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2019 Coaching Staff


Kate Wood is a native of Arlington, Texas, where she attended Lamar High School. She was on the first Lamar volleyball team to reach the state playoffs. She received many awards throughout high school including Newcomer of the Year in 1992, 1st Team All District in 1992, 1993, and 1994, and All Area Team in 1994. She was named to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s Super Team in 1994.  Kate attended Troy University from 1995-1997 on a volleyball scholarship as a middle blocker, where she was named to the 2nd Team All Conference her sophomore year. In 1997, she returned home to play at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1998, Kate was a starter on the Southland Conference Champion team who went 19-1 in conference. Kate received the Coaches Leadership Award in 1998.

 After graduating from UTA, Coach Wood returned to her alma mater Lamar High School as the Junior Varsity coach from 2000-2008. In 2009 she was promoted to the head coach. During 6 seasons as the varsity coach, Lamar reached the playoffs in the highest classification in Texas. In 2010, Lamar claimed a District Championship, and Coach Wood was named the District Coach of the Year. During Coach Wood’s leadership at Lamar, the team reached as far as the Elite 8 in the state of Texas, a school record. 2000-2005- Regional Quarter finalist, 2006 Regional Finalist, 2007- Area Finalist, 2007- Area Finalist, 2008- Area Finalist, 2009- Regional Quarter finalist, 2010- Area Finalist, 2012- Bi-District Finalist, 2013- Bi-District Finalist.  In 2014 Kate and her family moved to Mobile, Alabama to continue coaching at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School.  For the past four years, the Dirty Dozen continues to be one of the best teams in the state compiling a 192-35 record.  7A Finishes- 2014- State Semifinalist, 2015-State Finalist, 2016 State Semifinalist, 2017 State Champion

 From 2000-2009 Coach Wood also helped direct North Dallas Juniors and led numerous teams to the USAV Junior National Tournament, finishing as high as 16th in the nation in the 17 Open division in 2006. Starting in 2011 Coach Wood was asked to lead the 12’s division at Texas Advantage Volleyball, the #1 ranked club in Texas for the past nine years. In 2013 and 2014, TAV was also ranked the #1 club in the United States by Triple Crown Sports. In 2013, her 12 Black team finished 2nd in the nation at the USAV Junior National Tournament. In 2014, her 12 Black team finished 3rd in the nation at the USAV Junior National Tournament.

This is the 5th season for Lower Alabama Volleyball.  2018 was a great season!  We were the only club in the Gulf Coast Region to send a team to the USAV Championships in Detroit, MI- 13 Black. We expanded to 12 teams in our club and continued our grassroots program for kindergarten-4th graders. We are looking forward to a great 2019 club season.


Coach Nicole Orso, a graduate of McGill-Toolen in 2006, has been named the director at Lower Alabama Volleyball Club.  

While at McGill-Toolen, Nicole played basketball and volleyball.  She focused on volleyball and was the starting Varsity setter her Junior and Senior years.  Nicole helped the Dirty Dozen bring the state championship to McGill-Toolen in 2004 and 2005.  She was also named an All-Area and All-State player in both 2004 and 2005.

Coach Nicole continued her volleyball career in college at the University of Mobile where she made 2 appearances at the NAIA National Tournament.  She was named setter of the year for 2 years straight and was named All-Area and All-Region.

Nicole has coached club volleyball for Bomba for 8 years and has taken 3 teams to USA Junior Olympic Nationals.  She coached middle school volleyball at St. Paul's in 2011 and was the JV coach for Baker in 2012.  

Due to a new day time job, Nicole had to stop working as the Freshman coach at McGill-Toolen.  She is excited to get back on the court coaching with LAV this spring.


Lizzie Clough is a native of Mobile, AL and graduated from Murphy High School in 2009 where she played and lettered in basketball and track/field for two years, softball for three years, and volleyball for four years. She played in the AHSAA All-Star Game for the South team as a junior and was named 1st team All-State and All-Area for volleyball as a senior. 

She was recruited out of high school to Troy University for volleyball and track and field, where she was a three-year letter winner in both sports, despite two ACL tears. Clough led the Trojans defensively and in serve receive percentages throughout her career, and played in all 115 sets of Troy’s 2011 campaign as the Trojans qualified for their first Sun Belt Conference Championships since 2005. She was named an Academic All-American twice and received her bachelor’s degree in sport and fitness management in 2012, graduating in less than four years.  She also earned her master’s in sport management with a concentration in administration in 2015.

In 2012, she began her coaching career with the Trojans, who posted a 21-12 overall record and a 10-5 Sun Belt mark.  The school-record 10 conference wins helped the Trojans to a program-best second place finish in the Sun Belt. After winning the first Sun Belt Championships match in program history in 2012, the Trojans won again in 2013, this time defeating No. 1 seed and regular season champion WKU in the quarterfinals of the tournament hosted at Trojan Arena. This will be Lizzie's third year with LAV, last season, she worked with our 18 black team.


Breanna is a Colorado Springs, Colorado native who now lives in Mobile.  She played national competitive basketball until she fell in love with the sport of volleyball at the age of 14.  Breanna graduated from The Colorado Springs School in 2009 and was in the top of her national recruiting class upon graduation. She began her collegiate career at Long Island University-Brooklyn in the Northeast Conference where she was First Team All Conference her freshman and sophomore years. She decided it was in her best interest to transfer and chose to attend and finish her career at Troy University in the Sunbelt Conference. She helped the Trojans to two conference appearances and set records in scoring and blocking. She is now married to her husband Aaron and is the mother to twin boys, Luke and Noah.  This will be Breanna's second year with LAV- Last season she worked with our 16 Black team.


Carly Dougherty was born and raised in Mobile Alabama. She graduated from Murphy High school where she played varsity three years and was Female Athlete of the Year. She continued playing at Jefferson Davis Community College and graduated from South Alabama with her undergrad and masters in Physical education.  She currently teaches PE at Baker High School. She was the former coach at Causey Middle where she has won the middle school division two years in a row, and last year they won the Mobile County Championship.  Carly started coaching club in 2011. She has coached ages 13s all the way to 17s, and has finished in the a top finish at Big South, top 9 at Colorado Crossroads and won the Gulf Coast Region. She has been able to work under some of the best coaches in this area.  This will be her second season to work with LAV. Last season she worked with 15 Black.


Katherine Harvey was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She graduated from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School where she played on the volleyball team. She played 1 year of club volleyball for MoJo and 3 years for Club Bomba. Her teams went to nationals all four years. She graduated with a Physical Education degree from South Alabama in 2015 and currently teaches at Causey Middle School. This will be her second season to work with LAV. Last season she worked with 15 Black.


Arissa is from Oak Point, Texas where she attended Billy Ryan High School.  She was started on the Ryan volleyball team all four years as a libero and a setter. She played for Instinct Volleyball Club for 6 years, and for her last year of club she played for Texas Image volleyball. She chose South Alabama over other offers because it was the best fit her her. She also played beach volleyball for Instinct, and she and her partner were 16th in the nation their 16's year, and 11th in the nation their 17's. Arissa is currently a senior at South Alabama playing libero/ds. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in communication. This will be her fourth year with LAV. Last season she worked with our 15 White team.


Emily Greim is from Mckinney Texas, where she attended Mckinney North High School. She was an all district player her junior and senior years as a middle blocker and voted top 50 blockers in the DFW area. She played club for Legacy and Excel Volleyball. Both years she played for Excel's 16 and 17's team they qualified for USAV Nationals. Emily, a junior, currently plays indoor and sand volleyball for Spring Hill College. She majors in Pre-veterinary medicine. This will be her second year coaching for LAV. Last season she worked with Arissa and our 15 White team.


Coach Caitlyn Cox is a native of Mobile, AL, and a graduate of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School class of 2012.  She lettered and started three season for the Dirty Dozen.  Over her three year career on varsity, the Dirty Dozen compiled a 180-30 record.  She was selected to the Alabama Volleyball Coaches 6A All-State Team, earning First Team honors as a senior and Second Team honors as a junior.  She was named to the Press Register's Super 12 Team as a senior after recording 520 digs and 54 services aces in 67 matches.  Caitlyn has 7 years of club volleyball experience playing for Club Bomba and West Florida Revolution.  She also played her Freshman and Sophomore years of college at the University of South Alabama as a defensive specialist.  Caitlyn has two years of coaching experience as a coach for Club Bomba. This will be Caitlin's fifth year with LAV as she was the coach of 13 Black team last season as well.  Last year, 13 Black won the regional championship and competed at Junior Nationals in Detroit, MI.


Coach Olivia Mohler Dalken is a native of Vancleave, Mississippi where she attended Vancleave High School. She played and lettered in volleyball, basketball and softball.  She helped VHS to three volleyball district championships and received all-state honors and was selected to The Sun Herald All-Star team. 

She was recruited out of high school in both volleyball and basketball. Olivia attended The University of South Alabama on a volleyball scholarship as a middle blocker where she competed in 117 matches during her career, starting 98 of those contests. Coach Mohler closed out her collegiate career strong when she tied a season high with 14 kills and a .480 hitting percentage at Florida Atlantic (11/9) and bested that kill tally one night later, posting 16 kills with a .361. She ended her career ranked fourth on the program's career block assists list, eighth in total blocks and tied for 10th in blocks per set with 0.70. 

Olivia played professional volleyball in Austria and Slovakia for four months before returning to South Alabama to finish out her NCAA eligibility on the basketball team. She has recently graduated from South Alabama with a Communication/Broadcast Journalism degree.  She is currently the varsity assistant coach at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School.  Her role at LAV will be with the younger ages of 11's-12's.


Ashlyn Roberts is from Marianna, Fl. and she attended Sneads High School where she lettered and started on the volleyball team. She played outside hitter her freshman and sophomore years before moving to set her junior and senior year. Sneads won the District Championship all four years, the Regional Championship her sophomore, junior, and senior year, and they won the Florida 1A State Championship Ashlyn’s sophomore, junior, and senior years. Ashlyn’s mom was the coach all four years in high school.   She was also named AVCA Player of the Year her junior and senior year, was also selected to the 3rd-Team All American my senior year. She played travel volleyball at different clubs in Florida before finishing her last four playing forProstyle Tallahassee.  Her sophomore and junior year, she was a part of Team Florida High Performance team that played in the High Performance Championships competing against teams from all over the world. This is her freshman year at University of South Alabama. She was recruited as a libero but has transitioned to a setting position on the team.  Ashlyn is currently studying Exercise Science.  This will be her second season with LAV.


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A native of Mobile, AL and a McGill Toolen Catholic High School. Sarah played varsity for the Dirty Dozen for three years and won two state championships and was runner up her senior year. She was named All State first team three years straight and went on to play college volleyball at Birmingham Southern College and the University of Mobile. Before moving to Richmond, VA, she coached for Club Bomba U 14s. She has recently moved back to Mobile and can’t wait to get back into coaching again. We are excited for Sarah’s first season with LAV.


Amber played volleyball and graduated from Faith Academy in 2005 and went on to play at The University of Mobile from 2005-2009. She joined the UM coaching staff from 2011-2014, and she has club coaching experience for a total of 10 years including Club Bomba and North Mobile Volleyball Club. She recently coached JV at Bayside Academy in 2016 and is currently on staff as the varsity assistant coach at Faith Academy. We are excited for Amber’s first year with LAV.


Bio information coming soon