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.
Adam played volleyball for Orlando Gold for 4 years with coach Chris Halliday. He has been coaching for 7 years, leading many WPVC teams to victory. In the 2015 season, his 12 Elite and 16 Elite teams took 3rd place at the AAU National Championships. Adam believes in teaching his players to be disciplined on the court, rely on their training and trust their positions on the court. Outside of coaching, Adam enjoys fishing and spending time with his 3 daughters and wife.
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.
Alex is in her first year as a volleyball coach. The past two years she has been volunteering as an assistant to other coaches of WPVC while playing. She is starting her senior year at Winter Park High School and her second year as a dual enrollment student at Valencia College. She started playing volleyball in middle school and decided to take a break to dedicate her time to school and to pursue another sport. Her sophomore year of high school she started playing volleyball again and has been playing ever since. Her goals as a coach are to teach players to play at their full potential and learn the correct skills to move forward while still having fun. She believes that if you dedicate 100% to anything, you can achieve great things.
Christopher Bock was an elite player at each level including playing locally at University High School and for the Orlando Gold Boys club volleyball. Chris made an academic decision to forego Division I and II scholarship offers to attend Division III Stevens Institute of Technology and study Biomedical Engineering. As a 4 year starter and 3 year captain, he helped lead his team to 3 Final Four appearances where he was named to the All-Tournament team every time. As a member of the Stevens team, Chris had the opportunity to train under members of the Scottish National Team as well as FIVB coaches from Germany. As a graduate student, Chris played with the club team at UCF and helped them win the Las Vegas Invitational in 2007 as well as place third at the 2008 NIRSA National Championships. Chris capped his playing career by being inducted into both his conference Hall of Fame and the Stevens Athletics Hall of Fame. Having turned to coaching in Orlando in 2008, Chris has coached high school at University and Hagerty and club volleyball first at Inland Volleyball Club both girls (U16-U17) and boys (U12-U16). Having taken a year off, Chris returned to coaching at Winter Park Volleyball Club coaching an elite U14 team and the U18 team. He believes that volleyball has the highest level of teammate dependence for success of any sport and that ultimately, team success comes from individual development in practice. He believes that all players can reach elite level with the right training and as such, he teaches elite skills from day 1 regardless of incoming level. Initial frustration with elite expectations leads to exponential increase in ability as the season progresses and players leave better prepared for the seasons to follow. His philosophy for the game is that practices improve skills and matches improve confidence.
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 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.
Keri played volleyball for 15 years and coached for 13 years, before taking a brief break for the last couple of years. Keri played volleyball for University High School and graduated in 2002. She led the Lady Cougars to 3 District Championships, 2 Metro Championships and 2 State Play-Off appearances while earning several accolades that included All-Conference Honors two years in a row. She played club volleyball in the Orlando area for 4 years, acting as Captain on all 4 of her Elite teams. After high school, she earned a volleyball scholarship to play for Division I school Fairleigh Dickinson University and as setter, led the Knights to three NEC Conference appearances. Since graduating college, Keri played adult competition in indoor, grass, and beach volleyball. Keri has been coaching since her freshman year of high school, volunteering her time as assistant coach for Discovery Middle School, 9 years with the girls and 3 years with the boys. She took a break from coaching for a year to referee high school and adult league volleyball but found that coaching was more fulfilling. Keri briefly coached for her Alma Mater, University High School, both boys and girls teams. She also coached boys and girls club volleyball in Orlando since 2008. In her free time, Keri likes to spend time with her husband and sons, Julien and Rowen, and foster dogs for Pet Rescue by Judy. She holds a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, concentrating in Communications and Global Studies. She is married to Christopher Bock and currently resides in East Orlando. Her coaching philosophy is simple, she wants well-rounded athletes who are successful young adults, both on the court and in life. She finds great joy in her athletes’ accomplishments and really push growth and learning; to get that athlete out of their comfort zone and to the next level. She coaches because she loves the game and wants her athletes to love the game as much as she does. Favorite Quote: “It is the enduring pursuit of a goal, not the fleeting glory of the finish line, that shapes lasting victories within us.”
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.
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 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.
Samantha Pearo, aka Sam, just graduated from Harmony High School and is in her first year as a coach at WPVC. She has played for 7 years, 3 of those years playing at the Varsity level in High School.
Sarah has had the privilege of coaching since 2006. In addition to coaching at WPVC, Sarah coached at Trinity Preparatory School, and also coaches private lessons. Sarah played several years of club, was her high school freshman team captain and began at the varsity level as a sophomore. Sarah continued her volleyball career at Benedictine University where she is a member of the top five passers in program history. Sarah strives to teach respect, focus, self-discipline, and hard work and believes success on the court transfers into success in life. Sarah lives in Winter Park with her Fiancé. In addition to coaching, Sarah is a licensed attorney helping consumers solve their legal problems.
Shannon McGone been playing volleyball for over 10 years. She played in Brevard county for Satellite Beach High School as well as Cape Coast Volleyball Club. She also played for the University of Central Florida Club team. She is currently a senior at UCF studying English. She plans to become a teacher and continue coaching at the high school level. She hopes that she can inspire the girls she interacts with the love the game the way she does.
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.