Lexington United was founded in 2011 by Chris Beerman as a Munciana satellite club, fielding 20 teams in the first season. Beerman had just completed his 3rd year at Kentucky as an assistant coach and his 20th year overall as a collegiate coach, but he was ready for a new challenge. He wanted to offer an elite program for the athletes who had big goals and all shared similar competitive attitudes about playing at the collegiate level. In addition, he envisioned a regional program that allowed kids to play the game with less of a time and financial commitment, as well as a program for 10 and under athletes to learn volleyball. The smaller clubs in and around Lexington decided to join in, and so the city became “united” under one name.

In January 2021, Chris Beerman sadly lost his battle with COVID-19. The entire volleyball community mourned the loss of the fearless competitor, leader and coach. Long time LUV coach Jenni Morgan immediately stepped in as Director to fill the large shoes of Beerman, and mend the huge loss for the LUV family. The 2021 club season was dedicated to honoring Beerman’s legacy and continue to train in the competitive environment that he created. During his tenure as Director, Beerman established Lexington United as a powerhouse club in the Mid-South, as well as nationally, developing top talent who continued on to play at top 25 D1 collegiate programs.

During the summer of 2021, Transylvania University Head Coach Amy Barmore returned to LUV and joined Jenni as Co-Director. Together they merged Lexington United with Alpha Performance, a newer club just north of the city that had its own facility. The merger made a positive impact on the community by bringing all of the talent in Lexington together.

“There were many meetings with Amy, myself and other members of the community on what the nexts steps needed to be,” says Co-Director, Jenni Morgan. “Once we had the new facility we knew this is what volleyball in Central Kentucky needed. We needed a place to call home.”

The Sports Center has 9 courts focused entirely on volleyball. Having the new facility has allowed the club to grow its programming and to host tournaments.

This season, Lexington United has 60 teams.

“Coming back to unite as one was the best decision I have ever made. I love working with Jenni and building the legacy that Chris started,” says Barmore.

Jenni and Amy created a Beerman Foundation that is designed to give back to the surrounding middle schools and high schools to provide them with volleyball equipment to keep their programs running.  In its first month, The Foundation has already raised over $1,000 in donations.

With the tragedy that occurred in December 2021 in Western Kentucky, LUV joined together as a club to collect items to send to the families impacted by the tornado.   
“The directors and a couple parents from our club worked together to find local agencies that were collecting  items for Western Kentucky. We collected diapers, wipes, formula, blankets, toys, gloves, tarps, buckets and gift cards,” shares Morgan.
LUV leadership wants their players to be surrounded by good coaches. They have provided opportunities for coaches to go to conventions, attend local college practice, zoom with college coaches for parents, players and coaches to talk about recruiting, planning a practice and keeping athletes bought in. They also started a facebook group for their coaches that shares drills daily to keep their plan precise and to give them more ideas to implement into their practices. 
It is important to the club to offer volleyball opportunities for all ages, backgrounds and socioeconomic levels to participate.  Lexington United coaches and teams volunteer to coach I Am 3rd leagues, camps and clinics offered by this community service program. LUV offers scholarships for athletes who need assistance paying for the club expenses, so the cost to play travel volleyball is not a barrier for athletes who make a team. In order to grow their grassroots programming, the new youth program is held every Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 for ages 4-11. Youth Programs and Operations Coordinator Michael Ortman has done a great job growing the number of young athletes that are exposed to volleyball in the Lexington area.
“We are hoping to continue to grow volleyball in the central Kentucky area. We are looking at hosting more tournaments and growing our club. We have thought about adding and growing a boys program, sand program, and a volley tots program. We want to give opportunities for all in the central Kentucky area to love the game as much as Beerman did,” adds Barmore.

Lexington United (Lexington, Kentucky) is a member of the Junior Volleyball Association, an organization committed to enhancing the junior volleyball experience for club directors, coaches, players, and fans.

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