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Coaching Staff

Stephanie Rhodes – Director

Stephanie Rhodes has been a Club Director for 14 years; prior to that she was an Instructional Specialist in Cy-Fair ISD, and prior to teaching she used her business degree in the banking industry. She LOVES watching girls evolve playing the sport of volleyball. Par of what she does is to make sure everyone understands Houston Juniors’ expectations. Her expectation is for all of your daughters to be a better volleyball player walking out of our gym than she was when she walked in our gym. We train elite athletes to play at the highest level, but she takes pride in the fact that we train EVERY athlete that walks in our doors. After each season we (Houston Juniors) will evaluate what we do to ensure we are providing the best volleyball program for your daughters.

She feels blessed to do what we do, and does not take her job for granted. We have worked very hard with our athletes to make Houston Juniors one of the top 20 clubs in the country. Thank you to those of you that are a part of our family and we welcome anyone that would love to become a part of Houston Juniors.

Tara Cross-Battle – Head Training Director

Tara Cross-Battle is a retired female volleyball player of the U.S.A. Women’s National Team. She is a 4-Time Olympian and a 2014 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Inductee. She played professionally overseas for 9 years. Tara also played collegiately at California State University of Long Beach “aka” Long Beach State. She was a 4-Time All-American and 2-Time Player of the Year while playing for the 49ers.

Tara is currently coaching for the Houston Juniors Volleyball Club. She is one of the head training coaches and the head coach for HJV 16 Elite. Tara has been coaching club for 14 years.

Tara is married to Spencer Battle and has 2 beautiful children, Lauren age 13 and Marcus age 10.

Jeff Ham – Head Training Director

Jeff Ham is one of the head training coaches and head setting coach for the Houston Juniors Volleyball Club. He is currently the head coach for HJV 17 Elite. Jeff has been coaching club for 24 years.

From 1998-2007, Jeff was an assistant coach for 9 years at San Jacinto College and served 1 year as the Interim Head Coach. While at San Jacinto, he helped lead the program to a 196-98 record. 26 All-Conference Players, 4-JuCo All-Americans and 3 trips to the NJCAA National Tournament. Jeff also was the Volunteer Assistant at the University of Colorado in 2014 where he helped the program advance to the 2nd Round of the NCAA Division 1 Tournament.

Jeff is married to Rachel Ham and has 2 beautiful children, Kinley, age 4 and Ames, age 10 months.


Lauren Rhodes – Youth Traing Director


Kris Lartigue – Assistant Training Director