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 Senior 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 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 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.
This will be Bryan Avergonzado’s
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.
Head Coach Emily Bell 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!
David Carstenson is a long distance runner in Beach and Indoor Volleyball. He played indoors for 30 years and outdoors for 35 starting in Minnesota and moved to Florida in 1990. He has been with USA Volleyball outdoors as a BCAP coach since 2009, having been in the first to get a rating for coaching beach and has run over 25 tryout camps since 2009 as well. He was a coach in 2010 in Russia with a delegation of kids coaching for one month. He has coached at the USA HP Championships for 6 years and has produced 20 medals for teams he has coached. David has coached over 40 players in Collegiate Beach Volleyball and has also been the USA Beach East Coast Camp director for the past 7 years. His reach has now grown to the NCAA level where he has been the Tournament Director for the Championships for the pats 6 years. In 2017 , he joined fellow coach Mark Foster in assisting the IRCS Beach High School team being the 1st High School in Pinellas County to have a beach program. David just came off the USA Junior Beach Tour Championships as the Tournament Director. It was the largest junior beach event ever in the state of Florida. He is proud to now call himself part of the Heat family and looks forward to continuing the growth of beach volleyball for all players interested in playing.
Sabrina Christofilis joined Pinellas Heat last season, but has coached for the last 8 years in the local bay area. She started her playing career at the age of 9 and went through her senior year at Mitchell High. Immediately after playing, she began coaching at her alumni as the JV coach. In four years the team went 50-3. She then moved to Temple Terrace for school and began coaching at Armwood High as the JV coach and Synergy Volleyball Club coaching ages 13-18. In that time, she became CAP 1 certified and coached several successful teams. Currently she’s the varsity coach at Armwood and looking forward to another year at Heat. Her philosophy as a coach is to train athletes with immense enthusiasm and respect and to teach them the game in a way that allows them to be successful both on and off the court.
Amy Clark will enter her 10th year coaching with Heat. Amy Started playing volleyball in 6th grade at Osceola Middle. Continued her playing at Largo High School. Played Club ball at Gulf Coast Juniors, and finished her Senior Season with Heat. She’s been a Head Volleyball Coach at two High Schools. Bishop McLaughlin up in Spring Hill, from 04-09, and at Pinellas Park High, for one season from ’10-’11. While coaching at P-Park, she helped the team get back into the district championships where they finished 2nd. She was the JV coach at Tampa Prep for one season from 2012-2013 She is an asst. She is currently the Head Coach at Largo High School since 2014. She’s coached girls who have gone on to play college volleyball for all Divisions. Married to Lon Clark, has two sons and 3 dogs.
Mike Collins has been a middle school PE teacher for the past 35+ years, during which, he has coached either the boys/girls volleyball teams for more than 18 years. Coach Collins is entering his 8th year with Heat having coached ages 10’s through 15’s.
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 enjoys her time with her son Matthew. This will be her 6th year with Pinellas Heat.
Jessie Flowers is entering her 7th 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. This will be her 8th 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 a 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) followed by CCC (’01-’02) before taking over at Indian Rocks. In his 14 years at IRCS, the program has seven 19+ win seasons and only 3 losing 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 224-111. 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 multiple accolades in the Tampa Bay area as well as through USA/AAU Volleyball. Coach Foster served as the President of the Pinellas County Coaches Senior All-Star Association (’06-15), is IMPACT certified, CAP 1 certified, a certified PAVO College Official (Indoor/Beach), SAFESPORT certified, and BCAP certified. In 2017, Coach Foster became the first coach in Pinellas County to start a Girl’s HS Beach Volleyball Program. He led his Indian Rocks Beach team to a 3-1 Conference Record, a 41-14 Pairs Record, a 2nd place finish at the Bishop McLaughlin Beach Tournament, and a 9th place finish at States without two of his top pairs. He currently serves as the Heat Beach Volleyball Club Director/Coach.
Curt Frommelt has both playing and coaching experience. He has played for 14 years at various local & national beach and indoor tournaments and his coaching experience extends across 13 years having coached all ages 12 to 18. His club experience includes coaching with Courtmasters, USA South, Tampa Bay One, and Pinellas Heat. He coached with the Academy of the Holy Names, 3 years with JV and 1 year as the Varsity Coach.
Kent Golden enters his 8th year with Pinellas Heat as a head coach spanning all levels from ages 11 through 15. Coach Golden is also in his 3rd season at Clearwater High School as the JV head coach. He works hard to teach the fundamentals of volleyball while instilling the love and fun for the game, as well as, 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.
Sarah Lindblad is originally from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She played volleyball for Broken Arrow High School and Neosho County Community College. 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. Sarah has since relocated to Florida and coaches for Heat’s Mini Club season and Club. This will be Sarah’s 4th year with Pinellas Heat.
Coach Kim Mason has been playing volleyball since she was 10 years old. Kim grew up on the East Coast of Florida, and spent her high school years playing on the Varsity Volleyball Team at Lake Worth Christian School. She played all the way around as a hitter and a setter and was team captain her senior season. During her time at LWC, the team was state runner-up, regional finalists, and regional semi-finalists. She also played for the Elite Travel Team of Palm Beach Juniors Club-4-U from 2005-2007, where she won countless tournaments and traveled the country. Kim earned a full-ride scholarship as a hitter to play at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida and she spent her freshman year playing there. For her sophomore year of college, Kim returned to West Palm to play at Palm Beach State College under her old travel coach, Sam Skelton. Sadly, she suffered a season ending shoulder injury that also ended her playing career. Coach Kim is now going in to her 6th year of coaching for Pinellas Heat, but she discovered her love for coaching in high school while assisting her school with camps and clinics over the summers. Along with coaching mini and regular club seasons, Coach Kim coaches position trainings, summer camps, and does private lessons here at Heat Volleyball. Coaching is Kim’s passion and she looks forward to the many years ahead of her as a Heat Volleyball Coach.
Kenzie Powers started playing volleyball in 6th grade at Carwise Middle under the direction of Matt Little where they won districts all three years. That same year, she began playing club volleyball with Pinellas Heat’s 12 & Under team and continued to play with Heat through her 18’s year. Her 14’s year, her team qualified and participated in Junior Olympics in Reno, Nevada. She attended East Lake High School where she played JV her freshman and sophomore year (Captain) and Varsity her junior and senior year (Captain). She was named the 2010 & 2011 Defensive MVP and the Suncoast Athlete of the Week. She is attending St. Pete College and majoring in Elementary Education. You will see her on the sidelines and also behind the front desk at Athletic House, where she has been helping Pinellas Heat immensely since 2013. This will be her 3rd year coaching with Heat.
Makayla Powers played for Pinellas Heat for 5 years. She is a multi sport athlete and has excelled playing both softball and volleyball. She pursued a collegiate career having played 4 years at Lindenwood University- Belleville in Bellville, Illinois. First year coaching with Pinellas Heat.
Rachel Reed has played volleyball for Heat since she was a 12U player. She continued to excel at Carwise Middle School and on to East Lake High School as a starting Freshman Setter where she went on 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. Her high school accolades include: team captain in 2010 and 2011, MVP in 2011, Bright House Sports Network Honorable Mention, MaxPreps AVCA Player of the week twice, Knology Cup Athlete of the Week, played on the Pinellas County Senior All-Star Team, Pinellas County Athletic Conference-First Team All County, State All-Star Team, Coaches Association District 8A Player of the Year and St. Pete Times 2011 All-Pinellas County Co-Player of the Year. Her club accolades include: being a member of the Big South Qualifier Championship Team and Baltimore Northeast Qualifier Championship Team. She attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN on volleyball scholarship. She is currently the Assistant Varsity Coach at East Lake High School. This will be her 4th year coaching with Heat.
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 8th season coaching with Pinellas Heat.
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. After serving her country, Katy and her family moved back to Clearwater where she attended SPC and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches Reading at Clearwater High School. Katy coached the Junior Varsity volleyball team at Clearwater High School during the 2013 season. In 2014, she became the Varsity coach
. In 2015, Katy’s team won the District 9 Championship and were Regional Semi-Finalists. In 2016, her team were district runner-ups and competed in the Regional Quarterfinals. This will be Katy’s 5th year coaching for Heat.
Nicole Rossman is entering her 5th year with Pinellas Heat. She has been a coach for the past 12 years and has coached at both the middle and high school level. Nicole is originally from south Florida area where she grew up playing both indoor and beach volleyball. She currently plays beach through volleyamerica and is participating in the PCA (Positive Coaching Alliance).
Stephen Shepherd is the Varsity Volleyball Coach at Clearwater Central Catholic High School. In his 7 years at CCC, the Marauders have compiled a 160-54 record. He has led them to 4 District Championships (’11-’14), 3 Regional Championships (’12-‘14), 3 Final Four appearances (’12-‘14) and the 3A State Championship (’14) . He has been named FACA 3A Coach of The Year (’11, ‘14), St. Pete Times Pinellas County Coach of The Year (’12, ‘14) as well as St. Pete Times Suncoast Coach of The Year (’12, ‘14). His players have earned awards including Atlantic Sun All-Freshmen, ACC All-Freshmen, St. Pete Times Tampa Bay Player of The Year (2), Pinellas County Player of The Year (3), All-County, All-Suncoast, All-State, Academic All-State, FACA Player of The Year (2), Florida Dairy Farmers 3A Miss Volleyball as well as multiple 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 11th year coaching for Pinellas Heat. Stephen has been teaching PE/Social Studies at Clearwater Fundamental Middle for 13 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 15th year coaching with Pinellas Heat. Patrick is in his 13th 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 and 2016. 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 3rd 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.
Kasey Szczepanski is entering her second year at Pinellas Heat but her fifth year coaching club volleyball. She has been involved in the sport since she was twelve years old. She was a setter on her high school team in Bradenton, Florida. Kasey started her coaching career at the age of 19 with Synergy Volleyball Club in Brandon while she was attending USF. Last year, she started at Heat/Rogue and coached a 12s team. She is looking forward to continuing her volleyball-coaching career at Heat during the upcoming seasons.
Colin Taufer is entering his second year coaching with Pinellas Heat but has been with our Heat family for awhile now. He has coached youth sports at the middle school level for many years. His daughter started her volleyball career at Pinellas Heat in 2013. He is IMPACT certified by USAV.
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.