I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, where I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. An avid athlete, I spent many hot summer days at my grandmother's house chasing my brother and male cousins around the yard and playing anything that involved a ball and make-shift playing surface. I spent a few high school summers sitting in the sun selling tee shirts for a friend, Maria Byars. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, I served in several capacities with the High Point Police Department. Among my most unique experiences there, I served as an undercover street walker, undercover street level narcotics dealer and elementary school puppet master. When I discovered my passion for working with kids, I developed the department's Youth Academy and settled on working with troubled youth. Ten years and a Masters Degree later (Wake Forest University), I joined the Guilford County School System and started coaching basketball. My team's State Title in 3A Basketball represents one of my proudest affiliations. I still maintain a bond with a group of young ladies whose lives have been shaped by the traditions of family, integrity and discipline, the trifecta of good living (which is also etched inside all of our rings). I have come full circle in joining Lucky Dog Volleyball. So far, it has been my dream job.