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Crossfire Staff is dedicated to the development and growth of each athlete on all levels: volleyball skill set & knowledge, personal growth, leadership development, and spirituality. Our coaches come from many backgrounds, programs, & universities and are devoted to the player first. All of Crossfire's coaches are Impact & Safe Sport certified. 



Courtney Bechtold


Courtney is from Anderson, SC where she played at Wren High School as a right-side hitter/setter for the Hurricanes. During her high school year she also played club volleyball for top national teams at Club South and Carolina One. After high school Courtney continued her education at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, GA. While attending Toccoa she played basketball and volleyball for the Screaming Eagles. At TFC she made the transition from right-side to outside hitter. During her time at Toccoa, Courtney received NCCAA DII All-South Region honors her sophomore through senior year. As well as MVP awards her junior and senior year and All-American and NCCAA Scholar Athlete awards as a senior. During her senior year she led her team to an appearance at the National Tournament; where the last time Toccoa appeared at this tournament was in 1999.

Throughout her years of playing she has coached many camps and clinics both at the high school level and college level. Courtney has returned to both of her Alma Maters ,Wren and Toccoa, to assist in clinics and practices. Courtney is returning to Crossfire in her third season as a head coach. 

Courtney will be coaching the 14U Power Extended team.




Jerad Bell

Returning for his fourth year at Crossfire, Jerad is excited to use his passion for volleyball to help shape the young athletes of the upstate.  This will be the second year for Jerad and Tori directing Crossfire Volleyball.

He has been in and around volleyball for more than 20 years, starting when he discovered it in high school.  After a successful high school and club career as a player in New England he worked his way to a student assistant position with the Colorado Christian University women’s volleyball team.  Jerad brings his knowledge and experience from his B.S. in Health and Sport Science, Athletic Training to the court in every attempt to make his athletes safe and well rounded. He can be found on the court at any given time investing in all levels from the first time rec. player teaching fundamentals to tuning elite level players’ technique.

Whenever the opportunity presents itself, Jerad returns to his first passion, playing competitive volleyball. He and his wife, Tori, take great pleasure in encouraging their two daughters in their own volleyball careers.   

Jerad will be coach a 15U or 16U Power Team.

 



Tori Bell


Tori grew up as a multi sport athlete playing soccer, volleyball, softball and swim team. She spent several years coaching recreation volleyball for Clemson-Central Recreation Center. She attended Colorado Christian University and graduated with a degree in para-church youth ministries and adolescent psychology. Tori is passionate about investing in teenagers and has spent years working with her churches youth group. Volleyball has been a family affair for the Bell's with both of hers daughters playing volleyball at Crossfire, her husband coaching for the past three years with the club and Tori assistant coaching for the last three years.  

Tori and her husband Jerad are going into their second year in the role of Directors of Crossfire. They have a vision for the future of the club to grow in the ways that they are able to provide a place for not only growth in volleyball skills, but also the ways that the club can impact the athletes in their faith and in other life skills development. They desire for Crossfire to be a club where everyone feels like a family.

Outside of volleyball, Tori has opened up a coffee shop in Central called Jitters Brewing Company.


Steve Berg


Steve is originally from Minnesota and started playing volleyball in college with the University of Minnesota Men's Club team.  He has been playing for more than 40 years and has been a dedicated setter since his early days.  He has played nationally and internationally and has been on winning teams at all amateur levels.  He still plays recreational ball and in several adult national tournaments every year.  In the past he has worked with setters at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and has been the assistant coach on several club teams.

His philosophy has always been to play as hard as possible while never losing sight of fun and enjoyment of the game and the camaraderie of the teams he has played for and against.

Steve is retired from the business world and moved to the Sunset area two years ago.  Besides volleyball he plays golf and has taken up pickleball.



Haley Brunson



Haley is originally from Liberty, SC and now resides in Greenville. She has been playing volleyball since the age of 13 and continues to play in various adult indoor and grass tournaments after graduating from College. Haley played volleyball at Liberty High School and also at Southern Wesleyan University as an Outside Hitter. In her Junior and Senior years at SWU she led her team to numerous school records such as appearances at the National Tournament and a 16 game winning streak at the opening of her Senior Season. 

Haley's coaching career began at the age of 18. After her high school graduation, she returned to assist in coaching the following two seasons. Since then, Haley has coached numerous seasons of Recreation Leagues, Club Leagues and High School. This Club Season will be her 10th year of coaching club volleyball. The first two seasons of club with Crossfire Volleyball were top 3 finishes in the region with the 17s and 18s age groups. The third season, with 13s, Haley helped coach the girls to 3 out 5 tournament 1st place gold finishes. For the 2016-2017 season, Haley assistant coached the 14U Power team and head coached the 17U Power team. During the 2017-2018 season, she assisted the club's 15 Power plus team along with co-head coaching our 16 Regional team. Haley is Crossfire's Assistant Director and recently completed her education towards a Masters in Business Administration. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation & Leisure Services along with minors in Athletic Coaching, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. 


Julie Columbus
Julie was born in Pittsburgh and raised in the DC metro area where she played varsity volleyball for Damascus High School, went to the National Championship in Salt Lake City, UT with her tournament team and toured the East Coast playing amateur AVP beach tournaments.

She has owned a small business in the Upstate for the past 11 years and enjoys traveling, playing with her three dogs and long distance running and swimming.

Julie is excited for her first year of coaching with Crossfire and hopes to learn just as much as she teaches!

Julie will be assisting Jerad Bell a 15U or 16U team.



Mellie Crumpton


Coach Mellie Crumpton joined Crossfire in 2016 and was the head coach of our 13’s Power team, a first year team consisting of only 7 players.  Her 13’s Power team began their season playing in a joint tournament with the 14’s Power teams.  They took a first place finish in the Bronze Division.  From there the team went on to win 4 first place finishes in the Gold Division earning them an invite to the Beast of the Southeast in 2017.  The team finished 2nd in the Region Tournament in Charlotte, NC.  Coach Crumpton came to us just wanting to coach girls who have a love for the sport!  She began playing volleyball when she was 12 years old and has never stopped!  She has a passion, some call obsession, for the sport!  She played locally at Pickens in junior high and high school helping lead her team to two 3A State Championships.  She earned her third State Championship as an Assistant Coach at Pickens High School in 2002.  Coach Crumpton earned an athletic scholarship to play D1 volleyball at UNCA where she was a four year starter.  She graduated with a BS degree in Business Management but later attended Converse College completing her Masters of Education degree in 2001.  She has been coaching for over 25 years, including club ball, middle school, JV, and collegiate ball.  She continues to play today with women’s sand doubles being her all-time favorite to play!  Coach Crumpton has a true passion for the sport that she strives to pass along to each of the players she is blessed to coach. 

Coaching Experience:

Head Coach at Pickens Middle School (2012 – Present, Current record 90-6)

  2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Regular Season Champions

2014-Present - Four Undefeated Seasons in a row with a 59 match winning streak

2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Tournament Champions

2013 Regular Season Runner-Up

Head JV High School Coach

Pickens High School – 2002 (15-0 Regular Season Play, 8-0 Conference Matches)

Liberty High School - 1999  (15-0 Regular Season Play, 8-0 Conference Matches - previous record 0-8)

Assistant Varsity Coach - Pickens High School – 2002 - State Champions

Assistant Collegiate Coach - Southern Wesleyan University – 2003

Club Coaching

Crossfire Volleyball Club – 2016 - Present

2016 Head Coach 13’s Power

4 Gold Division Tournament Champions

2ndin the Region Tournament

Bronze Division Tournament Champions (14’s Power division)

Previous Club – Head Coach 15/16’s – non-travel team (2015-2016)

Previous Club – Junior Program (2012-2013)

Previous Club – 2 years

2000-2001 Head Coach of 13’s Power Team (Finished 2nd in South Carolina Region)

1999-2000 Head Coach of 15’s Power Team

Finished 1st in South Carolina Region

Attended Junior Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky

Placed Highest at Nationals of any prior South Carolina Team, placed in the top 32 teams

Mellie will be coaching a 13U Power team.


Jeremy Hilton


Jeremy Hilton is returning to Crossfire Volleyball for his third season.  Jeremy started his coaching career last as a volunteer assistant coach with the U13 Regional team helping lead the team to a top 10 finish in the region and consistently earned tournament gold and silver.  He is excited to return as staff assistant coach this year.

Jeremy has been growing in his mastery of volleyball over the last seven years.  Jeremy regularly participates in competitive volleyball leagues and tournaments often finishing at the top.  Jeremy is looking forward sharing his knowledge and love of the game and encouraging the girls in their faith.

Jeremy will be assistant coaching the 14U Extended Power Team.



Tiffany Holland


This is Coach Tiffany’s third year with us at crossfire. Before coming to us, she coached with a previous club for 4 years with ages ranging 14-16 and both the regional and power levels. Coach Tiffany was previously the head varsity coach at Walhalla and 8th grade science teacher at Walhalla Middle. She attends New Image Church in Easley, SC and sings on the praise team there. Coach Tiffany lives in Walhalla with her husband, Blake, and two sons, Kendin and Silas. Coach Tiffany loves the game of volleyball and has a big passion in sharing her love and knowledge to help build the young players. She attended West-Oak high school and played volleyball, basketball, and soccer. After high school, she went to Spartanburg Methodist and Converse to play volleyball and basketball. But then finally graduated from Emmanuel College in May 2017. She is excited to work with Crossfire again this year and pass along her love of the game. 


Tiffany will be coaching the 16U Extended Power Team.



Chris Jeanes


Chris is married with two daughters and one granddaughter. He has lived most of his life in Belton, SC. Chris has been involved with the game of volleyball for over 12 years. His youngest daughter, Kir,  began playing in 2007 and he became very active with her high school teams and club teams as a Team Rep and practice Coach. After coaching baseball for 12 years he began coaching volleyball in 2013 at Anderson Rec Dept. In the club season of 2014 he and his daughter Kirsten coached their first club team together. In the fall of 2014 he took the Head JV Volleyball Coaching position at Belton Honea Path High School and coached there for four years. He and Kirsten will be coaching their sixth season together and have coached girls at the club and power level. Instilling the love of volleyball and raising the level of competitive play for their players are their main goals.

Chris will be coaching the 15U Power (possibly extended power) Team.


Kirsten Jeanes


Kirsten Jeanes has been involved in volleyball since she was in second grade. She began to fall in love with the game and everything that volleyball is about more and more each year as she played. Coach Kir then began to play volleyball at the high school level starting in 7th grade. She played 6 years in high school at Belton Honea Path. She played 3 years on the JV team, and a 4 year varsity letter with 3 of those 4 years being a starting setter for the varsity team. While at BHP, she received awards that included The Coach's Award, Best Offensive Player for 2 years, MVP, and All Region. Her senior year at BHP she also received the United States Marine Corp Distinguished Athlete Award. When she graduated from BHP, she was able to play at the collegiate level. She played 4 years at Erskine College, where she and her teammates had 4 successful and very memorable seasons. They won 2 regular season Conference Carolinas Championships, and 2 Conference Carolinas Tournament Championships. Each of these two years of winning championships, she and her teammates made appearances at the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament. While coaching with her Dad, Coach Chris Jeanes, Coach Kir has had 5 years of experience coaching many different levels of girls throughout their club seasons. Coach Kir  assisted on JV and Varsity with her Dad one season at BHP and is currently the Assistant Womens Coach at Erskine College. Coach Kir is extremely excited about this club season where she will be coaching another year with her Dad. They are excited about the opportunities and endeavors they will face with an amazing group of girls this year at Crossfire. Their goal is to grow and instill a love and passion, as well as the knowledge of the game of volleyball in each and every girl. 

Kirsten will be coaching the 15U Power (possibly extended power) Team.

James King
 
Coach King, who lives in Central, SC is beginning his 20th year as a middle level educator and is an administrator for the School District of Pickens County. He also has seventeen years of coaching experience.  He was the head coach of Edwards Middle where he maintained a 0.83 winning record.  His time there included eleven winning seasons, 100+ wins, and to championships in a tough region.  Coach King's teams have won gold at tournaments such as the Smokey Mountain Challenge, Myrtle Beach Kickoff Classic and Power Gold and Open Silver at Palmetto Regionals.

Coach King is married and is the father of three children.  He is also and avid runner. He and his family participate in the Disney marathons each year.  Coach King enjoys teaching his players the fundamentals of volleyball, and has a tremendous love for the game.

"I am committed to inspiring a love of the game in my players, and to also develop the work ethic, sportsmanship, and skills necessary to be successful in the great sport.  More importantly, I believe sports help our players learn how to be successful in life."

In his first season with Crossfire, Coach King will be head coaching the 12 Regional team.


George May


George brings twenty years of volleyball coaching experience to Crossfire. Since 1998, when he formed and directed the Big Lake Juniors Volleyball Club in Florida, to the present, George has coached teams at all age levels from 12U to junior college. A high school varsity coach in Florida for six years, he led his team to the schools first 20 win season and a number one state ranking. Through the years his club teams have experienced numerous tournament championships, perhaps none more impressive than his 14U BLJ team that took Gold in the prestigious Disney Classic in Orlando and posted a 30-6 overall record. 

Explaining his coaching philosophy George talks about his approach to the game. "Winning is great, and important," he explains, "but the true measure of success if directly related to the amount of effort given. I love watching a team learn what that effort feels like and looks like. For most of these players I don't think it comes naturally."

Of his accomplishments he is particularly proud that in the six high school seasons he coached eleven of his players earned scholarships to play volleyball in college. "Watching a player grow and mature, not just as a volleyball player, but as the member of a team and as a leader is really rewarding."

George is beginning his second season with Crossfire. Last year he coached our 12 Regional team to two Gold Division tournament championships and a final top ten Palmetto Region ranking. He brings a wealth of coaching experience and knowledge to Crossfire.

George will be coaching a 13U Power Team.


Hadley Smith


Hadley grew up in Townville, South Carolina. She attended Pendleton High School. Hadley played club volleyball at ATown for 8 years as well as coached at Town for 4 years.  She has been playing organized volleyball since the 7th grade.  She is currently playing NCAA D2 volleyball at Southern Wesleyan University.

"I love the game of volleyball so much and hope that my knowledge can be an asset to my team this year. As a collegiate athlete, I am excited to share my journey with the girls around me who may hope to play in college one day. Ultimately, my goal is to use my knowledge, skill and abilities that the Lord has given me to benefit others for His glory?"

"I am very excited to the the Crossfire Family and am looking forward to the time I can spend with my girls and the coaches involved with this club. From the beginning I felt loved and accepted as a part of this family that we get to call Crossfire!"


Hadley will be assistant coaching the 13U Regional team along side Eddie Wade.


Melissa Thomas


 
Melissa is from Easley, SC she played at Easley High School as a Middle hitter. She got a late start playing club and only played her junior and senior year. She was recruited by Limestone College where she transitioned to be an Outside. Her recruiting class helped Limestone go from last in the conference to a top finisher. She was MVP and 1st Team All-Conference 3 years in a row as well as the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year her junior year. She currently holds the all-time kill record at Limestone. Melissa coached the Varsity team at Easley for 3 years as well as coaching club volleyball. Melissa took a short break from coaching club and spent her time giving private lessons to players throughout the upstate.  She loves helping players become technically sound as well as helping players build confidence. 

Melissa will be assistant coaching the 13U Power Team with George May.

Eddie Wade


Eddie has coached for 8 years at the recreation level. He has led the 12U rec team to the upper state and state championships, where they won both. Last year Eddie was the assistant coach of the 12U state Crossfire team.  He is heavily involved in his church. Eddie has been married for 21 years and has 3 children.

Eddie will be coaching the 13U Regional Team along with assistant coach Hadley Smith.

 

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