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Julie Ames, Head Coach

Volleyball Bio

Coach Julie is the Head Coach for the Greensboro Panthers Volleyball program. She is USAV CAP I, USAV IMPACT, USAV SafeSport, and CR Junior Referee certified.  She has also completed the NFHS/CDC Concussion in Sports certification. Coach Julie is currently working on her AOCV Head Coach certification and believes lifelong learning is one of the keys to being successful in life.


She began coaching volleyball at the Kernersville YMCA when she moved to Winston Salem in 2014, and quickly became very involved with helping their program flourish. From 2014 until 2016 she coached 9 teams and hosted numerous weekly open gym sessions for players on all of the YMCA teams.


Coach Julie is a homeschool mom, and in 2016 saw the need for a competitive volleyball team in the Kernersville area that homeschooled girls could be a part of. She created the Kernersville Wolverines Volleyball program and opened it up to non-homeschooled girls as well.  In 2016, Coach Julie also became the Head Coach of Champion Volleyball Club's 14U Kernersville Junior Olympic team and was an Assistant Coach for the 16U team. Since then she has coached numerous teams at the National and Regional level for Champion and coaches at various clinics throughout the year.


Coach Julie began playing volleyball in 7th grade and it immediately became her favorite sport. She was a setter and captain all the way through her senior year of high school. She was a Varsity player all 4 years of high school, played Junior Olympic ball, and was named All Conference GCAC her junior and senior years. Coach Julie was offered a scholarship to play volleyball at a DII college as a setter, but was unable to accept due to family circumstances, and attended college closer to home instead.


Coach Julie is dedicated to helping volleyball thrive in our area and helping girls achieve their goals.  Her enthusiasm for the game is contagious. She loves coaching and helping players become more confident and competitive on and off the court.  


When she’s not on a volleyball court, you can usually find her with her husband and daughter riding horses, doing CrossFit, riding mountain bikes, off-roading, painting, or watching movies.


Coaching Philosophy

  • To share my knowledge of and enthusiasm for volleyball in a fun and challenging environment.

  • To teach kids the physical and mental skills they need to be successful on and off the court.

  • To teach kids that hard work and perseverance are important to be successful.

  • To help kids become more confident in themselves.

  • To teach kids how to communicate effectively and work as a team.

  • To teach kids that winning isn’t everything, but making the effort is.

  • To use praise rather than fear to motivate players.

  • To build a relationship of mutual trust and respect with my players.

  • To help players set and achieve their volleyball goals.

  • To teach them that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s your recovery from those mistakes that matters.

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Sara Flynn, Assistant Coach

Coach Sara is the Assistant Coach for the Greensboro Panthers Volleyball program.  She graduated from East Forsyth High School in June 2019 and is now a Sophomore at Guilford College where she studies Exercise Science.  Her athletic accomplishments include East Forsyth High School Varsity Volleyball 2017-2019 (Floor Captain), Champion Volleyball Club 2016-2018 (Co-Captain), Abington Swim Team 2009-2020, and East Forsyth High School Swimming 2016-2019 (Captain).

Her love for coaching began as a young swimmer when she was asked to help with teaching and mentoring peer swimmers during summer swim team; a role she continues to this day.  Her passion was formally fueled when, at age 15, she was asked to help in the gym during YMCA volleyball games.  Then she later began formally coaching volleyball teams.

Coach Sara is USAV IMPACT, USAV SafeSport, and CR Junior Referee certified.  She has also completed the NFHS/CDC Concussion in Sports certification.

Her coaching philosophy is: The desire to win, to get better, and to believe in each other is something that I push all of my players to feel in all things that we do.

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