Coaching experience: I began my coaching career 14 years ago on the same court in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania where, at nine years old, I first fell in love with volleyball. Since then I’ve led successful club, high school, and middle school teams in the Philadelphia area, western Montana, and most recently Pittsburgh, PA, including multiple playoff appearances and a 2018 second place finish at the North East Qualifier at the 16s level. In 2019 I presented an educational session on coaching beginning volleyball at the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association Conference.
2020 marks the inaugural year for EC Power Allegheny and I am proud to be a part of developing the organization, having worked over the past 8 years to grow both competitive travel and local volleyball in the Pittsburgh area.
I am currently involved across a variety of levels and locations, including both EC Power and St. Kilian’s Parish School, as I help athletes with one on one technical instruction, offer first volleyball experiences to elementary school athletes, and coach travel volleyball.
Coaching philosophy: I believe that all athletes, regardless of where they are in their career, can learn and improve with focused skill development and an enhanced understanding of volleyball strategy and game theory. My teams train the physical along with the mental in an effort to become better students of the game.
Best volleyball moment: Coaching Frenchtown High School to a marathon 5-set on-the-road victory over Polson High School ending Polson’s two year, 18 match, at-home winning streak.
My life in sports...has been narrowly focused. I dabbled in a variety of activities from soccer to gymnastics as a youngster, and volleyball was the sport that stuck. Competing in high school and college, I transitioned to coaching after graduation. Since then, I’ve been increasingly involved in providing quality opportunities for positive sporting experiences for youth athletes.
When I am not coaching volleyball…I’m enjoying time outside with my family
My favorite subject in school: digital cartography for combining art and math to tell the story of the world around us
Last book I read: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel
Favorite movie: Die Hard
Favorite quote: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete” -R. Buckminster Fuller
Person I’d like to have dinner with: Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935) for her likely engaging stories of mountaineering adventures, conquered adversities, and shattered expectations
Something you don’t know about me: I’m a professionally trained field archaeologist and cartographer.