The A5 Volleyball Board of Directors consist of coaches, former players, and parents of players with experience in other junior volleyball programs. Our Board provides guidance to our club and has a wealth of experience to draw from.
The Board and the Club Directors work in a joint effort to ensure current and future success and the desired operational outcomes.
Club officers and board members:
Michael Fletcher, Board Membermfletcher@southernvolleyball.com
Michael has been involved with A5 since its inception in 2005 – first as a parent; then as a volunteer, followed by a Board Member, and culminating in his appointment as Executive Director in 2008. Since assuming the helm of A5, he has overseen a tripling of the Club’s size, including the creation of sister clubs GA5 and A5 South. He put his background in real estate development to work by developing Southern Volleyball Center and Peachtree Volleyball Center, the Club’s primary training facilities. Moreover, he has helped A5 blossom into one of the Nation’s elite volleyball clubs, earning recognition by AVCA as runner-up for 2016 Club Director of the year.
Says Fletcher, “I view myself as an enabler, helping to create a vision and an environment in which our staff of unbelievable coaches can do what they do best – teach our gifted athletes how to compete at the highest levels. While I am proud of what the Club has accomplished to date, we are still hungry because we know that we can do so much more."
A 1975 graduate of West Point, Michael earned a Master's Degree from Stanford University upon the completion of his military service in 1981. His pre-volleyball career was in commercial real estate development.
Duane Hill, Club Directorhill.firstname.lastname@example.org
Duane Hill has been coaching volleyball since the early 1990’s. This experience includes work at the college, Junior Olympic and high school levels.
Hill began working with Junior Olympic volleyball in the Atlanta area in 1993 coaching teams between the ages of 14 and 18. This experience began with Volleyball Atlanta, which transformed into A5 Volleyball, one of the top programs in the Southeast. He has coached a number of teams that have qualified for the National Championships.
The 1997 team was the first 18-year old team from Atlanta, Ga., to qualify for Nationals at a Junior Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Additionally, he has coached at Milton High School (1993-95) and the Marist School (1996-99, 2005). During the five years at Marist, Hill was involved with three State Championship teams and two State runner-up teams.
Hill worked as the assistant coach at Brenau College in 2004.
In the Chattanooga area, Hill has been the head coach at Notre Dame High School (2007) and Ringgold High School (2009), while also working with the Choo Choo City Volleyball Club. He took Notre Dame to the District Championships in Tennessee and Ringgold to the Elite Eight in Georgia.
Coach Hill has been part of the UTC Volleyball coaching staff for the past 8 years.
Throughout Hill's coaching career, he has assisted at summer camps at Georgia Tech, Georgia and Emory. Hill has additionally organized and instructed at many high school camps. Hill has also trained players individually and as a group as a private trainer since 1992. He has conducted one-on-one training and taught in conjunction with the Suwanee Sports Academy and VolleyPerformance Atlanta. He currently co-leads the VolleyPerformance program for North Georgia and Chattanooga.
Hill is married to the former Angie Schweikhardt. The couple has four daughters, Madision (24), Jazmine (23), Kennedy (14) and Baylee (14) and reside in Ringgold, Ga.
JJ Boyte, Accounting Managerjkboyte@gmail.com
JJ Boyte joined both the leadership team and the coaching staff for A5 in 2015. Prior to this, JJ worked for a regional accounting firm in South Carolina for two years, where he gained experience in the public accounting field. JJ specialized in Government, Non-Profit, and Special Purpose entity work. Born and raised in South Carolina, JJ was heavily involved in coaching and training club volleyball players and teams there, before moving to Atlanta to work for A5.
JJ has a B.S. in Business from Anderson Unviersity and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from Clemson University.
Bob Westbrook, Board Memberbob@a5volleyball.com
Bob Westbrook is a founding member of A5 and continues as one of the primary pillars of the club. His list of accomplishments includes coaching at the NCAA Division I college level for several colleges. He also founded the highly successful Front Range Volleyball Club in Colorado.
Bob has brought national volleyball attention and prominence to Atlanta. His teams have succeeded nationally at the club level and his players continue to have success at the college level. Bob's 2008 18-1 team won the USAV National Division Championship in Dallas and his 2011 18-1 team earned the first-ever 18 Open bid out of the Southern Region.
Separately from A5, he develops player skills through Volley Performance, an organization he founded and owns.
Nancy Culver, Recruiting Coordintornancy@a5chattanooga.com
Sarah Lail, Associate Director, Administrationsarah@a5chattanooga.com | Download bio
Sarah Lail joins A5 with an impressive volleyball resumé. As the head coach at the Baylor School in Chattanooga since 2009—where she also serves as Associate Athletic Director—her teams have won nearly 80% of their matches. She led the Red Raiders to the Division IIAA state championship in 2017, 2014, and was named the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of Preps Coach of the Year. Sarah also captured state runner-up finishes in 2011, 2013 and 2016, and has won five consecutive region championships.
In addition to her high school coaching success, Sarah has also been involved at the club level in Chattanooga—either as a coach or club director—since 2002, with Dig to Win, Choo Choo City and, most recently, the Academy of Volleyball.
As a player, Sarah excelled at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, winning two Southern Conference championships—and third as a member of the UTC softball team. Sarah helped lead the Lady Mocs to two NCAA tournament appearances and was named SoCon Player of the Week in 1998.
Walt Kean, Marketing / Social Media Coordintorwaltkean@comcast.net
Walt Kean joins A5 Chattanooga with an impressive resume working with the social media of local and national nonprofits (YCAP, TheHopeLine, Berean School and Baylor School). Walt has been a part of the volleyball program as a coach at the Baylor School in Chattanooga since 2015—where he also serves as Security Liaison to Athletics at Baylor.
In addition to his work with Baylor and Social Media, Walt has also been involved with TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association) since 2000 as a basketball official, working two State Finals in 2007 & 2014, as the Middle School Coordinator beginning in 2006, and has been serving as the Supervisor & Assigner for the Chattanooga area since 2013. Since stepping off the basketball court, Walt has now stepped on the Volleyball stand as an Official of volleyball since 2013.
As a proud dad, Walt has traveled the game of volleyball with his daughter Rheagan and wife Becky. Rheagan is a freshman at Bryan College playing as a defensive specialist and majoring in Education. As a father/daughter team, Walt and Rheagan are coaching their first year together with A5 Chattanooga beginning in 2017.