Your Destination for Volleyball in Plano


Mike Minnis – Executive Assistant / email:
During his 19 seasons as a Collegiate Volleyball Coach, Mike has earned a reputation as one of the best skill development coaches in the nation. In his time at the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma, Seward County Community College, and most recently at the University of Tennessee, Mike has developed and coached 10 All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, 32 All-Conference Players, 33 Academic All-Conference Players, nine players that have gone on to play professionally, six players that have played with our U.S. National Team and 27 players that left their collegiate experience and continued as coaches of this great sport.

Every program that Mike has been involved with has reached post-season play. Mike helped lead UCO to its first ever berth in the NCAA Div II National Tournament, helped Seward County to a 5th place finish in the National Tournament, guided OU to the NCAA Tournament and coached the University of Tennessee to two Sweet 16 appearances, one appearance in the Elite 8, culminating with a spot the NCAA Final Four in 2005.

His involvement and dedication to the sport of volleyball has not been limited to the collegiate game. Minnis, along with former OU Head Coach Miles Pabst and many others, began a quest to enhance volleyball at high schools throughout the state of Oklahoma. His efforts obviously paid immediate dividends, as the number of high schools sponsoring the sport of volleyball increased from 40 in 1993 to more than 100 in 1999.

In 1990, Minnis served on the Oklahoma Region United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) Board of Directors, a position he held until 1992. From 1996 to 1998, he was an adviser to the director of the Youth National Team. In addition, Minnis served as the training site coordinator for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and assisted with tryouts for the 1996 Youth National Team.
Minnis is the co-author of “Fundamentals of Volleyball,” a teaching tool for the Oklahoma High School Association. Along with Pabst, Minnis also completed three skill videos aimed at high school and club coaches.

Mike has qualified each of his teams for the Junior National Championships, including past 2 seasons in the 17 Open division. During the 2010 season Mike’s 17 Mizuno team won gold at the Lone Star Qualifier and finished the season by winning the Bronze Medal at the Junior National Championships . Mike also coordinated the PrepVolleyball Unsigned Senior Showcase in Las Vegas, which featured over 600 of the nation’s unsigned seniors. Mike currently serves on the North Texas Region Junior’s Board of Directors.

Darren Teicher – Leadership Team / email:
Darren is in his 8th year with the Summit family. He has qualified twice in the open division and twice at the national division.   He qualified both open teams at the Northern Lights Qualifier, once with a 3rd place finish.

He is also entering his 5th year as the Head Coach at St. Marks School of Dallas. In his second season at the school, the team won an SPC title which is the equivalent of a state title for public schools.  Prior to coaching at St. Marks, Darren spent 3 years at the Episcopal School of Dallas where he was an Assistant Coach for the Varsity team.  In his 3rd season, they won an SPC title as well.

Before moving to Dallas, Darren was an Assistant Coach at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. While coaching there, he also spent time coaching for Austin Juniors Volleyball Club.  He qualified once at the National Invitational level.

As a player in his younger years, he spent 2 years at Columbia College in Columbia, MO.  In those 2 years, the team was the National runner-up in 1999 and the National Champions in 2000.  Much of his coaching knowledge was learned under the guidance of then coaches Wayne and Susan Kreklow.  They are now the co-head coaches at the University of Missouri.

Steve Carerra – Club Director & Coach / email:
Prior to his return to Dallas Summit, Steve was co-founder of NorTex Volleyball where he also served as a co-director and coach for the past 4 years.

In his previous tenure with Dallas Summit, Steve served as a director and a coach for over 10 years. He helped transition Dallas Summit to it current Plano location from Dallas.

Steve has coached and helped qualify teams to USA Volleyball Junior Nationals Championships age levels 14 to 18s over the last 15 years.  He has also led teams in the  AAU Volleyball Championships in Orlando.

He served on the North Texas Region Volleyball Jr Board of Directors as the Vice President of Budget and Finance.

Steve played locally at Jesuit for three years and then played club volleyball at Texas A&M University. Steve spent most of his time playing beach and grass volleyball throughout the years. He was lucky enough to be invited to play in several AVP qualifying events and the Jose Cuervo Gold Series.

Steve resides in Allen with his wife Beth and four children.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t….You’re right.”

Andy Gass – Club Director & Coach / email:
Andy and his wife, Brandy, created Nitro Volleyball Club in 2002. Andy is the Creative Director of an Advertising Agency in North Dallas and a proud father of three.

Andy is Impact certified. Andy attended USAV CAP Level I in Bethany, Oklahoma and USAV CAP Level II in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2004 Andy traveled to Colorado Springs to train at the Olympic Training Center during USAV CAP Level III. Andy’s article Starting a Club: The Story Behind the Creation of Nitro was published in Coaching Volleyball magazine in April 2007, recognizing all of his hard work.

Andy was the Varsity Assistant Coach at Parish Episcopal School for the last 4 years. In 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007 Parish went to the final 4 of State and in 2008 they won the State Championship. In 2006 he coached the Parish 8th grade D1 team. In 2005 he was the Varsity Head Coach at Garland Christian Academy (Made Playoffs) and the Varsity Assistant and the Head Junior Varsity Coach at Ursuline Academy in 2001 (25W-12L) and 2002 (34W-10L). Andy has been a Club Coach 17 years.