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Ashley Walker

Club Director
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Coach Ashley has grown up in Lakeland and attended Lake Gibson High School where she played volleyball for 4 years. She played for Polk State. She has been coaching since 1999 and has been the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Lake Gibson High School for 6 years. Ashley is married and has a daughter who currently plays volleyball in Ohio. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family 

Jessie Hopkins

Club Director
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Coach Jessie has grown up in Lakeland and attended Lakeland Christian High School where she played volleyball for 6 years. She played for Warner Southern, Polk State, and Florida College where her team won a National Championship in 2007. She has been coaching since she was 19 and has been the head volleyball coach at Lake Gibson High School for 6 years. She is married and has two children. 

Damaris Flores

20+ Juniors Coaching USAV & AAU Experience:
2020 Lakeland High School Beach Volleyball Coach
2019  16 under Head Coach Southern Select VB Club
2018  16 under Head Coach Top Select VB Club
2018  Polk State College Assistant Coach & Strength/Conditioning Coach
2013-2017 Winter Haven High School Head Coach
2000-2007 Florida Southern College Assistant Coach
Former Puertorrican National League Professional Player
Former Puertorrican National Team Indoors & Beach Volleyball Player

Katelynn Morris

 This is Katelynn's 3rd year coaching with Warrior Athletics.  She is a graduate from Lake Gibson High School and has played with Warriors for 2 years.  She was offered a scholarship to play in college and is now pursuing a nursing degree

Madison Barton

Coach Madison was born and raised in Baker County Florida. She has been playing volleyball since she was 16, and now currently she plays volleyball at Florida Southern. She’s has been coaching since 19 when Covid took her own season, she decided to be the head JV coach and assistant Varsity coach at her old high school. I am currently back at Florida Southern, and pursuing a bachelors in exercise science!

Dayanna Barbosa

Dayanna Barbosa began playing volleyball in the early teenage years, quickly falling in love with the sport as an OH/OPP Hitter in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She played for 9 year at Mackenzie Sport Club in Brazil and obtained a scholarship to play for Polk State College.  She contributed to the team's first trip to the NJCAA National tournament.

After her two years at Polk State, Dayanna earned a  scholarship to continue her education at Mars Hill University in North Carolina.  Showing great leadership and talent, she quickly earned her place as the captain of the Mars Hill Lions. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Exercise Science  and began as an assistant coach at her first alma mater, Polk State College. During her first year coaching, she helped the Polk State Eagles earn their chance at the NCJAA National Tournament.

Mackenzie Sport Club (2003-2012)
-Regional Champions (2010, 2011, 2012)
-States Champions (2010,2011)
Polk State 
-Regional all tournament team (2015)
-State all tournament team (2015)

Double-Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons
Double-Goal Coach: Culture, Practices and Games

Coaching Experience & Achievements
Head Coach at Colavol volleyball club at Georgia, (2017)
Head Coach at Biltmore Volleyball Academy at NC,  (2019)   
Assistant Coach Polk State College, (2019-2021)
-Finished 4th in the National tournament 
Coordinator and Head coach at Top Select, (2019-2020)


Abby Knoop


I am from West Branch, Iowa, and recently moved down to Florida to play my last year of collegiate volleyball at Florida Southern College. Prior to this, I played four years of volleyball at Western Illinois University where I received my BA in Marketing and my MBA with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management."


Emma Shaddix

Coach Emma is from Jupiter Florida. She is currently a senior at Florida Southern College where she plays indoor volleyball. Coach Emma is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Science and a Master's in Business Administration.  Coach Emma has previously coached at FSC for summer camps, volunteer at Palm Beach Juniors Club volleyball, and volunteer at Jupiter Christian School.


Mika Garza is from San Antonio, Texas and she moved to Lakeland, Florida to play on a scholarship for indoor volleyball at Florida Southern College. I am currently a junior and am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business Administration. I have had 11 years of experience playing volleyball and am excited to be coaching my first club team this year!

Jennifer Goodlet

Jennifer was born and raised on the East coast of Florida, Jennifer spent most of her time as a young child watching her Aunt and Mom play beach volleyball. Jennifer moved to Lakeland in 1997 and started playing volleyball in 8th grade. Jennifer’s passion and dedication for volleyball enabled her to make Varsity her freshmen year of High School, play club and be awarded a full volleyball scholarship to Warner University. Jennifer coached throughout her college career and is currently a teacher and head volleyball coach at Lake Region High School. She is married and has three children.  

Stephanie Arnett

Coach Stephanie grew up in Lakeland and attended Santa Fe Catholic High School and George Jenkins High School where she played varsity volleyball for 4 years.  She went on to play college volleyball at Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.  She is a physical therapist assistant by profession and is in her second year of coaching volleyball at Lake Gibson High School and fourth year overall of coaching.  Stephanie is married and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.   First and foremost, she loves being a mom, family time, and watching her children play sports.

Michelle McElwaney

Coach Mac grew up in Lakeview, Michigan where she played four years of varsity volleyball. She went on and played one year of college basketball and four years of college softball at Spring Arbor University.  After graduating she coached freshmen volleyball for two years at her alma mater.  She is a Physical Education teacher at Lake Gibson High School. She has been on the volleyball coaching staff at Lake Gibson since 2017. Coach Mac is married and has a daughter.

Emma Anderson

 Emma Anderson is from Lakeland, Florida. She has played volleyball since the sixth grade. She played for Lake Gibson High School indoor and beach volleyball team throughout her four years of high school, while playing club volleyball for Lakeland Volleyball Academy and Warrior Athletics. She went on to play volleyball for Polk State College while earning her Bachelors degree in Business Administration: Supervision and Management. 

Mariah Farmer


Mariah was born and raised in Winter Haven, FL. Started playing volleyball in sixth grade and played at Auburndale High School as well as Lakeland Volleyball Academy for AAU. After I graduated, I helped alongside the Auburndale coaches for 2 years then eventually went on to be an Assistant Coach at Tenoroc High School for 1 year. Currently in school getting Bachelors in Mathematics.

Michelle Rozar

 Michelle was raised here in Polk County. My husband and I have 5 children and 2 dogs. We enjoy Lightning hockey, fishing and experiencing new places. Growing up I played varsity volleyball in high school and into my adult years I still enjoy playing recreationally.  During my time as a teacher I also coached a year of middle school volleyball before I moved on to become a Surgical Intensive Care Registered Nurse. I am excited to join the Warriors and meeting everyone!

Megan Carron

Megan was born in St. Louis, MO and has a younger sister named Mallory.  She has been playing volleyball for 12 years at High Performance STL Volleyball Club.  She is currently a sophomore at Florida Souther College.  Megan has been coaching the last two years at her former club High Performance STL and Ace Performance Lab.

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