Meet The Coaches

Taylor Beltz- 13 Elite

Coach Taylor grew up in Austin, Texas. She 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 and played as a libero. After one year at Temple College, she moved on to Division 3 volleyball at Southwestern University in Georgetown. During her time at Southwestern, her team was ranked in the top three on the AVCA polls. Taylor started her coaching career during senior year of high school, and has been coaching ever since. In the past, she coached the top team for Texas Shock in the 13's-15's age groups. She is excited to continue her coaching career with AJVS.

Shauntia Carr- 16 CTX

Coach Shauntia has been involved in all levels of volleyball, including primary, collegiate, club, and recreation. She graduated from Bowie High School and played volleyball under Jason Landers. In high school, she was named to coaching titles and lead volleyball camps/clinics. Additionally, she became an Assistant Coach for AJVS 14's Red team, and UT Club Volleyball White team upon graduating Southern University A&M College with her Bachelor's in Business Management. Shauntia has many hobbies that she enjoys doing in her free time, including playing video games, appreciating art & sports, listening to music, and watching movies. She also lives her life following a few philosophies, including You'll Never Know If You Don't Try, Effort Goes a Long Way, Get out of Your Own Way, Each of us Needs All of us... and more to come.

Jessica Cantu- 16 Elite

Coach Jessica grew up in the small town of Gonzales. She graduated 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 being the Head Coach for both Austin Performance and High Tech club volleyball, and the Assistant Coach for Austin Juniors Volleyball. For three consecutive years, she interned with the San Marcos High School volleyball program which included assisting with volleyball clinics and camps. She grew up playing and competing in sporting events with her family. In high school, Jessica played volleyball, softball, and basketball. In college, she participated in intramural volleyball, flag football, and basketball. Some of her hobbies include playing sports, going on outdoor adventures, and spending time with family and friends.

Shelby Hale- 17 Elite

Coach Shelby has been playing volleyball since before she can remember. She started her playing career at Cisco Junior College, where she was only there for one semester before finding the opportunity she was looking for. Shelby was offered a roster spot at a D2 in Laredo, TX where she played for Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) as a DS. Her playing career was cut short due to injury, but this opened up a whole new adventure. Her coaches offered her a part-time Assistant coaching position on the team, which is where she found love for the strategy and tactics behind the game. Shelby coached her last year and a half while still in school. She graduated, Magna Cum Laude, in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Now, she is working for the City of Austin at a recreation center, McBeth Rec. There, she works as an Activities Specialist for people who have special needs and disabilities, and is also a Practice Coordinator for Fortify Counseling Services. Shelby's coaching style is pretty laid back, with the understanding that you treat your coach and teammates with respect. She wants to win and work hard while doing it. She is a firm believer in the saying, "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard". School comes first, and though volleyball is a huge part of her life, without her success in school, she would not be the person she is today. A healthy balance is a happy life! 

Hannah Hansen- 15 Elite

Coach Hannah was born and raised in Austin, Texas. 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 her coaching career. She has lots of experience coaching club, as she's done it for many consecutive seasons. 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 both being around and playing the sport! 

Kelli Hardge- 14 Elite

Coach Kelli 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 two years, where she took the volleyball team to regional round of TAPPS 1A. She also coached 13's and 14's Regional teams at Brazos Valley Juniors. When Kelli moved back to the San Marcos Area, she began to get back into playing volleyball for about 10 to 12 years. During this time, Kelli also joined the San Marcos Area Volleyball club, where she coached the 13's, 14's, and 15's National Teams. She also worked for various local clubs which included Outlaw Volleyball and San Marcos Volleyball Club. 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 moved to New Orleans, LA and coached the 13’s, 14’s and 17’s National teams at Cajunland Volleyball. She also worked part-time coaching 5th- 7th grade at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School. Kelli has a 5-year-old son, Alonzo, and a 3-year-old daughter, Rebekah and a Lab-Sheppard mix named Buddy. 


Terry Lambert- 17 Elite

Coach Lambert moved to the Austin area as the Head Volleyball Coach at Lockhart High School. A USA Volleyball IMPACT certified coach, Coach Lambert brings both playing and coaching experience in volleyball. While playing college golf, Lambert was introduced to volleyball and after starting in intramurals, began playing on the college club teams, primarily playing as the DS. Lambert first got into coaching and teaching at the Cy-Fair Sports Association in 2007, where he won two consecutive championships (2007 and 2008) and was named to the Cy-Fair Sports Hall of Fame. Then, he moved onto club volleyball in 2008 since has coached at Cy-Fair Juniors, Houston Skyline, Fort Bend Fire, TAV Houston, Woodlands Revolution, Texas Tornados and East Texas Juniors. In the past, his national level teams mainly 16's - 18's and his club teams have won 3 local club tournaments as well as finishing runner up in Gold in others and took his 16s team to USAV nationals in New Orleans in 2015 finishing 21st out of 72 teams. Coach Lambert has also taken his teams to 3 AAU Nationals. In addition, Coach Lambert has many players who have gone onto play in college, including his own daughter who currently played Division 2 volleyball in Arkansas. Coach Lambert has had head coaching roles in New Diana (3A), New Waverly (3A), Houston Lamar (6A) and Richmond Foster (5A). Prior to being a Head Coach, he was the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach and JV and Freshman A Volleyball Coach at Tomball High School and his Freshman A team was the 2013 22-4A District champion.


Brittany Lampkin- 18 Elite

Coach Brittany is from San Marcos, Texas and graduated from San Marcos High School. Her freshman and sophomore year of college, she attended Panola College in Carthage, Texas, 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 moved to Southern Arkansas University, where she acquired her Bachelor's degree in Sports Management. She has been playing volleyball for 10 years and has 3 years of coaching experience, but is still always eager to learn. One thing you may not know about her is that she has a hyperactive pup who's name is Hazel! 

Makalah Krick- 14 Apex

Coach Makalah grew up in Monroeville, Indiana, a small town outside of Fort Wayne. Coach “Mak" started playing volleyball at the age of 5 years old and began playing club volleyball competitively at the age of 12. She was recruited to play at Huntington University until deciding to focus on school as a Freshman in college. Coach Mak then played club volleyball in the B1G at Indiana University while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Makalah recently graduated with her Masters of Social Work in May of 2020 and coached as a Junior Varsity and Varsity Assistant at her hometown high school, Heritage Jr/Sr High, this past season. Coach Makalah is passionate and loves teaching the game of volleyball; and enjoys fostering the girls she coaches ability to gain confidence and grow both as players and people. In her free time, Coach Mak works as a care counselor, plays with her golden doodle at Zilker, and explores the city of Austin, as Texas has been her new home since October 2020! She is looking forward to meeting all of the players coming through AJVS and the opportunity to impact lives both on and off of the court. 

Celeste Mireles- 14 Elite

Coach Celeste 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 experience coaching club volleyball with the 12's and 14's age groups. 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. 

Sarah O'Neal- 13 Elite

Coach Sarah is a former Texas Shock/Austin Juniors volleyball player from Kyle, Texas. She started playing volleyball her freshman year of high school, and played all four years. She started playing club her sophomore year of high school. Sarah continued her volleyball career at Temple College where she played 2 years. Throughout her career, she has been a MB, a RS hitter, and a setter. She is still currently in school working toward her bachelors in education. She has done many camps and clinics of all ages. She also has experience coaching 12’s and high school age athletes. After suffering a knee injury, she hasn’t lost her eagerness to win or her love for competition and this sport.  

Kayley Plair- 12 Elite & 15 CTX

Coach Kayley will begin coaching her first season with AJVS during the 2020-2021 season. She is so excited to begin her coaching career with AJVS. When she's not coaching for AJVS, she coaches at Regents School of Austin for the middle school program. Kayley was raised in Kingwood, Texas, where she played four years at Kingwood High School as a setter, defensive specialist, and right side. After completing her high school and club careers, she gained the opportunity to play at Concordia University where she unfortunately had a career ending injury. She began coaching club volleyball during the 2016-2017 season, and falls more in love every year watching young athletes not only grow as players, but as people. She has coached 12's for the last 4 seasons, as well as 15's and 16's. Kayley's goal as a coach is to watch each young athlete fall in love with the game just as she did through sportsmanship, communication, and most importantly, a fun atmosphere. In her free time, she enjoys being outside with her puppies and baking with her family. She is looking forward to meeting all of the athletes she will have the opportunity to coach. 

Robert Simien- 16 Elite

Coach Robert has been a USAV coach for 25 years, and 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, after winning the All Star Game. He coached Volleyball, Basketball, and Track (High Jump) at Lockhart High School from 2016-2018. He was the camp Director for Nike Volleyball Camps for 2 years. His hobbies include coaching or training volleyball, fishing, and 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.

Erica Towell-13 CTX

Coach Erica started coaching with AJVS during the 2019-2020 season. 2016-2017 was the season that began her coaching career. She played until she was 16, and then had to quit due to an injury. This is the moment that she decided to become a coach! Erica has loved the coaching side of volleyball and is very excited for another season to watch our players grow! She grew up in Houston and Wimberley and chose to go to Texas State. She is majoring in Special Education, and hope to teach in Lake Travis once she graduates. In her free time, she participates in rodeos and competes in barrel racing! 

Blake Vizzone- 18 Elite

Coach Blake is from Austin, Texas. He went to Texas State and played on the Men's Club team there. After college, he played a few years with a men's team out of Austin and played in USAV Nationals a few times. He started his coaching career in the Spring of 2011 as the Assistant Coach for UT Women's club 2nd team. In 2018, he went back to Texas as the Assistant Coach for the 1st team. Between 2011-2019, he won DI Nationals once and placed 2nd once. He also won DII Nationals twice, and placed 3rd once. He started with AJV indoor the 2012-2013 season and started coaching AJV Sand the summer of 2015. He has been coaching AJV Sand year round ever since. In the summer of 2018, Blake joined LoneStar High Performance where he was the Assistant for the Future Select team and placed 2nd at the USAV High Performance Championships. The summer of 2019, he was the Assistant for the Select team and placed 2nd at the USAV High Performance Championships. Additionally, he has worked many USAV indoor and sand High Performance tryouts as well as been an evaluator several times. Blake has also worked multiple summers for Texas Volleyball camps as a Head Coach for all skills, hitting, and defense.


Laneisa White- 12 CTX

Coach Laneisa is originally from Louisiana. She graduated in 2016 with a degree in Criminal Justice, along with a certification in Education. She has been playing and coaching volleyball for the last 10 years. She played organized school volleyball from 13 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 and one with Tyler Junior College. However, she chose to go in a different direction with her 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 AJVS.


Edward Evans- 15 Elite

Edward Evans and I’m coaching the 15s Elite team alongside Hannah Hansen. I was born and raised in Austin Tx, and attended Texas State University. I started playing volleyball at the age of 18 after I joined the Austin Juniors 18s Mizuno team. From there I went to Texas State and continued playing for the men’s club team. Once I completed my studies I still wanted to be apart of the game so I decided to join various teams and leagues, and played in a number of tournaments across Texas and other states. Once Texas Shock, newly AJV South, became a club I would often attend practices to give insight and just help in anyway I could. This year will be my 2nd year coaching a team. My first year I was with the 14s Elite team and loved every second of it. Volleyball is a passion of mine, and I can’t wait to see what sort of impact that these athletes and this organization have on my life.