Dani Walker, Head Coach/Varsity
Hometown: Vanderbilt, Texas
College: Victoria College
University of Houston-Victoria
This will be Coach Walker's second year at Atascocita High School. Coach Walker attended Industrial High School in Vanderbilt, Tx where she was a 5 sport letterman. She attended Victoria College where she played volleyball and basketball for the pirates. She was team captain and also team MVP her sophomore year for the volleyball team. After playing for two years she transferred to University of Houston-Victoria, where she was also hired that year as the first assistant to the Victoria College women's volleyball team. Her first year as assistant the pirates won their first conference championship in three years. After coaching for VC for two years, Coach Walker moved onto coaching club volleyball at Southern Swing Volleyball Club while she finished her education degree at UHV. She coached top 17’s & 18’s for the club. After graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, she took a job at Ganado High School where she was the varsity assistant volleyball and varsity assistant basketball coach. After a year at Ganado Coach Walker took a job as head freshman coach at Oak Ridge High School in the Woodlands. Her first year at Oak Ridge the varsity volleyball team went 48-1, losing in the State Semi-Finals . After her second year at Oak Ridge & absorbing everything she could under head coach Tommie Sledge, Coach Walker finally decided she wanted her own program and jumped at the opportunity to coach here at Atascocita High School. Atascocita feels like home with the school spirit, high standards in academics and athletics, and winning tradition. “This is how I grew up & this is where I want my children to grow up.” Fly Eagles FLY!
Favorite quote: "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
- Steve Prefontaine
Madeline Odom, JV Coach/Varsity Assistant Coach
Hometown: Kingwood, Texas
College: Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, MBA
This will be Coach Odom’s first year coaching at Atascocita High School. Coach Odom was the graduate assistant volleyball coach at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she received her Master of Business Administration. In her time at UMHB, she received Coaching Staff of the Year honors twice and helped coach the team to a conference championship and an Elite 8 appearance. Coach Odom is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and was a two-year letter winner in volleyball at SLU as an outside hitter. She was voted to the All-Louisiana Team, earned All-Academic honors and finished her career with more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. Before that, Coach Odom played two years of volleyball at Hill College and helped lead the Rebels to a pair of National Tournament appearances. She was NJCAA All-Conference and All-Tournament and also earned All-Academic honors at Hill College. She finished ninth in the country in kills as a sophomore and also served as Team Captain. Coach Odom is a product of Humble ISD and is excited to continue her winning traditions at Atascocita High School.
Favorite Quote: “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter
Shamber Stapley, Freshman /Assistant Coach
Hometown: Queen Creek Arizona and Magnolia Texas
College - University of Houston
This will be coach Stapley’s second year as a freshman volleyball coach and third year as a JV softball coach. She attended both Queen Creek and Magnolia Highschool where she was a three year letterman. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics with a Minor in Education from the University of Houston. She has been a math teacher for Atascocita since the 2011 - 2012 school year. She has taught Pre-AP Algebra 2, Algebra 3, Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, and OnRamps College Algebra.
Sportsmanship and attitude are the most important aspects of any sport. Learning to push through adversity with a positive attitude is a skill that will follow you through life. Never lose sight of the love you have for the game. Always remember that the hard work and tenacity devoted to a sport is to help push you further in the game you love.
“It’s not about what has happened, the mistakes you’ve made, or the success you’ve had. It’s about the next thing you’re going to do. Focus on your next play or fall behind.”
- Mike Krzyzewski, Duke basketball