Jennifer Soehn

Midlands Club Director

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 inside 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.”  Coach Jenni still loves meeting new teams from all over the world and just last year her team battled hard against a team from Puerto Rico. Afterwards, they all got together 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 herself 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 various volleyball programs. 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 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 staff family of coaches who love Jesus and also will share the heart, vision, and mission of FCA Volleyball Club! 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!

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.

Lindsay Milo

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.

Brent Petersen

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.

Cindy Robarge-Esposito

Head Coach

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 Jenni 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.

Nicole Amick

Head Coach

Nicole Amick is a lifelong Lexington County resident and Gilbert native.  Graduating from Gilbert High School in 2005 Nicole was a three sport all region player and All-State and All Star softball player in her senior year.  She completed her undergraduate work University of South Carolina in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and recently earned her masters degree from William Woods University in Athletic Administration and Activities Directing in 2019.

Nicole was first hired by the Palmetto Unified School District in Columbia, SC as a 21st R.A.P math and science GED teacher.  She taught incarcerated women aged 17-21 that did not have GED’s.  After graduating and getting certified to teach middle school mathematics Nicole was hired at Gilbert Middle School.  She currently teaches math at Gilbert Middle School.  Nicole is very active in school athletics.  As the athletic director at Gilbert Middle School, head coach for the girl’s junior varsity volleyball team at Gilbert High School and she is the assistant varsity softball coach at Batesburg-Leesville High School.  She began her coaching career in 2010 as a volunteer for the GMS Girl’s Basketball team and with the GHS softball team.  In 2011, she became the head C Team volleyball coach, assistant C Team girl’s basketball coach and the Head C Team softball coach.  Since then Nicole has been a JV Basketball head coach, Head JV volleyball coach at Gilbert High School (currently) as well as a varsity assistant coach for Gilbert High School and (currently) Batesburg-Leesville High School.

When Nicole is not coaching on the court or the field she loves spending time with her husband, Brent and their fur babies, Stanley and Murray!  Coach Nicole and her husband are active in their church, Union Lutheran of Leesville, SC, where she teaches the grades 3-7 Sunday school class and is a member of the Women’s group, WELCA.  In her down time Coach Nicole loves being and spending time with her family, friends and any body of water!!

Nicole feels truly blessed to be considered for this position with FCA volleyball and is just grateful for the timing and God’s plans for her with FCA.  Coach Nicole feels that her walk with Christ and many ups and downs of her life, she has learned patience, God’s timing and understanding from her relationship with the Lord. This is something that she hopes to share with the young ladies of FCA and help each of them grow in their walks of faith. She tries starting everyday with positive attitude and helping others always see the good even when life’s hiccups happen!

Katie Richardson

Head Coach

Coach Katie Richardson has always loved playing sports. Tennis and volleyball were the two she excelled at. She played Varsity tennis when she was in 6th grade and was the Third seed, played and medaled in some USTA tournaments, but when her family moved to Lexington, volleyball became her passion. She began playing volleyball when she was 8 years old and later went on to letter for 3 years in volleyball in high school and was Setter For seven years. She has played year-round since she was 12 and has won the honor of All Conference in middle school and All Region in club leagues. She has also played in many grass tournaments and won some divisions. Beginning in 7th grade she started helping other coaches train their setters. She loves to help people learn the game. She is also CPR and First aid certified. Katie is a Senior at River Bluff High School and is going to attend as well as play volleyball for Penn State Harrisburg in the fall of 2020. 

“After the tryouts last season for the 17s team, I loved Jenni’s encouragement and passion and realized this is where I wanted to play. I love our heart-to-hearts where we can share our fears, troubles and struggles as well as happy times and learn that we are not alone. It’s really like a sisterhood. As a coach, I will continue what we have built in our FCA Culture and will help build the confidence of players as well as improve their game. I love that FCA works to help build strong relationships with God as well as ourselves and to realize we are always loved by Him.  

Ann Whitney

Head Coach

Ann started playing volleyball at a young age because she grew up in a coaches home and attended vball practices with her mom. She was moved to varsity as an eighth grader and then continued to play until she graduated high school. During her high school years, she was awarded MVP 3 years in a row, all-region and all-state her junior and senior year. She played club for 5 years in Spartanburg, two of which were for open teams in a club called Upward Stars. Ann graduated from Clemson University in 2019 where she kept up with the game by playing intramurals and helping her mom coach. She is now studying to be an occupational therapist at Lenoir Rhyne University.

While at Clemson, she was a manager in the intramural department where part of her responsibility was teaching volleyball officials about volleyball. She officiated for the SCHL for the 2019 season and decided she wanted to be even closer to the sport by coaching her own club team. A quote from Ann: “The sports experience I had growing up as a coaches daughter is invaluable to me. It taught me how to be reliable and how to rely on others. The biggest thing that has still stuck with me over the years is always giving your best effort in everything you do and I want to relay that onto players.” When asked why she wanted to coach for FCA, Ann explained that being a Christian for four years of college was very challenging and people often questioned her faith. She said that it is very important to have a strong foundation in faith before going to college and she wants to help prepare girls for that and help them plant strong roots in their faith that will hopefully last forever!

Jackie Shealy

Head Coach

Jackie Shealy is a native of Kershaw, South Carolina and a 1988 graduate from Andrew Jackson High School where her volleyball career started on the varsity team in 9th grade.  She was a four-year starting setter who received All-Conference honors each year and Most Valuable Volleyball player two of those four years.  In her senior year, Jackie was selected as an SCCAWS All-State player.  Her love of volleyball continued as she received a volleyball scholarship to USC-Aiken.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina in Aiken in 1993 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She also holds a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. 

Upon graduation from USC-Aiken, Jackie took a job teaching at Gilbert Middle School in 1993 and is in her 27th year teaching at Gilbert Middle.  Her first three years at GMS, Jackie coached the middle school girls basketball team.  She has been coaching volleyball for Gilbert High School for the past 21 years.  In 1997, Jackie coached the junior varsity volleyball team and assisted on the varsity level for three years. In 2000, Jackie took over the Gilbert varsity program and continues to lead the Lady Indians program. During her varsity career, Jackie has made an appearance in the state playoffs each year as the head coach.  She has numerous region championships, three AA Upper State championships, and three appearances in the AA state volleyball championships.  In 2006, Jackie was selected to coach in the SCCAWS North-South All-Star volleyball match. Jackie currently teaches sixth grade science at Gilbert Middle School and serves as the science department head. 

In addition to teaching and coaching, Jackie also serves as the secretary on the Executive Board for the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports.  She and her husband Michael are active members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and live in Gilbert with their two sons, Bryson and Jackson.  Jackie enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and curling up with a great book.

Jackie is so honored to be apart of the FCA Volleyball family.  Here, she feels that she can share her passion for Christ and her love of volleyball in one setting.  Being apart of a program that provides an outlet for individuals to discover their true worth in God’s eyes and understanding that each one of us has a purpose while surrounded by a love of volleyball are reasons Jackie has committed to serve the Lord through coaching with FCA.  Jackie believes that having a strong foundation built on faith will carry one through all walks of life.  She is appreciative to Coach Jenni and Coach Kim for the numerous prayers that have guided her in becoming apart of a program that coaches the heart behind the jersey.

Ashley “AJ” Jordan

Head Coach

Coach AJ was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami Beach, Florida playing volleyball on South Beach at a young age.  After a successful high school career, she then went on to play volleyball and basketball on full athletic scholarship at the Division 1 level in California and Ohio.  As the starting OPP, she was named Team Captain as well as earning All-Region/All-Conference honors.  Upon graduation, Coach AJ went on to play in Brazil and Fiji.  Once she retired from playing, she began coaching college, high school and club.  Coach AJ has coached for over 16 years at all levels in California, Ohio and South Carolina.  When AJ moved to this country she didn’t speak the language and found it hard to make friends. Volleyball helped her acclimate to a new place, learn English and make friends who turned into family. Another main reason AJ was drawn to Volleyball is the fact that it is the epitome of a team sport, in which every player is involved in every play even when they are not in contact with the ball.  Those reasons, along with her love of the game, developed into a passion to serve her coaches, her teammates, her opponents and anyone she would meet through a shared love of this amazing game. These relationships helped AJ strengthen her faith and start to realize her calling in life to serve others.

Coach AJ on FCA: “I am extremely grateful for the blessings to have an impact in the lives of every player I am privileged to coach.  When I found out about FCA Volleyball and the mission of the club, I immediately knew that I would be honored to be a part of the FCA staff.  FCA offers a unique opportunity for us all to share in our love for the Lord, Volleyball and each other.  I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the FCA family and I truly look forward to serving and being a part of the lives of you all.

Coaching Experience:

College – YCCD (California): 2 Seasons; Claflin University (South Carolina): 1 Season

High School – Richland Northeast: 2 Seasons; Heathwood Hall: 2 Seasons; Irmo High: 2 Seasons

Club – Northern Valley Performance (California): 16/17/18 Premier, 4 Seasons; Roundton Juniors (Ohio): 15/16 National, 2 Seasons; Charleston Juniors (South Carolina): 16/17 Power, 3 Seasons; SC Midlands (South Carolina): 15 National Elite/18 Performance Elite and 15 Region, 3 Seasons; Intense Volleyball Club (South Carolina): 17 Region, 1 Season; Palmetto Rage Volleyball Club (South Carolina): 18 National, 1 Season; FCA Volleyball (South Carolina): 17U

Some of Coach AJ’s coaching highlights are:

High School – 2016 and 2017 Coach of the Year, SCISA All-Star Team Head Coach (Championship winner),  Coached six (6) All-Region, All-State and Player of the Year award winners, Coached four (4) WLTX player of the Week award winners, Region championship (x2), and State Championship finalist (x3)

Club – Qualified for JO Nationals with 10 of her teams, Qualified for AAU National with all sixteen (16) teams she has coached, Coached thirty-four (34) All-Region award winners, and a recruiting success rate of 93% of players she has coached at the Elite Club levels have received full athletic scholarships to play volleyball at the collegiate level.

Some of Coach AJ’s coaching certifications are:

CPR and First-Aid Certified, USA Volleyball IMPACT Certified, NFHSS Certified, AOCVB Advanced Coaching Certified, CAP Certified, GMS Coaching Certified, NCAA DI/DII Coaching and Recruiting Certified, NJCAA Coaching and Recruiting Certified.

 

Rachel Capps

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.”

Evelyn Fitz

Head Coach 12U

Growing up in Columbia, SC, Evelyn Fitz began her volleyball career in 7th grade. She immediately fell in love with the sport, and by her freshman year in high school, she was a varsity starter. She lettered all four years, was named all-region, and played in the SCISA North-South all stars game.

Throughout the years she has also played club volleyball at the national elite level, and was blessed with the opportunity to play her last club season for FCA Volleyball Club. Throughout this, she has experienced firsthand the impact of FCA, and has grown to know and love the club volleyball atmosphere.

Evelyn first became involved with FCA in middle school, helping out at volleyball clinics. She found a passion and a purpose in the mission behind FCA volleyball, and recognized her love for coaching not only the athlete, but the heart of the player. When coaching young athletes, she seeks to build confidence in not only their skills, but in their identity in Christ. She is excited for her future with FCA, and the opportunity to impact many more athletes lives through volleyball.

Anna Ortmann

Assistant Coach

Coach Anna Ortmann is joining us from the middle school volleyball world where she is currently a coach and 8th grade teacher at Pleasant Hill Middle School, in Lexington, SC. Anna began playing volleyball when she was 12 years old and later went on to letter all 4 years of high school in volleyball as a DS/Libero, earning awards such as All-Region and Best Defense. Anna also lettered 5 years in softball.

After high school, Anna went on to earn her undergraduate degree and her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. While in college, Anna gained coaching experience on the softball field and has loved working with young female athletes since.

When Coach Ortmann reflects about her relationship with sports and coaching, she says, “I always struggled with finding my identity/worth in my performance on the field/court and I needed someone on the sidelines, someone at practice telling me that this isn’t it…the victory that Jesus offers us is so much more than this and that while this gift of volleyball is good, it is not ultimate…I want to be that person for these girls”.

Kaylee Lastinger

Assistant 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.

 

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