Coach Tamara started playing volleyball in middle school and quickly found a challenge she loved. She continued playing in high school and in club while living in Texas. When she went to college she gave that up to pursue a career in athletic training at Texas Christian University.
That love came full circle when she went to graduate school at LSU and became the Graduate Assistant Athletic trainer for the volleyball team there from 2004-2006. It was at this time she began to play beach and returned to playing on the court in adult leagues often with the very coaches she worked with. She also coached with a Baton Rouge club, and went on staff at the University of Louisiana Lafayette working with the volleyball and softball teams there.
Her thirst for knowledge did not stop so she decided to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy. She credits volleyball for keeping her sane, motivated, decreasing stress during the intense schooling, and fostering some lifelong friendships.
She started coaching with 850 Elite assisting with the beach clinics and indoor developmental clinics in the summer of 2017. This season she will be assisting the other coaches throughout the season as needed.
Currently she works with our local army Special Forces in a human performance program that is a holistic program geared toward allowing them to maintain top performance at all times. She also recently finished and was recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist.
Dr. Copes’ credentials include:
DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy; FL PT#25861
FAAOMPT – Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist
ATC/LAT – Certified/Licensed Athletic Trainer; FL AL#2454
Dip Of Osteopractic
Cert. SMT – Certified in Spinal Manipulation
Cert. DN – Certified in Dry Needling (Not currently allowed by the Florida Physical Therapy Practice Act)
MTC – Manual Therapy Certification
As a service exclusive to 850 Elite, Dr. Tamara will be offering discounted evaluations and recommendations for 850 Volleyball kids!!!