Individuals who have worked tirelessly to better themselves using the strategies, tools, and skills they have learned and implementing them into their everyday life, both on and off the court, often demonstrate remarkable dedication and resilience. Whether it’s in sports or any other aspect of life, such commitment and application of knowledge can lead to significant personal growth and achievement.



“I’ve only been working with Ray for a few months and I can already see improvement in my game, mentally and physically. Ray does such a great job pushing me and encouraging me to reach my full potential. He is truly confident in my ability to become a better player which boosts my confidence and gives me motivation to become better. I wish I had started training with Ray sooner, but I’m thankful for all that he has helped me accomplish so far.”

The character of this young lady, is truly in her name! Grace is courteous, polite and pleasant. Though quiet, reserved and shy, she has a wealth of knowledge about Volleyball and is only limited by her lack of belief in herself! She has grown both physically and mentally and as it’s rewarding as her Coach and Trainer to see her step outside her comfort zone, to explore new positions and approach the game with an open mind. Once Grace gets out her own way, implements Grayhound’s Philosophy (“Feel it, Fix it!”) and applies Coach Ray’s 3 C’s (Communication, Confidence, Consistency), she will become one of, if not the best girl on her team!  Proud of you Grace! And this is an honor for me, as much as I hope it is for you! Congrats!


February's Athlete of the Month
January's Athlete of the Month

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you” says the lord “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

“Grayhounds and Coach Ray helped me start Journaling, I used to hate Journaling but know I do it everyday to let out my emotions and not keep them in. The trainings I had with coach ray really pushed me since most of the trainings I went to had older girls and sometimes college players. I volunteered at the Special Olympics with my volleyball team (CJV 14 elite) and at school I’m in National Junior Honor Society so each month we do community service and one of them was to help boxing Essential needs for the military for Christmas, and I participate in Delta Academy (Charlotte alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc)”

I’m in 8th grade and I’m attending Lake Norman Charter.
I want to attend to University of Kentucky for volleyball and I want to major in nursing.

Co- captain of LNC middle school volleyball team
2022-2023 team MVP

Philippians 4:13- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

“Coach Ray has helped me grow athletically in every way possible. He has helped me grow my IQ, strength and mentality as a volleyball athlete. I wish I would have started training with him a lot sooner. He is truly one of the best coaches I have ever had.”

There are few humans that would sacrifice sleep by getting up at 3:30am and drive almost an hour to train…all before going to school.  Well, Karla is that human!  She even drags her little sister Emily along, who if continues will soon be a Grayhound Honorable Mention!  Karla is serious about her craft, passionate, dedicated, committed, and has come a long way in her growth and development in a short period of time.  Karla has only been training with me for about 1 year but in that time has shown that she is willing to do whatever it takes to play at the next level, and Grayhounds will do everything in our power to make that dream a reality.  Prior to training with me, she never considered the idea nor thought it possible to play Volleyball in college.  After intense Mental toughness, Mindset and Mindfulness training, her confidence has soared and she is ready to entertain conversation from colleges who are willing to support her along her journey and grow her talent.  It is my pleasure to announce Karla as our first ever 2023, Grayhound Player of the Month.

Middle blocker/ right-side
Varsity All around MVP 2022
All Conference SCC 4A 2022