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.
Program Director / Head Coach
Coach Natalie has played club volleyball for 7 years, nearly 11 total including 4 years at nationally-ranked Mill Creek High School, where she was team captain and received multiple leadership awards. Although specializing as Libero/DS (Defensive Specialist) Coach Natalie has played in other positions as well giving her a well rounded knowledge of the game. Natalie is one of our club’s original coaches and, in 2021, was promoted to 3:16VC’s Program Director! She currently attends Georgia State, where she studies psychology and is specializing in secondary education. 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 Mill Creek High School 9th grade 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.
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.