After a decorated playing career, co-founder and director Cat Dailey Minyard is ready to pass along her volleyball expertise to the next generation of athletes in the Northeast. Cat is currently assistant coaching Division I volleyball at her alma mater, Yale University, and is also a Head 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 youth 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 a unanimous selection for the 2008 Ivy League MVP and led the team to an NCAA postseason win.
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 operations at NEVBC and works with our coaches throughout the season to define team strengths and train offensive and defensive systems.
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. 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 CP-AC 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 for the club teams and classes.
Coach Jonathan Mercado is both a leader in the Connecticut volleyball community and an accomplished educator. 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 NYC Juniors, eventually earning a Division I scholarship to Sacred Heart University. 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 teacher at Derby High School, 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 our Athlete Mentality Program.
Boys Club Director & Head Coach
Shawn Hoyt brings an outstanding level of youth programming experience through his work as an educator and volleyball coach. 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 is able to combine his passion for teaching on and off the court.
Youth Director & Head Coach
Coach Mark ("Frog") Ogilvie has returned stateside to coach at Northeast Volleyball Club after 4 years abroad in the United Kingdom. In addition to coaching our NEVBC Girls U18 National Team and U12 Team in the 2018-2019 season, Coach Frog is now 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. 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. 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. He also managed summer camps and built curriculum for over 100 athletes in a Varsity assistant role at Gabriel Richard High School. Mark is also an educator, serving as an assistant teacher in mathematics and science at the high school level in Michigan, as well as a guest lecturer and assistant professor at the university level in the U.K.
Boys & Girls Head Coach
MARK ("FROG") OGILVIE
Matt Somerville comes to Northeast as our fourth Sacred Heart University volleyball alumni. 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 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. When he's not coaching volleyball, Matt works as a social worker at a K-8 school in Bridgeport. He is also currently the varsity assistant coach at New Canaan High School.
Boys & Girls Head Coach
Nick Hunt brings both NCAA Division I and overseas professional playing experience to Northeast Volleyball Club, in addition to coaching club and Gold Medal Squared. This past year, Nick played his first professional season overseas in Denmark as an opposite, leading his club to the league finals and the club’s best finish in a decade. He was also the league’s top points scorer and was named MVP of the Danish Premier League. Before and after his season abroad in Denmark, Nick was invited to train with the U.S. Men’s National Team for a month in Anaheim, California.
Originally from Uniondale, NY, Nick was a decorated multi-sport athlete in high school, excelling in volleyball, swimming and diving, and track and field. He earned a scholarship to Sacred Heart University as an opposite, where he played four years of NCAA Division I Men’s Volleyball alongside NEVBC coaches Garrett Minyard and Jon Mercado. Nick graduated from Sacred Heart in 2013 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Over the summers, Nick is also a Lead Coach for Gold Medal Squared, the nation’s leading volleyball education and coaching organization, and he has experience coaching at the youth club level as well.
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Jasmin Barrett has had a successful career as both a player and a coach in Connecticut. A graduate of Stamford High School, Jasmin was an All-State and All-FCIAC athlete as a four-year varsity starter, before earning a spot on the volleyball team at Monroe College in New York. After a successful season there, Jasmin transferred to Southern Connecticut State University to complete her collegiate career in the NCAA Division II.
During her time at SCSU, Jasmin began her coaching career, working with NEVBC Director Garrett Minyard at CP-AC Volleyball Club for three years as a Head Coach. She also coached at King Low Heywood Thomas school in Stamford, CT. During her time at King, her team won both an FAA and NEPSAC New England Championship. Jasmin now joins Northeast Volleyball Club as a 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.
KATE OAKES FOEMAN
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 sophomore 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 second Ivy Championship in two 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.
Cat Mclean Schara has been in the volleyball world for almost two decades both as a player and now as a coach. Currently, Cat is the Assistant women's coach at her alma mater, Farmingdale State College. She has worked in sports television for the past 10 years (ESPN, ABC, NBC, & NBC Sports), is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and owns her own production company.
Originally from Northport, NY, Cat started playing volleyball at age 12, eventually leading Northport High School to a state championship as a four-year varsity starter. She also played club volleyball throughout that time for Academy, Long Island’s top youth club program.
Cat was recruited to play at Farmingdale State College, where she was a team captain and earned First Team All-Conference Honors for three of her four years there. Cat was recently inducted to both the Northport High School and Farmingdale State College Hall of Fames for her contributions on and off the court. Cat was known for her versatility and all-around game as a player, having played setter, opposite, libero, and middle during her high school and college careers. Cat graduated from Farmingdale with a degree in Professional Communications, and also completed a masters in Film Studies and an MFA in Film and Television Production at Sacred Heart University.
CAT MCLEAN SCHARA
Coach Checka Testani brings both NCAA Division III experience to Northeast Volleyball Club, in addition to a successful playing career here in New England. Checka is a full time pediatric nurse when she is not on the volleyball court, and she specializes in working with elementary school and middle school age athletes.
Originally from Shelton, CT, Coach Checka was a decorated athlete in high school, earning 1st Team All-State honors, before earning a spot as an outside hitter on the Salve Regina University’s NCAA Division III volleyball team. At Salve Regina, Checka was 1st Team All Conference her Junior Year, and her team won the ECAC Conference in 2014, in addition to being a member of the Scholar Athlete Honor Society.