Upstate Staff

Shannon Hudson

Club Director, 16’s Head Coach

Shannon Hudson starts her 11th season as the head women’s volleyball coach at Catawba Valley Community College in 2019. Last season, Hudson guided the Red Hawks to their sixth-straight Region X regular-season championship, and the Catawba Valley volleyball team was undefeated in conference play for the sixth consecutive year. In 2016, the Red Hawks finished their season with a 41-7 record under Hudson, winning the District P championship — reaching the NJCAA Division II National Championship before finishing a program-best fourth in the country. Hudson has a career coaching record of 314-70 with the Red Hawks — the winningest women’s volleyball coach in school history and the winningest coach in any athletic program at CVCC. She’s coached 31 All-Region performers, six Region X Players of the Year and five NJCAA All-Americans. In addition, Hudson’s student-athletes have achieved high standards in the classroom.

On Nov. 29, 2018, Hudson was named one of two recipients of the Two-Year College Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) after leading her program to a ninth-place national finish and a 36-10 record. Hudson adds her Northeast-Southeast Region Coach of the Year honor to her four Region X Coach of the Year awards (2012-13, 2015-16) and five District O Coach of the Year awards (2009, 2012-13, 2016, 2018).

Hudson earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gardner-Webb University in 2001 at the age 19. She is married with three children.

Coach Hudson has always been passionate about sharing her faith through sport, so FCA Volleyball is a natural fit for her.  “I am so honored and blessed to help start FCA Volleyball in the Foothills, NC area.  I believe God is going to do amazing things through our coaches and players and I am so excited for our inaugural season!” 

Madison Pogue

Director of Operations

Madison Pogue has had several years of playing and coaching experience throughout her volleyball career. Madison played travel volleyball for 6 years before continuing her career by signing at Catawba Valley Community College under Shannon Hudson.

Throughout her career at CVCC she was a captain and earned several awards such as 2 time Offensive Player of the Year. After finishing at CVCC Madison transferred to North Greenville University to continue her volleyball career. There she was also a captain, 2 time Most Valuable Player, 2 time All Conference Player, 2 time All Academic Player and set 5 records for NGU.

After completing her undergraduate degree in International Business, she went on to be a Graduate Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach at NGU and complete her Master’s Degree. While coaching at NGU the team won the South Division Regular Season and made a final four appearance in the Conference Carolinas Championships.

At the same time Madison has assisted in coaching the FCA Father/Daughter Volleyball Camps for 5 years as well as many other Volleyball Camps through CVCC and NGU. FCA has blessed her with the ability and platform to use volleyball as a tool to reach athletes and lead them to Christ. Since then she has completed her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is working as the Director of Operations for FCA Force

 

Melissa & TJ Thomas

12’s Coaches

Melissa Thomas enters her first season coaching club volleyball. Melissa has 5 years of coaching experience both at the middle school and high school level and 4 years of playing experience. Melissa brings technical knowledge of the game, perseverance, and an unbelievable passion for the game and Jesus Christ.

Melissa played high school volleyball at Maiden High School, in Maiden, NC where she is now the Head JV Coach and she is also an assistant varsity basketball coach. She still continues to play in women’s leagues to continue her passion of volleyball.

T.J. Thomas enters his first season coaching club volleyball. Having been married to Coach Melissa Thomas for 12 years, he has experienced volleyball throughout her years of coaching middle school and high school volleyball. TJ brings passion to the club, demands teamwork and is committed to always having fun. He takes pride in being a Christian role model and displaying his passion for Jesus Christ through Sports. Coaching athletes gives him the opportunity to encourage these talented young ladies to play for each other, perform at a high level, and display mental toughness.

When not coaching, TJ enjoys spending time with his family, serving Maiden High School with his wife as FCA field ambassadors and coaching his children in various youth sports.

Katelyn Houser

Assistant Coach

Katelyn Houser enters her first season coaching at FCA Volleyball Club. She is currently the Assistant Coach at St. Stephens High School for the Women’s Volleyball Team. Katelyn is a graduate of SSHS where she played volleyball all four years, helped lead her team to the 5th round of the state playoffs her senior year, and earned several awards along the way. She also played four competitive seasons with I.C. Stars Volleyball Club which helped her grow tremendously in her knowledge of the game. After high school, she continued her volleyball career at Catawba Valley Community College where she still holds the record for most digs in a season. On and off the court, Katelyn has shown leadership and ability to assist in the growth of everyone around her to Christ.

Over the years, she has coached volleyball at the recreation center, various volleyball camps including FCA Father/Daughter camp, and one season at Carolina Select Volleyball Club.

This year she is excited to share her love of the game and help the team grow as players and as individuals! Go Force!

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