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 Bossier Parish Community College pursuing her Associates degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. 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 collegiate 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 a perfect season this year culminating with winning the ACEL State Championship. Additionally, he is the assistant Coach for the Shreveport Force Varsity team aiding them in a 21-0 and State Championship victory this season. Furthermore, as head coach of the Homeschool Force 16U team, he secured the 2018 National Homeschool Championship Goldball in Wichita, Kansas. Finally, he has coached for the TC Elite Volleyball club for the past three seasons and one summer program with the University of Texas.
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.
Prior to his coaching career, Knudsen played as both a pre-professional (1992-1998) and a professional (1998-2010) volleyball player in his native country Denmark. He broke into the Danish professional team as a libero in 1998. He has played in many high level tournaments which include the World Cup, European Cup and Olympic Qualification.
In more than a decade of professional experience, Knudsen earned three Danish Professional Volleyball Libero of the Year accolades and was named a runner-up on five other occasions. He played in more than 25 European Cup matches and 15 national team games.
As a libero, Knudsen helped BM Marienlyst win five Danish National Championships, two Danish Cup Championship Gold Medals and two Nordic Championships Gold Medals.
Following playing professionally, Knudsen kicked off his coaching career in 2010 as a volunteer assistant for the American East Conference Champion Albany Great Danes. Knudsen assisted in scouting of the Great Danes’ opponents for the season and coached America East Libero of the Year, Laurie Gonzalez. In 2011, he served as a men’s and women’s assistant at Hannibal-LaGrange University. Knudsen helped the Trojans men’s volleyball team to their first winning season in program history.
Before Centenary, Knudsen served as an assistant coach in both women’s soccer and volleyball at Manchester University, and was the assistant coach at Centenary.