2016 Bixby Volleyball Coaches
Abby Cachero - Varsity Assistant
Kari Smith- Head Varsity
Coach Kari Smith is into her second season as the head volleyball coach and math teacher at Bixby High School. In her first season at Bixby, she coached the varsity program to 17 wins with some key victories versus top-ranked programs. Prior to Bixby, she served as the head volleyball coach at Broken Arrow High School for 18 years. At Broken Arrow, she led the Lady Tigers to three state runner-up titles, 10 regional titles and state tournament appearances and coached 22 all-state players. She had a record of 459-299 at BA. Coach Smith graduated from Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, KS, where she was the setter on the volleyball team for four years. She earned a degree at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. She and husband Shawn have been married for 24 years and have two children – Libby, 19, and Luke, 16.
Miranda Felton - Junior Varsity
Coach Miranda Felton is working her second season as the junior varsity coach at Bixby High School. She came to Bixby from Broken Arrow, where she was a varsity assistant under Coach Kari Smith. She has coached three years of club with this year coaching Code Blue. Coach Felton graduated from Enid High School and was a setter and libero for the Pacers for four years. She graduated from Oklahoma State University prior to beginning her coaching career. She and husband Micah have been married for three years and have two dogs – Zeus and Darwin.
Lynn Williams - Freshmen
Coach Lynn Williams is in her second season with the Spartans after spending the past four years coaching at Broken Arrow under Coach Kari Smith. While at Broken Arrow, Coach Williams also coached goBA club volleyball for three years. She graduated from Maranatha Academy in Shawnee, KS, where she played volleyball. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a math education degree and received her masters at Oklahoma State University in educational technology. She is married to David Williams and just recently had twin girls in October 2015.
Coach Abby Cachero, currently a senior at the University of Tulsa, has joined the Bixby High volleyball coaching staff this season as a varsity assistant. Cachero played for current Lady Spartan volleyball head coach Kari Smith at Broken Arrow. She was an all-state volleyball player at Broken Arrow and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Frontier Valley Conference. The Lady Tiger libero also won six all-tournament awards during her prep career. Cachero played collegiately at Tulsa for three years, but is spending her senior season completing requirements for a nursing degree. “I thought about coaching but I want to see where nursing takes me. I hope to be a good nurse to my patients,” she said. She added she looks forward to remaining involved in volleyball and is excited about helping the Lady Spartans improve as players.
Samanatha Simmons - 8th Grade Blue
Samantha Simmons, a 2014 Bixby High graduate, played volleyball for the Lady Spartans and has contributed in recent seasons as a coach. She is currently coaching Bixby’s eighth grade blue team. Simmons coached a Bixby club team in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In the fall of 2014, she coached Bixby’s ninth grade team. Last fall she coached the sixth grade team at Monte Cassino. “I am so excited to be back at Bixby this year. These girls have so much potential,” said Simmons, who was also involved in FCCLA during her high school career. Simmons ends her last year at Tulsa Community College this spring as she will earn an associates’ degree in social work. She then plans to attend Northeastern State University and pursue a bachelor’s degree and eventually a masters’ degree in social work.
Joy Adams - 8th Grade Red
Coach Joy Adams is in her first year at Bixby. She teaches Athletic Performance atthe middle school and coaches the 8th grade red team. She comes to Bixby from Tulsa Public Schools where she taught Physical Education the last sixteen years and spent six years coaching volleyball for Nathan Hale Junior High. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. Coach Adams said, "I was welcomed by so many and I am looking forward to this new adventure."