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.
Head Coach & Director Terry Small was the 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.
Director Barb Small has 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 Sophomore at Indian Rocks Christian School.
Client Account Manager Kim Foster 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 12 high school seasons she has been an assistant coach at Indian Rocks Christian School where she is also the JV High School and Junior High coach. Kim’s primary focus will be 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 is our Intermediate Development Coach in addition to handling all of Pinellas Heat’s uniform orders. 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. The team won 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 13th season with Pinellas Heat.
Bryan Avergonzado is our Youth Development Coach (ages 12 & Under). This will be his 5th 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 coaching new players the fundamentals of playing volleyball and preparing them with the tools they need to be successful volleyball players in the future. Also, this past summer he started our beach volleyball affiliate Ohana Beach Volleyball. He currently has two daughters that play for the Heat on the 12′ s team and 16′s team. Bryan grew up in Air Force base gyms watching his parents play on various base volleyball teams. It is there where he got his passion for playing volleyball. When he is not coaching volleyball he enjoys playing various sports with his son and playing beach volleyball.
Head Coach Emily Bell is in her 10th year with Pinellas Heat but has been coaching for the past thirteen years in Missouri and Florida. She played at 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 the knowledge of the game from all aspects. She helps run summer camps, trainings, and assists where she’s needed. In 2011, every player on Emily’s 18′s team received a scholarship to play volleyball in college!
This is Kate Burton’s first year as an Assistant Coach for Pinellas Heat but she has been playing for the past 11 years. She first began playing club volleyball for Gulf Coast Juniors at age 11 and continued there until 9th grade (’03-’08). Her love for the game took off when she played at Oak Grove Middle School (’04-’07) with an undefeated season her 8th grade year. She then played JV and Varsity volleyball at Clearwater High School (’07-’10) and played for Pinellas Heat Volleyball (’08-’10) during that time. Kate loves all sports which is why she attended Florida State University and graduated with a B.A. degree in Sport Management. She is now attending the University of South Florida to obtain an MBA and M.S. degree in Sport and Entertainment Management. Although Kate didn’t play college volleyball, she enjoys playing intramural volleyball with her classmates and loves pickup games of sand volleyball with friends. Kate is looking forward to her first season and many more to come!
Rachel Burton will begin her 2nd year coaching with Heat. Rachel has been playing volleyball since the age of 10, where she had played with Gulf Coast Juniors, Pinellas Heat, and Tampa United. Rachel is currently at St. Petersburg College pursuing a degree in Education and would like to become a Behavior Specialist.
Katie Crum grew up in Cheshire, CT where she played volleyball for Cheshire High School, a perennial volleyball powerhouse in the state. She also played on several select travel teams for the Husky Junior Volleyball Club and was selected as libero for the USAV New England Regional High Performance in 2003. Katie was a four-year starter and varsity letter winner for Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She was named Team MVP in both 2006 and 2007 and Captain in 2007. She set the Trinity College Season Dig Record for those two years, and also set the Trinity College All-Career Dig record in 2007. Following her senior season, Katie was named “The NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year” and a member of the NESCAC All-Conference Team, as well as, an honorable mention nominee to the All New England Regional Division III Team. Katie has coached for the past seven years and is CAP II certified. She was previously the Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Coach for Clearwater Central Catholic High School who were the 2014 Class 3A State Champions. She is married and teaches third grade in Pinellas County and just had her first child Matthew in December. She is currently out on maternity leave and this will be her 6th year coaching with Pinellas Heat.
Jessie Flowers is entering her 5th season with Pinellas Heat. She is a native to the area where she attended Largo High School, played for Gulf Coast Juniors Volleyball Club, and continued playing in college for St. Petersburg College. While at Largo High School she was the captain of her senior team where she received the MVP and Gatorade Will To Win Athletic awards for both volleyball and throwing discus for her track team. She also received an honorable mention for the All Pinellas County team and was the third round pick for the Senior All-Star team. She received a full athletic scholarship where she was a starting freshman playing outside hitter. Academically Jessie was in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and sports editor for the yearbook committee. Jessie’s coaching inspiration is her high school coach, without her she would have never found her love of the game and her passion for coaching.
Coach Kelly Flowers is a native to the area, she played volleyball at Largo High School and was a member of Gulf Coast Jrs. Volleyball Club for 5 years. She went on to play middle and rightside, as a starting freshman for Trinity International University in Chicago, Illinois. She currently runs the volleyball program at Canterbury Day School of Florida, and heads both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. This will be her 6th season with Heat.
Mark Foster has been coaching with Pinellas Heat since the club started in 2000 and has been the Head Coach at Indian Rocks Christian School since 2003. He has coached mainly the 14-16 Elite teams since 2000 while also serving as the setter’s coach for Pinellas Heat. Coach Foster began his playing career in Puerto Rico at the age of 15 where he was selected to play for the Puerto Rican Jr. National team as their Defensive Specialist (90-92). He continued his playing career in College as a Setter for the Clearwater Christian College Club team (’93-’96). Coach Foster began his coaching career at Pinellas Park HS (’99-’00) and CCC (’01-’02). In his 13 years at IRCS, the program has seven 19+ win seasons. Since the school’s first winning season in 2005, he has led Indian Rocks Christian to 2 District Championships (’06-’07), 4 District Runner-ups (’08-’11), 6 consecutive Regional Semi-Final appearances (’06-’11), 3 consecutive Bay Conference Championships (’10-’12) and has an overall record of 210-98. Coach Foster was selected as the Pinellas County Coach of the Year in 2006 and has seen many of his High School & Club players receive scholarships to play at the next level in various Divisions. Many of his HS/Club players have received All-County, All-Suncoast, All-Tournament, 1st Team Bay Conference, and AAU All-American Awards. Coach Foster is also the President of the Pinellas County Coaches Senior All-Star Association (’06-Present), IMPACT/CAP 1 certified, and a PAVO Certified College Official (Indoor/Sand). Coach Foster has also had the privilege of coaching a USA boys team (18U in 2001) and USA Girls team (15U in 2003) in Sydney, Australia.
Kent Golden enters his 6th year with Pinellas Heat as a head coach and just completed his 1st season as the JV head coach at Clearwater High School. He works hard to teach the fundamentals of volleyball while instilling the love and fun for the game in each athlete while developing leadership and team accountability along the way. He is most proud of his track record for preparing his players to make their varsity school team and higher club teams the next season.
This is Avarie Lewis‘ first year with us as a coach. She began her career when she was 13 years old and started playing for Heat. She is a graduate of East Lake High School. Her 18’s year at Heat, her team qualified for Junior Nationals in New Orleans where they placed 9th in the National division. She received multiple offers out of high school to play at the collegiate level and signed with Eastern Florida State as a libero.
Sarah Lindblad is originally from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She started playing volleyball in 8th grade for Broken Arrow High School and played up through her sophomore year at Neosho County Community College on a scholarship. During high school, Sarah would help coach at any team camps she could for both volleyball and basketball. Sarah started coaching when she was in college for her college town high school club team. After traveling for a few years and playing in local adult leagues, she moved back to Oklahoma where she coached for a local team ages 12s, 13s and 14s. Sarah has since relocated to Florida and coached for Heat’s Mini Club season. This will be Sarah’s 2nd year with Pinellas Heat.
Rachel Reed has played volleyball for Heat since she was a 10U player. She continued to excel at Carwise Middle School on to East Lake High School as a starting Freshman Setter and continued to win 2 State Championship’s with the Eagles. 2010 Class 5A and 2011 Class 8A. She was named to the All-State team in 2011 and the All-District team from 2009-2011. Was the team captain in 2010 and 2011…Was the MVP in 2011…Bright House Sports Network Honorable Mention…MaxPreps AVCA Player of the week twice…Knology Cup Athlete of the Week…Pinellas County Senior All-Star Team…State All-Star Team…Pinellas County Athletic Conference-First Team All County…Coaches Association District 8A Player of the Year…St. Pete Times 2011 All-Pinellas County Co-Player of the Year…Member of the Big South Qualifier Championship Team and Baltimore Northeast Qualfier
Sara Rex has played volleyball for over 12 years starting at Carwise Middle School and here at Pinellas Heat. She played four years on the varsity volleyball team at East Lake High School under Terry and Barb Small where she was named, captain her junior and senior year, All-Pinellas County First Team selection as a junior and senior, Class 5A All-State Honorable Mention as a senior, played on the Pinellas County All-Star Team, and was a three-year member of High Performance Team Florida where she was named captain of the team in her final season. She continued her career in Orlando at the University of Central Florida as a middle blocker being ranked in the Conference USA’s top 20 blockers in 2009 and named captain in 2010. This will be her 6th season coaching with Pinellas Heat.
Katy Rice started playing volleyball in 4th grade at Skycrest Christian School, where she attended school for 10 years. Katy played for Gulf Coast Juniors Volleyball Club as well as the YMCA Volleyball Club and played in the Junior Olympics at age 13. As a freshman, she started on the Varsity team at Clearwater High School, which resulted in a perfect 32-0 season and 5A State Championship. As a captain during her senior year, she helped lead the team to a 4A State Championship. She was recognized and named to the Class 4A All State First Team. Katy spent six years in the United States Air Force. She is now a full time student at SPC, where she is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She will be graduating in May of 2016! Katy coached the Junior Varsity volleyball team at Clearwater High School during the 2013 season. In 2014, she became the Varsity coach at Clearwater High School. During her first year as the head coach at Clearwater High School, Katy’s team won the District 9 Championship and were Regional Semi-Finalists. This will be Katy’s third year coaching for Heat.
Nicole Rossman is entering her 3rd year with Pinellas Heat. Nicole has been coaching for the past ten years in Pasco County. She has coached at both the middle school and high school level. Nicole is originally from the south Florida area where she grew up playing both indoor and beach volleyball. Her daughter is currently on the 13 Elite and in her fourth year of playing volleyball for Pinellas Heat.
Tom Schwemmin first started playing volleyball in the early 80’s when doubles beach volley first started to make an impact in Florida. Along with competing for more than 10 years on beach tournament schedules he also played indoor in the USVBA open level competitions, now known as USAV. During his playing days he placed in many professional beach tournaments and had the opportunity to play in many national open level indoor tournaments around the country. Tom enjoys staying active in the sport and being involved with the Pinellas Heat programs working with young athletes. His goals include teaching fundamentals of play and competition along with having fun with the sport. As you can see, Tom has been active in coaching girls and boys in Middle School and High school as well as club volleyball for many years.
Stephen Shepherd is the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Clearwater Central Catholic High School. In his 5 years at CCC, the Marauders have compiled a 127-34 record. He has led them to 4 District Championships (’11-’14), 3 Regional Championships (’12-‘14), 4 straight Regional Finals (’11-’14), 3 Final Four appearances (’12-‘14) and the 3A State Championship (’14) . He has been named FACA 3A Coach of The Year (’11), St. Pete Times Pinellas County Coach of The Year (’12) as well as St. Pete Times Suncoast Coach of The Year (’12). His players have earned awards including Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen, Pinellas County Player of The Year, All-County, All-Suncoast, All-State, Academic All-State, FACA Player of The Year as well as All-Tournament teams. Stephen is CAP II certified through USAV and is working on his CAP III certification. Stephen is also a member of the Pinellas County Coaches Association. This will be his 9th year coaching for Pinellas Heat. Stephen has been teaching PE/Social Studies at Clearwater Fundamental Middle for 10 years. He is married to Trista Shepherd with whom he has a daughter, Skylar Marie, and a son, Reid Stephen.
This is Patrick Sneed’s 13th year coaching with Pinellas Heat. Patrick is in his 11th year as the Head Varsity Volleyball Coach at Tarpon Springs High School as well as the Head Track coach. Patrick’s Varsity Volleyball team were the District Champions in 2011 & 2012. In 2011 Tarpon Springs won the Regional Championships making it to the State Final Four. Patrick has also been voted Pinellas County’s Coach of the Year by his peers and was named the Tampa Bay Times Coach of the Year for 2011. In 2008 Patrick’s 13 Elite earned a bid to compete in the Junior National Championships in the 13 American division and was the first coach in Heat history to win a match at Junior Nationals. Patrick is also our official club photographer with his business Photography is Good. Patrick is known for great action shots and amazing photos he takes while on his yearly Sneedcations.
Karly Szczepanski is entering her first year at Pinellas Heat but her eighth year coaching club volleyball. She has been involved in the sport since she was twelve years old. In high school she played setter her freshman and sophomore year then changed to libero her junior and senior year. Karly started her coaching career at the age of eighteen with Whitesands Volleyball club of Sarasota and coached for them for three years. Moving to Tampa she coached for Synergy Volleyball Club of Brandon for additional four years having very successful teams. Last year her 14 & Under team won five out of their seven tournaments. Karly is CAP I /IMPACT certified and looking forward to her time at Pinellas Heat.
We know that you will agree that we have the finest group of coaches in the area,
and all of our coaches come highly recommended from quality programs.