14 Regional Plus (RED) - Thiago Lopes

     Hometown:  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

Coach Thiago Lopes began coaching with Little Rock Juniors in 2017.  Originally from Brazil, a place where volleyball is well known and played at one of it’s highest levels, Coach Lopes is a sport enthusiast.  His knowledge of the game has had a great impact on our club at different age levels and we are so fortunate to have him as part of our club. In addition, Coach Lopes is one of the lead coaches in our setter training sessions helping players achieve their full potential in that skill.  Don't let his laid back style fool you, this guy knows volleyball!

Coach Lopes is currently in his third season with the Little Rock Trojan women’s volleyball team as an Assistant Coach.   His work has primarily been with the team's setters and he has also assisted in recruiting for Little Rock's Team. Under his tutelage, Taylor Lindberg earned a Sun Belt Conference Setter of the Week award her senior year (2018) before inking a contract to play professionally in Europe. He came to Little Rock from the University of San Francisco where he was the head coach for the men’s club volleyball team. Coach Lopes helped build the team from the ground up and saw one player earn All-Conference honors while two others received Honorable Mention. At the same time, Coach Lopes was an associate coach for Sláinte Volleyball Club and helped coach 16’s boys and 14’s girl’s teams. Coach Lopes was a volunteer assistant coach for San Francisco’s NCAA women’s team for two seasons and helped with recruiting, scouting, logistics and team camps. He started out as the beach volleyball team’s director of operations in January 2015.

 

14 Regional White - Alyssa Nayar

     Hometown: Frisco, TX

This will be the first season for Alyssa Nayar with Little Rock Juniors. Coach Alyssa has been playing volleyball for almost ten years and has been coaching for the last three years. Additionally she has been doing private trainings with players between the ages of 12 and 15. Coach Alyssa played club volleyball for Blocksport from 2015 to 2018 where she was the team captain. In 2019, she played at Excel Volleyball Club.  Apart from being a great volleyball player she is also a great basketball player. Coach Alyssa is currently a Freshmen for the Little Rock Volleyball. She is super excited to start the season. 

 

LRJ 14 Red (League) - Alexis Garner

Hometown:  Batesville, AR

Coach Alexis Garner is a former Little Rock Juniors player and is so excited to be coaching one of our 14's League teams.  She started playing volleyball whenever she was in sixth grade, playing in school and in club volleyball.  Coach Alexis started playing nationally for club starting in 9th grade.  She played college volleyball at Lyon College in her freshman year and beginning of her sophomore year before she decided to leave the team so she could more actively follow Christ.

Coach Alexis is a very passionate person about whatever she does and is highly energetic. She is a loving person and wants everyone to succeed at what they love.  Her coaching philosophy is doing everything right, going all the way, and most importantly having fun while playing the game.  She has experience coaching youth volleyball in the Batesville area and is looking forward to passing on her love of the game to her players.

LRJ 14 White (League) - Janae Thurston

Hometown:  Peculiar, Missouri

Coach Janae Thurston enters her first season as a coach with Little Rock Juniors. Coach Janae has prior coaching experience in youth league and is a freshmen for the Little Rock Volleyball team. Coach Janae played at Raymor Peculiar High School where she was named First Team All-District three times, First Team All-Conference three times and was a MOKAN All-Star player. She also played basketball and ran track. Coach Janae cannot wait for the season to begin and to share her knowledge of the game.

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