COACHES

AMARILLO ELITE VOLLEYBALL

Katie Allen

Katie Allen

COACH

Graduated from Deming High School in 2006. My volleyball team and I won the 4A state championship my junior and senior year. I was All-State in volleyball and basketball. Went on to play volleyball at Rockhurst University. Returned to my home town where I was the head JV volleyball coach. Then moved to Amarillo to be closer to my family. This will be my second year coaching for AEV.

Selena Batiste

Selena Batiste

COACH

My name is Selena Batiste, and I am a senior at West Texas A&M from Portland, Oregon. I am in my fourth year at WT as an outside hitter on the volleyball team. I am majoring in Business Management with a minor in Finance. This will be my third season coaching with AEV, coming off of coaching the 13-2s last year, and the 11-2s the year before.

Tacie Bell

Tacie Bell

COACH

This will be my first-year coaching club at AEV. However, I played for AEV for 6 years prior to graduating from high school. I am 2018 graduate from Highland Park High School, where I played volleyball all 4 years as a Libero. I was Region I, District 3: Defensive Player of Year (2016 & 2017), Co-MVP (2017); 1st Team All-District (2015); Amarillo Super Team HM (2016 & 2017); Selected to play in TAVC All-Star Tournament. I went on to play at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, TX where I played my freshman year as a Defensive Specialist. I am currently back home in the Panhandle attending West Texas A&M University as an Exercise Sports Science Major. 

Shannon Cavalier

Shannon Cavalier

AEV Assistant Director/Coach

Shannon is new to AEV this 2020 season and we are so excited to add her on staff not only as a coach, but as our new AEV Assistant Director. Shannon is a graduate from AHS and WTAMU.  She played Amarillo JO’s during her club seasons. She was an outside hitter who played all the way around, in high school, club ball, and college.  
Shannon was the varsity volleyball coach at Pampa High School for 2 years. Shannon then got married to her husband, Tony, who is currently the defensive coordinator at Amarillo High School. They then moved to Amarillo where Shannon coached at De Zavala Middle School for 1 year. She also coached at Ascension Academy for 2 years. Shannon became a stay at home mom with her children, 1 girl, Sienna, and 2 boys, Creed and Coy.  Shannon and Tony moved away to the metroplex for a time. She coached her daughter’s team for TAV Fort Worth 12-1’s. The job at AHS for Tony, moved the family back to Amarillo, after being away for 7 years.  Shannon coached 1 season last year for TAV Amarillo 13-1s. She is thrilled to be back at volleyball and getting to coach these young girls! Shannon’s AEV philosophy: I want each player to rise to the best of their abilities and shine on and off the court. Character and integrity, as well, go on and off the court. Anything worth having/doing, is hard during the process, (in practice and in life), but the reward is so worth it!
Jonathan Clark

Jonathan Clark

COACH

Shelby Cox

Shelby Cox

COACH

Shelby Cox has 4 years of coaching experience and is currently the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Frank Phillips College. Previously, she coached at several club volleyball programs including, Wave Volleyball Club, Club One (both in Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Austin Juniors Volleyball. 

Cox is from Austin, Texas, where she played at Austin Juniors for 5 years, her Junior year of high school she placed first at the Lone Star Classic Tournament and won a National Championship in Dallas. Following her high school career, she played at Division I Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  At Oral Roberts Cox started as a Freshman playing middle blocker. Her Sophomore year, Cox, earned most efficient hitter for the Golden Eagles with .299 hitting percentage. During her Junior year, she was recognized as Offensive Player of the week after earning 16 kills against Omaha. As a Senior Cox switched to Right Side Hitter and was awarded All Conference Team at the end of the season.

Caitlin Doyle

Caitlin Doyle

COACH

Played volleyball for Tascosa from 2002-2006. Played collegiate volleyball at ENMU in Portales, NM from 2006-2009 earning All-conference honors. Holds the record at ENMU for most digs in a season as well as in a career. After graduation, I served as the WT graduate assistant for volleyball from 2011-2013. I have coached club for 8+ years including clubs in Amarillo, San Antonio (IMPACT Volleyball) and Oklahoma City (PEAK). I recently got married and moved back to Amarillo and am excited to coach club in Amarillo again!

Gabrielle Emery

Gabrielle Emery

COACH

This is my second year as a coach for AEV. I coached the 16-2s Canyon team last year. I am playing my third year of volleyball at West Texas A&M University as a setter for the Lady Buffs. I am studying Biology with an emphasis on Pre-Med to eventually become a Neuro oncologist. I was a two-year varsity letterman for Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona. There is nothing I’d rather spend my free time doing. Coaching volleyball is my passion.

Lee Golden

Lee Golden

COACH

Lee is from Miami, Florida, specifically Davie, Florida (principal city in the Miami metropolitan area) and graduated in 2007.
She was a 6 sport athlete in high school of which was volleyball, basketball, softball, track, swimming and flag football! Lee is the oldest of 7 kids!

Lee started attending Hillsborough Community College in Tampa at 17 years old. She played 2 years of volleyball, then transferred to the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Played RS/S with a 40 inch vertical & ran track. She was part of a Regional Conference Champion with Honorable Mention in GNAC.

Still having some eligibility, Lee moved to Dallas and started coaching at Madfrog Club Prep until she was picked up in a tournament and snagged a spot at WTAMU in Canyon, Texas. As a Lady Buff, won a Conference Championship, Regional Championship and finished Senior season at the National Championships in the final 4. She then moved back to Dallas to coach, while training and doing lessons shortly after.

Working with Madfrog 8 seasons, Lee has coached all ages 9-18, who all have finished top 10 in the nation. Every athlete who wanted to go to college, went on to play at the college level and to play in all divisions. This past season, her teams qualified in Open divisions and the younger age groups all finished top 3 at AAU top levels.

Lee loves the Texas Panhandle! She fell in love with the Amarillo area her Senior year at WTAMU. She owns her own mental training business called GETRU COACHING, which provides 3 major components to performance training (mental, physical & spiritual). She was saved, then baptized by her father, who is a pastor in McKinney, Texas. He has a church called, The Amazing Church of McKinney.

“I absolutely love what I do and I am honored to do it for a living. I’m excited to be a part of Amarillo Elite Volleyball!

Shaynna Goldston

Shaynna Goldston

Member at Large/Borger Representative/Coach

Shaynna was a 3 year letterman for Dumas High School under Coach Jack Wilson. State Semifinalist in 1994, All-Tournament Selection 3 times in 1995, All-District First Team in 1995. In college, she was a 2 year letterman for McMurry University under Coach Cammie Petree. ASC Conference Champions in 1997 first time in school history. Perfect conference game record of 36-0 in 1997. All-Conference Honorable Mention in 1997. Academic All-Conference in 1997. She played for the Amarillo JO’s club volleyball and AAU club basketball. Shaynna is married to Shad Goldston and they have 2 children, Grace and George. Shaynna is a stay at home mom. Shaynna is going on her 12th year coaching club ball; this is her 9th year to coach for AEV. Shaynna has served on the AEV Executive Board for the past 3 years. Shaynna’s AEV philosophy: To develop and build life skills through the team sport arena and to promote young ladies into successful adults.
Clark Inskeep

Clark Inskeep

COACH

Clark Inskeep comes to AEV with a combined 25  seasons of coaching in the public schools and club. Clark has coached at Dumas Jr. High, Dumas High, Randall High, Bushland High, Club Amarillo, and Amarillo Elite volleyball. While at Randall and Dumas he gained valuable coaching skills and insight to develop players and what make a team successful.  During his 3 years as a head coach at Bushland his teams were very successful.  Each season finishing 1st in district, and making it to the regional semifinals during his time at Bushland High.  In 2010 he lead the Lady Falcons to semifinalist at the State Tournament.  Clark loves the game of volleyball and seeing players compete on the court.  He believes volleyball prepares kids for life as adult through, team work, discipline, and creating a strong work ethic.

Ginger Inskeep

Ginger Inskeep

COACH

Ginger Inskeep has coached for AEV for the past 5 years. Ginger also coached for Club Amarillo for 3 seasons in the past and she assisted her husband Clark Inskeep for 3 years at Dumas High.  Ginger has a deep understanding of the game of volleyball and is an expert at team dynamics and stats. Ginger enjoys impacting and shaping young girls into the young ladies they will become as adults.

Abbee Jefferies

Abbee Jefferies

COACH

This is Abbee’s 8th year of coaching for AEV. She coached at the high school level for 7 years.  She is currently working at Region 16 as the Science and GT specialist.

Anslee Jefferies

Anslee Jefferies

COACH

Anslee Jefferies graduated from WTAMU in 2013 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies and in 2017 she graduated with her Masters in Educational Leadership. She has several years of coaching experience. This will be Anslee’s 8th year of coaching for AEV. Anslee has ran the 12s and under program for AEV. She was the Palo Duro Assistant Coach for the past four years. In May, she was named as the Head Coach at Palo Duro.

Ashlee Jefferies

Ashlee Jefferies

COACH

This is my 8th year coaching for AEV. I’ve coached from 11 to 16 year olds. My sisters and dad have joined me in coaching for many years. I do it for the girls and for them to love the sport! I am a P.E. Teacher and I absolutely love it!

Barney Jefferies

Barney Jefferies

COACH

Essence Kays

Essence Kays

COACH

Essence played in high school at both Tascosa and Amarillo High School as a Middle Hitter. She was a part of the third place in state team at Amarillo High school and 1st team all-district honorable mention at Tascosa High School.

Essence went on to play college ball at Panhandle State University and was 2 time Aggie player of the week. She played club for AEV for 5 years. We are excited to have Essence back in Amarillo and at AEV coaching!

Taylor Kress

Taylor Kress

COACH

This will be my third year coaching for AEV. I have co-coached an 11-2 and 17-2 team the past two years. I am currently a senior at West Texas A&M and play volleyball for the Lady Buffs as an outside hitter/ defensive specialist. I am getting my degree in Sports and Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. I am from the Dallas Fort Worth area and went to Grapevine High School.

Caitlin Lamberson

Caitlin Lamberson

COACH

This is my fifth year to coach for AEV but I have been a part of the AEV family since I was 13 years
old. I played club volleyball for AEV for 6 years and went to Nationals 5 out of those 6 years. I graduated
high school from Amarillo High in 2010 as a dual-sport athlete. I helped win two 5A volleyball state
championships in 2008 & 2009 as well as played varsity basketball for three years. I went on to play
Division II college volleyball for Midwestern State University as a middle blocker. I was a starter for
all 4 years of my undergrad and a team captains my junior and senior years. I graduated in 2014 with
a degree in Exercise Physiology and went on to earn my master’s degree in Sports Management
from WTAMU in 2016. I married my husband, Stephan Lamberson, June 11 th of that year so we are
going on our 4 th year of marriage! This is my fifth year working at WTAMU in Instructional
Technology Services as a multimedia production specialist.

Bethany Lankford

Bethany Lankford

COACH

My name is Bethany Lankford and this will be my 2nd season coaching club Volleyball! I grew up in Dumas where I played middle hitter and was on the state winning team in 1998. I also played middle hitter for 4 years at Lubbock Christian University where we made it to the National Tournament three out of four seasons! I am happily married to my amazing husband, Trent, who coaches girls basketball at Amarillo High. We have two children. Hannon is 13, and she will be playing her 4th season of club volleyball. My son Mason is 10 and loves all sports! I am excited to be a part of AEV and looking forward to another great year!

Cree Lespierre

Cree Lespierre

COACH

My name is Cree Lespierre. I am from Dallas, Texas and I am currently a student athlete at West Texas A&M playing volleyball. I am currently a graphic design major and I plan to use it for interior design.
I have played volleyball for 11 years in the front row as a lefty. I have coached at the volleyball school, in Katy, TX, from ages 10-16. I’ve had very good success from it. I am very passionate about volleyball and excited to see what the future holds for me.

Terry and Renee Lichtie

Terry and Renee Lichtie

COACH

Terry and Renee have 22 years of coaching experience. They have made 4 trips to USA Nationals and 1 to AAU Nationals.  “We love to teach kids and promote the game of volleyball.” This will make Terry and Renee’s 7th club season with AEV! Renee has been a therapist for 21 years in Dumas. They have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren, whom they love very much! We are blessed to have these two in our program!

Branda Morales

Branda Morales

COACH

Branda Morales is on her 4th season with Amarillo Elite Volleyball and is on her 11th season as a Volleyball Coach in Amarillo. She graduated from Caprock High School where she played Volleyball and Softball. She went on to get her degree in Exercise Sports Science and Education from Texas State University. After Graduation, her and her husband, Jerry, returned to Amarillo where she accepted a teaching/coaching position. She has since returned to her alma mater and is currently the Head Volleyball Coach at Caprock High School. Branda and Jerry have four kids, Easton 20 months, Brooke 3, Berklee 10, and Grace 11. Grace and Berklee are about to start their 4th season as athletes in the AEV program.

Jenni Parks

Jenni Parks

COACH

Jenni played volleyball for Randall High School from 1995-1997 and played club from 1991-1998. She has coached club for 10+ years. Took a few years break for family and have been back coaching for AEV since 2017.

Krysten Reed

Krysten Reed

COACH

This is my second year coaching with AEV and I have loved every minute of it! I played club volleyball for 9 years and for the majority of the time I was a libero. I graduated from Randall High School in 2016 where I played volleyball and got third in state my senior year. I went on to play college volleyball at East Texas Baptist University. I am currently in nursing school and absolutely love it. When I am not coaching or studying I love to hangout with my family.

Katie Rickwartz-Young

Katie Rickwartz-Young

COACH

High School
*4-year Varsity Letterman
• 2003- All-State, Team MVP, District MVP
• 2004 – All-State
• 2005 – All State, Team MPV, District MVP, Golden Spread All-Star Game MVP

College
*Undefeated in Lonestar Conference Play for entire career.  Career record of 143-21.
• 2006 – Lonestar Conference Champs, Final Four finisher for Division II Volleyball
• 2007 – All-American, LSC Setter of the Year, LSC 1st Team, LSC Academic All-Conference, 1st Team All Region, Dean’s List, Final Four finisher for Division II Volleyball
• 2008 – All-American, LSC Pre-Season Setter of the Year, LSC Setter of the Year, LSC 1st Team, LSC Academic All-Conference, 1st Team All Region, Dean’s List
• 2009 – All-American, LSC Pre-Season Setter of the Year, LSC Setter of the Year, LSC 1st Team, LSC Academic All-Conference, 1st Team All Region, Dean’s List, Dick Bynum Award
• 2019 – Inducted into the 2018 class for the West Texas A&M Hall of Champions

Coaching
• 2010 & 2011 – Dalhart Assistant Volleyball Coach
• 2012 Tascosa High School Assistant Volleyball Coach
• 2014 Club Coach

Personal
Married to Josh Young since 2010 and together have two sons: Dyer (6) and Chesley (3). Took a hiatus from coaching while sons are little. Currently teaching at Crockett Middle School and will graduate in December with Masters in Education for School Counseling.

Heather Schrader

Heather Schrader

COACH

I began playing volleyball for Trinity Fellowship Christian School, which later became Arbor Academy. Because of the influence of my coach at the time, I developed a desire to do the same and started that journey as the 7th grade coach for Faith Christian School in Grapevine, TX. After moving back to Amarillo, I took a few years off and began coaching 7th grade at San Jacinto Christian where I continued to coach for 6 years, moving up to JV. During the off-season for school ball, I began coaching club volleyball with PVP and coached there for 8 years, coaching ages 13-17. After taking a year off, I just recently finished my 3rd season with AEV and have loved every minute!

Briana Smith

Briana Smith

COACH

Briana Smith has coached for 6 year’s and 4 with AEV. This will be her 7th year and 5th year with AEV. She is married to Dusty Smith and they have a new baby boy, 6 months old named Beckett.

Madison Todd

Madison Todd

COACH

Madison is a Senior at Dalhart high school, where she has played for the varsity volleyball team for three years. She has played on National teams for AEV for the past three years.

Madison was MVP sophomore and junior year, best offensive player junior year, academic all district sophomore and junior year, 1st team all district sophomore and junior year, and a member of National Honors Society. AEV is very excited to have Madison coach her 1st club season with AEV!

Samantha Todd

Samantha Todd

COACH

Samantha, Sam for short, played volleyball and threw discus in track, while in high school. After she graduated, Sam started reffing her freshman year of college for both UIL and club volleyball, and has reffed for three years. Sam is now in her senior year in college and on the road to getting her Bachelors degree in graphic design at West Texas A&M University! This will be Sam’s first year coaching and with AEV. AEV is very excited to have Sam join our coaching staff!

Haleigh Valenzuela

Haleigh Valenzuela

COACH

Sydney Vorheis

Sydney Vorheis

COACH

My names Sydney Vorheis!  I am a junior at WTAMU and I am pursuing a degree in Science Education to become a teacher and a coach. I went to school in Levelland and was part of the varsity volleyball and track team. I played one year of college volleyball at Frank Phillips Junior College. This will be my 3rd year to coach for AEV and I want to be able teach athletes to be mentally strong and fearless when it comes to the game: simple to complex!