With 25 years of experience coaching volleyball, Brian McCann is recognized as one of the most experienced and successful coaches in the Keystone region. Since founding ECP in 2013, ECP has sent more than 30 teams to USAV nationals and graduated players to more than 70 college programs. Prior to founding EC Power, Coach McCann coached club teams at Synergy and PVA, spent 10 years coaching CYO at Mother of Divine Providence, where he made nine trips to the Archdiocesan Championships and won three championships. Many top high school and Division 1 players from the region began their volleyball careers in CYO or club teams with Coach McCann. He is now head coach at Archbishop Carroll High School. His daughter Emily was a defensive specialist for La Salle University and recently graduated. Meghan, 17, plays for her high school varsity team along with club volleyball.
Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy is steeped in Discipline, Hard work, and Mastering Skills correctly to create healthy habits and specific muscle memory for long-term athletic success. I believe that a well-skilled and mentally tough player who will sacrifice for the best of the team creates a strong collaborative effort that breeds success.
Best Volleyball Moment: Beating Mizuno Northern Lights in the Gold Crossover match to take over the No. 1 overall seed at the 2011 USAV National Championships in Atlanta.
My Life in Sports: I grew up playing baseball and basketball, and won a baseball and academic scholarship to play at LaSalle University. I was introduced to volleyball in college by my brother’s girlfriend (now wife) who was an awesome high school player. I began playing volleyball with the LaSalle Men’s Club Team, where I was a setter. In 1986, my sophomore year, I was drafted by Major League Baseball, but that dream ended when I suffered a severe leg break during a pickup basketball game. After going through rehab, I was able to return to volleyball and became an AA-Open player in outdoor beach and grass until 2003. What made me fall in love with volleyball was that it combined the skills of basketball and baseball. Jumping, approaching, and playing defense are very similar in basketball, while serving and attacking mimic the dynamics of throwing a baseball. I found a home in volleyball, and am still here and love it. But I still go to the batting cages with my daughters on the weekend.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am hanging with family and friends and getting to the beach whenever I can.
Favorite subject in school: Math
Last Book I Read: Inferno by Dan Brown
Favorite Movie: The Empire Strikes Back (Stars Wars Episode V)
Favorite Quote: “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back(Here’s Yoda saying it in the movie)
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: St. Paul, one of the most amazing minds of all time.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I love to cook!
Joe Mahan has been involved with the game of volleyball for more than 25 years as a player, coach, and parent. He has more than a decade of experience coaching college and club volleyball, serving as an Assistant Coach at the NCAA Division I level (Indiana State) and a Head Coach at both NCAA D-III (Hood College) and NAIA (Robert Morris College-IL) levels. Coach Mahan also has co-directed and coached at the club level in Indiana (Hoosier Region) and Maryland (Chesapeake Region). Along the way, he has been both an athletic administrator and faculty member at the college level. These days, he enjoys watching his daughter, Erin (13), play volleyball and his son, Ethan (9), play baseball and soccer.
Coaching Philosophy: Early in my coaching career, I came across ‘The Definite Dozen’ by Pat Summitt, longtime coach of Tennessee women’s basketball. While I find all 12 principles to apply, three of them form the core of my approach to coaching: 1) respect yourself and others; 2) don’t just work hard, work smart; 3) put the team before yourself. With these principles as a foundation, I strive to create an atmosphere in both practices and matches where players learn to work together as a team while simultaneously elevating their volleyball IQ.
Best Volleyball Moment: Can I have two? As a player, winning the Silver Bracket in Men’s ‘A’ at the 1993 USAV Nationals in Memphis, TN (my first year playing USAV as an ‘adult’). As a coach, leading Hood College to its first-ever regular-season conference title in 2000.
My Life in Sports: Growing up, I played a variety of team sports–baseball, soccer, basketball–but something ‘clicked’ when I first encountered volleyball in 1987 while in high school. Ever since, volleyball has been an integral part of my life: as a player on my high school team, college club team, then on different USAV teams until 2007; as a coach at the college-level for almost 10 years as well as coaching & directing junior clubs; as an instructor, teaching volleyball classes at the University of Maryland; now, as a parent, passing on the love of the game to my daughter.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball…I’m probably driving my son (baseball/soccer) or daughter (volleyball) to practice. When not serving as chauffeur, I enjoy cooking, golf, and hanging out with family and friends.
Favorite subject in school: Statistics (no, really!)
Last Book I Read: Buy-ology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom
Favorite Movie: Ice Age
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: my Dad
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I’m a die-hard Boston sports fan (and grew up outside Boston)
George Trabosh is a founding coach with ECP and brings a wealth of coaching experience at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. In 2017 he took his 17-Cobalt team to USAV Nationals after coaching them to a 3rd place finish and USA Nationals bid at the Northeast Qualifier. He joined the Chestnut Hill College volleyball staff before the 2014 season. He served as head varsity volleyball coach at Mount Saint Joseph Academy from 2007-2017. Before that, he served on the staffs of a multitude of club teams, including Synergy, Valley Forge, Golden Eagle, Liberty Bell, Quaker City and Marple Volleyball Club, and also spent time at Haverford High School. Trabosh has been an assistant women’s basketball coach at Haverford College since 2008 and spent three years as an assistant at Cabrini College prior to that.
Trabosh earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from DeSales University in 1980 as well as a master’s degree in mathematics and education from Arcadia University and University of La Verne. An eighth-grade math teacher at Haverford Middle School and father of three, Trabosh resides in Lower Providence, PA with his wife Lucy.
Coaching Philosophy: As I grow I adjust my thinking, but have always held true to practice like you want to play and always play every play like it is your last. But above all LOVE the game you are playing!
Best Volleyball Moment: I have so many – so I’ll go with the last – watching the Cobalt team celebrate their USA bid at NEQ .
My Life in Sports: Thanks to my parents who encouraged my involvement in every sport you could think of, I have learned how to compete in life. Learning how to win and lose has made me a better person and teacher!
Favorite subject in school: Math
Last Book I Read: Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Favorite Movie: This changes but Radio and Forrest Gump are up there!
Favorite Quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away!”
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Celebrity would be Julia Roberts but while it may sound cliche, dinner with Lucy (my wife) would be best!
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I love to cook!
Chuck Matthews has coached club volleyball for 20 years, including ECP, PVA, Buxmont and Outsiders volleyball clubs. His 2017 ECP 17-Iron team had a great season and we expect most of those players to continue playing in college. Coach Matthews was a University of Delaware volleyball camp coach from 2007 to 2012, and a senior staff coach at the Villanova Volleyball camp from 2010 to 2012. He also spent ten years coaching at Springside school.
Coaching Philosophy: (1) If we work as hard and smart in practice as possible, then it makes games less stressful. (2) It’s impossible to improve if you don’t make mistakes. So make mistakes in practice so we can get better. (3) The best way to learn is to communicate. That goes all ways, coach to player, player to player and player to coach. Share thoughts and ideas, let’s build on them together to accomplish our goals.
Best volleyball moment: As a coach, watching a player who struggled to serve the ball over the net as a 16, serve 3 in a row in play during a match. Seeing her face aftes all of the hard work we put in all season is why I love to do what I do.
My life in sports: I have played sports as long as I can remember. I took up volleyball as a sports rehab. I met a girl in PT who had a shoulder injury and I had a knee injury. I would set the ball with her and fell in love with the game. I help start my HS club team in the 80’s, worked out with our women’s college team and “taught” our college PE classes while our teacher prepped for football games. I was also a long time baseball and softball player. During my years as a softball coach, I trained hitting and INF.
When I’m not coaching volleyball: I love to travel, cook and being a dad. I love to watch football and basketball. I’m the family clown and love to have fun as much as possible.
Favorite subject in school: Math and Computers
Last book I read: The Broke Bride’s Guide to Wedding Planning (I’m a newlywed!)
Favorite movie: I love many movies, but I never miss a chance to watch Pitch Perfect (I or II), Annie (the original with Carol Burnett), Madea’s Witness Protection, or almost any Marvel movie
Favorite Quote: “To me there are three things everyone should do every day. Number one is laugh. Number two is think — spend some time time in thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day.” Jim Valvano ESPN ESPYs 1993
Person I’d like to have dinner with: Barack Obama
Something you probably don’t know about me: I used to do stand up comedy in college.
Coach, 17 Cobalt
Bob Stranick is a long-time fixture in southeastern, Pennsylvania volleyball with a coaching career that spans the age groups. He has coached CYO teams for St. Dorothy’s Parish for 13 years. He is also the founding coach of East Coast Power’s 18-Pearl and ECP 18-Topaz teams. The volleyball community has also watched his four daughters, Lauren (26), Meghan (22), Allie (18) and Helene (12), grow and develop into strong players at Merion Mercy, St. Dorothy’s, Synergy and East Coast Power. His daughter Allie Stranick joined ECP in her 16s year and now is a top hitter for Gettysburg Volleyball.
Coaching Philosophy: keep it competitive and Fun!
Best Volleyball Moment: Beating Brian McCann in CYO
My Life in Sports: I played many sports throughout my life, I played hockey in college and I am still an avid golfer.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… watching my kids play volleyball, playing golf and walking my dog
Favorite subject in school: Philosophy
Last Book I Read: Update on Social Security Law, yeah, it was a page turner!
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Quote: “Leave the gun.Take the cannolis.” (From The Godfather)
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Pope Francis
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I am a native Californian, born in Coronado, just next to San Diego but my hometown is Newport, Rhode Island.
Eric Schaefer has a long track record of success in both college, club and high school volleyball. At ECP, his 16-Liberty team won the club’s first major tournament, winning the MAPL Power League-Raleigh crown. Every member of his 17-Steel team was recruited to a D1 college program. His 18-Diamond team won the Boston Volleyball Festival National Qualifier, the first time an ECP team won a USA bid to nationals.
Under the leadership of Coach Schaef, Cavaliers volleyball has emerged as one of the leading Division III programs on the East Coast, and he ranks among the top 25 most-winning DIII college coaches. Coach Schaef also boasts a 228-95 career record, a win percentage of better than .700. Coach Schaef has been named CSAC Coach of the Year three times.
He has also coached boys volleyball at Haverford High School, his alma mater, and served as the girls’ varsity coach at Haverford for six seasons.
Schaefer earned a bachelor’s degree in education from East Stroudsburg University in 1996 and received his master’s degree in education from Wilkes University in 2005. Schaefer resides in Havertown, PA. He has two children, Kayleigh and Tristan.
- Director of East Coast Power Volleyball
- Penn State, 2-time National Champion Libero
- Director Power Beach!
- Head Coach
Roberta rose to national prominence as the two-time national championship libero for Penn State University. Following her collegiate career, Roberta dedicated her time and energy to giving back to the sport of volleyball as the director of PoweR.HOUSE Volleyball Camps. Her engaging and clear instructional style has gained her a dedicated following among junior girls (and their parents) in the KRVA region. She was an assistant coach for Eastern University for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, helping the Eagles to a Division III Final Four appearance. She also coached at Towson University in 2009, and continues to enjoy playing in outdoor tournaments.
Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy centers around a belief that my players can reach their greatest potential when they commit their minds and bodies to consistent discipline, attention to the “little things”, and learning to do things for the betterment of the team. It is important for our players to not only develop as athletes, but as future independent adults and leaders. Lastly, players need to have a sound understanding of the technical aspects of the sport in order to perform at their highest possible level.
Best Volleyball Moment: My best volleyball moment had to be our 2008 National Semi-final match against Nebraska, in Nebraska, with a crowd of 17,000 Nebraska fans. We had not lost a set all season and Nebraska pushed us to a 5-game match. It was the loudest, most energetic environment I’ve ever played in. Afterwards, we went on to win the 2008 National Championship.
My Life in Sports: I was a DS my freshman year, and earned the starting libero spot for the Penn State women’s team from 2006-2008. We won two National Championships in 2007 and 2008 (going undefeated both seasons), and won 4 consecutive Big Ten titles. After graduation, I traveled overseas to Spain and Switzerland to play the indoor game professionally. Currently, I’m playing sand and grass volleyball tournaments during the summer. Before having my daughter Riley, I won back-to-back Open Pottstown Rumble Championships, back-to-back Susquehanna Smash Championships, the 2015 Big Shots tournament in Atlantic City, and numerous local grass and sand events.
Growing up I played outside/middle for an all homeschool high school team down in Baltimore, MD. We competed in the private school State tournament each year, which we won my sophomore and senior year. I also competed for TimeOut Volleyball club in Towson, MD where we qualified for an Open bid my 15′s year, and a National Bid my next 3 years. My junior year of club, my 18′s team, named Orange Crush, came in 3rd at USAV Nationals, and I made the All-tournament team.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: I LOVE spending time with my husband and 2 kids, Riley and Micah, visiting my very large extended family all over the country, watching my younger sisters coach and play college volleyball, being active, playing sand volleyball, reading, taking pictures, and traveling.
Favorite subject in school: Science (Anatomy and Physiology)
Favorite Book: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Favorite Movie: This is tough one… Sense and Sensibility
Favorite Quote: “There are two types of pain you will go through in life, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. Discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” –Jim Rohn
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Herb Brooks, head coach of the 1980 gold medal-winning U.S.Olympic hockey team.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I played the piano for 8 years as a soloist and in a jazz band.
Coaching Experience: I started coaching my freshman year of college at East Coast Power during the 2018-2019 season.
Coaching Philosophy: I’m really big on effort, and I truly believe that any player can progress to great lengths if they are dedicated enough and put the work in. I also believe that as coaches we have the responsibility to coach up young players not only on how to grow in the sport, but how to grow as individual people. As a coach who is still playing competitively, I like to get on the court and play with my team to challenge them to reach their full potential.
Best Volleyball Moment: One of my favorite volleyball moments team-wise was my senior year of high school volleyball at Abington when we hosted PW and won. We went on to be conference co-champions, which is something that had never been accomplished in Abington’s history. As an individual player, my favorite moment was finding out that I had been named Rookie of the Year for the Atlantic East Conference my freshman year.
My Life in Sports: I have been playing sports for my entire life, but I fell in love with volleyball my freshman year of high school. That is when I had an “Aha!” moment like I could take this seriously. I started playing in seventh grade just for fun and to get out of gym class, but it soon became the sport I love today. I had a stellar high school career at Abington, earning accolades that I had only dreamed of accomplishing and finishing with a nearly perfect senior season. I played four years of club volleyball at East Coast Power, making friends that I am still very close to today, and got recruited to play D3 collegiate volleyball at Cabrini University. Looking back at it, it’s been a whirlwind and a dream.
When I am not coaching volleyball… I am playing volleyball at Cabrini University and earning my Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Political Science.
Favorite Subject in School: Criminal Justice
Last book I read: The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
Favorite Movie: Lilo and Stitch
Favorite Quote: “The meaning of life is to give life meaning.” -Ken Hudgins
The person I’d Like to have dinner with: Paul Walker
Something you probably don’t know about me: Friends is my favorite TV show
Coaching Experience: I have been coaching in some capacity for 25+ years, from high school to different clubs in the area. I started playing competitively on the beach in 1994 and continued to play at a high level thru 1997. I moved my love of playing indoor on a mens USVBA team for a number of years. After settling down with my family, I began coaching for a number of local clubs in the area. I was the Asst Director at Valley Forge Volleyball, Co-Founded the Philadelphia branch of nationally recognized TCA for 10 years before forming Philadelphia Storm in Downingtown. This will be my 3rd year with ECP. I lead the west division for my first 2 years and now this year, I am looking forward to working with the team in King of Prussia.
Philosophy: I think the game needs to be taught from the very first touch to do it the right way. Understanding why skills and individual discipline are important to every part of the game and how to get better at both while having fun. When the players have the “aha” moment I know we are about to have even more fun. I also believe that life lessons can be taught at the same time they are learning this awesome sport. If I can make an impression on a player then I have succeeded as a coach.
Best Volleyball Moment: Favorite moment was a number of years ago. I was coaching a group of kids who were told they were not good enough to beat the best team in the region. We got to the point that we needed to play this team head to head in a final to go to USA Nationals. After a tough battle, the resiliency of the team came through and they were able to hunker down to defeat this team that had not been beaten all year. It was exciting to be able to tell the kids that they were going to Miami Beach for Nationals shortly after that win.
My Life in Sports: I grew up playing baseball, football and swimming for the most part. My time playing volleyball came at a perfect time in my life and I hung on for the ride. I met some great people along the way and decided that it was something I wanted to understand at a different level. I aligned myself with people who understood the game at a much higher level and I went to them to learn as much as possible. I still attend high level training clinics and seminars in order to be on top of all I can learn. Being a student of the game and constantly learning is what it’s all about for me.
When I am not coaching volleyball… I am spending time where I can with my wife Cheryl, and my 3 kids (Addison, Brandon and Daniella). I love more than anything to watch my kids compete in sports as a dad. I like to allow them to have their own thing. I recently started coaching youth football with my son’s team to change things up a bit. We also love to travel when we can.
Favorite Subject in school: History
Favorite Book: Of Mice And Men
Favorite Movie: I have 3 must watch movies if they are on… 1. Top Gun 2. Blue Chips 3. Goonies
Favorite quote: If you are leading and no one is following, your just going on a walk.
Person I’d like to have dinner with: My Younger Self. As a father of 3 kids now, there are so many things I look back on that I wish I would have done differently for a number of reasons.
Something you probably don’t know about me: I wanted to be a police officer growing up. I went to take a test a few years after graduating and missed the cut by only a few points or I would probably be out on patrol somewhere right now….Those of you that know me well know I would have been a good cop!! LOL
Ted Heins joined ECP in 2017. Prior to that he was an Assistant Coach of the 12U team for two years with TCA Philadelphia. Ted started the Unionville Rec Volleyball program and served as Commissioner/Coach for grades 3-8 for two seasons. and 1 season with Kennett Square Recreation. Ted attended college in California, played volleyball at the club level and continues to play socially today. Ted is a husband and father of three, “name the sport…we play it”.
Coaching Philosophy: My goal is to provide a team environment in which everyone learns to love the sport, improves and finds success.
Best Volleyball Moment: My favorite moment of every season occurs when the team starts working as a team. Sometimes it’s in the 2nd week, sometimes in the 2nd month…but it’s great when it happens.
My Life in Sports: I was a varsity tennis and golfer at LaSalle College High School, achieving Philadelphia All-Catholic honors. As an adult I love to play tennis, ski the black diamonds, and ripstick with the kids in the driveway.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I’m devoting my time to my family, anything outside. My 9-5 is marketing for a large bank.
Favorite subject in school: Marketing
Last Book I Read: Seabiscuit
Favorite Movie: The Blind Side
Favorite Quote: “80% of success might be showing up, but the other 20% is following through.”
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Bill Gates
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I used to rollerblade down the hills of San Francisco to train for ski season.
Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy is to let the players have fun while guiding them towards becoming better players. There will be a lightbulb when the player understands how to correct what I am coaching them on, until then I will help guide them to become a better player.
Best Volleyball Moment: My best volleyball moment was my senior year in high school when my team made the playoffs for the first time EVER in school history!
My Life in Sports: I started playing volleyball in 7th grade. I started as a hitter and transitioned in to a DS, and then a libero. I went to multiple camps to improve my skills. I played throughout high school. I played adult leagues in college and continue to play now!
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: I am either in the salon doing hair, working out in the gym, or at home working on a puzzle
Favorite subject in school: My favorite subject in school was child development. I enjoyed helping preschool-aged children learn and grow!
Favorite Book: My favorite books are Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Fault In Our Stars
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
Favorite Quote: “Passion first and everything will fall into place.” – Holly Holm
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: My grandmother in Heaven
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: It took me over a year to get my standing overhead to serve down, so I understand how frustrating it is for players to learn to serve!
Coach, 15 True
My coaching experience: I have been playing and coaching volleyball pretty much my whole life. After high school, I joined the Penn State Women’s Volleyball team first as a manager and then as a volunteer assistant coach. After graduating I moved home and worked for the Philadelphia Starlings Volleyball Club. As a coach and director of the club I helped to expand the game of volleyball and bring volleyball to the inner city. Most recently I was a national level coach at a local club team.
My coaching philosophy is very important to me. Teams I coach focus on fundamental volleyball, defense-first mindset and effort. While these may seem to be simple or basic, our practices are extremely competitive and tailored to improving on every ball.
My best volleyball moment was probably winning my high school city championship, pride of Masterman High School 2000!
My life on sports: I’m an extremely competitive person and love watching and breaking down all different sports.
When I’m not coaching I’m trying to keep up with my two crazy kids and relaxing with my wonderful wife Emily!
Favorite Movie : Sandlot
The person I’d like to have dinner with is Michael Jordan, Ryan Reynolds and Michelle and Barak Obama.
Coaching Philosophy: Having fun together as a team and learning lesson for on and off the court, while growing the game of volleyball.
Best Volleyball Moment: Going to the A10 tournament for the first time in program history with La Salle Volleyball.
My Life in Sports: Growing up I mainly played soccer, basketball, and volleyball; until high school where I decided to focus on playing volleyball. After high school, I continued to play in college at La Salle University. During my time at La Salle, as a team, we were able to make two back to back playoff runs in the A10 conference tournament and one trip to the NIVC.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am looking for the best show to binge watch
Favorite subject in school: English
Last Book I Read:Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Favorite Movie: Just Go With It
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Adam Sandler
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I did Irish step dancing growing up
Coaching Experience: I have coached at Marple Newtown High School (currently Varsity Coach), Keystone Juniors, Liberty Bells, Wheelersburgh Jr High School, and Delaware Christian School Middle School
Coaching Philosophy: Hold the Rope – be the teammate that goes after every ball and plays hard to support their team.
Best Volleyball Moment: Winning the Washington State 4A State Championship and being inducted into my High School (Prairie High School) Hall of Fame along with the other members of my State Championship team
My Life in Sports: Recently I was recognized as one of the top 25 volleyball players in the 25 year Patriot League History. I was an outside hitter for Lehigh University. In high school I played Volleyball and Softball
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am enjoying time with my family (Patrick and my daughters Gabrielle and Casey) and I am a Staff Engineer at Marcus Hook Industrial Complex.
Favorite subject in school: Chemistry
Last Book I Read: How to Win Friends and Influence People
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite Quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: My Husband
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: My favorite superhero is Storm from the X-men
Biography: I was born in Ohio, raised in Indiana and have lived in Pennsylvania for the last 20 years. I am one of 4 girls in my family, all of which were volleyball players. I have been part of East Coast Power for 7 years, coaching the last 4 and look forward to more years of coaching and developing players as well as being part of the ECP Leadership team. My professional background is diverse. I have experience working in both small and large corporations and in a variety of roles including Accounting, Office Management, Marketing, Human Resources and Human Resource Consulting. I am thrilled to be part of ECP and able to use my strong organizational and operational skills in the volleyball industry; supporting and helping grow a sport that I love.
Best Volleyball Moment: Volleyball has been part of my life since i was young and now my children play and I coach so we are constantly creating volleyball memories. One of my favorite things is when I can help a player execute a challenging skill or understand a new concept. I love to see the pride they feel when they ‘do it or get it’ for the first time and see the confidence they gain from that accomplishment.
My Life in Sports: I am from what i would call a sports family and grew up playing soccer, softball, volleyball & golf. Every Thanksgiving we had a big family football game which created some of my favorite childhood memories. I carry that tradition on with my own children and family to this day. I played travel soccer for 7 years until i had to make a choice between soccer and volleyball. I chose volleyball and never looked back.
When I’m Not Involved with Volleyball: I enjoy spending my time with my family and our silly dog Wilson.
Favorite subject in school: Sociology
Last Book I Read: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite Movie: Hoosiers
Favorite Quote: “Responsibility equals accountability equals ownership. And a sense of ownership is the most powerful weapon a team or organization can have.” Pat Summitt
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Walt Disney or Albert Einstein both of whom were innovators in their own field, each so brilliant and creative. I truly admire them.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: Even after all these years on the east coast, I still consider myself a midwesterner.
Coaching Philosophy: Work hard, play hard
Best Volleyball Moment: Winning my conference championship this year!
My Life in Sports: I am currently playing at Eastern University
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am probably playing volleyball, working out, or studying
Favorite subject in school: Anatomy & Physiology
Last Book I Read: Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis
Favorite Movie: Shutter Island
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Emma Chamberlain
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I used to be a middle until college, then became an outside!
Coaching Experience: Coach Dawn is a founding coach of East Coast Power Volleyball and in 2020 some of her original Periwinkles will graduate high school and ECP!! She has coached CYO, Club and High School. Her CYO varsity record over 5 seasons: 116-8, High School JV record over 4 seasons: 55-13, Club record over 5 seasons: 24 tournament gold medals, 7 silver medals, 5 bids to GJNC!!
Best Volleyball Moment: As a coach, when my former players come running over to me to say, “Hi!” To me, it means I did something right.
My Life in Sports: C’mon now, we don’t have all day…
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am enjoying watching my grandsons grow and learn about the world around them.
Favorite subject in school: Differential equations – yes, I’m a nerd.
Last Book I Read: Split Image by Robert B. Parker
Favorite Movie: The Hunt for Red October
Favorite Quote: Attitude is Everything – John Chaney
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: My husband, Rob, even after all these years.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I play the oboe, flute and saxophone.
Coaching Philosophy: My coaching philosophy is that we must make mistakes in practice in order to be able to make the corrections needed for a game. If you never make mistakes you can never improve. I also focus a lot on mindset and confidence. I believe any player can be great if they have the confidence to make that gutsy play or get that ball up that no one thought they could get.
Best Volleyball Moment: My best volleyball moment was my freshman year of college when we beat our rival UC. It was my first true rivalry match and the energy in the gym was insane. It was a highly competitive five set match and we came out with the win!
My Life in Sports: I have been involved with volleyball since I was in fifth grade. I started playing club volleyball in seventh grade and never stopped. I played college volleyball at West Virginia State University (Division II) and have been coaching Division III volleyball since graduation. I am currently the Head Volleyball Coach at Bryn Mawr College.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am either watching netflix, shopping, or searching for good coffee.
Favorite subject in school: History
Last Book I Read: Harry Potter series
Favorite Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Russ Rose
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I teach a Pickleball class
- Head Coach Men’s Volleyball Eastern University
- ECP Setting Coach
- Rutgers University, European Professional League
Coach Randy Syracuse joins East Coast Power with more than 40 years of coaching and playing experience. As a setter for Rutgers University, he led his team to the NCAA final four, and he later played professionally in Europe. Most recently he served as Technical Director for Synergy Volleyball, and his extensive resume includes coaching experience at the international, Division 1 college, club and high school level. His coaching resume includes stints at Canisius College, Niagara University and University of Buffalo as well as professional teams in Sweden and France. As a player, he has won three national titles in three countries. He won national titles as a professional player in Sweden and France. He also won the 2003 USAV Men’s National Championships in the 40-45 age division and was named MVP of the tournament. Most recently, he led his men’s team to the Pennsylvania Senior Games Championship! We are thrilled to have Coach Syracuse join us as a head coach and coordinator of practice planning so all ECP teams can benefit from his expertise.
Coaching Philosophy: At the juniors level it is necessary to train all players on all skills as much as possible Charge the players with being good teammates so their job is to make their teammates better by taking all aspects of training seriously, whether they are the focus of the exercise or simply assisting in the running of the drill, tossing, shagging etc.
Best Volleyball Moment: Toss up among several (I am old after all). 1) Gold Medal at Inaugural Empire State games while playing on a team with my older brother, winning the 1st of six gold and five silver medals. 2) Scholarship offer from Rutgers University 3) Offer to play in Europe 4) Beating Brian’s team at Regionals last year (Don’t tell him I said that.)
My Life in Sports: I was asked by a top tennis coach in Buffalo to try tennis at age 10. I played through high school. I was also a bowler (I grew up in Buffalo after all.) I played goalie in ice hockey for about 10 years. I didn’t start volleyball until I was a senior in high school, but once I started everything else fell by the wayside. It was love at first try. I have been trying to get it right ever since.
When I Am Not Coaching Volleyball: I am taking care my daughter Abby, 8, a 3rd-grader with a green belt in Taekwondo, as well as my wife who is a double cancer survivor, and undergoing her 10th and we hope final surgery this fall. Wish us luck. I also have a son, 26, and a daughter who is junior at Ithaca College rowing crew for them. I also work for HSBC bank. (I know, boring right? But…I get to work from home.)
Favorite Subject in School: You really have no idea how old I am do you? I never had a favorite subject, but I studied Spanish for 4 years but never really got it. When I moved overseas and learned Swedish and then French I started to understand English better, oddly enough.
Last Book Read: The Sicilian by Mario Puzo…
Favorite Movie: Galaxy Quest
Favorite Quote: “The NEXT point is the important one!!”
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I played in a bar league in Buffalo and Matt Anderson, current star of the US National Team, was on my team!
I played for the University of Delaware Club Men’s Volleyball team. I do not have personal accolades from that experience, but our team won the D1-AA National Club championship in 2017. This was the first national title for our club program. I will try to answer the rest to the best of my ability!
Biography: I am a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelors’s in Mechanical Engineering. I first became involved with volleyball by attending games as a kid and sitting with my uncle on the bench while he coached at North Penn High School. He was a strong influence on my volleyball journey, and would not have discovered my passion for volleyball if I did not have that experience. I became fascinated by the sport and went on to play for North Penn High School. I also played for Panther Volleyball and Club Lehigh in a competitive club setting. Through my various experiences, I have learned and played every position on the floor, although most of my experience is as an Outside Hitter and Opposite Hitter. Sports have been an extremely important part of my life, and I strongly feel there are many essential life lessons and skills that can be learned and sharpened. If there is anything else you would like to know about me, feel free to ask!
Best Volleyball Moment: Winning the D1AA National Championship with the University of Delaware Club Men’s Volleyball team
My Life in Sports: I have been involved with sports for as long as I can remember. I have played soccer, basketball, and baseball in varying levels of competition in youth leagues. I started playing volleyball as a freshman for my high school team, as well as developed a love for golf around the same time. My love of sports and competition continues to this day.
When I’m Not Involved with Volleyball: I enjoy playing golf, gaming, and enjoying time with friends and family.
Favorite subject in school: Math/Science
Last Book I Read: Living Out Loud: Sports, Cancer, and the Things Worth Fighting For
Favorite Movie: History of the World, Part I/The Departed/Space Jam
Favorite Quote: “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.” – Michael Jordan
“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant
The person I’d Like to Have Dinner With…Gregg Popovich/Kobe Bryant
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I enjoy cooking and learning about culinary styles from around the world!
In High School, Carlye Odorisio attended Upper Merion where she helped her team to several Suburban One League Champions. While in the program she also won 2 District 1 titles and 1 Runner up District one Title. Her senior year, she accomplished a milestone in which she received 1,000 assists. On top of that she was named First Team All-State and First Team All-League.
In college, Carlye attended Montgomery County Community College where she led her team to a Runner up EPAC Championship as well as an EPAC Championship. She led her team both years in Aces and assists and her second year as a Mustang, she led her team in kills. Both years she was named First Team All- Conference and First Team All- Region. In the NJCAA Region 19 Championship, Carlye was named All-Tournament team MVP. She was named Player of the Year in 2017.
Coaching Philosophy: I believe that in order to be successful as a team, you must perfect the fundamentals. It’s a coach’s job to find each player individual talent and guide them in the direction that allows them to use those talents to their full potential.
Best Volleyball Moment: Playing against Parkland my freshman year in high school and going back to serve under extreme pressure and coming out and winning that set against them.
My Life in Sports: Playing volleyball since I was about 5-6, played basketball for 6 years, and softball for 10 years. In fact, the first person to teach me any sort of volleyball was Brian McCann, Director of ECP.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… Fishing or enjoying time with family
Favorite subject in school: Math
Last Book I Read: Looking for Alaska by John Green
Favorite Movie: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Favorite Quote: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships” – Michael Jordan
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Serena Williams, she has been an athlete I have looked up to since I was little.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I started out playing volleyball as an outside hitter for 2 years.