Tom was introduced to junior girls’ volleyball four years ago when his youngest daughter, Laura, came home from 6th grade saying she wanted to play volleyball. It was too late for school volleyball that year and they quickly signed up for the A5 fall training program. Laura played with A5 for the 2011 club season and Tom and his wife, Francie assisted as team coordinators. Tom contributed greatly as assistant to Coach Carl with the Silver Raiders that first year and this will be the fourth year that he has coached the Silver Raiders. Last year, he and his daughter Cara coached at North Atlanta Volleyball during the club season. Tom is USA Volleyball Impact certified.
Tom has enjoyed seeing the growth and improvement of each of the players through the school season and then to see some of those players go on to play club volleyball. He believes that competitive volleyball provides a great environment for girls to grow as individuals and to develop their interpersonal skills.
He moved to Cobb County as a high school student in 1974 and should have graduated high school as part of the first Walton graduating class.....but made the mistake of staying at his original high school. To make up for that, he will ultimately have three daughters graduate from Walton.
Marilyn graduated from Walton High School in 2011. She started in the Walton Volleyball program when she was 10 years old. She attended three volleyball camps from 5-7th grade. When she was 11 she was recommended to try-out for the brand new club A5. That year she made the first ever A5 13s team and played for A5 all through high school. When she was in 8th grade she made the first ever Royals team at Walton High School. Her freshman year at Walton she made the varsity team as the starting libero and continued with the program all 4 years. Marilyn's junior year her team was the runner-up 5A state champions. Her senior year the team brought home the gold for 5A!
Marilyn's achievements: Frosh 59, 2009 Runner-up state champions, 2010 state champions, All Area sophomore and senior year. All State senior year. AAU Nationals silver medalist.
Marilyn stared coaching last year working with Walton Volleyballs Rascals and LRIT teams. Then she went to coach at A5 as the assistant coach for the 12-2s. This year at Walton she is the head coach of our middle school Reds team and also helps out with the LRIT.
Right now she is attending Chattahoochee Tech with a major in accounting. During her off days she loves spending time outside with her friends or family. She loves going to the river and hiking with her dog Oscar
Maddie is a senior at Walton this year. She loves the sport of volleyball and was so excited to be able to coach LRIT this year. Maddie has been in the Walton Volleyball Program since freshman year and was part of the 2012 JV County Championship team and the 2013 Varsity State Championship team which was such an exciting experience. She has played and coached at North Atlanta Volleyball Club throughout middle and high school as well.
Leanne is a junior at Walton this year. She has been a part of the Walton Volleyball program for the last five years. In her Sophomore year at Walton, she was on the Varsity team that won the State Championship. Leanne is an outside hitter and has played volleyball year round through the school season with NAVC club teams and sand volleyball. This is her second season coaching middle school players and she enjoys sharing the skills she has learned in a sport she loves.