COACHES

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ALAN ABBRUZZESE

Head Coach - 15 Nike Red

Alan started coaching in 2010 when his daughter and friends wanted to play. He began coaching club volleyball in 2012 and joined the Summit staff in 2013. Alan is a student of the game and has spent the last few years learning from our leadership team coaches. Alan has assisted with clinics camps, assistant coached and head coached teams ranging from 12's-16's.

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ALLEGRA WELLS

Coach

Bio Coming Soon

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ALEX WILLIAMS

Assistant Coach - 15 Nike Red

Alex is currently in her 5th year of coaching. She has coached teams ranging from 12’s-15’s age levels. Along with coaching club she also works for North Texas Region-USA Volleyball. She graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and is also working towards her masters degree in Sports Management. She is IMPACT/SafeSport Certified.

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ALEXIS OUSLEY

Assistant Coach - 16 Nike Red

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ALLISON CAMP

Assistant Coach - 15 Nike Blue

Allison is entering her first year as a coach at Dallas Summit. Since July 2019, Allison has been the Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach at the Hockaday School. As a former player in the DFW area club volleyball circuit as well as the high school circuit, she is excited to return to Dallas and work with the players of Dallas Summit in the gym she grew up playing in (VIP). In addition to coaching, Allison works in the Hockaday School’s College Counseling office as the College Counseling Associate. She earned a B.S. in Sports Management with minors in Public Relations and Advertising from The University of South Carolina where she was the captain and all-around outside hitter for the USC Women’s Club Volleyball Team. Outside of coaching, Allison enjoys watching college football, trying new restaurants or coffee shops, and playing in local indoor and sand volleyball leagues. 

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ANDY CAVINS

Head Coach - 16 Nike Blue

Andy is currently the Head Coach at Navarro College. In his first year with the Bulldogs they won the 2019 NJCAA National Championship as well as the Region 14 championship with a 31-0 record.  This included the NJCAA National Player of the Year, 2x All-Americans, and 4 All-Regions players.

Prior to Navarro, Andy was the Head Coach at Lindsey Wilson College for the past eight seasons.  Andy inherited a program that had never finished better than 4th in the conference with zero national tournament appearances and transformed the program into a national power.   LWC won the Mid-South Regular Season or Tournament for eight straight years culminating with the 2017 NAIA National Championship.  During that time Cavins program has garnered numerous accolades:

·  2017 NAIA National Champions

·  2017 NAIA Player of the Year

· #1 ranked team in the country in 2015 & 2017.  Longest active national streak in Top 5.

· 18 - AVCA/NAIA All-Americans

· 28 - AVCA/NAIA All-Region Members

· 5 - AVCA/NAIA Regional Players of the Year

· 5 - AVCA/NAIA All-Region Freshmen of the Year

· 6 - Mid-South Freshmen of the Year

· 5 - Mid-South Player of the Year

· 2014, 2015, & 2017 Mid-South Coach of the Year

· 2015 & 2017 AVCA Regional Coach of the Year

· NAIA National Tournament Coach of the Year

· 2015-16 Lindsey Wilson College Coach of the Year 

· 239-34 total record in seven seasons (most wins in program history)

 

In addition to LWC, Cavins has coached for Union Volleyball Club for the last six seasons and has consistently coached Top 50 nationally ranked teams according to PrepVolleyball.   His 2014 (17 open), 2015 (17 open), and 2016 (18 open) all qualified for the USAV National Championship.  His 2012 Dallas Summit team won the NTR Regional Championship qualifying for the USAV National Championship in the National Division.  Cavins has also worked with Dallas Premier, Wrecking Crew Volleyball, and Georgia Juniors.

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ANDY GASS

Head Coach - 14 Nike Blue

Head Coach - 17 Nike Blue

This will be Andy's 21st year coaching, 16th year as a Club Director and 7th year at Summit. His wife, Brandy and him created Nitro Volleyball Club in 2002. He is Impact/SafeSport certified and attended USAV CAP Level I in Bethany, Oklahoma, CAP Level II in St. Louis, Missouri and in 2004 traveled to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center during CAP Level III. Andy has written an article “Starting a Club: The Story Behind the Creation of Nitro” that was published in Coaching Volleyball magazine in April 2007, recognizing all of the hard work it took in building Nitro Volleyball Club. Andy is currently the Head Varsity Coach at The Hockaday School of Dallas. Prior to coaching at Hockaday he was the Varsity Assistant Coach at Parish Episcopal School from 2006-2010. In 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007 Parish went to the final 4 of State and in 2008 they won the TAPPS 4A State Championship. In 2005 he was the Varsity Head Coach at Garland Christian Academy and the Varsity Assistant and the Head Junior Varsity Coach at Ursuline Academy in 2001 & 2002. Coaching Experience Summit Volleyball Club - Club Director & Head Coach (2013-Present) 2020 131 Head Coach 2020 171 Head Coach 2019 181 Head Coach

  • GJNC 18 Open

  • 4th AVC Qualifier

  • Tour of Texas

2019 171 Head Coach 2018 171 Head Coach

  • GJNC 17 Open – 33rd

  • Triple Crown – 8th

  • Bronze Medal Windy City Qualifier Chicago 17 Open

  • 4th Disney Qualifier 17 Open

  • Tour of Texas

2018 141 Head Coach 2017 161 Head Coach

  • Bronze Medal GJNC 16 Open

  • PrepVolleyball #12 Nationally Ranked Team

  • Bronze Medal Big South Qualifier 16 Open

  • Tour of Texas

2017 131 Head Coach

  • Tour of Texas

2016 151 Head Coach

  • GJNC 15 Open – 23rd

  • Bronze Medal Show Me Qualifier 15 Open

  • Tour of Texas

2015 141 Head Coach

  • GJNC 14 Open – 21st

  • Bronze Medal Northeast Qualifier 14 Open

  • Tour of Texas

2014 131 Head Coach

  • AAUs Nationals 13 Open – 11th

  • 4th Big South Qualifier 17 American

  • Qualifier 5th Place Big South 13 American

  • Tour of Texas

The Hockaday School Dallas - Varsity Head Coach (2016-Present)       

  • 2018 SPC State Tournament – 4th

  • 2018 SPC North Champions : 6-0 SPC North / 33-8-1 Overall

  • 2018 TAPPS Spike Down Tournament - 3rd

  • 2018 McKinney Christian Tournament - 1st

  • 2018 POPCS Tournament - 2nd

  • 2017 SPC State Tournament - 4th

  • 2017 SPC North Champions : 6-0 SPC North / 26-14 Overall

  • 2016 SPC State Tournament

Nitro Volleyball Club - Owner, Director, Head Coach (2003-2013)     

  • Started club in 2003 with 4 teams and grew to as many as 17 teams

  • 2010 Opened Texas Elite Athletics as a personal training facility for Nitro

  • Tour of Texas Qualifier

  • GJNC Qualifier

Parish Episcopal School - Varsity Assistant Coach (2006-2010)    

  • 2010 State Final Four Finalist

  • 2010 District Champions Undefeated

  • 2009 TAPPS 4A State Runner-up

  • 2009 District Champions Undefeated

  • 2008 TAPPS 4A State Champions

  • 2008 District Champions Undefeated

  • 2007 TAPPS State Final Four

  • 2007 District Champions Undefeated

  • 2006 TAPPS 5A Bi-District Playoff

  • 2006 3rd in District

Garland Christian Academy- Varsity Head Coach (2005)       

  • 2005 TAPPS 3A Bi-District Playoff

Dallas Juniors Volleyball Club – Head Coach (1999-2002)         

  • 1999 152

  • 2000 152

  • 2001 141

  • 2002 151

Ursuline Academy - JV Head Coach, Varsity Assistant Coach (2001-2002) North Texas Region Junior Board (2010-2016)

  • VP of Budget of Finance

Coaching Education

  • Gold Medal Squared

  • USAV SafeSport Certified

  • Play Like A Champion

  • Positive Coaching Alliance

  • Cap III Training at the Olympic Training Center

  • High Performance Coaching Clinic

  • CAP II Certified

  • CAP I Certified

  • Impact Certified

  • CPR Certified 2019

Personal Information

  • Married 23 years to wife Brandy and proud father of 3

ASHLEY PRUITT

Assistant Coach -14 Nike Blue

Ashley is entering her 12th year coaching at Summit. She is currently coaching volleyball and teaching math at Rockwall-Heath High School. She is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Mathematics and also the University of Texas in Arlington with a Masters in Educational Administration. She has been married to her husband, Casey,  the Worship Pastor at Community Life Church, and they have two amazing children, Colton (5th grade) and Avery (4 yrs).

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BRAD LAWSON

Head Coach - 15 Nike Blue

Head Coach - 12 Nike Blue

Brad Lawson continues in his 9th total season to help cement Summit Volleyball's place in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. During the 2018 season, his 15 Nike Blue team finished 2nd at North Texas Regionals and qualified in the National Division for the USA Volleyball GJNC. Before that, he helped Summit's 16 Mizuno team to a 3rd place Open Division finish at the 2017 Girls Junior National Championship. 

 

Before the 2016 season, Brad spent the previous two years in his home state of New Mexico. During this time, he worked as the COO, Club Director, and master coach for Ardent Volleyball Club, formerly New Mexico Juniors. Helping restructure and rebrand New Mexico Juniors to Ardent Volleyball Club and contribute to revitalizing it into one of the most successful clubs in New Mexico and Albuquerque area. Brad also spent time coaching with Sandia Prep (4A) and Cibola High (6A) Schools, winning back-to-back state championships at Sandia Prep in 2015 and 2016. 

 

Brad started his coaching career in the Houston area as a college assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Alvin College. He also spent four years as the women's club team head coach at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He also volunteered his time with SHSU Division I program. Brad has also spent a large part of his career working in conjunction with Andy Reitinger to develop and implement logistical solutions for large tournaments and events. Some of their clients include organizations such as the FIVB, USA Volleyball, Lone Star Qualifier, Southern California Volleyball Association, and Club Sports of North Texas.

 

Along with coaching, Brad also sits on both the Junior Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the North Texas Region of USA Volleyball. Brad has been coaching volleyball for the past 24 years. His tournament, coaching, and region board experience will prove to be an invaluable asset to Summit Volleyball. Brad is currently an IMPACT, SAFE SPORT, and a Gold Medal Squared certified coach. 

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CHIP CHILDERS

Head Coach - 18 Nike Blue

2018- Current: Varsity Assistant Prestonwood Christian Academy

 2015-17 JV Coach Lake Dallas High School

 2012-2016 Head Volleyball Coach First Baptist Academy

 2008-2011 Varsity Assistant First Baptist Academy 

 2005-2007 Varsity Assistant DeSoto High School

 

Cap 1 and 2 Certified

 

Played Baseball and Volleyball in college for Howard Payne University

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CHRISTY ALVILLAR

Head Coach - 14 Nike Red

Christy is in her 15th year of coaching club. The previous 9 years she coached at Lake Cities Edge in the Flower Mound area.  She has coached 15’s-17’s age levels.  Her coaching experience includes an assistant position at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Not only has she coached volleyball at the college level, but she also played at Texas A&M University Commerce. She also coached at the high school level where she was head coach for 7 years at Life School Dallas. She is currently in her 3rd season as the J.V. coach at Hockaday. As a player Christy received many honors.  In high school she was named All-District all four years.  Her senior year she was named to her All-State team.  She then went to Seward County Community College a Junior College in Liberal, Kansas.  While there she was part of a team that made history by going 52-2, that year they placed 5th in the nation. She then finished her career at Texas A&M-Commerce where she was named to the All Conference team 3 years in a row. Christy received her BS from TAMU-C in Business Management and is currently working as a teacher.  She is also IMPACT certified.

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COURTNEY BROWN

Assistant Coach - 13 Nike Red

Bio Coming Soon

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EMMA PETOLICK

Assistant Coach - 16 Nike Blue

Emma grew up playing volleyball in the North Texas Region and competed at nationals on multiple occasions. She played collegiate volleyball at Texas Woman's University and competed in the Lonestar Conference tournament and NCAA Division II Regional tournament. In May of 2019, she graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Child Development. Emma started coaching club volleyball in 2015 with Frisco Flyers where she qualified a team every season as an assistant coach. In 2019, Emma became the Varsity Assistant Coach at The Colony High School and also took on the role of Junior Varsity Head Coach in 2020. She joined Summit in the summer of 2020 as well!

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GABI SOMMERFIELD

Assistant Coach - 16 Nike White

Gabi currently plays collegiate volleyball at the University of Texas at Dallas as a Middle Blocker. Gabi is originally from Austin, TX.  She played Club Volleyball at Austin Juniors Volleyball (AJV) where she was a member of AJV’s National Teams 13s-18s. She has coached AJV sand volleyball for the past two Summers and volunteered to coach 10 year olds while in High School. Gabi’s interests outside of Volleyball and school include, attending concerts, hiking with friends and road trips.  

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JASON SEARS

Head Coach - 13 Nike Blue

Head Coach - 17 Nike Red

Jason Sears has been playing volleyball for over 25 years and has a passion for both playing and coaching the game. Jason played club volleyball while attending Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has continued to advance his skills by playing against some of the best players in the area as well as playing on multiple men’s open teams over the last 25 years.  Jason began coaching at the Episcopal School of Dallas in 2000 and continued to coach there until 2007.  Jason started his club coaching career in 2002 with the DFW Juniors VBC.  In 2003, he began coaching for Dallas Juniors and has coached teams from ages 11’s through 17’s.    Jason is also entering his 5th year as the Varsity Head Coach at Ursuline Academy, and during those years Jason has led his team to two state runner-up finishes and recently was named TAPPS 6A district coach of the year. Jason has high expectations of himself and the players he trains. Jason is currently employed at BSN Sports and has two kids Sloane 16 and Brigg 14.

JOSE MONTENEGRO

Head Coach - 11 Nike Blue Metro

Head Coach - 16 Nike White

Coaching Experience: Arete Volleyball Club 15s – 2019-2020 Saint Monica’s Catholic School 8th Grade - 2019-2020 Knights Volleyball Club 17s – 2018-2019 Knights Volleyball Club 16s – 2017-2018 Knights Volleyball Club 15s – 2016-2017 Summit-Nitro Volleyball Club 14s -2015-2016 All-Saints Catholic School 8th Grade - 2015-2016 Summit-Nitro Volleyball Club 13s – 2014-2015 All-Saints Catholic School 7th Grade – 2014-2015

Volleyball Camps: University of Texas at Dallas - 2017 & 2018 Southern Methodist University - 2017

Playing Experience: Coach Jose played both Volleyball and Soccer in school, choosing Soccer over Volleyball as a collegiate athlete. Played on a four-year scholarship at Div-I school, Saint Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. 

Personal background and interests: Originally from Venezuela, Coach Jose moved to the US in 1990 and became a US Citizen in 2020. Grew up in Philadelphia and upstate New York and moved to Dallas in 1998. Outside of Volleyball, Coach Jose enjoys running and playing golf in his free time.

Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy is one that creates an environment that encourages athletes to learn and develop on and off the playing field.  I believe that playing sports helps athletes build character and confidence. It also prepares them for life, teaching them about working as a team or as a team player, not as an individual.

Motto: “Recognize that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others” – Shep Hyken.  

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KRISTI RAYBURN

Head Coach - 16 Nike Red

Coach Rayburn's coaching philosophy is dedicated to providing advanced training to players to prepare them for the next steps in their volleyball career. Kristi Rayburn has had volleyball in her life for over 25 years. She began playing basketball and volleyball as a young girl in a small North Texas town. She attended Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. During her college years, Kristi captained a number of teams to USAV Open National Championships. In 2009, Kristi and her beach partner Amanda turned their love for volleyball into a professional endeavor...they joined the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and were seeded as high as 42nd and played all over the country. Kristi has been coaching for over 15 years. She started at Fort Worth Country Day School, then moved to Dallas and coached 5 years with Club Legacy, 3 years with the Flyers, and this will be her 4th year with Summit. She has qualified 2 teams for Nationals and has 3 former players playing collegiate volleyball. She and her husband, Joe, are the parents of 3. Logan is a sophomore in college at Colorado School of Mines and is the starting DB for the Mines football team. Abby recently graduated from JJ Pearce HS and is going to school at Starmark Academy this fall. Clinton is 8 years old starting 3rd grade at ESD and is the center for the Plano Colts Football Club. This family is very competitive in all that they do; whether it is a card game, a video game, or just a "friendly" game of volleyball. Kristi believes you can accomplish anything with determination, hard work, and faith in God. Her favorite quote is "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect." - Vince Lombardi

LAUREN HAMAKER

Assistant Coach - 17 Nike Red

Lauren is in her third year of coaching at Summit Volleyball Club and eight years coaching overall. Previously she coached three years at Dallas Juniors Volleyball Club, one year at TNT Volleyball Club, and one year as a graduate assistant at Texas Wesleyan University. Not only has she coached at the collegiate level, bust she also played 4 years collegiately; two years at Paris Junior College and two years at Texas Wesleyan University. As a player Lauren received many honors, in high school she was an all-district athlete two years in a row representing Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, Texas. She then went to Paris Junior College where her and her team went back to back seasons ranking 11th in the nation throughout the season, and made back to back appearances at the conference tournament. Her second year at PJC she was ranked 12th in the region in digs per set as the starting setter. She then finished her career at Texas Wesleyan University where she racked up well over 1200 assists, had a season high of 49 assists in a 4 set game, and had 12 plus double-doubles. Both years she received all district honorable mentioned and made two Conference Tournament showings. The following year she assisted for the 2015 TWU Volleyball team where they went 24-11 along with another conference tournament showing. Lauren received her BS in Exercise Science and Associates in Kinesiology. Currently she is a medical assistant for a private practice and assistant varsity volleyball coach for Ursuline Academy.

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MILES MEEKHOF

Head Coach - 14 Elite

Miles Meekhof will be in his seventh year of coaching at Summit Volleyball Club. Miles is active as a volleyball player as well, and is currently in his 19th year of participation in the sport. While in college at the University of Georgia, he was the founder and president of the UGA Men’s Club Volleyball Team, and was also the team’s setter.  His involvement with Men’s club team led to his participation as a practice assistant for UGA’s NCAA Division I Women’s team for 2 years.

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MISTY TARBET

Head Coach - 13 Nike Red

Bio Coming Soon

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PEDER LINDKVIST

Assistant Coach - 14 Nike Red

Peder brings years of volleyball experience to Summit Volleyball. He started his volleyball career in his native Sweden with the club Sollentuna VK, first as a youth player and then as coach of both boys and girls teams in the 14 to 18 year range. Peder played for Rudbecks Academy, during his sophomore year they advanced to the National championship match. Since moving from Stockholm to Dallas, Peder has played and coached men’s USVBA/USAV A and BB teams, as well as girls with Dallas Summit, Dallas Premier, and NorTex. Up until 2011 Peder was volunteer coach at All Saints Catholic school, and took their 6th grade team to a Dallas Parochial league Championship in 2008. In 2012 Peder started as a part time assistant coach as Austin College, after a couple of year he become a full time assistant, leaving in 2018 to coach with John Paul II High School. Peder was an Executive Board member with Garland Volleyball Association . During his prior 5 seasons with Summit/Premier, Peder coached 13, 14, & 15′s, as well as assisting in many of VIP’s camps and clinic. The 2008 season his Summit 14′s Elite team won the NTR (non-bid) Regional Championship. 2010 season he was head coach for Premier 15 Molten and the year before, an assistant with Dallas Premier 14 Mizuno, that qualified for Open Nationals. Peder is IMPACT certified (USA) and corresponding to CAP II (Sweden).

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RACHEL DEMPEWOLFF

Head Coach - 15 Elite

Assistant Coach - 16 Nike Blue

Bio Coming Soon

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RACHEL MALLARY

Head Coach - 12 Nike Blue

Rachel Mallary is in her 5th season of coaching club volleyball and 1st year coaching at Summit. She believes in developing athletes with a balance of well-rounded skills, mental strength and the confidence to compete at their best. Rachel has coached successful teams in the 13s, 14s and 16s age groups, and she loves to teach the game to young players in a fun and engaging way. Ultimately, her goal is to help young athletes set a solid foundation for a lifelong love of volleyball!

 

Rachel has nearly 15 years of volleyball experience beginning with 6 years as a club player herself. As a Houston native, she competed in the Lone Star Region on high-level teams as a setter and defensive specialist. She also cross-trained a beach player competing in both junior and adult divisions in Galveston. In 2016, Rachel graduated from Abilene Christian University and moved to Dallas to work as a digital marketing specialist. She now lives in Plano with her husband, Todd.

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TIM GERLACH

Assistant Coach - 12 Nike Blue

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