Paul and Tammy Mazurkiewicz
Thanks for visiting our site, and welcome to our club! We’re Paul and Tammy Mazurkiewicz – lifelong Georgians, Lawrenceville residents, parents of two amazing daughters, long-time owners of The Little Gym of Snellville, members of 12Stone Church, and volleyball lovers. Why did we start a volleyball club?
In 2013 our youngest daughter, Amanda, wanted to play volleyball as she entered Mountain View High School’s 9th grade. Having never played before, she (and we) had a LOT to learn. Fortunately, she made the 9th grade team, improved significantly, and was even awarded her team’s Best Defensive Player award. Her coaches recommended to us that Amanda play club volleyball to improve her skills, as each successive year of high school ball proves more difficult in which to be successful.
Again, knowing nothing about club volleyball, we researched different clubs, some big and well-known, others small and not well-known. Each had positives and negatives, but all were relatively expensive. We chose one and Amanda had a fruitful year, allowing her to make the high school’s JV squad the next year. Our second year of club ball was beneficial, as well, although we were beginning to get a taste of the added costs involved – things like steep travel expenses to faraway cities, fundraising events, etc. But, people said “That’s what club ball is like,” so we followed right along.
Our 3rd year at this club was horrible. The head coach was anything but encouraging. Without disparaging another club too much, let’s just say the entire season was a nightmare. It was during this time we decided that, given our 14-year history of running a successful children’s fitness-related business, there’s no reason we can’t start our own volleyball club and do a much better job at running it than we were experiencing.
We put a plan in-motion to create a volleyball club that models itself after our core beliefs – Christian values, positive & respectful coaching, and more affordable prices, among others. After many long hours, challenges, changes, and setbacks, we created 3:16 Volleyball Club – named after Highway 316, but with a colon inserted to be a constant reminder of who we are and where we come from. We’re not a “Christian” club per se, but we will strive to run our club in a way that pleases God.
And Amanda? She went on to play varsity volleyball for two years at Mountain View, setting the school record for service aces in a season. She was named Best Offensive Player her senior year, too, and now plays for Emmanuel College, a small Division II school in NE Georgia.
We hope you will give us an opportunity to impress you as you decide on where your daughter will play club volleyball. And if you know anyone who may want what we provide, please tell them about us.
Coach Carpenter has been coaching volleyball since 1998 where he started the program at Shiloh High School. He moved to Collins Hill High School as the head coach in 2001-2006, where he was a 3-time Region Champ, reaching the Elite 8 twice in the State Tournament.
“Coach Carp” started the Mountain View High School program in 2009. His recent Mountain View teams have made the round of Sweet 16 twice and Elite 8 once in the State Tournament. Coach Carpenter has compiled well-over 400 wins as Varsity Coach.
Head / Assistant Coach
Cierra Terry has 5 years of volleyball experience (so far) in high school and college as a libero and defensive specialist. She is “super excited” to spread her love of the game to other players! Cierra is one of our original coaches.
Head / Assistant Coach
Coach Natalie has played volleyball for 7 years, including 4 years at nationally-ranked Mill Creek High School, where she was team captain and received multiple leadership awards. She has experience playing all positions, but played mainly as Libero/DS (Defensive Specialist) and Outside Hitter. She currently attends Georgia State, where she’s majoring in psychology. As Natalie puts it, “I have a huge passion for the game and love to spread positivity on the court as much as I can. I love working with others and want to be a part of helping them be as successful as they can be.” Natalie currently coaches the Twin Rivers Middle School team.
Coach Yolanda has been involved in volleyball coaching for many years, going back to 2010/11 in Miami, where she coached the Coral Park High School’s girls’ and boys’ teams. From there, she moved-on to Point University as an assistant in the Athletics Department for a few years. In 2013 & 2014, Coach Yo was very busy: she not only pioneered, developed and coached the Lanett High School volleyball program in Lanett, AL while also coaching volleyball at A5 South in Tyrone, GA, but also returned to Point University as their defense and setting coach! Whew! She is as sweet as sweet can be, but demands 110% effort from her teams. Coach Yo was our 18’s coach during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
Coach Devon has played volleyball for over 5 years and been coaching in the Gwinnett county area as a head coach. He played Outside/Right Side Hitter and Libero on his college team. Devon spends a lot of time playing indoor, grass, and beach volleyball. “I am excited to be part of this family. I can’t wait to get in the gym and start working with the girls!”
Coach Jensyn has played volleyball for 8 years. She spent a summer in Australia and played volleyball on an Allstar USA team in 2015. She was a head coach for 3 years at one of the clubs in the Gwinnett county area, in addition to serving as a head coach at Dacula Middle school for three years. “I love what 3:16 Volleyball Club stands for and can’t wait to get on the court with my team.”
Coach Vivian is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She started playing volleyball when she was 12, after being introduced to the sport while attending Buford Middle School. During her freshman season in high school, she was promoted to the Varsity squad. In Vivian’s junior year, her Buford Varsity team went 42-0 and won the Gwinnett County Tournament as well as the State Championship! She gained the attention of many recruiters and college coaches, but, unfortunately, at the end of that year, a knee injury proved to be a set-back. She continued with volleyball by playing in intramural leagues at college and coaching. Vivian also had the honor of being Dacula Middle School’s first head coach, helping to jumpstart the program. “I have a true love for the sport and a passion to help others, which makes being a coach the perfect job for me.”
Coach Kellen has played volleyball since her days in middle school. She played 3 years on North Oconee High School’s varsity squad, as well as 3 years at A5. She has been a head coach at Westside Middle School and for Jackson County High’s JV squad. Kellen has also coached for multiple club teams ranging in ages from 12 – 18 and is currently the Program Director at Archer High School. She is an AAU silver medalist, Clemson Coaches Award winner, and led the state of Georgia in service aces in 2014.
Coach Leidy played volleyball for five years, including four at Norcross High School, where she played DS (Defensive Specialist.) She currently attends GSU, majoring in Criminal Justice. Leidy says she’s “thrilled to share my volleyball knowledge with younger girls.” We love her always-happy spirit. If you ever need to see a smile, look at Coach Leidy!
Coach Dominique has been playing volleyball for 8 years and attended Georgia Southern University for her undergraduate studies. She has been coaching with Coach Jensyn for a year now and will continue to be her Assistant Coach. Dominique plans to continue to grow as a coach, eventually taking over the reins of her own team and coaching for years to come!