212 Degrees Volleyball

  • The First Degree

    Posted April 15, 2019
    The First Degree

    The First Degree is our 12 & under fundamental program! 

    4 sessions- May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd 6:30-7:30pm

    @ Game On Sports Complex 2600 Alemeda St. Fort Worth

    $50 for All 4 sessions or $20 for Each session


Our Coaches have a love for the game and also a love for teaching young athletes. We want to grow the game of volleyball while impacting these athletes in a positive way. We hold great value to the coach/ athlete relationship as we have all had great coaches in our own lives that have impacted us positively. Each coach brings a different perspective, experiences, personality, teaching style, and together we have created an awesome family we call 212.

Our coaches are all USAV impact certified, background checked, and safesport certified.

Please read our coaches bio's below! We are so proud of our coaching staff and what they offer our athletes! We are still interviewing coaches and will continue to fill this roster out. Come to clinics and get to know our coaches!

Coaching Staff 2018-2019

16.1 Frances Davies & Mandi Weber
15.1 Lauren McNeal & Kim Melton
15.2 Mandi Weber
14.1 Holli Palmer & Hannah Ray
12& Under Kim Melton
Lauren McNeal- Director / 15's Head Coach

Our Director Lauren McNeal has many seasons of experience as a player and a coach, over 25 seasons total. In addition to the standard certifications she is USAV CAP I certified. She graduated from Granbury High School in 2005 where she was an outside hitter for Coach Tammy Clark. She also played for TAV. After high school she continued her career at Texas Wesleyan University playing for Rick Johansen as a Libero/ DS. It was there her team won conference and then competed at the NAIA National Championship Tournament making it into the Elite Eight. In 2007, she transferred to Lubbock Christian University to play for Jennifer Lawrence. There, her success continued with back-to-back Conference Championships, individual accolades and another Elite Eight appearance at the National Tournament. Her total collegiate playing record was 121-29. After graduating with a degree in Kinesiology, Lauren taught and coached at Harvest Christian Academy for 4 years while also serving as the Girl's Athletic Coordinator. Lauren has also coached competitive top club teams for many years in Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Grapevine. She leads camps and gives private/ group lessons. Lauren has a love for the game and a passion for coaching; 212° has been a long time dream for Lauren and she is excited to see it through. She is married to Darren McNeal and they have 4 kids; Julia, Abigail, Ellie & Lucas.

Coach Kim Melton- 15's Assistant Coach

Coach Kim played for our director Lauren McNeal at Harvest Christian Academy. She loves the game and is amazing with the younger age girls! This is Coach Kim's second year coaching and she is excited to help grow the program at 212. She knows the game and understands what it takes to break down the skills. Coach Kim is a great leader and knows what it takes to be a great teammate. We are so excited to have Coach Kim on staff, she is a great asset to 212! We are excited to see what she can teach her team this year!

Coach Holli Palmer- 14's Head Coach

Hello! My name is Holli Palmer! Volleyball has been a part of my life since I was in 6th grade. I have coached and/or played volleyball in some capacity for 10 years.
A little history about me, I was accepted and played at The Colorado College in the fall of 2006. The volleyball program at CC has been competitive in the NCAA Division III tournament for 12 years during my time there, under the fantastic leadership of our Head Coach Rick Swan and the wonderful assistants. I was elected as team captain my senior year. In 2009, we had made our way past tough California teams in Regionals to win the tournament. We made it to the previously elusive Elite 8. This was the first time in Colorado College's Division III sports history to make the Elite 8. Unfortunately, we lost in the first round but ended up gaining so much more than that. This experience truly taught me how to be a part of something that was so much larger than me. I learned the true meaning of devotion, sacrifice, and leadership. It is this part of my life that I will always carry with me. I use my past to hopefully make history in future volleyball programs.
Once the season had ended, one of my teammates and I were asked to take on a spring boys team. We were hired to coach Doherty High School's Boys Volleyball team. It was after taking this team to a 3rd place finish in a National Qualifier that I realized that I wanted to coach competitive volleyball.
A head coaching volleyball position had opened up at my alma mater. I applied and succeeded in getting the job in 2010. After a very successful season, I had made the choice to move to Steamboat Springs and take the position as the Whiteout Volleyball Club's Director and begin substitute teaching.
Our resources were very limited and I was elected to not only be the Club Director, but the head coach for the 14's and assistant coach for the 18's team. My life was filled with competitive volleyball. I loved the people and connections I had established there. The program was such a huge success and Whiteout finally became a reputable and competitive program. Through both substituting and coaching, I was completely immersed in the community. After the club volleyball season had ended, it was brought to my attention that there was an open position at Hayden High School as the Head Volleyball Coach. I knew I couldn't turn down this awesome opportunity. So at the end of April, I retired from my position as Club Director. It wasn't until June that I was interviewed and hired as the coach at Hayden.
In May of 2012, I was blessed to be a teacher and coach at Lucyle Collins Middle school in Lake Worth, TX. In my two years of coaching middle school athletes, I renewed my understanding of developing youth volleyball skills. In the second year there, I was pulling double duty. Not only was I coaching the middle school teams, but was the head volleyball coach at Lake Worth High School.
I am now starting my 6th year at Lake Worth, and my 4th year as a head coach. I am so excited for this opportunity to be back in the club scene and develop high-quality volleyball athletes.

Coach Frances Davies- 16's Head Coach

Coach Davies has over 10 years of experience playing and coaching! She has coached club and High school on many levels. Coach Davies loves the game and loves coaching young athletes. She is currently the Varsity Head Coach at Benbrook High School, she is growing and building the program there from the ground up. The program she has developed there thus far is amazing, Benbrook is lucky to have her, as is 212 :)


Coach Hannah Ray- 14's Assistant Coach

Coach Hannah has several years of experience both in playing & coaching. She has played on top teams for Tejas, TAV, & Texas Image. She has two national qualifying wins and several varsity volleyball awards from Birdville High School & Harvest Christian Academy. In addition to coaching varsity at Christian Life Prep School, Hannah has coached club for two years. She is currently the JV Head Coach & Varsity Assistant at Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth where she is about to start her third season. Last year, her team finished in the #3 spot in the state! Outside of volleyball, Coach Hannah is a full-time counseling student at The King's University, a student teacher at Bethesda, & a dog mom!

Coach Mandi Weber- 16.1 Assistant & 15.2 Head Coach

Coach Mandi has over 13 years of coaching experience! She has been a teacher and a coach in Joshua ISD for many years. She loves teaching athletes and helping them grow in the game of volleyball. We are excited to have Mandi this year and the expertise she brings to our staff!