A5 South Club Leadership
The A5 South Volleyball Board of Directors consist of coaches and parents of players with experience in other junior volleyball programs. Our Board provides guidance to our club and has a wealth of experience to draw from.
The Board and the Club Directors work in a joint effort to ensure the current and future success of the Club.
Club officers and board members:
Joe Whigham, A5 South Club DirectorJoe.A5South@gmail.com | Download bio
Joe Whigham played sand and indoor volleyball for 15 years – he played Open level in the sand and on a Men’s A-level indoor team out of Chattanooga, TN. Joe began his volleyball coaching career in 2007 coaching the 152 team for McDonough Magic Volleyball Club. From 2008 – 2011 he served as assistant coach at Eagles Landing Christian Academy. During his four years at ELCA, the team had a 142-50 record, won Area 2009-2011, reached the Elite 8 in both 2009 and 2010, then won the A/AA State Championship in 2011.
In 2009 Joe became the Club Director for McDonough Magic - the club doubled in size with 6 teams, and in 2010 the club grew again to 9 teams. In 2011, Magic became Fusion Volleyball and fielded 12 teams, and 100% of the seniors who wanted to play in college earned college scholarships.
In the summer of 2012 A5 South was born and Joe Whigham was named the Club Director. In its inaugural season, A5 South had 3 teams finish in the top 10 at Regionals and 9 out of 11 teams won Championships. Joe coached the 141 team which won two tournaments, placed 6th at Big South, placed 5th at Regionals, and placed 20th at AAU Nationals.
Joe will be the 16-1 coach for the 2017 season.
Marge Ramos, Associate Director of Coachinga5marge@gmail.com | Download bio
Michael Fletcher, A5 Executive Director, A5 South Board Membermfletcher@southernvolleyball.com
Michael has been involved with A5 since its inception in 2005 – first as a parent; then as a volunteer, followed by a Board Member, and culminating in his appointment as Executive Director in 2008. Since assuming the helm of A5, he has overseen a tripling of the Club’s size, including the creation of sister clubs GA5 and A5 South. He put his background in real estate development to work by developing Southern Volleyball Center and Peachtree Volleyball Center, the Club’s primary training facilities. Moreover, he has helped A5 blossom into one of the Nation’s elite volleyball clubs, earning recognition by AVCA as runner-up for 2016 Club Director of the year.
Says Fletcher, “I view myself as an enabler, helping to create a vision and an environment in which our staff of unbelievable coaches can do what they do best – teach our gifted athletes how to compete at the highest levels. While I am proud of what the Club has accomplished to date, we are still hungry because we know that we can do so much more."
A 1975 graduate of West Point, Michael earned a Master's Degree from Stanford University upon the completion of his military service in 1981. His pre-volleyball career was in commercial real estate development.
David Starcher, A5 South Board Membermiramar13@yahoo.com | Download bio
David gained a love for volleyball in the late eighties when he started playing beach volleyball. He began coaching boys’ volleyball in the early nineties in South Florida, and has coached high school girls and high school boys. David currently coaches the varsity team at Community Christian School, in Stockbridge, where he led the Knights to two State Championships (2014 and 2016). He has been involved in club volleyball since 2007, most recently for A5 South.
David wants to ensure that the players, regardless of ability, find something they love in the sport of volleyball that will bring them back year after year. He wants to help them find interest and stay engaged- at all levels of participation and competition.
David has had a career in law enforcement since 1997. He has been on the Honor Guard, Underwater Search and Recovery Team, and is currently on SWAT.
David lives in McDonough with his wife and twin 8 year old daughters. His daughters are already on the path to becoming great volleyball players.
Michelle Prater, A5 South Board Memberpraterm11@gmail.com
Michelle Prater has been involved in club volleyball for 24 years. She started in 1993 as a coach with Cedar Grove Volleyball Club. She became club director of South Atlanta Volleyball Club from 1995 - 1999. She coached with Tsunami from 2000- 2005. She moved on from coaching to pursue an officiating career. Michelle is certified as an International referee. She holds a PAVO and USA National Referee and USA National Scorer certification. Michelle currently officiates in the SEC, ACC, B10, C-USA, and A-SUN.
Mike Mauer, A5 South Board Membermauer.email@example.com
Mike Mauer was involved in organized sports all throughout high school and played co-ed beach volleyball at Delta Air Lines in the early 90s. He has since transitioned from playing volleyball to supporting female volleyball programs with his time and organizational skills. His daughter Sydney has played volleyball since 6th grade and has entered her senior year of high school.
Mike is employed by Delta Air Lines as a Flight Superintendent. He has served in various areas of responsibility from Lead Customer Service to Project Manager. Additionally, he owned a photography company that specialized in sports and senior portraits. His corporate and sole proprietorship work experience will lend to his position on the board.
He has served as President of two high school volleyball booster programs – one of which was a start-up. During A5 South’s inaugural season, he served as the club’s unofficial photographer and videographer and was an essential part of A5 South’s fundraising activities.
In Mike’s free time, he enjoys traveling, scuba diving, private piloting and riding his motorcycle.
Val Rushin, A5 South Board Membervrushin@bellsouth.net
Val Rushin is the Manager of Client Services for CORE Education and Consulting. He is the subject matter expert for Audio / Video services and solutions for the company. Throughout his career Val has managed teams in different technical capacities for several large Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States.
Val’s daughter started playing volleyball six years ago, and that sparked an interest for him to get involved with the sport. Over the past six years, Val has been involved with both of his children’s athletic journies from being a team dad for his daughter’s volleyball team to assisting with his son’s high school athletic booster club for football. Val has coached middle school and youth football programs, so he is very familiar with the importance of parental involvement for youth sports.