2017-2018 COACHING STAFF
JD Gasparovic - Boys/Hitting Coach
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. JD played basketball until high school where he discovered men's volleyball. Throughout playing high school volleyball, JD received multiple all-conference honors. He also participated in playing for a select club, St. Louis High Performance for 3 years. In JD's senior year, his team won the 2007 Junior Olympics 18's Open National Championship. After high school, JD went to Ball State University to play men's volleyball, where he become a 4 year starter. While playing at Ball State, JD was name MIVA Freshman of the year, First Team All Conference, and Volleyball Magazine All American. Now, JD resides in Charleston with his wife, Kim and cat, Figaro. He is currently working in Human Resources. He is excited to be back for his 3rd season.
Danelle Kern - Itsy Bitsy
Dani Kern, a Charleston native, who has always been on staff here at Islanders. She grew up playing volleyball almost her entire life. She started playing at around the elementary school age, then joined her middle school and high school teams while also playing at the club level. Dani went on to play at the collegiate level for the Citadel. Dani coached for the Islanders when the club was in the early stages of growing the program back in 2005 and 2006 while going to school at Coastal Carolina. Dani is happily married and has two beautiful girls. She is super excited to get back to the courts and into the gym to continue to grow the program at Islanders through Itsy Bitsy again this season.
Mindy Helmly - 12 Elite
Mindy started playing volleyball in the sixth grade in Cedar Falls, Iowa and was a starting setter on her JV, Varsity and college teams. Throughout junior high and high school, Mindy played Club and Junior Olympic Volleyball and attended numerous Olympic Development Camps. She moved to Anderson, SC before the start of her junior year in high school and immediately made an impact for T.L. Hanna High School bringing the program to a competitive level. As a senior, she was voted to the All-State team and selected to play in the state All-Star tournament. She excelled as a defensive specialist and setter and attended Anderson College on a dual volleyball/softball scholarship. After college she earned a Pharmacy degree from MUSC and is the pharmacy manager at the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community. She currently lives on James Island with her two sons, Andrew and Hayward. Mindy has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Fort Johnson Middle School volleyball program. She is also active in coaching other sports for the James Island Recreation Dept and serves as Vice President of the James Island Coaches Athletic Program. Her focus is on fundamentals, sportsmanship and learning to love the game. This will be Mindy's 8th year coaching our top 12s team with the Carolina Islanders.
Sara Senn - 12 Kids Power
Born and raised in Fond du Lac, WI, Sara has been playing organized volleyball since fourth grade. Awarded all-conference and all-state honors in high school, she continued her career playing volleyball as well as softball at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. While at Lander, Sara earned a Bachelors degree in chemistry. She then headed to the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT where she graduated with a Masters degree in Forensic Science. She moved to Charleston in 2011 to take a Crime Scene job with the city of Charleston Police Department. She was with CPD until Sept 2015 when she became a deputy coroner for Charleston County. While in Charleston Sara has coached 6th grade girls volleyball at two local private schools and is currently assisting at Stratford High School with their volleyball program. Sara looks forward to coaching the 12s with the Islanders in her 3nd season.
Carrie Yohe & Tim Yohe - 13 Elite
Carrie played for Elyria High School (Elyria, OH) from 1990-1994, Cleveland Volleyball Company (Cleveland, OH 1992-1994), and Charleston Southern University 1994-1998 (Carrie Fenwick back then). Carrie played middle blocker and right side while at CSU. Team Captain her senior year, earning MVP honors in 1997 and was named Female Athlete of the Year for 1997-98. She was also recognized as the Physical Education Major of the year with an emphasis in teaching in 1998, Coaching experience began with Charleston Juniors Volleyball Club from 1996-2008, Assistant Coach and recruiter at Charleston Southern University from 2008-2012. Carrie also did some coaching while teaching at Wando High School with Alexis Glover from 1998-2001. Yohe teaches at Devon Forest. We are excited to have Coach Carrie back in her 6th season for Carolina Islanders.
Tim Yohe - 13 Elite
Coach Courtney Simmons is a native of Moncks Corner, SC. She moved to Branchville SC where she played high school volleyball under Starr Bright. She was a standout on the volleyball court garnering many All-Region, All-Tournament honors. She was named the Times & Democrat player of the year, CAWS player of the year, also MVP of the North/South team in 2008. Went on to play volleyball at Lander University where she was also awarded MVP honors. Coach Simmons has coached both JV, Varsity Volleyball and Club Volleyball. She is currently the head volleyball coach at Berkeley High School and teaches at Whitesville Elementary, Coach Simmons is beyond excited about her 2nd season coaching our 14 Elite girls.
Shanara Pou - 14 Elite
Moncks Corner native, played high school volleyball under Coach Tonya Thompson at Berkeley High School. She was exceptional on the volleyball court, she was nominated 2 years in a row for Gatorade player of the year award 2000 and 2001. Shanara chose to take a step outside of the box, venturing to upstate New York receiving a Bachelor’s Degree and playing volleyball at Syracuse University. She continued her eduacation by completing the Dual Masters program from Webster University along with becoming a certified Massage Therapist. Shanara has coached Varsity Volleyball as the Assistant Coach to Head Coach Courtney Simmons at Berkeley High School for one year. Coach Pou is excited about returning for her 2nd season.
Pam Cenkner - 15 Elite
Pam brings over 19 years of coaching experience to the Carolina Islanders. She has been instrumental in teaching the fundamentals of many players in the Low Country, who have excelled in their middle, high school and college programs. Pam was the head coach at Christ Our King Middle School for 6 years, and while there she led her teams to SIX championship titles as well as other state and region titles for SCISA and two Coach of the Year honors. She has been recognized by the Town of Mount Pleasant as their Volunteer Coach of the Year, for her time, dedication, and commitment to the youth volleyball programs in the area. You can spot some of her players by the excellent skills, discipline and fundamentals they showcase on the court. Her 8th grade team's at COK made a mark in the Low Country in having the most 8th grade consecutive championship titles of any middle school team in Charleston with a season high record of 6. Pam's Islander teams always finish strong with bids to Nationals. In the 2013-14 season, her 14 Elite team was nationally ranked in the top 100 at 55th, in 2014-15 season her 13 Elite team was nationally ranked 57th and this past year in 2015-2016 her 14 Elite team garnered a 41st in the National Rankings! She is also the Club Director of Carolina Islanders which was ranked 57th of the best clubs in the Nation for the 2014-2015 club season. Pam always looks forward to coaching and getting to know another group of girls to add to her extended family.
Macey Laporte - 15 Power
Logan Windsor - 15 Power
Lauren Montgomery - 16 Elite
Lauren is originally from Joliet, IL and has lived in Charleston for 4 years. She was the 2007-08 Female Athlete of the Year at Joliet Township High School. Earned 2007 Southwest Suburban All-Conference and 2007 Herald News All-Area First Team honors. She was selected as the Connie Bryan Volleyball Memorial Award winner. Most recently, Lauren served as the Assistant Coach at Charleston Southern University where she assisted in all areas of the program while primarily working with setters and defensive specialists. Prior to CSU, she worked at the NCAA Division II level as a Graduate Assistant at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. She boasts an extensive volleyball playing background after playing in every match of her collegiate career as a Setter/Libero/DS at Olivet Nazarene University. During her time, the team reached as high as #12 in the NAIA rankings and posted an overall record of 124-49, 41-2 in conference play. She finished her career with 169 career aces, 637 assists, and 1,516 career digs. During her time at Olivet, she was honored with the Larry D. Watson Ambassador Award, the highest award an Olivet athlete can receive, the Nicole Garde Award for displaying Christian character and servant leadership both on and off the court, and the NAIA Champion of Character Award. Montgomery earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Olivet, and her Master’s of Organizational Leadership from Trevecca. She is currently married to the Assistant A.D. for Media at CSU, Seth Montgomery, and is excited to get back into coaching at the club level, having previously worked with club teams at Competitive Edge, UNO, and Alliance.
Nate Howell - 16 Power
Born and raised in West Chicago, Illinois. Nate was a three sport athlete lettering in Basketball, Tennis, and Football. In his Junior year of High School, Nate began playing volleyball and quickly fell in love with the sport. He joined a Junior Olympic Club program and excelled for the next two years and earned a scholarship to played collegiately in Illinois. After a year in college, Nate opted to join the United States Air Force. Since then he has been setter for the All Air Force team four times earning 2 Silver and 1 Gold Medals. Additionally, he has coached club and high school volleyball for the past 11 years leading to multiple NCAA scholarships, tournament victories, and district titles. Nate was the head coach for Academic Magnet JV went undefeated this season! Nate has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and currently serves at Joint Base Charleston as the Military Police Superintendent. Nate is super excited about his 2nd season this year coaching a great group of girls who are eagar to work hard and learn.
Aaron Tuuk - 17-18 Elite
Aaron comes to us from Grand Rapids, MI where he attended Central Michigan University. Here he earned his degree in Science of Education with a Mathematics Major and a Physical Education minor while also playing for their club volleyball team for 3 years as both a setter and outside hitter. He then continued his volleyball career by attending a coaching clinic at Michigan State University. It was there that he was bitten by the "coaching bug." He then took it further and coached for Dead Frog Far Out where several of his players went on to play at the collegiate level. He has now been coaching high school volleyball for two years. He is a Mathematics teacher at Stratford High School where he is also the Head Varsity and JV volleyball coach. Aaron is super exxited to be coaching the 18 Elite girls in his 4th season with the Islanders.
Anna Kate Eskew
Although a native of South Carolina, Anna Kate began playing volleyball at the age of 12 while living in Atlanta, GA. She played two years on her middle school teams and Tsunami Club teams. In 2006, her family moved to Charleston where she began her freshman year of high school at Bishop England. Anna Kate played volleyball her freshman through senior years at BE, earning 3 State Championship titles. She played 4 years of club volleyball with Carolina Islanders during high school as well. Anna Kate was primarily a middle hitter and blocker, however she also played outside and right side hitter throughout her volleyball career. Although several division level schools pursued Anna Kate to play college volleyball, Anna Kate chose to attend Clemson University to focus on her degree. While at Clemson, she remained active in recreation volleyball, both indoor and outdoor. Anna Kate graduated from Clemson in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Therapy and remained in the upstate where she was employed in her field. Anna Kate is currently a recreation therapist at MUSC.. Anna Kate has coached middle school and high school as well as coaching our 17 Elite team last year. She is enjoying her first season at First Baptist as the head volleyball coach. Coach Eskew is excited to be back at Islanders for her 2nd Season.
Mary started playing volleyball when she was 10 years old. She was a defensive specialist for Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of high school, she attended Kutztown University to play and pursue a career in teaching. After college, she was selected to coach the Parkland Middle School Girls Volleyball Team, where she coached for 3 years. This program was a feeder program for Parkland High School, which has won 2 state championships in the past 5 years. During her off season she coached for Synergy Volleyball Club where she coached the 14 and Under team. The following year she was selected to coach the 15 team for East Coast Power Volleyball Club . A majority of that team went on to become part of the state championship team the following year. The following year she coached a 13s girls team for East Coast Power. Throughout her 3 years of coaching experience she not only coached middle school and club volleyball but she also was part of a coaching staff at various summer camps in the Pennsylvania area. She just recently moved to Charleston last year to pursue a teaching job in the Berkeley County. Coach Luchansky currently teaches English as a Second Language at Sangaree Middle School and Stratford High School. She is very excited about her 2nd season with the Islanders and coaching the 13's.
Alicia "Bubby" Khoury
Bubby played 4 years of Varsity Volleyball as a setter for Bowsher High School in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio. While at Bowsher, she earned All-City honors her sophomore, junior and senior years as well as all district honors. She was also the team captain. Bubby then went to Ownes Community College and continued her career as a setter for the Division II school. She was the team captain and earned 1st team all state honors. Bubby then transferred to Newberry College in South Carolina and finished her career there. While at Newberry, she served as team captain and broke the school record for "most assists." Bubby moved to Charleston upon graduating from Newberry in 2006 and has resided here ever since. While living in Charleston, Bubby was the Assistant coach at Bishop England High School for 2 years. Bubby had 4 players on her 2010 Islanders 18's team to earn college scholarships. Coach Bubby led her 17 Elite team to a 2nd place finish at AAU Nationals for the 2013-14 season. Her team last year boasts a 31st place ranking in the nation and every player is signed to play in college this fall. Bubby resides in downtown Charleston and works in Advertising for the Charleston City Paper. Bubby has coached with the Islanders for 10 seasons and is always available for private lessons.
David was born in Arlington, VA but moved to Charleston at the age of two where he has been living for the past 45 years. As a player David was a member of a men's USAV travel team for over 18 years. In 1995, David's team qualified to play in the men's USAV National Championships, held in Holyoke, MA which finished in the Open Silver Division. In 1996, David made the transition from indoor to outdoor and was invited to play in a test beach tournament for the first ever Beach Olympics in Atlanta, GA. David continued to play indoor while playing triples for Grass tournaments and Beach doubles. This will be David's 6th year coaching with Carolina Islanders, he has coached in the age groups of 15-17 at the Power and Club Levels.
DeeDee has played 4 years of Varsity Volleyball as a setter/outside hitter for Bowsher High School in her hometown of Toledo, Ohio. While at Bowsher, she earned All-City honors all four years, and district honors her junior and senior year. DeeDee continued her career as a setter/outside hitter at Division 1 NAIA school Robert Morris University of Chicago, Illinois. Her Junior year at Robert Morris she became a Libero earning the "Best Defensive Player of the Year" award. DeeDee assisted her sister in her first year of coaching at Carolina Islanders for the 17 Elite team helping lead them to a 2nd place finish at AAU Nationals this past season. DeeDee and Bubby's 18 Elite team was ranked 31st in the nation 2014-1015! Dee Dee is available for private lessons.
Kara was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, but has lived in a variety of states. Kara played high school volleyball for Hudson High School in Hudson, Wisconsin, where she was a three year member of the varsity volleyball team. Her awards in high school include being voted onto an all-conference team. During high school Kara also played club volleyball, including a year playing Junior Olympics for the Croix Attack 17-1 team in Hudson, WI. She also spent two years playing for the Mizuno Northern Lights in Burnsville, Minnesota, where she competed at a very high level and traveled to many states playing in tournaments. After high school Kara attended and played volleyball at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she was voted “rookie of the year.” Kara is currently attending the College of Charleston and pursuing a degree in Marine Biology. Kara has five years of coaching experience, including head coach of the 15-1 Croix Attack team and Head of a 16s Grand Strand Juniors team in Myrtle Beach, SC. She was also named the head coach to The Pinewood Volleyball Program here in Summerville. Coach Kara continues her studies at the College of Charleston.
Laura is excited to return as a coach to Carolina Islanders! This Islander Alum was a standout player at Wando High school and was part of the original team when Carolina Islanders began in 2003. She started coaching for the Islanders when she entered college. She graduated after four years from Charleston Southern, and is now their Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions. She has coached volleyball for 4 years ranging from 12/13s to 17s age groups. She is passionate about teaching fundamentals of the game and is looking forward to sharing her excitement and knowledge with Carolina Islanders!
Coach King has been with the Islander's program for four years. She coached four seasons as head coach of the Charleston Charter School for Math & Science varsity volleyball team and was instrumental in getting its program started. While there they won the 1A Championship for 3 years, going undefeated for 2. Christine was awarded Coach of the Year for two straight years by her regional team coaches and other coaches on staff. Coach King also teaches English and Social Studies and just entered her 18th year in the profession. Coach King grew up in Charleston and attended Middleton High School. While there she was the team captain and starting setter for the varsity volleyball team. She has also competed in numerous three-man sand and turf volleyball tournaments. She earned her BS in education from College of Charleston, and is currently working towards her Masters in Education. Coach King is married and lives in Charleston with their two daughters. We are excited to have her with us!
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