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  • David Peake
    David Peake
    Executive Director
  • Mary Beth Peake
    Mary Beth Peake
    16-1 Head Coach, Director of Operations
  • Bill Bush
    Bill Bush
    13-2 Head Coach, Director of Youth Programs
  • Abbey Gbur
    Abbey Gbur
  • Abby Mumpower
    Abby Mumpower
  • Alex Brake
    Alex Brake
    13-1 Assistant Coach
  • Allison Hultquist
    Allison Hultquist
    14-2 Head Coach
  • Alysa Sharp
    Alysa Sharp
    13-2 Head Coach
  • Amy Trageser
    Amy Trageser
    15-1 Assistant Coach
  • Anna Marshall
    Anna Marshall
  • Anna Mumpower
    Anna Mumpower
  • Bailey Smith
    Bailey Smith
    12-1 Head Coach
  • Bailey Towles
    Bailey Towles
    14-2 Assistant Coach
  • Bo Harris
    Bo Harris
  • Camille Holcomb
    Camille Holcomb
  • Dakota Johnson
    Dakota Johnson
  • Ellie Luciani
    Ellie Luciani
  • Emily Rose
    Emily Rose
  • Emily Wylie
    Emily Wylie
  • Heather LaPrade
    Heather LaPrade
    17-2 Head Coach
  • Isa Caszatt
    Isa Caszatt
    12-2 Head Coach
  • Jamie Willis
    Jamie Willis
  • Jordan Ball
    Jordan Ball
  • Jose Torres
    Jose Torres
  • Katelyn Durmire
    Katelyn Durmire
    17-2 Assistant Coach
  • Katie Williams
    Katie Williams
  • Kelsey Woodard
    Kelsey Woodard
    16-1 Co-Head Coach
  • Kelsi Jones
    Kelsi Jones
  • Kim Van Meter
    Kim Van Meter
    17-1 Head Coach
  • Kylie Blanton
    Kylie Blanton
    17-1 Assistant Coach
  • Megan Maxwell
    Megan Maxwell
  • Melinda Gute
    Melinda Gute
    15-2 Head Coach
  • Michele Tallman
    Michele Tallman
    14-1 Head Coach
  • Natalie Hogle
    Natalie Hogle
    15-1 Assistant Coach
  • Nicole Ball
    Nicole Ball
  • Amanda “Sam” Pipkin
    Amanda “Sam” Pipkin
    16-1 Co-Head Coach
  • Samantha Kirby
    Samantha Kirby
    13-1 Head Coach
  • Samantha Summerville
    Samantha Summerville
    13-2 Assistant Coach
  • Sarita Madera
    Sarita Madera
    14-1 Assistant Coach
  • Zach Woodard
    Zach Woodard
    16-1 Assistant Coach
David Peake
Executive Director

David has a heart for teaching children to be men and women who live productive lives as good fathers/mothers, brothers/sisters through working hard and improving at their sport.  He has an extensive coaching background including 11 seasons combined as a coach of High School baseball and little league and Middle School Football.  He is also a teacher and has his Masters in Educational Administration and Policy.  David brings to the table a true heart of instilling faith and character into the Lanier Volleyball Club program and his administration background lends a unique and helpful organizational and strategic knowledge to this plan.

Mary Beth Peake
16-1 Head Coach, Director of Operations

One of the founders of Lanier Volleyball Club, Mary Beth has a true passion for the sport of volleyball. Her volleyball resume includes 7 years as a player and 9 seasons as a JV, Varsity and Club coach as well as countless hours of private lessons, camps and clinics. She has a heart for teaching young women about volleyball technique and tactics while impacting their lives to make them more successful on and off the court.  Mary Beth also serves as Director of Operations for Lanier.  She has been married to her husband, David, for 8 years and has 2 precious children, Emma Grace and Isaac.

Bill Bush
13-2 Head Coach, Director of Youth Programs

Bill grew up in Valdosta, GA and went to university at the University of Georgia. He began playing volleyball as a freshman in college when trying out for the UGA Club team. He played for 4 years at Georgia with experience as both an outside hitter and an opposite. He has been actively involved in the volleyball community here in Gainesville playing in several leagues over the past 5 years. Volleyball taught him a lot about the importance of a team, and he is excited to help continue to teach volleyball technique and tactics in a team setting.  Bill has coached at Lanier for 2 years and also serves as the Director of Youth Programs.

Abbey Gbur

Abbey is from Grayson, Georgia where she attended and played for Grayson High School and was named to the Gwinnett All-County team.  She also played club volleyball.  Abbey coaches with Lanier’s Youth Programs.

Abby Mumpower

Abby is from the Gainesville, Georgia area. She began playing volleyball in middle school and played in high school for Lanier Christian. She is a former Lanier Club Program participant and will continue her volleyball career with Truett McConnell University. Abbu brings enthusiasm and a wonderful defensive knowledge of the game to Lanier’s staff.

Alex Brake
13-1 Assistant Coach

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Alex has coached with Lanier for 2 years.

Allison Hultquist
14-2 Head Coach

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Allison has coached with Lanier for 1 year and is involved in both our Youth and Club Programs.

Alysa Sharp
13-2 Head Coach

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Alysa has coached with Lanier for 1 year in both Youth and Club Programs.

Amy Trageser
15-1 Assistant Coach

Amy hails from Maryland where she played high school and club volleyball.  She continued her career at Grove City College in Pennsylvania as a Setter where she was and All PAC honoree and received Scholar Athlete and Dean’s List honors as well as participated in the women’s club lacrosse team during her time there.  After graduating, she took on the role of volunteer coach at her alma mater. Amy currently serves as the Piedmont College Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach and has coached with Lanier for 1 year in both the Club and Youth Programs. She is an eager, energetic coach who brings ample technical and tactical knowledge to our coaching staff as well as a fiery passion for the game and our athletes.

Anna Marshall

Anna attends and plays for Flowery Branch High School. She has played volleyball since middle school and has played club volleyball in the past, including in Lanier’s Club Program. Anna coaches with Lanier’s Youth Programs.

Anna Mumpower

Anna is from the Gainesville, Georgia area.  She began playing volleyball in middle school and played in high school for Lanier Christian.  She is a former Lanier Club Program participant and will continue her volleyball career with Truett McConnell University.  Anna brings great knowledge of the game and passion to Lanier’s staff.

Bailey Smith
12-1 Head Coach
Bailey played volleyball all through middle school and high school and participated in 2 years of club volleyball. Her last two years of high school volleyball at Flowery Branch High School she was voted captain of the varsity team. She has a deep passion for the game of volleyball and strongly believes that it has helped shape the woman she is today. Bailey is excited to have the opportunity to continue to be a part of molding young girls on and off the court. She is currently a junior at the University of North Georgia working towards a degree in marine biology. She also works part time for a State Farm agency in Flowery Branch.  Bailey has coached with Lanier since its inception in 2014
Bailey Towles
14-2 Assistant Coach

Bailey started playing volleyball in middle school and culminated her playing career with a starting role for 4 years on the varsity team. During her Senior season, she broke the 1000 assist record at Lakeview Academy. Receiving MVP Awards and being recognized for the All-Region Team during both her Junior and Senior seasons years are among her accomplishments throughout her volleyball career. Bailey also participated in 2 years of club volleyball. Her coaching experience includes working numerous camps during summers and coaching a developmental team for 2 seasons.  Bailey has coached with Lanier since its inception in 2014 in our Developmental, Youth and Club Programs. She looks forward to working with Lanier Volleyball Club each season to bring her passion and love for volleyball to the girls she coaches.

Bo Harris

Bio Coming Soon!

Bo has coached with Lanier for 1 year.

Camille Holcomb

Camille attends and plays for Gainesville High School.  She has played volleyball since middle school and also participates Lanier’s Club Program.  Camille coaches with Lanier’s Youth Programs.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota is from McDonough, Georgia. She began playing volleyball in middle school and continued playing as an All-Area OH for Ola High School, A5 South Volleyball Club and as a Lion at Piedmont College. Dakota is studying Athletic Training and has a passion for teaching the sport of volleyball and for passing her passion onto her players. Dakota works with our youth programs as well as coaching with Lanier’s Club Program.

Ellie Luciani

Ellie attends and plays for Flowery Branch High School.  She has played volleyball since middle school and also participates in club volleyball.  Ellie coaches with Lanier’s Middle Volleyball League.

Emily Rose

Emily Rose currently plays at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina as a Opposite Hitter while earning her degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is  from Buford, GA where she attended Mill Creek High School and played club for four years  At Mill Creek, Rose lettered and started all four years, was a three time student athlete award recipient, and named to the 2013 all-area and all-county teams while also receiving the leadership award the same year.  In her free time Rose has volunteered with Operation Homefront, Gwinnett County Police training, and local children’s shelters. Emily returns home every summer and coaches Lanier’s Summer Programs.

Emily Wylie

Emily is from Gillsville, GA and played at Mill Creek High School as well as club volleyball during which time she was named first-team All-State, All-County and All-Area and Senior All-Star team member.  She started her college playing career at Armstrong Atlantic and will finish at Lindenwood University. She returns home during the summers and coaches with Lanier’s Summer Programs.

Heather LaPrade
17-2 Head Coach
Heather is from Acworth, GA. She was a 2013 honors graduate of Kell High School. She played volleyball at Kell as well as club throughout high school. Heather started for her high school team as a sophomore. She played for 4 years as Piedmont College’s Lady Lions Volleyball Team member where she was named to the USA South Academic All-Conference Team during the 2013 season. Heather has helped at various camps and clinics throughout her career as a player and has coached with Lanier since its inaugural season in 2014. Heather brings to Lanier Volleyball Club staff a passion for and an elite knowledge of the sport of volleyball.
Isa Caszatt
12-2 Head Coach

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Isa has coached with Lanier for 1 year.

Jamie Willis

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Jamie has coached with Lanier’s Middle School Program for 2 years.

Jordan Ball

Jordan begin playing volleyball in middle school.  She played at North Georgia Christian in high school and continues to play casually on teams, leagues and adult tournaments.  Jordan has coached with Lanier’s Youth Programs for 2 years.

Jose Torres
Jose started playing volleyball in high school in Puerto Rico. He has extensive playing experience to include the Belgian SHAPE team, Outside Hitter for the ALL ARMY TEAM, Club at the University of Tampa under Chris Catanach, club level in both Argentina and Augusta, Georgia.  During that playing time he often coached as well.  Jose has coached club volleyball in Georgia for 2 seasons (15’s & 18’s teams) as well as at Discovery High School serving as the Freshman Team Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach. His passion for the sport and the development of our young generation is the fundamental reason why he is fully engaged with the sport of Volleyball.
Katelyn Durmire
17-2 Assistant Coach

Bio Coming Soon!

Katelyn has coached with Lanier for 1 year.

Katie Williams

Katie attends and plays for Flowery Branch High School.  She has played volleyball since middle school and also plays for Lanier’s Club Program.  Katie coaches with Lanier’s Youth Programs.

Kelsey Woodard
16-1 Co-Head Coach

Kelsey was active with volleyball all throughout High School. She played for North Hall High school in Gainesville where she was a defensive specialist. While in college, she participated in several seasons of indoor and sand intramural volleyball at the University of North Georgia. In the past, Kelsey was the head coach for North Georgia Christian School’s middle school program and with Lanier Volleyball during Youth Program and Club seasons. She loves competition and is excited to coach with LVC and help young athletes reach their full potential. She is married to Zach, who also coaches with Lanier and especially likes whipping up on him in sand volleyball whenever she gets the chance. Kelsey has coached with Lanier since its inception in 2014.

Kelsi Jones

Kelsi is from Oakwood, Georgia where she attended and played for West Hall High School.  There, she was twice honored by being selected to the All-Area team and named the athlete of the week by the Gainesville Times and Hall County Sports Network.  She currently attends Shorter University where she plays for the Lady Hawks.  During the summers, Kelsi returns home and spends some of her time coaching with Lanier’s Summer Programs.

 

Kim Van Meter
17-1 Head Coach

Kim was born and raised in southeast Iowa where she played club, high school, and college volleyball. She spent 10 years in Omaha, Nebraska playing local competitive co-ed indoor and sand volleyball while coaching for Volleystrong and Impact volleyball clubs as well as Holy Cross Middle School and Mercy High School freshman and JV teams. She has experience coaching all age levels and enjoys teaching both the physical skills as well as mental aptitude. She is truly blessed to share her love of volleyball through coaching, but her real passion is teaching girls how to use what they learn on the court to be successful off the court. Kim has coached for over 15 years and with Lanier since its inception in 2014.

Kylie Blanton
17-1 Assistant Coach
Kylie is from Woodstock, GA. She graduated with honors from Etowah High School in 2015. She has spent the last 3 years playing middle and right side for Piedmont College, where she finished the 2016 season ranked 9th overall for Middle Blockers in the USA South Conference. Her passion and love for the sport of volleyball is evident when looking at her present contributions to the Piedmont Lions, as well as her past history with the sport. During her Varsity volleyball playing time at Etowah, she played as a middle blocker and holds the school record for blocks in a single season and most career blocks. At the end of her senior season, Kylie was ranked 1st in the state Area 5 – 6A, and finished second in the entire state of Georgia for Senior Middle Blockers. She played her club ball for North Atlanta Volleyball Club and was on the 18’s team that made NAVC history by being the first team in the club to qualify for and attend Nationals. Kylie has coached various camps and clinics for NAVC, and has coached for 2 years at Lanier.  She brings a great knowledge of elite levels of the game as well as tremendous energy to the court and the teams she coaches.
Megan Maxwell

Bio Coming Soon!

Megan has coached with Lanier’s Middle School Program for 2 years.

Melinda Gute
15-2 Head Coach

Melinda grew up in a south suburb of Chicago, Illinois. She began playing volleyball in 6th grade and her passion for the game has grown ever since. She played as setter throughout high school and was actively involved in the intramural program at Liberty University and various recreational leagues post-college. She is excited to see her team’s love and talent for volleyball grow throughout the season. Melinda has had coaches in the past who have had a large impact on her life, both on and off the court, and hopes she can do the same for the team.  Melinda serves as a coach for both the Youth and Club Programs and has coached at Lanier since its inception in 2014.

Michele Tallman
14-1 Head Coach

Coach Tallman played competitive volleyball for 8 years, starting in New Britain, CT at New Britain High School. She continued on as a player at Suffolk University, and participated in numerous open level outdoor and indoor tournaments. Her coaching career began at her alma mater as a recruiting coach and continued later on at Milton Academy. She has had the privilege to coach some very successful teams in her career which included All-Americans and a regional championship team.  Michele has coached for over 10 years and is currently the Gainesville Middle School Head Coach and has also coached at Lanier for 2 years in both the Youth and Club programs.

Natalie Hogle
15-1 Assistant Coach

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Natalie has coached with Lanier for 1 year.

Nicole Ball

Nicole begin playing volleyball in middle school.  She played at North Georgia Christian in high school and continues to play casually on teams, leagues and adult tournaments.  Nicole has coached with Lanier’s Youth Programs for 2 years.

Amanda “Sam” Pipkin
16-1 Co-Head Coach

Amanda “Sam” Pipkin has been involved with the sport of volleyball since high school where she played for Oconee County in Watkinsville, Ga. She received an athletic scholarship to play for Brewton-Parker College in south Georgia where she played 4 years as a defensive specialist and after graduation spent 1 year as a grad assistant.

Since graduation she has ran several camps and clinics, coached a middle school team as well as years of club ball. Sam works as a physician assistant for a local orthopedic sports medicine practice. She loves the game of volleyball and the ability it gives her to teach and prepare young ladies about life lessons on and off the court.  She and her husband Adam have 1 son, Grant.  Sam has coached volleyball for over 8 years and at Lanier since its inception in 2014.

Samantha Kirby
13-1 Head Coach

Samantha is originally from North Carolina and moved to Georgia in January 2015. She was a student-athlete in college and named a Division III All American and National Statistical Champion before transferring to play at the Division I level. After graduating from UNC-Greensboro she traveled around Europe playing volleyball before pursuing her Master’s Degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in Sports Management. This will be her 8th year coaching competitive club volleyball and her coaching experience ranges from 9 years old to collegiate athletes. The highlight of her coaching career was working with Misty May-Treanor and working as a Volunteer Assistant at High Point University. Samantha now works for Adventures in Missions, pursuing her passion of world missions and discipleship. She has coached at Lanier for 2 years.

Samantha Summerville
13-2 Assistant Coach

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Samantha has coached with Lanier for 1 year in both Youth and Club Programs. She is also a former Club Program player for Lanier!

Sarita Madera
14-1 Assistant Coach

Sarita is from Gainesville, GA and has been playing volleyball since middle school. She played for North Hall High School in Gainesville where she was a right side hitter. She was captain of her JV team freshman year and captain of her varsity team senior year where she was recognized for the All-Region Team. While in college, she went on to participate in intramural volleyball at Valdosta State University. Sarita loves to help her teams develop a passion for, deeper knowledge of and a greater ability level in volleyball. She has coached with Lanier for 2 years.

Zach Woodard
16-1 Assistant Coach

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Zach has coached with Lanier for 1 year and is Married to Kelsey, who also coaches with Lanier.