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Mississippi Volleyball Coaches 2021-2022 Season

Lauren Markle Director

Lauren Markle is a native of Peoria, Illinois. Lauren played high school volleyball at Peoria Notre Dame HS, where she led the conference in blocks and led her team to multiple Mid-State 6 Conference Championships and Sectional appearances. Lauren played club volleyball for Illini Elite out of Bloomington, IL, for four years. Her club, Illini Elite, is a sister program to one of the top Junior Olympic clubs in the country, Sports Performance-Chicago, which is widely known for their excellence in training methods and competitiveness. Her club team won a National Qualifier and had several top 3 finishes at Junior National Tournaments throughout the years.

Lauren went on to fulfill her college volleyball playing dreams as a Middle Blocker at the University of Montevallo in Alabama from 2005-2009, where she graduated with a degree in Business Management and Minor in Management Information Systems. Markle played five seasons as a middle hitter for the Falcons, missing the 2006 season due to an injury. Markle was also named the 2009-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the volleyball team.

After graduating from Montevallo, Lauren was hired as the Volleyball Graduate Assistant Coach at Mississippi College from 2010-2012 while earning her Masters in Business Administration. She was primarily responsible for coaching individual offense, blocking, and recruiting future players. During her time at MC, Lauren worked several camps, began giving lessons, and also helped several local schools start their volleyball programs, including Jackson Academy where she first met Coach Anna Stephens. 

After graduating from Mississippi College, Lauren decided to remain in the Jackson area working for a Department of Defense facility. During this time she began coaching for Mississippi Impact Volleyball Club which is now Mississippi Volleyball. Lauren has been with MSV since 2013.

Lauren has been coaching volleyball, giving lessons, and facilitating camps for more than 13 years now. She has personally trained and/or coached over 2,100 athletes and helped foster over 100 to go on to play in college. Volleyball is a huge passion in her life.

She currently works at Southern Performance Institute located in Madison, where she is the volleyball program director and does private and group volleyball lesson. She is USAW, CPR, and Vertimax certified.

Lauren is also the Head Coach for JV and Varsity at St. Joe Catholic School in Madison, MS. Lauren is in her first season with the lady bruins and also the assistant financial officer at the school.

Lauren has a 5 year old son named Kingston, and they live in Brandon.


Madison Majors

We are so excited to have Coach Madison back for her second season with Mississippi Volleyball. Madison is from Ridgeland, MS and played volleyball at Ridgeland HS and is currently a Sophmore at Belhaven University. She is a Right Side Hitter for the Blazers. Madison played for Mississippi Volleyball growing up and we are so proud to have her come back and contribute back to our program!

Madison also coaches our Spring League and Summer League.

Alexandra Danaher

We are so excited to have Coach Ally back for her second season with MSV! She will return as the 12's Coach again this season. She is super excited to coach up the future of the MSV program! Ally has been coaching volleyball for several years and started in the MYRC program, we are so glad to have her experience with younger kids.

Alley also helps coach our Summer League.

Drew Williams-Simpson Area Coach

We are happy to welcome back Coach Drew to the Simpson area team. Drew is also the student assistant coach for the University of Southern Miss Beach volleyball team starting this fall. He is also currently the assistant coach for Simpson Academy volleyball team. Drew has been with MSV since he was a young student of the game. We are always excited to have him back as a coach!

Dre is also the assistant volleyball Coach at PCS High School.

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