Volleyball Coaching Staff



  Head Coach - Tim Copeland

    High School:  DeSoto (MO)

    College:  Jefferson College - AA  



Tim Copeland is entering his tenth season as the Head Coach for the Volleyball Cardinals. In his 9 years here he has an impressive overall coaching record of 251 - 116. Last season the Cardinals went 26-11and finished the season as Region XVI Runner-Up and MCCAC Conference Champions. Three years ago was the most successful season in Mineral Area volleyball history. MAC had a record setting year where they went 35-7, won the school's first ever Region XVI title and advanced to the 2011 NJCAA Division I National Championship.  The Cardinals earned a final NJCAA Ranking of 10th.  Along the way Mineral Area defeated West Plains, Jefferson College, Miami-Dade and Wallace State-Hanceville.  All of these schools were ranked in the top 25 nationally. 

Tim's coaching career started in 1990 when he became a Student Assistant Coach at Jefferson College. The following year, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Volleyball Coach. He also took over the coaching responsibilities for the Jefferson Juniors, a USVBA club team.

While at Jefferson College, Tim had the chance to learn and develop under legendary coach Jo Ellen Stringer. Jo Ellen Stringer is the winningest college coach in America, and has lead Jefferson College to 24 NJCAA National Tournaments. In 1994, Tim left Jefferson College to take on the task of becoming the Head Coach at Missouri Baptist College (now University). When Tim entered Missouri Baptist, the team had a record of 3-43. After two short years, Tim had turned the program around ending the season with a 30-7 record.  In 2002, Tim decided to head back to Jefferson College to again take on roll as Assistant Coach.

This season MAC has brought in one of its best freshman classes ever and has high hopes to once again claim a Region XVI Title.


Coaching Career:

2005-present          Mineral Area College              Head Coach   (251-116)

2002-2004              Jefferson College                    Assistant Coach

1994-2001              Missouri Baptist University     Head Coach

1990-1993              Jefferson College                     Assistant Coach      

Click here to visit Tim Copeland's Coaching Profile Page


Assistant Coach - Ashley Smith

High School:  DeSoto

College:  Jefferson College, SEMO


Ashley Smith is in her fourth year since returning to the Mineral Area coaching staff.  This is her 7th year overall at MAC.  Ashley has 11 years of competitive playing experience, including 4 at the collegiate level.  Beginning her volleyball career at DeSoto, Ashley developed her skills, attitude and love of the game to take her on to the next level.  Earning a scholarship to Jefferson College, Ashley played middle and outside position for two years.  Throughout her career at Jefferson she played with and faced some the best volleyball players in the MCCAC, giving her the experience and practice to eventually lead her to a Division I full-ride offer.  She signed for Southeast Missouri State and played for 2 years playing middle and right side positions.  Volleyball has been a major part of her life, much like a job for the past twelve years, and she has truly loved every minute of it.  Ashley graduated from SEMO with a BS in Art Education and is currently employed as an art teach at DeSoto at the junior high.  Ashley currently resides in Bonne Terre. 



Assistant Coach - Chelsey Politte

High School:  Bismarck, (MO)

College:  Mineral Area

Former Cardinal Chelsey Politte is back as an assistant coach for the Mineral Area volleyball program. She is in her third season as an assistant coach for MAC.  She graduated in 2007 from Bismarck High School where she was part of a very successful volleyball program for all four years.  After high school, Chelsey joined the MAC volleyball program as a defensive specialist from 2007-2009.  Chelsey went on from MAC and continued her volleyball career in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas at Williams Baptist College.  After two great seasons with the Eagles, the coaching staff offered her a student assistant position while Chelsey finished her degree in Early Childhood Education.  She moved back to Bismarck and re-kindled her love for the MAC volleyball program as an assistant coach.  She also teaches in the Central school district and coaches junior varsity volleyball there.