Maria Byars

Maria Byars

I am most definitely a southern girl. I am originally from Gaffney, SC, the fourth of five children. I graduated from Gaffney Senior High School and spent my freshman year of college playing basketball at Clemson University. Actually, I spent my freshman year watching others play so I transferred to UNC-Charlotte. While I was at Charlotte I played tennis, too. I graduated from Charlotte in 1983 with a degree in History.


My jobs out of college included coaching basketball at Florida International University in Miami, teaching NC History at Hawthorne Traditional School in Charlotte, NC, managing a Finish Line in Greensboro, NC, a short stint at The Gap, an even shorter one at Bath and Body and also working at Piedmont Airlines and US Airways in Winston-Salem, NC. Robyn Wesselman, the Mount Tabor High School volleyball coach in Winston-Salem, NC and I started the company, Winston Court Sports, in 1987. I left US Airways in 1996 to work full time on WCS. I changed the name to Lucky Dog Volleyball in 2006, in part, due to a small beagle found at NC A&T University. Lucky Dog Volleyball is quite dog friendly; we like people, too.



Allie and Neeko Byars, Maria's DogsI'm Allie, the cute little white girl and my big brother is the handsome dog model Neeko.  We live in Alabama with our mom Maria.  We were rescued, so we are very lucky pups!  Mom is mostly retired now, but we dont really understand what that means.  She plays with us all day and lets us run around the pickleball courts while she plays.  Then she works in the yard and lets us dig up her plants.  We love the kale, but don't care much for her onions, so we leave them in the garden.  Hopefully mom will plant something else soon so we can dig it up.  We like to play that game!!  We've never been to the Dog Pound in NC, but hopefully mom will bring us during one of her trips there.  We hear the Dog Pound has lots of pups and we love to play!

Please contact the Dog Pound for inquires 336.274.6500

I am an Aries ♈️ | Current Obsession: PIckleball

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