Donna Pixley is the original founder of Red Storm Volleyball and also serves as the Club’s Director and coach. Red Storm Volleyball began in 2004 with just one team comprised of girls of varying ages and has developed into a prominent club in Louisiana with nineteen teams, calling Team Sportsplex home. Donna has been actively involved in club volleyball in Louisiana since 1998. In 2002, she was the head coach of a 15 & under team that won a USAV National Championship for Volleyball Baton Rouge. She is one of a handful of coaches in the history of Louisiana to win both state and national titles. In the spring of 2019, her 18u team finished 5th nationally. In 2022, Red Storm Volleyball experienced its most successful season to date, with 5 teams finishing in the top 10 nationally in the club division and her 18s National team qualifying for USAV Nationals in Columbus, OH.
Coach Pixley is also the Director of Volleyball at Team Sportsplex, where she also served as the Director of Operations for several years. She is in charge of directing all volleyball programming including camps, clinics, private & group lessons, etc.
Originally from Tampa, Florida where she was a volleyball and basketball standout at Tampa Preparatory School, Donna played at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and was a 4-year starter as a setter. With over 4,000 career assists, she graduated as the school’s all-time leader in assists. At Samford she was named to the All-Academic All-Conference team 3 times and was a member of several national honor societies.
Prior to joining Team Sportsplex full-time in May 2015, Coach Pixley served as the Athletic Director for 4 years at The Dunham School where she recently completed her 21st season as the head volleyball coach. As the head coach, she led her 2004 team to a state runner-up finish and her 2005 team to the school’s first volleyball state championship, both in Division V. Her 2022 team also won the Division III state title, setting a school record for victories while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state. All of her teams have qualified for the state playoffs during her tenure at Dunham. She has been named District Coach of the Year 6 times, Metro Coach of the Year twice and State Coach of the Year twice. Donna was also privileged to coach the West All-Star team in the summer of 2006 and fall of 2022.