STORM COACHING STAFF

The Storm Coaching staff is best in the Corpus Christi area. Our staff is comprised of college coaches, high school varsity coaches, and coaches with numerous years of club experience.  Many of our coaches played collegiately and have degrees in Kinesiology. Our staff is truly about building the volleyball community in this area. At every age we believe we are set up for your success.

STORM PERFORMANCE TEAM COACHES

Shelby Curlee – Storm 11’s Performance & LiL Storm Coordinator

Co-Owner and our 2019-20 LiL Storm Coordinator

Shelby started coaching right out of high school, and has been coaching since. Shelby has 7 successful seasons of club volleyball coaching experience with age groups from 11’s to 18’s from Regional to National teams.

Shelby is part of the Tuloso-Midway High School coaching staff as the Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach. She was instrumental in helping to lead the Cherokee’s to back to back 5A Final Fours in 2016 & 2017.

She graduated from TAMUCC in May of 2016 with a Kinesiology degree. She is a sought after coach leading numerous volleyball camps through out the coastal bend area. She also along coached three summers at the University of Texas Volleyball camp.

Along with coaching club, she also helps run our LiL’ Storm program.

For the 2019-20 season Coach Shelby will be coaching the Storm 11’s team.

Jamie Gill – Storm 12’s Performance

Jamie is originally from Friendswood, Texas. In high school volleyball she played in the state tournament 3 times as well as competed in the Jr. Olympics with her club team 3 times.

She started her high school coaching career in Ingleside as the head coach from 2008-2012. During her time there, the volleyball program made the playoffs 4 out of the 5 years.

In 2013 she took over as Head Volleyball Coach at Tuloso-Midway High School. As Head Coach for TM she has led the volleyball program to back to back undefeated district titles (38-0 in district play the last two years). She led the Cherokee’s to two Regional Volleyball Tournament and two State Final Four appearances back to back in 2016 & 2017. She was awarded District 30-5A Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016.  Under her coaching TM won it’s first district volleyball championship, as well as made it’s first appearances in the Regional Tournament and State Final Four for the first time in school history. In four short years she amassed a record of 135 wins with only 44 loses.

She has coached club volleyball since 2005 on the state and national level seeing multiple players grow to have the same passion for the game as she does.

She is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi where she obtained a degree in Kinesiology. She leads various volleyball camps throughout the Coastal Bend area each summer.

For the 2019-20 season Coach Jamie will be coaching the Storm 12’s team.

Rene Velázquez – Storm 13’s Performance

A native of Puerto Rico, Coach Velázquez graduated in 1986 from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  Upon completing his education, he joined the Naval Service and retired in 2007.

As a young man, Coach Velázquez discovered one of his passions…  volleyball.  While in the military, he continued to play and coach in Captain’s Cup competitions at numerous sites in the United States and around the world.

In 2005, he received orders to report to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Since then, he has had the privilege to coach various age groups for several of the local clubs.

Besides being a coach, he is President of the Corpus Christi TASO Volleyball Chapter, a certified TASO Official and USAV Lone Star Regional Official. He is also a Certified Line Judge for the Southland Conference as well as the Lone Star Conference. Additionally, he has participated in the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (USAV-CAP).

When not coaching or officiating, he is a Flight Simulator Instructor for Student Military Aviators.  He is also a Civil Air Patrol volunteer.

He is the proud father of three beautiful daughters:  Francesca, Carmen and Angélica

Coach Velázquez took the reins as the Head Coach of Storms 18’s team in 2016-17 season and also helped Storm’s 11’s team finish its season. For the 2017-18 & 2018-19 seasons he led our Storm 14’s team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport.  We at Storm are extremely excited to have him as part of our family and successful volleyball tradition.

For the 2019-20 season, Coach Velázquez will be coaching the 13’s Performance team.

Talleyshia Morris – Storm 14’s Performance Red

Talleyshia Morris is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and played for Union High School. During high school years she played several seasons for CLUBONE.

After graduating she played her first two years at Coffeyville Community College (Coffeyville, Kansas) where her team went to Nationals both years winning the 2017 NJCAA National Championship. As a freshman, she was named to the All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and was All-KJCCC first-team in 2017. She was also recognized as an All-Region IV first-team performer. She transferred to TAMUK in 2018 where she is currently playing her senior season.

Talleyshia began coaching club in Kansas for Ravens Elite as an assistant in 2016 & 2017. In 2019 she began coaching at Storm Clinics and other training programs

Coach Morris will be coaching our Storm 14’s Performance National Red Team.

Adrian Smith – Storm 15’s Performance

Coach Adrian Smith started her high school coaching career at Bangs High School (2A) as the head coach from 2006-2008. During her time there, the volleyball program made the playoffs both years. She then had the opportunity to serve as 1st assistant coach from 2008-2011 for a high caliber volleyball program under the leadership of Coach Floyd Rogers {retired) at Cleburne High School (5A) where they made deep playoff runs every year. From there she went on to serve has the head coach for New Caney High School (5A) where she meet her husband, Andy Smith, who is an Offensive Coordinator in the sport of football at the high school level.

Coach Smith and her husband then traveled to East Texas to Henderson High School (3A), where she served as the girl’s athletic coordinator. During her time there every girls sport placed in district and competed through the playoffs.

In 2017 she took over as Head Volleyball Coach at Gregory-Portland High School. As head coach at GP she has been able to take the LadyCats from placing 4 th (2016) in district to obtaining an undefeated district title (12-0) in 2019. Under Coach Smith’s leadership the LadyCats have placed 2 nd in District (2017), been Co-District Champions (2018), and have had three consecutive Regional Tournament Appearances (2017-2019). In 3 years Coach Smith has been awarded All South Texas Coach of the Year (2017), District 29-5A Coach of the Year (Co-2018, 2019), and the LadyCats have had 116 wins with only 17 losses.

Coach Adrian Smith is a graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where she played volleyball. She and her husband, Coach Andy Smith, have been married for 6 years and are the proud pet parents of 2 beautiful English Bulldogs Watson (4) and Winnie (3).

We are excited to have Coach Smith as the Storm 15’s Performance Coach.

Alýce Peters – Storm 16’s Performance

Coach Alýce Peters comes to Storm from Veterans Memorial where she took over as Head Volleyball Coach in 2018. In her first year at VMHS she led the team to their first District Championship as well as their first regional-quarterfinal appearance.
Before making the jump to high school Peters coached 6 years at the collegiate level. Most recently Coach Peters was Director of Volleyball Operations for Texas Tech University.
Peters went to Texas Tech in 2014, mid-season, after a stint in Europe, playing professionally.
Peters attended college first at Nicholls State, where she played volleyball and ran track, before graduating from Texas State, in 2009. Peters went on to become a graduate assistant at Angelo State in 2012. During that time, Angelo State rose to a top-10 national ranking in Division II, won its conference, placed second at Regionals and had three players earn All-American honors. Peters earned her Master’s degree in Student Development and Leadership For Higher Education, in 2013.
From there, Peters was hired as an assistant coach at Arizona Western College. During her time there, the Matadors climbed to as high as No. 11 in the Division-I Junior College polls, won their conference, district and region. The Matadors also appeared in the NJCAA Volleyball Tournament.
Coach Peters joined the Storm coaching staff for the 2019-20 season and will be coaching the Storm 16s Performance Team.

Kyra Henderson – Storm 17’s Performance

Kyra grew up in Carlsbad, California and then moved to Kingsville, Texas to finish playing collegiate volleyball. 

In college she played her first two years of indoor and beach volleyball for MiraCosta Community College. MiraCoasta beach volleyball team was ranked 5th in the state in junior colleges. Kyra and her teammate were ranked 5th individually in the Nation. She earned her associates degree in Liberal Arts at MiraCosta.
After MiraCosta, she transferred for her junior year to play beach volleyball for Texas A&M University – Kingsville.  In her junior year she collected 11 wins throughout the season. In 2018, her senior year, she had a record of 21-8. Kyra and her partner collected 10 wins against Division I programs. It was in 2018 the Javelina team won its first national championship.
After her senior year of play she became a student assistant for the Texas A&M-Kingsville Volleyball program where she helped coach the indoor and beach volleyball teams.
In 2019, she graduated with a bachelors degree in Communications with a minor in Sports Management.
Kyra was an instrumental part of helping coach in many clinics and camps for Storm through our 2018-19 season before officially joining our coaching staff.
For the 2019-20 season Coach Kyra will head coach the Storm 17’s Performance team.

Zane McFarlane – Storm 18’s Performance

Coaching our 18’s team for the 2020 season is Coach Zane McFarlane. Coach McFarlane will also be working in many of our training programs for all ages this Fall and Summer.

Here are a couple of details about him:

  • is an AVP Pro Beach Volleyball player
  • played indoor professionally in Sydney, Australia as a setter
  • as a college player earned NAIA National Player of the Week and led the nation in digs
  • was an assistant coach for an Australian women’s semi-professional team helping lead them being the #4 team
  • was the Director of Volleyball Operations at Loyola-Marymount
  • is a volunteer intern coach with the Islander Beach Program
  • coached club and high school for nine years
  • won a gold medal as a coach for his club team in the Open division in the Far Western Junior National Qualifier
  • won a silver medal as a coach for his club team in the Open division in the Junior Nationals
  • helped lead the high school team where he coached to the state quarterfinals for first time in 8 years

STORM SELECT TEAM COACHES

Lauren Stolarz – Storm 10’s Select

Lauren is originally from Michigan where she played school, club, and beach volleyball from age 12-18. She continued playing beach volleyball during summers home from college. She was also the assistant coach for the 7th grade volleyball team her senior year of high school.

Lauren attended Michigan State University and studied Zoology. After college, Lauren was hired by the Texas State Aquarium in 2014 and is currently the senior aquarist there.

Coach Lauren will be coaching our 10’s Select team for our 2019-2020 season.

Angie Velázquez – Storm 12’s Select

Angélica (Angie) María Velázquez Pérez was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and is the youngest daughter of René Velázquez. Because of her father serving in the military, she lived in many places, such as Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Jacksonville, Florida, and now Corpus Christi, Texas. Due to the sport’s popularity in her parents native Puerto Rico and household, Angie was introduced to volleyball at the early age of 5. By the age of 8, she started playing competitively for various leagues and clubs in the Coastal Bend area.

Growing up, Angie was a setter and captain for her school and club teams and had numerous accomplishments. Until graduating in 2017, she was on varsity all four years at Flour Bluff High School, a captain her senior year, and received multiple awards, such as First/Second Team All- District and Academic All-District/State. In addition, Angie played in several club tournaments in Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Angie finished her club play at Storm, where she was coached by her Father on our 18’s team. She then transitioned her play and knowledge of the sport into coaching and officiating. She interned as an assistant coach for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons at Storm and also became a certified TASO and USAV official

In 2019 Angie became the junior high head volleyball coach and assistant of the varsity volleyball team at Annapolis Christian Academy.

Angie received her Associates degree in Kinesiology from Del Mar College in 2019 and will be attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for a Bachelors in Kinesiology: Pre-Allied Health. 

For the 2019-20 season Coach Angie will be the head coach our 12’s Select Team

Kelsi Luckenbach – Storm 13’s Select

Kelsi is a 2018 graduate from Tuloso-Midway High School where she was a 4-year varsity player and also part of making back to back final four state appearances her junior and senior year. She was the District 30-5A Blocker of the Year in 2016 and the District 30-5A Hitter of the Year in 2017.

She is currently playing volleyball and furthering her education at Texas A&M University – Kingsville for Javelina Volleyball. In the 2019 club season she was an assistant coach for our Storm teams. 

For the 2019-2020 club season Coach Kelsi will be leading our 13’s Select team.

Chelsea Claypool – Storm 14’s Select

Chelsea is graduate of Ingleside High School in 2011 where she played 4 years of Varsity Volleyball (under Coach Jamie Gill), Basketball, Softball and Tennis. Chelsea was the Assistant Varsity Coach for Flour Bluff Lady Hornets Volleyball for two years before becoming the Head Coach for Odem High Schools volleyball team.

She also coached club volleyball beginning in 2014 starting in San Antonio. After moving back to the Corpus Christi area she began coaching for Storm. She coached on our 16’s and 17’s National teams helping lead them to several strong finishes in 2017.

As one of our Storm Coaches she has worked with all ages from 5-18. She’s been an instrumental coach in our LiL’ Storm Program, camps, and various training programs.

Chelsea is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Kinesiology.

For the 2019-20 season Coach Chelsea will be coaching the Storm 14s Select.

April Cervantez-Lopez – Storm 15’s Select

April is a graduate of Robstown High School. She earned her Kinesiology degree from Texas A&M-Kingsville and has a Masters in Sports Administration with Concordia University-Austin.
 
April has been a Varsity Head Coach since 2013. She started her coaching at Robstown ISD where she was the head volleyball coach two years and head basketball coach for three years. She is currently the Varsity Volleyball and Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Mathis ISD.
 
For Storm, April has coached all ages in our LiL Storm, camps, and clinics. She led our Storm 12’s Regional team to several medal victories in our 2016-17 season. She had a successful season in 2017-18 leading our 13’s to several medal victories. In 2018-19 she led Storm’s 10’s and 13’s Select teams.
 
For the 2019-20 season Coach April will be coaching the Storm 15’s Select team.

Brette Threadgill-Sorrells – Assistant Coach

Brette is a graduate from Sinton High School in 2012, was a 4 year varsity volleyball player and also apart of the State Qualifying team in 2011 and also ran track all 4 years. 

Attended Texas A&M University Kingsville her first year of college going on to play volleyball. She then transferred to Texas Lutheran University graduating in 2016 with a degree in Kinesiology. Brette was also was a member of the TLU Bulldog volleyball team. 

Currently Brette is the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach for Sinton ISD.

Brette also has 5 years of experience coaching club volleyball, starting in San Antonio and then locally here in Corpus Christi. 

Laura Kay – Assistant Coach

Laura is originally from Ohio, where she played both school and club volleyball from age 12 to 18. She also played for the club team at the University of Toledo for 1 year, as well as played and reffed for the intramural program throughout her time in college.

After graduating, she was hired as a Process Control Engineer at CITGO and moved to Corpus Christi in February 2015. She’s coached three seasons in club volleyball since 2015 joining the Storm staff for our 2017 season. She’s been an instrumental coach for our LiL’ Storm program as well as in our camps/clinics.

McKenzie Curlee – Assistant Coach

McKenzie Curlee starts as an Assistant Coach at Storm for the 2019-20 Season.

McKenzie is a graduate of Tuloso-Midway High School where she earned Academic All-State Volleyball & Honorable Mention her senior year.

She was on the first Storm team our beginning season and played 8 years with Storm. Currently she is pursuing her Teaching Degree at Del Mar College.

Bailey Jensen -Assistant Coach

Bailey is a 2017 graduate of Tuloso-Midway High School where she excelled academically, on the volleyball court, and in powerlifting. Bailey was a one of the Cherokee’s playing on the 2016 State Semi-Finalist team. Bailey is a four year club player for Storm and is now transferring all her play to coaching at Storm as an assistant for the 2017-18 season. During High School Bailey was a coach for the Little Strikers Volleyball Teams. Bailey earned Storm’s 2017 club season scholarship.

Currently she has enrolled at Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi where she was accepted into the Nursing Program.

Bailey will be one of Storms Assistant Coaches for 2017-18.