Vanessa Seghers

Vanessa Seghers is a thirty-five year veteran of the volleyball circuit. Seghers has served under some of the country’s most decorated volleyball icons, including stops at the University of Texas where she served under Mick Haley, former USA Head Coach and current Head Coach at USC. She then spent time as an Assistant at the University of Florida with Olympians and Hall of Famers, Marilyn McReavy Nolen and Mary Jo Peppler. After 3 years, Seghers left for Huntington WV, and took a position as Head Coach at Marshall University. Leaving the Thundering Herd, Seghers returned to Houston and began coaching at Houston Juniors Volleyball Club, at times serving as Director, Assistant Director and Head Coach.

 

As a club volleyball coach, Seghers has qualified 14 teams for the USAV National Championships, including winning a Gold Medal in the 15 American division in 2007. She has had 2 USAV All America selections, 1 USAV All American MVP, 1 AAU All American, 4 USA A2 Team selections. 94 athletes from Seghers teams have gone on to play in college, and the most recent team of seniors (2018) sees all 4 playing collegiately. Currently, 5 former players are competing at the collegiate level, and several more are playing professionally.

 

She is a 2007 USAV National Champion coach, and recipient of the USAV Lone Star Region Robert L Lindsay leadership in volleyball award. Seghers is a two time Channelview ISD teacher of the year and the 2012 Clear Springs High School Teacher of the Year. Seghers teaches Biology at Clear Springs and resides in League City. 

Jane Mitchell

Jane Mitchell received her BS in Sports Management from Marshall University. Owner of Clothesline Sportswear, Mitchell has been coaching in Houston since 1994 serving as Assistant Director and Head Volleyball Coach at Houston Juniors Volleyball Club; she also served as the Head Coach at Episcopal High School in 2001. As a coach, Mitchell has qualified 15 consecutive teams for the USAV National Championships. In 2005, she led her team to a Bronze Medal in 16 American at the USAV Junior National Championships, and in 2007 her team garnered a Gold Medal in the 15 American division. As a student-athlete at Marshall, Mitchell was elected to the All-Southern Conference team for 3 consecutive years. In 1992, she was named to the Southern Conference Tournament team, and in 1993 named to the Southern Conference, Marshall Volleyball Team of the Decade. She also earned the D. Hicks Female Athlete of the year award (1993) and the B. Harless Student-Athlete of the Year Award (1992).

Trisha Carpenter

Trisha Carpenter graduated from Bay Area Christian School in 2011 and played collegiately at Lee College. As the starting setter and four year captain at Bay Area, Buchanan led her team to the TAPPS final four in 2011. She was All District, TAPPS 3A All State 1st team and district MVP in 2009 and 2010. Trisha also was selected to the TAPPS All Star Tournament her Junior and Senior year. Carpenter played competitive volleyball for seven years at various levels including the USAV Junior National Championships in 2007 and 2008. 2013 was a big year for Trisha as she and her husband Kris celebrated the birth of their first daughter Kylee and recently welcomed their second baby girl, Brooke.

Deana Garza

Deana Garza earned her Bachelor of Science, in 1991, from University of Houston.  Deana worked at Queens Intermediate for 3 years, coached under Vanessa Seghers for 3 years in club volleyball and currently is the Head Volleyball coach for South Houston High School.  Along with coaching volleyball, Deana spends a lot of time doing community serve work and taking many classes on training the female athlete.  She is currently working on giving back to the community that she grew up in, Pasadena, Texas.  She hosts volleyball camps for underprivileged kids and works many hours with Rebuilding Together Houston and PISD.

Catalina Suarez Moss

We are proud to have Catalina on our staff, she has an incredible resume and a wealth of volleyball knowledge.  As a player, Suarez-Moss is one of only two UMKC athletes to have their jersey number retired, and she was a first team all-Mideast Region selection in 1989.  Her name still litters the NCAA and UMKC record books. Catilina is in the UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame.

According to Suarez-Moss everything in her life has been linked to volleyball, but it all started in her hometown.

“In Bogota, Colombia, when you got to third grade you could choose between volleyball and basketball,”

Suarez-Moss played volleyball any chance she got and when she entered fifth grade she started joining teams. And at 18, Suarez-Moss caught the eye of an American coach. “Volleyball is what brought me to the United States,” Suarez-Moss said. She was recruited by famed coach Mollie Kavanagh  of Asics Tiger who had invited a few Colombian people to play for her volleyball club. 

Many colleges and universities across the country offered Suarez-Moss a scholarship, but the University of Kansas got her the paper work first. Suarez-Moss played for KU for two years and when KU's assistant coach was offered the head coach position at UMKC, Suarez-Moss came with him. UMKC ended up giving Suarez-Moss much more than a scholarship. “Because of volleyball one thing led to another thing,” said Suarez-Moss. “UMKC is where I met my husband. I came to UMKC for volleyball and if I wouldn't have come to UMKC I wouldn't have met my husband, and we wouldn't be where we are today.”

After graduating she became an assistant coach for Rice University for a year, she took time with her family and has joined our staff.

Sasha Blake

Sasha Blake brings incredible experience and energy to the Club South staff. Sasha's resume includes stops as the Dean of students for Yes Prep and as the Director of Student Athlete Development at the University of Houston. Before joining the Cougars, Sasha worked as a teacher at several high schools, including Clear Springs High (2009-10), Barrington High (2006-09) and Channelview High (2004-06), where she served as the girls' volleyball head coach.

At Channelview High, she was responsible for managing a three-team program, including the varsity, junior varsity and freshman squads. She guided the team to a second-place finish in district in 2004 as well as bi-district and area championships. Sasha also served as a coach for Houston Juniors Club Volleyball for three years.

Sasha was a four-year member of the Fairfield Volleyball team from 1999 to 2003. There, she helped lead Fairfield to three conference championships and three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Following her collegiate playing days, she received her bachelor's degree in communications with a media studies focus from Fairfield in 2003. She later earned her master's degree in applied developmental and educational psychology from Boston College in 2009.

Sasha is scheduled to compete her doctorate degree this summer.

Hannah Floyd

Hannah returns home to coach where her club volleyball began.  Hannah amassed 809 career digs in her 2 year stint as Libero with Nationally ranked Panola College. Hannah finished her sophomore season at Panola with a trip to the NJCAA Division I National tournament. Her performance on the court was matched in the classroom. She was recognized as a member of the NJCAA All-Academic First Team: with a  4.00 GPA.  Hannah is a natural as a coach she is the proud daughter of highly regarded Chris Floyd of Clear Springs Baseball.

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