COACHES

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CAT DAILEY MINYARD

NEVBC Founder, Director of Recruiting, & Head Coach

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After a decorated playing career, co-founder and director Cat Dailey Minyard is passing along her volleyball expertise to the next generation of athletes in the Northeast. Cat has previously acted as an Assistant Coach for her alma mater, Yale University, as well as Amherst College. She is also a Lead Coach for Gold Medal Squared, the leaders in volleyball coaches' education. Before founding Northeast Volleyball Club with her husband Garrett, Cat played in the Italian Serie A league for Volley Millenium Brescia, leading her team to a 25-7 record and winning the 2018 Italian A2 Championship. Before Italy, Cat completed her master’s degree in Entrepreneurship at Durham University in the U.K., while also leading Durham to two national championships and capturing league MVP honors.

 

Originally from Southern California, Cat was a Top 20 college recruit after competing at the highest level of club volleyball with Laguna Beach Volleyball Club. She played for Cal for two years, including an NCAA Final Four appearance in 2007, before transferring to Yale. At Yale, Cat was the unanimous selection for the 2008 Ivy League MVP and led the team to an NCAA tournament postseason win. In the 2021 season, she was featured as the ESPN+  broadcast analyst for the Yale home matches.

Cat specializes in developing athletes with a high “volleyball IQ” who understand how the game works at the highest levels.  At Northeast, Cat leads the business strategy and has served as Head Coach at the U15, U16, and U17 Girls levels. Cat is also the NEVBC Director of Recruiting, where she has helped over 18 NEVBC athletes go on to play in college at all levels, from the ACC to the Patriot League to the NESCAC, in just 3 seasons.

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GARRETT MINYARD

NEVBC Founder, Girls Club Director & Head Coach

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As co-founder and club director, Garrett Minyard brings over a decade of volleyball coaching experience, knowledge, and connections to our club. Before starting Northeast Volleyball Club, Coach Garrett spent a year in Italy as a coach in the Italian Serie A2 league. During that time, Garrett helped Volley Millenium Brescia capture a national championship and learned the ins and outs of professional team management. Before Italy, he earned his master’s degree in Human Resources at Durham University in the U.K., while also coaching and playing for Team Durham. Since 2018, Garrett has been the Head Varsity Coach at St. Luke's School in New Canaan and has turned their volleyball program into a powerhouse in the FAA conference. Garrett is also a Head Coach for Gold Medal Squared, the leaders in volleyball coaches' education and training.

 

Garrett is originally from Long Island and played Division I men's volleyball for Sacred Heart University, where he was named Team Captain for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He never stopped coaching during his college career, working with Ripp Volleyball Club and Oxford High School. After graduation, Garrett began coaching full time for CPAC Volleyball Club under his mentor Danny Goncalves, now a Division I Head Coach at NJIT. Garrett then took the reins as Club Director, leading the club for two very successful seasons before moving overseas.

 

As a coach, Garrett focuses on developing young athletes into leaders on and off the court. Always a student of the game, his technical knowledge is unparalleled, and he leads the coach training and development at Northeast, as well as curriculum writing and practice planning for the club teams.

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JONATHAN MERCADO

Boys Club Director, AMP Program Director, & Head Coach

Coach Jonathan Mercado is both a leader in the Connecticut volleyball community and an accomplished educator. He founded the Northeast Boys Club program in 2019, and the program has grown and flourished under his leadership. Jon brings a tremendous amount of youth coaching experience to Northeast Volleyball Club, having led several boys and girls high school programs to successful seasons. He has also coached at Mizuno East Volleyball Club, CP-AC Volleyball Club, and Greenwich Volleyball Club.

 

Originally from New York City, Jon played club volleyball for Stellar Volleyball Club, eventually earning a Division I scholarship to Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. During his four years at Sacred Heart, Jon helped the men’s program qualify for the EIVA Conference tournament, where they continually upset nationally ranked programs. In addition to his successful athletic career, he graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a Master’s degree in Education.

 

Currently an English/Language Arts teacher at Jockey Hollow Middle School STEM Academy in Monroe, Jon brings a unique perspective to Northeast Volleyball Club as an educator. He views the volleyball court as a classroom first and foremost, applying established educational principles to his coaching methods. Jon also specializes in training and improving the mindset of our athletes, developing and leading NEVBC's Athlete Mentality Program.

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SHAWN HOYT

Youth Director, Regional Program Lead, & Head Coach

Shawn Hoyt brings an outstanding level of youth programming experience through his work as an educator and volleyball coach. Shawn joined NEVBC in 2019, and since then, he has grown youth volleyball in our area tremendously, launching our Fall Club program, Regional Team program, and expanding our summer classes and camps to allow more young athletes to learn volleyball.

 

As a Connecticut native, Shawn attended Killingly High School and then Springfield College where he earned his bachelor's in Sports Biology and a master’s in Human Nutrition. After graduation, he returned to Woodstock Academy where he found his passion for coaching volleyball. After only two years Shawn was promoted to Head Coach of Woodstock Academy and started his club coaching career at Husky Volleyball Club. In 2017, Shawn joined the Greenwich High School coaching staff and helped lead the team to an FCIAC and State Championship title. He also served as Assistant Director for Greenwich Volleyball Club and worked to promote youth volleyball growth through their Future Elite Program, as well as being named the Head Coach of the Greenwich boy's volleyball program.

 

Through all of these roles, Shawn has engaged youth athletes in his community and fueled their passion for volleyball. As a full-time science teacher at Greenwich High School, Shawn uses his passion for teaching both on and off the court to develop mindful and technically sound athletes.

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MARK ("FROG") OGILVIE

Director of Operations & Head Coach

Coach Mark ("Frog") Ogilvie is one of the original staff members at NEVBC, having returned stateside to coach at Northeast Volleyball Club after 4 years abroad in the United Kingdom completing his PhD.

 

 While overseas, Coach Frog competed with Team Durham Men’s Volleyball for five years as a libero and held an Assistant Coach role for the Durham women’s volleyball program, capturing a total of 4 national championships on the women’s side. Coach Frog also successfully completed a masters and PhD in Sociology during his time abroad. Upon his return to the states, Coach Frog also served as the Assistant Coach at Wesleyan University, a NCAA Division III program in the NESCAC that had an Elite 8 appearance in the 2018 NCAA tournament. In his collegiate career, he was also a libero/setter for Michigan State club volleyball.

 

In addition to his playing and coaching experience overseas, Mark brings a wealth of youth coaching and education experience to Northeast Volleyball Club, serving as an assistant coach for Woodhaven High School in his home state of Michigan in fall 2018. Frog has served as Head Coach for our Girls U16 Open team the past two years, as well as the Boys U18 Open team, in addition to many classes and camps.

 

Mark is also an accomplished educator and researcher, serving as an adjunct professor in Sociology at Southern Connecticut State University.

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KELSEY ARMSTRONG

College Recruiting Coordinator & Head Coach

Kelsey Armstrong joins NEVBC with a variety of experiences at the youth and college level. She will be working with our Recruiting Director, Cat Dailey Minyard, to help support NEVBC athletes as they navigate the college recruiting process. The NEVBC College Recruiting team has helped over 18 NEVBC athletes go on to play in college at all levels, from the ACC to the Patriot League to the NESCAC, in just 3 seasons.

 

Currently, Kelsey works at Sacred Heart University in Student-Athlete Support Services. In her role, Armstrong provides academic support to student-athletes, including time management skills, organizational skills, academic advising, class registration, and progress towards degree. Armstrong advises eight teams, including women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and football. She also leads student-athlete development initiatives in the areas of career development, personal health and wellness, and community service.

In 2017, Kelsey joined the University of Hartford coaching staff and served as an assistant coach focusing on player development for the Hawks. She has also coached club volleyball for seven years working in various capacities in the Connecticut area. Through all of these roles, Kelsey has built relationships and developed athletes in an effort to help them reach their goals and maximize their potential. Prior to coaching, Kelsey was an All-Conference outside hitter for Western New England University, while earning a degree in education with a minor in coaching. She then earned her master’s in athletic administration from Springfield College. Kelsey was a two-time All-Conference, All-Area, and All-State player at Fitch High School who helped the team to three state tournament appearances, including the 2011 Connecticut Semifinals.

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PETE GEORGIOU

Regional Program Director & Head Coach

Pete Georgiou has joined Northeast after more than ten years coaching and building volleyball culture in Connecticut. He brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, connections, personality, and technical coaching skills to Northeast Volleyball Club. A Connecticut local, he attended Norwalk High School where he first started playing. He then attended Southern Connecticut State University and NEIT in Rhode Island. Pete then continued to play in adult leagues and soon began to coach, where he developed a penchant for rebuilding and reinvigorating programs.  

 

Pete coached for St. Luke’s School from 2010-2013 and led the team to their best season in ten years. He was also the coach for Greenwich High School boy’s volleyball program, who appeared in seven state tournaments during his eleven seasons coaching them and won a division championship. In 2013, Pete took over as the head coach of Brien McMahon High School girl’s volleyball team. In 2015, the McMahon Senators were coached by Pete to a 16-4 season and made the conference playoffs for the first time in 29 years. In 2016, Pete coached the Senators to a conference title and runner-ups for the FCIAC. Pete was honored as FCIAC Coach of the Year for his work both with McMahon’s women’s program and Greenwich’s men’s program. He has also been a head coach for CT Juniors for fourteen years, and he works full time at Central Middle School when he’s not on the court.

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KATE OAKES FOEMAN

Head Coach

Coach Kate comes to Northeast Volleyball Club as both an accomplished player and coach. Originally from Evergreen, Colorado, Kate started playing volleyball as a freshman in high school, eventually earning All-State and All-American honors. Kate has also played at the highest level of club volleyball, as her U18 club team won a National Championship at Junior Olympics.

 

Kate then went on to play four years of NCAA Division I Volleyball at the University of Denver as a left-handed opposite. After completing her degree at Denver, Kate earned a scholarship from Durham University in the United Kingdom to play in both the University League and National Volleyball League. 

 

As a coach, Kate coached club for Colorado Volleyball Association for two years at the U17 and U18 levels, passing on her extensive knowledge and preparing many of her players for college volleyball opportunities. Kate also held an assistant coaching role for Team Durham women’s volleyball after sustaining a serious shoulder injury, where she then worked with Northeast Director Garrett Minyard to coach their team to two National Championships in both the National Volleyball League and the BUCS University League.

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HENRYK TERASZKIEWICZ

Head Coach

Henryk brings a lifelong commitment to education to our club.  Always an athlete (high school football, soccer, BMX freestyle, and squash), he fell in love with volleyball during the 1984 Olympics, but unfortunately was unable to pursue his passion as there were no boys volleyball programs in the area.  However, upon attending Binghamton University, he quickly got involved in volleyball, managing the women’s DIII program, running the intramural program, and becoming a practice player for the university men’s team.  Within two years, he was the starting outside hitter for their men’s team (ranked 25th in the country at the time), was promoted to assistant coach for the women’s program, and was a regular on the outdoor courts.  It was the outdoor game that really allowed Henryk to thrive, enjoying a 20 year Open level career with multiple tournament cashes, not to mention meeting his wife- who happens to have the most wins in Connecticut outdoor volleyball history!

 

Following his college coaching experience, Henryk was a coach at Bethel and Weston high schools, coached club for the CT Impact travel program and CT Juniors state program, and assisted as a volunteer coach at Newtown High School.  With almost a quarter century of player and coach experience, Henryk joined NEVBC during the summer of 2020, appreciating what the program was doing for his own children in the girls and boys open programs.  In his “real” life, Henryk owns ReConnect24, LLC, a science education content provider and curriculum design consultancy.  Combining his passion for science, sports, and education, Henryk is able to specialize in body mechanics, mindset development, and higher level game strategy during his private lessons, clinics, and as one of our club coaches.

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MATT SOMERVILLE

Head Coach

Matt Somerville is one of our most accomplished coaches at Northeast, having led our Boys 16 Open team in 2019-2020 to a near perfect season, with a bid to USAV Nationals and 6 gold medals in 8 tournaments. He has also head coached our Girls U12 Club team. 

 

A Connecticut native, Matt started playing volleyball at Amity High School, where he led his team to two conference titles and was a three-time All-Conference and two-time CT All-State player. After high school, Matt continued his playing career as a Libero at Sacred Heart University, an NCAA Division I program.

While playing at Sacred Heart, Matthew began his volleyball coaching career at Bethel and Joel Barlow High Schools. After graduating, he became an assistant director and head coach for TCA Volleyball Club in Fairfield, as well as an assistant coach for the Sacred Heart University Women’s Volleyball team, an NCAA Division I program. During Matt’s time coaching at SHU, the Pioneers won the 2010 and 2011 NEC conference championships and went on to play against Nebraska and Stanford in the NCAA tournament. He also served as the varsity assistant coach at New Canaan High School in 2020. When he's not coaching volleyball, Matt works as a social worker at a K-8 school in Bridgeport. 

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RONY GILOT

Head Coach

Coach Rony joined the NEVBC team in 2020, where he led our U13 Club team to an incredibly successful season, including bringing home a Gold medal at the AAU Mohegan Sun tournament in the U14 Club division and a Bronze medal in the U13 Club division at the Nike Boston Festival, the largest tournament in New England.

 

Rony has coaching experience at every level, having coached for Saint Francis College, a NCAA Division I program in the Northeast Conference, where he was the Assistant Coach for three years before serving as the Head Coach for four years. He has extensive experience with coaching and administrating in the GEVA region, including serving as an administrator and club director for the All-Star Empire Volleyball Club in New York for 10 years. He coached numerous age levels and took 2 teams to USAV Junior Nationals in 2016 and 2019 at the U15s level.  He also coached for Creole Big Apple Juniors (15s, 16s, 17s, and 18s) and NYC Juniors (18s), and CALI.

 

Rony started his volleyball career playing for the varsity men’s volleyball team at Queens College, a Division II team in Flushing, NY. He is a renowned setter and has played on high-level teams in the New York Big City League and Greater Empire Volleyball Association (GEVA).  He led his GEVA team to two gold medals and one silver medal in USA Volleyball’s Adult National Championships.

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CAROL ORTIZ

Head Coach

Carol spent her youth playing volleyball in Canovanas, Puerto Rico. In 8th grade, she moved to Connecticut where she then found herself playing basketball. She played 4 years of college basketball but upon graduating college, she fell back in love with volleyball. 

 

Carol made her first appearance in the coaching world as the Girls Volleyball Head Coach for Central High School in Bridgeport, where she led that program for 6 years. Currently, Carol is currently going into her third season at the helm of the Masuk High School Varsity Girls Volleyball team. She led the Masuk team to a conference finals for the first time in school history.  In addition, she also has spent three years coaching the Boys JV volleyball team at Masuk. When Carol isn’t coaching, she is a physical education teacher at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Bridgeport. Carol brings her educational background, knowledge, and passion to her coaching style at Northeast, where she is first and foremost a teacher of the game. Carol has made a name for herself in the Connecticut volleyball world, and we are so grateful to have her on the NEVBC coaching staff.

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KATHRYN ATTAR

Head Coach

Coach Kathryn is the second Yale Bulldog on the Northeast Volleyball Club staff. Originally from Florida, Kathryn started playing volleyball at just 8 years old, coming from a family with a tradition of high-level international volleyball athletes.

 

Kathryn is now in her senior year with the NCAA Division I Yale women’s volleyball team as an outside hitter, where she led the Bulldogs to a 13-1 conference record, her third Ivy Championship in three seasons, and the highest national ranking in program history. She had an outstanding freshman season in 2017 for the Bulldogs, earning Ivy League Rookie of the Year and 1st Team All-Ivy League.

 

Prior to Yale, Kathryn played club volleyball for Tampa United and Orlando Volleyball Academy, competing at the highest levels and even earning a highly coveted spot in the USA Volleyball Junior National A1 program from 2012 to 2017. As a coach, Kathryn has worked with her high school program, coached a variety of summer camps and clinics, and has done private indoor and sand training with college-bound athletes.

BRYAN COLOMA-GOMEZ

Boys Head Coach & Assistant Coach 

Bryan Coloma-Gomez has an extensive resume in the sport of volleyball as both an athlete and as a coach.  Bryan played for Shelton High School’s boys team and was a club player for CT Juniors/Mizuno East Volleyball Club and Husky Volleyball Club.  After high school, Bryan continued to play volleyball competitively through both Yankee indoor and outdoor tournaments.    

 

Bryan’s coaching career began in 2010 as the assistant coach for both the Shelton High School girls and boys teams. Ranked #4 in the state during Bryan’s tenure, the Shelton High School Boys Team made it as far as the semifinal match of the state tournament.  In 2015, he became the Head Coach for Masuk High Girls Varsity Team (then ranked #6 in the state).  In his final year at Masuk, he also stepped in as the Head Coach for the Masuk High School Boys Team and helped them achieve the #9 ranking in the state of Connecticut.  During this same time, Bryan also coached for Mizuno East Volleyball Club where he led the 16-1s team to a 2018 NERVA Regional Championship.  He was the Head Coach when they went to compete at the National level at the 2018 & 2019 Boys Juniors National Championships.  Most recently, Bryan has been a head coach and assistant coach at Greenwich Volleyball Club where he has helped the U15, U16, and U17 teams to multiple medals and tournament victories.  Bryan is now at Greenwich Academy as the varsity assistant and is a substitute teacher for the physical education department.  In his spare time outside of coaching, Bryan enjoys birding, puzzles, and photography.  


When asked what Bryan’s motivation is in coaching athletes, he had this to say, “My goal is to make sure our players are great teammates on the court as well as off the court, to give them the tools they may need to handle challenges they may face, and to enjoy the time that they spend here while focusing on their goals.” 

KEVIN MARINO

Boys Head Coach

Kevin Marino brings with him to Northeast a wealth of coaching experience in both high school and club volleyball.  For almost a decade, Kevin has been on the coaching staff at New Canaan High School Girls Volleyball, taking over as head coach in2017 after being the assistant coach.  Kevin has also been on the coaching staff of Joel Barlow Boys Volleyball since 2013, taking over as head coach in 2020 after serving as assistant coach.  One of Kevin’s proudest moments as a head coach came in the spring of 2021 when Barlow captured the Class M State Championship.  After being a standout for Barlow as a student in 2010 and 2011, earning first team all-conference both years, the 2021 state championship was a very special milestone for Kevin returning to his alma mater to coach.  Kevin also has significant coaching experience at the club level, having been a head coach at both Mizuno East Volleyball and Chelsea Piers Volleyball.  

 

Outside of the time Kevin spends coaching, he enjoys playing golf and barbecuing.  He is currently a building sub at Joel Barlow High School.  Kevin and his girlfriend Sarah live in Fairfield with their dogs Kobe and Moose.  Kevin is excited to join the NEVBC staff and help continue to grow the sport in our region!

SANDY DOSKI

Boys Head Coach

Sandy Doski is one of the most highly respected volleyball coaches in the state of Connecticut amongst the sport’s athletes, coaches, and officials.  Her involvement in the volleyball community spans the last four decades, beginning with her career as a standout at New Milford High School on the volleyball team. Sandy was recruited to be the starting outside hitter at Northeastern University in Boston (Division I) and played for two years there before transferring to the University of Hartford (Division I) to continue her volleyball career and complete her bachelor’s degree in business.  After college graduation, Sandy began coaching on the girls’ side, spending time at New Milford High School,  New Fairfield High School, and Danbury High School, before eventually landing at Newtown High School.  

 

In 2012, Sandy became a volleyball official in the state of Connecticut, a job which she enjoys to this day.  Wanting to continue to grow the sport of volleyball in Connecticut, Sandy started the boys volleyball program at Newtown High School in 2015 and led them to back to back conference championships in both 2018 and 2019.  In addition to her involvement in high school boys volleyball, Sandy has run Southern CT Volleyball since 1985, which hosts outdoor doubles tournaments every summer and attracts highly competitive athletes from the region and beyond.

 

Sandy and her husband Gary live in Newtown and are the proud owners of Doski Building and Remodeling.  They enjoy spending time with their adult children Abbey and Jeremy, both storied high school athletes in-- you guessed it, volleyball!  In her free time, Sandy enjoys traveling, playing golf and tennis, and being with her dogs, Addie and Zeus.  We at Northeast are extremely lucky to have such a seasoned, talented, and respected coach as part of our NEVBC family!

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KIARA ROBICHAUD

Head Coach

We are excited to welcome Kiara to the Northeast coaching staff! She joins us after her first collegiate season at Columbia University. Originally from Lexington, KY, Kiara came to Connecticut in 8th grade, playing four years at Joel Barlow High School. While there, Kiara earned both All-Conference and All-State accolades, her senior year receiving both Conference and State MVP. That same season she led Joel Barlow team to the program’s first state title and was chosen as the 2018 Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year for volleyball.

 

In her first week of the season at Columbia, Kiara was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Kiara is enrolled in Columbia remotely this fall, while she also served as Head Coach for the JV team at Weston High School. This past summer, Kiara also coached summer volleyball clinics for her former high school team, as well as coached middle school and high school athletes at various Northeast summer camps.

CAM ROTH

Head Coach 

We are excited to welcome Cam to our coaching staff! This is Cam’s first club coaching experience, but he has coached high schoolers during summer camps.

 

Cam was a two time first team all state volleyball player in high school. He  was also a 2nd team all conference player during his sophomore and junior year of high school. Lastly, he was first team all conference during his senior year of high school along with being named conference defensive player of the year!!

TES DEJAEGER

Assistant Coach 

We are excited to welcome Tes to our NEVBC family as it is her first year working with us! Tes has played 4 years of varsity high school volleyball. She was the recipient of FCIAC scholar athlete of the week 3 times, holds the record for most assists, MaxPreps player of the week, and played 3 years of varsity volleyball at Goucher College.

 

Tes is currently the freshman head volleyball coach at Brien McMahon High School. Every summer she coached clinics, summer tune ups and camps in Wilton and Norwalk, all ages and experiences. She also coached for the Norwalk Parks and Rec Volleyball IQ middle school program.

ERIKA SHEVCHEK

Head Coach / Assistant Coach 

Erika is the head coach for our U14 Orange team along with being the assistant coach of our U16 Open team. She started playing volleyball when she was 11 and she played on her varsity throughout all 4 years of high school. In college she played pick-up games and beach volleyball. She is currently a coach at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan.

ARDI KODZODZIKU

Head Coach / Assistant Coach 

We are excited to welcome Ardi to our coaching staff! Ardi began his career at Newtown high school where he quickly made a name for himself, racking up awards including All-State First Team his junior and senior year, Senior All-Star Match MVP, and was a two-time All-Conference player. Ardi additionally earned the Val Dickinson Volleyball Senior Award in Honor of Val Dickinson; a referee and assigner for the CFVO who lost her battle against cancer in 2008. Ardi played club volleyball for Mizuno East, recieving club MVP four seasons in a row and the Coaches’ Award his senior year. Ardi has also had the honor of playing at two USA Volleyball Events. 

 

Ardi is currently playing Division 1 Volleyball at Sacred Heart University as a libero and will be a sophomore in the fall. Ardi’s coaching experience includes 16U Girls team at Husky, as well as leading summer camps and clinics for both boys and girls for two years. In addition to indoor volleyball, Ardi has also coached doubles on the grass and sand for two years. 

OLIVIA TRAINA

Head Coach / Assistant Coach 

Olivia started playing volleyball when she was in 7th grade and played all throughout middle and high school. She attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where she played on the Women's Club Volleyball team. She now teaches 8th grade social studies at Western Middle School in Greenwich, CT. 

 

This is her first year with NEVBC and we are excited for Olivia to be a part of our program! She has previously coached for other club volleyball programs in CT, and currently coaches the Girls JV team at Greenwich High School, assistant coach for NEVBC Girls U14 Open, and also the head coach for our U15 regional team.