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.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: What I love the most is spending time exploring and finding new activities to do with my husband and 3 kids, Riley, Micah and Evan. On top of that, I love visiting my very large, extended family all over the country, being active and outside, getting involved in my church’s activities, playing sand volleyball, binging a great show and reading a good book.
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!
Mike Krause has more than 30 years of coaching experience and was named the 2012 Pennsylvania Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Sports. A member of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame, Coach Krause led his Parkland High School girls team to the 2011 PIAA Girls State Championship. In 2013, his Lehigh 15s team finished 5th place in the American division at USAV Nationals in Dallas. He has worked as head coach of Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University and Kutztown University, and has coached middle and high school teams and both boys and girls during his lengthy and impressive coaching career. He is also part of the broadcast team for the PIAA Championships in High School football, soccer, softball and volleyball. His daughter, Taylor Krause, begins her college career playing for Penn State University in 2014, while daughter Kristin plays 16U club volleyball.
Coaching Philosophy: I believe if you work hard and have a passion to learn about the game and to learn about yourself, you will position yourself to accomplish many things. Learning is the outcome of being challenged, and the role of the coach is to guide players as they work to overcome physical technical and tactical challenges. Come to learn and improve every day!!!
Best Volleyball Moment: Winning the Pennsylvania state championship with my daughter Taylor setting and my daughter Kristin as an 8th grade manager, and my wife Jill there along with many family and friends.
My Life in Sports: I played with the Allentown Volleyball Club for 7 years until 1985, and was the setter for East Stroudsburg State College (now Stroudsburg University) from 1975 – 1978. We were a group of guys that played other sports but really enjoyed playing volleyball. We stayed together and developed a program achieving great success, competing in the league championships, placing 2nd, fifth and 3rd respectively. I learned so much about people, traveled to some wonderful places and loved the game, Upon graduation, I wanted to return to the Lehigh Valley to teach people the game of “Power Volleyball” overcoming the stigma that “volleyball is picnic volleyball”. The game has progressed immensely!
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: I’m a high school health and phys ed teacher or I am watching some kind of sporting event with my wife Jill or spending time with family.
Favorite subject in school: Math!
Last Book I Read:Calico Joe by John Grisham
Favorite Quote: “I Do!”
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Bill Belichick or Phil Jackson, if they would share their thoughts regarding team development and sustenance.
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I wrestled in an NCAA pre-season tournament. (That is a story in itself.)
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.
Team Travel & Rostering
Youth Development and Programming Coordinator
Recruiting and Technical Coordinator
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.
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.
Berks Division Coordinator
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…
Bucks Division Lead
Downington Division Lead
Coaching Philosophy: I believe in finding an athlete’s strengths as well as their weaknesses and help to develop both of them. I enjoy getting to know all the kids that I coach and like to have fun with them after some hard work. There are a lot of life lessons in sports and I am fortunate to be a part of teaching them some.
Best Volleyball Moment: Of all the coaching moments that I have had the one that is most memorable was winning the St Joseph CYO versus St Elizabeth regular-season rivalry match that included warm-up music by Eminem, a packed gym, and a whiteout. Never expected the energy and excitement out of a CYO match!
My Life in Sports: I was a track runner and a softball player that grew up in a sports house with three older brothers and a multi-sport father. I have been coaching volleyball for 8 years with a small break in between to take time to watch my daughter finish out her club and high school career. I have coached CYO, Club, and High School Volleyball with three Archdiocese Championships as well as multiple appearances at AAU and USAV Nationals.
When I’m Not Coaching Volleyball: I am either watching one of my kids play a sport or I could be coaching CYO track which is my other passion.
Favorite Subject in School: Algebra, I admit I am a math nerd at heart. Sort of answers the question of why I am an accountant and I love it.
Favorite Book: Anything by James Patterson Favorite Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Favorite Quote: I have two:
“You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t let it stop you. Failure builds character.” Unknown
“Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth” Mike Tyson
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Definitely my younger self. Oh, the things I would tell her!
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I am deathly afraid of snakes and I will never wear a hat.