Coaching Staff


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  • Assistant Coaches
  • Directors
  • Head Coaches
  • Amy Diaz
    Amy Diaz
    Assistant Coach 14 Black
  • Robert Brown
    Robert Brown
    Head Coach 18 Black
  • Shannon Hullum
    Shannon Hullum
    Asst Coach 18 Red
  • Geoff Kiessling
    Geoff Kiessling
    Head Coach 17 Black
  • Erika Dupree
    Erika Dupree
    Assistant Coach 17 Black
  • Jay Libowitz
    Jay Libowitz
    Head Coach 16 Black
  • Chino Lee
    Chino Lee
    Head Coach 16 Red
  • Steve Hargrave
    Steve Hargrave
    Head Coach 15 Black
  • Caitlin Wickes
    Caitlin Wickes
    Asst Coach 15 Black
  • Amy Torres
    Amy Torres
    Head Coach 15 Red
  • Victoria Thomas
    Victoria Thomas
    Head Coach 14 Black
  • Annie Hill
    Annie Hill
    Head Coach 13 Black
Amy Diaz
Assistant Coach 14 Black

Amy will be entering her 6th year coaching for Dallas Premier.

Robert Brown
Head Coach 18 Black
Director
Strength and Conditioning

This will be Roberts 5 year with Dallas Premier. Last years Roberts 18 Black team qualified for Nationals and had all 11 athletes receive volleyball scholarship offers. This year Robert will focus on using his skills to get more Dallas Premier athletes scholarships and continue with 18 Black but will guide 17 Red as well.

Sports Played
High school Receiver and Strong Safety for Odessa Permian High School (Friday Night Lights Team)
Wide Receiver San Angelo State University
Practice Squad player Minnesota Vikings (no big deal only until the season started and I returned home)

Strength and Conditioning Coaching
1995 -1998 Trained under the acclaimed Fred Hatfield (1st man to squat 1000 lbs.)
and E.J. Doc Kreis Long time strength coach for Colorado University, Middle Tennessee University and UCLA).
1999 – 2000 Begin to Train with Dr. Mike Clark President of National Academy of Sports Medicine
2005 – Current Master Cadre over the USA Volleyball Education Program
2005 – Current Member of the USA Volleyball Sports Medicine and Performance Commission
2001 – 2011 Strength and Conditioning Coach for Texas Image Volleyball Club
2002 – 2005 Strength and Conditioning Coach for Polaris Soccer Club
2004 – 2007 Strength and Conditioning Coach Dallas Sting 1993 National Championship Team
2010 – 2012 Strength and Conditioning Coach for TAV
2014 – Current Strength and Conditioning Coach Dallas Premier Volleyball Club

Volleyball Coaching Experience
2000 – 2001 Texas Advantage Volleyball
2001 – 2011 Texas Image Volleyball Club
2011 – 2013 Director/Coach Top Teams at DFW Performance Volleyball Club
2014 – Current Dallas Premier Volleyball Club

Coaching Certifications
Performance Enhancement Specialist  (PES) – National Academy of Sports Medicine
Master of Sports Science (MSS) – International Sports Science Association
(this is special because it’s by Appointment only)
Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP III) – USA Volleyball (Only 4 exist in the NTR)
Volleyball Master Instructor (VMI) – USA Volleyball (Only one remaining in the country)
Olympic Weightlifting Coach – International Youth Conditioning Association
Certified Heath Coach – Institute of Integrative Nutrition

Total Strength and Conditioning Coaching Experience:  20 years
Total Volleyball coaching Experience: 14 years (8 years top teams)

Shannon Hullum
Asst Coach 18 Red
Assistant Coach 18 Black

This will be Shannon’s third season coaching for Dallas Premier. Shannon played for Dallas Premier and was coached by Geoff Kiessling. Shannon is one of 6 former players that have come back to Premier to coach.

Last season she helped lead Dallas Premier 18 Black qualify for Nationals and send all 11 seniors to college. This year Shannon will be assistant coach for 18 Red.

Last season she helped lead Dallas Premier 17 Black to a 3rd place finish at Lone Star and an Open bid for the USA Girls Junior National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is very excited to move up to assist with Robert Browns 18 Black team for the 2016-2017 season.

Shannon coached at her alma mater Van High School and has run various collegiate summer camps over the last 8 years instructing ages 10-18.

Playing Highlights: Shannon played RS at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.

2011 (Junior): Played in 33 matches, starting 23 of them … played in 122 sets making her fourth all-time in sets played in a single season … posted 264 kills averaging 2.16 kills per set … recorded a personal best of 44 total attacks in the match against UT-Arlington (11/10) … posted a career-high 16 kills in the match against Nicholls State (10/13) and recorded 14 kills in two consecutive matches against McNeese State (10/22) and Central Arkansas (10/27).

2010 (Sophomore): Played in 28-of-30 matches during the year and her 20 starts were the fourth-most on the team … finished with 163 kills, the third-highest total among Islanders, and had a 1.75 kill-per-set average throughout the year … finished with 123 digs to go along with 32 total blocks … had 24 service aces and 16 assists as a sophomore … against Maryland Eastern Shore (9/4) she recorded a season-high 11 kills while surpassing the double-digit kill mark three times during the season … 11 digs against UTPA (10/19) and seven blocks against Sam Houston (9/30) were season highs … had double-digit digs three times during the year.

2009 (Freshman): Played in 28 matches with three starts … recorded the third-best total in kills with 122 … tied for second-best block total among returning players with 20 … had a career-high 14 kill performance against Penn (9/11) … recorded a career-high two blocks in a match five times … had 42 digs during the season with a career-high of seven at Stephen F. Austin (9/19).

Prior to A&M-Corpus Christi: Redshirted during the 2008 volleyball season at Eastern Illinois University.

High School: Played at Van High School for coach Kim Welch … averaged 12 kills, 10 digs and four blocks-per-match during her senior season … recorded 250 kills during her final year with the Vandals … was District 14-3A MVP and Second Team All-East Texas … named to First Team All-District in her junior season … helped her team to district, bi-district and area championships while reaching the quarterfinals of the state playoffs … lettered four years in volleyball, four years in basketball, three years in track, two years in softball and three years of cheerleading … Second Team All-District in basketball her junior and senior seasons … cheerleading All-American.

Geoff Kiessling
Head Coach 17 Black
Club Owner
Head Coach 17 Black
Web Guy

Coaching Experience: 24 Years

School Coaching Credits:
College Coaching: 8 Years
Nationally Ranked Program – Top 20
High School Coaching: 5 Years
Public/Private and helped start 1st Boys HS League in Texas

Club Coaching Credits:

South East Texas Jrs.(Houston) [Owner] – 5 Years
South Shore VBC (Houston) [Director/Master Coach] – 9 Years
Qualified for Nationals 8 of 9 years / 3rd Place AAU
Texas Tornados VBC (Houston) [Director/Master Coach] – 2 Years
3rd Place Nationals – Bronze Medal

Dallas Premier Volleyball Club [Director/Owner] – 4 Years
Qualified for Nationals each Year/Tour of Texas Finalist

Texas Advantage Volleyball Club [Director]- 3 Years
Medaled at 8 Qualifiers, Won the Tour of Texas
Finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th in Nation

Dallas Premier Volleyball Club [Director/Owner] – Current

Member of North Texas Region Jr. Board of Directors – 2014/2017
Member USAV Events Committee – 7 Years
USA Volleyball A1 Team Asst. Coach – Gold Medalist
Member American Volleyball Coaches Association
CAP Level II and VCAP Certified
AAU Double Goal Coach Certified
Just Plain Awesome

Erika Dupree
Assistant Coach 17 Black

This is Erika’s 5th year coaching for Dallas Premier. She is extremely excited to be a part of the tradition at Premier as a player and coach. Erika played for Dallas Premier and was coached by Geoff Kiessling. Erika is one of 6 former players that have come back to Premier to coach.

Erika Dupree played volleyball at Mesquite Poteet High School, graduating in 2008. She earned 1st team All State and All-District honors her senior year as a Lady Pirate. Four years as a varsity starter led her to a top Division II program at West Texas A&M. Her time at WT, Coach Dupree’s teams won 5 conference championships, 2 DII National Championship appearances. She was named Pre-Season Setter of the Year as well as 1st team All-Conference and 1st team All-Region.

Erika is currently the JV/ Varsity Assistant coach at Allen High School. She spent several years as the JV/Varsity assistant at Plano Senior High School. She has taught and coached at McKinney North High School where she assisted the volleyball and basketball programs. She was a part of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball second place finish at State in 2014.

Jay Libowitz
Head Coach 16 Black
Head Coach 16 Black
Chino Lee
Head Coach 16 Red

This will be Chino’s second season with Dallas Premier. A Southern California native, Chino has over 13 years of experience as a player, trainer and a coach. He has played for the renowned high school, Mater Dei, and as a freshman (setter) led the team to the 2011 Division I CIF-SS Championship. 

Chino has worked under some of the greatest minds that the volleyball world has to offer; Brian Gimmillaro, Bob Crowell, Micah Burpo and Jeri Estes. He was the head trainer for Brian Gimmillaro (Head Coach for CSULB) from 2014-15 at CSULB working with some of Americas top athletes. He has also had the opportunity to work with Misty May-Treanor (3x Gold Medalists – Olympics) while under the supervision of Brian. 
 
He was also being mentored by Bob Crowell/Micah Burpo (Director at SoCal Juniors VBC) from 2011-2015 and Jeri Estes (Assistant Coach for USA/Russia – Womens) from 2014-15 on how to properly train a young adult on the techniques of high level volleyball. He has trained the follwoing featured American players Janisa Johnson, Joy Miley, Tyler Jackson, Makayla Taylor and Sophie Bukovec in addition to numerous top-level international players. 
 
Chino lives by the quote, “Success is different for EVERYONE. Keep a proper perspective and do your best!!!” He believes that every student has something unique and powerful to offer to the team, club, family and to themselves! 
 
“Our Youth, Our Future” 
Steve Hargrave
Head Coach 15 Black
Club Owner
Head Coach 15 Black

Most Improved, Men’s Team, La Verne University
Captain, Men’s Team, Dallas Baptist University

School Coaching Credits:

Bonita High School – JV Coach
Trinity Christian Academy – JV Coach
First Baptist Academy – JV and Head Coach
St. Alban’s – Head Coach, All Time Winningest Coach
Nolan Catholic – Head Coach, Five straight winning seasons, State Finalist
University of North Texas – Graduate Assistant

Club Coaching Credits:

Dallas Summit Volleyball Club – 5 years
Texas Advantage Volleyball Club – 6 Years, Won Lone Star twice,
Qualified every year, Medaled in National Division
Tournament Director, Director of the Metro Program

Dallas Premier Volleyball Club – 4 Years, Programs Coordinator
Dallas Premier Volleyball Club [Owner] – 4 Years,
USAV National Championship in 17 National Division
Member of North Texas Region Board of Directors – 2 Years

Member of North Texas Region Jr. Board of Directors – 8 Years
North Texas Region Juniors Competition Committee Chairperson – 6 Years
Member USAV Seeding Committee – 5 Years (Current Chairman)

Total Coaching Experience: 22 years
“Top” Team Coaching Experience: 14 Years

Caitlin Wickes
Asst Coach 15 Black

This will be Caitlin’s fourth year with Dallas Premier. Wickes is one of 6 former players to come back and coach for Premier. She is also one of four coaches to have played for owner Geoff Kiessling.

Caitlin played college volleyball for University of Evansville

Played HS as well as coached at JPII in Plano where she was selected First-team all-state selection her senior year and second-team all-district junior year. Was voted, Most Valuable Player and named Team Captain senior year.

District Defensive Player of the Year.

Also earned four letter in soccer and two in tennis…second-team all-district selection in soccer.

Amy Torres
Head Coach 15 Red

This is Amy’s second season with Dallas Premier.

Victoria Thomas
Head Coach 14 Black
Assistant Coach 17 Black
Owner
JourneyFit

Victoria Thomas is a 7 year volleyball coach and athletic sports and conditioning trainer. Victoria’s player list includes some of the world’s top high school athletes, NFL players, WNBA players, and professional Volleyball players (e.g. Khat Bell).

Thomas, is an explosive outside hitter that lettered 3 years at Richardson High school.  Victoria led RHS Varsity in blocks per game and she was named 1st team all district 3 years in a row.

Victoria went on to play Volleyball at Rutgers University. Victoria’s most impressive performance was against St Johns University where she hit .625 and recorded 19 kills and 4 solo blocks.

It is of no surprise that Thomas is a phenomenal athlete as she comes from a family whose identity is embedded in athleticism. Her sister Regina Thomas, Ole Miss Alum and Premier Alum, is the first volleyball All American of the state of Mississippi.  Her other sister Esther Thomas is TCU track and field hurdler who is currently a record holder at 4 top “T&F Invitationals,” including Texas Relays.

Victoria found her passion for coaching while still in college at Rutgers University. Thomas spent half of her college summer in Dallas coaching at the All Star coaches camps, with coaches from UT, Baylor and New Mexico. She spent the other half in New Jersey coaching the Rutgers skills clinics at 7 different high schools and the Rutgers Nike Volleyball camp for two years in a row.

In 2010 Coach Thomas coached at Dallas Premier Volleyball club for 2 years, coaching 2 teams a year. Victoria then attended Law School but used her summers to continue to run volleyball camps and clinics to feed her passion for volleyball training/coaching.

This is Victoria’s 4 year at Premier and she will be head coaching 14 Black and assisting Coach Geoff with 17 Black. Victoria’s philosophy “Train Hard, Win,” (#THW) — surrounds the notion that “if you prepare at an elevated level you will perform at an elevated level that will always give you the victory.” Victoria plans to train her players with effective, valuable coaching, and bring a positive, competitive atmosphere to the court. If you have any questions for her she can be reached at this email —- msvthomas23@gmail.com.

Annie Hill
Head Coach 13 Black

This will be Annie’s fifth year with Dallas Premier.

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