2019-2020 COACHING STAFF
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 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 9th year coaching our top 12s team with the Carolina Islanders.
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.
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 about continuing her knowlegde of the game to her players at Coast United.
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 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.
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.
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!
COACHING ASSIGNMENTS ARE TENTATIVE AND COULD BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.