Hometown: Kutztown PA
Current CJVA position:
Head Coach 15 Black (Flemington)
Previous Volleyball Experience: Seven years as a college coach, from D III JUCO to NCAA D II. Club Director and coach for Club Precision PA for six years. Fifteen years in volleyball instruction and camps.
BIO: As an indoor player, I was fortunate to play all positions at the college level. I have represented different regions at adult Nationals three times. In outdoors I have been ranked pro for fifteen years with over 100 tournament wins.
I hold a master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, with experience in both trauma and family therapy.
Teams I have directed have performed well, including a local high school program that made the state tournament in their very first year and club regional medal winners. One of my Precision teams won the 17’s boys division, KRVA Region.
Get to Know Your Coach
How would you describe your coaching style?
I am an instructor of the game first. Most teams play with a narrow understanding of how to play the game. I challenge my teams to think out of the box, to move the opponent where we want them to be to create the outcome we desire.
What is your favorite characteristic in a player?
Willingness to learn.Players who can get out of their comfort zone, play stronger opponents and not worry that they will lose will get better….faster. Accept the challenge!
Who are the people that have influenced you most as a coach?
I was very lucky to learn my ball in a large community of volleyball players from Syria, Yugoslavia, Brazil and from all over the USA.Absorbing strategies from diverse players all over the world has made me a versatile coach and player.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in coaching mode
Playing Volleyball of course! I also love to hang out with my family.
What’s your favorite thing about volleyball?
Volleyball to me is a three dimensional, moving game of chess.The smarter team can typically defeat a stronger team over the span of the game by controlling their attacks, matching them to the opponent’s weaknesses.