Asics Willowbrook Coaches

Training Directors and Head Coaches

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  • Gabi Carbone
  • Janice Pressley

Gabi Carbone

Training Director and Recruiting Coordinator and 16 GOLD Coach

Gabi Carbone, a native of Brazil, has been working with Willowbrook Volleyball Club since 2000. She has been named the Club Recruiting Coordinator in 2010 and named Training Director shortly after in 2012. Serving as the Head Training Director and Recruiting Coordinator, Carbone's responsibilities include coaching the 16's top team, planning club wide practices, training and developing coaching staff, practice layouts, tournaments selections, helping promote kids and finding them scholarships to play in college and more. After graduating from University of Houston in 2003 with degrees in psychology and kinesiology, Carbone started coaching right away where she spent seven seasons with the University of Houston Cougar volleyball program. During her time at the University of Houston, Carbone has helped the team to 7 winning seasons, one trip to the C-USA Championships and one trip to the semi-finals. She also trained several ALL Americans, and ALL conferences players. Carbone was considered one of the top recruiters in the nation. Her commitment to the volleyball community extends far beyond. She has been training and developing players since 1998. Carbone's National and international knowledge and experience is crucial in training and preparing kids to further their
volleyball careers. Since full time at WSC Carbone has helped several players to fulfill their dreams of playing volleyball at the collegiate level. She has a 100% ratio in regards of college recruitment, meaning every kid that wants to play in the next level she will find a place for them to play. She has also qualified every team she has coached for Junior Olympics, where she has earned Silver and a Bronze Medal and also a 5th Place. She has also led her teams to 2 National Qualifiers Championship and 1 Bronze Medal Placement. Carbone also brings a great deal of International experience to Willowbrook volleyball program. Being a native of Brazil, the top country in volleyball, shows that Carbone has played at the highest level; making her an exceptional player and trainer. As a former student-athlete for University of Houston, Carbone set the program record with 3.55 digs per game in the pre-libero era and was the team captain. She also is in the program's Top 10 with 0.35 service aces per game. Carbone was a member of the 2001 First-Team All-C-USA. Before coming to UH, Carbone was a standout in her native country of Brazil as well as at Seward County Community College in Kansas, where she garnered All-American First-Team honors, AVCA First Team All American, Player of the year and several All Conference and All Region awards during her 2 years. Carbone has been a key person for Willowbrook's success. The owners plan on having her in the program for a while to continue to influence the volleyball community and players.
In 2013 Carbone was awarded by the LoneStar Region to the Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award.

Janice Pressley

Camp Manager and Marketing Director and 15 GOLD Coach

Janice currently serves as Willowbrook's Summer Camp Marketing Director. Janice has coached on the high school level and collegiate lever for 7 years with stints at Bartram Trail High School, University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville. In addition to collegiate coaching, Janice was also the Regional Director and Camp Director at Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association where she has served since 2001 with an appearance in the 2010 USAV Jr National Championship, winning a Gold Medal. Starting in 2007, Janice has also coached internationally with Bring It Promotions as a Head Coach leading and assisting teams in Austria, Slovenia, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand. Before her coaching career, Janice played at Florida Community College at Jacksonville and then transferred to Georgia Southern University with All Conference Awards as well as a Southern Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to eventual runner up Florida in the first round.

Head Coaches


Latisha Brown

Coach 18 GOLD

Latisha has over 28 years of experience playing and coaching volleyball.  She has trained hundreds of girls to become superior athletes, and responsible human beings with a special emphasis on character development, self-esteem enhancement, discipline, and an “I can do it” mentality.  A major inclusion in her coaching is encouraging athletes to believe that if they put their minds toward a specific goal, they could accomplish anything they desire.  Her chief joy when coaching and training is seeing athletes transform to a higher level of excellence in their overall performance and a remarkable increase in their confidence. 
She joined the Willowbrook coaching staff in 2007 with the 11 and under group. She has experience as a Collegiate Coach, High School Coach, Club Coach and as a player.  As a Willowbrook Coach, she has coached 12 Red, 13 Red, (3) 15 Red teams, and took the 17 Red to Post Season in 2014. Each of her teams has either placed high in major and minor tournaments, won tournaments, qualified for the Tour of Texas and/or qualified for Nationals.  Latisha has years of experience as a collegiate coach at The University of Houston and Rice University.  Lastly, Latisha’s High School coaching career includes starting a girl’s athletic program at The Banff School (Basketball, Volleyball and Cheerleading) and was the Head Coach at Northland Christian (leading them to a record winning season at that time).
As a player, Latisha received a full athletic scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Houston as Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter. At The University of Houston she was in the record books for many years in hitting percentage, total kills and blocking.  Athletic honors include: All-Decade Team in the SWC, multiple AVCA All-Regional, SWC All-Conference, All-Tournament and Player of the Week Awards, as well as the Captain of the United States Olympic Festival North Volleyball Team.  She was an intricate part of the first team at U of H to make the NCAA tournament her Junior year.  Latisha led her team to winning NIVC post-season Championship her Senior year.
Her coined athletic coaching phrase is D + A = S (Discipline + Action = Success). The chances of Success are increased if an athlete can remain Disciplined in the skills and training taught, and put forth aggressive Action toward those learned skills.
Latisha is the author of “Get Up You Big Fat Procrastinator”. 


Kate Zora

Coach 18 RED


Tony Lind

Coach 17 GOLD

Tony has been coaching for Willowbrook since 2003. He has coached every age group from 13's to 18's. In 2006 – 2007 Tony's first team Qualified for Jr. Nationals by taking 4th at Lone Star Regionals since that time Tony has had 5 other teams qualify for nationals; 2 of the Teams in 18 Open. In 2010 his team took 3rd at Lone Star Qualifier and 2011 they took Second at Big south and Second at the Lone Star Qualifier. He also led his 18's team to winning the 2012 Big South Qualifier, one of the largest and hardest qualifiers in the country. He was also the Assistant coach for 17 Red in 2012 where they finish 2nd Place in 17 National Division at JO's. In 2014 he Qualified his 16's second team by Finishing 4th at Lone Star Regionals.


Jim "SmokI" Richardson

Coach 17 RED


Royce Molitor

Coach 16 RED

Royce Molitor is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Finance. In his 10 plus years of coaching, including soccer and volleyball he has taken multiple teams to Nationals with a 4th place finish in the 14's division. He believes in being the best at aspects of the game you have control of such as: Individual work ethic, court awareness and team communication. He is married to Debbie and they have 4 daughters who have all played volleyball.

Daniel Romero


Daniel has been coaching and playing since 1995 when he started playing indoor volleyball in Louisiana. He has been a student assistant coach at McNeese State and Stephen F Austin. He has coached club for the past 10 years at different clubs in Louisiana and Texas. In 2009 he took his 18's team to a 13th place finish at Junior Olympics. He is also an open level sand volleyball player as well. He loves to teach the game to kids and to see them grow and achieve their goals as athletes.

Jeff Peters

Coach 16 WHITE

He has coached for WSC for 6 years. He is an USAV HP evaluator and A3 camp coach. He also has coached the Maccabi games U16 International juniors team, where they earned two gold medals and one bronze medal. He is also CAP level I and Impact certified. Jeff is a Juniors, Collegiate and Beach official.

Diane Beckmeyer

Coach 15 RED

Diane Played at Cy-Creek High School where she Made the All-State Team. After High school she went on to play Division I in college at University of New Orleans and Stephen F Austin. She coached volleyball at Cypress Christian for four years - two years at varsity. She also Coached them to their highest ranking in school history - 8th in state out of all 1A-3A schools. Diane is entering her ninth year at Willowbrook where she has coached top teams from 13-18's.

Erica English

Coach 15 WHITE

Erica English is on her third year as a coach for the Willowbrook Volleyball Club. She has been involved in the sport of volleyball for approximately 14 years. Her interest in volleyball occurred after watching her older sister participate in the sport. She began playing volleyball during middle school. She was a two year letterman at Elkins High School. She was also a member of Texas Tornadoes Club for four years. She also played collegiate volleyball at McMurry University in Abilene Texas. She is currently employed full-time at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in business operations. While she has had the opportunity to provide private volleyball lessons and serve as coach in different venues, she is very excited to share her volleyball experience, skills and knowledge with others that share the same interest and passion for the sport.

Tonya Davis

Coach 15 BLUE

Coach Tonya Davis is entering her 11th year as a volleyball coach. She is a graduate of Houston Baptist University with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Theology and also from HBU, Davis has her Masters in Education (MEd). Davis volleyball coaching career begin with her own passion for the game as a coach for a middle school where she developed and trained players to have integrity on and off of the court. Davis has 3 years of select/club volleyball experience where she thoroughly enjoyed the heightened level of competition for her players. Eight years ago, Davis also began coaching and volunteering volleyball at the local YMCA and also developed a free volleyball summer camp which she still facilitates annually for low income athletes. Davis has played indoor and beach volleyball on the adult level and still enthusiastically follows the sport. Davis is IMPACT certified and believes in pursuing continual coaching education. Davis believes the most important aspect in a player is attitude first and ability second.

Madison Hiemenz

Coach 14 GOLD

Madison played on the very first Willowbrook Club volleyball team that actually went on to medal in two national qualifiers. She began playing volleyball at the age of 9 when Volleyball quickly became her favorite sport. Madison trained and played as both a setter and hitter. She played for Bleyl Junior High as well as Cypress Creek High School. She was honored to accept a scholarship to play Division I volleyball for Southern Methodist University. She began coaching for Willowbrook right after she completed her volleyball career at SMU. This will be her 6th season at Willowbrook. She specializes in setter training and development of fundamental skills for beginning volleyball players. Madison was a kindergarten teacher for 6 years until the recent birth of her son. She is now a proud stay at home mom that loves the ability to continue her passion and love for volleyball through coaching.

Tony Avillanoza

Coach 14 RED & Assistant Coach

Perry Sontag

Coach 14 WHITE

Perry has been coaching volleyball for seven years, the last four with Houston Skyline. This is his first year with Willowbrook and he is excited about the opportunity to coach and learn from the staff and his players. He has played competitively indoors and outdoors for over 20 years and has also been a USAV certified referee. Perry's teams have been nationally competitive at the highest levels and many players have gone on to play in college. His philosophy is that "hard work with quality and high reps pays off." Hiemphasis is on solidifying fundamentals and then extending those skills/strategies based on age and ability.


Leticia Kuhn

Coach 14 BLACK & Assistant Coach


Christy Greer

Coach 14 BLUE


Michelle Williams

Coach 14 GREEN


Shannon Sampson

Coach 14 GREEN


Rich Richardson

Coach 13 GOLD

Daniel "Rich" Richardson is 51 Years old, and an Impact certified coach as well as a USAV Championship Official/Scorer, with over 30 years playing experience, and 25 years officiating experience. In Rich's 12 years of coaching he has had 5 teams qualify for USAV Nationals, while earning a bronze medal in the American division in 2005, and 2007 at the 17's age level, as well as a silver medal in the National division this past season. Rich has dedicated himself to "Striving to help young athletes achieve their goals on and off the court. It is truly and honor and a privilege to have this opportunity." In 2013 coach Rich was awarded by the LoneStar Region to the Robert L. Lindsay Meritorious Service Award


Charvette Brown

Coach 13 RED

Rae Shockley

Coach 13 WHITE

Rae started playing her senior year at Spring High School as a DS/OH. She played in college at Oklahoma Wesleyan University as a DS/L and led the conference two years in a row in aces. Coached two years for Tulsa Juniors 15s age group. She has been coaching at Willowbrook for two years in the 13s age group. She is currently finishing up her last year of her Masters.


Megan Seay

Coach 13 BLUE


Julie Underwood

Coach 13 GREEN


Mona Chalmers

Coach 12 GOLD


Lindsey Baumgardner

Coach 12 RED

Kesha Dyer

Coach 12 WHITE

Kesha has coached volleyball in the Houston area as well as New Orleans for over 10 years. She has won several district titles as a junior high and high school volleyball coach. This is her first year coaching club volleyball. Kesha has a degree in Sports Medicine and is certified to coach other sports. Along with volleyball she can be found coaching track as well as supporting her children in their numerous activities or simply spending time with family and friends. Kesha firmly believes in "I CAN" never "I CAN'T".


Ashley Jenkins

Coach 12 BLUE

Ashley has been coaching volleyball on and off for five years. She specializes in fundamentals and strengthening key concepts. She played club and school volleyball throughout middle school and high school. Due to a shoulder injury, She did not play in college. However, she did begin her coaching career and received her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Sam Houston State University.


Beverly Murphy

Coach 11 GOLD

Beverly is a graduate of Sam Houston State University, where is played volleyball and was a member of the track and field team. She started her coaching career in Goodrich ISD, and was a Head Coach for volleyball, track and field, basketball and cross country. She later moved to Lincoln Junior High, Livingston Junior High and Livingston High School, and was a volleyball, basketball and track and field coach at those schools. In 2004, she started her time at then 5A Klein Collins High School. She took over the Head Volleyball Coach position from 2008-2011. She took her team to the state playoffs from 2009-2011, graduated 7 college scholarship recepients, coached several All-State athetles, one All-American and numerous All-Distrcit and All-Academic athletes. Beverly's extensive knowledge and passion for the game is what makes her stand out from the rest.


Allyson Edberg

Assistant Coach


Josie Santos-Wade

Assistant Coach