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Coaching Staff


Anyone that has met Coach Manuella will agree that she is an incredibly strong woman that brings light to the life of everyone around her! Through the medium of volleyball, she has transformed the lives of many.

Manuella is a certified Physical Education teacher with a Master's Degree in Exercise Science and over 25 years of playing and coaching experience. She is a former international professional volleyball and beach tennis player -- playing volleyball professionally for six years in Brazil, Portugal, and Israel and winning a league championship in Israel in 2011. She has coached at the highest levels of youth volleyball, including leading her U13 team to a National Championship in Brazil in 2012.   She also led her U14 team to a USAV Nationals appearance in M2's first year!

In her career, she has helped hundreds of kids achieve the best version of themselves. Her passion for teaching and life makes her a  great role model for all of the players that cross her path and there is no better person to lead your daughter on her volleyball journey. From beginners to top-level players, you will find that she is the right person to help them grow both on and off the court.


Coach Mauricio has been involved in volleyball since he was 11 years old.  He played every position until his coaches finally moved him to setter, and the rest is history.  He became a professional at a very young age, playing among the best for several years in professional leagues in Brazil, Spain, France, Portugal, Israel, and Turkey, learning every day from players and coaches from all over the world and getting great results.

His proudest accomplishment was being named captain of the Brazilian College National team, and winning a silver medal in the Summer Universiade Olympic Games in Belgrade, Serbia — the best result ever for the Brazilian College National Team.

His deep understanding of the game and close interaction with his coaches over the years led to a natural transition to coaching. It was in coaching that he found his true passion as he was able to share his knowledge and love for the game as he taught new players. 

For the past three years, Mauricio he has been coaching junior girls in the US, getting great results on and off the court, while making new friends, and getting tons of great laughs with his players along the way. His objective is to create an amazing environment for kids to learn the game and have fun, while always being competitive.  As he says, kids want to have fun, and winning is much more fun!! 

With Coach Mauricio, your daughter has an opportunity to learn from a world-class coach, gain an understanding of the game at a very competitive level, and develop a true love of the sport while having a great time along the way.

Coach Luciano

M2 is excited to have Coach Luciano Carvalho join us this year as head coach of our 16-1 and 14-2 National teams and assistant coach of our 15-2 National team.  Coach Luciano comes to us with an impressive international coaching background in addition to a strong academic background in physical education.  

Coach Luciano has over 15 years of coaching experience, most recently  in Brazil, with accomplishments including both a State and National championship at U20.  He has coached in Bahrain, including championships at both 16 and 18U, and received an International Volleyball Federation award as the top Coach.  Coach Luciano also has  National Team experience as assistant coach for the Brazilian College National team at the University Olympic Games in South Korea in 2015.

In addition to numerous coaching certifications, Luciano also has a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and a Post Graduate degree in Sports Training and Physiology.  


Coach Alex

Coach Alex was born and raised near Atlanta, Georgia. She played for ten years as a setter. She attended and played on the volleyball team at Walton High School and she also played club volleyball at North Atlanta Volleyball Club. She is currently a senior at Georgia State University majoring in Exercise Science and Kinesiology and minoring in Psychology. She is also currently coaching middle school volleyball in the fall and has an internship at DexaFit where she does metabolic, bone density, and body composition testing.
Coaching became her passion when she was injured in high school, needed surgery, and could no longer play competitively.  She started by coaching elementary and middle school recreational volleyball. This gave her a way to stay in the sport that she loves and pass her passion on to those interested in playing and learning. She soon found that she felt most at peace when she was coaching and has decided that she wanted to coach long-term at a more competitive level. 
Her coaching philosophy involves coaching the player as a whole: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Her goal is to encourage and uplift her players while also pushing them to be their best on and off the court. She is thrilled to be with M2 and cannot wait for many more season to come! 

Coach Caprisha

Coach Caprisha was born and raised in East Tennessee in Johnson City. She attended Cumberland University where she was a part of the volleyball team and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

She is currently a mental health therapist in Atlanta and this is her 7th year coaching volleyball. While completing both degrees she coached AAU volleyball for ages 15 to 18 and high school volleyball. She enjoys not only coaching volleyball but helping her players find their passion within the sport, creating a competitive but fun environment.

Coaching volleyball is a way Coach Caprisha can help players improve their skills while creating a space for young women to grow mentally, physically, and emotionally. Her main goal each season is to help her players grow as a person and player all while having fun! 

Coach Lee

Coach Lee is originally from NY and played at Baruch College in Manhattan for 3 years. She's been playing for over 20 years in total and has been coaching for over 9 years at all levels: college, club, High School, and Middle School.

She enjoys both indoor and outdoor volleyball and likes to help players develop their skills. She loves teaching fundamentals and ball control.

She is very passionate about the sport and loves to see her players use the tools that she teaches them in the game to be successful. 

Fun Facts about Coach Lee: She has her own accounting practice, 21yo twins, 3 bearded dragons, a very spoiled Shiba Inu (dog), and all of her pets are named after a lion king character!

Coach Thia

Coach Thia is a native of Nashville, TN. She received her Masters in School Counseling at Tennessee State University and Ed.S at Tennessee Tech in Instructional leadership. Little did she know that her first day as a School Counselor was also her first day as a volleyball coach. Since that day, Coach Thia has coached middle, high school and club volleyball for over 18 years, as well as being a cheer coach for 10 years.  Due to the lack of volleyball club exposure that her girls received in Nashville, she and her colleagues started a volleyball club. Coach Thia remained the director of the club for three years, until she relocated to GA five years ago. 

She has a daughter who has been playing volleyball since she could walk. Now she is enjoying watching her daughter play the game she loves at M2. Coach Thia’s favorite group of kids to coach are those who are just learning the game of volleyball. For her, this is the best time to teach them to love the game of volleyball and become great student-athletes on and off the court.

Coach Yogi

Yogi Hang is from Charlevoix, Michigan where she played varsity volleyball for two years before moving down to Grand Haven, Michigan where she played one year of varsity volleyball. She then went on to play softball at Muskegon community college for a year before transferring to Madonna University where she played both collegiate Volleyball and Softball for 3 years. After she received her undergraduate degree in Broadcast and Cinema arts at MU, she coached one year of 17U volleyball at Force Volleyball Academy in Livonia, Michigan. She then decided to move to Atlanta, GA to pursue her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television at SCAD, to be the assistant coach for the JV volleyball team at Atlanta International Schools, and to join us here at M2 Volleyball!

Coach Gabby

Coach Gabby is a born and raised Northerner from Canton, Michigan. She attended the University of Northwestern Ohio where she was a part of the volleyball team and completed her Associate's degree in Medical Assisting and Health Technology. She then went back to Michigan and attended Oakland University in Rochester, MI where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and Holistic Medicine. She is currently a personal trainer here in Atlanta. While completing her degree she also coached middle school and high school volleyball and track and field. During this time was when her love for coaching and training young athletes was solidified. While in high school, she also coached AAU volleyball for ages 12  to 16 so she knew coaching was where she belonged and where she was the most comfortable,  fulfilling her love and purpose. Coaching volleyball has become not only a game but her passion —  to make each player into the best they can be on and off the court — and this desire has pushed her to want to be the best coach and trainer she can be.  

Coach Je'Bria

Coach Je'Bria played varsity volleyball and ran varsity track all four years at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, IN.  During that time, she was All State in indoor and outdoor track, and MVP all four years, and was MVP of her volleyball team three times as well as All District three times.

After high school, she played D1 volleyball at Perdue University-Fort Wayne for four years, while also running track one year.  She then played an additional year at West Alabama.

She is still playing volleyball competitively and contemplating a professional career while working as a mental health counselor. She also LOVES teaching the game to younger girls, while also watching them become their best player and build relationships on and off the court.


Coach Karina

Karina Ramos has been an A team head coach for the Jr Gladiators since July 2018.

Coach Ramos is from Brazil and it was there in Brazil where all of her dreams of being an indoor/outdoor volleyball player and a volleyball coach started to come true.

Coach Ramos was a student assistant coach in Northwest College in Wyoming in which her team was the Region XI Champs in 2009-10 and they finished in 11th in the NJCAA Division I Volleyball National Championship Tournament in Idaho.

As a player, Coach Ramos earned several significant awards including MVP,  ALL AAC First Team,  ALL-Freshmen Team and The Best Player of the Week for Union College Kentucky. She was a Regional Champion twice and she went to the NAIA National First-Round Tournament once representing Union College KY.

Coach Ramos graduated with a degree in Physical Education, Sport Management and Human Performance. She was also a student assistant coach at Union College and Eastern Kentucky University. 

Coach Ramos has been coaching Club Volleyball in Atlanta since 2015.