Preston will be the Beach and Summer Camp/Clinic Director for the Facility, and Preston will also serve as the Tornados Recruiting Director and Associate Club Director.
Coach Smith has a lengthy history of coaching and playing in the Houston area. He has coached at the USA, collegiate, high school, and club levels. Smith was an assistant women’s volleyball coach at Texas Wesleyan University and Western State College of Colorado. He was also the captain of the men's volleyball team at Western State College of Colorado. Additionally, he helped create the collegiate program at the University of St. Thomas and was the Interim Head Coach at Houston Baptist University in 2012.
At the club level, Smith was one of the former owners of Texas Alliance Volleyball. He has qualified teams from Houston Juniors, Texas Tornados, Southwest Juniors, TCA, VIA, and Texas Alliance for the USAV National Championships. For the last 3 seasons Smith has worked as a coach and a training director at Katy United. Preston just finished his first year as the Head Coach at St. John XXIII College Preparatory. In 2018, he led Fort Bend Christian Academy to an undefeated district and regional championship, finishing a 17-0 run going into the state quarter finals. He had a record breaking 40-2 season, and won two district championships during his tenure at St. Pius X High School. In Louisiana, he received District 4 Coach of the year awards for St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond. While at St. Thomas he won a District Championship and a trip to the state final four. In Beach Volleyball, Preston has been a strong advocate for the growth of the sport by building one of the first programs in the Houston area at Third Coast in 2012. He helped start beach programs in Houston for Third Coast, 692 Beach, and Houston Juniors. As a player, Smith continues to compete at the open level in indoor and outdoor volleyball in the Houston area and competes annually at the US Open (USAV Adult Volleyball Championships). Smith currently teaches at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. Smith is also an award-winning international recording artist. You can find out more about his music at www.prestonsmithjazz.com.
Jen is the Facility scheduler (lessons) and be in charge of our Help desk (information about our volleyball programs, memberships, certifications, and paperwork). She will also be the Tornados age group coordinator for 10’s-14's, and handle all tournament entries for the club.
Jen joins the Texas Tornados staff after wrapping up an illustrious volleyball career. She played collegiately at The University of Texas at Austin, winning 3 Big 12 Championships, played in 3 Final Fours and the 2009 National Championship game. She graduated in 3 1/2 years with 2 degrees and began her 10-year professional playing career. She played in Puerto Rico, where she was named one of the best blockers, Azerbaijan, and most recently 8 years in Japan. Jen was named Best Spiker of the Japanese league 3 times, Best Blocker 3 times, and 2nd MVP 2 times. She also collected 4 silver medals, 1 bronze medal, and 1 Kurashiki Cup bronze medal. Jen won the prestigious Challenge Match 2 times, including the first ever victory by a Challenge League team in 2013. She was named match MVP numerous times in her career. She has her name in the Japanese record book as the longest foreign player to play in the Japanese league. Jen grew up in Houston, Texas and was named the 3rd ranked national recruit by Prep Volleyball and a Fab 50 recruit by Volleyball Magazine. Additionally, she competed with Team USA at the Youth World Championships in Macau, China, Junior Norceca Championships in Mexico, and Junior World Championships in Thailand. Jen played with the Women's National Team at the TV Azteca Cup in Mexico and won a gold medal with the A2 team at Open National Championships.
Alesia is the Facility accountant and will be in charge of budgets, facility bills, player club accounts and marketing.
I started coaching in 2016 in the 12U National age group at Texas Alliance coaching there for one year. I move to Katy United where I coached for 3 years with 12U Regional first year, 13 Local & 15 Regional my 2nd year and 13 Regional my final year. I have a background in corporate budgeting and accounting which brought
me to Texas Tornados where I will be working on managing club budget and accounting duties as well as taking on a team in the 2020-2021 season.
I am very passionate about my continuing education in training by coaching in a college camp in 2018 at the University of Alabama, attending the 2020 Women’s Olympic training camp to study with all coaching staff of the USA Women’s Volleyball team, and the Gold Medal Squared program training summer of 2019 at Baylor University.
I am very excited to be at Texas Tornados, as my first day at the club I knew it was the right fit for me for my next chapter in competitive volleyball.
Jerrick Cabrales will be the Head Coach of 18 Adidas for 2020-2021, and will serve as a master coach in training sessions for the 14s-16s age group.
Coach Jerrick believes athletes should pursue excellence both on and off the court. The biggest reward in coaching, is seeing each player grow not only as an athlete but also as an individual.
Coach Jerrick was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He moved to Houston, Texas in 2008 to study and has graduated, majoring in Business/Finance management from University of Houston. Jerrick played Basketball and Volleyball throughout high school in California. He is an experienced indoor and sand volleyball player. Jerrick started coaching in 2010, since then he has coached Boys and Girls at the National, State, Local, Developmental levels from age 10-18 and collegiate athletes. Coach Jerrick is heavily involved with USA volleyball high performance training programs and is employed at the Kinkaid private school coaching the Boy's Volleyball program along with basketball, soccer, and lacrosse. Coach Jerrick is knowledgeable in all skills and is a driving force in the volleyball community.
Favorite Quote - “When you take on new challenges, you learn about yourself, you learn your capabilities and limitations and you learn the value of hard work and persistence.”
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