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Coach Jackson Aparicio (Co-Director)
Volleyball has always been his passion.  He has an extensive volleyball background to back him up. He played High School volleyball for Estancia High in Southern California.  He then joined the Army and kept playing adult club for many years.  He also played for the All Army Volleyball Team in '96, '98, and '00.  In the club league, he was rated as an A-AA player. Jackson has been directing our volleyball clubs (Killeen Juniors and Belton Elite) since 2012.  Go Heroes!

Coach William De Gracia (Founder & Co-Director)

Our "founding father," Coach D started playing volleyball at the age of 10 and continues to play to this day. He's coached club volleyball for 9 years beginning with the club he founded, Killeen Juniors Volleyball Club (KJVC) which merged with Belton Elite as the club grew.  As an educator, he was honored to coach the Ellison High School Volleyball team for 8 years where he was the Head Coach for the past 4 years, taking the Lady Eagles to playoffs in his last two seasons.  Coach D was the visionary and founder behind KJVC, who laid the great foundation for where Heroes Volleyball is today.  "I coach because I love the game."  Go Heroes!

Coach DeAnn Aparicio
Originally from Long Beach, CA, Coach DeAnn has been involved in volleyball since 1986.  She played for Ichiban and later South Bay Volleyball clubs in CA and was recruited as a starting outside hitter for Division I level volleyball at the US Military Academy (USMA) at West Point.  At USMA, DeAnn earned the title All Patriot League Player of the Year (1996) and set several Army records, one of which still stands today as the all-time leader in # of kills in a match. After graduation, DeAnn was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Army and served close to 12 years, deploying twice to Iraq.  She was a four-time All Army and All Armed Forces Volleyball team starter, playing stateside as well as internationally in Germany and Italy, and represented the US at the Military World Games in Zagreb, Croatia.  In 2005, DeAnn was inducted into the Army Hall of Fame.

Coach Alina Wilder
Born and raised in Killeen, Texas, Alina Wilder has always had a passion for kids and volleyball.  She played on Varsity, her Junior and Senior year at Ellison High School, as a defensive specialist and an outside hitter.  With only being 5'1, she recognized that it takes more than height to be successful.  Hard work, skill and technique are what Alina lives by.  Due to her work ethic, she was her team's captain and made the areas Second Team All-District, Defensive Player of the year 3 years in a row, Most Coachable and Track athlete of the year her junior year of HS.

From there, she went to Angelo State University and was hired as their Student Assistant Coach for their volleyball team.  For the next 3 years, she learned how to coach the game from Angelo State's head coaches Kathleen Brasfield and former Volleyball U.S. Olympian Ruth Lawanson.  After graduating from Angelo State, she was hired in Copperas Cove and coached volleyball, basketball and track at S.C. Lee Jr. High for 3 years.  She is currently at Charles Patterson Middle School, as a teacher and the Head Volleyball coach.  Both of her 8th grade teams have been undefeated for 3 years in a row and have been District Champions for the last two years including this season.

Coach Wilder is bringing all of her 12 years of coaching experience and skill knowledge to Heroes.  Her passion for God, her students and athletes surpasses most and she always strives to not only train her athletes to perform better, but be overall better people.

Coach Tiara McIver

Tiara McIver is equipped with 13 years of volleyball experience. She was a standout student-athlete at Killeen High School where she was a three-year varsity volleyball player and served as captain for both her junior and senior year. She also played basketball and ran track. In track, she was also a three-year varsity athlete. Tiara placed second in the region for triple jump in her junior year and also went on to compete in the state championship. During her time at Killeen High, she was awarded 2nd Team All-District in her junior year as well as co-MVP and 1Team All-District/MVP in her senior year. In addition to high school play, Tiara played club volleyball for two years. Throughout her time in competitive volleyball, she played middle blocker, right-side hitter, and defensive specialist. Being that she contributed as an all-around player for every team she has been a part of, she is knowledgeable in all aspects of the game. After high school, Tiara was awarded a full Division I scholarship to Grambling State University where she was a four-year starter. She remained in the top three of many statistical categories such as kills, passes, blocks, and even aided in assists. While in attendance at Grambling State, she was nominated for Freshman of the Year and was awarded All-Tournament in her senior year at the annual Southern University Volleyball Tournament. Along with extensive playing experience, Tiara coached club volleyball for a 16’s team in a previous organization. She believes in hard work, passion, and discipline. One of her favorite quotes is “Your ATTITUDE reflects your ALTITUDE.” In keeping with that mindset, she has high expectations for herself and those around her. She is passionate to the game and wants to use that passion to develop and mentor young athletes.

Coach Megan Wilton
Originally from Roseville, CA, Coach Wilton has been involved with volleyball since she was 15 years old.  In high school she played for Force Volleyball Club and was recruited to play as a middle blocker for Division I level volleyball at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  During her 4 years playing at the academy, she was named Patriot League's Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-Patriot in 2010-2011 season, and First Team All-Patriot League in 2011-2013 season.  Unfortunately, she suffered a season ending knee injury during the 2012-2013 season, but was able to recover and play her senior season before graduating in May 2014  Coach Wilton graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Systems Management and commissioned in the United States Army.  In May 2016, she started as a middle blocker for the All-Army Volleyball team and participated in the National Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Coach Abigail Royall
Played at Caldwell High School where she lettered all 4 years in volleyball… was a Bi-District Qualifier, awarded District Overall Most Valuable Player, Honorable Mention All-State, and Academic All-District as a freshman… was a Bi-District Qualifier, awarded District Overall Most Valuable Player, 2nd Team All-State, Academic All-District, also was a Regional Qualifier in shot put and discus in track as a sophomore… was a Regional Quarterfinalist, awarded District Defensive Most Valuable Player, 1st Team All-State, and Academic All-District as a junior… was a Regional Quarterfinalist, awarded District Offensive Most Valuable Player, 1st Team All-State, and Academic All-State as a senior… was in the National Honor Society as a junior and senior and graduated 8th in her class which placed her in the Top 10%.  This is Coach Abigail 2nd year as a coach for Heroes VBC.

Coach Asia Howard
Coach Howard currently in her 2nd year playing for Texas Southern University. Coach Howard played volleyball for Ellison High School where she was a stand out setter playing for our own Coach DeGracia. She is currently still playing for college and is a tremendous help to our Club.   Coach Asia has been coaching for the past 4 years at Killeen Parks and Rec and assisted with various select teams and conducts numerous Heroes Volleyball camps specializing in coaching and mentoring our setters.

Coach Sef Iosefo
Coach Iosefo was born in Honolulu, HI. He grew up as a military brat, traveling and living in a number of places. He graduated with an Associate's Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology. He started playing volleyball at the age of 10 and has been involved with the sport ever since. He has been coaching in the Killeen and Harker Heights area for the last 5 years.  In his first year with KJVC, Coach Sef assisted Coach De Gracia with the KJVC 12U team and had a great run with a very young team.  In 2013-2014, he coached the successful KJVC 13’s team, winning 4 silver medals and placing in 2 other tournaments. During the 2014-2015 season, Coach Sef was the head coach for the Belton Elite 14 Black team who went on to win numerous tournaments throughout the season.  Continuing his streak, Coach Sef also went on to coach two more successful teams in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.  Go Heroes!

Coach Ernest Barcinas

Coach Ernest has always had a passion for volleyball.  He has such an extensive background with 24 years of playing experience.  He has 6 years of competitive play with 4 years on Varsity in High School, 2 years in the Junior Olympics, 2 years of All-Star play, and a year on the All Army Team in Korea.  He has coached for the city of Killeen (KPR) girls youth volleyball for 3 years.  With all that in mind, he still continues to play volleyball 3 days a week on Ft. Hood and Temple.  Coach Ernest strives to pass on his knowledge of the game, skills and abilities to all players.  He will assist in helping where skill sets need improvement.  Bringing a positive and fun playing atmosphere to the club is essential.  He will also introduce a different style of play to the club, running a quicker offense and tighter defense.

Coach Aereal Dickerson
Coach Aereal has always had a passion for volleyball and began playing competitively in High School.  She played for Belton High School's Varsity team for 3 years where she became a vital part of the team as a Libero and Defensive Specialist.  Also, during her senior year she played as a middle blocker which helped her team go to the second and third round in playoffs every year.  She played club volleyball that was sponsored by Bell Co. under Temple Junior College.  She has played for the Baylor Club Volleyball Team for 4 years and they have won multiple games and tournaments.  She graduated in December 2015 from Baylor with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Sciences and a minor in Business Administration.  She always wanted to be a part of the volleyball world and share her passion for the game with others.  She currently runs our Skill Improvement program at the BCYC Campus. Go Heroes!

Coach Karlyn Wilkes (SIP)
Karlyn hails from China Spring, Texas and is the daughter of a volleyball coach. She has been playing volleyball since she could walk and was a three-time All State volleyball and basketball player.  She was the Super-Centex Player of the Year two years and the Super-Centex Athlete of the Year as a senior. Karlyn played volleyball for Waco Juniors where her team won Nationals-Invitational and placed 2nd at Nationals-American. She was a setter on the Texas Tech University volleyball team where she was team captain for three seasons. She left the Red Raiders as top 10 in multiple setting categories and a three-time Academic First Team All-Big 12 player. Karlyn coached club volleyball at Guns Up Volleyball Club in Lubbock for 6 seasons, including serving as club director for one of those seasons. She became a strength and conditioning coach at Texas Tech once she finished her Masters of Science in Health, Exercise, and Sports Sciences. She is married to Jason, an Army officer, and has two puppy-children.

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