Director, Training Head Coach
Rachel began her life changing journey with volleyball in Camden, SC at Camden High School. Her volleyball career started on the varsity team in 7th grade where she was a 6 year letter winner. She was named the 1996 Gatorade Player of the Year, South Carolina High School Sports Report’s Statewide Player of the Year in 1995, SCCAWS Player of the Year, CHS’s MVP in 1992/1993, three-time member of the All-State Team, made The Columbia State All-State team her sophomore, junior, and senior years, and participated in the National Junior Olympics in 1995/1996. She earned the right to be team captain during her sophomore, junior and senior years when she also helped lead these teams to three consecutive South Carolina State Championship Titles.
Rachel graduated from Virginia Tech University in 2000 where she played outside hitter on a 4 yr scholarship. During her career at VT, she earned several accolades including Hi-IQ All-Tournament Team, Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, Virginia Tech Athlete of the Week, and finally was named to the Nike Challenge All-Tournament Team. She finished her senior year at Tech earning the role as team captain, and also earning the Outstanding Senior Award. Also during her senior year, she was added to a short list of elite athletes by achieving over 1,000 kills/1,000 digs while earning a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team.
After her college career she coached with South Carolina Juniors in 2003-2007, and was president of the Columbia Volleyball Club in 2007-2008. In 2008, she stepped away from volleyball to build a family with her husband, and they now have three beautiful children. Recently, she has assisted in training girls, including her daughters, in local FCA volleyball clinics, and has worked privately with several local athletes.
One of her strongest passions is helping individuals find their inner leader. She currently works as an instructor with The Iron Project, who’s mission is to help organizations build a self-sustaining leadership machine within itself. She also extends this passion as a member of a team that organizes and leads the large group Children’s Ministry in her church. As a coach, her goal is to instill these leadership principles and techniques into each athlete she has the pleasure of coaching.
“Everyone has a strong confident leader inside them. With a humble Christ loving heart and the right guidance, anyone can be an impactful leader. Boldness, compassion and the ability to listen are key elements of being successful. My relationship with Christ is the foundation of it all, and His words are my playbook. God has blessed me with so many opportunities through volleyball, and FCA gives me a chance to give back while giving Christ all the glory.”
Kim Hudson Williams
Club Advisor/ Specialty Trainer
Kim Hudson Williams has spent most of her life as either an athlete or a coach. Growing up in Amarillo, Texas, Kim played volleyball for both her middle school and high school, and then for the University of Texas at Arlington where she became team captain and was named most valuable player her senior season.
Following her graduation, Kim returned to her hometown and began her volleyball coaching career at the middle and high school levels, then quickly moved on to college as head coach at West Texas A&M, winning a National Championship there in 1990. Kim accepted the head coaching position at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, but after only 2 years, Kim left the west and took over the volleyball program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 1993. In 2005 after 13 seasons, Kim resigned from coaching as the winningest volleyball coach in the school’s history. “While I loved coaching, I was conflicted with where sports were going in the area of recruiting and the pressure put on very young athletes and families to commit to one sport.”
After coaching, Kim pursued a successful career in marketing, first with a regional real estate firm and then in the healthcare industry. In 2013, while serving on the Midlands (Columbia area), SC Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she heard Shane Williamson, the current National President of FCA, give his vision of FCA’s future in the Carolinas. “I wasn’t truly saved until 2008, after I had left coaching, so when Shane spoke about how God was using FCA in the lives of coaches and athletes, the Lord inspired me to go back into athletics, but this time with a different mission in mind.”
In Matthew 28:17, Jesus tells us to go out and make disciples. By His grace, He has given us our instructions of what to do with our life. In our faith, we are challenged to use our experience and gifts to share God’s story with others. Through FCA, sports provide a platform to share the grace and love we know as Christians to be the Truth.
In 2014, Kim started FCA Volleyball & Women’s Ministry and in January 2018, she became the Multi-Area Director for the Midlands of South Carolina.
NCSA Director of Regional Recruiting/Specialty Trainer
College athletic recruiting expert with NCSA (Next College Student Athlete), Lindsay Milo was a dual sport athlete playing basketball and volleyball at Clemson University. After college, she went on to coach volleyball at the club and high school level as well as having the opportunity to lead as a Club Director and High School Athletic Director. For over 17 years, Lindsay has been highly involved in the recruiting process and educating families on their next steps for the future. FCA Volleyball has been a passion of Coach Lindsay as well as the mission behind this organization that reaches young athlete’s hearts. Training the heart behind the jersey and giving athletes the opportunity to learn about the Lord while playing sports is a passion of Coach Lindsay and she is excited to be a part of FCA Volleyball Club as it starts in the fall of 2018.
Academy Instructor and Trainer
Brent Petersen’s hometown in Connecticut did not offer men’s volleyball, but it wasn’t long before he developed a passion for the sport and sought out recreational opportunities wherever he could. After being chosen for the Junior Olympic team, Petersen took his love of the game to the sand. He spent over 13 years playing semi pro beach volleyball throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and California.
During his beach career, Brent found a love for coaching. He became the head coach of the Ridge View varsity team where he was named Region coach of the year and went on to be a head coach with Carpe Diem Volleyball club for several years. He then co-founded Magnum Elite Volleyball Club where he coached several elite teams.
In 2010 Brent switched his coaching focus to a different population. He became the Head Coach of the US Marine Corp Sitting Volleyball team for the inaugural Warrior Games. This life changing opportunity to coach our nations wounded, ill, and injured men and women in a sport he loved was a dream come true. After their gold medal performance, Brent continued as their head coach for 7-year earning 4 golds, 2 sliver, and 1 bronze medal. During this time Brent became a six time National tournament director and head coach of the US Marine Corp Trials coaching over 300 athletes.
His successes with the Marines earned him the opportunity to do multiple sitting volleyball camps and clinics across the country and ultimately an invitation to be the Sitting Volleyball Head Coach of the 2016 Invictus Games founded by Prince Harry. These international games were inspired by and modeled after the Warrior Games. Brent took the USA to their first Gold medal in the sport. In 2017 he traveled to Toronto for his second Invitcus Games and brought home a Silver medal in Sitting Volleyball.
Training and Agility Coach
Brett Jodie, a native of Lexington, SC, was a two-sport letterman at Lexington High School. He was the winning pitcher for the 1994 state 4A baseball team and was a Wendy’s High School All American and Shrine Bowl quarterback. In 1995, Jodie was named the 4A Baseball Player of the Year. Jodie was a starting pitcher for the USC Gamecocks, 1996-1998 and was named first-team ALL- SEC in 1997. He was drafted in 1998, by the New York Yankees and played through 2002, ranking second among all Minor League pitchers in 1998 with an ERA of 2.59. He was also voted by Baseball America as having the Best Command in the Yankees organization. In 2001, he played for both the Yankees and San Diego Padres Major League teams. He graduated from USC in May 2003, Cum Laude, with a degree in psychology. In 2006, he became the pitching coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Somerset Patriots in the Atlantic League in Somerset, NJ. Jodie was named Manager of the Patriots in 2013 and set a team wins record with 90 regular season victories on the way to the Freedom Division Championship. In 2015, he led the team to the Atlantic League Championship and was named Manager of the Year. During the 2019 season, Jodie won his 500th game as a manager, the fastest in the league to reach that milestone. He will begin his eighth season as manager in 2020. Jodie lives in Lexington, with his wife, Stacey and two daughters, Alexis and Faith.
Coach Jodie is excited to be a part of the FCA family. “I believe in the family atmosphere that FCA provides. They truly care about each individual as a player and a person. It is a passion of mine to be able to help young players grow in their sport, but more importantly, have a positive impact on their lives both on and off the playing field. I look forward to molding these young people into complete individuals, with God as the center of their lives.”
Jenni Soehn or as the kids call her “Coach Jenni” has always been known as a passionate coach with exuberant energy. Her heart is working with kids/teens and helping them find their gold inward on and off the court so they can grow and help others grow around them! Coach Jenni was raised in a coach’s home and involved in multi-sports at a young age. She started playing volleyball in elementary school and never wanted to stop playing… she was the kid who always had to have a volleyball in her hand. Through her high school years, she received several all-conference trophies and was recognized as MVP her junior year. Coach Jenni went on to study music in college and counseling/Biblical studies in Graduate School. If you asked her one of her favorite memories from high school and college, she would tell you that “she loved the friendships she made through sports.” As a coach now, Coach Jenni still loves meeting new teams from all over the world and just last year her team went hard against a team from Puerto Rico and then they all got together afterward and hung out for hours singing, laughing, sharing, and building friendships that will last a lifetime. Her passion is “ugly training” and multi-ball training in a fast tempo setting, while helping push kids toward excellence… she loves encouraging and pouring into athletes in their journey! In the last couple of years, Coach Jenni has had the privilege to travel to a couple states as a “guest coach” and help mentor volleyball coaches and come alongside volleyball programs, while meeting so many athletes! She had the wonderful opportunity to coach club volleyball in the Upstate for several years, train coaches and teach them how to “win a practice,” lead out a youth volleyball program with over 90 athletes, start a volleyball program in New York, run satellite volleyball camps and team camps in different states, and build relationships with many athletes and their families! As God began to cement the vision of starting a volleyball club in her heart, Coach Jenni began to pray specifically that God would provide a special coaching staff family who love Jesus and also share the heart, vision, and mission of FCA Volleyball Club if He truly wanted this club to launch! One day as Jenni was sharing her heart with her boss (Coach Kim Williams) whom she loves and respects, she received clear confirmation in a way she never expected! Coach Kim told her that, although she wanted to start a club years ago, she wasn’t the one called to do it. She then looked at Coach Jenni and said, “You are the one to lead this out.”
Coach Jenni began studying the book of Joshua and through that book, God began to show her that prayer would be the foundation of this club. Within 2 months of praying, it became very apparent the Lord was already providing, directing, and giving wisdom in the launching of this club. By God’s grace, Jenni is so excited to come alongside the FCA coaching family and help coach the heart behind the jersey, while teaching volleyball athletes how to use integrity, teamwork, service, and excellence as a platform to impact others on and off the court!
Coach Robarge-Esposito has been coaching volleyball for the past 16 years- 12 years in high school, 3 years in College, NCAA Division II, Coker College, and 8 years of club as a director and coach. Coach Robarge-Esposito is currently the Head Volleyball coach at Dutch Fork High School. She was named the SC CAWS All Star Coach in 2015, Region Coach of the year twice, and her previous volleyball team was Region Champions in 2014 and 2015. During those four years, the team made it deep into the playoffs- three years in the Final eight and one year into the final four.
Before coaching, Coach Robarge-Esposito had a successful playing career! She grew up in Columbia, SC where she played at Spring Valley High School and was a two-time All-State selection, three- time All-Region player, CAWS All-Star selection, two-time All-Area and Region Player of the Year. Coach Robarge-Esposito went on a full Scholarship to the University of South Carolina to play volleyball and was the first Columbia native to play at USC Volleyball on a scholarship. Coach Cindy was selected ALL – SEC, All-SEC All-Tournament team, five All-Tournament teams, and selected to SEC Player of the week a few times. Robarge-Esposito tried out for the National team as well as the very first US Professional team and Robarge-Esposito was offered to play professional volleyball in France before deciding to retire from playing volleyball in 1999.
Coach Cindy is married to Scott Esposito and has two children, Vincent and Gabrielle, and one dog, Bella. The family loves spending time together on the lake or going to the beach.
What Coach Robarge-Esposito says about coaching with FCA Volleyball…
“I have been looking for something wonderful to be a part of and FCA Volleyball is it! I love Coach Kim as she has been a part of my life for so many years. She was my former coach at USC and she is my mentor and friend. I love being around her and learning and growing from her in volleyball, life, and lessons about God and His plans for me.
Coach Rachel has so much energy and knowledge of the game. Her love for the game shows in her passion for coaching these young volleyball players to their best potential. Her love for God is truly amazing. I love to be around these women and learn more of what I can do to grow as a better coach and a stronger person.
Alan K. Hyatt
FCA Associate, Financial manager, Coach
Alan K. Hyatt grew up in Columbia but has lived in Lexington ever since graduating from Clemson University. He graduated with a bachelor’s in finance and financial management services and has spent the last 28 years as a financial planner helping his clients reach their retirement goals. Just like in financial planning, he believes that when a coach can understand their athlete’s aspirations, they can work together to make them happen. He was active in several team sports growing up, but baseball was his passion that he followed all the way into college.
Alan and his wife, Dawn, have 5 children and are active members of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church. His passion for sports and the desire for more time with his kids led to volunteering and coaching positions in several different team sports: baseball, tennis, soccer, football, sporting clays and even dance. Most recently, he followed his youngest daughter’s interest into volleyball. He was an assistant coach for her 13U team and promoted to a head coach for 14U and 15U teams. He is excited to once again have an opportunity to follow his daughter and to help develop young athletes as a part of the FCA Volleyball family!
Alan brings with him over 15 years of youth team coaching experience, is a member of the USA Volleyball Association and an IMPACT Certified Junior Club Coach.
Kaylee grew up in Lexington, SC, and began her volleyball career in 7th grade. She played softball and was in gymnastics for 4 years prior, but from the first practice she knew volleyball was the sport she loved. She’s been on varsity since her freshman year and has lettered 3 years now.
Following every school season she has played on competitive club teams, playing volleyball year round. She was blessed with the opportunity to play for FCA Volleyball Club last year. Throughout that season, she experienced firsthand how volleyball can be a platform for the Lord and not an identity. FCA grew not only her love for the Lord, but also allowed her to have so much growth as a sister, a daughter, a teammate, and a friend. FCA volleyball taught her to know and love the club volleyball atmosphere. She first became involved with FCA outside of just playing when she began to coach at FCA academy. Here she found a different type of love for this program. At academy she was able to pour into young athletes lives with the word of God and the love of volleyball. Coaching these young athletes is her passion and her purpose is the mission of FCA volleyball. She has such an incredible opportunity to be a role model and not only witness real growth in athletes skill, but their hearts as well. While coaching young athletes, she hopes to not only help athletes see real growth in their skills, but to also teach them about their beautiful platform for Christ that they have in volleyball. She is so excited for this opportunity with FCA and impacting these athletes lives through volleyball and Christ.