Julie Ames, Head Coach

Volleyball Bio, Certifications & Awards

Coach Julie has been the Head Coach for the Greensboro Panthers Volleyball program since 2018.  Her mission is to be a positive influence and role model for the girls she coaches so they can become strong and confident young ladies on and off the court.  She pushes her players to always give 100% but she is also their biggest cheerleader.

She has received the following certifications and awards:

  • USAV CAP I Level Coach


  • USAV SafeSport

  • CR Junior Referee

  • AAU Coach

  • AAU Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Level 2

  • NFHS/CDC Concussion in Sports

  • American Heart Association CPR and AED Certified

  • 2019 NCHEAC Coach of the Year (Western Division)

  • 2020 NCHEAC Co-Coach of the Year (Western Division)


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 in TN as a setter, but was unable to accept due to family circumstances, and attended college closer to home in FL instead.


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 started coaching for Champion Volleyball Club.  She runs numerous clinics, gives private lessons, and has coached the following teams so far:

  • 17 Purple

  • 17 Black

  • 16 National

  • 16 Purple

  • 16 Kernersville

  • 15 National

  • 14 Kernersville

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.  Coach Julie believes lifelong learning is one of the keys to being successful in life.


Before becoming a homeschool mom and coach, she was a Dermatology and ICU Veterinary Technician and a Real Estate Investor.  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. 


Her 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 has been the Assistant Coach for the Greensboro Panthers Volleyball program since 2019.  She attends Guilford College and is studying Exercise Science.  She graduated from East Forsyth High School in 2019. Her athletic accomplishments include East Forsyth High School Varsity Volleyball 2017-2019 (Floor Captain), Champion Volleyball Club 2016-2018 (Co-Captain), Abington Swim Team 2009-2019, 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's certifications:

  • USAV Coach


  • USAV SafeSport

  • CR Junior Referee

  • NFHS/CDC Concussion in Sports

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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Austin Sunter, Assistant Coach

Coach Austin has been a volunteer Assistant Coach for the Greensboro Panthers program since 2018.  He juggles multiple coaching positions, as he is also an Assistant Volleyball Coach at Salem College, a Zonal & National Coach at Champion, the Sand Volleyball Head Coach at East Forsyth High School, and an Assistant Basketball Coach at East Forsyth High School.  He also runs various clinics and gives private lessons.

He started his coaching career about 8 years ago at the Kernersville YMCA where he coached and officiated multiple sports for the Kernersville location as well as the Spears location.  Austin has served as the head coach of the East Forsyth High School JV team, and an assistant varsity coach at East Forsyth High School.  

Coach Austin's certifications:

  • USAV Coach


  • USAV SafeSport

  • CR Junior Referee

  • NFHS/CDC Concussion in Sports

  • AAU Coach

  • AAU Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach

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Joe Ames, Assistant Coach

Coach Joe has been a volunteer Assistant Coach for the Greensboro Panthers program since 2018.  He is a 17U Regional Coach at Champion, and also an Assistant Coach for the East Forsyth High School mountain bike team.  Coach Joe has several years of experience coaching youth sports, including volleyball and mountain biking and enjoys both sports himself and with his family. 

Coach Joe's certifications:

  • USAV Coach


  • USAV SafeSport

  • CR Junior Referee

  • NFHS/CDC Concussion in Sports

  • AAU Coach

  • Wilderness First Aid


Brenda Harris, Assistant Coach

Coach Brenda has been apart of the Greensboro Panthers volleyball family since 2015, starting as a middle school player. Her years with the Panthers created a foundation of love for the game and also built her confidence and skill as a player. She has further built on those skills playing with Champion Volleyball Club the past two years (indoor and sand).  What she has learned and the relationships she has built have been invaluable and it has gained her the consideration to play volleyball at the collegiate level. 

She serves as a leader at Bridge of Hope Church as assistant teacher teaching students from Pre-K through Middle School since 2016. The experience she has obtained has helped her be an effective leader and mentor to all student groups. 

Her coaching philosophy is to create a love for the game while developing the skill set to be a confident player. A player who has the desire to grow and be a great teammate on and off the court. 

Fun Fact: Coach Brenda is a phenomenal baker and makes the absolute best vegan, gluten-free macarons!

Coach Brenda's certifications:

  • USAV Member

  • CR Junior Referee

  • She is currently working on the following certifications:

    • NFHS/CDC Concussion in Sports


    • USAV SafeSport

Guest Coaches

Coach Julie will bring in guest coaches to help out as needed.  These guest coaches are volunteers and will always be someone she knows personally and professionally.  All guest coaches will have a minimum of the following certifications: USAV IMPACT, USAV SafeSport, and CR Junior referee certification.  However, most will have even more.