Coaching Staff

Aaron Phillips

Aaron has always loved to coach ever since his oldest son Jordan was 2 1/2 years old. He has coached many different youth sports including basketball, soccer, baseball and volleyball in the Winter Park/Maitland area for 15 years. His volleyball playing career began in 1992 when he played for Orlando Gold with coach Chris Halliday. Coach Chris instilled Aaron’s intense passion for volleyball which led to the opening of WPVC in 2011. His enthusiasm is contagious to players of all levels and ages and even spreads among the coaches.

Allan Rubenstein-Knight

Allan was the former Director for Inland Volleyball Club and currently coaches for Father Lopez Catholic High School (girls) and Bishop Moore Catholic High School (boys). He has 3 state championships and 2 state runners-up to his credit. He has led his club teams to an AAU National Championship, AAU National Runner-Up and several Florida Region Championships. He was named Coach of the Year seven different times. Allan has 20 years experience coaching club volleyball and has also coached at the collegiate level when he served as Assistant Coach for the Rollins College Tars and the University of Tulsa. His playing experience includes a collegiate men’s club team, many USAV adult teams, and numerous beach tournaments. His wife, Stephanie, also coaches for WPVC, and his children, Austin and Sawyer, both play volleyball.

Chris Halliday

Chris began playing volleyball in 1984.  He along with Mark Equizi were the founders of Orlando Gold in 1990.  Chris and Mark were co-directors of Orlando Gold from 1990 to 1996.  Chris was the head coach of the 18’s team for that same time period. He coached the boys volleyball team at Ocoee High School from 2007-2011 and coached the girls at Ocoee from 2010-2015.  He coached at OVA from 2010 to 2014 indoors, and coached the Beach Program from 2012-2014. Chris continues to play volleyball as a MB and is a member of Ref Shop, a Florida Seniors Team.  He has played at Adult Nationals for the past 8 years and the team recently took 3rd in Senior Nationals (55’s) held in Minneapolis, MN. He is very excited to be working for his two former players of Orlando Gold, Aaron and Adam Phillips.

Jenny Fitch

Jenny is in her second year coaching at WPVC. She grew up playing volleyball in Chicago. She trained as a setter and was recruited to play at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a full ride. After high school, she started coaching for Sports Performance Volleyball summer camps in Illinois. She assisted with a month long setting academy and was the head coach for several shorter setting camps. In her Junior year of college, she began coaching club volleyball in South Florida. Her coaching philosophy is to focus on the basic skills of volleyball and building upon them to ensure the girls are able to compete at a high level. 

Manny Castro

Manny is in his 2nd year coaching at WPVC. He has been playing for about 8 years. He’s a double-goal oriented coach: winning and learning life-lessons go hand-in-hand. In addition to coaching, he is also a full time student at Valencia studying Athletic training, and part time employee with Panera Bread. 

Matthew Jackson

This is Matthew’s first year at WPVC. He was a Varsity Coach at Ocoee High School for the 2015 girls volleyball season. He played 4 years of varsity volleyball at Ocoee as a setter from 2009-2013. He played club at West Side volleyball for Chris Halliday for one year and then 3 years for Longwood volleyball club.

Raisa Becker

Raisa is joining WPVC in her first year as a club coach and is originally from the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She was recruited in 2008 by Webber International University on an Indoor Volleyball Scholarship where she played Righ tside Hitter/Middle Blocker and Sand Volleyball. Her senior year she received the Assassin Award for her killer instinct and assassin mentality. After graduation Raisa went on to complete her MBA as a Graduate Assistant for the Student Life Office at WIU for her first year but then decided to return to Sand Volleyball. Currently Raisa is the Assistant Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach/Head Girls JV Volleyball Coach and soon to be Boys Varsity Volleyball Coach for Ocoee High School.

Shawna Webb

Shawna has played volleyball for 30+ years and has coached youth volleyball for the past 7 years. Her philosophy is simple.  A positive spirit, plus substantial preparation and hard work tends to yield amazing results in both volleyball and in life.  Along with these attributes, team chemistry is something she believes in deeply. She feels that when a team trusts their coach and each other they are free to have “No Fear” on the court and work together towards a common goal. She grew up in a family with a Hall of Fame youth softball coach as her dad, so she has learned from a great mentor; many of his teachings she uses today.  During this time she has been inspired by coaches and by those she has coached.  Her goal is to infuse a passion and a love for the game that she has gained through her years of being around the sport.  She spends her time with her husband and 4 children.  Their two daughters play for WPVC and two sons play travel baseball.  Recently one of her sons has also caught the volleyball fever. Shawna is also the Director of Operations at WPVC.

Melinda Gorman

Started playing volleyball in middle school. Joined her first club team in high school. Earned a full ride to Nova Southeastern University, where she reached the elite eight her senior year. She played middle and outside hitter during her college years. She coached for Boomers Volleyball Club for 3 years. After college, She returned to coach at her Alma Mater, Booker High School for another 3 years as the Head Varsity Coach. She moved to St. Pete where she was a volunteer coach for Eckerd College Women’s Volleyball team, then moved to Bradenton, FL where she coached for Coastline volleyball for a year before moving to Winter Park.

 

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