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Our Coaches

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. 

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

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.

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. 

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."

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.

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!"

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. 

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.



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