MEET OUR 2021 SUMMER COACHES!
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, we welcome coaches from the CC, MAC, ODAC, SUNYAC, A10, MAAC, and the NAIA conference WHAC!
This summer will be no exception as many of our previous coaches have returned along with a few wonderful new additions. Please check out the list of our great staff members, their institutions as well as their complete and impressive bios. As additional coaches confirm, we will add them to this list. In addition to this wonderful group below, multiple current and former college players will 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 technical clinics in New England! On behalf of all of the aspiring and talented players who come through our courts in the JumboDome, we are grateful for their time and effort.
Final Staffing Note: Due to the fact that we run nine different clinics, we truly appreciate the help of our peers and their players over a stretched-out period of time. Our 2021 staff is coming together quickly as so many are ready to get back on the court. If they are listed below, it means they are confirmed to coach at least one clinic and sometimes as many as seven, and every option in between! The clinic director will lecture/coach at every summer session. However, 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, please e-mail us so that we can let you know the exact dates a specific coach has committed to. ***Please keep in mind that due to strict COVID cohort protocols, WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE THAT EVERY PLAYER WILL GET TO WORK WITH EVERY COACH at this time. We will adjust later this summer should the Federal and State COVID protocols/guidance change. We appreciate your understanding in advance.
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 (for a .800 winning percentage) in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season play, have competed in the conference playoffs 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.
Coach Resa Provanzano is entering her 3rd season this fall as the 1st assistant for Tufts University Volleyball program. Shortly after Coach Resa officially joined the Tufts staff in March of 2019, she helped the Jumbos achieve great success as they went on their incredible 28-2 run in the fall of 2019. She was instrumental in helping the 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, the Jumbos finished #1 in the NESCAC earning hosting rights which gave them the opportunity 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 as the #1 seed for the 2019 NCAA Regional tournament. Unfortunately, they came up just short of their goal to return to the NCAA "Elite 8" for the first time since 2016. However, as a direct result of her incredible effort during her inaugural season, Coach Resa and the Tufts volleyball staff were named the 2019 NESCAC Staff of the Year, the 2019 New England Staff of the Year (previously earned in 2008 & 2016) as well as AVCA Regional Staff of the Year for the 3rd time in 4 years (previously earned in 2016 & 2017.
Prior to arriving at Tufts, Coach Resa racked up14 years of incredible coaching and recruiting experience to our courts, most recently coming off 5 seasons as the Head Coach of the UMASS Lowell River Hawk women's volleyball program the 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.
We are thrilled to welcome Coach Keelin Severtson back to New England for her 1st summer with JVBC! Coach Severtson joins is coming from Michigan where she joined the Albion volleyball team in 2020 after serving as an assistant coach for two seasons at UMass Boston.
Prior to her tenure with the Beacons, Severtson was an assistant coach with the Palm Beach Juniors Volleyball Club in Lake Worth, Florida for three years where she was named the 2017 Assistant Coach of the Year. She guided the 14 Elite team to a National Bid and helped the 16 team to a USA bid to the USAV Junior Nationals. She worked with all aspects of the club teams, including implementing practice and game plans for the competitive programs.
She also spent time as an assistant coach with the Lake Worth Christian volleyball team and an assistant coach and counselor for the University of New Hampshire volleyball camp.
Severtson played for four years at Division I University of New Hampshire where she led the Wildcats to four America East Conference championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. She earned America East Conference Tournament MVP honors in 2016 and was a two-time conference Setter of the Year and First Team All-Conference selection. Severtson was named team captain for the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017.
Severtson graduated from UNH in 2017, earning a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. She went on to earn her master's in Exercise Health Sciences in 2020 from UMass Boston. Welcome Keelin!
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.
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.
We are beyond thrilled to welcome back Coach Erin Cady this summer for the 7th time. Coach Erin Cady was named head coach of the Bowdoin volleyball program in February of 2015 and will be entering her 7th season in 2021. Cady came to Bowdoin from Holy Cross, where she had served as head coach four seasons.
In her first six seasons as head coach of the Polar Bears, Cady has led the team to three of its greatest seasons in program history. Bowdoin captured the NESCAC Championship and advanced to its second-ever NCAA Quarterfinal after defeating host MIT in the New England Regional in 2015 and then won another NESCAC Championship in 2018 posting their best record ever at 29-2. The next season they defeated host 2019 NESCAC Champions Tufts in the New England Regional semi-final eventually beating Johnson & Wales to advance to their 2nd NCAA Quarterfinal in five years. Cady was honored with her second NESCAC Coach of the Year award in 2018.
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. Welcome back Coach Cady!
We are so excited to welcome Taylor Stevens to our JVBC staff this summer! Taylor joined Bowdoin as assistant coach of the volleyball program in the summer of 2019 and helped Coach Cady coach them to one of their best seasons. A graduate of Stonehill College, where she was the primary setter her junior and senior seasons, Stevens was most recently an assistant coach at Wheaton College, where the Lyons enjoyed the two finest seasons in program history. She also served as head boy’s volleyball coach at Norton High School and at the Lockdown Volleyball Club.
Prior to her collegiate playing career at Stonehill, Stevens was the Rhode Island High School Gatorade player of the year while attending Ponaganset High School. She was named to the Rhode Island All-State team during both her junior and senior seasons. Welcome Taylor!
We are thrilled to welcome Coach Natalie Cohen to Jumbo Volleyball Clinics this summer! She currently serves the Carnegie Mellon University volleyball staff as a full-time assistant coach and has since August 2019. Cohen went to Pittsburgh after serving as the head men's and women's volleyball coach at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts.
Cohen's first season on the sidelines for the Tartans witnessed a 22-8 season with the program's fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Championships tournament. The Tartans had two different win streaks of six and a season-opening win streak of seven, topped three nationally-ranked teams, and finished the regular season ranked 22nd in the nation.
Cohen was hired at Dean in 2015 and launched both the men's and women's programs the following year. In the inaugural season with the Bulldogs, the women's program recorded eight wins before producing 32 victories in her three seasons at the helm. Cohen led the Bulldogs men's program to a third-place finish in the New England Collegiate Conference in 2018 after compiling a 15-10 mark and was a nominee for Coach of the Year.
In addition to her coaching responsibilities at Dean, Cohen served as the Director of Equipment Operations and was the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the athletics department her last year.
Prior to her arrival at Dean, Cohen was a volunteer assistant at her alma mater, Bridgewater State University, for one season. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education in 2011 from Bridgewater State.
During her time as a Bear, she was a three-year captain and ended her career ranked seventh on the school's all-time assists list with 1,847. She helped guide the Bears to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Tournament championship and the NCAA Tournament during her sophomore campaign. That same season, she was named MASCAC First Team and then received second-team honors the following season.
Cohen is currently pursuing a master's of sport coaching from West Virginia University.
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.
We are excited to welcome Coach Shea Decker-Jacoby back to Jumbo Volleyball Clinics for a second summer! Coach Shea is a graduate of Brandeis University where she earned her degrees in International Global Studies and American Studies with focuses in Law and History. Decker-Jacoby also played 4 seasons for the Judges as an impact outside hitter. Currently, she is finishing up her master's degree in Sports Business at NYU while coaching for the New York City Juniors Volleyball Club through the end of this club season. This fall she heads to George Mason where she will serve as a volunteer assistant coach.
We are excited to have Coach Shea back in her Alma Mater Gymnasium as we train in the Judges' Arena :). Welcome back Coach Shea!
We are excited to welcome Coach Nikki Binetti to Jumbo Volleyball Clinics for her 1st summer as she enters her third year as an assistant volleyball coach and assistant equipment manager in 2021-22 at Gettysburg College. Binetti works with Head Coach Leah Bernier in managing the volleyball team in the fall and during spring's non-traditional season, while also providing support to Head Equipment Manager Kelly Jones throughout the year.
Binetti brings a wealth of experience to her dual roles at Gettysburg. She played collegiate volleyball at two institutions, first competing at Rowan University from 2010-12 before transferring to Salisbury University and playing for two years. Binetti was a second-team All-New Jersey Athletic Conference selection after leading Rowan to a 22-9 record in 2012. She was a two-year starter at Salisbury and helped the Sea Gulls make the NCAA Tournament in 2013 and post a 51-16 record during her tenure.
After graduating from Salisbury with a degree in health and physical education, Binetti served as the graduate assistant and later interim head coach at LaGrange College. She helped recruit the largest class in program history and finished the 2016 season as the interim head coach. She led the team to a 22-14 record in 2016, marking the program's first winning season since 2011 and best win total since 2005. Binetti graduated from LaGrange with a master's in education.
Binetti spent 2017-18 as the full-time assistant coach at Illinois College. She helped the program post a nine-win improvement from her first campaign to her last, culminating in a 22-9 record in 2018. She served as the junior varsity coach and assisted the head coach in all aspects of the program from recruiting to practice planning to scouting. Binetti also designed a curriculum and taught the Illinois College Athletic Leadership Academy. Since 2012, Binetti has served as a coach on six different club teams for girls 13-18 in five different states.
We are excited to welcome back Katie Reifert, who is currently the Head Coach at Lawrence Technology University for their Men's Volleyball program. Before Lawrence Tech, Katie Reifert, who served as the head women's and men's volleyball coach at Illinois Tech from 2014-18, was an assistant coach with the Brown University volleyball program for three seasons.
In 2019, Reifert helped guide Brown to its most wins (13) and first winning campaign (13-10) since 2001. The Bears came in fourth place in the Ivy standings, finishing in the top half of the league for the first time since 2014. Reifert mentored three All-Ivy selections, including Sophia Miller '23 – the Bears' first Ivy League Rookie of the Year since 1998 and first First Team All-Ivy choice since 2013.
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, including Sabrina Stillwell '19, who concluded her career ranked eighth all-time at Brown with 1,027 career kills.
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.
Before 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, helped coordinate 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 2014, starting at middle blocker.
Reifert graduated from George Washington in May 2011 with a Geography degree and a minor in Geographic Information Systems.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Bynon will enter his second season with the Green and Gold in the Fall of 2021. He arrived in Loudonville after a five-year stint as the head coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut from 2015-20. He coached the Bears to a 90-58 record in five seasons, including a winning mark in each campaign and a strong presence in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), with postseason tournament berths in each season.
Bynon was an assistant at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts for the 2013 & 2014 seasons, helping the Ephs post a 55-10 mark over that time and advance to back-to-back NCAA Division III Tournament berths. A graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Bynon was the starting libero for a team that made three NCAA Final Four appearances and advanced to the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship in 2012. He received Second Team AVCA All-American honors in 2012 and remains the program's all-time leader in digs. Bynon served as a graduate assistant for the men's and women's teams following graduation and holds a bachelor's degree from Carthage.
This will be Coach Bynon's 6th summer with JVBC! Can't wait to have him back on the courts soon.
We are very excited to have Coach Annie DeLoid join us for the first time this summer! Coach Annie joined head coach Annie McShea's staff at Stevens Institute of Technology as the program's first official full-time assistant in March 2019, following a stint as a graduate assistant coach for Averett University.
In her first season as a part of the Stevens' women's volleyball coaching staff, DeLoid helped Stevens win the MAC Freedom Regular Season and Tournament titles and advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinals for the first time since 2016.
During DeLoid's time in Danville, the Cougars amassed 48 victories and made two trips to the USA South Conference tournament. During her two seasons with the Cougars, a pair of student-athletes were named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans, two earned Google Cloud Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America and seven players received All-USA South recognition.
In addition to her duties with the women's volleyball team, DeLoid is also the 17 Red Head Coach as well as the Recruiting Director of the DIGS volleyball club. She has also coached elite camps at Endicott, Rutgers and Columbia University.
Before joining the sidelines at Averett, the Plymouth, Massachusetts native played four years at Framingham State University, totaling 461 kills and 179 blocks as a middle hitter. As a student-athlete, DeLoid made three trips to the NCAA Tournament and was named Second Team All-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, before spending one season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Rams in 2016.
DeLoid received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Framingham State in 2016 and completed her Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in leadership from Averett in August of 2019.
Welcome to the Jumbo Volleyball Clinics summer staff Coach Annie!
We are very excited to welcome Erin Glickert to Jumbo Volleyball Clinics this summer as she enters her third season as Cortland's women's volleyball head coach in 2021.
In her debut season in 2019, Glickert led the Red Dragons to a 24-11 record - the program's highest win total in seven years - and the SUNYAC tournament semifinals. Her players earned two All-SUNYAC honors, including the conference Rookie of the Year award, and one AVCA all-region honor. The Red Dragons also earned an AVCA Team Academic Award, which goes to programs that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.
Glickert (formerly Erin Little) previously served six seasons from 2013-18 on the coaching staff at Division I Syracuse University, including three seasons as the Orange's associate head coach. In 2018, she helped Syracuse finish 19-9, including a 14-4 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play. The Orange qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history and advanced to the second round with a win over Yale before losing to nationally ranked Penn State. In 2017, the Orange posted a 22-14 overall mark (12-8 ACC) and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship with a 2-1 record. Syracuse also finished 23-8 (14-6 ACC) during the 2015 season.
Glickert was a four-year player at Syracuse from 2008-11 when the team compiled an overall record of 80-47, including a pair of 20-win seasons and three trips to the BIG EAST Tournament. She was recognized on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team five times and earned a spot on the Syracuse Athletic Director’s Honor Roll on nine occasions.
Since 2011, Glickert has worked as a coach for the IREVA Regional USA High Performance program, assisting the program director with one-day annual tryouts and providing athlete evaluations and high-level skill instruction for summer training camps. She was the head coach for the select youth team at the 2016 High Performance Championships. Glickert has also worked at numerous regional and national camps and clinics as a coach and presentor.
Glickert also played in the IREVA High Performance Program, and as a high school player at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School she won two New York State titles and reached the state finals on two other occasions. The Glenville, N.Y., native was named the 2008 Gatorade New York State Player of the Year following her senior year.
Glickert earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Syracuse in the spring of 2012. She then traveled overseas to play professionally in Finland with the club Orpo. Glickert starred as an outside hitter and helped her team win the Finnish bronze medal. She earned a Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management in May 2019.
Glickert and her husband, Cody, reside in LaFayette, N.Y.
Colleen Stengel enters her third season as an assistant coach on the Cortland women’s volleyball staff in 2020. Previously, Stengel coached the girls’ GPS Crush volleyball club in Chalfont, Pa., and the girls’ Cherry Hill volleyball club in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Stengel graduated from Arcadia University in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She was a four-year member of the volleyball team and a three-time team captain. Stengel became just the seventh player in program history to reach 1,000 career assists, set the school record for most career sets played, and received the Award of Merit for outstanding attitude, work ethic, leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship.
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Stengel graduated from Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in 2014. She competed in volleyball for four years and softball for two years.
Michael Houlihan is entering his seventh season as the head coach and 11th with the UMass Boston volleyball program. Houlihan was promoted to the role of co-head coach in August of 2013 after serving as the associate head coach in 2012 and the assistant coach from 2009-2011. In the fall of 2016, Houlihan was officially given the reigns as the Beacons solo head coach.
During his 10 seasons with the Beacons, Houlihan played an integral part in transforming UMass Boston into one of the most successful programs in the history of university. While on the bench, the New York native has helped the Beacons to eight Little East Conference Tournament championships, a NCAA New England Regional crown in 2010, 2012, and 2013, and three appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament.
On top of the team's success, Houlihan has also worked with some of the top players in the country including the program's all-time leaders in assists in setter Cassy Hanneman '12, in kills in Shannon Thompson '13, in blocks in Julia Murphy '17, and in digs Elizabeth Glavan '17.
During his time on the harbor campus, Houlihan has coached six AVCA All-Americans, four of which earned multiple honors. The Beacons have also emerged as the top squad in the New England with team earning 17 All-Region honors. The Beacons have dominated the Little East Conference yearly awards every single season he has been on the bench. In the fall of 2016, Murphy and Glavan became the first players in conference history to be named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year for four straight seasons, as well as being named four-time First Team honorees.
In his first season as the new leader of the Beacons squad, Houlihan continued the program's winning ways claiming their eight tournament title and ninth regular season crown in Little East Conference history. The Beacons advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament once again as they were led by a talented veteran core of players.
Due to his tremendous dedication to the sport of volleyball, Houlihan was named the program's first American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) "Thirty Under 30" recipient which recognizes the top up-and-coming coaches at all levels of the sport, and was featured in the May 2013 edition of the AVCA Coaching Volleyball 2.0.
Prior to coming to Boston, Houlihan coached the Midlakes High School Varsity Boys Volleyball team in New York. Houlihan also spent time as the head coach for the 14's All Long Island Boys Club Team. Throughout his career, Houlihan has worked at a variety of collegiate camps and has also created and implemented individual training programs for players of all ages. Amongst the many camps he has worked at are the University of New Hampshire, the University of Delaware, and the University of Rochester.
Before stepping into the coaching world, Houlihan enjoyed a four-year career for the Nazareth College Men's Volleyball squad. He later graduated from Nazareth with a business administration degree in sports management. While working at UMass Boston, Houlihan earned his MBA.
Houlihan currently resides in Dracut with his wife Mel, their puppy, and their son Liam.
We are so excited to welcome Coach Emma Olson to Jumbo Volleyball Clinics this summer! Coach Emma is entering her third season as the Washington and Lee assistant volleyball coach.
In her first year with the program, the Generals recorded a 24-10 overall record and advanced to the ODAC Tournament semifinals. Olson also helped coach two players, Courtney Berry and Brynne Gould, who earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America laurels.
Olson comes to W&L from Mary Washington where she served as the assistant coach in 2018. She was named the interim head coach at the university in February 2019 and held that role for three months, performing all the day-to-day coaching responsibilities for the program. In her one season as the assistant, the Eagles were ranked nationally and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, finishing with a 21-12 record.
Also in 2018, Olson was the head coach at the CORE Volleyball Club in Fredericksburg. In 2017-18, she was the head coach for the U-14 Virginia Juniors Volleyball Club in Centreville, Va., and she served as an assistant for the U-17 team. She also served one season as an assistant at Briar Woods High School that year, and served two years as an assistant with the Fredericksburg Juniors Volleyball Club from 2014-16.
Olson graduated from Mary Washington in 2017 with a bachelor of science in history. As a player, Olson was the first All-American in program history and led the Eagles to the 2016 NCAA Tournament quarterfinals, as one of two seniors on a team that finished 31-4 on the season. She still ranks third all-time in UMW history in career assists, with 3,461 during her four-year career.
She is currently pursuing a master of science in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University. Welcome Coach Emma Olson!
We are excited to have Stacy Cheney coach with us here in the Jumbo Dome this summer! Coach Cheney 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. Cheney 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, Cheney 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, Cheney helped the team to its first appearance in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship in school history. Cheney also actively coached with Seacoast Juniors Volleyball Club in New Hampshire and sat on their board starting in 2006.
While at UNH, Cheney 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. Cheney 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. Cheney earned the MVP award at the 2000 annual team banquet as well.
Cheney 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. Cheney completed her Master’s Degree in Education from Delaware with an emphasis on in Leadership the fall of 2006.
Cheney is a native of Crystal Lake, Ill., played club for Sky High, and currently resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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 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.
We are lucky to have Pat as our athletic trainer on hand for our summer clinics again in 2021! She has been with the Jumbo Volleyball Clinic Staff every summer thus far! Pat has worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer for the past 28 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, a 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 a member of the NSCA and NATA. Welcome back Pat!
Emily grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2014. She started working as an athletic trainer at Tufts University in January 2017. She is a licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions, a nationally certified Athletic Trainer, and a member of the National Athletic Training Association.
She is the primary Athletic Trainer for the Tufts University Volleyball program and this will be her 4th summer working with JVBC! Welcome back Em!