16-18 Coaches

18 Nike Blue

Andy Gass

Club & Youth Director & Coach
Head Coach: Summit 18 Nike Blue
Head Coach: Summit 17 Nike Blue
Email: nitrovbc@gmail.com
This will be my 21st year coaching, my 16th year as a Club Director and 5th year at Summit. My wife, Brandy and I created Nitro Volleyball Club in 2002, I am a Creative/Marketing Director of an Advertising Agency in North Dallas and a proud father of three. I am Impact/SafeSport certified and attended USAV CAP Level I in Bethany, Oklahoma, CAP Level II in St. Louis, Missouri and in 2004 traveled to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center during CAP Level III. I have written an article “Starting a Club: The Story Behind the Creation of Nitro” was published in Coaching Volleyball magazine in April 2007, recognizing all of the hard work it took in building Nitro. I am currently the Head Varsity Coach at The Hockaday School of Dallas. Prior to coaching at Hockaday I 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 TAPPS 4A State Championship. In 2005 I 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.   Coaching Experience Summit Volleyball Club - Club Director & Head Coach (2013-Present) 2018 171 Team Head Coach
  • GJNC 17 Open – 33rd
  • Triple Crown – 8th
  • Tour of Texas
2018 141 Team Head Coach 2017 161 Head Coach
  • #12 Nationally Ranked Team
  • Bronze Medal GJNC 16 Open
  • Bronze Medal Big South Qualifier 16 Open
  • Tour of Texas
2017 131 Team Head Coach
  • Tour of Texas
2016 151 Team Head Coach
  • GJNC 15 Open – 23rd
  • Bronze Medal Show Me Qualifier 15 Open
  • Tour of Texas
2015 141 Team Head Coach
  • GJNC 14 Open – 21st
  • Bronze Medal Northeast Qualifier 14 Open
  • Tour of Texas
2014 131 Team Head Coach
  • AAUs Nationals 13 Open – 11th
  • 4thPlace Big South Qualifier 17 American
  • Qualifier 5thPlace Big South 13 American
  • Tour of Texas
The Hockaday School Dallas - Varsity Head Coach (2016-Present)       
  • 2017 SPC State Tournament – 4th
  • 2017 SPC North Champions Undefeated
  • 2016 SPC State Tournament Qualifier
Nitro Volleyball Club - Owner, Director, Head Coach (2003-2013)     
  • Started club in 2003 with 4 teams and grew to as many as 17 teams
  • 2010 Opened Texas Elite Athletics as a personal training facility for Nitro
  • Tour of Texas Qualifier
  • GJNC Qualifier
Parish Episcopal School - Varsity Assistant Coach (2006-2010)    
  • 2010 State Final Four Finalist
  • 2010 District Champions Undefeated
  • 2009 TAPPS 4A State Runner-up
  • 2009 District Champions Undefeated
  • 2008 TAPPS 4A State Champions
  • 2008 District Champions Undefeated
  • 2007 TAPPS State Final Four
  • 2007 District Champions Undefeated
  • 2006 TAPPS 5A Bi-District Playoff
  • 2006 3rd in District
Garland Christian Academy- Varsity Head Coach (2005)       
  • 2005 TAPPS 3A Bi-District Playoff
Dallas Juniors Volleyball Club – Head Coach (1999-2002)         
  • 1999 152
  • 2000 152
  • 2001 141
  • 2002 151
Ursuline Academy - JV Head Coach, Varsity Assistant Coach (2001-2002)
  • Junior Varsity District Champs .728 winning percentage
S.V.A.A. - Head and Assistant Coach(1997-2001)    North Texas Region Junior Board (2010-2016)
  • VP of Budget of Finance
Coaching Education
  • Gold Medal Squared (2014)
  • USAV SafeSport Certified (2014)
  • Play Like A Champion (2011)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (2010)
  • Cap III Training at the Olympic Training Center (2005)
  • High Performance Coaching Clinic (2004)
  • CAP II Certified (2003)
  • CAP I Certified (2002)
  • Impact Certified (2000)
Personal Experience
  • Creative Director and Marketing Director – Product Innovations Research (February 2001-Present)
  • Principle/Creative Director – The Hive Agency (February 2009-Present)
  • Senior Art Director – The Center for the Persuasive Arts (May 2000-February 2001)
  • Art Director – Temerlin McClain (May 1997-May 2000)
  • Junior Art Director – Gonzalez Creative (May 1996-August 1997)
  • University of North Texas Men’s Club Team (1995-96)
Personal Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design University of North Texas May 1997
  • CPR Certified 2017
Personal Information
  • Married 21 years to wife Brandy and father of 3

Erin LaPointe

Assistant Coach: Summit 18 Nike Blue
Email: enicole.lapointe@gmail.com
In her 11th season coaching with Summit (previously Nitro) and one national medal under her belt with 17 Nike in the 2016-2017 season, Erin just wants to say “Let’s Go” to 18 Nike Blue and is looking forward to a great year!

17 Nike Blue

Andy Gass

Club & Youth Director & Coach
Head Coach: Summit 18 Nike Blue
Head Coach: Summit 17 Nike Blue
Email: nitrovbc@gmail.com
This will be my 21st year coaching, my 16th year as a Club Director and 5th year at Summit. My wife, Brandy and I created Nitro Volleyball Club in 2002, I am a Creative/Marketing Director of an Advertising Agency in North Dallas and a proud father of three. I am Impact/SafeSport certified and attended USAV CAP Level I in Bethany, Oklahoma, CAP Level II in St. Louis, Missouri and in 2004 traveled to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center during CAP Level III. I have written an article “Starting a Club: The Story Behind the Creation of Nitro” was published in Coaching Volleyball magazine in April 2007, recognizing all of the hard work it took in building Nitro. I am currently the Head Varsity Coach at The Hockaday School of Dallas. Prior to coaching at Hockaday I 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 TAPPS 4A State Championship. In 2005 I 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.   Coaching Experience Summit Volleyball Club - Club Director & Head Coach (2013-Present) 2018 171 Team Head Coach
  • GJNC 17 Open – 33rd
  • Triple Crown – 8th
  • Tour of Texas
2018 141 Team Head Coach 2017 161 Head Coach
  • #12 Nationally Ranked Team
  • Bronze Medal GJNC 16 Open
  • Bronze Medal Big South Qualifier 16 Open
  • Tour of Texas
2017 131 Team Head Coach
  • Tour of Texas
2016 151 Team Head Coach
  • GJNC 15 Open – 23rd
  • Bronze Medal Show Me Qualifier 15 Open
  • Tour of Texas
2015 141 Team Head Coach
  • GJNC 14 Open – 21st
  • Bronze Medal Northeast Qualifier 14 Open
  • Tour of Texas
2014 131 Team Head Coach
  • AAUs Nationals 13 Open – 11th
  • 4thPlace Big South Qualifier 17 American
  • Qualifier 5thPlace Big South 13 American
  • Tour of Texas
The Hockaday School Dallas - Varsity Head Coach (2016-Present)       
  • 2017 SPC State Tournament – 4th
  • 2017 SPC North Champions Undefeated
  • 2016 SPC State Tournament Qualifier
Nitro Volleyball Club - Owner, Director, Head Coach (2003-2013)     
  • Started club in 2003 with 4 teams and grew to as many as 17 teams
  • 2010 Opened Texas Elite Athletics as a personal training facility for Nitro
  • Tour of Texas Qualifier
  • GJNC Qualifier
Parish Episcopal School - Varsity Assistant Coach (2006-2010)    
  • 2010 State Final Four Finalist
  • 2010 District Champions Undefeated
  • 2009 TAPPS 4A State Runner-up
  • 2009 District Champions Undefeated
  • 2008 TAPPS 4A State Champions
  • 2008 District Champions Undefeated
  • 2007 TAPPS State Final Four
  • 2007 District Champions Undefeated
  • 2006 TAPPS 5A Bi-District Playoff
  • 2006 3rd in District
Garland Christian Academy- Varsity Head Coach (2005)       
  • 2005 TAPPS 3A Bi-District Playoff
Dallas Juniors Volleyball Club – Head Coach (1999-2002)         
  • 1999 152
  • 2000 152
  • 2001 141
  • 2002 151
Ursuline Academy - JV Head Coach, Varsity Assistant Coach (2001-2002)
  • Junior Varsity District Champs .728 winning percentage
S.V.A.A. - Head and Assistant Coach(1997-2001)    North Texas Region Junior Board (2010-2016)
  • VP of Budget of Finance
Coaching Education
  • Gold Medal Squared (2014)
  • USAV SafeSport Certified (2014)
  • Play Like A Champion (2011)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (2010)
  • Cap III Training at the Olympic Training Center (2005)
  • High Performance Coaching Clinic (2004)
  • CAP II Certified (2003)
  • CAP I Certified (2002)
  • Impact Certified (2000)
Personal Experience
  • Creative Director and Marketing Director – Product Innovations Research (February 2001-Present)
  • Principle/Creative Director – The Hive Agency (February 2009-Present)
  • Senior Art Director – The Center for the Persuasive Arts (May 2000-February 2001)
  • Art Director – Temerlin McClain (May 1997-May 2000)
  • Junior Art Director – Gonzalez Creative (May 1996-August 1997)
  • University of North Texas Men’s Club Team (1995-96)
Personal Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design University of North Texas May 1997
  • CPR Certified 2017
Personal Information
  • Married 21 years to wife Brandy and father of 3

Chip Childers

Assistant Coach: Summit 17 Nike Blue
Email: chilfam5@att.net
4 years Varsity Coach at First Baptist Academy Dallas 2 years a player for Howard Payne Men's club (outside hitter) 10 years USAV A and AA player Participant in both Club and USAV National as a player 4 yrs Varsity Assistant for DeSoto High School 4 yrs Varsity Assistant and JV coach First Baptist Academy Dallas 3 yrs College baseball (Howard Payne University) CAP I Certified

17 Nike Red

Andy Cavins

Head Coach: Summit 17 Nike Red
Assistant Coach: Summit 18 Nike Blue
Email: Andy_cavins@hotmail.com
Andy has been the Head Coach at Lindsey Wilson College for the past seven seasons.  Andy inherited a program that had never finished better than 4th in the conference with zero national tournament appearances and transformed the program into a national power.   LWC has won the Mid-South Regular Season or Tournament for seven straight years culminating with the 2017 NAIA National Championship.  During that time Cavins program has garnered numerous accolades: ·         2017 NAIA National Champions ·         2017 NAIA Player of the Year ·         #1 ranked team in the country in 2015 & 2017.  Longest active national streak in Top 5. ·         18 - AVCA/NAIA All-Americans ·         28 - AVCA/NAIA All-Region Members ·         5 - AVCA/NAIA Regional Players of the Year ·         5 - AVCA/NAIA All-Region Freshmen of the Year ·         6 - Mid-South Freshmen of the Year ·         5 - Mid-South Player of the Year ·         2014, 2015, & 2017 Mid-South Coach of the Year ·         2015 & 2017 AVCA Regional Coach of the Year ·         NAIA National Tournament Coach of the Year ·         2015-16 Lindsey Wilson College Coach of the Year ·         239-34 total record in seven seasons (most wins in program history) In addition to LWC, Cavins has coached for Union Volleyball Club for the last six seasons and has consistently coached Top 50 nationally ranked teams according to PrepVolleyball.   His 2014 (17 open), 2015 (17 open), and 2016 (18 open) all qualified for the USAV National Championship.  His 2012 Dallas Summit team won the NTR Regional Championship qualifying for the USAV National Championship in the National Division.  Cavins has also worked with Dallas Premier, Wrecking Crew Volleyball, and Georgia Juniors.

Carlie Childres

Assistant Coach: Summit 17 Nike Red
Email: cachildres@gmail.com
I attended Texas Lutheran University and graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in Sports Management and a minor in business. I went on to earn my Masters of Science of Sports Management at SMU graduating in May 2018. Currently, I have been working at the Allen Americans as the Manager of Group Sales since graduation While playing volleyball at TLU, I opened up my collegiate career in 2012 finishing second on the team in blocks and kills. I also earned All-ASC Honorable Mention in the ASC. I had shoulder surgery in 2013 which resulted in a Medical Red Shirt. In 2014 I started in every match leading the team in blocks, ranking fifth on the team in kills, and earning Co-Defensive Player of the week in the SCAC. In 2015 as a Red-Shirt Junior I led the team in blocks, was fourth on the team in kills, and was placed on an All-Tournament Team. In 2016 I finished my collegiate career leading the team with in blocks and finished 5th on the team in kills. This will be my 7th season coaching club and my first at Summit. During college, I coached club at Centex in New Braunfels, Texas from 2012-2017. (15’s , 15’s, 14’s, 12’s, 12’s). While earning my Masters at SMU, I coached one season with Dallas Juniors (12’s).

17 Elite

Alan Abbruzzese

Head Coach: Summit 17 Elite
Email: alan.sptennis@earthlink.net
Alan started coaching in 2010 when his daughter and friends wanted to play. He began coaching club volleyball in 2012 and joined the Summit staff in 2013. Alan is a student of the game and has spent the last few years learning from our leadership team coaches. Alan has assisted with clinics camps, assistant coached and head coached teams ranging from 12's-16's.

16 Nike Blue

Scott Nuby

Head Coach: Summit 16 Nike Blue
Head Coach: Summit 12 Nike Blue
Email: scott.nuby@summitvolleyball.com
Scott Nuby is in his 2nd season at Summit and brings over 20 years of experience as a player and coach. He has qualified over 16 teams for Nationals in multiple age groups. He has qualified many teams to be part of the Tour of Texas. Scott also helps run multiple camps and clinics and has attended and worked countless college and professional camps that includes High Performance and USAV camps.

Jake Mussett

Assistant Coach: Summit 16 Nike Blue

16 Nike Red

Heather Turck

Head Coach: Summit 16 Nike Red
Email: heatherturck@me.com
Heather started playing volleyball in middle school, then continued playing high school and club volleyball in Colorado, where she helped lead her high school team to a state championship and a ranking of 12th in the nation. She was an all-state pick, team captain, and MVP. She also helped her club teams to a 5th place finish in her 16’s season and a silver medal in her final season of 18’s at junior nationals. Heather received a full scholarship to Virginia Tech where she was the starting outside for four years and earned all-conference her final three seasons. She helped her team to a conference championship her junior year and finished with a school record in digs and second all-time in kills. As an adult, Heather competed on several national women’s teams, taking second place at women’s nationals. When she moved to Texas, she started coaching club volleyball and was the varsity coach for Episcopal School of Dallas for several years. For the past 20 years, Heather has been coaching club teams of all ages. At her previous club she was coaching director, where she ran the camps and clinics and helped guide new coaches. She has coached several top 20 teams in the North Texas region. Heather started playing sand doubles volleyball when she was sixteen. She played for the next 12 years, competing at a national level in women’s and coed doubles. She had numerous top 3 finishes throughout her doubles career. She also coached sand volleyball for Blackhawks volleyball club and Power volleyball club.

Tori Turck

Head Coach: Summit 15 Elite
Assistant Coach: Summit 16 Nike Red
Email: toriturck@utexas.edu
Tori started playing volleyball at a young age and is very passionate about the sport. Tori played both high school and club volleyball. She played on McKinney Boyd’s varsity team for two years where they finished third in the state tournament her junior year. She played for Blackhawks for several year where the teams finished top 20, and played at Premier for the top 17s where they won Nationals in the National Division. Tori recently graduated from the University of Texas where she played a season on the University’s Club Team. Tori has experience working with players all ages in developing skills and coached 14s at Dallas Premier for a season. Tori will be the freshman volleyball coach at JJ Pearce.

16 Elite

Ashley Pruitt

Head Coach: Summit 16 Elite
I am so excited to begin my 4th year in Community ISD! I graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Mathematics and also the University of Texas in Arlington with a Masters in Educational Administration. I have been an educator and coach for 12 years, with 8 of those being with Mesquite ISD. I am passionate about education and truly believe that is the BEST profession. I am married to Casey Pruitt, the worship pastor at Community Life Church, and we have a son, Colton, who is starting 2nd grade, and a daughter, Avery Grace, who celebrated her first birthday in April. I teach Algebra 1, Geometry, PreAP Geometry and coach volleyball and golf. This will be my 7th year at Summit. Ashley has previously coached with Summit for 10 years but is returning after taking some time off. She is currently entering her 13th year of education, teaching high school math and coaching, and her 7th year as a Head Volleyball Coach. She is currently at Nevada Community High School, where her team won their first district title in school history. She is looking forward to working at Summit again!