Aaron Phillips, Director
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.
Manny is in his third 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.
Jenny Fitch, Recruiting Coordinator
Jenny is in her fourth 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.
Coach Meg Fitzgerald returns to WPVC to coach one of our Elite Teams. Meg is the former Rollins College and UCF Head Volleyball Coach and has become an integral part of Winter Park Volleyball Club for the past few years. She has a deep love for sports especially volleyball. Meg began her volleyball career at the University of Florida. She finished her career ranked third on Florida’s all-time career digs list with 1, 171 digs. We are excited for her knowledge and experience that she continues to bring to our players and coaches.
Sarah Flores has coached volleyball for over 12 years. In addition to coaching club at WPVC, she coaches at Trinity Preparatory School. Sarah has coached clinics, camps, and private lessons throughout Central Florida. She has coached players as young as 6 all the way up to elite level seniors preparing to play at Division I schools. She is Impact certified for both indoor and outdoor volleyball, CPR certified, concussion certified, and sudden cardiac arrest certified. Sarah played volleyball at Benedictine University where she is fourth for recorded digs in a season in the program’s history. Her junior year she became a member of the 40-dig club after notching 40 digs versus a local rival in 4 sets. She was also named all-conference team that same year after her team won the conference tournament. Sarah played club in Illinois and led her high school team her senior year to a 32-6 record, conference champions, regional champions, and sectional finalists. Coach Sarah’s goals are to educate, be a role model, help mold players into good people, utilize teachable moments, help the players learn to be self-disciplined and self-motivated, and teach the players to be great teammates. Coach Sarah’s philosophy is to stress personal and team improvement over winning. She teaches that failure is ok and is a part of growth and the process. She strives to provide an environment that is a safe place to make errors and for the players to be fearless. Coach Sarah lives in Winter Park with her husband, Fermin Lopez and their two dogs, Max and Bella. She is a licensed Florida Realtor and Attorney.
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 former player of Orlando Gold, Aaron Phillips.
Matthew is in his third 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.
Coach Robinson was named the ninth coach in Rollins program history on February 3, 2016. She joins Rollins after spending eight seasons as head volleyball coach at Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, where she amassed a career record of 169-88 with three conference championships and a pair of NCAA tournament berths. In addition to her head coaching duties, Robinson was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director and took on the responsibilities of Senior Woman Administrator as Berry began their transition to NCAA DIII in 2009.
The Tars finished 12-19 in Robinson’s first season at the helm of the program. Under her guidence, junior Bri Civiero was named a AVCA Honorable Mention All-American.
In her first season at Berry in 2008, Robinson guided the Vikings to a 23-13 overall record and a first ever Southern States Athletic Conference regular season championship. For her efforts, she was named the SSAC’s Coach of the Year.
Before Berry, Robinson served as Associate Head Coach at Idaho State, helping lead the Bengals to their third consecutive appearance in the Big Sky Conference Tournament in her first season in 2005. Robinson also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Administration from ISU in 2006.
As an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Robinson has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the AVCA, the AVCA Assistant Coaches Committee, and the AVCA ACC Drills and Skills Committee. She has represented the Southern Athletic Association on the AVCA DIII Head Coaches Committee and DIII Volleyball Marketing and DIII Sand Volleyball Committees as well as acted as the Chair of the South Regional Advisory Committee.
Robinson is a 1996 graduate of Harvard, where she spent four years as a member of the volleyball team. She was named the team’s captain as a senior before graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in psychology.
After earning her degree from Harvard, Robinson went on to coach several club teams for the Gainesville (Fla.) Juniors Volleyball Club, as well as serve as the head coach at Buchholz High School, where she led her team to four straight district championships and one elite eight appearance, and was named Gainesville Sun 3A-5A Coach of the Year. In addition, her team received the AVCA Team Academic Award in 2004 and 2005.
Robinson and her husband, Clint, have a daughter, Bryce, and a son, Clay.
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.
Shawna has played volleyball for 30+ years and has coached youth volleyball for the past 10 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.