Born and raised in Bethlehem, PA.
2004 Liberty High School Graduate.
I have been playing volleyball for 18 years. Throughout both high school and college ball I have been a Libero, Setter and Opposite. I have been coaching with ECP for about 3 years.
Coaching Philosophy: Let each player discover his or her own destiny. Phil Jackson said “I was always interested in getting players to think for themselves so they can make difficult decisions in the heat of battle.” My goal is to provide an environment where my players grow their skills and volleyball IQ in various ways but especially through learning from both their mistakes and successes.
Best Volleyball Moment: I don’t have just one specific moment, It’s the journey volleyball has and continues to take me on that I love so much! I have gotten to travel and meet some of my best friends in life because of this game. Now I have the blessing to be able to give back to the game I love so much by helping younger athletes grow their love for the game!
My Life in Sports: Being a part of organized sports as a kid was paramount in building my character and work ethic. Playing sports provided me life lessons that I have taken with me and apply to this day. How to be a good teammate and leader. How to cope and respond to setbacks. There’re so many meaningful things to be learned from playing sports and being a part of a team.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I’m spending much needed time with my family and setting up a net somewhere to play volleyball.
Favorite subject in school: History
Last Book I Read: Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban Favorite Movie: The Matrix
Favorite Quote: “Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.” -Phil Jackson
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Kobe Bryant
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I’m a lefty, I’ve lived in Florida and Arizona.
Coaching Philosophy: To create a fun learning environment where my players will develop a strong foundational skill set, a team-first mentality, and a coachable attitude.
Best Volleyball Moment: Winning the 1996 and 1997 NJCAA Region Title and competing in the NJCAA National Tournament. The memories I have from training and competing and traveling across the country with such wonderful players is very special.
My Life in Sports: I started playing volleyball in middle school along with basketball and softball. My passion was definitely in volleyball though. My primary position(s) was Middle and Setter (wild I know). As a senior and 3 time all area first team selection, I was named Washington County Player of the Year. I went on to play two years at Hagerstown Community College where we won two regional titles and competed nationally in the NJCAA National tournament. I also received All-American Status as a sophomore. I finished my playing career at Trevecca Nazarene University where I received All Academic Honors both junior and senior year and helped to kick-start an up and coming program at the time. Following earning my masters in Human Performance, I took the Head Coaching position at Gettysburg College from 2005-2009 where we won a Centennial Conference Championship and averaged 20+ wins yearly. Following Gettysburg, I spent 2010-2018 at rival institution Muhlenberg College where the program went from 6 wins in 2010 to averaging 20 wins yearly from 2013 until I left in 2018. In 2018, I made the move to Lehigh University where I am currently the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: You could find me carpooling my kids to all their sporting events or supporting my husband’s college basketball team the Drew Rangers. I also am pretty social and enjoy spending time with my family and friends and doing projects around the house.
Favorite subject in school: My favorite subject in school was definitely Anatomy and Physiology. I had one of the most inspiring professors at HCC, she made learning about the body so exciting that I ended up pursuing a degree in Human Performance.
Favorite Book: My most favorite book is “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon. I am a huge believer in energy exchange and I love that this book really focuses on how our perspective can completely change our results.
Favorite Movie: This is such a hard one! I am a sucker for any Disney movie. I could watch all of them over and over again. Outside of Disney movies, I would have to go with a top 3 – Shawshank Redemption, How to lose a guy in 10 days, and Sweet Home Alabama.
Favorite Quote: “Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it.”
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Jesus.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: You probably don’t know that I grew up in a coaching family, the gym was literally my second home. My father is a long-time high school basketball coach that is still one of the winningest coaches in the state of MD. I am also the wife of a very successful College Basketball Coach and I was a 3-sport athlete. (volleyball, basketball, and Track & Field)
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*17 years as the Head Coach of Division I Lafayette College (PA)
*1 year as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Princeton University
*7 years as Head Coach of Division III Washington & Lee University (VA) in both women’s volleyball and basketball
“Create an environment of personal growth that challenges young athletes to become their best selves individually and athletically.”
Best Volleyball Moment:
“Winning my first conference championship as a collegiate head coach and beating Lehigh”
My Life in Sports:
“I grew up playing volleyball and basketball. I scored 1,000 points in basketball at Freedom High School and also at Lafayette College. I am a a member of the Freedom High School Athletic Hall of Fame.”
When I am not coaching volleyball…
“I am usually hanging out with my family or friends….or cleaning and doing laundry.”
Favorite Subject in School: Gym
Last book I read: Energy Bus
Favorite Movie: Breakthrough
Favorite Quote: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
Person I’d Like to have dinner with: Princess Diana
Something you probably don’t know about me: My favorite number is 24. Happy to see both of my kids wearing that number now in their athletic careers.
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Coach Donna Roman brings extensive experience coaching club, high school and college volleyball after spending four years as a Division 1 player. In 2015, she became co-director of ECP Lehigh, where she also serves as a head coach. Prior to joining ECP, she coached Synergy 13 Lehigh. Prior to that she was the assistant boys coach at Bethlehem’s Freedom High School from 2001-2007. She also was head girls coach at Linganore High School in Maryland and at Cape Henry Collegiate High School in Virginia Beach. She also was head boys coach at Salem High School in Virginia Beach, where she was named 1997 Boys Coach of the Year. At the college level she was an assistant coach at Lafayette College and Lehigh University and head coach of the Lehigh men’s club team. She has also coached club teams at Quick Set and Maryland Juniors Volleyball. Coach Roman is a graduate of Lehigh University, where she was a four-year starting outside hitter and a two-time All-Patriot League player, and she still plays recreational volleyball in both Allentown and Catasauqua. She is an Advanced Placement teacher and Social Studies Department Chair at Freedom High School.
Coaching Philosophy: I believe that effort generates outcome. Driving players consistently to learn and improve leads to success. Hard work with clear goals will benefit players on and off the court.
Best Volleyball Moment: My best volleyball moment was a hard-fought victory in a five game battle against a much bigger and heavily favored Army team in the Patriot League tournament.
My Life in Sports: I started playing volleyball in 5th grade in the church parking lot with poles cemented into old tires. How’s that for old school? Standing at a solid 5’7” tall, I played as a middle hitter for Bethlehem Catholic High School, finishing third in the state of Pennsylvania in my senior season. I played club volleyball for the first ever Lehigh Valley volleyball club- Bethlehem Juniors, who later became Quick Set. I was an outside hitter for Lehigh University from 1988-1991, earning All-Patriot League honors in both my junior and senior seasons.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: I spend a lot of time cheering on my daughters, Julia and Alaina, playing softball.
Favorite subject in school: Math (even though I am a history teacher now)
Last Book I Read: “Inferno” by Dan Brown
Favorite Movie: Any of the Harry Potter movies
Favorite Quote: “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” –Vince Lombardi
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Teddy Roosevelt, his combination of intellect, toughness, and compassion would make for interesting conversation.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I love Duck, North Carolina, and I go there whenever I can get away. It’s my happy place!
Coaching Philosophy: Hustle, hustle, hustle.
Best Volleyball Moment: Winning the 2014 District XI Championship by getting revenge against our rivals that knocked us out in the tournament the previous year.
My Life in Sports: I grew up playing baseball and basketball. I was introduced to volleyball through some family friends in middle school and have not stopped playing since.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball… I am building lesson plans or organizing my next adventure.
Favorite subject in school: Social Studies
Last Book I Read: Salt by Mark Kurlansky
Favorite Movie: The Lives of Others
Favorite Quote: It is the name on the front of the jersey that matters most, not the one on the back.
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Anthony Bourdain
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I have been the same height since middle school, which caused me to begin my volleyball career as an outside hitter but quickly become a libero.
Fifth year with ECP.
Head coach girls volleyball Pocono Mountain West High School. Founder and director of Mountain Volleyball Club, Stroudsburg Pennsylvania.
Coaching Philosophy: Win, while having fun
Best Volleyball Moment: My first tournament win My Life in Sports: Baseball, basketball, volleyball
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: Sleeping
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: My children
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: My grandfather missed the Titanic due to a late train.
We are thrilled to have Coach Don West Jr. serve as co-coordinator of our Lehigh Valley division. Coach West served as head coach of Southern Lehigh Girls for nearly a decade. He led his Southern Lehigh Girls to a number of titles, including District XI AA runner-up in 2008 and District XI AA titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2010 the team finished 3rd in the state and in 2011 they were finalists. He also coaches the Southern Lehigh High School Boys Club. He began coaching club volleyball at the age of 19 with Northampton Volleyball club and coached his 14s Boys team to an appearance at Nationals. He was an assistant coach at Bensalem H.S. to his father (Don West Sr.) from 1993-1995. He returned to Council Rock H.S. as a volunteer assistant from 1996-2001. He also played for 3 years at Council Rock High School, making 2 appearances at states, and continued to play in college at Bucks County Community College and the College of New Jersey. He has been an avid Open outdoor player for over 20 years, and says he is continuing to “try to play against much younger players with a little success!”
Coaching Philosophy: FUN. If we don’t let and/or help our players have FUN and love this wonderful game that we are not doing our job and we won’t get the most out of them.
Best Volleyball Moment: Making it to the PIAA State Final in 2011.
My Life in Sports: After playing every other sport my entire life, my dad finally convinced me to play volleyball my sophomore year at Council Rock H.S. I am glad he did!
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: Is there time when I am not? I’m also a Southern Middle School Health and Physical Education Teacher and I like spending time with my wife Natalie, daughter Brianna and son Trey (Donald III).
Favorite subject in school: Math and Physical Education
Last Book I Read: The Racketeer by John Grisham
Favorite Movie: A Few Good Men
Favorite Quote: I can’t is an excuse for I won’t try!
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: My wife without kids!
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I have run 3 half marathons in last 2 years and hated every second of it…until it was over!
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Coaching Philosophy: My philosophy is that youth sports teach us all valuable lessons we can leverage throughout life. These lessons can come from winning or losing. Key to all of these is discipline, perseverance and hard work. You are not guaranteed success if you have discipline, perseverance and work hard, but you are most assured of defeat if you don’t.
Best Volleyball Moment: A few years back I coached a 13s team where one of the girls could not serve overhand and get the ball over the net. We worked on that skill every practice. She worked hard and persevered but she just could not make it. At our last tournament of the year, in our last match I asked her to attempt an overhand serve…… and she made it. We lost the match, but that wasn’t what mattered.
My Life in Sports: I have been very involved in sports since a very young age, playing 4 sports in high school (none of which were volleyball ;-(. I started playing volleyball when I went to Penn State and it has been a lifelong passion ever since!
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: I am creating things out of wood.
Favorite subject in school: Computer Science
Favorite Book: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Favorite Movie: Christmas Vacation
Favorite Quote: The enemy of better is best.
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Jesus
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I have traveled to 47 of the 50 United States.