Erin grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and began playing volleyball, basketball, tennis and track in middle school. During her high school years, Erin played volleyball and basketball. Erin won two state high school volleyball championships, experienced two undefeated seasons and a team national ranking of #7 in the country according to USA Today.
She went on to play volleyball for Baylor University where she was the starting middle blocker for four years and was the co-captain her junior and senior season. Erin still holds multiple school records including most matches played in a career, most blocks in a career, and most blocks in a season. She graduated from Baylor with a degree in social work and went on to complete her master’s in social work at UTA. Erin was on the Baylor University Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester.
After college, Erin co-founded Victory Volleyball Club in 1998. Victory was ranked one of the top 10 clubs in Texas during her last three seasons as director. During her tenure as club director she helped dozens of Victory athletes secure college volleyball scholarships and continues to help athletes and their families through the recruiting process today. Erin and Ronda Cluff founded Texas Volleyball Academy in the Fall of 2009.
Fun facts: Erin lived in Coppell for 14 years and recently moved to Dallas with her husband, Charley, and their three children, Avery, Emily and Reiter. During her college summers, Erin worked at Kids Across America (a sports camp for urban youth), interned for her Kansas Senator in Washington DC and travelled to Bolivia on a volleyball team with the organization Athletes in Action.
Ronda attended Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona where she lettered in volleyball, basketball and softball and was named Most Athletic Girl of her senior class of 803 students. As a senior, her high leaping vertical and outstanding defensive play led her to be chosen 5A First Team – All Division and selected to the All State All-star team as an Outside Hitter. Ronda played club volleyball for two years with the Arizona Juniors (North) Volleyball Club and won major competitions in her area. Ronda attended the University of Arizona on an academic scholarship and graduated Magna cum Laude in 1993 with a degree in mathematics & education and a minor in deaf studies. While pursuing her academic goals, Ronda competed on the A level intramural women’s team and co-ed team as an outside hitter.
Ronda’s love of sports and teaching has inspired her to coach youth sports, including volleyball, softball and basketball for the past 18 years. Before making the decision to stay home with her first daughter, Hailey, Ronda coached volleyball and softball locally at Coppell High School. At Coppell, she coached the Freshmen A Volleyball Team and assisted with the varsity volleyball and softball teams. As the freshman coach, her volleyball success resulted in a district championship with an overwhelming record of 29-1 and first place finishes in all three Freshmen A tournaments.
In 1999, Ronda founded Texas Juniors DFW Volleyball Club. In 2007, Texas Juniors DFW merged to form Dallas Synergy Volleyball. She began her 12 year journey as a club director with 5 teams and led a staff of 10 coaches and grew to manage up to 19 teams and a staff of 36 coaches. Her teams competed consistently in the top 10 of the North Texas Region and had numerous appearances at the USAV Junior National Championships. Ronda has been instrumental in assisting her athletes in the collegiate recruiting process resulting in numerous scholarships. She has coached club volleyball at the 12U, 16U, 17U and 18U levels and assisted at all age levels.
Not only has Ronda had the opportunity to work summer camps with 2-time Olympic Middle Blocker, Ryan Millar, but Ronda has also been instrumental in helping over a 1000 athletes develop proper fundamentals. She has accomplished this through club volleyball, private lessons, clinics and summer camps. In addition to coaching volleyball, Ronda has several years experience teaching high school mathematics. She has completed her Impact and CAP I coaching certification.
Ronda has been married to Eric for 23 years and has four children: Hailey, Dallin, Sydney, and Landon. They live in Flower Mound.