Bellaire Coaches

Coach Ap Clarke

Head Volleyball Coach and Program Director

Ap Clarke, Head Volleyball Coach at Bellaire High School is finishing her 17th year with a 546-140 season record and 14 “Coach of the Year” honors.  Years ago, Coach Clarke moved to Houston from Fort Worth, TX where she was the assistant volleyball coach at Texas Christian University (TCU) from 1995-1999.  Prior to TCU, she assisted at the University of Northern Colorado.  Over her four-year stint at Norther Colorado, the Bears made three Final Four appearances.  After spending 10 years in college coaching, Coach Clarke decided to re-direct her volleyball energies to the high school athlete. 

 2000- 2017
Head Coach of the Bellaire Cardinals
Asst. Coach GHVCA All Star Team
District Coach of the Year 14 times
District Champions 16 out of last 17 seasons 
Asst.Volleyball Coach at Texas Christian University (TCU) Fort Worth
 1992-1996 Asst.Volleyball Coach at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
1995 – 3rd place NCAA Tournament
1994 – 3rd place NCAA Tournament
1993 – 4th place NCAA Tournament
1992 – 5th place NCAA Tournament
 1990-1992  Asst.Volleyball Coach at Regis University, Denver, CO
1991 – 5th Place NCAA Tournament
1990 – 5th Place NCAA Tournament
 Head Coach at Auburn Junior and Senior High School, Auburn, IL
1990 – Illinois State Volleyball Champions
1989 – Illinois State Volleyball Champions

The coaches' can be contact regarding volleyball related issues. Please remember coaches are very busy training and educating and will be extremely difficult to reach on game days.
Varsity Head Coach
Ap Clarke
Asst Varsity Coach
Jr. Varsity Coach
Melissa Martin
Freshman Coach Kelli Tomlinson

About Bellaire Volleyball Off-Season

Volleyball has developed into a year-round sport.

During the spring semester, Bellaire Volleyball players participate in spring conditioning workouts and study hard to maintain the high academic standards at Bellaire High School.  After school and on weekends , most of the varsity Bellaire Volleyball players compete on elite club teams.  In the spring, college recruiting is in full swing.   Bellaire Volleyball players are actively being recruited by college programs and every year; and several players typically receive offers to continue playing in college after they compete high school.

With the NCAA sanctioning Sand Volleyball as a competitive sport, several Lady Cardinals also play competitive sand volleyball over the summer.

Bellaire High volleyball players have made a year round commitment to achieving high academic standards in the classroom and out performing their competition on the court. Bellaire Volleyball supports the dedication, hard work and commitment required to be a successful student-athletes volleyball player. Being a Bellaire Volleyball player is challenging, requires a lot of work and a strong commitment to academic excellence. To perform volleyball skills at a high level, players must be in great physical condition and stay in shape year-round.

Bellaire Volleyball is a very competitive program. But, for the players who earn a spot, it is tremendously rewarding.