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15 Rise

Samantha Abbey

Co-Head Coach

My name is Samantha Abbey and I’m originally from North Carolina. I have a deep love for traveling, good coffee, Harry Potter and doing house projects with my husband, Fanye. I have a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Sports Administration, and I currently work at Georgia Tech. I coach because I love the personal development of athletes. I am really passionate about helping girls discover who they are off the court while pushing them to be their absolute best on the court.

I taught myself to play volleyball using a videotape from my PE teacher in the 7th grade after I was cut from the middle school team. I was a Middle Blocker at Averett University and UNC-Greensboro. After graduating from college I played in Europe on the BIP Exposure Tour and was a Volunteer Assistant at High Point University. I’ve coached club for 11 years and am excited for another season at TK!

Player Awards:

2007: 

National Statistical Champion in Hitting Percentage
Division III Third Team All-American
VaSID First Team All State
USA South First Team All Conference
USA South All Tournament Team
First Team All Region

2006:

USA South Rookie of the Year
VaSID Rookie of the Year
VaSID First Team All State
USA South First Team All Conference
USA South All Tournament Team
First Team All Region

2013:

50th Anniversary USA South Team

Ashley Francis

Co-Head Coach

My name is Ashley Francis and I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. In 6th grade, I joined the volleyball team because my best friend convinced me to, ha! I picked up the game pretty naturally, became the captain of the team for the next 4 years, received multiple GMC Student Athlete Awards while attending, and then joined Queen City Crush VBC freshman to junior year.

I began as a strong offensive setter from 6th-8th grade, but it was the end of that year that I was suddenly diagnosed with epilepsy which radically changed my functional understanding of timing as my brain was physically changing. With determination to not give up on the game that I loved and working hard with my club coaches, I then moved to the defensive position and eventually became a vital asset in the libero position. 

After attending Eastern Kentucky University, I moved to Georgia to begin working for a non-profit missions organization that mobilizes, trains, equips, and mentor 18-35 year olds as they pursue global missions. I love facilitating conversations and dreaming with the upcoming generation about the possibilities of their life and the things they can offer to this world. 

It was when I moved to Georgia and began playing sand volleyball with friends that I remembered how much I loved the game. My desires of wanting to teach through the avenue of sport about commitment, fellowship, personal development, having fun, respect to one another, and team was made available through a coaching opportunity. Since then I have been coaching with age groups 13-15 years old and look forward to expanding that opportunity with TK!

15 Indigo

Heather Stafford

Head Coach


Laura McArdle

Assistant Coach

I started playing club volleyball in the 6th grade continuing through high school. I first started by playing in the Walton middle school program and continued in the Walton volleyball program until my freshman year in high school. During high school, I started coaching with the Walton middle school volleyball. This year will be my second year of coaching club volleyball with TK Volleyball.

15 Sienna

Angel Ayala

Head Coach

Angel Ayala grew up in Puerto Rico where he was the only volleyball player in a baseball household.

He started playing baseball when he was 5 years old  but switched to volleyball at the age of 12 and continued on through high school and club. 

After graduating, Angel played at Newbury College in Boston where he excelled as a middle blocker for the Nighthawks. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology . 

Angel has coached and prepared players for the next level at OTVA - one of the biggest clubs in America - where he won numerous medals and championships in various age groups at the Open level.

Lanie Crawford

Assistant Coach


15 Topaz

Ashlyn Hartman

Head Coach

Growing up in Georgia, Ashlyn started playing club volleyball in 8th grade. During high school, she was the starting varsity setter for her three years at King’s Ridge. Finishing high school at Cambridge, she helped led the team to a final four appearance as an outside hitter. She continued her playing career throughout college and continues to compete in adult tournaments to this day.  She recently finished her collegiate playing career at Millikin University where she transferred after playing for Georgia Southern. During her college career, she spent her time filling in where the team needed her, playing as a setter, defensive specialist, libero, and outside hitter. She continues to compete and play volleyball at a high-level, traveling and playing tournaments on sand, grass, or indoor. 

Wanting to share her passion for sport of volleyball and invest in younger athletes, she began coaching five years ago. She has spent the last three years as a club coach in Illinois and South Georgia. Additionally, she spent the previous year as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Millikin University Men’s Volleyball team during their inaugural year helping with strategy during games, practice plans, film analysis, and more. She coached club volleyball for Illinois United for the past two years as the 18-1s Head Coach for the 2019-2020 club season and then as the 13-1 and 16-1s Co-Head Coach for the 2018-2019 club season. Returning to Georgia, she wanted to continue her passion for coaching. She served as the Blessed Trinity Feeder Volleyball Coach for the 7th grade team this year. This season, she led the feeder team to two tournament championships and one second place finish being the only loss the team had this season. She is excited to now be part of the TK family this year and work with all ages helping each one of the girls develop and grow as players and people off the court. 

Ashlyn Hartman is a recent Presidential Scholar graduate with a dual degree in Sports Management and Mathematics with a concentration in Data Science from Millikin University. In addition, she pursued a business minor and a certificate in Information Systems Data Management. While she completed this rigorous course load a year early, she successfully earned Dean’s List and Scholar Athlete honors each semester. Currently, she is furthering her career at State Farm as a Digital Analytics Analyst where she analyzes customer web experience to help drive business driven decisions. 

Additionally, she is the oldest of four children. She has two younger sisters who followed in her footsteps and play volleyball as well.