(2020 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.
This summer will be no exception as many of our previous coaches have returned along with a few wonderful new additions. Please feel free to check out the list of our great staff members and their institutions as well as their complete and impressive bios below. In addition to this list below, multiple current and former college players also assist us in our efforts to provide the best experience for all. We are honored that so many of them come back to work with us during the spring and summer as they are the ultimate keys to our success in running some of the best tehcnical clinics in New England! On behalf of all of the aspiring and talented players who come through our courts in the JumboDome, we are truly grateful for their time and effort.
Due to the fact that we run eleven clinics, we appreciate the help of our peers and their players stretched out over a period of time. The coaches listed below were our 2019 staff, many of whom come back yearly. As our 2020 staff comes together, we will list them below menaing they are confirmed to coach at least one clinic and some as many as seven and everything in between. Although the clinic directors will coach at every session, the rest of the staff will vary by clinic throughout July 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 394-132 record for a .749 winning percentage. Also in that span, the Jumbos have posted a 136-34 record in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season play, have competed in the conference play-offs 18 straight seasons, have earned 9 NCAA Tournament berths (including three "Sweet 16" & two "Elite 8" Appearances) in the last 13 years, and have been ranked the #1 Division III team in New England during five of the last nine seasons finishing as high as 13th in the country out of 400+ teams overall.
Thompson has coached 50+ players to All- NESCAC honors including 3 Players of the Year, 4 Rookies of the Year and a Defensive Player of the Year. On the regional level, she has coached 40+ players to All New England honors including 2 All New England Players of the Year and 2 All New England Rookies of the Year, 35+ AVCA All New England honorees as well as a 1st Team All American hitter and a 2nd Team All American setter. Most importantly, she has coached 55+ 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 & 2019. Thompson was honored again most recently this past season for her efforts at the helm of the Jumbos during their incredible 28-2 run which saw her 2019 squad finish a perfect 10-0 again for the 3rd time in just 4 years during regular season NESCAC play. For the 6th time in 12 years, her squad finished #1 in the NESCAC earning hosting rights which gave them the opportuity to earn the title of 2019 NESCAC Champions in front of their home crowd. As a result, the Jumbos stayed on top of the New England NCAA regional poll earning additional hosting honors for the 2019 NCAA Regional tournament where they came up just short of their goal to return to the NCAA "Elite 8" for the first time since 2016. As a direct result of her team's incredible effort and the work of her amazing staff, Thompson was also named New England Coach of the Year (2008, 2016 & 2019) as well as AVCA Regional Coach of the Year for the 3rd time in 4 years (2016, 2017 & 2019). She has also previously been tagged as ECAC Coach of the Year in 2014.
Resa Provanzano officially joined the Tufts University volleyball staff in March. She brings 14 years of incredible coaching and recruiting experience to the courts, most recently coming off 5 seasons as the Head Coach of the UMASS Lowell 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.
Previously, 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.
Alesia Vaccari Bennett enters her 9th summer as part of the Jumbo Volleyball Clinics staff. In the spring of 2014, Bennett 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 Bennett 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 Bennett 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, Bennett was the Head Coach at Simmons College for three seasons. During her time with the Sharks, Bennett 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, Bennett coached at Clarkson University serving as their assistant coach for two years. In 2009, Bennett 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.
Coach Bennett, 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 Bennett 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.
With a vast resume of playing and coaching experience, Terry Condon officially joined the Tufts University volleyball staff this March. In 2015, Condon was enshrined in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions as both a coach and a player.
She most recently coached at UMass-Boston, successfully turning the Beacons into one of the most recognizable programs in Division III women’s volleyball. During her 11 seasons in Boston, Condon led the Beacons to unprecedented success, including seven straight Little East Conference regular-season and six tournament championships, as well as three NCAA Division III Regional crowns, which the Beacons brought home in 2010, 2012, and 2013.
Coach Condon's student-athletes earned multiple All-Conference, All-Region, and All-American honors. During the Condon era, a total of five players were named AVCA All-Americans. Another eight earned AVCA / New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) All-Region honors, including two Rookies of the Year. In the Little East Conference, 15 of her players were named to either the first or second team, and UMass had seven different players nab Rookie of the Year while four others were named Players of the Year. Condon was conference Coach of the Year twice, and was selected as the top coach in the region twice. UMass achieved their highest national ranking ever on the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll at 16th under Coach Condon.
The former UCLA standout is considered one of the greatest players to ever step on the floor for the Bruins, having been named to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992. She was the first female athlete to receive this honor, and was also honored as one of the 25 greatest players in UCLA history. Her number 34 was retired by the Bruins as well. During her career the Bruins had an 89-12 record, which included a pair of national titles in 1974 and 1975 and a national runner-up placing in 1976.
She made her mark on the world stage as well, playing for the United States Volleyball National Team throughout the 1970s. She was a five-time member of the USA Women's National team, including the 1970 World Championship team and the Pan American Games teams of 1971 and 1975. Her accomplishments were recognized by her selection to the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary Women's All-Era Team (1949-77) and her honor as an All-Time Great Female Player by the United States Volleyball Association in 1983.
Following two years as the Head Coach of California State University at Bakersfield, she took over the reigns at Texas A&M University and in six years led the Aggies to three NCAA Tournament appearances. She coached the squad to a 180-101 mark for a .641 winning percentage. She still holds the Aggies' coaching standard for highest winning percentage in a single-season with her 33-4 (.892) mark for the 1984 campaign.
She returned to her alma mater as an Associate Athletic Director for UCLA from 1986-1994 and received three Achievement Awards. She remained in Athletic Administration when she became a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Northeastern University in Boston in 1994 and remained with the Huskies until 1998. Condon's selection as UMass Boston Head Women's Volleyball Coach was in addition to a position that she already held as Senior Associate Athletic Director for the school, which she started as in February 2006.
Highly respected for her contributions to women's athletics, Condon was inducted into the New Agenda: Northeast Women's Hall of Fame to recognize her coaching and teaching accomplishments within the community and the college arena.
Condon graduated from UCLA in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and currently resides in Rowley.
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.
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.
We are excited to welcome back Coach Wyatt Emenaker who has just been named assistant coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine! Most recently, Emenaker graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Brandeis University where he also proudly served as a student assistant coach. Coach Emenaker is a player himself and enjoyed playing competitively for Newton North's men's volleyball team before playing club ball at the college level. Looking foward to having him join us in the JumboDome this summer as he continues to follow his passion for volleyball.
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.
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.
Cailyn Straubel joined the Brandeis volleyball coaching staff in the Fall of 2018 after two years as an assistant at Williams College, where her primary focus was on defense. She also served as the head coach of the Ephs’ men’s club team. Straubel has been actively coaching for Jumbo Volleyball Clinics starting this past Spring and is looking forward to a full summer in the JumboDome which she knows well both as a coach and a player. Straubel graduated cum laude from Connecticut College with a degree in human development. She played for the Camels for four years, serving as a two-time captain. As a freshman, she helped CC to its only NCAA Tournament berth. A defensive specialist, Straubel was a three-time Academic All-NESCAC selection, earning four Dean’s List honors in her career.
We are excited to welcome Coach Katie Reifert, who served as the head women’s and men’s volleyball coach at Illinois Tech from 2014-18, enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Brown University volleyball program this fall 2019. In her first year with the team in 2018, Reifert helped Brown to an 11-13 overall record, marking its most wins since the 2014 season (12-14). The Bears went 7-3 in non-conference play, compiling their most non-league wins since 2008 (8-4). She coached a pair of All-Ivy performers in Eliza Grover ’21 and Sabrina Stillwell ’19 with Stillwell concluding her career ranked eighth all-time at Brown with 1,027 career kills.
Previously at Illinois Tech, Reifert guided the Scarlet Hawks’ women’s program for four seasons and the men’s team for three seasons after becoming the first head coach in the history of Illinois Tech men’s volleyball.
Reifert led the Illinois Tech women’s team to back-to-back appearances in the USCAA National Championships in 2016 and 2017, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2016. She mentored five USCAA All-Americans as well as the 2017 USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year.
Prior to arriving at Illinois Tech in August of 2014, Reifert was the lead assistant coach for Loyola University Maryland women’s volleyball for the 2013 season. She assisted in recruiting, handled travel planning, aided in the coordination of team practices and film sessions, created scouting reports, and worked intensively with the team’s attackers.
As a four-year starter at middle hitter for George Washington University, Reifert collected various accolades. In her senior season, the team captain earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10, ranking second in the league in hitting percentage (.357%). She gained Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year accolades.
Reifert spent time playing professionally in Europe, competing in the Professional International Federation of Volleyball for Kuusamo Pallo-Karhut in 2012, starting at middle blocker for the Finnish Division’s first-place finisher. She then competed in Switzerland’s top league for FCL Luzern in the winter of 2014, starting at middle blocker.
Reifert graduated from George Washington in May 2011 with a degree in Geography and a minor in Geographic Information Systems.
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.
Coach Pam is one of our favorites and 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.
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.
This summer, Jumbo Volleyball Clinics welcomes Coach Scott Schweihofer to the staff for the first time. Coach Schweihofer brings an awesome amount of experience and knowledge to our courts and we are excited to have all of you work with him. Schweihofer recently moved to the Boston area, from LaSalle where he served as an assistant coach, to assist the Huskies at Northeastern University! Previously, he served his 2016 season as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball team. He also served as the interim head coach following the departure of Penn’s head coach before joining La Salle the next summer. Prior to Penn, Schweihofer spent two years at Atlantic 10 rival George Mason, where he served as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He improved the Patriots to a 10-19 overall record, the best single season record since 2010 during his time at the university.
The former outside hitter also served as an assistant indoor and sand volleyball coach at Mercer University. He helped the team advance to the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the first time in four years during his time there. Schweihofer also led the College of Charleston volleyball team to a Southern Conference regular season title and an appearance in the conference championship before moving into the assistant position at Mercer.
Schweihofer has held assistant coaching positions at both Michigan State and Presbyterian College. While at Michigan, he saw the team advance to the NCAA Championship Round of 16 in 2007. He spent four years at Limestone College, serving as the team captain and was a two-time MVP. Named the Saint’s first all-conference player, his all-time statistics in aces, kills and kill attempts still lead the program.
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.
We are excited to welcome Coach Rossi Fish to the JumboDome for the first time this summer. Coach Rossi is currently a second year Assistant Coach at Simmons College as well the Director of Operations for Boston United Volleyball Club. Prior to joining the collegeiate coaching ranks, Coach Rossi was a local standout from North Attleboro, MA who competed as a Middle Hitter for Simmons College. She graduated with a degree in Public Health during the spring of 2014.
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.
We are excited to welcome Briana Roath, a graduate assistant coach for Smith College, to the JumboDome for her first summer with us. Roath will join Head Coach Mia Frugé for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Roath was the starting libero for the Western New England University volleyball program and served as captain during her senior year. Roath finished her career leading the CCC in digs and ranks in the top-five in career digs and career digs/set for the Golden Bears. In her final season, Roath was named to the CCC All-Conference Second Team.
Roath graduated from WNE in 2018 with a major in Health Sciences and a minor in Chemistry.
Annie McShea, who is joining us for the first time this summer, was named the fifth head coach of the Stevens Institute of Technology women's volleyball team in March 2017.
In her first year at the helm of the women's volleyball program, the Ducks won their first Empire 8 Championship title since 2014 and finished the season with a 27-8 record. McShea was a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30.
Sophomore Casey King was named Empire 8 co-Player of the Year, as well as being named to the AVCA All-New York Region team along with classmates Julie Greco and Shelby Stewart. Senior Sydni Horner became the sixth player in program history to earn College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District accolades.
McShea spent 2016 as an assistant at Millikin University, under head coach Debbie Kiick. The Big Blue went 28-12 overall and 7-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, winning the conference's regular season and postseason championship, and finished ranked No. 16 in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association poll of the season.
Prior to her stint at Millikin, the Frederick, Maryland native spent two seasons on the staff at Clarkson University, helping guide the Golden Knights to back-to-back Liberty League regular and postseason championships. In each of McShea's two seasons in upstate New York, Clarkson reached the Elite Eight and finished ranked in the AVCA's top-15.
As a player, McShea played four season at McDaniel College, serving as Team Captain in 2011 and 2012. She was an All-Centennial Conference Selection in 2012 and was a three-time Centennial Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll selection. After graduation, McShea spent one season at her alma mater as a Volunteer Assistant Coach.
McShea graduated Magna Cum Laude from McDaniel in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education. She completed her Master of Business Administration in 2016, while on the coaching staff at Clarkson.
We are excited to have Stacy Barnett coach with us here in the Jumbo Dome this summer! Coach Barnett is the former University of New Hampshire Volleyball Associate Head Coach who led the Wildcats to great heights in this role for the past 11 years and for 3 prior to that as the 1st assistant. She returned to her alma mater after a successful playing career (1997-2000) as the starting setter on the school’s first America East title-winning team in 1998 and was also a part of the Wildcat coaching staff that won the 2002 America East Championship. Barnett played an integral part in the day-to-day operations of the program with a strong work ethic and a competitive edge to help UNH get to the next level. Throughout her career there, she coached multiple America East All-Conference players as well as players of the year.
Prior to UNH, Barnett served as the graduate assistant coach at the University of Delaware for two seasons under head coach Bonnie Kenny. In her second year at Delaware, Barnett helped the team to its first appearance in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in school history. Barnett also actively coached with Seacoast Juniors Volleyball Club in New Hampshire and sat on their board starting in 2006.
While at UNH, Barnett was the starting setter for three in her four years in Durham and she helped guide the team to the school’s first ever America East Championship and NCAA appearance in 1998. During her playing tenure in Durham, the wildcats appeared in the America East Championship match all four years. Barnett was named to the America East All -Conference team in 1998, 1999 and 2000. She captained the Wildcats in 1998 and 2000, received the coaches award in 1997 and was part of the best four-year record in program history. Barnett earned the MVP award at the 2000 annual team banquet as well.
Barnett graduated from UNH in 2001 with a degree in Communications, was the first player in school history to post 3,000 assists and the third player in the 1000 dig club. Her 3,977 career assists still stand as a school record. Barnett completed her Master’s Degree in Education from Delaware with an emphasis on in Leadership fall of 2006.
Barnett is a native of Crystal Lake, Ill., played club for Sky High and currently resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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.
We are very honored to have Sarah Cahill join our staff this summer. Sarah is a life-long Movement Educator. Currently, she is the CEO of Mind and Movement Partners, a company dedicated to helping people become life-long movers through innovative physical literacy programs. She is the former Strength and Conditioning Coach of the US Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, is a National Trainer for WeCoach, and has led leadership and well-being workshops for senior executives at Google and Intel. She is also the former Site Director of Innercity Weightlifting in Boston and won the ”Educator of the Year” award while serving as the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning at Northeastern University. Prior to Northeastern, Cahill was the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the women’s softball, volleyball, soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis teams at the University of Oklahoma. During her first year at OU, the volleyball team flipped its record from 3-18 to 20-3, resulting in the biggest turnaround in Big 12 history. Sarah fervently believes everyone – no matter their size, shape, income, or background – deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, active life and she’s committed to sharing her knowledge of physical literacy in a way that impacts the world. If you would like to contact Sarah directly and or learn more about her programs, please visit her website http://www.sarahcahillstrength.com.
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.
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.
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.