volleyball.  She continued her playing experience with the TAMU Club Volleyball program from 1988 – 1992.  In, 1992 Kelli traded in her playing shoes for a whistle and has been coaching volleyball ever since.  Kelli worked for St. Michael’s Episcopal school for 2 years, where she took the volleyball team to regional round of TAPPS 1A.  She also coached 13s and 14s Regional teams at Brazos Valley Juniors. When Kelli moved back to the San Marcos Area, she began to get back into playing volleyball.  She continued to play in the BB, B, and Coed divisions of the USAV adult circuit for about 10 to 12 years.

During this time, Kelli also joined the San Marcos Area Volleyball club, where she coached 13s, 14s, and 15s National Teams.  She also worked for various local clubs which included Outlaw Volleyball and San Marcos Volleyball Club. Kelli has some high school and junior college coaching experience.  She coached at Del Valle High School as the JV/Varsity Assistant from 2002 - 2005, as well as, San Antonio College, as the Assistant Coach from 2007-2009. In 2012, Kelli’s career in construction took her to New Orleans, LA.  She still maintained the coaching bug and for the next 5 years, Kelli coached the 13’s, 14’s and 17’s National teams at Cajunland Volleyball in Louisiana.  She also worked part-time coaching 5th- 7th grade at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School. Kelli’s hobbies include working on her 4 acres trying to gain a green thumb and hanging with her kids.  Kelli has a 5-year-old son, Alonzo, and a 3-year-old daughter, Rebekah and a Lab-Sheppard mix named Buddy. 

 

Laneisa White:

Laneisa White is originally from Louisiana. She graduated in 2016 with a degree in Criminal Justice as well as a certification in Education.  She has been playing and coaching volleyball for the last 10 years. She played organized school volleyball from 13 years old to 18 years old along with two years of club volleyball at VBR. At the completion of high school, she was presented with two full scholarships. One with Laredo Junior College, as well as Tyler Junior College. However, she chose to go in a different direction with my life. Instead, she found a stronger passion in coaching young thriving athletes. For the last five years, she has coached 6th, 7th, and 8th graders with Istrouma Youth group.  This will be her first year of coaching  club with Austin Junior Volleyball. 

 

Robert Simien:

Robert has been a USAV coach for 25 years. He played on a Men's USAV team for 20 years. He is currently a Regional Referee and has been a UIL referee for 10 years. He coached for A TAPPS for 2007 & 2008, finishing 3rd in the State in 2007.He was nominated as the Blue South All Star Head Coach in 2007, winning the All Star Game. He has coached Volleyball, Basketball, and Track (High Jump) at Lockhart High School 2016-2018. He was the camp Director for Nike Volleyball Camps for 2 years. His hobbies include coaching or training volleyball, Fishing (which I haven't done in several years), watching sports and The Investigation Discovery Channel. His favorite Foods include MOST of his Girlfriend's Cooking, Fried catfish, Chicken Fajitas, German Chocolate Cake, Little Debbie Oatmeal Pies, and Goobers.

Taylor Beltz:

Taylor grew up in Austin, Texas. Taylor started playing volleyball when she was 12 when her dad, Mike Beltz, started Texas Shock Volleyball.  She attended Bowie High School where played volleyball and softball.  After high school, she attended Temple College where she played libero. After one year at Temple College, she moved on to Division 3 volleyball at Southwestern University in Georgetown. While her time at Southwestern, her team was ranked in the top three on the AVCA polls. Taylor started her coaching career her senior year of high school and has been coaching ever since. The past 3 years, she has coached the top team for Texas Shock in the 13's-15's age groups. She is excited to continue her coaching career this year with Austin Junior South.

Vianca Jimenez:

Vianca Jimenez is from Sugar Land Texas and is currently junior at Texas State University pursuing a degree in marketing. Volleyball has been a part of her life for over 8 years. She started playing volleyball for school in the 6th grade, and club in the 7th grade. She played both club and school ball up until her senior year of high school. She coached a youth league at skyline Houston and fort bend fire (now catalyst) during her 4 years of high school. Last year was her first year coaching club volleyball with Texas shock. She was an assistant coach for a 13’s team and gained quite a bit of experience. She is excited to share what I learned this coming season! In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball recreationally with friends, hiking with her dog, and traveling!”

Lillian Knopf

Lillian grew up in a small town called Boerne, Texas which is where her coaching career began. Her first year coaching club, she was the head coach for Kendall Country Juniors 14’s team when she was 18 years old. As she started Texas State, she shadowed the staff of the  Woman’s Collegiate team for a season. The following year she became a coach for Texas Shock for two years. Developing technique in young players is a passion of hers. While club season is not in session she currently works as the Head Middle School coach for San Marcos Academy. She aspires to become the head coach of a high school volleyball program in the later years as well as earn a Masters Degree and Ph.D in Education Development. She heavily believes in transferring skills learned on the court to off the court in every day life decisions.