Coach Stephen Sansing is entering his 5th year as Head Volleyball Coach at North Cobb HS. North Cobb has qualified for the State Playoffs in all four years, as well as reaching the Sweet 16 the last two years and advancing to the Elite Eight in 2016. Prior to coming to North Cobb, Coach Sansing was the head coach at Rockdale County High School from 2004-2015, where his teams won 3 Region Championships, qualified for the State Playoffs every year from 2009 – 2015, and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2011. Coach Sansing has had over 25 HS players go on to play college volleyball, with 4 playing at the Division I level. Coach Sansing has also been a head coach in club volleyball since 2006, most recently with A5 Volleyball since 2018. His team finished 2nd in 16 American at the Big South Qualifier in 2019, and then finished 3rd in 16 USA in the Sunshine Qualifier in 2020. Coach Sansing also has coached with USA High Performance since 2015, and currently holds his CAP II certification with USA Volleyball. He graduated with a BS in Math Education from Mississippi State University, and currently teaches Algebra II at North Cobb HS. Coach Sansing is engaged to his fiancé Jeannie Newton-Riner.
Daniel is a Texas transplant who has lived in Georgia for the past 4 years. Daniel is recently married, and lives in Canton with his wife and two dogs. He is an Aries, his favorite color is blue, loves all things cherry flavored, enjoys long walks on the beach and listening to Hall & Oates. Daniel started playing sand volleyball in high school at a local cop shop by his house. He fell in love with the game of volleyball, but didn’t set foot on an indoor court until 5 years later. Daniel has played competitively in sand tournaments and indoor tournaments when he lived in Texas and will never pass up an opportunity to play. This is his third year coaching at North Cobb High School, and has coached club at Tsunami Volleyball (where he met Sansing and their bromance was formed) and recently coached at 575 Volleyball. He looks to continue establishing interest and growth in the school program.
Shervonn Johnson grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado and started playing volleyball when she was in 6th grade. She played all throughout high school. She graduated from Sierra High School in 2009. She is a very versatile, athletic player who has experience playing a multiple positions. She played as a setter all through high school but also has great fundamentals as a hitter and a defensive specialist. She played right side for four years for Pikes Peak Volleyball Club on the 15-1, 16-1, 17-1 & 18-1 national teams. They were ranked fourth in the Rocky Mountain Region and won Bronze Division at both the Lone Star National Qualifier and the Big South National Qualifier for her 17s year. She was also hand picked to represent the USA from ESI (Elite Sports International) to play in The King Kamehameha Volleyball Tournament in Hawaii in 2006. She served as a team captain at Trinidad State Junior College for two years, freshman season played libero/setter and setter her sophomore year. After TSJC, Johnson transferred to Dakota State University (DSU) and played volleyball for a D2 college in South Dakota as libero and setter. Johnson has currently played two years at Marietta Women’s league and at local open gyms. Her passion for volleyball has always driven her to be inspired and to inspire others. Coaching is something that she would like to do to help give back to the community and to help young athletes to develop their skills to be the best that they can be and to be able to excel just like she was able to do.
Johnson has two siblings and is the daughter of Russell and Karen Johnson of Colorado Springs, CO. She graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Pikes Peak Community College in 2015 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from CSU-Global College in 2017.
Coach Dennis DeSanctis’s experience spans 20 years, beginning in his home state of New York. A multi-
sport athlete and Division III All-American in lacrosse, DeSanctis’ love of competition did not diminish in
his transition to coaching. Having played beach volleyball in multiple competitive tournaments on Long Island, Coach DeSanctis’ transition to court volleyball has been a joy and a success.
After moving to Georgia, DeSanctis began coaching in Georgia at Saint Catherine of Siena School in
Kennesaw for their eighth-grade team in the very competitive Archdiocese volleyball league. While
coaching at Saint Catherine’s, DeSanctis was recruited to coach at Cobb-Atlanta Juniors Volleyball Club
and coached their 13-U ATL team to a successful season having won 2nd place in the AVAs “Serve Your
Heart Out” tournament. DeSanctis currently coaches for the new Fury Volleyball Club on their 14-2
He is a proud father of two daughters who are proving to have their father’s love of volleyball. He and
his wife Linda have been married for over 18 beautiful years.
“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines
how well you do it.” -Lou Holtz
Coach Savage is entering her third year at NCHS. She teaches Health/Personal Fitness and also coaches basketball. Her hobbies include playing basketball, traveling and working out. She is a North Cobb alumni and is ecstatic to be back with the Warrior Family.
I started coaching in 1996 and have coached many different age groups through the years. My favorite has always been the middle school ages because it gives me the opportunity to work on the fundamentals of the game with the energetic future of the program.