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Christy is one of the founding members of Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club and serves as the Director of Volleyball Operations for the organization. Christy brings over 20 years of coaching and leadership experience to Carolina Legacy. She was most recently the Director of Volleyball for Carolina Explosion. Prior to Carolina Explosion, Christy was a Director with Jammers Volleyball Club overseeing the operations of the South Granville satellite program for 5 years.
A native of Northeast Ohio, Christy began coaching volleyball in 1991 at the age of 20. She was introduced to club volleyball when she moved to the Chicago-Metro area in 1995 (Bottom Line Volleyball, Aurora IL) and was named the Head Volleyball Coach for Mooseheart High School (Batavia, IL). While at Mooseheart, Christy led her team to a 3rd place finish in the Indian Trail Conference and their first invitation to the state playoffs in school history. After taking time off to raise her busy sons, Christy re-entered the coaching world in 2012 when her family relocated to Granville County, NC. She was the Head Coach at South Granville from 2013-2016, earning 4 conference titles, 4 conference tournament titles, was the 2014 2A NCHSAA Volleyball State Runner-Up, the 2015 2A NCHSAA Volleyball State Champion, the 2013 Coach of the Year for the Northern Carolina Conference, and the 2015 Coach of the Year for the State of North Carolina. During this same time, Christy met Michael Hodge, the president and founder of Jammers Volleyball Club. Together they collaborated with the goal to bring a quality club experience to Granville County, and with that vision, Jammers SG was born. Christy ran Jammers SG successfully from 2012-2018. During those 6 years, Christy’s Jammers SG teams had championship finishes at Queen City Classic, Winter Bump, Carolina Region East/West Championships, a top 3 finish at Capitol Hill Classic, and a top 9 finish at Big South Classic National Qualifier. She also ran a beach volleyball program in the summer. Each year, many of her beach players earned bids that qualified them to play in the USAV Beach National Championships. In 2018, Christy was hired as the Director of Volleyball for Carolina Explosion Volleyball, a new club in Wake Forest, NC. In her two years at Carolina Explosion, the club grew from 7 teams to 11 teams. In those 2 seasons, her teams won titles at Carolina Kick-Off, Winter Bump, Queen City, K2 Presidents Day Bash, East/West Championships for the Carolina Region, and a second-place finish at Capitol Hill Classic. As part of Carolina Explosion, she also created and developed a successful beach and youth program that introduced nearly 200 young players to the game of volleyball.
Why I coach: “For me, coaching is about building relationships and being invested in the kids. Volleyball is such a great teacher of life lessons and playing a small part in a player’s journey is a special responsibility for me.” “Oh and winning, winning is cool too.”
Harriett Stevenson-Lewis is a native New Yorker. She moved to North Carolina with her family in 2012 after serving 20 years in the New York City Police Department.
She is an alumna of St. John’s University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. In 1992, she joined the New York City Police Department, earning several awards and recognitions, and retired as a 2nd-grade detective. During her tenure, she successfully completed the Special Operations Specialized Training School and became a member of the NYPD’s Elite Emergency Service Unit. After several years on patrol, she was appointed to the position of Fiscal Officer, overseeing the daily fiscal operations of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit.
As a resident of Wake Forest, she quickly became involved in her community. She presently volunteers with the Wake Forest Dream League and serves as a volunteer board member for the Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry. During her free time, she enjoys singing, running, and spending time with her husband, Dennis, and daughter, Nia.
We are excited to welcome Amanda to Carolina Legacy as the Director of Player Development, as well as the lead trainer for our Semi-National teams' middle hitters and blockers. She will also be a head coach for the program. Amanda joins us from Carolina Explosion where she was the Co-Head Coach for their CE15 Semi-National team. She also runs ACS Volley in Durham which empowers girls to participate in sports with the goal of becoming more confident athletically and academically.
Amanda uses her educational background in psychology to help inspire and encourage athletes to play to their highest potential. Amanda is highly skilled in teaching front-row skills such as blocking and attacking, with a particular emphasis on middle blockers (since she was a middle blocker as well).
Amanda’s volleyball career began in Illinois where she was admittedly a late bloomer and pretty new to the game. She started playing competitive club volleyball at 16 years old and stayed with that same club, Club Fusion, for all 3 years. During her senior year, she was ranked #57 in the country by a leading volleyball magazine and received a full-ride scholarship to the University of Hawaii. She also played for the USA Junior National A2 Team during 2006 and 2007, where they traveled to Florida, Italy, and Croatia.
Amanda studied and played at the University of Hawaii for 2 years before she transferred to the University of Louisville where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Race & Gender Studies. At the University of Louisville, Amanda was able to thrive as an athlete. She made various All-Conference teams, All-Tournament teams, and also tied the school record for single blocks and block assists per game.
With her college-playing years being behind her, Amanda uses coaching as a method of helping today’s youth athletes reach their highest potential. She not only trains players’ physical skills, but she places a heavy emphasis on their self-talk and confidence as they learn new skills.
Why I coach: “I coach because I want to bring awareness to the mental aspect of the game. I use my background in psychology to teach players how to be more confident and aggressive on the court. Having a stronger mindset would have made all of the difference as a player; I coach to help fill those gaps.”
Coach Buzogany is in his first year as Director of Coaching and Lead Setting Coach at Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club. Buz brings 15 years of experience as a coach and teacher from all levels of the sport. Prior to arriving at Carolina Legacy, he had coaching stints at Appalachian State, The University of North Florida, Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association, Prostyle Volleyball Academy, Triangle Volleyball Club, and Raleigh Volleyball Club. Most recently, Buzogany founded Total Package Volleyball Club where he served as Director and Chairman of the Board.
Originally from the Chicago area, Buz was a successful prep athlete. In club, he played for Side Out Volleyball Club and Rolling Thunder Volleyball Club, qualifying for USAV Nationals with Side Out in 2005 and 2006 resulting in 5th and 8th place finishes respectively. At Buffalo Grove High School, Buz lettered in both soccer and volleyball. In 2006, his high school team ended the season as MSL Conference Champions, Regional Champions, Sectional Champions and a 4th place finish at the State Championship tournament. Buz was named All-Conference and All-Area. His senior year, he led his team to the Sweet-16 and received All-Conference, All-Area and All-State Honors. After graduation, Coach Buz attended Appalachian State University where he studied Physical Education and Health. While there, he was the President/Player Coach of the Men’s Club Team as well as the Student Assistant Coach for the Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team. During his time as Student Assistant Coach, the team went from the bottom of the conference to appearing in the Conference Semi-Final match his senior year. Working primarily with Middles and Blockers, Buz helped the team end the 2009 season ranked #13 nationally in blocks per set. In 2010, Coach Buz was honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches4Coaches Scholarship Award for Outstanding Up-and-Coming Coaches. After graduating from ASU, Buzogany accepted a position as Assistant Volleyball Coach, Director of Sand Volleyball Operations, and Camp Director at the University of North Florida. His time as coach there was the most successful in program history, with the team reaching the Conference Championship in 2012 and breaking multiple individual and team records. On the sand, the team won the Conference Championship and was invited to participate in the NCAA National Championship Tournament. After stepping away from college coaching, Buz moved to Tallahassee to become the Director of Training at Prostyle Volleyball Academy, taking teams to USAV Nationals in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Coach Buz and his wife, Paige, moved to Raleigh. In 2019, he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Georgia Southern University. Buzogany is currently Varsity Head Coach at Knightdale High School.
Why I coach: “While I love coaching the skills of the game, my passion is teaching the mental side of volleyball. Things like strategy, vision, mindset, drive, humility, and teamwork are the most important aspects of success in volleyball and the skills that translate directly into being a more successful human being.”
Ashley joins Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club after coaching two successful seasons with Carolina Explosion and another four with Jammers Volleyball in Durham. Along with her coaching talents, Ashley brings extensive marketing and design experience with her to CLVC as well.
Ashley’s CE12 team was one of the most successful u12 teams in the Carolina Region in 2020. They medaled in 6 of 6 tournaments, including a gold medal win at Winter Bump Classic. They were training to compete for an East/West Championships before COVID-19 cut their season short. Ashley was also a program administrator and coach for CE’s very successful youth league, which averaged 130 players in each the fall and spring seasons.
Ashley is a graduate of Meredith College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in graphic design. She attended and played for Rosewood High School in Goldsboro, NC and played club for Wave Volleyball Club.
Why I Coach: “I had very passionate coaches when I played club in high school, to this day those are some of my favorite memories. Getting to pass on that love of the game to a new generation of players is what drives me to be my best.”
Megan joins Carolina Legacy Volleyball as a Resource Coach and is very excited to gain new experiences in her coaching career. Megan assisted in running and coaching all Methodist University summer volleyball camps in 2019 under head coach Edward Matthews. She has also spent time volunteer coaching at Carolina Explosion under her former club coach Christy Fitzgerald. Megan’s volleyball philosophy is centered on hustling during every point, being aggressive on the court, and playing smart.
Megan is a senior outside hitter and Libero for Methodist. Since her freshman year, she and her squad have qualified for the USA South Volleyball Tournament each year and were able to advance to the quarterfinals for two of those years. Megan was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week during her sophomore year for her performance at the Maroon Classic which included at least 12 digs in each of the matches, 20 kills, 6 serve aces, and average of 14.8 digs per set. Megan is currently 8th in career digs at Methodist with 938 and is looking to hit 1,000th dig milestone this coming season. She also received the USA South Sportsmanship Award during her freshman campaign, was named a captain of her team sophomore year, and has been a USA South Academic All-Conference for three consecutive years. She is majoring in Applied Communication with a concentration in Health Communication along with minors in both Biology and Psychology. During her free time, Megan works for the Monarch Sports Information Department broadcasting other Methodist sporting events.
Prior to her collegiate career, Megan was a four-year member of Northern Vance High School’s volleyball team and women’s swim team. She was a three-time Big Eight All-Conference volleyball selection, four time Big Eight Academic All-Conference selection for both volleyball and swim, and was named Female Athlete of the Year her senior year as well as a Tom Suiter Extra Effort Award recipient. Megan finished her last two years of club volleyball playing as an outside hitter at Jammers Volleyball Club SG under Christy Fitzgerald where her teams enjoyed success at the regional and national level.
Why I coach: “There is nothing better than seeing one of your players have an ‘a-ha!’ moment and finally incorporate what you have been teaching them into their style of play. Teaching strategy and breaking down technique is one of the best parts of coaching and is one of my favorite things to do. Understanding why the game is played a certain way not only helps you become a strong player, but also a smarter player- a unique asset that every coach looks for in their players.”
Whitney joins the staff of Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club after spending two seasons as an assistant coach for Carolina Explosion. Whitney’s passion for coaching is evident in the relationship, skill, and confidence she builds in her young players. She enjoys the process of taking an athlete through the stages of skill development and the feeling of happiness that comes after her team enjoys a good day on the court.
Whitney is a Jr. right-side/middle blocker for Meredith College. During her freshman season, the Avenging Angels earned an automatic berth to the D3 NCAA tournament by winning the USA South Tournament. She has been an Academic All-Conference selection her first two seasons at Meredith, majoring in Biology and a minoring in Chemistry.
As a high school player, Whitney led her 2016 Louisburg Warriors team to a 27-1 record and a 1A NCHSAA State Runner-Up title. She played her final two seasons of club volleyball for Jammers SG where her teams enjoyed success at the regional and national level.
Why I coach: “I coach because I have a passion for the game and love seeing other athletes succeed in the sport of volleyball. I love having the opportunity to help younger athletes grow as both a volleyball player and a person. The relationships that I have developed and continue to develop through volleyball are irreplaceable. I value my time on the court playing, but there is an unexplainable feeling of happiness that comes from coaching another fellow athlete and witnessing his or her growth.”
Ana Budrick joins Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club coaching staff as a former U18 player at Carolina Explosion VBC. Her coaching began in 2016 as a head coach for a developmental YMCA team that finished atop the standings in their division. She has also helped assistant coach for her Middle & JV school ball teams at the Carolina Mustangs (2018 & 2019). She was also an assistant head coach at NC Elite Volleyball club for an AAU tournament in Florida.
Ana started playing volleyball in 2015 during her 8th grade year at the YMCA that won first in their region. She then played for the Alamance Acers VBC for two years where they won 2nd at the NCHEAC state tournament. She has played 4 years of club volleyball. Starting her U15 year she played for Alamance FORCE VBC. Upon moving to Raleigh she played as a Setter/RS at NC Elite VBC U16. Her U17 year she played as a Setter at North Durham VBC’s U18 team. This past 2019-2020 season she played for Carolina Explosion Volleyball club as the setter on the U18 team where they won 3rd at the Capital Hill Volleyball Classic in DC and finished 1st at their last tournament before the season was canceled (due to Covid 19).
Ana is currently a dual enrolled high school/college student in her second year at Wake Tech CC finishing her associates the Summer of 2021. She will then transfer to a four year university to earn her BS degree in Sports Psychology/Administration.
Why I coach: “I absolutely love coaching and helping players either start or continue on their path to becoming better players and ultimately better people. I am super passionate about not only the game of volleyball but all aspects within this incredible sport. I also have a passion about mental heath which is a major part of the game of volleyball. I want to encourage players to know that even if they started late or have been playing for a long time, it is the mental aspect of the game that has the power to make or break how you play and how far you will go”.
Shelby Cooper comes to Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club after coaching two seasons with Carolina Explosion. In 2019, she was an assistant coach for CE12 and in 2020 she was the head coach of CE13-Shelby. Shelby also assisted with CE Beach, working with the athletes in the Sand Dollar program, along with helping run various camps and clinics throughout the year.
Shelby was a three-year letterman for Franklin Academy and earned a North Central 1A All-Conference selection her senior year. She played club volleyball for Jammers SG and her senior season with Carolina Explosion. Shelby plays collegiate ball for William Peace University in Raleigh, where she is majoring in Special Education.
Why I coach: “I coach as a way to give back to the sport that has given so much to me. Helping a young player learn a new skill and getting to experience that joy with them is my favorite part of being a coach.”
We would like to welcome Jennifer to the coaching staff of Carolina Legacy. She joins us from Carolina Explosion where she was the assistant coach for CE12, a team that placed first or second in all six tournaments they played during the abbreviated 2020 season. Jennifer is also the head coach for Middle School at Thales Academy, Rolesville.
Jennifer's mom was her first coach and introduced her to volleyball at the age 9. She fell in love with the sport and played all through middle and high school. During high school she played club for Carroll Vipers Volleyball in Maryland. To this day she enjoys playing the game any chance she gets.
Why I coach: “The love of the game brings me back to the court. I love watching young players develop their skill set and own love for the game. The players are the reason I coach – helping them be their best is what drives me.
Katie Mclamb comes to Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club after apprentice coaching with Carolina Explosion. Katie helped with a variety of indoor camps and clinics, as well as doing some private lessons with the younger girls who needed some extra instruction outside of practice. She also assisted with CE Beach working with athletes in the Sand Dollar program and helping run many camps and clinics in the 2019 season.
Katie is a graduate of Voyager Academy. She was a member of the varisty volleyball team and earned the North Central 1A All-Conference selection her first three years, as well as MVP. She played club volleyball for Jammers SG for 4 seasons, Carolina Explosion sophomore and junior season and Carolina Legacy senior season. Katie will attend Tusculum College in the Fall of 2021 and is committed to play both indoor and beach volleyball with the pioneers on an academic and athletic scholarship.
Why I coach: “I love coaching the younger kids because it gives me the opportunity to watch them develop a real love for the game, which is why I’ve played for so long. It is great to see them finally master a skill and watch their face light up with joy. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back to the game that has shaped who I am today.”
We are excited to welcome Karlee to the staff of Carolina Legacy Volleyball. She brings with her a competitive drive and intense passion for the game. Karlee joins CLVC after coaching 2 seasons with Carolina Explosion. She has also coached at Jammers SG and won back-to-back NCHSAA 1A state titles as an assistant coach with Falls Lake Academy. Karlee is currently a nursing student with the goal of becoming a pediatric oncology nurse.
In high school, Karlee was a two-sport athlete at South Granville, playing volleyball and softball. She is an NCHSAA 2A state runner-up in volleyball as a Libero and a state champion on the softball field as a catcher. Karlee received All-Conference honors for both sports from the Northern Carolina Conference and was nominated for player of the year in volleyball senior season.
Why I coach: “I am grateful for the time I get to spend with my players training. I want to help them to be their best. I remember being their age and wanting someone to push me to be better, to fuel my drive and passion. The journey of an athlete is special and I love helping guide these girls along their path.”
Asia joins Carolina Legacy coaching staff after spending two seasons with Carolina Explosion and one with Jammers SG. She is a senior at William Peace University majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in coaching. She won a NCHSAA 2A State Volleyball Championship in 2015 while playing at South Granville High School in Creedmoor, NC. Her demeanor as a coach is calm yet competitive. Asia is great at helping those quiet players find their voice and confidence on the court.
Why I coach: “Coaching has made me fall in love with volleyball all over again, from teaching the fundamentals, to building relationships with players, coaching is what I love to do”.
Meagan remembers being in 2nd grade and playing the game of volleyball for the first time and just being in love with the sport from that moment on. Throughout middle and high school she played club volleyball with Triangle Volleyball Club, Franklin County Firecrackers, and finished her club career with Jammers South Granville. Meagan was a four-year letterman at Franklin Academy and was a North Central 1A All-Conference selection her senior year. She was recruited by and played collegiate volleyball at Roanoke College, in Roanoke VA where she was middle hitter/blocker. She played in 25 of 25 matches as a freshman and finished second on the team in kills with 183 and second in blocks with 34.
Meagan feels that she was blessed with good coaches along the way but her passion for coaching comes from her mom who is disciplined, patient, and taught her that good coaching comes from the heart. For the past two years, Meagan has been a coach with Carolina Explosion Volleyball. In those two seasons, she was the Head Coach of two semi-national teams and one regional plus team, as well as the lead clinician of position-specific trainings, camps, and youth leagues. Her coaching highlights include being named as the 2019 Coach of the Year for CE, winning the 2019 Carolina Kickoff, and placing second in the 2019 K2 Presidents Day Bash. Meagan is excited to be a part of Carolina Legacy and looks forward to being a part of growing something special for the young volleyball players of the area.
Why I coach: “I am grateful for the time and lessons my coaches poured into me over my years as a player. I coach in hope of inspiring the next generation of young volleyball players the same way my coaches inspired me.”
Emilee joins Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club as a Resource Coach. She coached summer camps and conducted private lessons for several players last season at Carolina Explosion. Emilee has also been an assistant coach for the New Life Storm homeschool volleyball program for the last two years.
Emilee's playing career started in 6th grade and continued through her senior season, all at New Life Storm. During that time, her teams won one NCHEAC State Middle School championship and two NCHEAC State Varsity championships. She has earned several awards including: Defensive Player of the Year, All-Tournament Player, and All-Conference Player.
Her club career involved three seasons at Apex Performance Volleyball, one season at NC Volleyball Academy, and the final two seasons at Carolina Explosion. At Explosion, Emilee’s U17 team won the East/West Championship and her U18 team ended the season (due to COVID-19) with a 3rd place finish at Capitol Hill Classic. Having played multiple roles such as Setter, DS, and Libero, Emilee brings a well-rounded skill set and a high level of volleyball IQ to her coaching.
Emilee is starting her college career in the fall of 2020 at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She is committed to playing on the team there as a DS/Libero.
Why I coach: “I want to invest in younger players and help them to see their value even when their skills are rough. I remember when I could not even get my underhand serve over the net and wondering if I would ever improve. I have not only improved, but now have the opportunity to play volleyball at the college level. My volleyball career is a testament to the power of hard work, and I want to encourage younger players to always give their best effort."
Thomas joins Carolina Legacy after having coached the past two years at Carolina Explosion. This past club season, he was the head coach of the 18U Semi-national team. The team was having a very successful season; finishing third at the Capitol Hill Classic and first in the final CR Regional before the season was cut short by COVID-19.
Prior to Carolina Explosion, Thomas coached at Apex Performance Volleyball Club for three years. He has also coached in the New Life Storm homeschool program for the last four years. This past season, he led the Storm JV team to winning the NCHEAC state championship.
When away from the court, and not working his day job at Microsoft, Thomas enjoys spending time with his wife, their two teenage daughters, and their two-year old son, who loves being in the gym with his big sisters and is already working on his overhand serve.
Why I coach: "I coach because I love to teach young people. I enjoy seeing them learn new skills and also learn new things about themselves as players and individuals. Volleyball is the ultimate team sport and parallels life in many ways. Helping young people apply their court experience to their personal life is very satisfying. I also enjoy the strategic side of volleyball, looking for ways to take advantage of other team's weaknesses while maximizing our strengths."
Anna joins Carolina Legacy Volleyball after spending two seasons as the Director of Coaching for Carolina Explosion. During that time, she was the head coach for CE16 and CE15, while also being the club's setter coach. Her 2019 CE16 team were the D1 Regional Championship runner up for the Carolina Region and the champions of the Carolina Kick Off. Anna also coached for Jammers SG and spent 4 seasons coaching at NC Elite. During her time at Jammers, she was named Impact Coach of the Year for 2018.
Anna has been in love with the sport of volleyball for over 13 years. She played at Person High School where she won a NCHSAA 4A State Championship. She also played beach and club volleyball throughout her high school career. After high school, she played at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC for four seasons, where she earned her BS in Exercise and Sports Science. Anna is now in her fifth year of teaching PE and is currently a K-5 PE teacher and Varsity Head Coach at Vance Charter School in Henderson. Anna continues to play beach volleyball and ran her first full marathon in 2018.
Why I coach: “I coach to be a positive influence in the lives of young athletes, while guiding them to reach their goals. I coach to grow players in their physical skills, volleyball IQ, and mental toughness. I coach for the love of the game.”