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Meet Our Coaches & Directors

Our coaches are the cornerstone of our program and from top to bottom, we feel our coaching staff is second to none when compared to any club in our area.  Most of our top-level coaches have coached in our community for multiple years and consistently produce winning teams both during club season and area school seasons.  We have two coaches that are currently coaching at the college level as well as several coaches currently leading winning varsity programs in our area.  Most of them have experience coaching in our local schools and therefore are familiar with the talented athletes in our area, and many are also either current or former collegiate level players themselves.  While each coach has their own distinct style, we will practice consistent training from beginners to elite level players.  We believe in our staff and the quality you can expect in each age group and every level.  Read the bios below to learn more about your coaches.


2021-2022 Tentative Team Assignments

Abbie Anne Truesdell - SRS 12 Blue Head Coach

 

My name is Abbie Anne Truesdell and this is my second year coaching with SRS. I just recently graduated (Summer 2021) from Clemson University with a degree in Psychology and Nonprofit Leadership. I have lived in Aiken, South Carolina most of my life, and I played volleyball for South Aiken High School and Magnum (Aiken). Throughout my college years, I have enjoyed coaching volleyball for various clubs/teams including: Synergy (in PA), St. Mary Help of Christians School, and SRS. Each team I have coached has consisted of players ages 14 and under. I love working with middle schoolers!

Gracyn Bennett - SRS 12 Blue Assistant Coach

 

Bio Coming Soon!

Rachel Meyer - SRS 13 Blue  Head Coach

 

Rachel has been playing volleyball since she was 10 years old. Throughout the years, her passion and love for the game has blossomed and proved to be one of her greatest joys in life. Rachel graduated from South Aiken High School in 2017 where she played all four years. In high school, Rachel earned three Team Defensive MVP awards, two All-Region awards, and was named to the All-State Team and North-South Allstar Team her senior year. She then went on to play collegiate volleyball at Erskine College where she graduated in the spring of 2021. Currently, Rachel is the Junior Varsity Coach at South Aiken High School. 

Cat Bodick - SRS 13 Blue Assistant Coach

 

Bio Coming Soon!

Cassie Mckie - SRS 14 Blue  Head Coach

 


Cassie has been with SRS since 2017. 

Tiffany Morgan -SRS 14 Red Head Coach

 


Tiffany has had a passion for volleyball since middle school. After graduating she went on to play for the Army while at Fort Gordon. In addition to indoor volleyball, she played beach and turf. Tiffany is also a certified volleyball referee. Teaching athletes to grow and love the game is one of her passions.

Mackenzie Morgan - SRS 14 Red Assistant Coach

 


Mackenzie has played volleyball since age 9. She has played a multitude of positions, but finished her career as a setter. Currently Mackenzie is attending USCA and majoring in early childhood education.

Carrie Albion - SRS 15 Red Head Coach

 


My name is Carrie Albion and this is my third year being a head coach at SRS. I am so excited to be coaching and around the game I love!

I played volleyball for Magnum Augusta & Aiken from 2011-2015. In 2016, my senior year of high school, I was Coach Shannon Byers assistant coach with the Magnum Aiken 15 power team. Last year I coached the 15 Red Club Team with Tanner Starnes, and the highlight of our season was winning 1st in Gold at the Winter Heat Tournament. I graduated from North Augusta High School in 2016. I was a setter for NA (coached by Kenneth Grier) and played alongside and against other SRS coaches. 

I then went on to attend the University of South Carolina and graduated in 2020. I currently teach 6th grade at Paul Knox Middle School, and am enrolled in graduate school at Augusta University for Educational Leadership.  I am the head JV Volleyball Coach at North Augusta High School. 
 

Tanner Starnes - SRS 15 Red Assistant Coach

 


My name is Tanner Starnes, and this is my second year coaching at SRS. I’ve played volleyball since around the age of 5 and I love the game now as much as I did then. I played for North Augusta High School from 7th - 12th grade while playing travel ball. I was a setter at first and then became a libero. I graduated from NAHS in 2017 and then attended USC Aiken and graduated in May 2021 with a degree in Biology. I currently teach 8th grade science at Paul Knox Middle School. I still play volleyball in outdoor tournaments and indoor leagues. I’m so excited for this season! 

Hannah Mitchell  -  SRS 15 Blue Head Coach

 

My name is Hannah Mitchell and I have been with SRS since 2019. I graduated from College of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick, GA) in 2019. During my time at CCGA, I was a four-year member of the women's volleyball team as a defensive specialist and had the opportunity to be a co-captain during my junior and senior year. While at Coastal Georgia, I helped lead my team to three regular season and conference championships, as well as qualification for the NAIA National Tournament Final Site in 2015 and 2016. I also coached 18U at the local club team. Before committing to CCGA, I played for Aiken High School and Magnum Volleyball Club. I’ve played different positions during my six years in club, but my favorite specialty is passing.

Marissa Lee - SRS 15 Blue Assistant Coach

 


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Kenneth Grier -  SRS 16 Blue Head Coach

 


Kenneth has been coaching with SRS since 2017. Currently, Kenneth is the Head Volleyball coach at North Augusta High School. From 2015-2017, Kenneth was the assistant coach at North Augusta High School. In addition, Kenneth coached with Magnum Volleyball for 7 years.

Kenneth has played Adult Outdoor Volleyball since 1989. In addition to his many years playing volleyball, Kenneth played college football from 1992-1993.

Kenneth graduated from North Augusta High School and went on to attend college at North Greenville College. Kenneth is married to Niki and they have 2 daughters, Ava 15 and Sophia 12.

Kenneth’s favorite volleyball moment was taking 2nd place at the Region Championship; & Winning the lower state with Brooklyn-Cayce.

Mikayla Kline - SRS 16 Blue  Assistant Coach

 

 

Bio Coming Soon!

Samantha Zittrauer - SRS 16 Red Head Coach

 

My name is Samantha Zittrauer and I am from Savannah, Georgia. I have been with SRS since 2019.  Prior to coaching at SRS, I coached a middle school team in Savannah, Georgia. I have been playing volleyball since I was 11 years old. Volleyball has been my passion for most of my life and because of that, coaching has allowed me to give back to the sport I love.

I am currently a Junior at Augusta University and play volleyball there. I am the setter on Augusta University’s volleyball team. AU Volleyball has won the Conference Tournament the past three years and I have been lucky enough to be a part of the past two wins so far. My freshman year at AU, I received AU’s Female Freshman of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Coach’s Award. Last year, I received PBC All- Tournament Team. As of this year, I just recently hit 1,000 career assists. 

Shelby Smith - SRS 16 Red Assistant Coach

 

Hey everyone! My name is Shelby Smith, this is my second year coaching with SRS. I was the head coach of our 12U developmental team for the 2021 season. I graduated in 2021 from North Augusta High School and now attend University of South Carolina-Aiken majoring in psychology, hoping to receive my masters degree and becoming a forensic psychologist. I have been involved with volleyball since I was 10 years old. While at North Augusta, I was an every position player on varsity for all 4 years, receiving the All-State award my senior year. I played with SRS and Magnum Aiken from 12U to 17U. Coach Kenneth introduced me to all things volleyball and has been my coach since I was in middle school. I have had the pleasure of being coached by most of our amazing SRS coaches and even playing with a few so it was only right to continue my journey here as a coach! All of these coaches watched me grow up and shaped me into a great player and coach! I LOVE volleyball and can’t wait for another great season!!

Kelsey Yarbrough - SRS 17 Blue Head Coach

 


Kelsey Yarbrough has coached for Savannah River Select for five years. Prior to coaching for SRS, she coached for Upward Stars in Spartanburg, SC. She is currently the Head Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach for Aiken High School. As a player, Coach Kelsey played volleyball for Gaffney High School and Upward Stars Volleyball club in Spartanburg, SC. Yarbrough went on to play collegiate volleyball for four years at the University of South Carolina Aiken. She helped guide the Pacers to 3 Peach Belt Conference championships, 1 NCAA Elite Eight appearance and 3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances. While at USC-Aiken she was named the PBC Elite 15 award winner twice, Outstanding Senior Student, Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, given the Warrick Student-Athlete Leadership Award, and selected to the CO-SIDA Academic All-District Team. 

Emily Dawson - SRS 17 Blue Assistant Coach

 


My name is Emily Dawson and this will be my first year coaching a team with SRS! As a player, I played four years of varsity volleyball at Aiken High School earning a state championship in 2010 and runner up state champion in 2011 and 2012. I played club volleyball at Magnum.

I went on to play collegiate volleyball at Winthrop University as a defensive specialist. I returned to Aiken after a year and played volleyball for USC-Aiken as a setter. I helped guide the Pacers to 3 Peach Belt Conference championships, 1 NCAA Elite Eight appearance and 3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances. While at USCA, I earned PBC all tournament team, NCAA Southeast Region all-tournament team selection, AVCA first-team all-region, D2CCA first-team all-region honoree, and PBC Setter of the Year.

I now live in Aiken with my husband, Preston and my Boykin spaniel, Hank! I am a labor and delivery nurse. 

Leslie Stringfield - SRS Club Director

 


Bio Coming Soon!

Jim Dziczkowski - Position Practice Coach

 


Jim has been coaching with SRS since 2017. Currently, Jim is an assistant coach with the USCA Volleyball team. In 2018, USCA compiled a record of 23-5 and a conference record of 11-1. The team was the conference regular season champs and lost in the D-ll NCAA South Regional Sweet 16. 

Prior to USCA, he was the head coach at Midland Valley H.S. for 12 years. While there, he picked up Class 3-A Region IV Co-Coach of the year accolades in 2006. In 2017, he earned the honor outright. Jim was one of four SCAWS all-star South coaches in 2013.

Jim is a 2006 graduate of Findlay with a degree in biology education. While there, Jim played volleyball for the Oilers. He was a two-time MVP of the Nickel-City Invitational. In 2003, Jim led the nation in aces per game. For two seasons, he was in the top 10 nationally in aces and kills per game. Jim was a second-team all-Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection.  

Jim is a two-time winner of the Men’s Open Clash Volleyball Tournament in Columbia, SC (2009 & 2013). Jim has won over 25 open-division titles and still competes competitively in indoor and outdoor tournaments throughout Georgia and South Carolina.

He holds a pair of master’s degrees, with one in geoscience from Mississippi State and one in administration from Arkansas State.

Jim resides in Aiken with his wife, Molly and their children Annie and Matthew. In addition to being on the staff at SRS, he is an assistant principal at Midland Valley High School. 

Alyssa Frazier - Position Practice and Sub Coach

 


2019 Palmetto Region Coach of the Year for U12.

Alyssa's has been coaching with SRS since 2017. Alyssa began coaching while still in high school, assisting in youth camps at local high schools.

Prior to coaching, Alyssa played 4 years of varsity volleyball at Aiken High School and was a part of the 2017 State Championship team. Some of the awards she received while in high school include, the All-Star award in 2017, All-State in 2016 and also Region Player of the Year in 2016. Alyssa also played 5 years of club volleyball. Currently, she continues to play volleyball for Augusta University and in 2018 Augusta University won the Peach Belt Conference Tournmanet. 

Nickie Moore-Sub Coach

 


Nickie has been coaching with SRS since 2018, previously serving as the assistant coach in top level SRS teams.  She previously coached for two years at Upward Stars Volleyball Club in Spartanburg while playing collegiate volleyball, and for one year at Magnum Volleyball Club in Columbia.  Nickie has been playing volleyball, coaching, and/or balancing both for over twelve years.
She is currently in the Nursing Program at USCA.

 

Shannon Byers -

 

Shannon has been coaching with SRS since 2017. In 2018, she started as a volunteer assistant coach at USCA. From 2015-2017, Shannon was the Head Volleyball coach at North Augusta High School. In addition to the above, Shannon was a coach for Magnum Volleyball Club for 7 years.

As a player Shannon played for the Northern Lights Junior Volleyball Club from U12 – U18. Shannon then attended University of South Carolina Aiken and played outside hitter from 2009 – 2013. Currently Shannon still enjoys the game of volleyball by coaching and playing adult outdoor tournaments.

Shannon’s hard work shows on and off the court. Shannon graduated from Faribault High School and went on to earn a B.S. in Nursing and a B.S. in Biology from USCA.

Shannon was born and raised in Minnesota. She has a 2 year old daughter name Adley and works at the Children’s Hospital.

Shannon's favorite volleyball moment was beating A5 at the Big South to advance to the Gold Division and placing top 10 out of 120 teams.

Jeremy Rinder - Sub Coach

 


Jeremy's has been with SRS since 2019. Jeremy has been coaching for 9 years. Currently, Jeremy is coaching Varsity Volleyball at Aiken High School. Previously, Jeremy was the Varsity Volleyball at Batesburg-Leesville and had been the head coach at North Augusta Middle School in which they earned their first perfect season in sets (14-0; 42-0) in school history. Jeremy has also served as an assistant coach at Paul Knox Middle School and a head coach at Guinyard-Bulter Middle School in Barnwell. In Addition to coaching, Jeremy plays volleyball in various competitive co-ed leagues around the CSRA.

Outside of volleyball and coaching, Jeremey currently teaches full-time at USCA. Jeremy has been married to his wife, Whitney, for 8 years and has two sons, Lincoln & Sawyer Cash.
 

Jeryle Lynn Reed

 


Jeryle Lynn has been coaching with SRS since 2017. In 2016, she coached the 16U team in the BIP New Year’s Bash Volleyball tour in Portugal & Spain. She has coached for over 20 years. She coached at LMMS for 2 years and MVHS for 7 years as JV & assistant for varsity. Jeryle Lynn has also coached club for 20 plus years at various age levels.

Jeryle Lynn started her career playing grass and sand volleyball over 25 years ago. She played in tournaments all over the South East. In 1995 won Grass National Championships. She played USAV for 20 plus years as well as becoming a regional referee in both Palmetto and Southern Regions.