Andy and his wife, Brandy, created Nitro Volleyball Club in 2002. Andy is the Creative Director of an Advertising Agency in North Dallas and a proud father of three.
Andy is Impact certified. Andy attended USAV CAP Level I in Bethany, Oklahoma and USAV CAP Level II in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2004 Andy traveled to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center during USAV CAP Level III. Andy's article Starting a Club: The Story Behind the Creation of Nitro was published in Coaching Volleyball magazine in April 2007, recognizing all of his hard work.
Andy was the Varsity Assistant Coach at Parish Episcopal School for the last 4 years. In 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007 Parish went to the final 4 of State and in 2008 they won the State Championship. In 2006 he coached the Parish 8th grade D1 team. In 2005 he was the Varsity Head Coach at Garland Christian Academy (Made Playoffs) and the Varsity Assisant and the Head Junior Varsity Coach at Ursuline Academy in 2001 (25W-12L) and 2002 (34W-10L). Andy has been a Club Coach 16 years.
Brandy has coached girls youth volleyball for over 15 years. She and her husband, Andy started Nitro Volleyball Club in 2002. Brandy is the mother to three young children. Prior to her growing family, Brandy taught middle school and was the Head of the Science Department at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. During her 7 years at Good Shepherd, she taught fifth grade through eighth grade, coached volleyball, basketball, track, and led backpacking groups with Classroom of the Earth. She also graduated from the University of North Texas 1998 in and National Outdoor Leadership School in 2000.
Brandy is Impact certified. She attended USAV CAP Level I in Bethany, Oklahoma and USAV CAP Level II in St. Louis, Missouri. After CAP II, Brandy had her first article, The 6-6 Offense for Beginning Players, published in USA Volleyball Magazine. Brandy then traveled to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center during USAV CAP Level III. Brandy has coached Middle School volleyball for 7 years, coached S.V.A.A. 6 yrs and has been a club coach 16 years.
Cale has over 20 years experience playing competitive Volleyball. He currently holds his Impact Certification and is also USAV Cap level I Certified. He began his love of playing volleyball at backyard events with his parents around 8 years old. He began playing competitive volleyball his junior year of High School in 1992 while attending McKinney High School. Later at University of North Texas he started for the UNT club team for 2 years. Cale also was a starting player for the UNT club team's trip to the NIRSA 1996 Nationals in Toledo, OH. After college, Cale continued to play A/AA USAV volleyball as a setter for the partially sponsored team "Bling Bling". After Several years of playing USAV 6’s Mens volleyball, Cale transitioned to mostly playing competitive adult leagues in Indoor mens and coed 4's and outdoor Sand mens and coed 2's. Cale currently still plays on average 2 days a week.
Volleyball is such an important part of his life that he married his wife, Coach Ryane Criswell, on a Volleyball court. They had a ceremony on the sand of a beach court at Yucatan, and then after a brief reception they had all of their volleyball friends play in a Beach Coed Doubles Tournament. There were over 20 teams that helped celebrate their marriage through the sport that brought all of them together!
Cale is a new Coach to Nitro Volleyball but this will be his third year coaching top national juniors girls indoor volleyball in the NTR region. Cale also has coached 2 years of Girls Junior National Beach Volleyball. Cale’s coaching philosophy is: "I strive to create an environment where players will improve their skill set regardless of starting ability. I feel it is my job as a Coach/Teacher to help my players understand the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, work ethics, trust, setting priorities and winning and how these lessons apply to the game of volleyball and life."
Audrey played 4 years at Georgia State University as their libero. She was voted team captain for both her junior and senior year as well as being honored as a 2 time Peach of an Athlete Finalist. According to Georgia State Athletics, “Cantrell finished brilliant career as GSU's all-time leader in digs per set (3.77), while placing second in digs with 1,592, just 36 from the all-time mark...Has three of the top-10 single season digs marks, sitting at first (531, 2009), seventh (424, 2010) and eighth (417, 2008)...Holds three of the 10 spots on digs per set average for a season, sitting at first (4.74, 2009), fourth (4.21, 2008) and 10th (3.85, 2010).”
Audrey played for Rockwall High School in Rockwall, TX and also played for club teams including Nitro VBC, North Dallas Juniors and Skyline. She was the libero on the North TX High Performance Team her senior year and has played sand during summer months since her freshman year of high school. Audrey has been coaching camps and clinics since she was 16 years old for various clubs in Dallas. She has coached and run high school camps since 06’ and has also coached sand in the past few years. She was the Head Coach for TCA 15-2 during the 08’- 09’ season and this past season was the Assistant Coach for A5 15-1.
Audrey holds a degree in Exercise Science and strongly believes in working hard and having fun. Audrey believes positive reinforcement, discipline, and communication are key factors in a creating a successful team. Audrey loves the game of volleyball and is excited to bring a fresh and exciting attitude to the club.
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Brianna grew up in Dallas and attended Bishop Dunne Catholic High School where she played volleyball for four years, earning District honors. At the age of 12, she started playing club volleyball with the Dallas Juniors and when she heard about Nitro she decided to move to the club when it first began in 2002. Andy coached her when she was a member of the 15’s national team. Brianna has coached middle school camps and teams since she was a freshman in high school. She has also coached summer camps and summer league ball at Bishop Dunne Catholic and Parish Episcopal Schools, including a camp for special needs players, as well as taught private lessons. She played intramural volleyball in college. In 2011, Brianna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Texas State University in only three years. Brianna is the Head Coach of Bishop Dunne Catholic School’s junior varsity team and Assistant Coach of the varsity team. She is also CAP I certified.
Varsity Coach at First Baptist Academy Dallas
2 years a player for Howard Payne Men's club (outside hitter)
10 years USAV A and AA player
Participant in both Club and USAV National as a player
4 yrs Varsity Assistant for DeSoto High School
4 yrs Varsity Assistant and JV coach First Baptist Academy Dallas
3 yrs College baseball (Howard Payne University)
Originally from El Paso, TX Dana played for Andress High School for 4 years and played club for the El Paso Sunspots. Once graduating from Andress, Dana played two years for TCU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Political Science). She also received her Masters of Public Administration from UNT. Dana was the Middle School and Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach in 2011 and the Junior Varsity Coach in 2012 at the Shelton School. She is IMPACT and CAP I certified. This is Dana’s seventh year with Nitro.
Having moved around quite a bit, Erin has been a part of the volleyball scene in many ways – playing in the DPL at St. Marks, a season at Ursuline, 3 years of varsity for Walker High School in Atlanta, GA, 4 seasons with the club Cobb Atlanta Juniors and then worked for and traveled with the volleyball team at Miami University in Ohio where she earned her degree in Urban Design. When Erin returned to Dallas in 2008 to work for TXU Energy, she started coaching at Nitro and coached 6th grade volleyball at Parish Episcopal. This will be her 5th season with the club.
Two years coaching boy's varsity volleyball at San Marcos High School in San Diego. The second season we made the playoffs for the first time in school history. Two years coaching boys club volleyball in San Diego One-year coaching 8th grade girl's volleyball at Utley middle school in Rockwall.
Two years coaching middle school girl's volleyball at the hillcrest academy. Seven years of coaching the high school varsity and junior varsity girl's volleyball at the Shelton School. Three years of coaching and directing Dallas Impact Volleyball Club. 23 years of overall experience in coaching Volleyball, Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Softball and Track and Field. 15 years of teaching experience.
Jeff is also Impact, Cap I and soon to be Cap II Certified.
Jenny has coached girls' volleyball for over 14 years and created the volleyball program at the Parish Episcopal School. Jenny has a Bachelor's degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and has worked at several hotels and clubs in the Dallas/FW area. She has also worked at the Parish Episcopal School as a teacher and athletic assistant as well as the head volleyball coach. Currently, she works for her father at R Neuhoff Properties, is the proud owner of 2 Labrador retrievers and enjoys her time sharing her knowledge with the players and coaches at Nitro.
In the 5 years that Parish has had a Varsity program, Coach Neuhoff has taken them to the playoffs all 5 years and has ended the 2010 season with an overall record of 164-76-2 and an overall district record of 59-4. 2006, the inaugural year of Parish Varsity volleyball, saw the team in the first round of the playoffs for TAPPS 5A Volleyball. Coach Jenny's Lady Panthers have been in the Final Four for TAPPS volleyball in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2008, only Parish's third season of varsity volleyball, Coach Neuhoff won the TAPPS District 2-4A District Title with a record of 14-0 and earning a spot in the state tournament and finished by winning state. Parish ended the season 10th in DFW in 4A schools, 5th in the state for private schools and earned Neuhoff coach of the year honors. Coach Neuhoff has been voted Coach of the Year 4 years in a row for TAPPS District 2-5A/4A (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010). Coach Neuhoff has also fought for many of her players to earn All District and All State accolades throughout the years.
Jenny is Impact certified and she attended USAV CAP Level I in St. Louis, Missouri and USAV CAP Level II in San Antonio, Texas She is a certified personal trainer with the American Sports & Fitness Association and she recently completed the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Volleyball online program. Jenny has coached volleyball with the DPL, Ursuline Academy, Dallas Juniors Volleyball Club, the Parish Episcopal School, and Nitro Volleyball Club.
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Lauren grew up in Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano East Senior High. Her passion for sports started out at a young age playing recreational softball and volleyball by the time she was 9 yrs old. By 10 yrs old Lauren started playing select softball and a few years later when she heard about Nitro in 2002 she began to play club volleyball. Andy coached her throughout the years and was coached by Dana on her 15's fire team. Lauren started out coaching as a junior in high school and has also coached summer camps as well as beach camp with Nitro. She coached for Parish Episcopal 7Th/8Th IAA and won city champs in 2010. Lauren is currently playing competitive women's and co-ed sand volleyball. She is currently a student at UTD working towards a major in business marketing and a minor in administration. This will be Lauren's tenth year with Nitro!
Mack played on the mens club team at UNT for four years and still plays close to four days a week. He has also been traveling to Open Beach tournaments for four years now.
Mack has coached with Texas Image, varsity boys at Trinity Valley and worked clinics for Victory, Tejas, 900, and Impact volleyball. Last year he assisted the Top 16's team at One10 and coached a 14's team. He has been coaching at 692 Beach for the last four years. Mack has been looking for a club a little closer to home and we are excited to have him become part of the Nitro coaching staff for the 2012-13 season.
Grew up in Freeport Texas near Surfside Beach and was constantly heading to the beach and playing Volleyball. Continued playing Volleyball into the Military, Nortel and Church League. Started coaching my oldest daughter in 3rd Grade and have continued Coaching for the YMCA, SVAA, Nitro, St. Monica's, and St. Rita's.
Played 4 years for the Marine Corps. (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
Played on Rec. Team for 7 years at Nortel Networks. (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Coached 2 years with the YMCA. (2003, 2004)
Coached 2 years with SVAA. (2004, 2005)
Played 1 year for St. Paul Church League. (2007)
I.M.P.A.C.T. Certified. (Increased Mastery Professional Application of Coaching Theory)(2008)
Club Coach for Nitro 12 Year Old Limited Travel Team. (2008 - 2009)
Club Coach for Nitro 13 Year Old Limited Travel Team. (2008 - 2009)
St. Monica 8th Grade (Varsity Division 1) Volleyball Coach. (2009 - 2010)
Play Like A Champion Training. (2009)
Club Coach for Nitro 14 Year Old National Team. (2009 - 2010)
Club Coach for Nitro 17 Year Old National Team. (2009 -2010)
Assisting at St. Rita's 8th Grade (Varsity Division 1). (2010 - 2011)
Coach Ryane has had competition in her blood since 8 years old when she first started playing organized sports. She played just about every sport including basketball, softball, track, swim team, tennis, and, of course, volleyball. This will be her 20th year of playing volleyball, and 3rd year coaching top national girls indoor volleyball in the NTR region. Coach Ryane is both IMPACT and USAV CAP level I certified.
In high school, she played varsity volleyball for 3 years, was varsity volleyball team captain for two years, and also earned all district honors her junior and senior years. She played club volleyball for Take it By Storm, an old Allen club team, her senior year of high school.
In college, she played both tennis and volleyball, and was a defensive specialist for the Austin College Lady 'Roos. The Lady 'Roos were American Southwest Conference Champions in 2000 and runner-up in 2001. They also competed in the NCAA national tournament in both 2000 and 2001. She made the Fall All-Academic Team for the American Southwest Conference in 2000 and 2001 in volleyball, and the Spring All-Academic Team for the ASC in tennis from 2000-2003.
She and Coach Cale met through volleyball friends, and volleyball is a huge part of their life together. They were married on a sand volleyball court at Yucatan in November of 2010, and hosted a beach doubles tournament as part of their wedding reception! They still play at least a couple of nights per week of either indoor or beach volleyball depending on the time of year.
Coach Ryane's philosophy is to pass on her passion and love for the game by developing a successful team of well-rounded, competitive athletes who have a good work ethic, a strong mental game, who are positive, respectful and motivating teammates, and who push each other to be better volleyball players and leaders on and off the court.
As a defensive specialist, Coach Ryane believes that defense is an essential all-around skill. She loves passing on her defensive knowledge and competitive spirit, and is always pushing her players to reach for the next level. Coach Ryane has been a head coach in previous years, but is attending nursing school this season so Coach Cale’s team will have the luxury of having two highly skilled coaches as she will be assisting with his team this season!
Sam started playing volleyball for Kirtland Airforce Team as a civilian, while working for Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque New Mexico. This was the start of a 15 plus year career playing at a high competitive level, stretching from Chicago and Dallas areas. Sam began coaching volleyball as his daughter started gaining an interest in the sport. His daughter was a four year starter at Parish Episcopal School, now attending Texas Tech University and a member of Raiders volleyball team.
Sam was the Varsity Assistant Coach at Parish from 2007-2010. Parish went to the Final
Four for TAPPS volleyball all four years, where in 2008 they won the State Championship.
Volleyball Coaching Experience:
2002 YMCA 4th Grade girls
2003 SVAA/PSA 5th Grade girls
2003-2004 Volunteer Head Coach Parish Episcopal School (5th & 6th grade girls DPL)
2006-2007 IMPACT USA Volleyball coaching accreditation program
2008-2009 MIS Head Coach, DPL 7th Grade Champions in 2009
2009 Play Like A Champion Training
2007-2010 Varsity Assistant Coach Parish Episcopal School
2006-2011 Nitro Coach - Head Coach 12's/14's National/17's National. Assistant Coach - 15's National
Originally from Port Arthur, TX, Sharhonda attended Texas A&M University in College Station and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. While at A&M she was a 4 year member of the Corps of Cadets military ROTC program where she competed in Corps level intramurals such as flag football, softball, and volleyball, in addition to holding leadership positions of scholastic corporal, battalion recruiting sergeant, and senior chaplain. She was also actively involved with Dance Arts Society, Sigma Phi Lambda Christian Sorority, and founded Aggie Coaches and Kinesiology Teachers. She is an active member of Watermark Community Church, leading in the children's ministry, and participates in 5K races, camp gladiator boot camps and volleyball and softball leagues.
This is Sharhonda’s 9th year of teaching and coaching. She began by teaching elementary PE and coaching with Skyhawks summer sports camps, before moving into junior high. She spent 2 years in Duncanville ISD teaching junior high PE and coaching volleyball and track, and 5 years with Wylie ISD teaching science and coaching volleyball, basketball, and track. She currently coaches the volleyball and basketball freshman A teams at Richardson High School and teaches elementary PE.
This is her 7th year at Nitro and has coached various ages and levels of teams. She is CAP I certified and working towards CAP II
Originally from Waxahachie, TX, Stephanie earned a Bachelor degree in Exercise Sports Science from Mary-Hardin Baylor. While at UMHB, Stephanie played as a setter for four years. Stephanie then went on to coach at Nicholls State University for two years while I receiving her Masters Degree in Higher Education. While at Nicholls State she coached a 16's club team and was co-director to the club Cayenne. For the past two years, Stephanie has taught PE and coached volleyball, basketball, and track at First Baptist Academy. Before coming to Nitro, Stephanie coached a 17's team at another area club and coached at several summer camps such as University of Texas, Mary Hardin Baylor, Nicholls State, and LSU. Stephanie still plays competitive volleyball and enjoys playing in tournaments on the weekends.
Steve played intramurals at the University of Nebraska and on a U.S. Army volleyball team in South Korea. This will be his fifth year as a USAV club coach, the first four years with Dallas Summit Volleyball Club. He has coached volleyball for the past eleven years in the Dallas Parochial League at the middle school level, coaching boys, girls and co-ed teams at two different schools. Since the Garland Volleyball Association started in 2001, Steve has had one or more teams in all of the Spring and Fall seasons and occasionally coached Summer league teams, running volleyball clinics for third through sixth grade students during the summer months and helping with various club camps. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and is CAP Level I certified and IMPACT certified with USA Volleyball. He has also coached soccer for fourteen years, holding a State D coaching license, and has coached baseball and basketball. Steve also referees high school volleyball and soccer, is a member of the Texas Association of Sports Officials and National Association of Sports Officials, has umpired baseball, refereed American football and basketball. Steve is CPR trained through the American Red Cross and is Sport First Aid certified through the American Sports Education Program.
Volleyball Coaching Experience
2004-07 Dallas Summit U-12 girls
1997-2004, 2007 Good Shepherd Catholic School 5th - 6th Boys,6th grade girls/5th - 8th Co-ed
2001-07 Garland Volleyball 3rd grade girls, 4th grade girls, 5th grade girls, 6th grade girls, 8th grade girls
2005-06 St. Monica Catholic School 7th/8th grade girls
PLC 2006 Play Like A Champion Today - DPL1 sponsored
CAPI 2005 USA Volleyball coaching accreditation program
IMPACT 2003 USA Volleyball coaching accreditation program
D license 2003 United States Soccer Federation coaching certification program
E license 2001 United States Soccer Federation coaching certification program
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