2024-2025 Coaching Staff

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ELITE LEVEL TEAMS

Our elite level teams are our highest level. They have a rigorous travel schedule and are expected to continue playing through the middle of June.

NATIONAL LEVEL TEAMS

Our National teams are our power level teams. They will also have a rigorous travel schedule but will have a shorter season ending in early May.


REGIONAL LEVEL TEAMS

Our Regional level teams are our club level teams. They will travel less and will play more in-state tournaments. Their season ends in early May.

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Head Coach - 12 Regional/National

ERIN SUTTON

My name is Erin Sutton. I'm so excited to be back coaching at Lake Murray. I have been playing volleyball for 20 years and coaching for 13.

When I became too old to play juniors, I went straight into coaching as an assistant for a 14U team and have been coaching ever since. In my seasons coaching I have tried to take a "person first, athlete second" approach to coaching. I love to develop the girls I coach as players but get so much more satisfaction from watching them grow as young women. I am constantly looking for areas where I can improve my coaching abilities and approach.

I look forward to seeing the players I work with this year mature into great players and even better people!

Assistant Coach - 12 Regional/National

SYDNEY COLEMAN

My name is Sydney Coleman, and I am so excited to begin my fourth season coaching with LMVC!

I have played volleyball for ten years as a setter, spending my last two club seasons with Lake Murray. I enjoyed every minute of my time as a competitive player, and I have found my true passion coaching the game I love so dearly.

Aside from LMVC, I am the Head JV Volleyball coach at Ben Lippen School, and I am entering my Senior year at USC studying public relations. I could not be more excited to be coaching the 12U team this year!

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Head Coach - 13 National

GRACIE HICKLIN

My name is Gracie Hicklin. I can’t wait to begin my first year with LMVC!


I have been coaching club volleyball for 3 years now and will continue to do so in coming years! I played club volleyball for eight years but in total have played competitively for 11 years. I graduated from Legion Collegiate Academy after leaving South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, SC. I committed to Columbia College in 2021. I currently play volleyball at Columbia College as a six rotation outside hitter. In the summer I love playing sand and grass volleyball with past and present teammates. I am so excited to kick off this season and grow this team!


Assistant Coach - 13 National

MIKAYLA STOUT

Hi, my name is Mikayla Stout. I am so excited to be coaching at Lake Murray Volleyball Club. 

I have been playing for nine years and I am currently going into my senior of college at Columbia College. I have been an assistant coach for the past two years. My first year assistant I was just helping my college coach run drills with her 12U team and I absolutely fell in love with it. 

Beside volleyball, I am finishing up my last year in college and am working towards my degrees in Business Administration and Mathematics. I couldn’t be more excited to be coaching 13U Nationals this year!!

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Head Coach - 14 Elite

SEAN DILLON

I have been playing volleyball since I was about 6 years old and have been with LMVC for 12 years now. I was the head coach of our 17 Elite team last season and I am excited to be the head coach for our 14 Elite team for 2024-25.

I was the assistant coach in 2014 for the JV Hammond School team and assistant varsity Hammond coach from 2015-17. I was the assistant varsity coach at Heathwood Hall for the 2018-19 season. I was the assistant varsity coach at Ben Lippen School as well. Also, I am the setting coach for LMVC.

I am a HUGE fan of outdoor volleyball as well. I love the game and look forward to this season!

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Assistant Coach - 14 Elite

KADENCE LIVINGSTON

My name is Kadence Livingston. I played for LMVC for 4 years. I went on to play my first year of college volleyball at Lander University. After that, i opened up my experience to playing more outdoor volleyball. I am absolutely obsessed with playing volleyball any chance i get. I am super excited to get into my first year of coaching. I love LMVC and can’t wait to help shape players and help them continue to love this sport!


Head Coach - 15 Elite

SHAWN ACTON

I played Basketball all through school in PA. Once I graduated college in 1984 I moved to South Carolina. I had a friend that played outdoor volleyball and he showed me how to play and I have been playing ever since. I played indoor and outdoor and loved the sport.

Once my daughter became old enough to play (and wanted to), I got her into Club Volleyball. We found Lake Murray early and became Board Members back in 2008. Once my daughter graduated High School I started coaching.

I was the Varsity coach at Irmo High school for the 2016-2018 seasons. I started coaching for the Providence Athletic Club (PAC) in 2019 and became the Volleyball Director for the 2020 season, taking the Varsity team to win the NACA Division 4 National title in 2021 and placing 3rd after moving up to Division 3 in 2022 and had a 2nd place finish in 2023.

I love coaching volleyball and watching the players progress during the season not only in their volleyball skills but as individuals. I try to teach each of my players the love of the sport but also how to be a good teammate and competitor.  


Assistant Coach - 15 Elite

KRYSTAL ACTON

I grew up in a small town south of Pittsburgh, PA. I played club softball as my sport from age 8 through adulthood. Once I moved to South Carolina in 1988 I was introduced to competitive volleyball and I was hooked. I got involved in any way I could with leagues, tournaments (indoor/outdoor) and became one of the original members of Columbia Volleyball Club.

We found Lake Murray when our daughter turned 14 and started playing for the club. I became a Board Member back in 2008 and currently serve as the Marketing Director.

I started coaching 14U with Lake Murray Volleyball Club once my daughter went off to college. Over the years I have been assistant coaching various age groups .

I was the Assistant Varsity coach at Irmo High school for the 2016-2018 seasons. I started coaching for the Providence Athletic Club (PAC) in 2022 as Head Coach for Middle School. 

I love watching the players find a love for the game as I did. I want to pass on my knowledge and experience to help them succeed in this great sport.  

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Head Coach - 16 Elite

SUE DILLON

I am looking forward to coaching the 16 Elite team for the 2024-25 season!

I am the Director of LMVC and also the Recruiting Coordinator. I started playing volleyball when I was 14 and have been playing ever since. I played 4 years in high school and 3 years in college as a middle hitter. I then played for 12 years on an adult women‘s USAV team. I have played outdoor doubles since I moved here in 1992. My coaching career began at Brooklyn Cayce as the JV coach in 1995. I have coached at Dutch Fork HS, Glen Forest School, Hammond and PAC (home school). I am entering my fourth season as the program director and varsity head volleyball coach at Ben Lippen School as well. I am also heavily involved in running outdoor tournaments. I have also recently been voted Chairman of the Board for the Palmetto Volleyball Association (PVA) and I am serving as the region Beach/Outdoor Coordinator as well.

Volleyball is my passion and I want to share that passion with as many players as possible. It has been a huge positive in my life and can be used to teach many life lessons. My goal as a coach is to not only create amazing volleyball players that have a long future in the sport and help them reach their goals to play at the next level, but to also help each player become a strong and independent young adult capable of anything that they put their minds to!



Assistant Coach - 16 Elite

CLAIRE DAMON

I am originally from Sycamore, IL where my introduction to the sport began. Born into a family of volleyball playing parents, my exposure to the activities of the court and importance of teamwork, started at a very early age. My mother played volleyball for Illinois Wesleyan, while my father participated in a club volleyball program at Northern Illinois University. I began participating in camps at the age of 8 and played all 6 years with my school team as a setter. During the off-season, I played club volleyball for 2 seasons with Sky High Volleyball Club and 3 seasons with Club Fusion as a libero/defensive specialist/setter.

In 2002, an athletic scholarship brought me to South Carolina where I played 4 years at Lander University. I am proud to now call the Columbia area home and am happy to be a part of the LMVC family for the eighth year. I continue to play both indoor and outdoor volleyball, and look forward to “passing” on my love of the game. I am excited to be coaching for the 16U team this year!

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Assistant Coach 16 Elite

AMANDA MINTZ

I started playing volleyball in 6th grade and haven’t been able to give it up since. I played club for 4 years at South Bay Volleyball Club, 2 years of Varsity at Torrance High School as the starting setter, and 2 years at El Camino College in California. 

I started coaching in 2002 with Palos Verdes Volleyball Club for 4 years, Triumph volleyball Club for 3 years. I was also the JV coach and Varsity Assistant for Morningside High School (boys and girls).

I moved to South Carolina in 2013 and began with Lake Murray in 2014. I had to take a few years off from coaching due to family schedules and work commitments, I am so excited to be back coaching with Lake Murray. Coaching to me is so much more than teaching these athletes how to play the game of volleyball but helping them to grow into amazing young adults on and off the court. Volleyball has been such a huge part of my life; I am so thankful to be able to share my love and passion for the game through coaching. Outside of coaching and volleyball, I spend my weekends and weeknights at the baseball field. I have 2 boys (Andrew 11, Austin 8) who both play travel baseball, I love spending time with them watching them do what they love.

 

Head Coach - 17/18 National

SEAN DILLON

 have been playing volleyball since I was about 6 years old and have been with LMVC for 12 years now. I was the head coach of our 17 Elite team last season and I am excited to be the head coach for our 17/18 Elite team for 2024-25.

I was the assistant coach in 2014 for the JV Hammond School team and assistant varsity Hammond coach from 2015-17. I was the assistant varsity coach at Heathwood Hall for the 2018-19 season. I was the assistant varsity coach at Ben Lippen School as well. Also, I am the setting coach for LMVC.

I am a HUGE fan of outdoor volleyball as well. I love the game and look forward to this season!

Assistant Coach - 17/18 Elite

SARAH JORDAN

My name is Sarah Jordan, and I am so excited to coach at LMVC!

I grew up in Northern Virginia and have been playing volleyball since 2015. I played the majority of my club volleyball years at Metro Volleyball Club of Washington DC. During my club years, my team travelled all over the country playing in open level qualifiers. In 2021 my team finished as the 5th best 17s team in the nation. When I was in high school from 2018-2022, my team and I won the Virginia State Championships all four years. In 2021, I was named Player of the Year in the District and Region. Also in 2021, I was named the Virginia State Player of the Year and first-team all-district, all-region, and all-state. I have played two seasons of Division 1 volleyball at Towson University in Maryland. In 2022 my team and I won the CAA Conference championship and played in the first round of the D1 NCAA Tournament. I was put on the 2022 CAA All-Rookie team. Since then, I have transferred to play at the University of South Carolina where I will finish my last two seasons of college volleyball in the SEC. 

In the past 2 years, I have coached club, high school, and college camps. I also have been coaching private lessons for 4 years. After my college career, I want to play professional volleyball and then go on to coach college volleyball at the D1 level. I am so excited to share what I know and teach others how to be great volleyball players, good teammates, and well-rounded people! I cannot wait for this upcoming season!

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Head Coach - LMVC Boys

XZAVIAN SLAUGHTER

My name is Xzavian Slaughter. I’ve been playing volleyball for a little over four years now, and I’ve grown to love the sport. In my senior year of college, I joined the Men's Club Team to try out competitive play and have since enjoyed interacting with the sport. I finished the year playing on the Club Indoor Team, joined the Club Beach Team, and branched into grass volleyball to gain more competitive experience and grow as a player. Now I still play indoor pickup when I can and play grass volleyball at a AA/Open level. 


This is now my second season with Lake Murray, but I’m also involved with Columbia Club Volleyball and the VolleyBums in both running local tournaments and larger events such as The Clash and The Crown. My ultimate goal is to help South Carolina volleyball grow while becoming the best player & coach I can be.. 

Assistant Coach - LMVC Boys

LANE COLEMAN

My name is Lane Coleman, I graduated from Blythewood High School and I currently am going into my first year of nursing school at CIU, after completing my freshman year at UNC Pembroke. I am so excited that I get to coach for LMVC.

I played both school and club for 8 years including a year in college. LMVC has done so much for me over these past couple years and I am so glad that I get to give back to them and help mold some future volleyball stars! 


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