Club Director, CEO, Head Coach
I am the Club Director and CEO of the Texas Panthers Volleyball Club. I coached Little League Baseball for 9 years before getting involved with volleyball. I also coached 2 select baseball teams. After Little League I began coaching volleyball at the YMCA. I coached at the YMCA for 8 years before starting my club in 2015. I began the Texas Panthers with one team. Since then it has grown to multiple teams. I have a total of 12 years of coaching volleyball. My philosophy is there isn’t anything you can’t accomplish if you work hard enough to achieve your goal!
Motivation – 100%
Interested in Working Hard – 100%
Interested in Not Working Hard – 0%
Responsible for Everything
Head Volleyball Coach
The Panthers are excited to bring back Melynda Phephles for a third season!Coach Mel started learning how to play volleyball in fourth grade and she developed into playing Club Volleyball and becoming an elite player in high school. Having earned several awards and new school records like – All-District MVP, Most Assists in a season and a Conference Championship Title; led to her dream come true to play At the Collegiate level as a setter.Currently, Melynda has been Coaching Girls Jr Volleyball for the Texas Panthers 14U & 13U White Teams in the Texas Lone Star Region for 2 years.
With a background in Health, Nutrition and competitive bodybuilding, Coach Mel believes and implements Nutrition & Conditioning for improved athletic performance heavily in her Coaching.
Moreover, she is a strong advocate in educating and mentoring her athletes so they can make informed decisions in maintaining a healthy & responsible lifestyle.
Head Volleyball Coach
Craig played 6yrs in the California CBVA (California Beach Volleyball Association) as a AAA Rated Volleyball Player in 2 Man Sand Volleyball. He competed and trained with AVP players during this time. He was also a Personal Trainer for 8 years focusing on strength, speed training and joint rehabilitation.Since then, Craig has been Coaching Girls Jr Volleyball both Indoor and Outdoor Sand. Most recently, Craig was a Coach for the Liberty Star Elite 14U Team in the Texas Lone Star Region for 3 yrs. He also has Coached 5 Competitive Sand Volleyball Teams from the 12U to 14U Girls Jr. Texas GCVA (Gulf Coast Volleyball Association).Craig is now excited to take on a Head Coaching position for the Texas Panthers 14U Girls Volleyball Club.With a background in Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology, Craig believes and implements Sports Psychology heavily in his Coaching. He is also a strong believer in that NO athlete should ever be pre-judged by size or shape. An Athletes actions determine their athletic endeavors.
We know time is precious… as such, we use our practice time to simulate game-like situations to better prepare our athletes for tournament play.
One of our tenets is to not just play and work harder, but to play and work smarter.
Communication is key to volleyball play. Much of our practices are geared towards working together with your teammates to put each other in winning situations.
Interested in Joining the Texas Panthers?
If you are interested in joining our team, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!