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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!


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, coaches National level club teams....and tries to keep the house clean..

In 2016, Coach Houser was the head coach of the NRV 15 National team. They played in 11 tournaments and 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 the Revoluntary Rumble tournament. 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 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 was 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 were silver medalists in the National 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 at the Capitol Hill Classic & 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 Nationals in Miami! The team finished 104 - 42 .    His 2006 15s team also won the Old Dominion Region Bid and took a trip to 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.

70 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 Laura Jessee (Oberlin)(Patrick Henry)
'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)
(NorthCross)
'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)

27 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.  Club director for State Line Junior 2013 - present.
-- '93 Greta Bower, Assistant coach at Collegiate School in Richmond.
-- '94 Lori Wimbush:  Assistant coach at Ferrum College 2001-03.
-- '94 Niquita Martin:  JV Head Coach at Bassett High, 2005 - present.
-- '95 Jessica Rakes:  J.O. 14's 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 - present.
-- '99 Lori Underwood:  Coached 2 years of Jr. High Vball, and three years as JV head coach.
-- '99 Rachel Shiflett Catoe:  Head coach at Martinsville High 2005-2011. Club coach, Piedmont East in M'ville, Va 2006-2009. 
-- '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, head coach State Line Junior 15's in 2016.
-- '01 Jessie Hairston:  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. Head coach of State Line Juniors 15s in 2016.
-- '03 Rachel Slenski:  Club coach with Roanoke Jrs and present JV coach at St Clairsville High in Ohio..
-- '04 Katie Eldridge, Middle School Head Coach at New Covenant, 2014 - present.
-- '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.  Assistant coach Roanoke United. 
-- '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, assistant coach Roanoke United and assistant coach at Roanoke College. 
-- '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 head JV coach at Douglas Freeman High School.
-- '10 Maggie Hedrick: Head coach at Hidden Vally Middle School, Roanoke.

-- '11 Rachel Thomas: Assistant JV coach at Hidden Valley High, Roanoke.
-- '12 Kendra Meek Williams: Head middle school coach, Greer Middle College. Taylors SC
-- '12 Caroline Brown, assistant coach for NRV for three years, 2010-2012.
-- '14 Caroline Boone, head JV coach at Hidden Valley High, 2017.
-- '16 Michelle Kembel, assistant coach for the 2016 Roanoke United u13's.




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.


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


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!
 



 

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 coachis 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 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!