We are excited to announce our coaching team for the upcoming season, all of whom obtain a wealth of knowledge of the sport at a high school and collegiate level. We take pride in our slogan “One Club, One Family,” and can assure you that our new coaches will fit right in. Read more about our coaches below:
A native Washingtonian and Washington Catholic Athletic Conference 2019 Coach of the Year, LaMeka Short is a product of Archbishop Carroll High School where she received honors for consecutive years as a Washington Post All-Metropolitan student-athlete. LaMeka recently shared the honor of being one of the first women to be inducted into the Archbishop Carroll High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
LaMeka began playing volleyball in the fall of her freshman year of high school. She was instantly drawn to the sport that she grew to love after playing club volleyball for D.C.’s former Capital Volleyball Club & D.C. Juniors. After two seasons of competing at the High School and Club levels as a Middle Blocker, LaMeka began receiving scholarship offers from major universities throughout the country. She later committed to a full scholarship from Temple University where she played an instrumental part in winning two Atlantic 10 Conference Championships. In the summer of 2009,
LaMeka developed and implemented a free youth volleyball program that would travel to Recreation facilities throughout the District of Columbia, introducing and training kids who frequented the establishment of the sport. LaMeka later ventured as co-founder of Capital City Elite Volleyball Club, the organization that is committed to remaining within city limits while providing our student-athletes with a premier experience. LaMeka most recently held the position of Budget & Program Coordinator in the Political Department for Service Employees International Union, supporting electoral campaigns & agendas set forth by the organization. LaMeka is married to Dorjan Short and has one son, Karter.
Coach Shinicka Spears is entering her 2nd season with Capital City Elite DC. Coach Shinicka is the Head Volleyball Coach at Trinity Washington University and also supports the Department of Defense as a Policy Officer. A native of North Carolina, Shinicka began playing volleyball her junior year of high school. New to the game of volleyball, she instantly fell in love with the sport.
Shinicka went on to earn a scholarship to attend and play volleyball as a middle blocker at Fayetteville State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. During her time at Fayetteville State, Shinicka led the CIAA conference in blocks and block assists. Shinicka earned many accolades, to include the 2005 Women’s Athlete of the Year at Fayetteville State University. Prior to coaching at Trinity, Coach Shinicka coached the JV and Varsity teams at Thomas Stone High School. Shinicka is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Coach Shinicka continues to motivate student-athletes to set goals and achieve them on and off the court.
Amy Fester is entering her 7th year as a volleyball coach. She was an assistant coach at Syracuse University in New York (Division 1 Big East). Before coaching at the collegiate level, Fester served head coach for four years with the Southern Spikers Volleyball Club in Louisiana (18 travel, 16U and 14U teams). She is excited to transition back into coaching club volleyball with Capital City Elite Volleyball Club.
As a player, Amy was a Division 1, a full scholarship athlete at LSU. As a setter/right-side hitter, she was an all-tournament team at LSU, earned PACE award multiple times, set few season records, and is part of the Red Coat Alumni. In high school, she played four years for the Quaker City Volleyball club on the 18 & 16 travel teams and West Chester high school varsity team earning many awards and achievements (all-tournament teams, MVPs, All-State teams, team captain, etc.)
Coach Carol is excited to join the CCE team! Her coaching style is based on correct fundamentals/technique, hard work and everyday effort on and off the court. She was the assistant coach at Northeastern University (Division 1). Prior to coaching at the collegiate level, she was the head coach for a local Volleyball Club in Maryland.
As a player Coach Carol was a full NCAA Division 1 scholarship volleyball athlete for all four years. She started her journey at Central Connecticut (1 year) and transferred to Syracuse University (3 years). She held the NCAA Division 1 ace record for 5 weeks; and other school records. In high school, she played travel club volleyball and high school varsity earning many awards and achievements (many all-tournament teams, MVPs, All-State teams, team captain, etc.).
Coach Carol is a Financial Manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She also serves as HDI VP of Programs and board member. Before joining the NASA family, Coach Carol worked at Ford Motor Credit Company (Boston, MA USA) and Siemens (Munich, Germany). Her time at Siemens gave her the opportunity to travel and gain international work experience while earning her MBA.
She enjoys living in DC where family is close. She rides her bike to the National Mall, sand volleyball courts and around. She loves to play volleyball, tennis, run, and practice yoga.
In August 2018, Khalid Kiker joined the Trinity Washington University Women’s Volleyball team as its assistant coach. Khalid holds a BA in Economics, MS in Accounting and Management as well as a Graduate Certificate in Sports Management, specialization volleyball. Khalid played professional volleyball overseas for 19 years including playing for the Moroccan National Team from 1986-1990 and 1994-1999.
Following his professional playing experience Khalid worked youth counselor and volleyball coach in CA; HS girls volleyball coach in OK and Assistant Coach for women’s volleyball at Marymount University in VA from 2005-2007.
Originally from New Jersey, she moved to Maryland where she was introduced to volleyball her freshman year of high school. She played middle in high school but was converted to outside in college. She played 3 years of collegiate volleyball which was ended with a ACL tear.
After recovery she started coaching at SEED Public Charter school of DC for the past 4 seasons. She encourages her girls to fight no matter what the circumstances and keep a level head. In addition to coaching volleyball, Toni is in her junior year of nursing school in a BSN RN program, finishing up her second degree. She says the one thing that keeps her on her feet besides fitness, is her toddler son Bryson.
Reagan Tuiasosopo has played volleyball for over seven years and played all four years at North Point High School. During high school, Tuiasosopo played travel/club volleyball for three years at Southern Maryland Volleyball Club. After graduating high school, she continued her athletic career at the College of Southern Maryland playing for two years and serving as captain of the 2018-2019 team.
During those two years, she began coaching volleyball clinics and teams at the Southern Maryland Volleyball Club. Tuiasosopo graduated with an Associates in Art at the College of Southern Maryland and is currently working towards getting her bachelor's degree in Graphic Design.
With 7 years of coaching experience under her belt, the 27 year old Head Coach Tatiana Cooper successfully completed her first collegiate season at Anne Arundel Community College. The Chicago native played for Division I North Carolina A&T State University, where she received honors and All-Academic MEAC Team all four years of her collegiate experience. Cooper received Player of the Week, and Player of the Year honors during her college career as an outside hitter at A&T. She has coached club for 5 years at Powerhouse Volleyball Club, Club One, and Celtic Force in Chicago. Cooper then relocated to Maryland to work as an Engineer and in 2018 she coached the Varsity volleyball team at Patterson High School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Cooper led the Patterson Clippers to a Regional Championship her first season there after the team was ranked 7 out of 8 teams the previous season. After her successful season with Patterson High School Cooper took her experience to a different level and coached her first collegiate season as the Head Coach at Anne Arundel Community College.Anne Arundel ended the season as the 3rd seed in the Region along with two players receiving JUCO All-Region Team honors. Coach Cooper not only has a strong passion for coaching, but she also owns a nonprofit for at risk girls in Baltimore City, Saving Adolescent Girls Everywhere, Incorporated. She is highly involved in the community, and thrives in coaching young ladies athletically, academically, and socially.
Erica M. Pratcher, M.B.A. was born and raised in East St. Louis, IL. She graduated Cum Laude, in 2010, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Alcorn State University, where she attended on a full volleyball scholarship from 2006-2010. She was originally recruited as a Defensive Specialist but once she began playing, she was immediately switched to Outside Hitter/Defensive Specialist.
While at Alcorn, Erica joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. After graduation, Erica went to work for the Department of Justice, where she is currently employed. In December of 2015, Erica graduated with Honors from California University of Pennsylvania with her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
Erica is the co-founder of The Pratcher-Davis Foundation, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) who purpose is to Conquer Struggles while Cultivating Scholars. She provides scholarships and mentorships to graduating seniors from her high school alma mater, East St. Louis Sr. High School. Erica was previously one of the two volleyball trainers at the Athletic Republic. She also does personal volleyball trainer in her spare time to high school girls.
Casey Harris is a DC transplant from Chicago. She played four years in the Horizon League. As a high school athlete, she was an all conference player, and three year varsity letter winner. Casey continued her volleyball career at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she played for four years.
Following her playing career, Casey spent her last year in college completing her degree in Urban Education and coaching the Junior Varsity at her alma mater, Saint Ignatius College Prep. She spent the last year teaching 4th grade, but her passion for the game and mentoring young athletes has brought her back to the court.
Coach Adam excitedly enters his 17th club season with Capital City Eilite after leading four Texas high school 6A volleyball programs over 16 years. He has coached USAV juniors while qualifying two teams for Junior Olympics.
Voted "Coach of the Year" twice in Texas high school ball, he enjoys watching his former players continue to excel at the collegiate level. After a two year "time out" from coaching, he spent the last 2 years building upon the winning tradition at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr High School. He is a proud graduate of Purdue University where he ran track for the Boilermakers.
Coach Mercedes returns to CCE after some time of running her own club, Revolution. She is an alumnus of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Coach Mercedes started playing volleyball in the 7th grade. In her freshman year of high school, she made first-team M.I.S.A.L conference league. In her sophomore year, she made third-team W.C.A.C conference league and second-team all-county Prince George's County. During her junior year, she made second-team all-county Prince George's County and first team all-extra for the Washington Post.
In her senior year, she made first-team all-county for Prince George's County, All- extra Player of the Year for the Washington Post, and MVP for her school team. She was recruited to play volleyball at Coppin State University. After some time off, Coach Mercedes found herself back on the court, but now in dual capacities, both as a coach and player. Her journey as coach began as a volunteer assistant coach under Patrice and Perette Arrington at Woodrow Wilson High School, which is where she attributes attaining her wealth of knowledge as a coach.
After a few years, Coach Mercedes took a chance and became the Head Coach at H.D Woodson High School. She would go on to have a winning season and earned a spot in the DC State Tournament. Coach Mercedes also coached at McKinley Tech High School. After her second year there she would take her team to fourth place in DCIAA and fifth in DCSAA. During her time at Tech, a few players under her leadership earned awards such as first and second-team conference players and Player of the Year. When Coach Mercedes isn’t coaching she enjoys playing volleyball with friends and being with her son, Jacob.
Coach Albright grew up on the beaches in Southern California, earned a degree in Psychology from UCLA followed by another degree and Teacher Credential in Physical Education. For the past 30 years, Coach Albright taught computer and PE, served as a High School Athletic Director, University Research Faculty and Volleyball Coach.
Coach Albright's volleyball job postings include Opposition Team Scout with The Men’s USA Olympic Team at the 2012 London Olympics, Asst. Coach for The University of Mary Washington, High School Varsity Head Coach for Atlanta International School (Georgia), Colegio Roosevelt (Lima, Peru), The Collegiate School (Richmond, VA) and DCI (Washington DC). Coach Albright has Club Volleyball experience as the Co-Owner, Director and Coach for Pacific Palisades VB Club for 12 years (Southern California) and as a coach for the Richmond Volleyball Club.
With over 600 total career victories, Coach Albright has led his school-based teams to nine championships, eight state tournaments, including one State Final, two sweet sixteen's, five top-ten state rankings, The South American International Volleyball Championship silver medal and is the recipient of Georgia's Coach of the Year awards in 2008 and 2012.
Coach Albright is currently coaching the freshman team at St. Johns College Academy where the team posted the best freshman record in SJC school history in 2018 and the 2nd best record in 2019. His club teams in Southern California took home two Boys’ National Championships and his girls’ 16U was ranked in the top 50 in the nation.
Coach Albright currently lives in Rockville, MD with his wife, daughter, 2 cats and “Athena” their golden retriever service dog.
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