A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life." - John Wooden
We understand the difficult choices that both parents and players face when selecting a club volleyball program. One of the reasons why the Excell Sports Club Volleyball program has become such a force on the club scene is due to the talented and decorated coaching staff that makes up our coaching team. Each Coach is carefully selected for their exceptional knowledge and understanding of the sport, as well as for their history of successes, and their upstanding character, both on and off the courts. Our Coaching staff is the most decorated and skilled staff in the Upstate. We intentionally remain a smaller club to guarantee the quality of coaching your player receives. We are fortunate to have staff that represent many Greenville County schools and local Universities. Our staff includes: Greenville High School Varsity Volleyball Coach, JL Mann Varsity Volleyball Coach, Greer High School Varsity Volleyball Coach, Chapman High School Varsity Volleyball Coach, Erskine College Head Volleyball Coach, and North Greenville University Men's Assistant Volleyball Coach.
We are thankful for our team, and for the impact they are making in not only the sport, but in the lives of our youth.
Coach Sarah Atkinson
Coach Sarah began playing volleyball at 8 years old after watching her sister play and love the game. Coach Sarah graduated from Christ Church Episcopal School in 2016 where she was a setter and played for the Cavaliers for 4 years. Coach Sarah was awarded 4 time All Region, All State in 2015, North South All Star Selection. Coach Sarah still hold the aces and assists records for the Christ Church Cavaliers. During Coach Sarah's senior year in high school, she played for Excell Storm during our inagural year amd was a vital part of our 18 Premier team.
Coach Sarah continued her volleyball career at Erskine College where she played all 4 years as a setter. In 2017 and 2019, Coach Sarah received Presidential Honor Roll Recognition. Coach Sarah graduated from Erskine College with a degree in Special Education.
Currently, Coach Sarah teaches K5-6th grade special education at GREEN charter school. This Sarah's my first year teaching and she was awarded September Employee of the Month. Coach Sarah is also coaching at Christ Church Episcopal School as the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach.
We are thrilled to have Sarah return to Excell in the role of Head Coach of our 12's Select Volleyball Team for the 2022 season.
Coach Dean Bailey
Coach Dean graduated from Greenville High School and attended Furman University, graduating in 2012 with a BA in health sciences. While at Furman, Coach Dean picked up volleyball and worked closely with the D1 Women's Varsity Team. Because men's volleyball was non-existent at that time in SC, Coach Dean founded the Men's Club Volleyball team at Furman and was the President and Captain of the club team for his 4 years at Furman. Coach Dean and his club team traveled across the Region, competing in tournaments and matches with other college club and varsity programs. Coach Dean's volleyball position is setter.
While in college, Coach Dean began coaching volleyball with another local club program and was with them from 2010 - 2019. For two seasons, he coached the boys program. Afterwards, he began coaching the National Level Teams (16-18 age group), with his last 3 seasons at the 16 National Level. In 2019, Coach Dean assisted Kim LaBoard with both the Varsity and JV programs at JL Mann High School.
Currently, Coach Dean works as the Assistant Director for High School Success with the Bridges to a Brighter Future program at Furman University. The program is a college access and success program for low-income, first-generation students in Greenville County. Coach Dean is also the Women's Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach at JL Mann High School. Coach Dean joined the Excell family in 2019 and coached the 18 Premier Team for the 2021 Club Volleyball season.
Coach Destiny Condra
Coach Destiny found her passion for coaching while playing at Byrnes High School and helping the local developmental teams.
Coach Desting attended Winthrop University and rekindled that passion coaching the JV team at Indian Land High School. After receiving her degree in Business Administration in 2018, she moved back to the Greenville area and began coaching at a neighboring club. After leaving the corporate world, Coach Destiny opted for a career change and began teaching high school and coaching high school volleyball. She began coaching Junior Varsity Volleyball at J.L. Mann in 2020, and teaches there as well.
Coach Destiny is also a Palmetto Region Official, and has enjoyed continuing her knowledge of the sport in that capacity. We are thrilled to welcome Coach Destiny to the Excell Storm family and look forward to all the success that awaits her and her team.
Coach Luke Densmore
Coach Luke grew up playing most all sports, and especially enjoyed basketball, playing throughout high school. The summer of Coach Luke’s junior year of high school, Easley Homeschool Athletics began their men’s volleyball program and Luke was a part of their inaugural season. Coach Luke played club volleyball for CUVC during his senior year and, after being recruited in 2020, committed to play for North Greenville University that fall.
Over the summer between Coach Luke’s senior year of high school and his freshman year at NGU, he began playing pickup volleyball with a group of high school males who had not played before. They ended up sharing his same passion and Luke began coaching them that fall at Easley Homeschool Athletics.
With the launch of Excell Sport’s men’s volleyball program in the fall of 2021, Coach Luke worked as an Assistant Coach for the 18’s team.
Coach Luke’s passion for volleyball is evident and he attributes the way he was coached as having played a large role in his affinity for the sport. Coach Luke balances his time and dedication to the sport, his team, his coaching responsibilities, and his college commitments with ease, as his passion for volleyball gives him a great desire to grow the game with others. We are excited to have Coach Luke continue with Excell Sports as one of the 2022 Summer Beach Travel Team Coaches.
Coach Bethany Elgin
Coach Bethany (Coach B) is originally from West Virginia where she attended Bethany College and played in the PAC as a Setter. She Graduated in 2000 with a major in Accounting.
Coach B began her coaching career by coaching at her alma mater high school as a JV Coach and then moved up to the Head Varsity Coach of Brooke High School by the age of 22. She led the team to a OVAC District and Sectional Championship and became Regional Runner-Up in her first year. After relocating to South Carolina, Coach B continued coaching at Hickory Tavern Middle School where she organized and started their first volleyball program.
Coach B returned to coaching to share the love of volleyball with her daughters through the recreation program in Simpsonville. This year she returned to competitive volleyball by becoming the Head Coach at Hillcrest Middle School. She led her Lady Wildcats to an undefeated regular season and a Southeast Division Championship and, with an overall 12-1 record, the Lady Wildcats became the District Runner-Up.
Coach B currently resides in Simpsonville with her husband, Stephen, and their three children. Her son, Logan, is the starting Running Back for Hillcrest High School. Her daughter, Alivia, plays for Hillcrest Middle School Volleyball and also plays club volleyball with Excell Sports. Her other daughter, McKinlee, has played for the rec as well as is playing club volleyball with Excell Sports. We look forward to having a successful first season with Coach B!
Coach Jandra Fabian
Coach Jandra Fabian is from the Dominican Republic where she played for the Doninican Republic National Team as well as varius local clubs in the Dominican Republic. When Coach Jandra finished high school school, she relocated to the United States to both continue her education as well as to play volleyball. She attended the University of Arizona State (D1) where she played volleyball as well as double majored in Business Administration and Business Finance. She attended Bloomfield College (D2) in New Jersey where earned her Master's degree in Sports Management.
Coach Jandra coached a top 14's team with A5 for two years as well as a top 17's team for a neighboring club. Previously, Coach Jandra was the Head Coach for Junior Varsity at Christ Church Episcopal School as well as the Assistant Coach for Varsity. This will be Coach Jandra's first season with Excell Sports and we are excited to have her join our family this 2022 club volleyball season.
Coach Silas Jenkins
Coach Silas began playing volleyball when he was 14 years old. After high school, he continued his volleyball career at North Greenville University (NGU) in Tigerville, South Carolina. While attending NGU he played Libero and was Team Captain his Junior year. During his time at North Greenville, he also assisted the Women's Volleyball Team, where he mainly focused on defense and serve receive. Throughout his time at NGU, Coach Silas maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher all four years which resulted in four Academic All Conference awards for Conference Carolinas.
Due to an injury to his peroneal nerve during his senior year of high school, Coach Silas became eligible for the US Paralympic Beach and Sitting volleyball teams. Since 2014, Coach Silas has been flying out to Oklahoma, Florida, and California to train and play with the teams in hopes of making a roster for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.
Coach Silas joined our Excell Sports Coaching Staff in 2018. In the summer months, Coach Silas remains on staff with Excell Sports, coaching and assiting with the Outdoor Grass Volleyball Leagues and coaches the Excell STORM Travel Beach Volleyball Teams.
Currently, Coach Silas is a History teacher at Greer High School as well as the Varsity Volleyball Coach.
Coach Jessica Kinne
Coach Jessica has an extensive volleyball history. Whether she has been a player, a coach and/or a referee, Coach Jessica has been involved with the sport of volleyball, and involved in the lives of the youth, for over 25 years.
Jessica was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and it was in Florida where she found her passion for the sport. Being a Floridian for 26 years, Coach Jessica mastered both the indoor court game and outdoor sand game while growing up in her hometown. Coach Jessica attended Pinellas Park High School where she played the positions of libero and setter for her Varsity Volleyball team. After graduation and before relocating to South Carolina, Coach Jessica was also a volleyball referee in Florida.
For the past ten (10) years and upon relocation to South Carolina, Coach Jessica coached teams at other local volleyball clubs as well as coached flag football and volunteered with other youth sport organizations. Coach Jessica was even a Girl Scouts Troop leader for 5 years and a school volunteer for 14 years … all while raising 10 children!
Coach Jessica has been the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Wade Hampton High School since 2019. This will be her second season coaching club volleyball with Excell Sports. Coach Jessica coached the 16 Premier Volleyball Team for the 2021 Club Season.
Coach Makenzie is not only academically gifted, but she is also an extremely talented volleyball player. Coach Makenzie began playing volleyball when she was twelve years old. She played club volleyball with Excell Sports from 2015 – 2020. During that time, she attended Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, South Carolina where she was an Outside Hitter/DS player for Varsity all four years. Not only did Makenzie dominate on the volleyball court where she was recognized as a leader numerous times, but she also maintained an excellent GPA, graduating with honors and a GPA of 3.542.
Before graduating from Wade Hampton High School, Makenzie was recruited to play indoor volleyball at Erskine College. Currently, Makenzie is in her sophomore year at Erskine College and a student athlete who continues to maintain a 3.603 GPA while playing Outside/DS for her college team.
In 2021, Makenzie assisted Coach Matt McManaway with the 14 Premier Team and joins our Excell Staff for the 2022 season as the coach for the 17 2’s Premier Team. We are thrilled to have Makenzie back with us, passing on her knowledge of the game to our athletes.
Coach Courtney Kozar
Dr. Courtney Kozar works at Presbyterian College as an Assistant Professor. Previously, Courtney worked as head coach in all NCAA divisions. Coach Courtney has 12 years of volleyball coaching experience.
Coach Courtney is an alumna of Guilford College with a Bachelor degree in Biology, a Master's degree from Wesley College, and an Associates degree from Brown-Mackie College. Coach Courtney played 4 years of collegiate volleyball as a hitter and as a utility player. Coach Courtney will receive her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in fall of 2021.
Coach Courtney is passionate about rural communities and youth development . She is an active member with the Therapy Across Borders Group out of Kenya; a nonprofit public benefit corporation focused on enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities, their families, and communities of need around the world through direct therapy services, education, and advocacy.
Coach Courtney is currently engaged to Michael Addison and their family includes one daughter, Sadie, and one dog-daughter, Millie. Coach Courtney is the local Clinton High Varsity Volleyball Coach and she enjoys playing sports, camping, gardening, and new adventures.
Coach Kim LaBoard
Coach Kim is our veteran Excell Storm Club Volleyball Coach, having been the first coach we hired on staff. Coach Kim is originally from Saint Petersburg, Florida where she attended the University Of West Florida and played as an Outside Hitter for her college team. She graduated from West Florida in 2010 with a major in Sports Management. Coach Kim is entering her 15th year coaching club volleyball, with her club volleyball coaching beginning in 2005. Since joining Excell Sports in 2015, Coach Kim has taken her teams to Nationals as well as assisted players with getting college recognition and college volleyball scholarships.
Currently, Coach Kim is the Head Varsity Volleyball Coach for JL Mann High School in Greenville, SC and was named Coach of The Year in 2018. Coach Kim is married to husband, Nick LaBoard, and they have 3 daughters. We look forward to another successful season with Coach Kim and her team.
Intern Coach Jenna Lemons
Jenna Lemons is a Junior attending Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC. Jenna has been involved with Excell Sports since 2018, participating in both our Travel Indoor Teams and Beach Travel Volleyball programs for the past 4 years.
Since early 2021, while rehabbing a knee injury, Jenna has continued to be active and involved with her high school volleyball team as a student coach. Jenna has also been assisting Excell Sports with the younger student athletes when needed. Jenna loves being involved in the sport of volleyball and has accepted the role of Intern Coach for Excell Sports for the 2021 – 2022 season. Jenna will be assisting with tryout evaluations for the 14/Under ages as well as helping various coaches with practices, drills, tournament preparations, etc for the 14/U players. Jenna will also be available to work with players who are new to the sport of volleyball by offering them support, guidance, and feedback.
In her free time, Jenna enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Jenna is looking forward to the opportunity to play beach volleyball in college and cannot wait to be fully rehabbed and back in the game! We look forward to having Coach Jenna join our Excell family in this new Intern role for the 2021 – 2022 club season.
Excell Sports Owner and Club Director, Shane LeCroy
Coach Shane LeCroy and his wife began Excell Sports in 2004. Before founding their company, Shane played on the Pro Am Beach Volleyball Tour from 1996 – 2004 where he:
In 2010, Coach LeCroy was recruited to begin the first Varsity Lacrosse program at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville, South Carolina which he did until May 2016. In addition to his responsibilities as Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach, he was also the Varsity Volleyball Head Coach. Before becoming a Cavalier, he was also a Varsity Volleyball Head Coach at Greenville High School from 1999-2009 where he:
Before being recruited to be the Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach at Christ Church Episcopal School, Coach LeCroy was the Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach at Greenville High School from 2004- 2010 where he was decorated with lacrosse honors that include:
In addition to being Owner/Director of Excell Sports, Shane LeCroy is currently the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Chapman High School. Coach LeCroy and wife, Stephanie, have been together for 20 years and is proud to call himself dad to their two children, daughter, Hannah (16) and son, Briggs (13).
Coach Dan McKean.
Coach Dan began his coaching career coaching volleyball at Dacusville Middle School where he coached for 10 years, from 2005-2015. He and his teams had consistent success during his experience at DMS - winning nearly 75% of their matches during that time span despite easily being the smallest school amongst their competition.
Coach Dan just completed his fourth year as the Head JV Coach at Easley High School while also serving as an Assistant Coach on the Varsity team. When Coach Dan was asked about his recent past regular season as well as his goals for joining the Excell staff for the club season he said, "It has been a fun and challenging season as the coaching staff there has worked together to continue to establish a positive and winning culture in building a program for the Lady Green Wave. My goal is to apply this knowledge and experience at Excell in preparing these young ladies for competitive play at both the JV and Varsity levels. Along the way, I know it will be important as an opportunity to me to continue to grow in my own experience and knowledge. It is also my goal that these girls learn life lessons in adversity, overcoming, courage, kindness, support, patience, compassion, listening, hearing, and many other areas which go beyond simply winning and losing on the court. Simply put, I want them to grow as young women as well as volleyball players. I equally desire to help them grow as individuals spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically as we traverse the many ups and downs a season inevitably holds. I want to push them and help them to become all they wish to be during the volleyball season and beyond as they finish their high school years and as they begin looking towards whatever God may have for them in the future."
Coach Dan has three children. His oldest is a Junior in college playing beach volleyball at Erskine College.
Coach Dan has been a Head Coach for a neighboring 14Region Club Volleyball team and has assisted on multiple other club teams over the past several years. Coach Dan joind the Excell family in 2019 and this is his third season with Excell Sports. Coach Dan will be assisting Coach Shane with the boy's volleyball program for the 2021 - 2022 club season.
Coach Katie McManaway
Coach Katie McManaway was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She played volleyball for Mount Vernon High School where she was both Region Player of the Year in 2017 and honorable mention All-State player 2017. Coach Katie was also on the Ohio Valley Region Team from 2015 to 2017.
Coach Katie was recruited to South Carolina where she attended North Greenville University (NGU) and played as an outside hitter for NGU. During Coach Katie’s Freshman – Junior years, she was a three-year starter and letterman athlete. During Katie’s senior year, she was forced to have shoulder surgery and was unable to continue to play volleyball for NGU. Coach Katie graduated NGU early and began her career as a Marketing Manager for Universal UniLink.
Coach Katie began working with Excell Sports in 2020 – 2021 where she was a coach for the In-House Academy program and did private coaching and lessons for many volleyball athletes. Coach Katie will be the 15 Premier Coach for the 2021 – 2022 Club Volleyball Season. We are beyond excited to have Coach Katie back for her second season with Excell and we look forward to the successful season ahead.
Coach Matt McManaway
Coach Matt McManaway is from Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Coach Matt was a two-time All-Conference Volleyball player as well as player of the year for his high school.
Coach Matt graduated from North Greenville University (NGU) in 2018 and still assists with the Men’s Volleyball program at the University. During his career at North Greenville University where he played Middle Block, he was National Player of the Month, Week and Night several times. Coach Matt was also a recipient All-Conference Carolina for three consecutive years. Matt holds the North Greenville University record for most bocks, kills and most matches played. Matt joined forces with Excell Sports in 2020 and coached the 14 Premier Team during the 2021 Club Volleyball Season.
Coach Emma Pepper
Coach Emma Pepper and her family were a part of our Excell family for many years. Coach Emma began playing volleyball in second grade so she spent 15+ years playing/coaching the sport she loved. Coach Emma ran track and played volleyball for 4 years at Easley High School. She received Academic All Conference her Junior year and was Captain of her volleyball team during her Senior year. During high school, Emma also played club volleyball with Excell Sports. Coach Emma trained during the summers with Club Director/Owner, Shane LeCroy, as an outdoor player (for both sand and grass) and traveled with Excell to our beach tournaments where she competed at a high level during the 2017 - 2019 season. Emma attended North Greenville University and was a middle and right side player for the NGU Volleyball Team. Coach Emma coached for Excell Sports for 3 seasons before passing away in November of 2020. She will always be on our coaching roster as she was such a vital part of our program and a close - and very special - part of our program. She is, and will always be, so very much loved and very much missed.
Coach Haleigh Smith
Coach Haleigh Smith graduated from Easley High School where she played volleyball, basketball, and soccer. She received multiple sports awards in high school, including All-Region Goalkeeper awards for 5 years straight, Most Valuable Offensive Player for volleyball 3 years, Most Valuable Offensive Player and Coaches Award for basketball 2 years. She was also a member of her high school football team her senior year as a kicker. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Clemson University. While at Clemson, she was also a member of the track & field team as a discus thrower and competed in many intramural sports. Haleigh began coaching AAU basketball during college with SC Elite, an organization developed by her 2 older brothers. She coached basketball for 5 years before deciding to coach volleyball.
In August 2012, she began coaching volleyball at Berea High School as the Varsity Assistant. She soon realized her passion for coaching volleyball was much stronger, so she began coaching club volleyball in November 2012. She continued coaching at Berea for the next two years as well as coaching club volleyball for the next three years. Her 1st year coaching club, she led her 16 power team to AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida. In her third year coaching club volleyball, Haleigh was the Assistant Coach for the 14 Power Pickens team who finished first in the Palmetto Region and went on to play in the USAV Nationals tournament in New Orleans.
Haleigh became the head Varsity Volleyball Coach for Greenville High School in August 2016 and was named Region 1-AAAA Coach of the Year that same year, leading the varsity volleyball team to finish 3rd in the region and their first playoff berth in 5 years. In 2017, the Lady Raiders finished 2nd in the region and advanced to the 2nd round of playoffs. In 2018, she led the team to their 3rd playoff berth, but unfortunately it ended after the 1st round. Haleigh was Region Co-Coach of The Year in 2020 and Regional Champs for 2021 high school season. Haleigh is hopeful that she will soon be able to lead her varsity team to their first Upper State Championship and State Championship in school history.
Haleigh began coaching with Excell in 2016. She has coached 16 Power and 15 Select, as well as our 15 Premier team. When she is not coaching, Haleigh loves to spend time with her other half, Eric, and their two rescue pups, Trish and Otto. She also enjoys playing multiple adult league co-ed sports with GSL such as flag football, basketball, softball and volleyball.
Coach Linda Tracy
Coach Linda Tracy comes to Excell with a plethora of athletic and coaching experience.
Coach Linda was a 4 year Varsity athlete in basketball, soccer and lacrosse as well as played travel softball and club rugby while at Towson University.
Coach Linda began coaching developmental volleyball in 2012 and took her first 12's Travel Team to Nationals the following year where they finished 3rd at Nationals at AAUs in Orlando.
Coach Linda continues to work with developmental level volleyball and has coached travel teams at the 12u, 13u and 14u age levels.
Currently, Coach LInda is the head coach at Fisher Middle, where she also coach girls basketball. She also works with Simpsonville Rec to help improve the training the Rec kids receive.
Coach Linda has 2 daughters, Sydney (26) and Jordyn (24). Both of Coach Linda's daughters played on top National Travel Volleyball Teams from 2012 - 2018. Her daughter, Sydney, went on to play at the collegiate level and daughter, Jordyn, played club volleyball at Western Carolina. Coach Linda has been married for 29 years to a very loving and understanding husband, Sean, who supports her love for coaching. We are honored to have Coach Linda return for her third year with our Excell Sports family.
Coach Paul Yates
Coach Paul grew up in south Florida as the youngest of 8 brothes and sisters. In 1992, Coach Paul married his wife, Christina, and after living in the Florida for three years, chose to move to the Upstate of South Carolina. They now reside in Fountain Inn.
Coach Paul began his coaching career when he coached for his daughter's (Ashley) volleyball team at the Simpsonville Rec. After six seasons of rec ball, he was introduced to Club Volleyball. In 2014, he joined another local volleyball club where he coached all age groups and levels from Allstars to 18's. Coach Paul also spent two seasons coaching Mauldin Middle School.
One of Coach Paul's favorite volleyball coaching moments was watching his Mauldin Mustangs celebrate after winning the county championship!
Coach Paul joined our Excell Volleyball family in 2020 and coached our 15 Premier Team for the 2021 Club Volleyball season. He will join us again for the 2022 season.