Volleyball Coaches

The-Skill-Factory takes great pride in helping coaches grow and develop and reach their goals. We are proud to see our coaches reach success at the Collegiate, High School and Youth levels. Our experiences and relationships in the industry allow us to continue to grow our coaching tree.

Lesley Thompson
Volleyball Instructor & Coach

Coach Thompson has been a prominent figure in the Southern Region Volleyball world over a decade. She translates her passion for the game of volleyball through coaching and playing every chance she gets. Each of Lesley’s teams over the years have echoed great sentiments about her challenging and unique coaching techniques that focus on collective goals. Lesley’s trademark is her personable coaching style that encourages her players to grow individually within the team concept.

Coaching Experience:
High School
Atlanta Jewish Academy (AJA)
The Galloway School
McEachern High School

Club Volleyball:
Director of Volleyball, The Skill Factory (TSF)
Director, Middle School Coaching Clinics
Director/Head Coach, TSF Developmental Program
Head Coach – Push 1
Head Coach – North Atlanta Volleyball Club (NAVC)
Head Coach, Cobb Atlanta

USA Volleyball Impact Certified Levels I & II

Melanie Vance
Volleyball Instructor & Coach

Coach Melanie grew up in Grayson, Georgia in Gwinnett County and started playing volleyball at Grayson High School her freshman year. After one and a half seasons she was moved up to the Varsity team and shortly thereafter started playing for the (now defunct) East Atlanta Blitz Volleyball Club. During her high school career she was awarded the Offensive Award for the most kills recorded in one season and finished each year on the Honor Roll. After high school she went to the University of Georgia where she focused on her studies and practiced with the mens club team during their respective seasons to stay in the game. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Romance Languages (focusing on Spanish and Portuguese). A few months after graduating from UGA she moved to Madrid, Spain and worked for 3 years as an English and Science teacher in a bilingual elementary school in the city. During this time she played for the Crossfire Volleyball Club in Madrid and traveled all over Spain and other parts of Europe participating in indoor tournaments. Today she enjoys playing on all surfaces (indoor, sand, and grass) and all formats (6s, 4s, 2s) all over the Atlanta area with Angry Dragon Volleyball and other organizations. Melanie joined TSF in 2015 and she is very happy to be here!

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