The latest research on how people learn a sport like volleyball tells us that learning is very context-specific and task-specific. This means our coaches know how important it is to make practice activities as game-like as possible and to maximize each player’s meaningful interactions with the ball. That’s why we discourage traditional 2-person pepper and will not waste a player’s time by running laps around the gym.
Most importantly, Gators Volleyball coaches never forget that we are coaching people (not just volleyball players). We know that our athletes have to know that we care, before they care what we know. We measure success in terms of how of our athletes come back to play again next year.
Any potential volleyball coaches out there? If you enjoy working with kids and share our love of the game of volleyball, then we want you! There are so many wonderful and brilliant girls who just want to play some great volleyball, and coaching them is an incredibly rewarding experience.
You don’t necessarily need to be a star player to be a great coach, and we will provide you training and resources to get you up to speed. We are making preparations for the upcoming club season, so now is the perfect time to get involved! Click the “Contact us” link to let us know of your interest, and let’s talk some volleyball!
In my 14 years of coaching I have have worked with all age groups from U12 through U18. I am a firm believer in a positive coaching environment where players are encouraged to take the risks necessary to improve and learn new skills. I like to run my practices in a way which maximizes opportunity for meaningful and gamelike interactions with the ball – “no laps, no lines, and no lectures”. My goal in coaching is to foster personal improvement, physical fitness, competitiveness, team spirit, and a sense of community through a lifetime interest in the great sport of volleyball.
I started playing volleyball my freshman year at Belmont High School and immediately fell in love with the sport. I continued to play for the rest of my high school career. I joined Gators when I was 16 years old. As a college student I continue to compete as well, playing pickup and playing intramural. I was so lucky throughout my years at Belmont High and Gators to have coaches that guided me and taught me the necessary skills as a player, and now a coach! I am so excited to continue to be a part of the Gators community and pass on my knowledge and love for the game by creating a fun and motivating environment.
I have been involved in volleyball in one way or another for over 20 years. I started back in 1994 playing on a U14 club team and fell in love with the sport. I continued to play club and high school volleyball and that training allowed me to play in college as well. I have coached both high school and club teams in the past. I love how volleyball is a team sport to the core and the relationships made with teammates are unique and often carry over beyond the court. I am happy to be coaching with the Gators again this season and look forward to many more great seasons to come.
I’m very excited to be part of the Gators coaching team! I’ve played volleyball since I was 10, through high school and Junior Olympic club teams, on a Division 1 team at Princeton, and on adult USAV teams for many years, with some coaching thrown in as well. It’s safe to say that volleyball has been a large part of my life, and now I’m happy to be able to share volleyball with my own daughters and the Gators family. I’m thrilled to be able to help pass on my love for the sport to a new generation. I want my players to develop a love for and understanding of volleyball, improve their skills, stretch themselves, and especially to learn how to be good teammates and have a lot of fun!
I started playing volleyball my freshman year of high school and continued playing through college, transitioning to outdoor grass court, indoor league play, and most recently sand court. My partner started a 6-week volleyball clinic for our town each Spring, where I assisted, and the clinic proved quite popular with registrations at capacity each session. As is the common theme for Gators coaches, I have loved the sport since I touched a volleyball and am happy to be part of Gators, where I can help give a younger generation a chance to get hooked, too!
Volleyball has been a part of my life since 8th grade when I attended a summer camp. I played all four years of high school and for several years with Gators Volleyball Club. Coaching with Gators feels like a natural transition as I've been coaching different sports throughout my life in my town from hockey, to softball and volleyball. I've always loved teaching kids of all ages different skills, helping and watching them develop as players and people.
I have been playing volleyball since the summer before my freshman year of high school. I played all four years at Burlington High School and was so proud to make it all the way to the Division 2 North Finals my senior year. Throughout my high school career, I also played Junior Olympic Volleyball for Gators and on the beach with Coach Gwen, making it to Junior Beach Nationals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the summer of 2016! I am so thrilled to start my coaching career with a club that has taught me so much. I credit my great coaches who I have had in the past with my skill development and increase in self-confidence. I’m very excited to be able to share my knowledge and passion for volleyball to the young athletes.
As a relatively new high school volleyball referee, I realized that I missed coaching at high school level. It's a very rewarding experience for both the athlete and coach to see the progress and development made over a single season. I have played, coached, and officiated volleyball at various levels and am also the head coach of the Salem State women’s volleyball team. I love the sport of volleyball and hope to pass that passion on to those I coach.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach the sport I love to a new generation of girls. It is my belief and has been my experience that anyone with the passion to learn can become a skilled and fabulous volleyball player. But most importantly it is my belief that volleyball is all about having fun.
I first learned how to pass a ball in 4th grade on the blacktop with my after school teacher, and volleyball has been in my life ever since. I’d played at various clinics in my hometown of Belmont MA (where I’ve also coached), but Gators was really the place that elevated my game. Thanks to Gators, I made JV my freshman year of high school, varsity as a sophomore, and became a varsity captain my senior year while making the state tournament 3 consecutive times and becoming sectional finalists in D1 Central East in 2018. I’ve played on Gators power teams from U14-U18 and am so excited to pass on my knowledge and love for the game! I hope to not only increase my players’ volleyball IQ and technique, but to teach them how to work as a team. My goal is to help grow passionate, well rounded players who are willing to push themselves, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish!
I was introduced to volleyball when I was young, joining my father’s practices and games. Ever since I have enjoyed playing indoor and outdoor volleyball. Volleyball is a great team game that teaches you a lot about yourself and about how to rely on your friends; you learn to work together and communicate better. I used to teach at college and help students achieve their goals. Joining Gators is an awesome opportunity for me. I am excited to get another chance to teach and help young athletes improve as players and as individuals by developing their skills while having fun. It’s gonna be great – come and join us!
I was introduced to volleyball by my father as a kid, and fell in love with it immediately, quickly becoming my main sport. Joining Gators in my freshman year of high school was my first club experience and allowed me to compete at a higher level than I ever had before. During that first season I improved and learned so much about volleyball and teamwork. I have continued to be involved with volleyball ever since and always focus on improving some aspect of my game, whether it be as a player or a coach. Now after graduating college, I’m excited to once again be part of the Gators family and provide the same incredible experience to young players that I first had!
I started playing volleyball in ninth grade in Santiago, Chile. I was lucky to learn from a coach who worked with the women’s national teams in Peru and Chile and believed in learning correct form and technique. Having someone believe in me early on was life changing and that is what I strive to bring to the teams I coach. I went on to play in high school and college, and my love of sports has translated into coaching athletes in volleyball, basketball and softball at different times over the last 25+ years. I am thrilled to be part of the Gators family and have this opportunity to share my experiences to help each athlete grow not only as all-around volleyball players, but also develop invaluable life skills.
I have been playing volleyball competitively for the last 10 years and have loved every minute of it. I am very excited for the opportunity to give back to the sport I am so passionate about by coaching with Gators Volleyball Club. I believe volleyball can teach you so many valuable skills as both a player and a person that will stick with you for life. My goal as a coach is to support players as they develop these skills, grow their self-confidence, and help them have as much fun as possible.
I grew up on a volleyball court watching both my parents play. I started playing the game myself in college and have grown to truly love the sport, playing competitively since then in a variety of settings. As an occupational therapist, one of my passions is helping people learn about body mechanics and how to apply these to developing their motor skills. I am so very excited to bring my two passions together to assistant coaching at Gators Volleyball. Playing a team sport can be such a valuable life experience. I look forward to cultivating a passion for the game in our next generation of players.
Volleyball is my all-time favorite sport. I’ve been playing since the seventh grade. I played intramural volleyball in college, which is also when I first started elementary and middle school volleyball clinics in my hometown. I’m very happy to be coaching for Gators as well as a local high school team. During the day, I enjoy my job as an elementary school teacher. When I’m not teaching or coaching, I’m most likely swimming or kayaking, cooking up lots of new recipes, or playing beach volleyball or wallyball with my friends. I love coaching volleyball just as much as I love to play! One of the most important things about coaching is sharing my love of the game with all the new athletes I meet. In addition to teaching girls the fundamentals and the technical aspects of the game, it’s important that my teams learn to be great teammates both on and off the court.
With 40 years of experience with the game, playing, officiating all age levels, running adult leagues, I have seen all facets of the game while absorbing best practices to encourage others to fulfill their potential. In my early years, I coached young athletes in other sports and ensured all were included in their individual skills training. Knowing that the scoreboard is not to be a measure of each athlete’s ability, it is my goal to ensure a supportive and challenging, yet fun teamwork environment for all. I am looking forward to helping Gators athletes dig and spike their way to victory.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to coach with Gators this season. I grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan and first picked up a volleyball when I was nine years old. I’ve played club volleyball at the national level since the age of 10 and at one of the most competitive high school teams in Michigan. Throughout my volleyball career, I have played almost every position but excelled as a defensive specialist, playing in the position at Ohio Dominican University for a year and then transferring to The Ohio State University. In the past, I coached a U15 club team for two years. I look at each player not only as an athlete, but as an individual. I focus on the fundamentals and keep a positive mindset on the sidelines. When I am not coaching volleyball, I work as a teacher for the blind or visually impaired.
Hi! I am very excited to be coaching for Gators again this season. I first began playing volleyball in high school, which was an international school in Japan that competed in tournaments all over Asia, and I have been obsessed with the sport ever since then. I came to the United States for college, where I continued to play for the college’s club team, and my first taste of coaching and instructing others began when I served as the club’s president and captain in my senior year. After that I moved to the Boston area to begin my private school teaching career, and I continue to play in recreational volleyball leagues in my free time. I currently work at the Middlesex School in Concord, and I am also he head coach of the girls’ varsity volleyball team. As an educator, I believe in developing camaraderie, collaboration skills, and communication skills in addition to increasing my players’ “volleyball IQ” by ensuring they understand the game and the importance of proper fundamental mechanics. Good teammates support and encourage each other and share their triumphs and defeats. Our players develop and grow tremendously over the course of a season both as individuals and as a team. Despite my competitive nature, I want to ensure my players share my joy and enthusiasm for the sport, and enjoy every moment of being out on the court together as much as I enjoy working with them.
I started playing volleyball locally in the early 1990s and never looked back. Since then I have competed in doubles sand and grass tournaments, Yankee and NERVA indoor regional events all over New England, and in USAV National tournaments across the country. Volleyball is about competing as a team, building relationships, through individual contributions towards a common goal. I was drawn to volleyball for its diversity and because it can be played year round, with few or many, and at all levels. It is through volleyball that I have met some of my best friends over the years and l expect that to continue for many years to come.
My name is Aly Werth. I am a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire. I am really excited to coaching for Gators and sharing my love of the sport with my team! I started playing Junior Olympic Volleyball when I was 10 and played all through my high school years. I loved playing club volleyball and had the opportunity to play throughout the Northeast including Albany and Baltimore. In college I also played recreational volleyball. My coaching philosophy is to create an environment where the team (and every one of the individual team members) can grow and learn and develop a long lasting love of the sport.
I am a recent graduate of Westfield State University where I played on their volleyball team as an outside hitter/all around player. I have been playing volleyball since I was in middle school where I quickly fell in love with the sport. It led me to play club volleyball all throughout middle school and high school which made me grow to love the competition aspect of the game. I have been coaching club volleyball for 4 years now, but this will be my first season with Gators which I am very excited to be a part of! Playing volleyball and coaching volleyball has allowed me to see both sides of how I can support the players on my team as a coach and how I can motivate them to support one another both on and off the court.
I have been playing beach and indoor volleyball for over seventeen years, and I love them both. I started playing intramural in college and when I moved to the US and found a group of people playing pick-up games near my work. I continue to play recreational volleyball in different leagues and play competitively in Yankee tournaments. While I’m new to coaching an organized team, I never pass up a chance to coach my daughter, her friends, or my coworkers who want to learn. I love sharing my passion for the game of volleyball. I believe the most important part of being a coach is to be patient, help players develop skills, encourage them to try new things, and help them to learn to love playing volleyball.
I was introduced to volleyball during my elementary school days in Brookline, MA, & have been playing ever since. I played throughout high school, college, and as an adult in many Yankee/NERVA tournaments, multiple USAV National tournaments, multiple NACIVT tournaments in North America, many grass doubles tournaments, and numerous volleyball leagues. I have eight years of coaching experience at the high school level at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School and Brookline High School.
This will be my first year with the Gators Volleyball Club and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my experiences & my love of this game. Through this sport athletes will learn & develop so many invaluable life skills such as building interpersonal relationships, goal setting, perseverance, time management, critical thinking, self-discipline, and empathy.
I have been involved with volleyball as a player for many years with indoor play in surrounding leagues and with adult clubs in Yankee tournaments, culminating with participation at Bay State games and US Nationals. I also have played a fair amount of outdoor doubles on both sand and grass and enjoy the change of pace between the indoor and outdoor game. I have either assisted or run youth volleyball clinics through local park and recreation departments for several years. In playing and teaching I have found that volleyball takes a fair amount of patience and repetition in learning the requisite skills, as well as good communication and teamwork to be successful on the court. None of this is really possible without doing it in a fun and positive environment. I look forward to providing that and sharing my love of volleyball with Gators athletes in what will hopefully become a lifelong passion for them.
Volleyball is the best game ever! While not an elite player, I still compete at adult weekend and national tournaments and play sand doubles in the summer. I truly enjoy coaching because I can share my love for volleyball and encourage and develop young players. I have coached both high school and club teams for over 10 years, and look forward to helping out at Gators even more this year!
Although my volleyball coaching career is at its start, I’ve been playing at the highest levels for over twenty years – through high school, Junior Olympic, college, and adult club teams. I’m excited to be part of a thoroughly committed group of coaches at Gators Volleyball. As I transition to this new coaching phase, my goal is to provide a safe, fun, and educational environment for our young players and to foster the lifelong love of volleyball that I have been fortunate to enjoy for so many years. Ultimately, I strive to encourage these athletes to be supportive of one another and to build their self-confidence as they grow to become future stewards of the game.
I grew up in Sudbury, Massachusetts and played 4 years of volleyball at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School – with my freshman year on the JV team and the next 3 years on the varsity team. I’ve coached Junior Olympic Volleyball since the 2018 season and became the coach of the freshman girls volleyball team at Linclon-Sudbury in 2018. I am thrilled to be working with such wonderful athletes and my fellow coaches at Gators Volleyball Club. I do my best to cultivate a growth mindset among the athletes I coach. For me, this means seeing the entire season as an opportunity for my players to improve upon skills with which they might not yet feel confident. Establishing a positive, encouraging environment among our team where mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities and hard work is celebrated allows our athletes to thrive and develop both as volleyball players and as young women. I am excited to be working with such a great group of girls and am looking forward to a wonderful season with Gators this year!
Volleyball has been a part of my life since I was very young and continues to be today. I started playing as a freshman in high school and played for all four years, going on to play in college on recreational and intramural teams. I still play today outdoors on sand and grass on doubles teams. I’m excited to be part of Gators Volleyball Club as a coach and share my love for the sport with the athletes. I believe that one of the most important aspects of coaching is keeping it fun for the players and I look forward to the opportunity this season.
I was first exposed to volleyball while in college, and it quickly became a passion and joy for me over many years. Living in Southern California, I played indoor —men’s, co-ed, reverse co-ed, and outdoors playing grass and beach doubles. Volleyball has been a big part of my life and was how I met my wife, Janice, also a Gators coach. I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of a great club, and coaching athletes to achieve their goals. I enjoy coaching because nurturing and teaching our athletes to attain new skills, and pushing themselves to new heights is extremely rewarding. My philosophy with volleyball is that in order to achieve your goals, you need to work hard on and off the court. You have to be a student of the game, picking up knowledge in training (mentally and physically), nutrition, communication, teamwork, etc. All of these elements need to come together and be in sync for the team and you individually to achieve and/or exceed those goals.
My first experience with volleyball was when my 2nd grade teacher taught me how to bump a ball. I have had a burning passion for the game ever since. I didn’t have the opportunity to play because school was the top priority in my family. In the meantime, I self-taught myself as much knowledge of the game to increase my “volleyball IQ” because I knew I would play one day. Living in California, I started playing beach volleyball and knew that this was going to be a part of my life forever! I was very fortunate to play in college and continued to play indoor leagues and tournaments (women’s, co-ed & reverse co-ed) as well as competing in grass and beach doubles. Volleyball has enriched my life so much (including meeting my husband) that I find it very rewarding to give back by coaching others. Watching an athletes personal growth — developing their skills, coming together as a team, supporting one another, and acquiring self confidence is why I continue to coach. I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunity to coach for Gators! In all my years of research and experience of the sport, my belief is when you have a positive mindset, you are able to see more opportunities for growth and improvement. I believe coaching is not just about “investing” in others — it’s about investing in oneself as well. I feel that when I grow, I can better help others grow. I like to think that we all learn from each other. My philosophy is to provide a positive volleyball experience in helping athletes have the opportunity to unlock and achieve their full potential through the sport — thereby using volleyball as a “holistic” means of individual development. The goal is to empower and inspire my players to perform at their BEST and to have FUN in doing so!
I have been coaching Junior Olympic volleyball since the 2008 season. Prior to coming to Gators, I coached club volleyball at the U15, U16, and U17 levels. While teaching players volleyball skills is obviously important, I believe that learning to be a good person/adult is fundamental to the development of a strong, well-rounded volleyball player. Treating teammates, coaches, parents, and referees with courtesy, fairness and respect is essential, as is understanding how to deal with adversity, failure, and success.
After many years of playing volleyball and officiating at the junior and collegiate level, I am excited to leverage my experience with coaching. I have been playing competitively since I was 13 on club teams, my high school varsity team, and at Wheaton College. I love breaking down the mechanics of the sport of volleyball. Sometimes it only takes a small adjustment to expand on a skill. Watching it click when a player starts to figure it out and bring it into their play is both rewarding and exciting. I am excited to share my love for the game with Gators and remind the players to enjoy the game. As an athlete you can find yourself fighting with the sport at times. It's important to take a step back and remember why you are playing and what makes you want to be on the court. We are all here because we love the sport of volleyball, and there is nothing more important than that.
Volleyball to me is one of the truest team sports and that is one thing that I love about the game. I was first introduced to volleyball when my daughter started playing in 5th grade. She and I both fell in love with the sport and ever since then I have played and coached volleyball. I have coached over 10 years along with playing in several leagues. During that time I have coached nearly all age groups and levels up to and including Open. During that time my teams have placed 2nd in New England at U14 and 3rd in New England at U16. But the biggest achievement for me is watching the girls fall in love with the sport and seeing what is possible and then doing it. Volleyball is a great confidence builder and I believe it helps the girls develop tools that they will use for the rest of their lives. I'm excited to work with Gators Volleyball coaches and athletes.