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Welcome!

By Admin, 07/14/20, 3:15PM EDT

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Welcome to the following coaches!

Welcome!

We would like to welcome the following new coaches to our BE family!:

Russell Smith
Russell is a former Beach Elite coach returning home to coach again. With Beach Elite he served as an assistant coach and a volunteer court coach. He has also served as a head coach with 15s and 17s at Serv, assistant and head coaching roles with Smash VBC and FJVC in the past. Additionally he has coached at the high school level. Russell is USAV CAP I, IMPACT and Safe Sport certified while also have attended training through Gold Medal Square, Art of Coaching and Positive Coaching Alliance. When he is not coaching, Russell enjoys golfing, fishing and hunting. Welcome back Russell!

Cassidi Kichler
Cassidi joins us with 12 years of volleyball playing experience and 5 years of club coaching experience with Mobile Storm. In high school, she was a 6 rotation outside hitter where she accumulated numerous conference awards. She then went on to play at Spring Hill College for Dr. Peggy Martin (all time winningest coach). While at Spring Hill College, she transitioned to the libero position where she helped them to four conference championships and bids to the NCAA tournament. In 2018 and 2019 she was nominated Libero of the year for her conference. In the springtime she switched to beach volleyball where Spring Hill College played under the AVCA. There she played 2 years at the 4’s spot and helped lead the team to a 3rd place win at the championships. While coaching with Mobile Storm, she helped develop players at the 13s, 16s and 17s age groups. When not working or coaching, you will most likely find Cassidi competing on the sand.

David Brooks
David comes to Beach Elite with 10 years of coaching experience across 3 different levels. He most recently accepted the position as the Elizabeth City State University Head Coach. Previously he served as the assistant coach at Catawba while also coaching the last 5 years for Carolina Juniors Volleyball, the last 3 as the 18 Elite coach. David has also coached at Mallard Creek High School turning around a 36-60 record the previous 7 years into a 4 year record of 81-27. He earned coach of the year in 2015 and winning the MECKA conference in 2016. Today he remains the winningest coach in school history. At the club level, he has helped 29 athletes earn college scholarships to play, including 10 at the DI level. In 2018 he helped lead his team to a 21st place finish at Nationals. David has been an educator for the last 12 years, teaching math. When not teaching or coaching, David enjoys skiing, zip-lining, running and attending Carolina Panther games.

Briana Kerr
We will be welcoming back alumni, Briana Kerr this year. Briana was a long time player of Beach Elite who graduated and went on to play at The University of Virginia's College at Wise where she was a standout player. Briana comes with a great deal of college playing experience, but also with a familiarity of Beach Elite's culture and training philosophies which she mastered during her time with us. Welcome back Briana!

We look forward to what these new coaches bring to our members and our program in the future.