Karalee Langford


Karalee was born in Meade, KS and has been playing volleyball since the 3rd grade. She played setter/DS at Hutchinson Community College and then continued her playing career at Wichita State University. In December 2012, Karalee received her Masters Degree in Economics from WSU. She works as an oil and gas accountant and only recently moved to Texas from OKC.

Fun Facts: Karalee has a twin sister who played volleyball with her at Hutch and then transferred to UTEP to continue her playing career. Karalee has been good friends with fellow coach Meaghan for 4 years and that’s how she got involved with TVA!

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Erin Baker

Erin Baker graduated from Northwest High School in 1999 where she excelled at volleyball, basketball and track as well as academically.  In high school, she was MVP of her volleyball team her sophomore year, earned various 1st team All District honors 1996-1999, was selected 1st Team all NE Area, 2nd Team all Tarrant County and also selected as a Texas All Star (West) in 1999. Erin attended Ole Miss (Division 1 in the SEC) on a full scholarship where she started as a freshman.  

In 2002 she was an All-Tournament selection at the University of Montana Tournament, Ole Miss Magnolia Invitational and Central Florida Tournament.  She was the Team Captain, and was named to the All-SEC Good Works Team 2002 and All SEC Academic Honor roll in 2002.  She still holds the Ole Miss school record for most total blocks (270) in a career (rally scoring).  While at Ole Miss, she also played 1 year of basketball for the Ole Miss Women’s basketball team.

Erin coached high school volleyball for four years at Lafayette High School in Oxford, Mississippi.  In 2007, she coached her team to the State Final Four and to the Regional Finals in 2008.  She has coached three State All-Star Athletes and three All-Area athletes.  While at Lafayette, she also started a middle school volleyball program.

Currently, Erin has coached club and for several private schools in DFW. During the summer she gives private volleyball lessons. 

Fun Facts: Erin is married to her husband, Trevor, and they have a daughter named Hannah.  

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Erin Carlisle

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Erin is currently a school counselor at Coppell Middle School East.  Previously the Varsity Assistant and JV Coach at Frisco Centennial High School for 6 years, Erin played at the University of Tulsa prior to moving back to Dallas where she coached at Greenhill School and Garland High School. She is USA Volleyball CAP II certified, as well as USA Volleyball Conditioning Specialist.  She spent many years coaching club for Dallas Premier and Dallas Force volleyball clubs. 

Fun Facts: Erin loves dogs, and currently has an Italian Greyhound rescue named "Adele". You can find her at #AddytheIG. Erin loves working out, movies, sporting events, concerts, and hanging out with friends.

Amanda Erbstoesser


Amanda grew up in Idaho playing all different sports till high school when volleyball became her passion. She played HS and club ball and earned first team 5A all-conference, all-state awards and was Idaho 5A State Player of the Year.

She then played one year at Utah State University before transferring to Colorado State University. They were top 25 with consecutive conference championships and NCAA appearances. She also played internationally in Russia, Argentina and Italy during her career.

After college, Amanda has coached U18 club team, volunteer assistant at a university, and has helped coach clinics and private lessons.

Fun Facts: Amanda has lived in DFW for three years now with her husband and four kids. She is mainly a stay at home mom with a holistic business on the side and loves being able to spend time with them at home! She also loves to get in the gym each week to teach and inspire your girls to learn and love the fun game of volleyball!

Kate Harrison


Kate Harrison graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Kate played volleyball for TWU as a setter / right side. She also played two years at North Central Texas College where she earned First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference honors both seasons. She was named the 2009 NTJCAC Co-MVP and 2008 NTJCAC Newcomer of the Year and selected to the 2009 NTJCAC All-Academic Team.
She played volleyball at Billy Ryan High School in Denton. She was named the 2006 District 5-4A Setter of the Year and selected the 2007 All-Area Co-Offensive Player of the Year. She also earned All-District 5-4A First Team honors in 2007. Kate helped the team to Region I Quarterfinals in 2006 and 2007. She played club volleyball at Dallas Force and later at Victory VBC where Erin Hellmuth (TVA Director) was her coach for one season. Kate coached Junior High at Coram Deo Academy in the fall of 2013. She currently coaches club for Victory Volleyball Club where she is the assistant for the 17 Elite Black team.

Fun fact: The three things that Kate always has with her are: her phone, her smile, and her chap stick!

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Meaghan Kaler


Meaghan grew up in Flower Mound where she played volleyball for Flower Mound Marcus High School. She went on to play at the University of Central Oklahoma where she played setter in 390 of 392 games and was the floor captain all four years. She is currently in the record books as second in season assists, second in career assists and fourth in season aces. Meaghan graduated from UCO with a degree in Business-Finance and currently works as an accountant. While living in Oklahoma, Meaghan coached for Oklahoma Peak Performance and OK Charge Volleyball. In the fall of 2016 Meaghan and her husband moved back to the DFW area and started coaching for TVA!

Fun Facts: Meaghan loves to to be with her family (Coach Sara is her sister!), eat great food and enjoy the Texas weather.

Kelly Koele

Kelly Koele was a standout high school athlete in both basketball and track. She was honored as the basketball team captain, team MVP and female athlete of the year. She was also named all-area and academic all-state. Kelly played basketball at Redlands Community College before she transferred to Baylor University. Kelly began her volleyball coaching career in 1997 at Second Baptist School in Houston. She quickly fell in love with the game and began learning everything she could from other coaches and clinics. She had the privilege of coaching with Sue Schelfhout, a former All-American and National Champion setter at the University of Texas. Kelly worked with Sue at Second Baptist for ten years where they won three state championships and had six Final Four appearances. Kelly also coached club volleyball in Houston while also coaching basketball, track and softball at Second Baptist. 

Fun Facts: Kelly is married to Patrick, who is a teacher and coach. They have three children: Levi, Dylan and Ryder. She worked at Kanakuk Kamp (a Christian Sports Camp in the Ozarks) for seven years during the summers and one year full time. Kelly now operates a photography business, Kelly Koele Photography, specializing in sports, family and senior pictures. 

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Meredith Lee

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Meredith Lee grew up in Colleyville where she played at Colleyville Heritage High School and played club at TAV as a defensive specialist and libero. After graduating, she went to the University of Georgia where she got Bachelor’s degrees in English Education and Psychology. From there, she moved to North Carolina where she taught high school English and coached junior varsity volleyball at Mount Tabor High School. While in North Carolina, Meredith coached club volleyball for a 14s team in Winston-Salem.

When she moved back to Texas, she started working at Byron Nelson High School where she spent two years coaching the junior varsity team and two years as the varsity assistant for Bobcat volleyball. Now Meredith works for the curriculum and instruction department for Northwest ISD.

Fun facts: My high school volleyball coach was Libby Pacheco, who I later worked with at Byron Nelson and also coaches for TVA! My husband, Chris, is a varsity football coach for Byron Nelson High School and we have two dogs named Grey and Tex.

Mallory (McKee) Meeks

Mallory Meeks started her volleyball career at Coppell Middle School East and
continued at Coppell High School where she also played varsity softball. Upon graduation Mallory went to Southern Arkansas University on a full athletic scholarship to play Division II volleyball. While playing for Southern Arkansas, she set five defensive school records.

She was the all-time dig leader with 2,297 digs, top dig total for a match with 44 digs, most digs per set for a season at 6.08, and most digs per career at 5.47. Along with setting these school records, she was awarded the Auburn Smith Award for most outstanding female athlete. She made the Academic All Conference Teams and achieved All Conference recognition. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology and also obtained her Master’s in Public Administration while studying at Southern Arkansas University.

Fun Facts: Mallory also was a member of the Southern Arkansas Golf team.  Mallory is the proud mom to Easton and two huskies!

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Michelle Murray


Michelle Murray played volleyball, basketball, softball and ran track throughout high school. In 1994, she went to Texas Woman's University on a partial volleyball scholarship. After breaking multiple TWU records and gaining national rankings, Michelle earned a full scholarship for her last two years of eligibility. She finished her college career in 1997 holding four school records and being the first TWU player named to the all-tournament regional team.

Michelle began professionally teaching and coaching in 1999 at Lewisville High School. In 2005, she decided to move to elementary physical education. In 2006 she earned a Master's of Science at TWU. She has coached multiple club teams and continues to coach at clinics, leagues and teaches private lessons.

Fun Facts: In her spare time Michelle enjoys running races and collecting medals. She hopes to run a full marathon someday.

Cecilia Rodriguez


Cecilia Rodriguez is in her second year of teaching Biology and AVID at Lewisville High School-Killough. She has played volleyball since Middle School and while in High School Cecilia played both left and right side hitter and was a backup setter for one year. After High School, she attended the University of North Texas where she played intramurals and graduated with a degree in Biology. She currently plays doubles with her sister in an indoor league.

Fun facts: Cecilia loves to travel and is currently reading all the Harry Potter
books. She has two small dogs named Meeko & Mowgli.

Sara Schmidt


Sara attended Marcus High School in Flower Mound where she received numerous awards at the school, district, and area level for volleyball. After graduating in 1999, Sara attended Texas A&M Commerce where she continued her volleyball career.

In Commerce, she was awarded on the school and conference level for hitting, serving, and defense. Currently she has the most digs of any non-defensive specialists and is on the Top Ten List for kills. Sara graduated with a degree in Business Administration and worked in the title industry before returning to school to become a teacher.

After teaching for a few years, she decided to go back to school to become a librarian. Sara was the librarian at Hedrick Elementary School in Lewisville, TX. She is now living the dream as a stay-at-home mom.

Fun facts: Sara loves to read, dance and play sports when she has free time. She has three fantastic sisters and an awesome niece and nephew. Sara lives in Corinth with her fabulous husband, Jason. They are proud parents of Elise, Sean and Baby Patrick.

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Adrienne Seifers

I have loved and played volleyball since 5th grade when my family moved from Portugal to Arizona.  I played on my school teams from 5th grade through high school mainly as a middle blocker. I was actively involved in the coed intramural sports at Dallas Baptist University and continue to play volleyball regularly in sand and indoor leagues around Dallas.  I have coached 5th -8th graders over the past 10 years through different organizations including TVA for 4 years.  It’s awesome to see growth in young volleyball players over a short period of time.  As my day job I am the Children’s Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship at Irving Bible Church

Fun fact: I love anything with the flavor of salted carmel...ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.  The salty sweet combination is awesome!

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Heather Swafford

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Heather has been coaching with TVA for six years. She is from Argyle, Texas and went to Denton High School where she played volleyball as a Right Side and was named 2nd team all-district her senior year in 2002. She started out as a student at Texas A&M, but her love for the game lead to her eventually transfer her junior year to play volleyball for the University of Texas at Dallas. She continued with UTD for two seasons and followed as a student assistant coach. She graduated in 2006 with a bachelors degree in Psychology and in 2014 with a nursing degree. Through private lessons, coaching club, and coaching with TVA, Heather has found a passion for developing young volleyball players. 

Fun Facts: Heather and her husband Jay have been married 10 years and have 1 son, Kenneth. They grew up and went to high school in the same town with mutual friends but did not meet until college as student athletes. 

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Shawna Werts - Lead Coach TVA @ NISD


Shawna Werts played volleyball, basketball, softball and ran track throughout high school. She received a full athletic scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Central Oklahoma where she was the setter and enjoyed All-Conference Honors her sophomore, junior and Senior years and still holds a school record or two.

Shawna has coached high school volleyball for 20 years. She began at Casady School in Oklahoma City as a head coach at the age of 21. She then finished her education degree and began teaching and coaching at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, OK where she was an assistant coach for a few years before becoming the varsity coach for the next seven years.

In 2000 she and her family moved to Texas and she became the varsity assistant and JV volleyball coach & varsity assistant basketball coach at Grapevine High School for eight years. She currently works at Killough Lewisville High School where she teaches AVID (a college readiness program.)

Fun facts: Shawna has been married to her husband, Jeremy for 20 years. He is an English teacher at Flower Mound High School. They have two kids, Molly (18) who plays volleyball for Loyola University (Maryland) and Jack (9).

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