Pinellas Heat Elite Volleyball, Inc

Our mission is to strive to foster the growth of superior volleyball players whose aspirations are to reach a skill level of elite performance. To accomplish this goal, the Directors and Staff are committed to developing young athletes through quality instruction by certified coaches; to exposing them to high-level competition; to creating an environment that is fun and fulfilling; and to facilitating opportunities for future successes.

Terry Small

Club Director

Varsity volleyball coach at East Lake High School for 15 years. During his tenure he compiled a 311-106 record, won 5 District Championships, 3 Regional Championships, 3 Final Four appearances, including the 2002 Class 5A State Runner-Up and the 2010 Class 5A State Championship. Terry was the 2001, 2002 and 2010 Pinellas County Coach of the Year. His players have earned numerous awards including County Player of the Year, All-County, All-Conference, All-State, and numerous All-Tournament teams. His players have gone on to play Division I, Division II, and also Junior College volleyball. Every player that he has coached that has wanted a scholarship has received one. In club he has coached 3 AAU All-Americans and been named Outstanding Male Coach for the Florida Region and is CAP 1 certified. In the past, Terry has been a coach for the USAV Florida Region’s High Performance Team Florida, training the most elite players in the state of Florida. In 2009, Terry’s 15 Elite team won the 15 Club division at The Big South National Qualifier, earning a National bid to JO’s and finished 6th in 15 Open at The Northeast National Qualifier, earning Heat’s 1st Open Bid to JO’s. In 2011, Terry’s 17 Elite team won the 17 National division at The Northeast National Qualifier, earning a bid to the Junior National Championships. In 2013 Terry’s 16 Elite team earned an American Bid at the Florida Regional Qualifier where they went on to compete in the Junior National Championships in Dallas, Texas.

Barb Small

Club Director

Assisted Terry in every aspect of running the club since its inception in 1999. Her duties are basically to know everything and be able to do anything at a moment’s notice. Barb coached the Junior Varsity team at East Lake for several years and has also worked as an assistant coach with the Florida Region’s High Performance Team Florida. She is also CAP 1 certified. Terry & Barb’s son Tyler, is a Senior at Indian Rocks Christian School.

Kim Foster

Account Manager

Joined Pinellas Heat in 2001 as a result of her marriage to Mark Foster. She was the Junior Varsity coach at Clearwater Central Catholic in 2001-02 while also assisting the Varsity team. Kim is CAP I certified; the past 14 high school seasons she has been an assistant varsity coach at Indian Rocks Christian School where she is also the JH coach. Kim’s primary focus is to handle the individual financial accounts for each Heat family in addition to being our Program Coordinator which includes coordinating private lessons, clinics, camps, and leagues. Her attention to detail assures each family that their accounts will be well maintained.

Kelleigh (O’Neill) Purtill

Administration & 12E, 13B, 14R, 16E, 17E Lead Coach

Handles all of Pinellas Heat’s uniform orders, helps with a lot of the behind the scene action, in addition to our social media pages. She began playing volleyball at the age of 10. She graduated from East Lake High School where she played four years on the varsity volleyball team under the expertise of Terry and Barb Small. While playing for East Lake, she led her team as one of the captains her sophomore, junior, and senior year to two Regional Championships and were the 2002 Class 5A State Runner Up, where she was also recognized and named to the Class 5A All State First Team. Kelleigh also played with Pinellas Heat’s first team in 2000. During the 2004 season, she was awarded by the USAV as the Outstanding Female Coach of the Year. During the 2011 club season, her 14 Elite team finished 2nd in the Florida Regional Qualifier where the team earned a bid to compete in at the Junior Nationals and finished tied for 3rd in the American Division. This will be Kelleigh’s 15th season coaching with Pinellas Heat.

Bryan Avergonzado

Coach & 10E, 11E, 12H Lead Coach

This will be his 7th season with the Heat. Along with coaching club and mini-club teams he coaches the Friday night clinics, 12U Camps, and Heat Kids. He has a real passion teaching the fundamentals of playing volleyball and preparing them with the tools they need to be successful volleyball players in the future. He also enjoys coaching beach volleyball and two summer’s ago started Ohana Beach Volleyball. He and his wife Tara have 3 children, Hannah, Maddie and Mark. Hannah is a senior year at East Lake High School, Maddie is an 8th grader at Skycrest and Mark is a 6th grader at Skycrest.

Emily Bell


She is in her 12th year with Pinellas Heat but has been coaching for the past fifteen years in Missouri and Florida. She attended Missouri State University 00′-04′ and was an Assistant Coach for the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 08′. Aside from playing and coaching, Emily also referees so she has a knowledge of the game from all aspects. She helps run summer camps, training’s, and assists where she’s needed. In 2011, every player on Emily’s 18′s team received a scholarship to play volleyball in college!