OUR PREVIOUS COACHING STAFF
(2019 COACHING STAFF COMING SOON)
Our incredibly knowledgeable and passionate coaching staff has represented all levels of collegiate, club, and high school volleyball. In past years, this list has included coaches from NCAA Divisions I, II and III from such conferences as the NESCAC, NEWMAC, Little East, CAA, CCC, UAA, NE-10, America East, Patriot League, and the Ivy League!
Please check out the list of our great staff members, their institutions as well as their complete bios below! We have been honored to work with them all during these past JVBC spring and summer clinics and look forward to many of them returning! Although the clinic directors will coach at every session, the rest of the staff varies by clinic throughout July and August based on their summer schedules.
If there is a particular coach with whom you are interested in working with, please e-mail us so that we can let you know the exact dates a specific coach has committed to.
Tufts University Head Coach, Cora Thompson, has enthusiastically guided the Jumbos to their current place among the region and country’s best. Since her first season in 2002, Tufts has compiled an outstanding 366-130 record for a .737 winning percentage. Also in that span, the Jumbos have posted a 126-34 record in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play, have competed in the conference play-offs 17 straight seasons, have earned 8 NCAA Tournament berths (including three Sweet 16 & 2 Elite 8 Appearances) in the last 12 years, and have been ranked the #1 Division III team in New England during four of the last eight seasons finishing as high as 19th in the country overall.
Thompson has coached almost 40 All- NESCAC players including 2 Players of the Year, 4 Rookies of the Year and a Defensive Player of the Year. On the regional level, she has coached 35+ All New England players including an All New England Player of the Year and 2 All New England Rookies of the Year, 30+ AVCA All New England honorees as well as a 2nd Team All American setter. Most importantly, she has coached 30+ All-Academic players who successfully earned a 3.35+ GPA while competing in the incredibly demanding NESCAC.
Thompson has earned NESCAC Coach of the Year honors in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016 & 2017. Thompson was honored again most recently for her efforts at the helm of the Jumbos during their incredible 2016/2017 seasons which saw her squad finish a perfect 10-0 in back to back undefeated regular seasons in NESCAC conference play, earning a perfect 20-0 regular season record and 50-11 overall record, the #1 2016 NCAA regional ranking in New England and an earned trip to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament in Oshkosh, WI. She was also named New England Coach of the Year in 2008 and again in 2016; ECAC Coach of the Year in 2014 and AVCA Regional Coach of the Year in 2016 & 2017.
Williams College Head Coach Christi Kelsey completed her tenth season as coach of the Ephs this past fall, where she has guided her teams to 10 consecutive NESCAC playoff appearances. In 2009, 2013 and again in 2014, the Ephs finished with over 20+ wins on their way to capturing 3 NESCAC titles. This span also includes 4 NCAA tournament appearances including two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 and one trip to the Elite Eight. Kelsey was named NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2013 and in 2015, AVCA Regional Coach of the Year in 2013 and NEWVA Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. She also coached the NESCAC Rookie of the Year (twice) and Player of the Year (three times) as well as multiple all conference, all New England, all region and all-academic student-athletes.
Before moving to Williamstown, Kelsey was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Harvard University providing on court instruction while helping with team development from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining the Harvard staff, Kelsey served as a volunteer assistant coach at Wellesley College (2002-2005) and served as the interim head coach at Wheaton College during the spring of 2005.
Kelsey is a graduate of Purdue University where she was a student-athletes for four years as part of the Boilermaker program
Alesia Vaccari enters her 9th summer as part of the Jumbo Volleyball Clinics staff. In the spring of 2014, Vaccari was named the new Head Coach of the Brandeis University volleyball program and will be entering her 6th season in the fall of 2019. Coach Vaccari and her Judges are currently coming off of a record-breaking season posting their best UAA post season performance in a decade. Due to her efforts, Coach Vaccari earned UAA Coach of the Year honors and is the 1st ever Brandeis volleyball coach to do so! She has successfully led the Judges into the post season both in 2017 and 2018.
Prior to being hired at Brandeis, Vaccari was the Head Coach at Simmons College for three seasons. During her time with the Sharks, Vaccari was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2011, her first season as a head coach. In 2011, she led the Sharks to the GNAC Semifinals for the first time in program history, finishing with a 20-10 overall record and 9-4 in conference play. In 2012, she took the program back to the semi-finals with an equally impressive record. Under her direction, the Sharks more than doubled their win percentage from the 2010 season without any additions to the roster.
Prior to joining the Sharks, Vaccari coached at Clarkson University serving as their assistant coach for two years. In 2009, Vaccari helped lead the Golden Knights to their first Liberty League Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance as Clarkson went 28-7, the top winning percentage in program history.
Vaccari, a 2006 graduate of Springfield College with a degree in Athletic Training, was a two-time All-American for the Springfield Pride in 2003 and 2004, two seasons in which her team reached the NCAA Tournament. The 2004 NEWMAC Player of the Year as well, Vaccari is Springfield's all-time leader in assists (5,196) and aces (321) while ranking eighth at the school in digs (1,196). When she was a Junior Olympic volleyball player, she was named the 2001 Connecticut High School Player of the Year.
DeRan is entering her 5th season as the Head Coach of Bates College. In the 2018 season, the Bobcats posted their best NESCAC regular season performance yet under Coach DeRan and found themselves in the post-season conference tournament for the 4th time in a row. Prior to Bates, DeRan completed a successful four-year stint at Union College. At Union, she led the Dutchwomen to a 22-11 record in 2013, including an appearance in the Liberty League championship match, and a 24-12 mark in 2014. Five players from the 2014 team earned Liberty League all-conference honors, and one, libero Katherine Moeller, also received Honorable Mention All-America laurels.
Prior to her time at Union, Coach DeRan served as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Beacons produced a record of 30-5 and won the Little East Conference Championship in her one year on campus, the 2010 season. UMass Boston finished in the top 20 in the AVCA National Poll for the first time in school history, and also reached the NCAA Division III Elite Eight for the first time. For three seasons, 2007-09, DeRan was head volleyball coach, assistant track and field coach, and strength and conditioning coordinator at St. Lawrence. DeRan also was a graduate assistant at Otterbein in the 2006 season.
Nikki Naccarato, just completed her first season in Lewiston, Maine as the Bates College volleyball assistant coach helping guide the Bobcats to an impressive 14-9 overall record as a member of the NESCAC conference.
Following a two-sport playing career at Division II American International College in Springfield, Mass., Naccarato became interim head coach of men’s and women's volleyball at Regis College in Weston, Mass., in 2015. She then moved into the role of head coach of both programs in 2016-17 guiding the women's team to a 2016 NCAA Tournament bid after winning the New England Collegiate Conference Tournament. She also coached the NECC Player of the Year on the men's team.
After the 2017 season at Regis, Coach Nikki took over Maryville's Division II women's volleyball team in 2017-18, leading all facets of the program.
Naccarato captained both the lacrosse and volleyball teams at American International, earning the Milton Piepul Athletics Merit Medal and the AIC Women in Leadership Award while serving as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years.
She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from AIC, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2015. While serving as interim head coach of me and women's volleyball at Regis College, she earned a master's degree in professional and organizational communications.
Patrick Helmas just completed a historic fifth season as an assistant women's volleyball coach at Babson in 2018. Since arriving prior to the 2014 campaign, Helmas has helped the Beavers win three NEWMAC Tournament championships and make four NCAA Tournament appearances including a NCAA Regional Championship this past season taking Babson to the Elite 8 for the first time in program history. The Green and White set a school record for wins in 2015 (28) and reached the regional finals NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history last season after advancing to the second round in 2014 and 2015.
A 2011 graduate of Bryant University, Helmas joins the Beavers after spending two years as an assistant coach at nearby Lesley University Involved with all aspects of the program, Helmas helped the Lynx to back to back fifth place finishes in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).
Along with his collegiate experience, Helmas has extensive experience as a high school and club coach throughout the area. A former varsity coach at both Concord-Carlisle HS and Needham HS, he has been with the SMASH volleyball club since 2011, coaching the Boys 16U squad for each of the last two years. His U16 boys squad finished second at the 2013 New England Championships and then won regional title in 2014.
A three time all tournament honoree while at Bryant and a two time league all star at Norwood HS, Helmas continues to shine on the court. His men's club team won the 2014 Adult Open national championship and he was selected to the all tournament squad as a libero.
Joey Pacis, a former head coach at Merrimack College, is the head women's volleyball coach at Bentley University. He came to Bentley in 2013 as an assistant coach under Sandy Hoffman and took over as head coach when she stepped aside prior to the 2014 season. During his first five seasons at the helm, Pacis has posted a 78-67 record, including 47-23 in Northeast-10 contests.
Pacis was cited as the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year in 2014 after directing the Falcons to a 19-12 record, a share of the Northeast-10 regular season title, a berth in the NE-10 championship match and the semifinals of the NCAA Division II East Regional.
The 1995 University of Illinois graduate was the head coach of the Merrimack Warriors for eight years, from 2003-10. He’s the winningest coach in Merrimack’s volleyball history, with a career record of 117-116, and guided his team to the program’s first two NCAA tournament berths, in 2007 and 2008. Pacis was the Northeast-10 Coach of the Year in both of those seasons, and his team twice had the highest cumulative GPA among Merrimack’s varsity teams (2007, 2008). His 2009 team set a school record for wins with 21.
Prior to being named the head coach in February 2003, Pacis served as an assistant with the Merrimack program for three years. Pacis was an outstanding player for the University of Illinois, serving as the team’s starting setter for four years. In 1994, he helped the Fighting Illini win its first Big Ten men’s volleyball championship and earned second team All-Tournament honors. Illinois finished No. 17 in the nation his senior year. While attending Illinois, Pacis volunteered as a student coach for the women’s Division I volleyball program under the direction of Mike Hebert, and also coached at the Fighting Illini summer volleyball camps.
Kristine Mickelson, a 2010 graduate of Bentley University, returned to her alma mater as an assistant volleyball coach in 2015 and will be in her fifth season on the staff in 2019. In addition, she serves as a Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Bentley.
Mickelson returned to Bentley following two years as head volleyball coach at Suffolk University, where she posted a combined 24-36 record from 2013-14. In her first year at the helm, she led the Rams to their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament appearance in six seasons.
Mickelson played for the late Hall of Fame coach Sandy Hoffman at Bentley from 2006-09, amassing 985 kills, 399 digs and 399 blocks while playing in every match during her four seasons. She earned All-Northeast-10 third-team honors as a junior and senior, and was also an honorable mention AVCA Division II All-East Region selection in 2008.
During her time at Bentley, Mickelson was an athletic student-athlete representative at the NE-10 Spring Conference and the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Development Conference.
A native of San Diego, Calif. where she attended Scripps Ranch High School, Mickelson graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in marketing, with a minor in global studies.
Erin Cady was named head coach of the Bowdoin volleyball program in February of 2015 and will be entering her 5th season in 2019. Cady came to Bowdoin from Holy Cross, where she had served as head coach four seasons.
In her first four seasons as head coach of the Polar Bears, Cady has led the team to two of its greatest seasons in program history. Bowdoin captured the NESCAC Championship and advanced to its first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal after defeating host MIT in the New England Regional in 2015 and then won another NESCAC Championship this past season posting their best record ever at 29-2. Cady was honored with her first NESCAC Coach of the Year award and has posted an outstanding overall record of 85-27 with a 33-7 NESCAC record.
Cady assumed the head coaching position at Holy Cross in 2011 following a year as an assistant coach with the program. In two of her four seasons at the helm, she tied the program record for Patriot League wins (six) while matching the team's best-ever finish in the league standings (fifth). The team earned the AVCA's Team Academic Award for the first time in program history in 2013-14 and Holy Cross placed two members on the Patriot League's seven-player All-Academic Team.
A 2006 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Cady had an outstanding playing career for the Wildcats. She was a three-time All-America East Conference selection and was twice named a team captain. She was the fourth player in school history to eclipse 1,000 kills and helped lead the Wildcats to a pair of America East titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Cady was also an Academic Scholar Athlete and a member of the Dean’s List in every season. Following graduation, Cady played professional volleyball for the SWE-Volley Team in Erfurt, Germany.
Cady earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and justice studies from UNH in 2006 and a master’s degree in kinesiology and sports studies in 2010.
Olivia Lathrop just completed her first season as the assistant coach for the Big Green where they finished 10-15 overall, 5-9 in the Ivy League conference. Lathrop spent the last two years as a graduate assistant at DeSales University. While in Center Valley, Lathrop assisted with practice planning, team management, travel arrangements and recruiting. Lathrop helped lead the 2017 team to an undefeated conference record for the first time in a decade and was part of the staff that coached both the 2016 and 2017 teams to the MAC Freedom Conference Championship.
Lathrop started her collegiate volleyball career at Southern Connecticut State (2012-14) before transferring to Western New England University (2014-16). While at WNE, she was captain, all-conference, academic all- conference and a Student Athletic Advisory Committee member.
She graduated summa cum laude in 2016 with a degree in sport management and a minor in athletic coaching. Lathrop was pursuing a master's in business administration while at DeSales. In 2015-16, she was a member of the professional team the New England Midnight Riders, a team that plays in the Premier Volleyball League.
Kelly Bonja, former Tufts University assistant, enters her second season with the Eastern Washington University Eagles in the fall of 2019. Bonja arrived in Cheney, WA in the fall of 2018 as a member of a completely new staff under the Eagles new head volleyball coach, Leslie Flores-Cloud. Kelly Bonja joined the Eagles and the Big Sky Conference after over a year in the Patriot League at Bucknell University in a similar role. Bonja served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bucknell University where she coached one sophomore to the All Patriot League Second Team and another to the AllAcademic Team.
Prior to Bucknell, Bonja spent nearly four seasons at Tufts University, serving as a camp staff member, recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach. In 2016, Bonja was named the AVCA National Assistant Volleyball Coach of the Year as Tufts advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight that season. Also in that season, she was part of a staff that was named the New England Women’s Volleyball Association Coaching Staff of the Year, in addition to the same accolade from the NESCAC in 2014 and 2016.
She coached several athletes to various accolades during her time at Tufts, including two AVCA Honorable Mention AllAmericans in 2014 and one AVCA Second Team All American and AVCA First Team All Region in 2015. Tufts also boasted several on the All New England Rookie Team, Senior Team and First Team All Conference members during her stint.
Bonja has also spent time as a head and assistant men’s and women’s volleyball coach for the San Gabriel Elite Volleyball Coach.
Before her coaching career began, Bonja played volleyball at California State Polytechnic where she earned CCAA Second Team All Conference in 2012. She was named team MVP in 2011 and 2012 and was voted the team’s best defensive player for three consecutive seasons. After wrapping up her playing career, she transitioned into a volunteer role for the Broncos.
She graduated from California State Polytechnic in June of 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in kinesiology pedagogy.
The Endicott women’s volleyball team has been under the guidance of Tim Byram since the start of the millennium. Byram is entering his 19th season in the fall of 2019. The Gulls have developed into one of the top teams in both the CCC and in New England, having made the conference finals seven out of the last 10 seasons, winning four of them. They have competed in six NCAA tournaments advancing to the NCAA second round in 2006. Byram is a two time CCC Coach of the Year having coached 11 All region players and 66 All CCC players including two Players of the Year, three Liberos of the year, and five Rookies of the Year. More impressively, he has coached 28+ student-athletes who have been named to the CCC Academic All-Conference Team. With an overall record of 432-294 (.595) and a conference record of 137-29 (.895) in the 18 years with Byram at the helm, the team is looking to continue this level of success and return to the NCAA tournament for years to come.
Prior to Endicott, Byram served as the interim head coach at Bates College posting a 33-6 (.846) record and earning an ECAC Division III New England Championship. Before landing in Lewiston, Maine, he served as the assistant coach at St. Joseph’s for 2 seasons and the Head Coach at UMaine Farmington for a season, his Alma Mater, where he played for four years.
Sarah Bernson just completed her second season as head coach of the George Washington volleyball program in 2018. In her first season at the helm, Bernson led the Colonials on an improbable run to the final four of the Atlantic 10 Championship after guiding the team to a historic upset in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Colonials became the first team in Atlantic 10 history to win a quarterfinal match as a No. 6 seed since the tournament shifted formats in 2009. GW outlasted No. 3 seed Saint Louis in five sets at Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo Center.
GW finished the season with an 11-21 overall record and a 6-8 mark in the Atlantic 10. GW surged in the later portion of the season to make the postseason, going 3-2 in a critical five match stretch at the end of the regular season to earn a spot in the A10 Championship field.
Bernson came to GW after serving as assistant coach at nearby American University for the five seasons. During her tenure at American, Bernson helped the Eagles to a dominant stretch that includes a fiveyear record of 136-36 (.795), four consecutive Patriot League championships and four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. In 2013, the Eagles rolled through the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament with 3-0 sweeps over Georgia and Duke to make the program's first ever Sweet 16 appearance. At American, Bernson played a large role in recruiting, training and operations and helped in the development of six All Patriot League selections, two Freshmen of the Year and one Libero of the Year.
She also has served as the head coach for the Rising Tide of the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), USA Volleyball's professional league, where she has coached former GW Volleyball players such as Maggie Skejelbred '16, Lauren Whyte '13 and Candace SilvaMartin '13.
Prior to her time at American, Bernson spent eight years at Cornell University, including three seasons as head coach, where she helped lead the Big Red to a trio of Ivy League Championships (2004-06) and two NCAA Tournament appearances. While at Cornell she also recruited and developed the program's first ever All American and all time kills leader.
She also had a collegiate coaching stop at Cal State Monterey Bay (Assistant Coach, 2001-04) where she helped in the school's transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.
Bernson played collegiately at Saint Mary's (Calif.) where she was a team captain as a senior. She earned her bachelor's degree in English and Art in 1999.
Coach Dill will enter his 24th season at the helm of the MIT program the fall of 2019. Dill is currently ranked 17th out of over 400 active Division III coaches in the nation in overall winning percentage (.760), averaging 27 wins and single-digit losses per season during his career. He has never collected fewer than 20 wins in a season and has five 30-win seasons under his belt, lifting his career record to 594-188. A three-time AVCA Division III New England Region Coach of the Year, Dill has also been named the NEWVA Coach of the Year three times. He also collected NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors in 2002, 2016 and again for his team's performance in 2017. He has also guided the Engineers to 10 NCAA post-season bids, two ECAC Championships and two NEWMAC titles (2012 and 2016).
Dill began duplicating this success with the MIT men’s team after being summoned to take over the reins of the program in 2004. In his 14 seasons at the helm, he led the men’s program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 and an overall record of 328-132. Before coaching the MIT men’s squad, Dill directed the Emmanuel College men’s squad to a 12-8 record in its first season of varsity competition.
He also co-coached the England Women’s Junior National Team for four years and was an assistant coach for a Division I National League women’s club team in the English Volleyball Association.
Other experience includes coaching the University of Connecticut men’s volleyball club team while earning his MBA, serving as the manager of the Bates College women’s team as an undergraduate, and coaching the men’s open division of the Bay State Games.
Mike Coniglione just completed his fourth year as an assistant coach for the MIT women's volleyball program. From 2016-17 he also served as an assistant coach with the Engineers’ men’s volleyball team.
Graduating from Endicott College in 2014, Coniglione received a Bachelor of Science degree in sport management, while minoring in business administration. As a member of Endicott's men's volleyball team, he captained the Gulls during their back-to-back conference championship seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances. Upon graduation, Coniglione was awarded with the school's Senior Scholar Athlete Award, which is given to a graduating senior based on their academic and athletic accomplishments.
During the 2014-15 academic year, Coniglione served as an assistant coach with the Union College women's volleyball team. He helped guide the Dutch to a 24-12 season and a Liberty League Tournament appearance.
In addition to coaching at MIT, Coniglione is the Assistant Director of Member Services at the school's Alumni Pool and Wang Fitness Center. He is also a director for the girl’s club at Mill City Volleyball Club and the head coach of the club’s 17U team.
Morrison just finished a very impressive first season at the helm of the New England College Volleyball program. She led the second year program, with a roster including 18 freshmen and sophomores, to a 7-2 conference record and their 1st NECC post season appearance where they battled into the semi-finals of conference play. She comes to NEC from UMass Boston, where she was an assistant coach for two seasons. She aided the Beacons to a 44-21 overall record with a two Little East conference championship titles. In 2016, the team reached the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
Morrison graduated from UMass Boston in 2015 with a bachelor's in Exercise Health Science. During her collegiate career, Morrison helped the UMB volleyball program to three Little East Conference championship titles and NCAA Regional championships in 2012 and 2013. She was also a member of the Beacon's basketball team and collectively was an eight-time All-LEC honoree.
Danielle Soubliere just completed her 4th season as the head coach at Roger Williams University this 2018 season. In her first four seasons, she has helped continue the program's success in the CCC Conference and the New England Region as well. Prior to Roger Williams, Soubliere spent the 2014 season as the Head Coach at Simmons College in Boston. She guided the Sharks to a 9-2 mark in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference in just her first season and captured the number three seed in the league tournament for the program's highest-seeded appearance since 1999.
Under her tutelage, two of her players were named to the All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference team, with one being named GNAC Rookie of the Year.
Prior to her season at Simmons, Soubliere enjoyed two successful seasons as an assistant coach at Springfield College. Over her two seasons with the Pride, she helped guide Springfield to a 53-14 record that included a pair of appearances in the NCAA Regional Tournament semifinals as well as a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship in 2013.
Soubliere also has experience coaching at the club and camp level, with coaching stints at the Premier Volleyball Academy and at Club O.N.E. in Ohio as well as stops at the Youngstown State University Youth Camp, the Dearing Volleyball School and the University of Connecticut Volleyball camp.
Soubliere graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Youngstown State and later earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Science from Springfield College.
Mia Frugé just completed her first season as the head volleyball coach for the Pioneers this past fall 2018. Frugé is the 10th head coach in the 45-year history of the Smith volleyball program after spending the 2017 season as the assistant volleyball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Hartford.
Frugé comes to the Pioneers with many years of coaching experience under her belt. Prior to the University of Hartford, she was an assistant at the United States Naval Academy and at Trinity University.
While at Navy, the Midshipmen went 20-9 (10-6) and finished fourth in the Patriot League in 2016. As the assistant coach, Frugé was responsible for camp operations, travel logistics and administration, conducting daily practice, and statistical analysis of all players.
As a member of the Trinity coaching staff, Frugé assisted the Tigers to a 30-10 overall record and the 2014 SCAC Conference Championship. The team advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Division III Tournament before falling to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. In 2015, the Tigers finished 24-13 and advanced to the championship game of the SCAC Tournament.
At the club level, she has been an assistant coach for the Force Volleyball Club (San Antonio) and head coach of the Metro Volleyball Club (Washington, D.C.).
Frugé attended Loyola University New Orleans, where she was a student-athlete. She received her bachelor's degree in Administration Management from Loyola University in 2014 and earned her master's degree in Sports Management at Texas A&M in 2017.
Patrick Robidoux just completed his 2nd year as the head coach at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, Vermont. Within this short span of two seasons, Coach Robidoux took a 9-19 season (4-3 NECC record) and answered it with a 21-7 season (7-2 NECC record). He guided the mountaineers to an NECC Championship over the top seed earning their way into the NCAA tournament.
Patrick joined the Mountaineer program after being an assistant coach at Brandeis University in 2016. Robidoux is a 2015 graduate of Newbury College, where he served as a captain of the men’s volleyball squad and as the president of the Nighthawks’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has earned his Gold Medal Squared certification. In addition to coaching the Judges, he also served as assistant at Needham High School and the SMASH Volleyball and Boston Hurricanes club programs. Robidoux received his BS in Sport Management from Newbury.
Karrin Moore completed her ninth year as the Pace volleyball coach in 2018. Moore won her 100th career match at Pace on Nov. 5, 2016. Moore led the 2018 Setters to a 20-10 regular season record, with Pace earning a berth into the team’s third consecutive Northeast10 Conference Tournament. Under Moore's tutelage, the 2016 Setters tallied the program's most wins in a season since 2000 (23-9). In addition, Pace earned its first berth into the Northeast10 Conference Tournament since 2012. Coach Moore's squad defeated top-seeded Le Moyne, 3-1, before falling in the NE10 semifinals to Adelphi.
Moore coached the Setters to the conference championship the first year as head coach at Pace and has since made it to the conference championship tournament three consecutive years after that. Furthermore, the Setters earned berths in the NCAA championship tournament in two of her first three seasons. Five of seven players that have earned All-Conference Honors under Coach Moore were first team members, on top of two Northeast10 AllRookie selections for the past two consecutive years.
Moore came to Pace from Bentley University where she served for three seasons as the assistant coach. At Bentley, Moore assisted in recruiting, prematch and inmatch strategy as well as assisting in practices. Moore was also the Assistant Director of the New England AllStar Volleyball camps at Bentley. Prior to her stint at Bentley, Moore served as the assistant volleyball coach for the Northeastern men’s team in 2005 and the assistant women’s volleyball coach at Wheaton in 2006.
Moore graduated from Northeastern in 2006 with a journalism degree following an outstanding career as part of the Huskies volleyball team. During her four year career, Northeastern posted an 84-48 record, including 42-12 in conference play. As a freshman, Moore was a member of the Northeastern squad that won the America East Tournament, earning a trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament. For her career, she played in almost 80 matches and posted 391 kills in her junior and senior seasons.
Moore graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee, Ariz. and played for the East Valley Juniors. She is still an active player on a USAV women’s AA level club team.
Resa Provanzano just completed her fifth season as Head Coach of the River Hawk women's volleyball program this past fall of 2018. She was named head coach of the program on February 11, 2014. Provanzano was charged with helping the DIV II program transition to DIV I in the America East Conference and guided them to a program best conference win total in the 2018 season.
The team was one of five America East teams to win the AVCA Team All-Academic Award as the River Hawks registered a 3.43 team GPA in 2016 & 2017 academic year, which was the second highest of any River Hawk female team over the two semesters.
The River Hawks posted a 4-29 overall record (111 AE) in her first season as head coach (2014), including the team's first ever Div. I victory on September 3rd at Quinnipiac and UMass Lowell's first America East win on November 14th vs. Stony Brook (32) at Costello Athletic Center.
Provanzano spent six years (2008 - 2013) as an assistant coach at Northeastern University under head coach Ken Nichols in the Colonial Athletic Association. While with the Huskies, she helped the team to an impressive 113-58 overall record (.661 winning pct.), three CAA Championship Game appearances, two CAA regular season titles in 2008 and 2011 and two 20-win seasons.
Provanzano served as recruiting coordinator for the Huskies and assisted in the day to day operations of the program, which included practice plans, scheduling, scouting, budget management and team travel.
She has amassed an overall record of 185-89 with nine straight winning seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level. Provanzano has trained 24 All-Conference selections, including three Conference Players of the Year, five Rookie of the Year athletes and one two time Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Prior to Northeastern, Provanzano was an assistant for two seasons (2006-07) at Alabama Birmingham where she helped lead the Blazers to a 51-20 record in a two year span. In 2006, the school captured its first Conference USA championship and an NCAA Tournament berth. The Blazers followed that up with a second place finish in the Conference USA Tournament in 2007. In her two seasons, Provanzano coached three All Conference USA selections as well as two Conference USA Newcomers of the Year. Provanzano used her playing experience as a defensive specialist and outside hitter to coach UAB’s single season record holder for digs.
Prior to her stint at UAB, Provanzano spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern, where she served as the recruiting coordinator. She helped lead the Eagles to a 21-11 record and coached a first team All Southern Conference selection.
A 2005 graduate of Georgia, Provanzano was a four year letter winner and two year captain for the Bulldogs. She led Georgia in digs from 2000-02 and finished her career fifth all time in school history in digs. The Bulldogs reached the SEC Tournament semifinals twice while she was playing. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Provanzano was given the Georgia Athletics Sportsmanship Award in 2002 and was named to the SEC Good Works team in 2003.
Mike Bynon begins his fifth season as head coach of the United States Coast Guard Academy in the fall of 2019. He has led the academy to an 70-48 overall record and their 4th NEWMAC post season appearance in a row. USCGA was one of the most competitive teams in the region being ranked as high as 8th in New England on the NEWVA poll.
Bynon was an assistant at Williams College for two seasons (2013 & 2014) as the Ephs posted a record of 55-10 including a record of 24-2 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matches and won a pair of NESCAC championships earning back-to-back NCAA tournament berths. The Ephs advanced to the Elite 8 in 2014 and the Sweet 16 in 2013.
A graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Bynon was the libero for a team which made three NCAA Final Four appearances and played in the inaugural NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship Game in 2012. He earned second team AVCA All-America honors in 2012 and is the all-time leader in digs at Carthage.
Upon graduation, he served as a graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s teams at his alma mater before moving onto Williams.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a minor in Health and he is currently completing his master’s degree in education with a focus on Physical Education and Health at MCLA.
An experienced head coach, assistant coach and educator, Iain Braddak was announced as the Kenneth L. Gross Head Coach of Volleyball at the University of Pennsylvania in April 2018 and just completed his first season overseeing the Quakers program.
Braddak began his collegiate coaching career at Culver-Stockton College in 2012 a head coach tasked with starting the men’s volleyball program. In his first season, he recruited 18 student-athletes and laid the foundation for the future of the program. He also served as an assistant for the women’s volleyball program.
He then moved to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as the head women’s volleyball coach for two seasons, compiling a 32-14 overall record. Braddak led USMMA to its first winning season in eight years in 2013 and the first consecutive winning seasons since 2003 and 2004.
In 2015 and 2016, Braddak was the head women’s volleyball coach at Smith College before serving as an assistant coach at Ivy League rival Columbia in 2017.
An educator on the court and in the classroom, Braddak has taught classes at all four of his institutions since 2010. His teaching experience includes sport psychology & graduate level motor learning at Smith College, sport psychology at the Merchant Marine Academy, as well as athletic administration and sport marketing at Culver-Stockton.
He holds a USA Volleyball Program Level 2 coaching accreditation and is a regionally certified official with USA Volleyball. Braddak is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), and was recognized in 2015 as a National AVCA 30 Under 30 award recipient.
Braddak graduated with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and health education from Springfield College in 2010. He was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2010-11. The Pride compiled a 65-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 2011.
Braddak earned his Master of Science in sports performance and advanced level coaching from Springfield in 2012.
Pam enters her sixth summer of coaching as part of the Jumbo Volleyball Clinics staff this summer 2019. She currently is the head coach at Essex Tech High School. Her overall coaching experience includes serving as the assistant coach of both boys and girls varsity teams at Deerfield High School, Deerfield, Illinois (1994-2000); Head Varsity Girls Coach and Assistant Boys Coach at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2000-2002); Assistant Women's Coach at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts (2006-2012). In her time at Endicott, Coach Leete was primarily responsible for training the team defense which included coaching two Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Libero of the Year winners in Brittany Nolan (2008) and Ashley Norley (2012). Coach Leete was a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross in 1993.
Madison Smith just completed her second season as the Tufts University Women’s Volleyball assistant coach in the fall of 2018. She came to the Jumbos after graduating from Alma College in 2017 where she was a member of the volleyball team for all four years.
Her senior season at Alma she saw action in 19 matches and was third on the team in kills with 136 and kills per set with 2.03. She led the team and was ninth in the conference in hit percentage with 24.2%. She was second on the team in blocks with 52 and tallied a total of 26 digs. She made the MIAA Academic Honor Roll in both her junior and seniors seasons.
Before college Smith attended Pewamo-Westphalia High School in Michigan where she was the unanimous League Player of the Year and All-Conference first team after her junior and senior seasons. As a senior she made the All-State first team. Smith played club at the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy.
We are lucky to have Pat as our athletic trainer on hand for all of our summer clinics. She has been with the Jumbo Volleyball Staff for every summer! Pat has worked as a certified Athletic Trainer for the past 25 years as part of the Tufts University Sports Medicine staff. She has worked at high school, college, professional and Olympic level and has worked at Tufts University since 2001. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State College and her master’s degree in Sports Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Sciences/AT Still University. Pat is an accredited curriculum instructor for Boston University, part-time professor at Salem State University and also works at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
She is a member of the Tufts Marathon team and has completed the Boston Marathon 3 times each time representing Tufts University. She is a licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions, a nationally certified Athletic Trainer and member of the NSCA and NATA.
Vandervelde currently serves as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach at Tufts University, where he is primarily responsible for the oversight and implementation of the training programs for many of the Jumbos varsity athletic teams, including the women of the Tufts Volleyball program! Vandervelde is originally from Green Lake, WI and graduated from Tufts University in 2008.
He recently published his first book, "Beneath the College Jersey: The Athlete's Guide to Healthier Nutrition, Habits, and Recovery Methods (Volume 1) ", which explores and address the social and institutional challenges that interfere with college athletes reaching peak performance. The book then gives readers a roadmap to success. Offering practical, research-backed advice, workbook pages to track progress, and even recipes for college athletes, the book arms student-athletes with everything needed to excel in college sports, and in life after graduation.
Dan Kopcso enters his fifth year as the head strength and conditioning coach for the Tufts Jumbo’s. Coming to Tufts as an intern in 2003, Dan has been in various roles in his 15 years. In addition to his coaching for the Jumbos, he has spent time at Springfield College, Mike Boyle’s, Athletic Evolution, Boston College, Harvard University and spent two summers in the NFL working for the Buffalo Bills.
Kopcso oversees a three-man staff. His responsibilities include women’s basketball, softball and tennis; and men’s baseball, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and tennis. He also oversees the new Ames Human Performance Center and the Tufts Personalized Performance Program. He has been fortunate to have worked with countless great athletes, including two national champion lacrosse teams, a two-time national champion diver, a national champion in the triple jump, two softball national champions and a national champion in the women’s hurdles. Kopcso also teaches the popular Advanced Principles of Exercise Class.
Kopcso’s own sporting career ranges from various power sports early in his life to competing in rugby for over a decade, then moving on to mixed martial arts and ultra endurance events including an iron distance triathlon and a 100 mile ultramarathon. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Babson College and has a master’s degree in Exercise Science from Springfield College. He also earned his CSCS and USAW level-1 coach certificates.