Welcome Coach Cauley to the Shreveport-Bossier area!
Coach Amanda Cauley has spent one season with RocketFuel Volleyball Club as the Head Coach of the Ruston program, and now, she and her family are moving to Shreveport-Bossier where she will continue helping to lead the RocketFuel program.
Coach Cauley led last season’s RocketFuel Ruston 14U team that included her daughter, Harper, who is an avid volleyball player. Cauley herself is an accomplished and decorated volleyball player. She hails from East Texas where she played in high school and then went on to play Division I volleyball at Louisiana Tech University.
Coach Cauley spent four of her years in Ruston establishing and building the volleyball program at Ruston High School. She began the program in 2014 along side former ULM Volleyball Alumni, Stephanie Wardach. Following their inaugural season, Wardach moved to Dallas and Cauley forged onward with the program.
During her four years as Head Coach, she led the Bearcats to two undefeated district championships, and one district runner-up.
Cauley is the mother of three girls: Harper, Baylor and Josie. Her husband, Nick, took a new position in Shreveport which is what led to the family move.
Chevy White Burnett
Chevy began her volleyball career at the age of twelve in Carthage, Texas. She was named to the All-District team all four years of high school and aided her team in their road to state, where they placed fourth in the 3A Division. For her high school team, she played middle and outside. Chevy also played outside and right side for East Texas Juniors.
Continuing her career into college, Chevy was awarded a Division I scholarship to play for Centenary College of Louisiana. She was a defensive specialist/libero and right side. After her sophomore year at Centenary, the college dropped to Division 3, forfeiting many of the volleyball scholarships. Chevy made the difficult decision to temporarily leave the sport in order to pursue an education at Texas A&M University. While in College Station, she competed in adult volleyball tournaments, ran a marathon, and ran a few half marathons - anything to stay active and compete. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Economics and a Minor in Business.
As a coach, Chevy’s versatility as a player enables her to provide coaching advice from first-hand experience. She has worked with various age groups and ability levels. In 2013, she coached for one of the first clubs in Shreveport, Northwest Louisiana Club Volleyball Association. After one season with NWLA, Chevy and fellow NWLA coach Katie Denton began Two Chicks Volleyball. They offered camps and clinics throughout the region and soon started the original TC Elite. While running Two Chicks Volleyball and TC Elite, Chevy also coached for the Shreveport Force, a local homeschool volleyball team. In 2015, the Force took home fourth in state and Chevy was named Coach of the Year. Chevy also continued her career as a player, competing in the 2016 Louisiana State games and placing second in sand doubles. In 2017, Chevy left Shreveport to pursue her career in film accounting, closing her Shreveport volleyball chapter.
In the winter of 2018, Chevy returned to the area. She currently works as an accountant for Fox on the television show, "Queen of the South" and resides in Shreveport with her husband Luke, son Nash, and dog Remi. She is excited and eager to resume coaching in the area – to aide in molding our youth into tough competitors, driven athletes, selfless teammates, and kind human beings.
Desiree Frey joined our RocketFuel Volleyball program in the 2017-18 season. She is a graduate of Centenary College with a degree in Business Administration. Frey is currently the Head Coach of Byrd High School's volleyball program.
Frey has been playing volleyball since she was 8 years old. She has played club volleyball since she was 11 years old. She played all 4 years on Centenary Ladies volleyball team where she had a successful career.
-2017 - 2nd Team All Conference volleyball player
-First Centenary College all-conference volleyball player
-First Ladies volleyball player to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career at Centenary
-1st Place in Centenary College history for Kill Attempts
-2nd Place in Centenary College history for Kills
-2nd Place in Centenary College history for Digs
We are excited to have Lucie Hunt on our team!
Lucie attended Louisiana Tech from 2008-2012 where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology- Health and Physical Education. She started her volleyball coaching career in 2013 where she served as the Interim Head Coach at Comeaux High School in Lafayette, La for one season. In order to be closer to family, she left Lafayette and secured a position at West Monroe High School where she served as a girls basketball and track assistant for 2 years. In 2016, Lucie joined Ruston High School as an assistant volleyball and softball coach for two years. Currently, she is the Head Volleyball Coach at Ruston H.S and teaches girls PE.
Stacey DiFrancesco is now the assistant coach of the Lady Demons Volleyball program at Northwestern State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences. She played volleyball for all four years of college at NSU. DiFrancesco remained involved with volleyball after graduation, and she served as a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson University. She also helped start the volleyball program at Natchitoches Central High School in 2016.
Welcome Jessica Szymanski to RocketFuel! She’s from Seguin, TX, where she lettered in volleyball and basketball for four years at Seguin High School. She received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Texas Lutheran University (TLU) where she played 4 years as the starting middle blocker. She received her master's degree in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University in Auburn, AL.
Additionally, she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. While at Auburn, Jessica worked with 18 Olympic sport teams (volleyball included) for 2 years as the first female Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. She was Head Volleyball Coach at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA for 1 year and helped improve their previous season finish of 2-24 to 12-12. As a former All-American Middle Blocker at TLU and Hall of Fame inductee at both SHS and TLU.
Meet Symone Jackson! Jackson is coaching for our Ruston RocketFuel Volleyball Program, this season. Symone is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. She comes to RocketFuel with a wealth of volleyball experience during her high school years. Symone played volleyball for Zachary High School in Zachary, Louisiana, where she lettered Varsity for three years. She also played for Cobras Club Volleyball and Red Storm Club Volleyball. Symone was All-Star Most Honorable Mention two years in a row. She is excited to be coaching with RocketFuel Volleyball Club for the 2018-19 season.
Meet Marissa Sandoval! She is from San Antonio, TX. She served as a team captain and started as a defensive specialist (DS) for the Lady Brahmas. She earned Honorable Mention All-State, Academic All-District, and Academic All-State Honors during both her junior and senior year. She helped take her team to the (26-6A) playoffs during her senior year. Marissa also played 6 years in the Lone Star Region for nationally ranked club teams.
Currently Marissa is in her senior year as the starting libero at Centenary College of Louisiana. Named to the Conference Scholar’s List in the fall of 2016. In her 2017 season she played in 35 matches and 119 sets, where she achieved her career high of 35 service aces and 424 digs.