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2022-2023 Coaches

TEAM Head Coach Assistant Coach
12 BLUE Chris Palmer Kelsey Ambrose
12 ORANGE Becky Barvick Stephanie Frazier
13 BLUE Kelly Braun-Duin Jennifer Justice
13 ORANGE Sam Junkin Regan Minney & Jocalyn Junkin
14 BLUE David White Christie Johnson
14 ORANGE Wendy Gruber Sami Scroggins
15 BLUE Phil McCoy Abigail McCoy
16 BLUE Joy White Brandy Corbin
16 ORANGE Kristen Larson Stephanie Himmler & Saige Garver
17 BLUE David White Jeff Konrady
17 ORANGE Kevin Misiewicz Kate Poppo

Kelsey Ambrose

Kelsey found her love of volleyball about six years ago when she started playing recreational pick-up games for adults. During these last few years, she started peppering with her daughter, who likewise fell in love with the sport. It is now a part of everyday life in her home!  One of her favorite things is being able to see the progression of a skill over time. That moment when something finally “clicks” is so exciting to see! Kelsey assisted this past season of middle school Volleyball with Legacy Christian Academy.

This is Kelsey's first year at BRVA and she is excited to continue to learn the game of volleyball by assisting Chris Palmer this year on the 12 Blue Team. She lives in Winchester with her husband, Brandon and their four children.

Certifications: SAFESPORT

Becky Barvick

Becky started playing volleyball as a freshman in high school and has been involved with the sport ever since. She played recreationally in college and afterward, and has coached every level including 14U, 16U, and 18U club teams and summer camps for all ages. For the past six years, she has been the varsity volleyball coach at Chelsea Academy. In addition to coaching volleyball, she has coached MS and varsity basketball for five years. 

This is Becky's first year at BRVA. She will be coaching the 12 Orange team this season. When she’s not coaching volleyball, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and 7 children.  

Certifications: GMS, SAFESPORT


Kelly Braun-Duin

Kelly has had a lifetime of volleyball experience. First, as a local high school player, Kelly earned many honors including Conference Player of the Year as a senior. She followed that up by playing four years of collegiate volleyball at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. Since then she has begun to transfer her knowledge and experience gained in her playing days over into coaching. Presently, she is the head varsity coach at Legacy Christian Academy where she also teaches fourth grade. She enjoys working with young players and helping them learn the fundamentals of volleyball. She believes that if each girl has a teachable attitude and a strong work ethic they will grow as a player. Kelly also enjoys coaching beach volleyball with BRVA.

This is Kelly's seventh season with Blue Ridge. She is coaching the 13 Blue team this year. She resides in Stephens City with her husband, Aaron, and their three children, Alaina, Will, and Teagan. 



Brandy Corbin

Brandy began playing volleyball in seventh grade. She played basketball, volleyball, and softball all four years of high school. After graduating in 1998, she played collegiate volleyball at West Virginia University and Shenandoah University. Graduating in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, she was blessed to get her first Physical Education job at James Wood Middle School, where she also coached girls basketball and volleyball. After three years, she decided to start teaching in private schools. Brandy has been an Athletic Director, coach, and teacher. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and is currently a physical education teacher at Frederick County Middle School. Additionally, she is the James Wood JV coach/Assistant Varsity coach. Along with the JW head coach and the Varisty girls, Brandy's hard work and dedication have recently led the Colonels to their first-ever state title! (Among the many BRVA players on the JW team is Brandy's daughter, Brenna!)

This will be Brandy’s fifth season coaching for BRVA. She is coaching the 16 Blue team this season.  Brandy currently resides in Gore with her wonderful husband, Charlie, and two kids, Blake and Brenna. 


Stephanie Frazier

Stephanie played four years of high school volleyball at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, VA. From there she attended Radford University to play softball and graduated with a degree in Leisure Services (Park and Recreation now). She has stayed active in the volleyball community by playing rec and sand volleyball as well as coaching youth volleyball through Winchester Parks and Rec and Frederick County Parks and Rec. Stephanie has also been at Winchester Parks and Rec as the Childcare Coordinator for 17 years.

This is Stephanie's first year at BRVA. She will be assisting the 12 Orange team this season. When not playing or coaching volleyball, Stephanie can be found outside, running, or baking. She and her husband, Brad, live in Stephens City with their son, a baseball player at Sherando, and their daughter, a gymnast and volleyball player at Aylor.  

Certifications: SAFESPORT

Saige Garver

Saige is a 2022 graduate of Sherando High School, where she was a standout outside hitter. She received the "Coach's Choice" award and Second Team All-District honors as an outside hitter her Senior year. With three older brothers, she was raised in a competitive and athletic house and enjoys being active. Saige is taking a gap year before attending JMU next fall. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with young athletes and experienced coaches to become a coach of a sport she loves. 

Saige was a BRVA player for two years, but is now in her first year as an assistant coach. She will be assisting the 16 Orange team this year. 

Certifications: SAFESPORT

Wendy Gruber

Wendy started playing volleyball in middle school. Her 19 years of experience includes high school, college, and eight years at the adult club level. She is a veteran of the Air Force and played as a defensive specialist and outside hitter for the All-Air Force team for two years. 

Wendy has coached for many years - four at the rec level and seven at the club level. She has coached the 13U, 15U, 16U and 17/18U age groups. She is looking forward to sharing her love and knowledge of the game. 

This is Wendy's fourth year at BRVA. She will be coaching the 14 Orange team this year. Wendy lives in WV with her husband, Russ, and their children, Kaleila and Noah.


Stephanie Himmler

Stephanie started playing in seventh grade at Aylor Middle School and then played at Sherando in 2006 when they went to the state finals. She played club volleyball with EPAN and played for Elite Sports International at a tournament in Hawaii.  She attended the University of South Florida and majored in history.

This is Stephanie's fourth season with BRVA. She will be assistant coaching the 17 Orange team this year. She resides in WV with her partner, Chad, her son, Leo, and two dogs, Midge and Murphy.


Christie Johnson

Christie brings 20+ years of playing/coaching experience to Blue Ridge. Prior to her move to Winchester, Christie spent three seasons coaching at VA Juniors and as the Varsity Head Volleyball Coach at Westfield High School. At VA Juniors, her teams won multiple major Qualifiers during her tenure and competed in USAV Nationals. At Westfield, in just her second season, she led her team to the 6A State Tournament for only the second time in school history. In the 2019 season, she was named the Concorde District Coach of the Year after guiding her team to the District Championship and a #1 seed in the Regional Tournament. Christie's coaching experience spans all levels (2nd grade through college) and includes two seasons as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at Polk State College in Lakeland, FL. Christie also was a volleyball camp court coach at Florida Southern College, University of Florida, and Florida State University volleyball camps during her college years.

Christie had a successful career as a player at Florida Southern College where she played under AVCA Hall of Fame Coach, Lois Webb. Christie earned recognition including 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Region, All-Conference Player of the Week, and All-Tournament Team. She completed her college career with four NCAA tournament appearances, four 20+ win seasons, multiple top 25 rankings and she currently ranks in the top 10 in multiple blocking categories at Florida Southern.

Prior to Florida Southern, Christie was a three-sport athlete (volleyball, softball, and soccer) at Bartow High School in Florida. She was an All-State softball player and was introduced to volleyball in 10th grade and fell in love with the sport. During her Senior season of volleyball, she was named All-Area Player of the Year, District Player of the Year, 1st Team All-County, and All-State, in addition to receiving multiple County Player of the Week selections.

This is Christie's third season at BRVA. She will be assisting on the 14 Blue team this year and will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator for BRVA. Christie and her husband, Mike, and five children, Torin, Kirah, Breeze, Raynah, and Skylar reside in Winchester.


Sam Junkin

Sam Junkin considers volleyball to be a lifelong sport and has played volleyball for 35 years. He started off playing travel tournaments with his father’s men's team at the age of 13 and went on to play for various teams in the US Navy, USVBA, Columbia doubles, and now local adult sand and indoor REC leagues. Volleyball has been a passion for him from a very early age and continues to burn brightly even today. He has successfully coached at multiple levels of play including college, club, and recreational youth levels. His core coaching beliefs revolve around making small continuous improvements in fundamental skills and to believe in the process over immediate direct results. 

This is Sam's first year with BRVA. He will be coaching the 13 Orange team this season. 

Certifications: GMS, USAV IMPACT, SAFESPORT, CAP 1, Double-Goal Coaching

Jennifer Justice

Jennifer began playing volleyball in seventh grade at Aylor Middle School. She played volleyball, basketball, and track & field all four years at Sherando High School. After graduating in 2000, she played Club Rugby at Radford University. She graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise, Sports & Health Education with a concentration in Sports Administration.

Jennifer is the Recreation Services Manager at Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation where she is a Certified Youth Sports Administrator through the National Alliance for Youth Sports.  Additionally, she was the head middle school volleyball coach at Legacy Christian Academy and head JV volleyball coach at John Handley High School. She also enjoys competing in adult indoor and sand volleyball leagues and tournaments.

This will be Jennifer's fifth season at Blue Ridge. She will be coaching the 13 Blue team this year. Jennifer resides in Frederick County with her husband, Brock, and two children, Reese and Logan. 


Jeff Konrady

Jeff is the self-appointed #1 assistant coach for the Blue Ridge Volleyball Association. He has coached under the infamous Kelly B, Kristen L, and Dave W. This will be his sixth year being awesome for BRVA, and he will be coaching with Coach Dave with the 17 Blue team. Jeff started playing volleyball as a youth in Florida and has continued to play and coach throughout the years.  A former Marine, he now works for Realty ONE Group Old Towne. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters.


Kristen Larson

Kristen has been involved with volleyball as a player and coach for the past 30 years. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Elementary Education, she served as an assistant coach for two years at her former high school in Pennsylvania. After taking some time off to raise a family, she got back into coaching youth volleyball in 2011. She joined Blue Ridge in 2014 in its inaugural season and has been both an assistant and head coach over the past nine seasons. Kristen has also coached at Handley High School since 2019, and was the head varsity coach this past season. 

In May of 2020, Kristen graduated from Lock Haven University with a Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology. The coursework she covered while completing her degree included studies of the psychology of sport performance, use of mental skills, the psychology of injury and recovery, athletics across the lifespan, and leadership within teams and sporting organizations.

This is Kristen's ninth season with BRVA. She will be coaching the 16 Orange this year. Kristen lives in Frederick County with her husband, James, an orthopedic surgeon, and their three boys - James, Kevin, and Jack. 

M.S. Sport and Exercise Psychology, Lock Haven University

Certifications: GMS, USAV IMPACT, SAFESPORT, NFHS Coach Level 1 Credential

Abigail McCoy

Abigail began playing volleyball when she was eight years old. She is a 2021 graduate of Musselman High School and is currently a student at Shepherd University. Abigail was a member of the Musselman volleyball team when they were state runners-up in 2019 and state champs in 2020. She was an All-EPAC Academic team member in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Additionally, she was on EPAN's 16U, 17U, and 18U Open Division National Qualifier teams. Abigail was coached under the Gold Medal Squared philosophy her entire career as a setter/opposite and is excited to share her knowledge of volleyball with the next generation of players. She is looking forward to this new chapter in her volleyball career.

This is Abigail's first season at BRVA. She will be assisting the 15 Blue team this year. 

Certifications: SAFESPORT

Phil McCoy

Phil has coached youth volleyball as a head coach and assistant for the past 10 years. Teams include 12U, 13U, 14U, and 16U, as well as Recreation League Volleyball in Berkeley County WV. His teams have won multiple national bids while competing in the open division and among the top-rated teams in the Chesapeake Region. During his tenure, he was an assistant coach for nine-time state champion Shawn Martz of Musselman High School and is Safesport and Gold Medal Squared certified. 

Phil graduated from Shepherd University where he was a four-year starter and all-conference selection for the football team. He also served as an assistant football coach for two seasons after his playing career ended. 

This is Phil's second season with BRVA. He is coaching the 15 Blue team this year. Phil resides in Bunker Hill WV with his wife of 21 years, Beth, and his daughters Abigail and Ada. Phil is a Certified Financial Planner ™ for the Myrias Group and in his spare time enjoys exercising, biking, and is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Regan Minney

Regan is a 2022 graduate and former standout player from Sherando High School. A four-year letter winner, while there she received many awards and recognitions, including Second Team All-District as a libero as a Sophomore and First Team All-District as an outside hitter as a Senior. She currently plays outside hitter for Shenandoah University, where she is majoring in criminal justice with a minor in psychology.

This is Regan's first year with BRVA. She is looking forward to learning from Sam Junkin and starting her own coaching journey with the 13 Orange team. 

Certifications: SAFESPORT

Kevin Misiewicz

Kevin played volleyball recreationally as a youth but fell in love with the game in March of 2014 when a best friend talked his then eight-year-old daughter into playing volleyball on an EPAN 10U team. Soon after, Kevin started his coaching career in volleyball for Berkeley County Rec. He led the Junior and Senior Teal Tornadoes to many finals and a season championship.

Kevin moved on to coaching travel volleyball for EPAN Volleyball club in 2016. He was very fortunate to be surrounded by and learned from many successful coaches including nine-time Musselman High School State Champion coach Shawn Martz. Kevin has also coached alongside successful former players with resumes that include multiple state championships, Gatorade Player of the Year, and members of the West Virginia All-State Team. With all of this knowledge and experience around him, Kevin dove into learning as much about the sport of volleyball as possible.

This is Kevin’s second season with BRVA, and he will be coaching the 17 Orange team. Kevin resides in Gerrardstown WV with his wife Liz and their daughter Hailey. Kevin has owned and operated a local business, Pro Green Pest & Lawn Services, LLC. Since 2009.


Chris Palmer

Chris is a graduate of Shepherd College (now Shepherd University) with Bachelor's in Environmental Science. He found his passion for the game of volleyball during his college years in which he competed competitively in men’s 6’s and grass doubles tournaments. He has coached at various levels ranging from youth teams up to the high school varsity level. After a several-year hiatus from the game of volleyball, Chris is excited to be back coaching and teaching the game that he loves.

This is Chris's second season with BRVA. He will be coaching the 12 Blue team this year. Chris lives in Martinsburg with his wife and two children, Ellie and Max. 


Kate Poppo

Kate is a 2019 graduate of James Wood High School where she was a three-year varsity player and a defensive specialist. She is currently a senior at Shenandoah University majoring in biology and is their outside hitter. Kate's awards include ODAC Player of the Week and All ODAC Second Team. 

Kate is a former four-year BRVA player who is now in her fourth season as an assistant at BRVA. She will be assisting the 17 Orange team this year.


Samantha (Sami) Scroggins

Sami is originally from Chicago, Illinois but moved to Shepherdstown, WV, to attend Shepherd university and play volleyball. She graduated from Shepherd University with a bachelor's Degree in Early education in 2017. Sami currently works for EPIC Head Start and teaches Pre-K in an elementary school in Jefferson County. She has coached club volleyball since 2012.

Sami played club volleyball for five years and was on the Varsity squad at Naperville North High School during her Junior and Senior years. From there she played her Freshman and Sophomore years at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois. She then transferred to Shepherd and finished her last two years of college there. In 2015, during her Senior year of volleyball at Shepherd, she made the Moutain East First Team All-Conference. After her Senior year of volleyball ended, Sami became a student assistant coach for the 2016 Shepherd University Volleyball team.

Sami's wealth of knowledge and her experience of playing almost every position on the court - middle, right side, outside, and libero - makes her an amazing addition to the BRVA coaching staff. This is her first year of coaching at BRVA. She will be assisting the 14 Orange Team.


Dave White

David has strong beliefs in fundamentals, constant learning, and continuous improvements both on and off the court. This mindset has allowed him to play competitively for over 20 years. His passion for both doubles and sixes volleyball is very evident. David is also the founder and director of the BRVA Beach program, the first beach volleyball club in the area.

This is Dave's eighth year at BRVA. He will be coaching the 14 Blue and 17 Blue teams this year. David is a husband and father of three (Madelyn, Emma, and Jackson), as well as a graduate of both SU and GWU. He has been working with Fannie Mae for over 10 years providing support to their technology department.


Joy White

Joy White comes to BRVA with 26 years of teaching experience and 30+ years of competitive volleyball play experience in both sixes and doubles. Joy played both high school and collegiate volleyball, women's USAV, and grass doubles. This is Joy's eighth year with BRVA, coaching 13U-16U teams.  Most recently, she and Coach Brandy coached the 15 Blue team that won several open level tournaments, as well as placed 2nd at AAU Nationals in the Premier division. 

Joy has a passion for growing the game of volleyball in Winchester. Together, she and Dave started the first beach volleyball program in the area (BRVA Beach) that quickly grew from eight players to 120+ players. BRVA Beach players have earned multiple bids to compete at National tournaments in Atlantic City, Florida and California.  Coach Joy believes the right combination of fundamentals, competition,  and a passion for the game make for the best possible volleyball experience.  She also has a strong belief that beach volleyball also improves the all-around game of indoor players!

Coach Joy and Coach Brandy are coaching the 16 Blue team this year. She and her husband/fellow coach, Dave, have 3 children (Madelyn, Emma, and Jackson) and live in Winchester, Va.