Previous Volleyball Experience:
Freshman Team – 2019
JV – Sophomore year
Varsity – Junior & Senior year
CJVA 17 Ruby
SOSVBC 18 National
Fairleigh Dickinson University Volleyball Division III
CJVA Youth Development Coach
I began playing volleyball my freshman year of high school and absolutely fell in love with
the sport! It was not only fun, met some great people, but also I really loved the fact that the
more I did, the better I got so I strived to keep doing more and played whenever I could. The
work paid off as I was able to make the JV team sophomore year and then Varsity Junior and
Senior year. Over my high school experience, CJVA was like my second home. If I wasn’t in my
backyard practicing volleyball, then I was at CJVA camps, at the seasonal leagues, at open
gym, or Beach looking to develop my skills further. I started out as a defensive specialist/libero
and became a setter when my team needed one. I have been a setter ever since and proud to
say that I will be playing at the collegiate level at Fairleigh Dickinson University this coming Fall.
How would you describe your coaching style?
My coaching style is supportive and goal-oriented, meaning instilling the player's confidence on
the court and having clear goals in mind whether it be team goals or individual player’s goals
and actively working towards those goals. These goals can be as small as getting a serve over
the net or as big as winning gold in a tournament. We all start at different places and thats okay
– with hardwork and focused effort, results will come and anything is possible!
What is your favorite characteristic in a player?
I like to see a player who has a positive attitude, is a team player, and has the ability to be
coachable and work hard to get the results they seek. Do not underestimate the importance of
consistent daily efforts even if small.
Who are the people who have influenced you the most as a coach?
The people who have influenced me the most as a coach are several of our very own CJVA
coaching staff members, but especially: Coach Andrew, Coach Dustin, and Coach Maddy. I’ve
learned not only technical skills, but also equally important, managing the mental aspects of the
game. I have incorporated these learnings into my coaching style.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in coaching mode?
When I’m not coaching, I spend my days outside playing volleyball, being with family and
friends, or rehearsing for my next musical theater performance.
What is your favorite thing about volleyball?
My favorite thing about volleyball is the lifelong friendships you build from this sport. Teammates
laugh together, cry together, run together, and cheer together. You are all in it together. I love
the sense of unity from being on a team as we work together towards a common goal.