16-18 Coaches

18 Mizuno

Brad Lawson

Email: brad@summitvolleyball.com
Summit 15 Nike Coach -  Brad Lawson returns to Summit Volleyball and the Dallas area for his 6th club volleyball season. Previously with Summit Volleyball as a club director and head coach, Summit made tremendous advances towards their goal of returning to the top of DFW club volleyball. His 15 Mizuno and 17 Mizuno teams posted huge victories over the season, finishing 5th and 9th respectively and the organization as a whole improving its overall regional ranking. Brad spent the last two years in his home state of New Mexico to be with the love of his life. During this time he worked as the COO, Club Director, and master coach for Ardent Volleyball Club, formerly New Mexico Juniors. Helping restructure and rebrand New Mexico Juniors to Ardent Volleyball Club and also contribute to revitalizing the club into one of the most successful clubs in New Mexico and Albuquerque area. Brad also spent time coaching with Sandia Prep (4A) and Cibola High (6A) Schools, winning back-to-back state championships at Sandia Prep in 2015 and 2016 and one also at Cibola in 2014. Brad started his coaching career in the Houston area as a former college assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for three years at Alvin Community College; he also spent four years as the women’s club team head coach and as a volunteer assistant coach at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Brad has spent a large part of his career working in conjunction with Andy Reitinger at developing and implementing logistical solutions for large tournaments and events. Some of their clients include entities such as FIVB, USA Volleyball, Southern California Volleyball Association and Club Sports of North Texas just to name a few. Brad has been coaching volleyball for the past 19 years, and his tournament and coaching experience will prove to be an invaluable asset with Summit Volleyball. Brad is currently an IMPACT and CAP level II certified coach    

16 Mizuno

Andy Gass

Club & Youth Director & Coach
Email: nitrovbc@gmail.com
Summit 14 & 17 Nike Coach -  Andy and his wife, Brandy, created Nitro Volleyball Club in 2002. Andy is the Creative Director of an Advertising Agency in North Dallas and a proud father of three. Andy is Impact certified. Andy attended USAV CAP Level I in Bethany, Oklahoma and USAV CAP Level II in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2004, Andy traveled to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center during USAV CAP Level III. Andy’s article Starting a Club: The Story Behind the Creation of Nitro was published in Coaching Volleyball magazine in April 2007, recognizing all of his hard work. Andy is the Head Varsity Coach at Hockaday. Prior to coaching at Hockaday he was the Varsity Assistant Coach at Parish Episcopal School from 2006-2010. In 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007 Parish went to the final 4 of State and in 2008 they won the State Championship. In 2005 he was the Varsity Head Coach at Garland Christian Academy and the Varsity Assistant and the Head Junior Varsity Coach at Ursuline Academy in 2001 & 2002. Andy has been a Club Coach 20 years & a Club Director for 16 years. Head Coach 14 National team for the 2014-2015 season. Bronze Medal at the North East National Qualifier and earning a spot in the 14 Open Girl’s National Championships, finishing ranked 22nd in the Nation. Head Coach 15 National team 2015-2016 season. Bronze Medal at the Show Me National Qualifier and earning a spot in the 15 Open Girl’s National Championships, finishing ranked 23rd in the Nation. Head Coach 16 National team 2016-2017 season. Bronze Medal at Big South National Qualifier and earning a spot in the 16 Open Girl’s National Championships. Earning a Open Bronze Medal finishing 3rd in the Nation!

Erin LaPointe

Email: enicole.lapointe@gmail.com
Having moved around quite a bit, Erin has been a part of the volleyball scene in many ways – playing in the DPL at St. Marks, a season at Ursuline, 3 years of varsity for Walker High School in Atlanta, GA, 4 seasons with the club Cobb Atlanta Juniors and then worked for and traveled with the volleyball team at Miami University in Ohio where she earned her degree in Urban Design. When Erin returned to Dallas in 2008 to work for TXU Energy, she started coaching at Nitro and coached 6th grade volleyball at Parish Episcopal. This will be her 5th season with the club.

16 Molten

Ed Garza

Ed Garza joined the Austin College staff in August of 1996, when he became the Kangaroos’ fifth all-time head volleyball coach. Garza is currently the 25th winningest active coach and 29th in all time wins at the NCAA Division III level. He has guided Austin College to six appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, advancing to the “sweet 16” round in 2005. His Collegiate record now stands 548-218 (.715 – winning percentage) and a home record of 198-37 (.843 – winning percentage). Since 2002 Austin College has been ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in a weekly poll conducted by the AVCA numerous times. While a member of the American Southwest Conference, the Kangaroos finished first or second in eight of his ten campaigns and in 2005 Austin College won the conference tournament in their last year in the conference. In 2007 the Kangaroos advanced to the championship match of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament in its second season in the conference. The team finished the season ranked No. 14 in the nation and won a program record 38 matches. Garza has coached one First Team All-American, three Second Team All-Americans, and six Honorable Mention All-Americans as well as two freshmen of the Year honorees in the AVCA South Region. Garza has also coached three AVCA National Players of the Week, three GTE Academic All-American Team members, two ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team members, and 72 players who have made All-Conference in the last 19 years. Coach Garza was a seven time Coach of the Year in the ASC, and in 2007 was named Coach of the year in the SCAC. Before Austin College he served as head coach at North Lake College for two years. Garza also served as an assistant coach at Henderson State University in 1989-90, and was an assistant at his alma mater Ouachita Baptist University from 1986-1989. Garza was co-founder of Dallas Summit VBC in 1993, Dallas Premier VBC in 2005 and Nortex VBC in 2010. As a club coach, he has qualified two Open teams, eight American teams, and seven national teams to the USA Junior Girls National Championships Tournament in the last 23 years. Garza is Cap II Certified. He is also the Director of High Intensity Volleyball Camps which caters to youth age 10 -18 years old. A graduate of Falfurrias High School in Falfurrias, TX, Garza earned a B.S.E. degree in physical education from Ouachita Baptist University and MSE from Henderson State University. While at Ouachita Baptist, he lettered in track and cross country for three years. Coach Garza's philosophy is to provide excellent fundamental training on the skills and strategies of the game and to allow each player to fulfill their maximum potential through hard work and dedication while assist in building character and developing habits and attitudes which helps the athletes succeed in all areas of life. Along with each athlete achieving confidence, sportsmanship, teamwork and fundamentally sound volleyball skills and a deep understanding of the intricacies of the game.

Peder Lindkvist

Peder brings years of volleyball experience to Summit-Nitro Volleyball. He started his volleyball career in his native Sweden with the club Sollentuna VK, first as a youth player and then as coach of both boys and girls teams in the 14 to 18 year range. Peder played for Rudbecks Academy, during his sophomore year they advanced to the National championship match. Since moving from Stockholm to Dallas, Peder has played and coached men’s USVBA/USAV A and BB teams, as well as girls with Dallas Summit, Dallas Premier, and NorTex.

Up until 2011 Peder was volunteer coach at All Saints Catholic school, and took their 6th grade team to a Dallas Parochial league Championship in 2008.

Peder is an Executive Board member with Garland Volleyball Association.

During his prior 5 seasons with Summit/Premier, Peder coached 13, 14, & 15′s, as well as assisting in many of VIP’s camps and clinic. The 2008 season his Summit 14′s Elite team won the NTR (non-bid) Regional Championship. 2010 season he was head coach for Premier 15 Molten and the year before, an assistant with Dallas Premier 14 Mizuno, that qualified for Open Nationals.

Peder is IMPACT certified (USA) and corresponding to CAP II (Sweden).