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Cari Lowery

Cari Lowery
Head Coach
Coaching Record 755-243

Lake Worth native and Tarleton State graduate Cari Lowery came to Copperas Cove in 2004 and made her first playoff appearance in 2006, which started a state playoff run of twelve straight years and counting. Since 2006 LDVB has posted 30 plus wins each year.  LDVB has won the district title in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Since 2007 the Lady Dawgs have been state ranked by TGCA.

Lowery began coaching volleyball at Springtown Junior High and served as Head Coach and Women’s Athletic Director at Springtown High School for 10 years. She led Springtown to 10 District Championships, nine of which were undefeated campaigns. During her tenure at Springtown, her teams made the Final Four twice and all 10 years, her teams were ranked in the top 10 in Texas.

Coach Lowery is in the top 20 winningest coaches in the state of Texas according to the TGCA.


Christy Thompson

Christy Thompson
Varsity Assistant Coach

Christy Thompson is beginning her sixth year at Copperas Cove after a five year run as head volleyball coach at Bastrop High School. Coach Thompson previously coached Junior Varsity and freshman for Coach Lowery at Springtown High School before taking the Head position at Lake Worth.  She was the head coach at Lake Worth for four years.  She is a graduate of Van High School and played collegiately at Collin County Community College, before earning her Bachelor’s degree at Texas Women’s University.

Melissa Penney

Melissa Penney
JV Coach

Coach Penney brings 15 plus years coaching experience to the LDVB staff. A Graduate of Southwest Texas State University, Coach Penney has had experience at both the Jr. High and High School levels. She joined the LDVB program in 2013 after being the Varsity Assistant at Bastrop High School for eight years.  The JV has won the district title in 2014, 2015, and 2017. The 2017 team set a school record with a 30-4 season under her direction.

Brittany Smart

Brittany Smart
Freshman A Coach

Another coach who knows the Lowery way is former Lady Dawg Brittany Smart. After graduation from CCHS, Coach Smart earned her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M Central Texas and is entering her eighth year on the LDVB staff. She is married to former Bulldawg baseball and football standout John Smart, and has two beautiful daughters named Kadence and Reagan..

Chelsea Spoor

Chelsea Spoor
Freshman B Coach

Chelsea Spoor is Copperas Cove Alumni and graduate of Southwestern University, where she played soccer. She graduated with a B. S. in Education in 2013. In August of 2017, she graduated from Texas A&M University with her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Her 9th grade team was won 4 district championships in the last four years. She will be entering her sixth year on our coaching staff. She is married to Kurt Spoor and they have three fur babies: Dobie, Maggie, and Bella.

CCHS Volleyball Coaching Staff


Copperas Cove Junior High Coaches
Jennifer Forbes, Elyssa Benoit, Mindy Byrd, Gabby Owens


SC Lee Junior High Coaches
Tina Miller, Amy McConnell, Jordan Mathis, Sarah Vann



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Copperas Cove High School
400 S. 25th Street
Copperas Cove, Texas 76522
Phone: 254-547-2534