Upstate Staff

Andrew Garland

Upstate Club Director

I have been playing and coaching club, high school and college volleyball for over 25 years. I grew up playing basketball but fell in love with volleyball while a student at the College of Charleston and have dedicated much of my adult life to the sport!

While in graduate school at the University of Tennessee, I was given a great opportunity by one of my mentors, Julie Hermann, to serve as volunteer assistant volleyball coach with the Tennessee Lady Vols. That led to a short stint at Maryville College as an assistant volleyball coach before I moved on to college athletic administration.

Over the past decade plus, I’ve been fortunate enough to serve as head volleyball coach at some great high schools; Grace Christian Academy (TN), Knoxville Catholic (TN)..and my current school, Spartanburg Christian Academy. I’ve been blessed with athletes that have incredible work ethic and a desire to achieve excellence. This had led to two 3rd place state finishes in Tennessee and three straight state SCISA titles here in South Carolina. But none of this happens without great athletes, families, coaching colleagues and school support staff. No one experiences success without invaluable contributions from others.

I have a beautiful wife of 15 years, Michelle, who supports me unconditionally. She’s my rock. My daughter, Alex, is 11 and plays volleyball as well. Nothing brings me joy than to pepper with her in the backyard! What a blessing she is!

Moreover, I am so excited about what God has in store for all of us in this new venture. He doesn’t make mistakes! All of us end up where we are supposed to be. The opportunity to train young women to grow as athletes and to expose them to Jesus Christ and the gospel is beyond exciting and gratifying.

This new journey is going to be incredible! We can’t wait to get started!

See you soon!

Coach Andrew

 

 

Lindsay Cool

Head Coach

Growing up in South Florida, volleyball has always been a major part of Lindsay Cool’s life. Lindsay played volleyball from middle school through her first year in college. She was captain of her high school team throughout her high school career and received the most valuable player award each year. After high school, Lindsay attended Grace College and played for a year before joining a co-ed volleyball league, which she played throughout college, at the local YMCA. During her senior year of college, she began coaching at Shank You Volleyball Club in Indiana. Ultimately, she graduated from Grace College with an undergraduate degree in Sports Injury and later acquired a master’s degree in Sports Injury Management (Athletic Training) from Life University.

After receiving her master’s degree, Lindsay started her family putting her education and coaching on the back burner. As her daughters got older and began to love the game she was so passionate about, she began coaching again at one of the local clubs in upstate South Carolina. For the last four years, she received the opportunity to coach both of her girls either as a coach or an assistant coach.

Going from being a volleyball player to now a coach has been a unique experience for Lindsay. She has gone from looking to her coach for advice and correction to now being the one giving the advice and making the necessary adjustments on the court to win a game. As a player, she thoroughly enjoyed being on the court and playing with her teammates and friends. Now she finds standing on the sidelines as a coach truly amazing!
One thing Lindsay has learned since coaching volleyball is that relationships matter. She believes each player has a responsibility in winning the game, but that ultimate goal of winning is nearly impossible without each player working together to achieve that common goal.  Achieving that goal comes from a loving and respectful relationship not only between the players but also between the players and the coach. I am looking forward to developing that type of relationship with my players. My goal as an FCA coach goes beyond just coaching great volleyball players; I desire to mentor young players’ hearts for Christ and I’m excited to have that ministry, alongside this mission in our FCA Culture!”

God has a plan for each player (Jeremiah 29:11), and I feel blessed and honored to be a part of His plan in their lives.

 

Jacqueline Stewart

FCA Area Rep and Coach

Jackie (Dalleska) Stewart is on staff with Spartanburg FCA and returning to coaching volleyball.  Jackie is a native of Huntley, IL and has played for Clemson University.  She credits her involvement to volleyball to Larry Kahl at Huntley High School and his family, her understanding of the game to Rick and Cheryl Butler with Sports Performance and her passion for coaching to Jolene Jordan Hoover previous Head Coach at Clemson University.

She has seen success with winning teams in Clemson with 2 ACC Titles and 3 NCAA appearances.  At Sports Performance she has played in many AAU and USAV championships and most notably her senior year winning 18 Open in 1997.  During high school her team was final four in Illinois for 3 years.

She started coaching while at Clemson University by volunteering at the local YMCA.  After college, she was involved with Clemson-Foothills, Club South and Mauldin High School.  Her specialty is middle blocker/hitter but she has a passion for teaching defense and running a fast-paced offense.  Jackie’s favorite part of coaching is instilling confidence in the athletes and assuring them to push themselves to their full potential.  She also explains the fundamentals of playing to the players so they can better understand the skills and the strategy of the game.

She is super excited to be part of FCA Volleyball because she wants players to be inspired to be the best they can be, both on and off the court.  To be able to teach the sport with knowledgeable coaches and teach spiritually and psychologically is perfect to developing great athletes and proper sportsmanship.

Jackie is a follower of Jesus Christ.  She has a passion for evangelism since her personal story is one of patience and fellowship from some amazing friends from Clemson University.  She saw The Lord through-them and feels the best way to be involved in ministry is to show God’s love by living.  Matthew 22: 37-40.

Jackie resides in Campobello, SC with her husband Joey and two daughters, Elizabeth and Sabria.

 

Jimmy Woods

Head Coach

Coach Jimmy has played volleyball since age 7. After high school he went in the Marine Corps and while he was there, he played for both the All Marine team, and the All Armed Forces teams. He played collegiately for Mercyhurst University as a setter. He also played two years for a professional team in Naha Japan. He is the assistant varsity coach at Spartanburg Christian Academy. Coach Jimmy has coach club teams in the 15’s division for the past four seasons. Las season Coach Jimmy was awarded the coach of the year for the 15’s by the Palmetto Region Volleyball Association. His teams consistently perform at high levels, and he strives to not just improve the athletes physical skills, but their mental knowledge of the game as well.

When asked what drives him to coach, he responded with the following. “I have loved this game and played it my whole life. This game has made it possible for me to meet so many people and travel to so many countries. It has allowed me to experience different cultures and make memories that will last a life time. Being able to share this sport in a manner that praises God for the abilities and gifts he has given us in such a blessing. I grew up in a small church and was one of four teens that started our youth group. I love the fact that I can reach our athletes and help them grow in their faith as well as their on court skills. I have a firm belief that if you can grow the athlete in their spiritual side they will grow in their own confidence and realize they can do anything through Christ.

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