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Danny Eleutiza

Co-Head Coach

Danny started to coach volleyball at the age of 14 for his club Arsel Eagles. By the age of 18, Danny had won four Puerto Rico national tournaments in the 14U club division. On 3 of those seasons, his team went undefeated. Danny led his 12 Open team to an AAU National Championships. He also won the USAV Junior Nationals for girls with his 14’s team in the open division. He also won went on to win every national tournament that his team played in Puerto Rico, including the championship for the 16’s age group. Danny also served as the assistant coach for semi-pro team in his home town Toa Baja. The year that he was assistant, the team was the national champion of the Puerto Rican league. After only one year, he took over the team as the head coach, and the team made it all the way to the semi-finals. Danny finished his coaching in Puerto Rico when he went to Junior Nationals with his 15’s team and got the 3rd place in the 15 Open division.

In 2008, Danny coached at the Orlando Volleyball Academy where in the first year, he took his Molten team to the USAV Junior Nationals finishing in 5th place. In 2010, he coached the OVA 14 Asics and the team went on to finish in the top 10 for the USAV Junior Nationals. In 2011, his 14 Asics team won the Big South Qualifier and the Show Me Qualifier and also finished 3rd place in the Open division. In 2010, Danny was named the Outstanding Junior’s Coach by the Florida Region. He also served as the Varsity Head Coach at Winter Springs High School and led the team to the FHSAA State Finals. Danny was also the head coach for Foundation Academy in Winter Garden. The team was runner-up in 2A in the years 2012 and 2013. He moved to coach at Dr. Phillips High School when in 2 years the team had 2 district championship and 2 region finals appearance. In 2016 his OT 17 Asics Red took second place at the AAU Nationals in 17 Open, and in 2018, Danny won the National Championship 11’s Patriot division and was the runner up in 13 Club at AAU Nationals.

Angel Ayala

Co-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.

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Russell Aguirre

Head Coach

Russell Aguirre is a native of Georgia and has lived in various parts of the metro Atlanta area, he currently resides in Gwinnett County with his family. His volleyball journey began in middle school but while in high school he played club for Southern Storm and during his senior year he helped his 18’s team win the SRVA Championship and qualify for the USAV Nationals. He has coached and directed club volleyball in Louisiana and Georgia, winning many club tournaments and finishing in the top of many tournaments and national qualifiers, including as SRVA Runner-Ups and an AAU National Division Champion. 

Russell has been coaching volleyball for over 11 years, having coached all levels. He has been coaching at the middle school, JV, and varsity volleyball levels here in Georgia since 2012 having been a part of and helping build strong volleyball programs, Landmark Christian School and currently at Hebron Christian Academy. During this time, he has been a part of many successful seasons that include top finishes in the county, region, and top 10 state finishes. His varsity coaching accomplishments also include (5) Area Championships, (4) Area Runner-Ups, (8) State Playoff Appearances, (5) GHSA Final Four Appearances, (1) GHSA State Runner-Up, and (2) GHSA State Championships.

Sterling Hines

Assistant Coach

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Tim Sanchez

Head Coach

Tim has coached every year since 2009 at the club, middle school, and high school levels learning most of what he knows about the game from Suzanne Fitzgerald and more recently Danny Eleutiza, and Angel Ayala.  He assisted on the 14-1 team at A5 until 2017, assisted at Walton High School from 2011 to 2017 - which included 6 State Championship and 1 National Championship teams - and has coached either the Royals or the Diamonds for the Walton Middle School Program every year since 2011.

He was born in Stuttgart Germany and raised in South Louisiana where he learned to hunt, fish, swim, and play baseball.  He moved to Athens, GA in 1981, graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1984 and left three months later for US Navy Recruit Training in Orlando, Florida.  By Christmas of the same year he found himself at his first duty station:  Special Warfare Group One/Special Boat Unit Twelve in Coronado, CA.

The training was rigorous and disciplined and the instructors used specific processes to get the results they wanted.  They pushed and challenged everyone to learn to work beyond what they saw as their limits.  They forced individuals to push each other and carry each other and learn to trust each other because trust is how teams are built – and “team” is the heart of Naval Special Warfare.

When he started coaching volleyball in 2010, Tim realized just how his former life related to not only coaching and athletics in general, but volleyball specifically.

A boat crew is a small team that must perform in a confined area with specific and unforgiving boundaries.  Inside those boundaries, teammates have specific responsibilities and there is very little margin for error.  In any situation, decisions must be made quickly; and any movements require speed, precision, and synchronization.  If any single member fails to cover their area of responsibility, things can come apart quite quickly.  To ensure success a team must train constantly with an intensity that mimics reality.

Volleyball isn't as serious of a situation, but the principles are still the same: confined area, specific boundaries, quick decisions, synchronization, and trust.  To be successful as a team, each athlete must cover their area of responsibility - no matter what - and they must trust that their teammates will cover theirs.  And yes, they must train constantly with an intensity that mimics the reality of competition.

The beauty of this is that the concepts aren’t limited to either the military or athletics.  A person who has pushed through and accomplished things they didn’t know they could – in training and/or competition – will learn to believe in themselves.  They will persevere when life gets tough.  They will be willing to try, fail, re-assess, and try again – and because of this, they will be successful.

"For me, volleyball is a vehicle I can use to train athletes to be mentally strong servant leaders.  And I can't think of a better way to spend my time."

Laura Winkler

Assistant Coach

Coach Laura Winkler discovered her passion for volleyball in middle school and kept on playing year-round for the next 25+ years. Her playing experience includes both indoor and outdoor, women's and co-ed. An outside hitter, Coach Laura played on a women's team that played at USAV Open Nationals for 7 years. 

Most recently, Coach Laura has really enjoyed coaching for TK middle school league, TK club teams and the Centennial Jr. Knights where she has had the privilege of seeing several players grow and develop tremendous skill and passion for the game.

Coach Laura, her husband, three children and their cocker spaniel named "Smalls" moved from the Chicago, Illinois area to Roswell in the Summer of 2018.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the TK volleyball family and excited for the opportunity to share my experience and love for this game" said Coach Laura

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Autumn Burnette

Head Coach

Played a club volleyball with A5, went and played Division II collegiate volleyball at the University of West Georgia. Being a recent college graduate and new coach, very excited to begin my coaching career with TK Volleyball. Had the privileged to coach TK Fall League, 13-Sky.