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Our Club Directors.

Morgan Copeland

Morgan is a graduate of Nixa High School where she played volleyball all four years receiving All-State honors. She began her volleyball career on the original Hot Tamales team of nine individuals. Throughout her career in the organization and in school she played a wide variety of positions. Beginning at middle hitter, then transitioning to an outside hitter, to after an ankle injury in her junior season of high school to specifically a defensive specialist. Following high school, Morgan attends and plays for College of the Ozarks. After completing a historical season for the Bobcats in 2016 with a first ever school appearance in the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, she has decided to step away from the playing aspect of the sport due to injury and become a Student Assistant for College of the Ozarks volleyball. She is driven and eager to pass on her knowledge of the sport to younger girls!

Hannah Miller

Hannah graduated from Nixa High School where she was a four year varsity starter for the Eagles.  She started playing volleyball when she was eight years old, playing club ball on the original Hot Tamales team in 2006. She played with the Tamales her entire club career, winning over 50 club tournaments including the Lone Star Qualifier in Dallas in 2012. This is Hannah’s second year coaching with the Tamales as she was the assistant coach for the 14-1 team last year. She is attending Evangel University where she will be playing for the Crusaders volleyball program this season as a right side hitter after sitting out as a medical redshirt last year.  She is excited to share her love and passion of volleyball with the younger players in the club and looks forward to teaching and coaching the girls this season.

Our Club Staff.

Kara Hopper | 18's Head Coach

Kara Gibbons is from Nixa, Missouri where she played volleyball all 4 years and graduated in 2016. She spent 8 years with the original Hot Tamales team which included 9 girls from the time she was 10 to the year she graduated high school at 18. Kara played defensive specialist as well as libero for both school and club teams. Throughout her years playing for the Hot Tamales they attended both AAU and National Championship tournaments. She attended her freshman year at College of The Ozark where she played volleyball and the bobcats made school history in 2016 by being the first to make it to Sioux City, Iowa for the National Championships. She then transferred to OTC where she chose to change educational paths and began studying Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. She has always had a passion for coaching and playing and is excited to see not only what she can teach her players but what they will teach her as well.

Juliette Moore | 17's Head Coach

Juliette graduated from Buffalo High School in 2017 where she was a four year starter, and was All-District her senior year. She began playing club at the age of 10, and spent the majority of that time at Midwest Explosions playing up every year but her 18’s. After high school, she played for Northeastern Oklahoma A &M where she started as a middle then transitioned to the right side and played all 29 matches as a Freshman. During that time, NEO A&M won the district tournament and attended the NJCAA National Tournament where they went 1-2. Juliette is now attending OTC Springfield and is obtaining a degree in Ag Business. She joined the Tamales team last year as an offensive position coach where she worked with all three hitting positions.

Maddi Jones - 17-2 Assistant Coach

Maddi Jones is a 2017 Glendale graduate. She started playing volleyball in the third grade, and continued her volleyball career through club at the age of 13. She played all of her club years with the Tamales as a hitter and was a defensive specialist for all of her volleyball career. She was previously a head coach for a Net Results team last year and is excited to be coming back home to the Tamales as an assistant coach. She is very
passionate about the game and is very excited for a great season!

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Carrie Jones | 16's Head Coach

Carrie began playing volleyball 11 years ago.  She played volleyball for 4 years at Glendale High School.  She played all positions, but was primarily a DS/Libero. She played club volleyball for 7 years and spent her last 4 years with the Tamales.  In 2013, she made the USAV HP Skills camp as an outside hitter and trained for 4 days in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2015, she made the USAV HP A3 program as a DS and trained for 5 days in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In 2016, she was named as the All - Tournament Team Libero at the President's Day Classic in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2016, she competed in Orlando, Florida, in the AAU National tournament and was named to the AAU All Academic team.  She attended two invite-only Phenom programs. One in Omaha, and one in Oklahoma City. Her senior year she was named to the Missouri All-State Academic team. She is currently attending Missouri State University, where she is studying Physical Education in the Kinesiology Department.

This is her second year coaching with the Tamales and she is looking forward to a fun season!

Danielle Neef |15's Head Coach

A four year starter in high school, Danielle earned All Conference, All District and All Region honors as she led her team to four consecutive Conference and District titles as well as a State Final Four appearance. Danielle began her collegiate career at NCAA II William Jewel before transferring to Missouri State University.

Danielle joins the Hot Tamales Volleyball Club with over 20 years of volleyball experience. She began playing club volleyball at age ten and was trained in every position during her tenure. The 2017-18 club season marks Danielle's 15th year of coaching USAV.

Logan Lott-Ingle | 14-1 Head Coach

Logan Lott is from Nixa, Missouri and began playing volleyball when she was 9 years old at the community center in Nixa. She continued to play throughout junior high and high school, but was unable to finish out her senior year due to a back injury. Her club career started at Club Bear where she played for one season. She then moved on to the Hot Tamales for her last six seasons where she played as a 6-rotation, middle hitter. Logan began coaching girls’ volleyball at the community center in 2015 where she coached 4th through 6th grade for four seasons. This will be her second season coaching club volleyball. Logan currently attends OTC where she is studying to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Kayla McNeely | 14-1 Head Coach

Kayla is a graduate of Nixa High School where she was a middle and outside hitter all four years, earning All-Conference honors her senior year. She started playing volleyball on the original Hot Tamales team in 2006 and played with them all through her club career. She will be going into her junior year at Missouri State University as an Interior Design major. This will be her third season coaching for the Tamales. She can’t wait for another season to pass on her love and knowledge of volleyball to the younger players!

Jami Gunn | 13-2 Head Coach

Jami is a graduate of Galena High School, where she played varsity and club volleyball during her four years. This year marks her 6th year coaching club, and recreational volleyball. She has coached girls aged 8-15 over that time. Jami is very excited to begin a new coaching career with the Tamales this season and to take on the 13-2 girls this year!

Kayli Grant | 13-1 Head Coach

Kayli is a graduate of Millard North High School in Omaha, Nebraska where she played volleyball all four years receiving All-State honors. She then continued her volleyball career at Iowa Western Community College where she helped lead her team to win second in the nation during her sophomore season. Kayli then transferred to College of the Ozarks to play volleyball and study elementary education. She will begin her senior season and 15th year of volleyball in the fall of 2018. Kayli coached for two years at Nebraska Elite Volleyball Club in Omaha, Nebraska, and absolutely loves working with young athletes. She is so excited to coach for the Tamales!

Ashley McAlister | 13-1 Assistant

Ashley graduated from Logan-Rogersville High school where she played all four years as a middles and right side hitter. Her club season started at Club One where she played three seasons as a middle hitter. Played for the Tamales for three years being a libero. Was on the 17 silver team that won regionals in Kansas City. This year will be Ashley’s 3rd year assisting while attending Ozarks Technical Community College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Excited to share her love for the game!

Carrington Peace | 12's Head Coach

Carrington is from Lebanon, MO where she played volleyball all four years in High School. She was a setter for her team all four years, but then transitioned to being an outside hitter as well as a setter for her junior year. She finished with All-District, All-Conference, and All-Region honors her senior year. She started her club experience with Club Bear, but quickly transitioned back to home, and played with her local club, Club Synergy, for four years. She finished off her club years by playing two seasons for the Hot Tamales, including a team that won the 17 Silver Regional Competition.

Carrington currently attends Southwest Baptist University to study both History and Political Science. She played one year at SBU before deciding to step away from it for a health/personal reason. This is her third year coaching club, but her first year coaching for the Hot Tamales. She is so excited to be back within this organization, and is looking forward to a great season with a great group of girls!

Emma Miller | 12's Assistant

Emma Miller is from Branson, MO. She played volleyball competitively for 6 years before playing strictly softball in high school. She is a junior at the College of the Ozarks and is majoring in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in History. Emma also currently assists on the College of the Ozarks volleyball team. She enjoys anything she can be competitive at and spending time with her sweet family.

Joe Miller | 11's Head Coach & Advisory Council

Joe started the Hot Tamales Volleyball club in 2006 and served as the director/ head coach from 2006-2016. He has taken the club from a single team and 9 girls in 2006 to 16 teams and 152 girls in 2016. The past two years he has devoted his time to coaching only; leaving the Director duties to former coaches and players who came through the Tamales system.  Joe has coached volleyball for over 14 years, coaching girls from the ages of 8 to 18. He has taken teams to the Girls Junior National Tournament on three occasions; Atlanta GA. in 2011, Columbus OH. in 2012, and Minneapolis MN. in 2014. He also coached a team of 12 year olds to an 11th place finish in the AAU National Tournament in Orlando in 2010. When he is not coaching at the club level, Joe teaches young players the basic skills of volleyball through the “Tiny Tamales” clinics held throughout the year. In addition, Joe is the current Head Coach for the Nixa Junior High 7th grade team. He looks forward to continuing his passion of teaching young ladies the great game of volleyball this season.     

Margaret Hanneken | 10's Head Coach

Margaret is from Washington, MO. and is currently in the Physical Education program at Missouri State. Margaret grew up playing volleyball and softball and began coaching elementary age children in 2010 at the local YMCA. While coaching, I played softball at St. Francis Borgia High school also playing two years of club volleyball for 4 Rivers VBC as an outside hitter. She also officiated middle school volleyball, YMCA volleyball in high school and adult coed and Intramural volleyball. Margaret currently works with children with special needs at the Arc of the Ozarks in Springfield. She has also coached one season with Pershing Middle School as the 8th grade assistant coach in Springfield, MO.


2016 was her first-year coaching club with the Tamales. She started with the 9’s team and assisted with 14-2’s and 12-2’s. This season she will be the head coach for the 10-1’s team. Her first years have been a great experience, and she is looking forward to continuing her work with the younger girls and introducing the sport in a way that develops a passion for the sport in their hearts.

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