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.
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.)
Coaching Experience: I have coached at ECP for 4 years now!
Coaching Philosophy: Coaching is not just an opportunity to teach kids how to be good athletes, but also an opportunity to teach them how to be good people.
Best Volleyball Moment: Getting 1,000 digs, assists, and kills in high school and having my jersey retired at Archbishop Carroll High School
My Life in Sports: I have played volleyball since I was 9 years old and haven’t stopped since. I played all throughout high school at Archbishop Caroll and made 2 playoff runs (but sadly never won.. unlike my sister who has won 4 times in a row now). I also was on the track and field team at Carroll and competed in javelin, discus, and shot put. I was a 2-year All-Catholic in track and field and a 4-year All-Catholic in volleyball. In my senior year, I was awarded the All-Delaware County Player of the Year for volleyball by the Delco Times and received All-State honors. After high school, I continued my volleyball career at La Salle University in Philadelphia and made 2 A10 playoff runs. I coached all throughout college and look forward to coaching for the rest of my life.
Favorite subject in school: I LOVED my anatomy class in high school but my favorite subject is Algebra.
Last Book I Read:Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
Favorite Quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take” -Wayne Gretsky” -Michael Scott
Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I can say the alphabet backward with no hesitations.
Business Operations Manager
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
Apparel Coordinator & Power Juniors Program Coordinator
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!
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…