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Coach Houser, Lauren, Sara & Caitlyn at the annual family Christmas gathering in Danville, Va.

For 2016, it's the NRV 15 National team! Here we are on our first day together! The team was ranked #1 in the ODR 16s and qualified for USAVJr Nationals!! Seven of the 11 went on to play college vball!

Our 15's team in 2015 rocked!! We finished the season ranked #1 in ODR 16's!! "Together We Did!!"

Here is the NRV 15 National team for 2014 during the 2nd day at Big South National Qualifier in Atlanta.

Here is the 2012 NRV15 Nationals during Shamrock!  11 girls from 10 schools!  The team finished 2nd in the ODR & qualified for Jr Nationals!  You can visit them here.

For the 5th year in a row, Coach Houser's club team reached the #1 ranking in the Old Dominion Region!  Here is his 2010 New River Valley 15's team during the April 17-18 Bid Tournament.  The team just finished their favorite game:  "Ninja". 

Ok, so Coach Houser's 2007 Roanoke Juniors 15's team was a little different.  But "normal" is boring, right?  Here we are after the first day in the 16's division of Shamrock.  GREAT JOB!!!

This was Coach Houser's 16's team in 2004. They went to Asheville and won the 16's division, finishing undefeated.  In this picture, everyone seems to think "it's all Paige's fault!"

Coach Houser's stepdaughter Lauren played for Radford University in the fall of 2006 at an OH.   The team won more matches than in the three previous years combined. 

Coach Houser with his 2003 15's team after winning the silver division at Shamrock!   Cool boxers!!  Sponge Bob was our mascot that year!

At the final day of the 2006 Red Lion Christian Camp in Delaware, each girl showed Coach Houser her spike approach!

Coach Houser, Lauren & Sara right after Cave Spring won the AA State Vball Championship in November of 2003!


Coach Houser lives in Roanoke, Va with his wife Sara.  His stepdaughters, Lauren and Caitlyn, are both graduates of Radford University and are both married to wonderful men.  He has been coaching volleyball since 1985, and is a retired high school math teacher. He now gives volleyball lessons, directs clinic and camps, occasionally babysits one of his 4 amazing grandchildren....and tries to keep the house clean.

After taking time off for grandbabies, his 2021 Patrick Henry JV team won 17 matches after winning 1 the year before. The team finished 6-6 in the beastly River Ridge District, with wins over Hidden Valley, Cave Spring & finished 2nd in the tournament at Rockbridge County High.

Coach Houser's overall high school coaching record is 349 wins and 131 losses.

In 2016, Coach Houser was the head coach of the NRV 15 National team. They played in 11 tournaments and were ranked #1 in the ODR in 16's for 8 weeks. Their one day tournament record was 47-1, winning all four. They made gold playoffs at Big South USA and Capital Hill open. They won the Revoluntary Rumble tournament and qualified for JR NATIONALS! You can visit the team here.  

In 2015, Coach Houser was again the head coach of the NRV 15 National team.  The team played in the Open and Elite level at 9 tournaments, and was again the #1 ranked 16's team in the ODR for a month. Their one-day tournament record was 36-6, and they made gold playoffs at BigSouth, Capitol Hill and Rumble!  You can see all of our results here!

In 2014 he again coached the NRV 15 National team.   Their team website can be seen here. They were 25-1 at their two day-tournaments at RVC North, finished 16-1 at Asheville winning the 15's division, and were ranked #1 in the ODR for 5 weeks.  They attended 10 tournaments in 4 states, and finished 3rd in the ODR Bid Tournament.

In 2013, he was the coach of the NRV 16 National team.   Their website is here.  The team played open at Monument, Capiltol Hill and in the USA division of BigSouth. The team finished higher than their seed at every tournament they attended, and reached #1 in the ODR rankings twice.

In 2012, Coach Houser was the head coach of the NRV 15 National team.  They qualified for the 2012 Junior Nationals in Columbus OH.  The team also won the silver division in the USA division of Northeast Qualifer.   The team finished the season with 132 set wins, the most in Coach Houser's career, and finished ranked 2nd in the ODR.

He was the 2011 head coach of the NRV 16 Nationals.  You can visit the team here.  Their final record was 103 - 49, ranked as high as #3 in the Old Dominion Region & finished #5.  The team won HiNeighbor, finishing 18-0 for the weekend, and had a 32 set winning streak during the month of April, the longest in Coach Houser's career. 

In the 2010 club season, Coach Houser coached the incredible NRV 15 National team.   They finished 3rd in the open division at the Capitol Hill Classic & (NEVER sandbagging!! haha) finished 2nd at the Old Dominion Region Bid tournament.  The team's record was 85 and 41.

In 2009,
Coach Houser worked with the Roanoke 16 National team that won the Old Dominion Region Bid, and participated in Junior Nationals in Miami! The team finished 104 - 42.   

His 2006
15s team also won the Old Dominion Region Bid and participated in Junior Nationals in Atlanta!

He was the head coach at Bassett High School for 16 years from 1985 - 2000, winning 267 matches while losing only 47.

He was the head coach at Roanoke Catholic, where he took the team from 1 win the year before he started, to 9 wins in 2002 and to 13 wins in 2003.

While at Bassett, his teams won 11 conference championships and 10 regular season championships.  His teams qualified for the Regional Tournament 15 of those 16 years.

His 1999 team advanced to the final 4 in the state tournament.  Also in 1999, he was named a VHSL All-Star Coach.

He was named Roanoke Times "Timesland Volleyball Coach of the Year" in 1999.

He founded & directed the Piedmont Attack Junior Program in Martinsville from 1991 until 2000.

He is presently the 6th winningest coach in Virginia with nearly 280 varsity high school coaching victories.

80 Of His Players Have
Played College Volleyball

His school players are in black.
His club players are in gray

'86 Kelly Stone (Liberty University)
'87 Vixen Green & Trekeyta Easley (Pfeiffer)
'87 Jennifer Mitchell (Emory & Henry)
'90 Cherie Young (Averett University)
'92 Stephanie Elliott (Averett University)
'94 Cynthia Donaldson (Ferrum College)
'95 Heather Burke (Campbell University)
'95 Jessica Rakes (Averett University)

'95 Suzanne Stoneman (Ferrum )(Fieldale-Collinsville)

'97 Nikki Adams (Charleston Southern)
'97 Tasha Dillard (St. Paul's College)

'97 Renata Hairston (St. Pauls's College)(Martinsville)

'97 Mandy Willis (Univ of Long Island - Southampton)

'97 Jennifer Witt (Averett )(Fieldale-Collinsville)

'97 Mary Stanley (High Point University)

'97 Hilary Robertson (Salem College)(Martinsville)
'98 Danielle Muller (Randolph College)(Patrick County)

'99 Shannon Haynes (University of Va. at Wise)

'99 Rachel Shiflett  (East Tenn State)(Martinsville)
'00 Adrienne Harvey (High Point Univ)(Magna Vista)

'00 Leah Draper (Bridgewater College)
'00 Michelle Martin (Ferrum College)
'00 Brooke Giffen (Methodist University)
'01 Jessie Hairston (Averett University)
'02 Melissa Prater (Averett University)
'02 Jessica Gamble (Ferrum College)

'03 Rachel Slenski (Hollins University)
'06 Lauren Clary (Radford Univ) (Cave Spring)
'06 Stacey Craighead (Seton Hall) (Cave Spring)
'06 Paige Greenberg (Va Tech) (Blacksburg)
'06 Caitlyn Long (Roanoke College) (Cave Spring)
'06 Katie Breene (Roanoke College) (William Byrd)
'06 Erin Burnop (Roanoke College) (Blacksburg)
'06 Kaitlin McFaddin (JMU) (Rockbridge County)
'06 Joanna McGrath (Emory & Henry) (Patrick Henry)
'06 Ashley Alexander (Emory & Henry)(Lord Bot)
'07 Maggie Wagner (Radford) (Cave Springj)
'07Jennifer Harvey (VCU)(Cave Spring)

'07 Maggie Allison (Ferrum)(Roan Catholic)
'08 Sam Thomas (Shenandoah Univ)(North Cross)
'09 Laura Jessee (Oberlin)(Patrick Henry)
'09 MacKenzie Tyree (Carson-Newman)(Lord Bot)

'10 Marli Dabariener (Randolph Macon)(North Cross)
'10 Jocelyn Kellinger (Queens Univ)(Cave Spring)
'10 Sam Ringer (Juniata)(Hidden Valley)
'10 Maggie Hedrick (Roanoke College)(Faith Christian)
'11 Aidan Guilfoyle (Lafayette)(Roan Cath)
'11 Kendra Meek (North Greenville)(Home Schooled)
'11 Liz Brailsford (Dartmouth)(Patrick Henry)
'11 Macey Tyree (RoanokeCollege)(Lord Botetourt)
'11 Erin McIntyre (EmbryRiddle)(JeffersonForest)
'12 Morgan Shannon (Davidson)(Cave Spring)
'12 Shannon Craighead (Stetson)(Cave Spring)
'12 Haley Maddox (Bluefield)(William Byrd)
'13 Caroline Boone (Francis Marion)(Hidden Valley)
'13 Erin Holsinger (Hillsdale, MI)(Cave Spring)

'13 Hannah Helbert (NorthGreenville)(Patrick Co)
'13 Gussie Revercomb (MaryWash'ton)
'13 Christina Dietz (Franklin&Marshall)(VES)
'13 Jordan Joyce (Ferrum)(Bassett)
'14 Hannah Shields (Averett)(Dan River High)
'15 Sarah Downs (Liberty)(Lynchburg Christian)
'15 Amelia Dalton (Lynchburg College)(Midlothian)
'16 Leah Clayton (Liberty)(Westover Christianj
'16 Piper Roe (Louisville)(Cave Spring High)
'16 Greysen Newberry (Coker)(Lord Botetourt High)
'16 Emily Steffan (Randolph-Macon)(Salem High)
'16 Carden Clark (NC A&T)(Northside High)
'18 Andrea Merced (Edward Waters)(Hidden Valley)

'19 Cameron Blankenship (Guilford)(Bassett High)
'19 Kennedy Clemmer (Roanoke)(Rockbridge Co.)
'19 Catherine Reinard (Roanoke)(Lord Bot. Higl)
'19 Logan Pasley (Roanoke)(Franklin Co.)
'19 Telia Harris (Roanoke)(Salem High)
'19 Bailee Heatwole (Roanoke)(Franklin Co)
'19 Abbie Dillon (Emory & Henry)(Staunton River)
'20 Miette Veldman (JMU)(Lord Bot. High)
'21 Jaydyn Clemmer (Va Tech)(Rockbridge Co)

35 Of His Players Have
Become Volleyball Coaches

His school players are in black.
His club players are in gray.

-- '86 Kelly Stone: 7 years JV head coach & 1 year varsity head coach at Bassett High, 1994-2001. Club coach for NRV Martinsville in 2012.  Head coach Patrick Henry Community College 2014-2017. Club director for State Line Junior 2013 - present.
-- '88 Sonya Burnham, 2021 head coach Magna Vista 17s Club Team.

-- '93 Greta Bower, Assistant coach at Collegiate School in Richmond 2004-2007.
-- '94 Lori Wimbush:  Assistant coach at Ferrum College 2001-03.
-- '94 Niquita Martin:  JV Head Coach at Bassett High, 2005 - present.
-- '95 Jessica Rakes:  14's club coach at Bassett in 1997. 
-- '95 Heather Burke:  Head coach at William Byrd Middle School in Vinton Virginia from 2004 - 2008.  
-- '97 Pepper Kendrick Hazlett:  2005 JV Coach at Carlisle School in Martinsville.
-- '97 Tasha Dillard, assistant coach with the Atlanta Boom 16's, 2013 - 2015.
-- '99 Lori Underwood:  Coached 2 years of Jr. High Vball, and three years as JV head coach in Spartanburg SC.
-- '99 Rachel Shiflett Catoe:  Head coach at Martinsville High 2005-2011. Club coach, Piedmont East in M'ville, Va 2006-2009 and State Line Jrs 2017-2018. 
-- '99 Shannon Haynes, Assistant Coach NRV 2006 - 2009 and 2013.   Magna Vista High in Martinsville:  Assistant Varsity 2011.  Head JV coach 2012.
-- '00 Leah Draper, coach State Line Juniors 2016-present, and head JV coach at Magna Vista 2018-present.
-- '01 Jessie Hairston France:  Head varsity coach at Carlisle School in Martinsville from 2004 - 2008.  Head JV coach at Magna Vista 2011 and 2016, head varsity coach at Magna Vista 2012 and 2017-present. Head coach of State Line Juniors 15s in 2016-present.
-- '03 Rachel Slenski:  Club coach with Roanoke Jrs and present JV coach at St Clairsville High in Ohio.
-- '03 Shannon Klos: Head Coach at Fishwick Middle, Roanoke, Va 2018 - present.
-- '04 Katie Eldridge: Middle School Head Coach at New Covenant, 2014 - present.
-- '05 Maggie Allison Rusgrove: Head coach, Eastern Montgomery High, Shawsville, Va., 2017 - 2019.
-- '06 Lauren Clary, Assistant coach, Radford Rage Volleyball Club in 2010-11.  Assistant varsity coach Blacksburg High 2010-11.  Assistant coach, River Valley 16's 2012. Assistant coach RVC 13's 2015.
-- '06 Ashley Alexander, Assistant Coach, Lord Botetourt High JV team 2011-present.  Coach Roanoke United 2012-present. 
-- '06 Caitlyn Long, JV Coach at Cave Spring High 2010 - 2012 and assistant coach Roanoke United. Head coach Glenvar High, 2013-2014.
-- '07 Maggie Wagner, assistant coach Cave Spring High 2010-12, assistant coach Roanoke United and assistant coach at Roanoke College 2013-15. 
-- '08
Sam Thomas:  Assistant Coach, Cape Fear Volleyball Club in 2010, and 2010 JV coach at Cape Fear High. JV coach Deep Run High 2013-2014.
-- '09 Lindsey Campbell: 2016-2020 head JV coach at Douglas Freeman High School, Richmond, Va..
-- '10 Maggie Hedrick: 2016-2019 head coach at Hidden Vally Middle School, Roanoke.

-- '11 Rachel Thomas: 2015-2016 assistant JV coach at Hidden Valley High, Roanoke.
-- '12 Kendra Meek Williams: 2015-2017 head coach, Greer Middle College, Taylors SC
-- '12 Caroline Brown, assistant coach for NRV for three years, 2010-2012.
-- '13 Jordan Joyce, assistant varsity coach at Franklin County High 2017. Assistant coach at Ferrum College 2018-present.
-- '13 Hannah Helbert, assistant varsity coach at Patrick County High 2015-2017. Assistant coach, Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, Va, 2018. Head coach Patrick Henry Community College 2019.
-- '13 Alexandra Arnold, assistant coach, Next Revolution Volleyball, 2021. Assistant coach, Roanoke Catholic School, 2021.
-- '14 Caroline Boone, head JV coach at Hidden Valley High, 2017.
-- '16 Katie Martin, head freshman coach, Culpeper High School 2018. Head coach Liberty High (Bedford Va), 2019 to present.
-- '16 Michelle Kembel, assistant coach for Roanoke United 2016 - 2018. Head JV coach Lord Botetourt High, 2019 to present.
-- '20 Meg Coolbaugh, 2021 head coach River Valley Juniors 12s.

Here is the 2021 Patrick Henry High JV team! It was AMAZING! We started the season winning our first 15 sets on the way to winning 17 matches & losing only 7. The year before, the team won 1.

The 2013 NRV 16 Nationals was a great group!  Here they are during their scrimmage at E&H College.  There are 10 girls from 9 different schools....they went out looking for something special.

Coach Houser's 2011 team was made up of 10 girls from 9 schools!   Here is the team in Ashland, Va., where we stayed at the Henry Clay Inn during the ODR Bid Tournament.  

Coach Houser's 2nd ODR championship and 2nd trip to the Junior Nationals was accomplished by his 2009 team.   What an amazing group of players from all over the area!  Congrats on a fantastic season!

The 2008 J.O. season was remarkable!  Here we are after WINNING the Capitol Hill Classic without a single person over 5'10"!

Coach Houser's 2005 15's Junior Team "Spiked Punch" won a
16's tournament in March at Hollins!  What a fantastic team!!

 In the fall of 2006, the Radford University team was a great group of girls & parents!  Here we are at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point.  Lauren is #5, in the front right. 

The three seniors on Coach Houser's 1999 team bought him a birthday cake in February at Bassett High School.

Lauren, Caitlyn, Sara and Coach Houser
at his mother's house on Dec 23, 2006 for a big family Christmas gathering.

A portrait of Coach Houser, as drawn by Allison Prothero, at the 2007 Jefferson Forest Camp!

When Lauren's club team qualified for the J.O. National Tournament  in 2005, Coach Houser and his wife made it their summer vacation.  Here they are standing beside the not-so-impressive Great Salt Lake.

NINE Coaches Who Started As Summer Camp Assistants Have Gone On
To Become Volleyball Coaches!

Devyn Bayes: Head coach Emory & Henry College 2013 - 2017. Club coach with TriCities Extreme: 2015-present.

Sarah Sparks Hammon: Assistant coach James River High (Buchanan, Va) 2016-2019. Assistant coach Roanoke United 2015-2019

Katey Holley: Assistant coach at Lenoir Rhyne 2016-17 and assistant coach at UVA-Wise 2018-2020, head coach Regents University, 2020 - present.

Kelsey Goodman: Assistant Randolph College 2019-2021, head coach at Mitchell College in Connecticut 2021 - 22, assistant coach Seton Hall University in New Jersey, 2022 - present

Sam Edge: Assistant Coach, Roanoke United, 2019-21.

Bre Lockhart: Assistant coach Hidden Valley JV 2021 and assistant coach Roanoke United 2021.

Ashlea Havens: Head coach Carlisle School, 2021 - present.

Emerson Scollo: Assistant 13s coach, Carolina Legacy Volleyball Club, Youngsville, NC.

Katie Moore, Assistant 16s coach, Active Volleyball Club, Danville, Va


May 1, 2024
"Coach Tom Houser puts on the best camp out there. I’ve been all over NC and VA and unfortunately most camps are very disappointing. Coach Houser and his staff are in a whole different league. This is not your average camp!""
Doug Biggs, former head coach Brunswick Adacemy

December 21, 2023
"I just love seeing our memories from volleyball. Such a big part of my life and shaping who I became. I learned so many life lessons by being on your teams and I am truly grateful."
Mary Stanley Durfel, Bassett c/o '97

Janaury 16, 2024
"We appreciate all that you did and are still doing for kids!! Only way to become the best is to compete with the best! That’s what you always pushed us to be and believed we could be!"
Jordan Joyce Gaylor, member 2011 NRV 16 National, and former assistant coach Ferrum College

February 6, 2024
"Thanks Mr. Houser, I mean it when I say volleyball was my happy place. That was what I lived for back then. You have always been the best coach because you pushed me to work hard, and I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Thank you for being you and taking the time to teach me. They don’t make coaches like you anymore."

April 3, 2022
"All the schools I have heard back from are so impressed with my work and coaching.
The opportunities you have given me over the years mean so much!
I would definitely not be who I am if it weren't for you and STAR Volleyball"

Eliabeth Giles, Sewanee University c/o '22, and ___ Law School c/o '25

February 7, 2022
"My daughter can't wait to see you this weekend.
Driving home from practice Wednesday, she said, 'I miss Houser!' "

February 22, 2022
"I love running into you! You are such an inspiration! All you have done for so many kids and you're still going strong."

January 26, 2021
"I wanted to send a letter to thank you for everything you did for me over the years and let you know I have committed to play as a setter at Regent University in Virginia Beach this fall! I am grateful for the many conversations, questions answered, and words of wisdom. I am very thankful and appreciative for your program and the coaching I received. I would love to stay in contact with you."
Katrina Burke, Lynchburg Christian Academy, c/o '21

July 3, 2020
"Showing Kendall your words has perked her up big time.
She values your input, and you have given her hope that she hasn’t seen the end of her volleyball joy.
Thank you for inspiring so many of our young athletes. "

Shermale Motley, mother of Kendall, Magna Vista, c/o '21

April 21, 2019
"You are a good man, Coach.
Thank you for all you do for the kids and for sharing your wisdom and passion. And joy."

Jon Polk, father of Sarah, Patrick Henry (Roanoke, Va) c/o '23

October 31, 2018
"I think of our many conversations over the years in how to coach our team!!!!
Thank you for that support all these years!"

Kelly Daniels, head coach Padua Franciscan High, the D2 Ohio state champions!

August 4, 2017
"I told Kealey you asked for her fall vball schedule and that you would try to make a game to see her play and she liked that…..she really has a lot of respect for you as a coach and as a person. Thanks for believing in her and all the girls because it makes such a difference in their lives, their self-esteem and everything. Anyway can’t wait to see you!"
Vicki Sterne, mother of Kaeley, Brookville High, c/o '20

August 30, 2016
I just wanted to tell you that it meant a lot to me that you came to our volleyball game. It really made me happy when you showed up. I respect you a lot and credit you to a lot of my success in this sport. So whenever I see you show up it makes me really happy !

February 2, 2016
[Our daughter] is so excited about returning to your summer camp. This club year thus far has been a bit disappointing. Our coach is not even close to the coach you are. You spoiled us forever. We especially miss your strong leadership-- the way you inspire while still correcting those you coach !

September 12, 2013
Well my final tryout was last night and I got the email today that I was officially on the team!! So now I'm on the college A club team and I'm so excited! Thank you again for never giving up on me and always supporting me, it has and will always mean so much to me.

April 22, 2006
[My daughter]
does not get much play time on her team, but she was touched that you wanted to come and watch her play.   Thank you again so much!  You Rock!

January 7, 2011
 I really appreciate your willingness to help.... and go the extra mile for all of us.  We appreciate you so much!