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Kurt Atkinson - NRG Director / NRG 11U
Coach Kurt has been around the sport of volleyball for over 10 years, as his daughters progressed in both club and school volleyball.  He began coaching volleyball at the YMCA when his daughter expressed an interest.  It didn’t take long for him to realize the passion he had for coaching.  After going undefeated at the YMCA, Coach Kurt decided to try his hand at Club, so he brought his entire team over to FO1 for a bigger challenge.  In the first season, his FO1 11U team performed well, placing in the top five in all of their tournaments with a first place finish in their first outing.  Coach Kurt enjoys working with kids on the fundamentals to help prepare them for Club and School Volleyball.  He has a daughter in the sport and he values the importance of learning good habits that will help benefit the players as they progress in the sport.  Coach Kurt has experience coaching 11U, 12U and 13U teams and currently coaches our girls Developmental Team (NRG).

Kurt is happily married to his wife, Lisa, of 22 years and has three daughters, Megan (19), Emily (17) and Kayla (12).

Contact Kurt: (713) 702-1334 | kurt.atkinson@fo1.org

 

Sam O'Malley-  Head Coach 12 Black/ Head Coach 17 White / NRG 12U
Coach Sam attended Dulles High School in FBISD where she was a three year letterman in volleyball and softball. She earned a volleyball scholarship to Belhaven University, in Jackson Mississippi, where she was a four year starter. Coach Sam was recruited as an outside hitter but ended up playing in many positions. She ended her two seasons as a middle hitter and enjoyed that the most. Her senior season her team broke the school record for the most amount of wins in a season. She also finished that season in the top 5 for hitting percentage, blocks and aces in the conference. While she was in college she coached at Mississippi Impact for the 14s team for two years. Last season she coached a 14s team at a local Houston club. Along with volleyball she is also involved in CrossFit and competes often. She is also an assistant coach at her CrossFit gym. 

Contact Sam: (281) 636-3503 | sam.omalley@fo1.org

Alex Edwards - Head Coach 13 Black/ Head Coach 14 Grey/ Assistant Coach 17 White / NRG Assistant

Alex Edwards was born in Houston and grew up in the Katy area. She earned her 2-year volleyball letter from Taylor High School and graduated in 2009. Alex played as a defensive specialist for the University of Oklahoma for one season and transferred to the University of Houston to finish her volleyball career. At Houston, she played 2 years as a defensive specialist and helped the team NCAA RPI rankings to number 38, the highest ranking in the program's history since also reaching a No. 38 ranking in 1999. She also received Conference USA Commissioner Honor Roll and Conference USA Academic Medal during her volleyball career. She graduated cum laude from University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science in December 2013. During and after college, Alex wanted to coach in order to give young volleyball players insight and guidance. From 2011- 2013 she was the assistant coach for the top 18s team for 2 club volleyball seasons. She then assisted and co-head coached the top 16s and 18s during the 2013-2014 club season. Last season, (2014-2015 club season) Alex was the head coach of the 17s. Alex continues to play volleyball in her free time and played in a women’s league over the past few years. She is looking forward to change and being apart of FO1 Revolution.

 Contact Alex: (713) 302-5076 | alex.edwards@fo1.org

 

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