Meet The Coaches

Sam O'Malley 

Coach Sam grew up in Houston, TX. She began playing volleyball in 7th grade and fell in love with the sport from day 1. She went on to play all 4 years in High School, Varsity Lettering 3 out of 4 of those years. Coach Sam went on to earn a volleyball scholarship to Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi as an Outside Hitter. During her time at Belhaven she earned herself a starting spot in 3 different positions during her 4 years there (Outside, Libero & Middle!). Her senior season Coach Sam and her team broke the school record making them the winningest team in their volleyball history, and Coach Sam finished the season in the top 5 of her conference in blocks as 5'8 middle.  After assisting with some club teams during her college years, Coach Sam immediately began coaching after graduating from college back in Houston, TX.  Coach Sam was one of the original coaches from Katy United (formerly known as FO1 Revolution) where she coached their National teams for 12's,13's and 14's for 8 seasons. The 2021-22 season marks her 9th season coaching club volleyball and her first season here with us at CTX Juniors. She is so excited to be here CTX Juniors and to help us be a top club here in Austin! When Coach Sam isn't coaching she loves to play sand volleyball, going to concerts and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers! 

Email: coachsam.ctxvolleyball@gmail.com

Taylor Beltz

Coach Taylor grew up in Austin, Texas. She started playing volleyball when she was 12 when her dad, Mike Beltz, started Texas Shock Volleyball.  She attended Bowie High School where she played volleyball and softball. After high school, she attended Temple College and played as a libero. After one year at Temple College, she moved on to Division 3 volleyball at Southwestern University in Georgetown. During her time at Southwestern, her team was ranked in the top three on the AVCA polls. Taylor started her coaching career during senior year of high school, and has been coaching ever since. In the past, she coached the top team for Texas Shock in the 13's-15's age groups. She is excited to continue her coaching career with CTX Juniors.

Sarah O'Neal

Coach Sarah is a former Texas Shock/Austin Juniors volleyball player from Kyle, Texas. She started playing volleyball her freshman year of high school, and played all four years. She started playing club her sophomore year of high school. Sarah continued her volleyball career at Temple College where she played 2 years. Throughout her career, she has been a MB, a RS hitter, and a setter. She is still currently in school working toward her bachelors in education. She has done many camps and clinics of all ages. She also has experience coaching 12’s and high school age athletes. After suffering a knee injury, she hasn’t lost her eagerness to win or her love for competition and this sport.  

Kelli Hardge

Coach Kelli played her only club volleyball season in 1986 with her high school team through Austin Juniors Volleyball. She continued her playing experience with the TAMU Club Volleyball program from 1988 – 1992.  In 1992, Kelli traded in her playing shoes for a whistle and has been coaching volleyball ever since. Kelli worked for St. Michael’s Episcopal school for two years, where she took the volleyball team to regional round of TAPPS 1A. She also coached 13's and 14's Regional teams at Brazos Valley Juniors. When Kelli moved back to the San Marcos Area, she began to get back into playing volleyball for about 10 to 12 years. During this time, Kelli also joined the San Marcos Area Volleyball club, where she coached the 13's, 14's, and 15's National Teams. She also worked for various local clubs which included Outlaw Volleyball and San Marcos Volleyball Club. She coached at Del Valle High School as the JV/Varsity Assistant from 2002 - 2005, as well as, San Antonio College, as the Assistant Coach from 2007-2009. In 2012, Kelli’s moved to New Orleans, LA and coached the 13’s, 14’s and 17’s National teams at Cajunland Volleyball. She also worked part-time coaching 5th- 7th grade at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School. Kelli has a 5-year-old son, Alonzo, and a 3-year-old daughter, Rebekah and a Lab-Sheppard mix named Buddy. 

 

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Robert Simien

Coach Robert has been a USAV coach for 25 years, and played on a Men's USAV team for 20 years. He is currently a Regional Referee and has been a UIL referee for 10 years. He coached for A TAPPS for 2007 & 2008, finishing 3rd in the State in 2007. He was nominated as the Blue South All Star Head Coach in 2007, after winning the All Star Game. He coached Volleyball, Basketball, and Track (High Jump) at Lockhart High School from 2016-2018. He was the camp Director for Nike Volleyball Camps for 2 years. His hobbies include coaching or training volleyball, fishing, and watching sports and The Investigation Discovery Channel. His favorite foods include MOST of his Girlfriend's Cooking, fried catfish, chicken fajitas, German chocolate cake, little Debbie oatmeal pies, and Goobers.

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Jessica Cantu

Coach Jessica grew up in the small town of Gonzales. She graduated from Texas State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with a second teaching field in Chemistry. Her experience as a volleyball coach includes being the Head Coach for both Austin Performance and High Tech club volleyball, and the Assistant Coach for Austin Juniors Volleyball. For three consecutive years, she interned with the San Marcos High School volleyball program which included assisting with volleyball clinics and camps. She grew up playing and competing in sporting events with her family. In high school, Jessica played volleyball, softball, and basketball. In college, she participated in intramural volleyball, flag football, and basketball. Some of her hobbies include playing sports, going on outdoor adventures, and spending time with family and friends.

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Shauntia Carr

Coach Shauntia has been involved in all levels of volleyball, including primary, collegiate, club, and recreation. She graduated from Bowie High School and played volleyball under Jason Landers. In high school, she was named to coaching titles and lead volleyball camps/clinics. Additionally, she became an Assistant Coach for AJVS 14's Red team, and UT Club Volleyball White team upon graduating Southern University A&M College with her Bachelor's in Business Management. Shauntia has many hobbies that she enjoys doing in her free time, including playing video games, appreciating art & sports, listening to music, and watching movies. She also lives her life following a few philosophies, including You'll Never Know If You Don't Try, Effort Goes a Long Way, Get out of Your Own Way, Each of us Needs All of us... and more to come.