We are very excited to announce some amazing news for one of our TC Elite players! Kiya Casey was invited to tryout for the USA girls Future select training program a few weeks ago. While this in itself was an amazing opportunity for her, we are excited to announce that Kiya was selected to participate in the program! Here‚ is some information on what program she is now a part of and what she will be learning from some of the nation’s top coaches:
The USA Girls‚ Future Select National Training Program is an elite training program available to high potential young volleyball players as an opportunity to advance in the U.S. National Team Pipeline. The training received is modeled after the techniques, systems, and daily practices of our U.S. Women‚ National Team.
We wish Kiya the best of luck and are excited to see what tools she brings back with her to use with our TC Elite teams!
This week our Player of the week is Ainsley Mottet! She is our oldest member of The Academy at 16, she attends C.E. Byrd where she is the setter for their Varsity team. Her favorite thing about TC Elite is Coach BT because he is a good coach and he makes you work your hardest so you are always improving. Her advice to younger players is to listen to those older to you and then make sure you apply the advice.
Coach Anne Puckett
Anne is a current college student at LSUS majoring in Community Health. She played for her school league and played club volleyball playing for both the Flying Aces and TC Elite. She has been coaching for the past three years for Northwood High school and TC Elite. While playing she was awarded best offensive player in 2014 and defensive player in 2015, she also made the ACEL 1st Team All-State team. Anne enjoys coaching and loves pouring all of her knowledge into the girls. She is very competitive and loves the thrill of the sport!
Coach Jon Casey
Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Jonathan “Jon” Casey served in the USAF for 21 years. He is a combat veteran who supported numerous combat operations overseas. He began playing volleyball at 19 and played at multiple bases around the globe. He began coaching for base intramural teams and led many teams to base championships. After retiring from the Air Force due to medical reasons, Coach Jon began coaching at the JV and Varsity levels around the Shreveport/Bossier City area. In addition to coaching, he has attended coaching clinics and player clinics to grow his skill and teaching of the game. He coaches for three teams in the local area. He is the Junior Varsity coach for the Shreveport Force and led them to their first-ever winning season last year, finishing 14-3. He helped Parkway HS begin their first-ever volleyball program last year and continues to volunteer coach for them. Finally, he has coached for the TC Elite Volleyball club.
Head coach at Centenary for 4 seasons.
Assistant coach at Manchester University in Indiana in 2011 and 2012. While at MU, she tutored all-conference first team and Manchester’s Female Athlete of the Year Amanda Dickman, who led the conference in blocks and ranked nationally in Division III throughout the 2011 campaign. Recruited and coached 2012 all-conference first team and Freshman of the Year Sarah Pruden, who led the conference in kills and points per set.
Assistant at the University of Albany from 2010-11, where she coached Player of the Year Teresa Coppielle and Defensive Player of the Year Laurie Gonzalez and got an American East Conference Championship under her belt.
Played collegiately at Barton Community College where she was an all-region selection in both volleyball and track, an All-American, and as of 2016 she is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. Played one season for The University of Tennessee, and her final season at Nicholls State University. There she was named the state of Louisiana and Southland Conference Player of the Year, and was named to the Southland All-Conference First Team and Newcomer of the Year in 2003.
Played professionally overseas in Denmark for five years (2004-2009) and in Finland for one season in 2010. During her stop in Denmark, she played for Fortuna Odense Volley and was part of four Danish National Championships, and four Danish Cup Championships. She was named to the Danish League’s Volleyligaen Team of the Year on three occasions as an outside hitter and during her time in Finland was the second highest point scorer of the Finnish League Mestaruusliiga.