Coaches

Leesa Godfrey, Coaching Director
Kyler Abernathy, Coach

Coach Kyler is in his 2nd year here as a coach. Kyler is a United States Air Force veteran. He spent 4 years living overseas and played on the USAF European league volleyball team. He has competed in multiple sports and continues to play competitive volleyball. A graduate of Alexander Central, currently employed at Bunker Hill High school as an EC teacher aid and as the assistant volleyball coach.

As a coach Kyler pushes to not only build his players up as athletes, but to help build their character as well. Using skills learned as a leader in the USAF to help build values such as integrity first, team before self, and excellence in all we do.

Greg Blackburn, Coach

This is Greg's 7th season with CSVC. Greg has also coached at Hickory Christian Academy for the last 8 seasons, where he also works as a high school teacher

Carson Godfrey, Coach
Natalie Speagle, Coach

Coach Natalie Speagle enters her sixth year as a Carolina Select volleyball coach. She is a 2011 college graduate from University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she played volleyball for two years. She has been a part of local athletics for over ten years. As a high school standout volleyball player at Fred T Foard high school she was apart of two state championship volleyball teams. She also played softball.

During her tenure with the Carolina Select Volleyball Club, Natalie was the 13U assistant coach in 2012 and has been a head coach every year since.

Natalie is GMS Impact and USA Volleyball Referee certified. She believes volleyball fosters skills for life such as integrity, teamwork, and hard work. As a coach Natalie hopes to not only prepare her team for a great season but also for a successful life. She is excited for the new season!

Chris Winkler, Coach

In 2017, Coach Chris Winkler enters his 5th year with Carolina Select Volleyball Club, leading a 14U team.  Winkler is a 1996 graduate of Appalachian State University and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education.  Winkler is an Impact Certified Gold Medal Square (GMS) coach.

Winkler is also the Head Volleyball Coach for Northview Middle School.  Winkler has been involved with volleyball since his playing days (club level) in college as a setter.  He has coached on the High School, Middle School and club levels.

Coach Winkler started with CSVC with a U12 team in 2012, finishing the season with a 55-11 record and 1st place overall ranking for the Carolina Region.  In 2013, he coached a U13 team that finished the season 58-13.  That team finished 2nd overall in the Carolina Region and 13th overall for U13’s at Big South.  Coach Winkler has a coaching philosophy based on the following keys; with a focus on increasing self-confidence in each player through skill growth and team success…

      *  Respect yourself and others
      *  Develop and demonstrate loyalty
      *  Learn to be a great communicator
      *  Discipline yourself so no one else has to
      *  Make hard work your passion
      *  Don't just work hard, work smart
      *  Put the team before yourself
      *  Be a competitor, winning is an attitude
      *  Change is a must
      *  Handle success like you handle failure

Coach Winkler is happily married to Lynn Winkler. They have a son, Peyton Winkler, who is active in club soccer.