Coaching Staff

Coach Erik Welker

Seasonal Skillz League + Competitive Club Coach

As a youngster, Coach Erik spent every spare moment playing competitive volleyball on the beaches of Lake Erie. If Erik went missing, there was nearly a 100% chance you could find him on “Beach 6” on the peninsula of Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA.

During the peak of his youth volleyball career, Coach Erik was sponsored and traveled throughout 3 different states (Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio) to play in highly competitive indoor and outdoor volleyball tournaments, including indoor sand tournaments. Coach Erik has participated in competitive volleyball matches on grass, sand, asphalt, sport court, and hard court with a wide variety of configurations including club, college, men’s open/AAA, AA and A divisions, co-ed, doubles, 3v3, 4v4, 6v6, and “Mickey/Minnie” style tournaments (guys on the back row and girls on the front row).

Coach Erik later went on to earn the position of team captain as a Freshman at Mercyhurst College, a private Catholic college in Erie, PA. From there, Erik joined the U.S. Navy and eventually had an opportunity to represent the All Navy Volleyball Team. After suffering a military-related back injury, he had to forfeit his position on the All Navy team marking the end of his competitive volleyball days and his military career.

During a nearly 2 decade-long hiatus, Coach Erik went back to college and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Kennesaw State University to learn more about his injuries and how the body works to perform and recover from sports and sports-related injuries. He now pursues his rekindled passion for the game of volleyball as a coach, exercise physiologist, mentor, and Club owner.

Coach Erik spent 2 years with the Etowah Jr. Eagles Volleyball program at E.T. Booth Middle School located in Woodstock, GA during the 2018 and 2019 season. His wife Jessica filled a role as Club Co-Director for the 2019 season as well. Coach Erik then moved on, taking a JV coaching position at North Cobb Christian School for the 2020 school season. NCCS is a private Christian-values-based school located in Acworth, Georgia.

Using his unique web design skills and vast volleyball experience, he continues to build and grow amazing programs and platforms to connect with and make a positive impact in the lives of as many young aspiring volleyball athletes as possible.

His personal mission is to instill strong values and healthy habits, and to provide a positive atmosphere for our kids to grow and learn while helping to overcome the challenges and obstacles they may face as players.

I am truly blessed during each and every moment that I am on the volleyball court working with our young leaders of tomorrow.

Coach Erik Welker ~

Coach Dani Cutlip

Seasonal Skillz League + Competitive Club Coach

We are proud to welcome Coach Dani Cutlip to the Fury Volleyball Club team of coaching professionals for the 2020/21 season and beyond!

Coach Dani comes to us with a vast coaching experience spanning an array of Clubs, including Crossfire/Phoenix Rising, A5, and more! She has also coached for several schools, including the 2018/19 Cherokee Juniors who finished 1st in the County! as well as River Ridge Middle School and Reinhardt University as an undergrad assistant coach.

Coach Dani is still currently playing in various “Level A” outdoor grass and sand tournaments across the Greater Atlanta Area. She has represented Reinhardt University from 2014-2016 as an Outside Hitter (OH) and Defensive Specialist (DS), and the Kennesaw State University Club team.

Coach Dani has a genuine passion for teaching the game of volleyball day in and day out. She loves the grind and it shows each and every day she’s on the court!

Jaimee Rindy

Seasonal Skillz League + Competitive Club Coach

Coach Jaimee comes to Fury Volleyball Club all the way from Vail, Colorado. She has 12 years of competitive indoor experience playing middle blocker for 6 years in club volleyball, 3 years on high school varsity, followed by a DIII college career at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She has 6 years of coaching experience, coaching 14s for Vail Volleyball Club, 13s for Little Hawks Volleyball Club (IA), and assisting the Eagle Valley High School varsity and JV programs where her mother was the varsity head coach.

Additionally, she was a columnist for VolleyballUSA magazine for 5 years before continuing on to write for Art of Coaching Volleyball.
Volleyball is one of Coach Jaimee’s deepest passions, and she continues to grow her love of the game through coaching & playing beach doubles.

George Gruenhagen

Seasonal Skillz League + Competitive Club Coach

Coach George is from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently working toward earning his PhD from Georgia Tech. He is a competitive beach player who is training to become an indoor Head Coach. He will be assisting Coach Jaimee for the 2021/22 season.

Coach Nanet Jimenez

Seasonal Skillz League + Competitive Club Coach

Coach Nanet began her Volleyball Journey over 27 years ago. She played for 7 years through High School and College before moving on to coach through several church leagues in East Cobb county.

She has been the Head Coach for the Kings Academy Middle School program since 2018, and she has been coaching girls junior Club volleyball since 2017, which is the same year that she met coach Erik through mutual volleyball interests.

Coach Nanet is most recognizable by her vibrant, positive attitude both on and off the court, and her impeccable reputation within the community.

Coach Leah Brown

Seasonal Skillz League + Competitive Club Coach

Coach Leah began playing club volleyball at age 11, moving from Setter to Defensive Specialist and Libero. During her club experience, she played sand volleyball for several summers. After playing travel indoor volleyball for 6 years, she transitioned to travel sand volleyball her senior year.

In addition, Leah played middle school, and all 4 years of high school volleyball. She received both the leadership award and the coach’s award while in high school.

For the past 6 years, coach Leah has worked alongside the College of Coastal Georgia as their volleyball statistician, and sees the game in a very unique way.

Leah has recently moved back to the North Georgia area, and is extremely excited to be working with Fury Volleyball Club.

Coach Anna Warden

Competitive Club Coach

Coach Anna is from Huntsville, AL, where she played club volleyball as a Middle Blocker (MB) starting at 10 years old as a skill builder all the way up until she was 17 on a National Power team that won nationals in Las Vegas, NV!

She attended the University of Alabama for 4 years, earned her bachelor’s in Interior Design, and now works as an Interior Designer in Atlanta at TSD Studios.

During her time at Alabama she was Head Coach of a regional 13s team and traveled with them all over the South East. She loves coaching and being in the gym with players working help them accomplish whatever goals they might have on or off the court.

Coach Kassidy Wollett

Competitive Club Coach

Coach Wollett started playing volleyball at the age of 13. She played 5 competitive club seasons at Tsunami Volleyball from 2012 to 2017. Kassidy was an OH for 3 years on her high school varsity team and a DS (defensive specialist) for competitive club volleyball and in college.

Coach Wollett continued her volleyball career by attending Emmanuel College, a DII school, and then transferred to Piedmont, a DIII school, and played her sophomore year there, but then decided to focus on her degree in education. She will be graduating in December with a degree in Middle Grades Education with the focus subjects of math and science.

Coach Wollett has been an assistant coach for 2 school teams, including Union Grove in McDonough, and Pickens Junior High in Jasper. She has also coached for a 15’s National Elite Club team at Tsunami.
 
She loves being able to see her players grow in the sport. One of Coach Wollett’s main goals is to give her players the best opportunities to better themselves on and off the court.

Coach Madison Hein

Seasonal Skillz League + Competitive Club Coach

Coach Madison started playing volleyball at the age of 14. She played on her varsity team for 3 years in high school and was awarded best offensive player her first year, and best defensive player her third year.

Madison also played 2 competitive club seasons at WGVA (West Georgia Volleyball Academy) and she was awarded most versatile player. She has played every position and she knows what it’s like to be a well-rounded flexible/utility player. Her primary focus is to help our Fury kids become well rounded, phenomenal players and reach their peak potential.

Coach Lauren DeSanctis

Seasonal Skillz League

Coach Lauren has been playing Club volleyball for three years now.

She played 2 years of high school volleyball and was awarded with the Defensive Player of the Year her Freshman year.

Her areas of expertise are Libero, Defensive Specialist, and Setter.

Coach Lauren was chosen by Fury for her amazing ability to connect and work with the younger players on defense and harnessing their techniques.

Coach Ryan Dye

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Coach Ryan Dye has been involved in strength sports since high school when he received 11 varsity letters for football, wrestling, and track & field. He participated in track & field as a thrower for both Long Beach State and Westmont College. He continues to participate in power lifting and Highland Game throwing events as well as any other strength endeavor he can train for.

Since college he has coached multiple athletes for strength and conditioning in a myriad of different disciplines. He is well-versed in training protocols and progression models for power lifting and other power-oriented sports. He enjoys helping athletes optimize form to make it highly efficient and effective for training goals while minimizing injury risk.

He is always striving to improve all aspects of training in himself and those he works with while balancing realistic abilities of the individual.

Credentials:

  • BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Science – Westmont College
  • NSCA- CSCS and CPT Certified
  • USPA Powerlifting Coach