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Coaching Staff

Erica Miller
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Varsity Community Coach

About Erica:

  • 4 years of VB at Butler HS (Ohio), MVP and Team Captain. Also lettered in basketball

  • 4-2-4 College Transfer student--Wichita State University, Sinclair Community College, and 2 years at Wright State University; Academic All-American at both Sinclair & Wright State

  • Assistant Coach, Auburn University, 2000-2002

  • Founding Board Member of A5 Volleyball Club, 2005 

  • Head Coach A5 16-1 (2x) & 17-1; led first Atlanta team to Nationals in the Open division & won Atlanta's first National Championship in any division

  • Joined Pope Coaching staff in 2021. Three year record: 123-17. Region Champs: '21, 22 & 23, State Champs: '22, State Runner-Up'23

  • 2022: 6A Region 7 Coach of the Year, Cobb County COY, GACA COY and AVCA Region 3 COY

  • 2023: GACA Region Coach of the Year

  • Married 25 years to Benj (her favorite asst coach) & mother of 4 loves: Linkin-15, Kenyon-13, Anthem-11, Torin-9

Katie Kirian
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Varsity Head Staff Coach

About Katie:

  • Grew up in Ypsilanti, MI and played varsity vb for 3 years. Also lettered in softball and basketball. Awarded the school’s Female Athlete of the Year scholarship her senior year

  • Played club/AAU vb for Washtenaw Area Volleyball Association (WAVA) for 8 years

  • Attended Grand Valley State University and has been teaching special education for 19 years - 4 of which have been at Pope

  • Previously worked at Berkeley HS (SC) for 6 years where she coached JV volleyball. Also coached JV basketball at Hanahan High School

  • Spent 6 years with Lexington Two Schools (SC) where she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2015

  • Lives in Canton and loves to hike, travel and spend time with her dog Maisy

Courtney Kopsie
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JV Head Community Coach

About Courtney:

  • 4 years Varsity VB in high school, captain the last 3 years, received several county and state awards and recognitions, including senior Allstars 

  • Played club for A5 and went on to play at West Point, where she studied Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science 

  • Since then she has coached club teams of all ages in Texas and around the metro Atlanta area. 

  • She currently works for Wellstar Health system as the Program lead for their Employee Wellness program. 

  • Married to her husband Josh, for 11 years and has 3 children, Kennedy, Cooper, and Caden.

Christine Callaway
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JV Assistant Coach

About Christine:

  • 4 years VB in high school, captain her senior year

  • Club volleyball at Tsunami and A5

  • College VB at Oglethorpe University 

  • Earned a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University & Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Clayton State University

  • Over the years, she has coached high school & club across the metro Atlanta area. 

  • Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and currently owns and operates a private practice. In addition, she works for Wellstar Health System as a Well-Being Coaching Consultant. 

  • Christine is a Marietta local where she resides with her husband Seth, and her three children, Macklin, Everleigh & Shepherd.

Micah Mitchell
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Junior Varsity Staff Coach

About Micah:

  • Grew up in Brooks, GA and attended school in Griffin, GA. Played both baseball and basketball

  • Graduated from Kennesaw State University 

  • Has taught at Pope for 6 years, currently teaching Special Education

  • Executive Coach of the Girls Lacrosse Program at Pope

  • Coached 9th grade basketball for 3 years and football for 2 years 

  • Enjoys time with friends and watching sports

Laura Ann O'Sullivan
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Juniors Director, Greyhound Training Ground & Pups Coach

About LA: 

  • Playing Experience-

Mars Hill College Volleyball team member (2009 – 2011)

Led South Atlantic Conference in service aces (2009)

High Point University Volleyball team member (2008 – 2009)

West Henderson (NC) HS varsity team member (2005 – 2007)

  • Coaching Experience-

2023-24: A5 Head Coach 12-1

2022-23: A5 Head Coach 12-1 -- USAV & AAU Champs!

2018-2021: A5 - Head Coach  15-2

*2021 USAV & AAU National Champs (USA & 15-Premier)

2017-2018: A5 - Head Coach 15-3

2016: A5 - Head Coach 14-4

2015-2016:  Reinhardt University, Assistant Volleyball Coach

2013-2016:  Columbus State University, Assistant Volleyball Coach

  • LA lives in East Cobb with her husband, Sean (who is also the Pope Football Head Coach!), her son, Patrick, 3, and daughter Riley who was born Nov '23.

Kacey Simon
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Juniors Navy Coach

About Kacey:

  • Passionate about VB, Kacey has been around the sport since middle school.

  • Coaching Experience-

2023: Pope Juniors Sky Head Coach

A5 Volleyball Club--

2017-18: 12-4 Assistant Coach

2018-19: 11-3 Assistant Coach

2019-2020: 11-3 Assistant Coach

2020-2021: 13-6 Head Coach

2021: AAU Assistant Coach 15-4

2021-2022: 13-4 Head Coach

2022-2023: 13-4 Head Coach

2023-2024: 13-3 Head Coach

North Cobb High School--

2019 & 2020 Middle School “B” Team Head coach

2021 Middle School “A” Team Head coach

  • Enjoys taking her dogs on walks and doing yoga

Leigh Hudson
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Juniors White Coach

About Leigh:

  • Coached and taught health/PE in Fulton County for 32 years before retiring in 2010

  • Spent 20 years as part of the Riverwood HS VB program before retiring in 2018

  • Led Riverwood to 3 consecutive State Championship appearances as Head Coach, winning the State Championship in 2001

  • Joined the Pope JV coaching staff in 2018 and helped to guide the JV team to the County Championship in 2021

  • Led a very successful Pope Juniors Navy team in 2023

  • Married to Keith Hudson for 40 years. Proud mom of KeLeigh and Kaci - both inductees into Pope’s Wall of Fame.

Jessica Carroll
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Juniors Sky Coach

About Jessica:

Coached the Pope Juniors Sky team in 2023

Jeff Linde
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Juniors Grey Coach

About Jeff:

  • Has coached in the Pope Juniors program for the past five years

  • Enjoys teaching girls who are new to volleyball

  • His love for volleyball started in college at Penn State and continued as his daughter played the sport from 4th grade through senior year of high school.

  • Without a doubt, his favorite memory is his daughter’s Pope team winning the 2018 Georgia State Championship.

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