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109 B Fabrister Lane
Lexington, SC 29072

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Collegiate Clinic and Evaluations  

July 11 and July 18

Here is your chance to be evaluated by a Division I Volleyball coach.   This four hour clinic allows players to participate in drills run by both the collegiate coaches as well as Intense coaches.   The clinic begins a 9:00 A.M. with the Division I coach leading the 2 hour morning session.  There will be a lunch break from 11:00-12:00.  Lunch will not be provided.  The final two hour session will have Intense Volleyball coaches leading drills while the Division I volleyball coach evaluates each player.   EACH player will leave with a personalized evaluation from the Division I collegiate coach.  There will be a 45 minute session beginning at 2:00 where the Division I collegiate coach will speak individually with the players.

Players will receive a numbered t-shirt to wear during the clinic and a personal evaluation from a Division I coach to take with them.

$120 for both sessions on July 11 and July 18 from 9:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.

July 11 Winthrop Head Coach Bruce Atkinson

Atkinson joins Winthrop from Towson University just outside Baltimore where he served as head coach. He directed the Tigers to the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association regular season championship with a 12-0 conference record and a 25-4 overall slate.  His 2011 team compiled a 23-9 record and he was voted the 2011 and 2012 CAA Coach of the Year. In his first season at Towson, he took over a program that had gone 8-21 the previous year and finished the 2010 season with a 16-15 record which included a 10-0 mark to start the season, the best start in program history.

Prior to arriving at Towson, Atkinson served as head coach for three years at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, a Div. II school, where he led the Vulcans to a 23-5 record in his first season and was selected the 2007 PacWest Coach of the Year.  Hawaii-Hilo posted a 21-7 record in its second season under Atkinson and finished second in the league. In 2009, Atkinson and the Vulcans carried a top 20 ranking for most of the season and finished with a 25-2 record as the team made its first postseason appearance in over a decade and Atkinson earned PacWest Coach of the Year honors for the second time.
Before taking over at Hawaii-Hilo, Atkinson served as the head coach at the University of Texas Brownsville for a year. He got his first head coaching job in 2004 at Dana College where he was also an assistant professor of physical education.  He began is coaching career in 1999 as an assistant women's volleyball coach and health and physical education instructor at Merced College where he served for five seasons.


July 18 Western Carolina Assistant Coach Travis Nead

Travis Nead joined the Catamount volleyball coaching staff during preseason camp entering the 2014 season.

The 2014 season saw the Catamounts earn their first Southern Conference Tournament win since 2005 and an overall record of 17-15. Nead helped guide a pair of seniors to become the first Catamount teammates to earn all-conference honors in the same season since 2001. He also saw two Catamounts become the ninth and tenth student-athletes in program history to achieve 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

Nead came to Cullowhee with over 13 years of playing experience throughout varsity high school volleyball, men's club, collegiate club and continued play in indoor and beach adult tournaments. Most recently, Nead worked on staff at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., as an assistant coach.

During his time as an assistant coach at Eckerd College, Nead was primarily responsible for in-game statistics, high school and middle school outreach, summer and satellite camps, and overseeing the physical development of student-athletes through strength & conditioning. Nead worked with a pair of All-America selections and three players that earned all-conference accolades. Last season, Eckerd posted a 20-10 season with a second-place finish in the Sunshine State Conference and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA regional.

Prior to his stint at Eckerd, Nead worked at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa as head volleyball coach from 2009 through 2013. In his three years there, he compiled a 43-31 overall record. In 2012, he guided his team to a record 19-win season, a second-place finish in the District 3A regular season and had three athletes earn All-County Honorable Mention honors.

As a club volleyball head coach, Nead worked for the Club Storm of Tampa from 2010 to 2012 and Tampa United Volleyball Academy in 2013. In his club coaching roles, he amassed a 126-65 overall record. His 2011 13U Club Storm team of Tampa won three-straight tournaments, and claimed its first Florida Regional Tournament title in club history. The 2013 16 United team won the MAV Explosion and Silver Open Bracket at the Tampa Slam under his coaching.

A 2010 graduate of the University of South Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in business management, Nead played three years on the men's club volleyball team. He earned his Masters of Education and Coaching Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 2013.


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Intense Christmas

Several Intense players, parents, and coaches volunteered their time at Palmetto Richland Children's Hospital.  The players helped parents choose the perfect gift for their child while coaches carried gifts to be wrapped.  A great time was had by all.



Intense Volleyball


Anyone can play the game of volleyball, but it takes a certain special player to be Intense.
Intense Volleyball of Lexington enters its fourth season of play, and with early success, Executive Director Jerry Dorneker is excited about what his teams have to offer.
“We have girls playing on teams from ages 7-to-17,” Dorneker said. “We have club teams for players just getting started with the game, and elite level teams that will help our player compete against some of the best from the region and the rest of the country.”
Dorneker has helped lead Intense to a regional championship allowing his team to compete at a national level, gaining well-received exposure. He loves winning, but he says its personal growth that is No. 1 when his players enter the gym.
“Our coaches are focused on how each player grows as a player,” Dorneker said. “They have the skill set and knowledge to help each player reach their full potential.”
Sometimes that comes with a price.
“Our players get pushed to their limits, but they learn more about themselves and eventually realize they have so much more to offer on the court than they ever imagined.”
Dorneker said he is proud of the way his players have made the leap from club teams to helping their respective schools.


“I’m really excited about the way our girls take what they learn at Intense and transfer it to their other teams,” Dorneker said. “Those player have a lot of success at the middle school and high school level. Some are even playing college-level volleyball now.”
With a new season approaching, Dorneker can’t mask the excitement of getting another group of players in which to mold and shape.
“Each team is different,” Dorneker said. “We’ve been lucky to have some early success, but the goal never changes. We want our players to be better when they step out the door.”

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