MEET OUR 2022 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 past summer, we welcomed coaches from the CC, MAC, ODAC, SUNYAC, A10, MAAC, MIAA, CCIW, Atlantic 10, Empire 8, and the NAIA conference WHAC!
This 2022 summer will be no exception as many of our previous coaches will return along with a few wonderful new additions. Please check out the 2022 list of our great staff members, their institutions as well as their complete and impressive bios. As more coaches confirm for the summer of 2022, we will update this list. In addition to this wonderful group below, multiple current and former college players have assisted us in our efforts to provide the best experience for all. We are honored that so many of them will 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 11 different clinics, we truly appreciate the help of our peers and their players over a stretched-out period of time. Our 2022 staff is coming together quickly as so many are ready to get back on the court. If they are listed below, it means they were confirmed to coach at least one clinic and sometimes as many as six, and every option in between! The clinic directors will lecture/coach at every summer session. However, the rest of the staff will vary by clinic throughout July based on their summer schedules. Once the 2022 JVBC Staff is announced, 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 WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE THAT EVERY PLAYER WILL GET TO WORK WITH EVERY COACH, but our clinics are small in nature so it is very likely you will meet all of our staff members at some point. We appreciate your understanding in advance.
*PER STRICT UNIVERSITY PROTOCOL, ALL COACHES MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED & PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION TO BE VERIFIED & RECORDED BY THE JVBC MEDICAL STAFF PRIOR TO EACH CLINIC. A PERSON IS CONSIDERED "FULLY VACCINATED" 2 WEEKS AFTER COMPLETION OF A TWO-DOSE MRNA SERIES OR ONE DOSE OF THE JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE AS CURRENTLY DEFINED BY THE CDC.
* MASKS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED AND WILL BE OPTIONAL FOR ALL COACHES.
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 415-138 record for a .750 winning percentage. Also in that span, the Jumbos have posted a 144-36 record (for a .800 winning percentage) in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) regular season play, have competed in the conference playoffs 19 straight seasons, have earned 10 NCAA Tournament berths (including four "Sweet 16" & three "Elite 8" Appearances) in the last 14 years, and have been ranked the #1 Division III team in New England during six of the last ten seasons with a 2021 Final AVCA ranking of10th in the country out of 400+ teams overall.
Thompson has coached 55+ 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 45+ players to All-New England honors including 2 All New England Players of the Year and 2 All New England Rookies of the Year, 38+ AVCA All New England Regional honorees as well as two 1st Team All American hitters, a 2nd Team All American setter, and multiple honorable mention All Americans. Most importantly, she has coached 55+ All-Academic players who successfully earned a 3.5+ 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 most recently 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 the 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 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 for the 2019 NCAA Regional tournament where they came up just short of their goal to return to the NCAA "Elite 8". After a year away from collegiate play due to the pandemic, Coach Thompson's team returned to the court this past 2021 fall, picking up right where they left off and then some. During their 2021 campaign, the Jumbos compiled an impressive 21-6 record with convincing wins over previously #1 and #2 ranked teams in the country, Johns Hopkins & Trinity of Texas, respectively. As a direct result of her team's incredible effort and the work of her amazing staff, the team advanced to their 4th NCAA "Sweet 16" as the #3 seed at the Johns Hopkins NCAA Regional site. There they upset the #1 seed and hosts, Johns Hopkins, and earned the right to continue on to the NCAA D3 National Championship "Elite 8" round in St. Louis where their 2021 campaign came to an end across the net from the eventual National Champions, Wisconsin Eau-Clair.
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 4th 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.
With a vast resume of playing and coaching experience, Terry Condon officially joined the Tufts University volleyball staff in the Fall of 2017 and is going on her 6th season with the Jumbos. She has been instrumental in helping the Jumbos remain a top program in New England while breaking into the top 10 nationally! Condon entered her 5th Hall of Fame when the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Association inducted her in the Spring of 2021. 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 as well!
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 announce Coach Cailyn Straubel's return to our courts this summer of 2022! Coach Cailyn has been actively coaching and handling JVBC operations for Jumbo Volleyball Clinics since the Spring of 2018 and is looking forward to a 4th full summer in the JumboDome which she knows well both as a coach and a player. We couldn't do what we do without her help all year round and are very pleased to have her back for another year.
Coach Straubel was selected this spring to serve as the new Head Women's Volleyball Coach for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Coach Straubel arrives at WPI after coaching both women's and men's volleyball at Colby-Swayer this past year where she guided the women's program back to the court after the worst of the pandemic and then proceeded to do the same for their men's team shortly thereafter.
Straubel joined the Chargers after spending the past three seasons at Brandeis University. Straubel brings experience from a pair of New England Division III programs. She was acting head coach at Brandeis University during the Covid-19 pandemic, assuming all head coaching responsibilities during the spring semester. Prior to being named acting head coach, Straubel was an assistant at Brandeis for three seasons. During the 2018 season, the Brandeis staff was named UAA Coaching Staff of the Year after bringing Brandeis to its best season in school history. Before coaching in Waltham, Straubel was an assistant at Williams College. With the Ephs, she assisted with practice and player development for the women's team. While in Williamstown, she also was the head coach of the Williams College men's club volleyball team.
As a four-year starter at Connecticut College, Straubel was named a captain for her junior and senior seasons. In 2012 she helped the Camels finish with their best record in school history, which included the number one seed in the New England regional, a NESCAC regular season Championship, and a visit to the second round of the Division III NCAA tournament. Straubel graduated Cum Laude with Distinction from Connecticut College with a degree in Human Development. A defensive specialist, Straubel was a three-time Academic All-NESCAC selection, earning four Dean’s List honors in her career. She is currently pursuing an MBA with a concentration in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire.
We are beyond excited to welcome Coach Shanna Trone, the Head Coach at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA! This will be Coach Trone's first summer in the JumboDome and we couldn't be more thriled! Coach Trone was named as the head coach for Agnes Scott volleyball on July 15, 2019.
Trone came to Agnes Scott following a four-season stint as the head coach at Talladega College in Alabama. Trone sported a 56-71 mark in four seasons for the Tornadoes, which included a program-best 21-13 record during the 2016 fall season. Talladega racked up a perfect 10-0 record on its home court that season and made a run to the GCAC championship before falling two points short of a trip to the NAIA national tournament in a five-set loss to Xavier University of Louisiana.
Several Tornadoes saw career bests under Trone's direction, with players earning conference MVP, Attacker of the Year, and multiple all-conference honors during her four seasons.
Prior to her time at Talladega, Trone served as the head coach at the Altamont School in Birmingham, Alabama, where her teams made the super regionals in all three seasons.
We are thrilled to welcome Coach Keelin Severtson back to New England for her 2nd 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!
We are excited to welcome Coach Nikki Binetti to back to our courts for her 2nd JVBC summer as she enters her 1st year as the Head Coach at Salisbury University, her alma mater. Prior to Salisbury, Binetti served as the Head Coach at Arcadia University & previously she was the assistant volleyball coach at Gettysburg College for 3 years. Binetti worked 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 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 at 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 thrilled to welcome back Coach Patrick Helmas for a 5th summer with JVBC! Coach Helmas will enter his ninth season as an assistant with Babson Volleyball in 2022. Since arriving at Babson 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 the regional title in 2014.
A three time all tournament honoree while at Bryant and a two time league all star at Norwood HS, Helmas continues to shine on the court. His men's club team won the 2014 Adult Open national championship and he was selected to the all tournament squad as a libero.
Joey Pacis is in his ninth year as head women's volleyball coach at Bentley University after previously filling the same role at Merrimack College. He came to Bentley in 2013 as an assistant to the legendary Sandy Hoffman and took over as head coach when she stepped aside for health reasons prior to the 2014 season. During his eight seasons at the helm, Pacis has posted a 119-86 record, including 68-28 in Northeast-10 contests.
The 2019 season was the Falcons' most successful thus far during Pacis' tenure. Bentley captured both the regular season and tournament championships in the Northeast-10 Conference before gaining the number two seed in the NCAA Division II East Regional. Bentley's 26-6 record was the program's best since 2002 and included a 16-match winning streak. Pacis received the Sandy Hoffman Northeast-10 Coach of the Year award and was also cited as the AVCA Division II East Region Coach of the Year.
Pacis was previously 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 Warriors for eight years, from 2003-2010. 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.
A native of Southern California, Pacis graduated from Illinois in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. He resides in Watertown with his wife, Holly, their son, Ryan (15), and their 8-year old chocolate lab, Jack.
We welcome Grace back to our JVBC staff in 2022! Grace most recently served as a volunteer assistant coach at Boston College. Previously, Grace Krumpack coached for two seasons as an assistant coach with the Judges of Brandeis University. She is a 2018 Brandeis graduate, having played both outside hitter and libero for the Judges in her career.
Since her graduation, Krumpack has served as a strength and conditioning coach at Brandeis and at our very own JVBC clinics. Krumpack completed a three-month strength and conditioning internship at IFAST (Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training), one of the top gyms in the country for athletic performance, development, and movement science. In 2021, started her own personal training company, Revive X Grace LCC in 2021.
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 8th season in 2022. Cady came to Bowdoin from Holy Cross, where she had served as head coach for four seasons.
In her first seven seasons as head coach of the Polar Bears, Cady has led the team to four 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. In 2021, Coach Cady won her third NESCAC title over Wesleyan to cement herself as one of the best coaches in the Conference and in New England! As such, Coach Cady was honored with her second NESCAC Coach of the Year award in 2021 after her first in 2018. Cady has guided the Polar Bears to the 20+ win plateau for the third straight year (22-4) and improved her overall career record to 128-39, with an astounding .766 winning percentage, the best in program history.
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 back Coach Taylor Stevens to our JVBC staff for her 2nd summer in the JumboDome! Taylor joined Bowdoin as assistant coach of the volleyball program in the summer of 2019 and has helped Coach Cady coach them to some of their best seasons in program history. Most recently, they won the NESCAC championship for the 2nd time in 3 years!
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 back, Taylor!
Alesia Vaccari Bennett enters her 10th 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 8th season in the fall of 2022. Coach Bennett and her Judges were coming off of a record-breaking 2018 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 postseason 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 just honored as a Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee for her incredible college career. She 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.
Coach Johnson joins the JVBC staff for the first time in the summer of 2022! Coach Johnson was named the Head Coach at Colby College prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Johnson, who has previously served as the Associate Head Coach at Elmhurst University lead the Bluejays to numerous NCAA tournament appearances, was an All-American setter during her playing career.
After a tremendous playing career where she earned CCIW (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) Player of the Year accolades as well as AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) All-America honors, Johnson returned to Elmhurst to help grow the program into one known across the region. Serving as the recruiting coordinator since 2008, she quickly was tabbed Associate Head Coach four years later. From 2011-2015, the Elmhurst program won two CCIW conference titles and secured five consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. In 2013, their 37-5 overall record advanced the Bluejays to the Sweet 16, and in 2014 the team earned their fourth consecutive 30-win season.
Johnson recruited and mentored 30 All-CCIW players, 10 All-Americans, and two CCIW Players of the Year. She also guided her players to successes off the court, as 15 of her athletes have earned Academic All-American status, and five were honored as the Elmhurst Female Athlete of the Year.
Johnson spent part of the 2011-12 year finishing her master's degree at Durham University in England, where she had a chance to return to playing. In her familiar role as setter, she guided Durham to a league division championship before qualifying for the Northumbria National Team. That year, Northumbria won a national championship, and Johnson was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
Coach Pam is one of our favorites and enters her 8th summer of coaching as part of the Jumbo Volleyball Clinics staff this summer of 2022. 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). During 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 back Katie Reifert for her 3rd JVBC summer, as she enters her first season as Head Coach of Division I George Washington, her alma mater. Previously the Head Coach at Lawrence Technology University for their Men's Volleyball program, Reifert also served as the head women's and men's volleyball coach at Illinois Tech from 2014-18 and was an assistant coach with the Brown University volleyball program for three seasons from 2018 - 2020.
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.
Please welcome Coach Olson back to the JVBC Coaching Staff for her 2nd summer! In the fall of 2022, Coach Olson will begin as the Head Coach at Kenyon College after three years with Washington and Lee.
Over Olson's three years with the Washington and Lee program, the Generals have registered a 66-18 overall record and a 31-3 mark in the ODAC, including back-to-back ODAC Championships. She's had two players earn AVCA Honorable Mention All-America laurels, four players garner All-Region honors and seven players total 12 All-ODAC citations. The Generals have also had the ODAC Player of the Year each of the last two campaigns.
In the fall of 2021, the team went 26-8 and 11-0 in conference play, winning the conference title and advancing to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. During the truncated 2020-21 season, the Generals recorded the first undefeated season in program history, notching a 16-0 mark overall and 11-0 ODAC record in the spring en route to winning the league championship. The Blue and White also achieved the program's highest ever national ranking, peaking at 22nd. In Olson's first season, W&L finished with a 24-10 record and a 9-3 mark in league play.
Olson came 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.
Olson earned a master of science in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University.
Coach Dill will enter his 27th season at the helm of the MIT program in the fall of 2022. MIT just came off of their most successful season yet earning the program's first NCAA Regional Championship at home punching their ticket to their first NCAA Elite 8 appearance! 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.
Craig Martin joins us in the Summer of 2022 from Stonehill College! In June of 2019, Coach Martin was named the 13th Head Coach in program history. Martin led the 2019 team to its best record since the 2014 season. The Skyhawks went 17-10 overall and 9-4 in Conference play making it to the NE10 Semifinal round for the second time in three years. Sophia Poveda '21 was named to the NE10 All-Conference first team after a great year of leading the Skyhawks with her 2.88 kills per set and ranking seventh in the NE10. Rachel Dunlavy '20 led the way with her 4.52 digs per set and sat seventh in the NE10, as she reached a career total 1,181 digs to sit seventh in program history. She was also named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District I first team for the second time in her career and was named Stonehill's first NE10 Elite 24 Award winner for the highest GPA in the volleyball tournament final four.
Martin, a 2007 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, where he was a member of the men’s volleyball club, will bring a range of knowledge as he has worked with NCAA Division I and III programs around New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He takes over as the 13th head coach in the Stonehill volleyball program’s 40-year history after Kathleen Colpoys recently took over as head coach at her alma mater, College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts after four years in Easton. Martin comes to Stonehill after spending the 2018 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Martin assisted head coach Resa Provanzano (now Associate Head Coach of the Jumbos!) with training middle hitters and all blockers, as well as scouting and match preparation, practice planning and implementation, community and alumni engagement, and student-athlete welfare.
Prior to working with the River Hawks, Martin spent seven years as the head coach of the men’s and women’s volleyball programs at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, also serving as the intramural director. He led the women’s program to 78 wins and three Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) tournament appearances in his time.
During his time as an undergraduate at Southern New Hampshire University, Martin assisted the men’s and women’s volleyball programs at Rivier University from 2005 to 2011. At Rivier, Martin assisted the team to six GNAC championships - four with the men and two with the women.
We are beyond excited to welcome back Coach Colleen Stengel for her 2nd JVBC Summer! Coach Stengel will be entering her fifth season as an assistant coach on the Cortland women’s volleyball staff in 2022 after helping Coach Glickert coach the Red Dragons into the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament with a tremendous 24-7 record, ranked the 2nd seed in the Mid-Atlantic NCAA regional.
Coach Stengel 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.
We are very excited to have Coach Annie DeLoid join us for the second time this summer! Coach Deliod was named the Head Coach at Union College in Schenectady, NY in Spring 2022. Prior to Union, Deloid coached 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 back to the JVBC Summer staff, Coach Annie!
We are excited to welcome back Coach Wyatt Emenaker who will enter his first season at Virginia Commonwealth University this fall.
Prior to heading down to VCU, Wyatt served as an assistant coach at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. 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. We are looking forward to having him join us in the JumboDome this summer as he continues to follow his passion for volleyball.
Alex O’Keefe has been a member of the Tufts Strength and Conditioning staff since 2012. A 2008 graduate of Springfield College, his coaching experience includes time at Auburn University, the University of South Carolina as well as Athletic Evolution. Throughout his career, he has been fortunate to work with a wide variety of athletes, including those at the youth, collegiate, professional and Olympic levels.
Alex works directly with and writes programs for the Baseball team, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Men’s Track and Field, the Golf team. He also assists with the Football team, Softball, Men’s Lacrosse, and Ice Hockey, His unique approach allows him to develop a great connection with the athletes, which leads to their success not only in the weight room, but also on and off the field.
O’Keefe has a degree in Applied Exercise Science from Springfield College as well as his NSCA CSCS.
Charlotte Anderson started working as an athletic trainer at Tufts University in the sports medicine department in February 2022.
Anderson had spent two years prior working at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, Massachusetts as their head athletic trainer.
She graduated from Endicott College in 2020 with a B.S. in Athletic Training. While a student at Endicott, she was a student athletic trainer at Tufts working predominantly with the football team. She was the President of Life Choices, a program that provided people with altered abilities to engage in physical and recreational activities.
Charlotte is a member of the National Athletic Training Association and is a Licensed Athletic Trainer by the Massachusetts Board of Health Professions.
This summer, we welcome Stephanie Wilson for the first time to our courts! Stephanie is no stranger to Tufts Athletics as she has worked closely with our department this past year. Her energy is great and she is excited to join us!
Stephanie graduated from Merrimack College in 2021 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and just completed her Masters in Athletic Training at Merrimack this spring! While in the last year of her graduate program at Merrimack, Stephanie was a student athletic trainer at Tufts working predominantly with the football team.
Stephanie is looking forward to a great summer working with everyone. Go Jumbos!