Our Club Directors.

Hannah Knoth

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 tournaments—including the 2012 Lone Star Qualifier in Dallas. After high school, Hannah committed to Evangel University to play volleyball. She unfortunately retired after one season with the Crusaders because of injury. Entering her second year as the Tamales club co-director, as well as her third year coaching for TVC, Hannah is very excited to share her passion for the sport of volleyball with every young girl in the club. Outside of volleyball, Hannah is working on finishing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Missouri State University and plans on working towards her MBA in the future. She is looking forward to a great season!

Morgan Copeland

Morgan is a graduate of Nixa High School where she played volleyball 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 played for College of the Ozarks. She played one year on the Bobcats before having to step away due to injury. She currently still serves on the Lady Bobcats staff as the Student Assistant coach. Morgan begins her third season working for the Tamales. She started out as an assistant coach but then transferred into an administrative role last season as a co-director. This season she will step back into the coaching role alongside the administrative position. She is eager to pass on her volleyball knowledge to younger girls, and looks forward to a great season!

Our Club Staff.

Nate Orphan | 16 Black Head Coach

Kayla McNeely | 16 Red 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 Tamales team at 8 years old and continued to play for them throughout her club career.  After graduation, she went straight into coaching for the club. This will be her 4th year coaching for Tamales. She is going into her senior year at Missouri State University where she is studying Interior Design and Construction Management. She can’t wait for another fun season with the Tamales!

Logan Lott-Ingle | 16 Red Assistant Coach

Logan Lott-Ingle is from Nixa, Missouri and began playing volleyball when she was 9 years old at the community center in Nixa. 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 third season coaching club volleyball. Along with volleyball, she also works at Mercy Hospital as a Nurse’s Assistant in the Neuro Trauma PCU. Logan currently attends OTC where she is starting the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. She is passionate about helping others and loves passing on her knowledge of the sport to her players!

Emma Miller | 15 White Head Coach

Emma Miller is from Branson, MO. She played volleyball competitively for 6 years. She is a senior 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.

Kiley Counts | 15 Black Assistant Coach

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Ryley Thixton | 15 Black Head Coach

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Hannah Knoth | 15 Red Assistant Coach

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Joe Miller | 15 Red Head Coach & 12 and Under Player Development Coordinator

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 of 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 15 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, he has coached at the Junior High and High School levels and this season will be coaching the 14-1’s along with being the 12 and under player development coordinator for the Tamales. He looks forward to continuing his passion of teaching young ladies the great game of volleyball this season.

Carrington Peace | 14 Red Head Coach

Carrington is from Lebanon, MO where she played volleyball as a setter and outside hitter for four years in High School. She finished her seasons with All-District, All-Conference, and All-Region honors. She finished off her club years by playing two seasons for Tamales VBC, including a team that won the 17 Silver Regional Competition. Carrington continued her volleyball career at Southwest Baptist University before graduating early. She currently owns and operates all SnoBiz locations in the area, along with coaching freshman volleyball at Strafford High School. Carrington is excited to start her sixth season as a head coach, and she is looking forward to another season with a great group of girls!

Carrie Jones | 13 Black Head Coach

Carrie Jones (17-1’s Head Coach): Carrie grew up playing volleyball most her life.  She played volleyball for 4 years at Glendale High School.  She was primarily a DS/Libero, but has experience in every position. She played club for 7 years, and spent her last 4 years playing 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.  One of her favorite accomplishments was when she was named as the All - Tournament Team Libero at the President's Day Classic in St. Louis, Missouri in 2016. She competed at AAU Nationals in Orlando, Florida, in 2016, and her team won the Sapphire Division. She attended two invite-only Phenom programs. One in Omaha, and one in Oklahoma City. She will be assisting the Pershing Generals 8th grade volleyball team this year while she attends Missouri State University. 

This is her third year coaching with the Tamales. Her favorite part is working to progress their skill level in a fun and competitive way.  She loves watching them step up to the challenge and see them reach and excel past their potential. 

“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up”

Chloe Rear | 13 Red Head Coach

Chloe is from Strafford, Missouri where she graduated high school from in 2018. While at Strafford Chloe played volleyball, basketball, and ran track. In her four years of playing volleyball Chloe was part of two state title runs and four district championships. She also received All-District, All-Region, and First Team All-State honors all

four years, was named Under Armor All-American Honorable Mention her senior year, and received O-Zone Volleyball Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons.

Now Chloe is a sophomore playing at Missouri State University as a setter and outside/opposite hitter. She is majoring in History Education and plans on becoming a high school history teacher and coach, while pursuing a masters in Educational Administration to one day become a high school administrator. Chloe is beyond excited to get to work with such an amazing club that has upheld the tradition of club volleyball for many years now and can't wait to see what this season brings!

Taylor Baker | 12 Black Head Coach

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Emelie Orlando | 12 Red Head Coach

Emelie is a graduate of Lafayette High School where she played volleyball all four years receiving All-State and Honorable Mention her senior year. She played varsity her last three years and won state each of those years. She spent most of her club career at Rockwood Thunder Volleyball Club in St. Louis. Emelie continued to set at the college level and will begin her junior year setting in the fall. She is excited to start her first year of coaching and mentor young women in volleyball and in life.

Kristen Sidwell | 11 Red Head Coach

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Regan Ansley | 10 Red Head Coach

Regan attended Nixa High School where she was a four year Varsity player and earned awards including First Team All Conference, Second Team All Region, and Second Team All District. She was also awarded Academic All State all four years. She began playing volleyball in the 3rd grade and started club at age 12. She played at Lindenwood University and coached for STL Crossfire Elite, before transferring to Evangel University where she majors in Nursing and plays right side. Last season, she earned All-Conference Honorable Mention. She head coached the 12-2s for Tamales last season and looks forward to this season!

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