Coach ‘Em Up Certified Coaches are trained personally by Coach Newkirk to deliver the signature Coach ‘Em Up curriculum and enthusiasm for the game. These strong teachers are dedicated to the philosophy, the teaching methodologies, the language of consistent coaching cue words and phrases, and to the love and passion we extend to every child.

If you’d like to schedule lessons for your child or team with a CEU Certified Coach, contact Coach Newkirk for details.


Earnie Williams

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2009
Professional Athlete, Trainer, Entrepreneur


Coaching and working with young basketball athletes k-12 for 10 years
Current Professional Basketball player in Europe (Portugal, Ecuador, Spain, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Romania, France)
4 year starter and 2 year co-captain for University of Texas Women’s Basketball
35th Player in UT history to reach 1,000 career points
Honored as a MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN as a High School Senior
Honored as Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year as High School Senior
Strength and Conditioning Sport Performance Coach for young athletes
Jamie Carey Comeback Award
Portuguese All 2nd team honors 2011
Swedish All Imports team and all 2nd team awards 2013



Andrew Tanker

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2014
LIVESTRONG Public Relations Manager


Ten years of coaching experience from all levels of youth basketball to high school
Coach ‘Em Up certified
Starting point guard through varsity high school career in Rockville, Md.
Learned skills, fundamentals and drills through seven years of camp with two-time National Coach of the Year Stu Vetter
Wants to help young athletes strengthen their fundamentals and bring out their passion for the game!
Attended North Carolina State University (B.A.) and University of Tennessee (M.S.)
Loves to watch ACC basketball!



Meredith Kennedy

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2013


Hometown: Haddon Heights, NJ
College: Towson University – BS in Exercise Science
Graduate School – University of Texas at Austin – MEd. in Kinesiology
4 years of coaching experience in both Austin and San Antonio
Over 20 years of playing experience including Div. I basketball
Second all-time leading scorer at Haddon Heights HS
All-time leading 3-point scorer at Haddon Heights HS
Two Time Nominee – Colonial Conference Association Dean Ehler’s Leadership Award
Al Corino Women’s Basketball Association Most Courageous Player of the Year
2012 NSCA All-American Player of the Year in Strength and Conditioning
Towson University’s Golden Paw Leadership Award Recipient
Founder of The Pink PAWS Effort – a nationally recognized Breast cancer foundation



Leigha Whitmire

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2010


Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and Photography, Texas State University, Summa Cum Laude
Division II NCAA Athlete, St. Edward’s University Women’s Volleyball
Texas State University Women’s Club Volleyball
Paragon Preparatory head volleyball coach, with 2 Championships
Dallas Premier Volleyball Club
District 13-4A MVP, Woodrow Wilson High School, Dallas, TX



Christle Miersma

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2009
Professional Volleyball Official, Trainer, Club Coach


37 Years of Playing Volleyball (Indoor & sand)
Volleyball Official
Volleyball Trainer
USAV Club Coach
COACH ‘EM UP Sand Volleyball Director
Top Certification include USAV Impact, Regional Official,
NFHS Official and Sand Certification(s) in progress



Michael Mann

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2010
Professional Trainer


Lake Travis Youth Association Select Head Coach & Clinic Lead (CEU)
West Austin Youth Association Clinic Lead (CEU)
Area Select Team Coach
Austin Toros Camp Director
ASC 1st Team Defensive Player
Concordia University 4-year Starter 2010
Concordia University Team Defense MVP 2010



Jenn Winkler

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2014


  • Attended James Bowie High School, Austin Texas, and lettered in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
  • Attended Tarleton State University and played Softball from 1995-1997, earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Business Administration.
  • 7 years’ experience coaching Softball and Volleyball, and have been playing Softball and Volleyball for over 27 years
  • Working with youth in the community since 2001



Sarah Menicucci

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2016
WAYA Youth Volleyball Coach


Bachelors Degree in International Business Administration with a focus in Global Understanding, St. Edwards University.
St. Edward’s Women’s Club Volleyball founder and coach.
Over twelves years experience playing volleyball competitively.
WAYA Youth Volleyball Coach



Krystle Henderson

Coach 'Em Up Certified Coach since 2016
Professional Basketball Player


Current Professional Basketball player overseas (Morocco)
Over 20 years of playing experience at all levels (AAU-Professional)
BS in Applied Learning Development with coaching emphasis/ minor in Kinesiology
The University of Texas at Austin Women’s Basketball Alumna (2013-2015)
2013 NJCAA National Champion (TVCC)
McDonald’s All American Nominee as a High School Senior
Ranked as the No. 9 point guard and the No. 27 player overall in the state of Texas as a High School Senior