Welcome to East Coast Power Volleyball, an exciting new club co-founded by Brian McCann, one of the Keystone Region’s most experienced club and CYO coaches, and Mike Krause, a Pennsylvania Hall of Fame coach with more than 30 years of coaching experience. Coaches McCann and Krause have partnered with two-time NCAA champion libero Roberta Holehouse McGuiney to create a volleyball club committed to coaching excellence and player development that will set the standard for volleyball on the East Coast. Josh Steinbach, head coach of Villanova University and former director of PVA, has also joined the EC Power team to focus on coaching development in the KRVA region.
Coach McCann, who will serve as executive club director based at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, has taken five teams to USAV Nationals while coaching at Synergy Volleyball and Philadelphia Volleyball Academy.
“After talking with several of my coaching colleagues around the state, we all agreed that the time is right to build on our successes and take club volleyball in Pennsylvania to the next level,” said Coach McCann. “We’ve joined forces to create a winning program based on integrity, coaching excellence and a shared commitment to helping our players achieve their goals.”
Coach Krause, to be based in Lehigh Valley, is the most recent director of Synergy Lehigh Volleyball and is currently head coach of Parkland High School, the 2011 PIAAA State Champions. Named the 2012 PA Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools, Coach Krause took his 2013 Synergy Lehigh team to a 5th place finish at USAV Nationals.
“Brian and I worked together at Synergy, and we both coached our 15s teams to outstanding performances at nationals,” said Coach Krause. “Although we are both highly competitive on the court, we also share the same philosophy that club volleyball can be better, and that integrity and professionalism are key ingredients to the success of any club. While the name of our club is changing, there will be lots of familiar faces, including most of the Lehigh and King of Prussia coaches and support staff who contributed to our fantastic 2013 season together.”
Former Penn State national champion libero Roberta Holehouse McGuiney, one of the most popular clinicians in the Keystone region and director of the successful PowerR.HOUSE Volleyball camps, will serve as EC Power’s Director of Player Development. Roberta will bring her engaging and inspirational instructional style to lessons, clinics and team practices to help every girl in the club improve her skills and develop a passion for the game. She will also serve as assistant coach to the Power 15s.
And in an exciting first for Keystone region volleyball, EC Power will introduce a new Power Beach! program that will train players in the fundamentals of grass and beach doubles competition, creating opportunities for players to take their doubles game to the next level and compete at national doubles tournaments. Power Beach! will be directed by Eric McGuiney, an experienced professional beach player and coach. His wife, Roberta, also an open-level beach and grass player, also will assist with Power Beach!
“I decided to join EC Power as Director of Player Development because I believe this is a role that uniquely fits my strengths as a coach and utilizes my experiences as a player,” said Coach Holehouse McGuiney. “My husband and I are excited about this opportunity because the coaches behind EC Power share our passion and dedication to the sport. We are looking forward to encouraging this same enthusiasm in the players we hope to reach. We have had a vision to develop an elite club that can represent the East Coast, and we believe EC Power will be that club.”
Coach Steinbach, whose leadership helped Philadelphia Volleyball Academy (PVA) become one of the strongest clubs in the Keystone Region, has decided to close the doors at PVA to focus on his popular camps, clinics and the successful PVA Invitational, held in King of Prussia on MLK weekend. He is joining EC Power to coach his returning 18s players and to serve as Associate Director of Coach Development, working directly with coaches to help them improve their coaching skills and knowledge.
“For me, the timing is right to shift my focus in club volleyball,” said Coach Steinbach. “My hope is that by working directly with club coaches to improve their skills, I can make a greater impact on more players.”
EC Power coaches, who have extensive experience coaching and playing with club, CYO, high school and college teams, will provide a consistent and winning approach to instruction that focuses on athletic fundamentals, technique, discipline, conditioning and teamwork.
To learn more about our coaching roster as it continues to grow, go to the “Meet Our Coaches” page on the ECPowerVolleyball.com website.
EC Power is a full-service club serving the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas. Our King of Prussia practice facility, Competitive Edge Sports, is the premier sports complex in the region, boasting safe, high-quality court surfaces, high ceilings, excellent lighting and a safe, spacious environment for players and families alike. Players in Lehigh Valley will also practice at the Charles Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township, another high-quality, conveniently located facility.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more announcements about all that EC Power has to offer, including additional coaching announcements, college recruiting opportunities, open gyms and tryouts and much, much more! Our website, www.ECPowerVolleyball.com, will be updated frequently with news, fitness and nutrition advice, playing tips and fun slideshows and videos. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ECPowerVBC
At EC Power we believe that club volleyball can be a positive experience for all. We’ve brought together the top coaches in the region who have the experience, high standards and core values to ensure that your daughter will end the season as a stronger, more confident player. Our ultimate goal is to help our student-athletes reach their full potential on and off the volleyball court by creating opportunities for them to have fun, develop lasting friendships and grow into confident, capable young women. Go Power!