Coach Werner is best known as the Varsity Head Coach for Garden Spot High School, where he runs one of the largest and most competitive tournaments of the fall high school season. Coach Werner also has helped grow and strengthen club volleyball in the region as a camp director and coach at J-Stroke Volleyball Club, where he has coached teams at every age level from 12s to 18s. He is also vice president of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association. Coach Werner, who began coaching volleyball in 1991, is a former men’s club player at Penn State and was an all-Berks County player in high school. He began coaching at Garden Spot in 1998 and has a winning career record of 319 wins and 118 losses in 20 years. His teams have qualified for league playoffs in 18 of 20 years, qualified for the league final 7 times winning in 2008, district playoffs in 17 consecutive seasons, state playoffs 3 times including a state runner up finish in 2007 and a state semifinal finish in 2008
Coaching Philosophy: Good is the enemy of great
Best Volleyball Moment: Coaching at USA Nationals in Dallas, TX
My Life in Sports: Grew up playing every sport there was…it is my hobbie, past time and passion.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I’m on a beach or near the water enjoying life with my family.
Favorite subject in school: Gym of course!
Last Book I Read: Dan Brown (The Lost Symbol)
Favorite Movie: Hoosiers
Favorite Quote: “Do or do not…there is no try”
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: John F. Kennedy
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I am just as laid back off the court as I am fiery on it…
Club Coaching: “I started coaching in 2015/2016 for J-stroke VBC for the girls U14 open team and assisted with girls U12. 2016 thru 2018 I head coached girls U12 and U13 for Shockwave VBC. In 2019 I assisted for ECP girls U14 Coastal Susquehanna division.”
2018 Head Coach for Wilson West Girls Middle School volleyball.
2019 Assistant Coach for Wilson Southern Girls Middle School volleyball.
Coaching Philosophy: “Focus on fundamentals at an early age to prevent bad habits in the future. Coach and teach players to love the sport they are involved in.”
Best Volleyball Moment: “I attended a players clinic in the late 90’s hosted by Pat Powers from the 1984 men’s Olympic gold medal team. Also, having the opportunity to coach both my daughters in club volleyball.”
My Life in Sports: “I played baseball and football in school. We did not have a volleyball program at my school so I started playing later in life for Men’s and Coed adult leagues and fell in love with the sport.”
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… “I have my own cabinetry business which keeps me very busy. My wife and I enjoy taking our dog on long hikes in our spare time.”
Favorite subject in school: History
Last Book I Read:Save Me From Myself by Brian Welch
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” -Joe Paterno
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With:
“My Dad. He passed away in 2016 and I miss him every day.”
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: “I was a lead vocalist and guitar player in a metal band back in the eighties.”
Bio Coming Soon!
Bio Coming Soon!
“I just completed my 2nd season as Wilson West Middle School coach as well as helping with Coach Werner’s staff for the Wilson High School girls’ team. I am in my 2nd season as well as an assistant coach for Coach Werner here at ECP.”
Coaching Philosophy: “My belief is to get the girls to be able to mix the responsibility and accountability of being an important part of the team with the basic, underlying principle of why everyone should be playing, to have fun. I feel that not having the proper mix will ultimately lead to a player not fully realizing the full potential of there playing experience.”
Best Volleyball Moment:
“My best moment as a player was winning the County Championship in High School. My best moment coaching was winning the Bulldog Blitz Tournament this year with our Middle School Team and handing a previously undefeated team their only loss of the season in the championship.”
My Life in Sports: “In high school I played soccer, baseball and volleyball and was recruited in two sports to play Division 1 in college and was being looked at by a number of MLB teams for baseball. Ultimately I went to college to play baseball where I injured my arm and my professional dreams were crushed.”
When I am not coaching volleyball… “I try to head to the beach as often as I can with my wife.”
Favorite Subject in School: “Besides Gym…probably Math”
Last book I read: Wayne Rooney: My Story
Favorite Movie: Top Gun
“If you’re going to play at all, you’re out to win” – Dereck Jeter
Person I’d Like to have dinner with:
“Roy Williams to discuss his decades of success of coaching and how he’s had to adapt to players’ from different generations.”
Something you probably don’t know about me: “I love to work out and cook.”