Meet the Team

Anyla “AK”

Academy Coach

AK has played volleyball for 13 years and is a member of the Kosovo National Volleyball Team. She moved to Charlotte in 1999 to escape the Kosovo-Serbia War. AK has three years of coaching experience and has coached locally for several years. Her volleyball philosophy and life motto is: “Be better than the person/player I was yesterday for I am my only competition.”

Darien

Operations Manager

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Darien was an All-Conference player and captain of her high school team, Darien graduated North Carolina A&T State University. An engineer by trade, Darien supports our athlete’s wellness pursuits and QCVA’s operations. She believes that volleyball should be accessible to all regardless of socioeconomic status.

Justin

Co-Founder & Co-Director

Justin channels his deep passion for community building and youth development into building QCVA. His 15-year career in public affairs includes five years at the NBA, where he grew the profile and programs of NBA Cares — the league’s social responsibility initiative. A native of Raleigh, Justin leads the management of QCVA’s operations.

Kristen (Coach Z)

Academy Coach

A native of Detroit, Coach Z earned All-Conference honors in three sports. She attended Eastern Michigan University, where she played D-I softball. Coach Z has been coaching softball and volleyball for 20 years. She is the Head Volleyball Coach at Chambers High School, where she teaches P.E. and Health. She believes hard work, discipline, and positive relationships are key to a successful future.

Moana

Academy Coach

Moana played four years for Johnson & Wales University, where she served as co-captain. She is a setter who has played volleyball for 13 years, won a DII national championship in 2018 and been recognized twice as an All-American in the USCAA. She believes that a strong work ethic and positivity will set up athletes for success both on and off the court.

Alysha

Academy Coach + Recruitment Coordinator

A California native, Alysha played at the D1 level for Towson University, leading her team to a CAA regular season championship in 2012. She coached collegiately for five years, then moved to high school education. Alysha is the Head Volleyball Coach for South Meck High School. She embodies the “sports build character” mantra by bringing passion, challenges, and excitement to the sport.

Crystal

Co-Founder & Co-Director

Coach Kurt grew up in Charlotte, where she played volleyball for Myers Park High School. While there, she earned MVP, All-Conference and 2001-2002 Southwestern 4A Conference Player of the Year. Kurt attended UNC-Chapel Hill and played on the UNC Club Volleyball Team. Kurt has coached for 11 years and has a passion for holistic athlete development and community service.

Mya

Academy Coach

Mya is a senior at Johnson and Wales University, hailing from Greenville, SC. She plays outside hitter and DS for the school’s team, which won a DII National Championship in 2018. She earned Second Team DII All-American and USCAA Honorable Mention All-American in 2019. She believes a strong work ethic is a key element to success in volleyball.

Lynasia

Academy Coach

A senior at Johnson & Wales University, Lynasia plays libero for the school’s team. She won a DII national championship in 2018 with J&W and a high state championship in 2016. Lynasia has played volleyball for ten years. She believes having a positive mindset and working hard is a way to having a successful volleyball career.

Michelle

Academy Coach

A native of Brazil, Michelle played professional volleyball in São Paulo for four years before moving to the U.S. on scholarship to lead the University of Texas at Brownsville to two NAIA national championships, as a two-time All-American. Michelle comes to QCVA with a deep passion to help each athlete become the best version of themselves, both on and off the court.

Rachel

Academy Coach + Head of Skills Development

A high school English teacher, Rachel has played and coached volleyball for 19 years. Challenging students and athletes to reach beyond their perceived potential is her greatest passion. She was a member of the Middle Tennessee State University’s D1 Sweet 16 volleyball team in 2007, an experience that fueled her interest and ability to train young athletes.

Courtney

Academy Coach

Courtney has played volleyball for 19 years, starting in the 8th grade. She played D1 volleyball for four years at Wofford College as a right side hitter. Courtney has coached ages 6 – 21 for more than 13 years. She works as a ER nurse. Her favorite philosophies are: “Always control the ‘controllables’ – your effort and your attitude!” and “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”