Coaching is an art, and we hire coaches who agree with our coaching philosophy. Just because someone played in college or happened to be an All American hitter, it doesn’t make them a “good” coach. Our coaches have a mix of backgrounds, including high school and middle school coaches, club coaches, and former collegiate players. Our coaches are USAV Impact Certified, SafeSport Certified and NFHS Concussion Certified.
Perfect practice makes perfect. That’s our motto. Every drill, every warm-up, and every rep should utilize the best form possible in order to generate the best possible outcome. When our coaches see bad habits forming, we make sure to correct them. And the “result” of a play is irrelevant in our world. Strong fundamentals will ultimately produce the most consistent, most desirable outcomes.
Athletes should LOVE practicing
Just because we focus on the fundamentals, it doesn’t mean we are boring. We cringe when we hear an athlete say, “Do I have to go to practice?” We prefer to hear, “Can we practice more?” A good coach arranges practices so every athlete receives proper instruction and sees immediate results. Practices need to be fast-paced, interactive, engaging, and challenging. We want our athletes to appreciate how they improve every time they step foot in the gym.
Coaches should inspire, not intimidate
Fear is not a reliable or effective motivator in young athletes. Athletes perform best when they are internally driven to better themselves, not simply because their parents or coaches “force” them to work harder. When an athlete is afraid of being yelled at in practice, afraid of running more sprints as punishment, or afraid of being embarrassed, it’s counterproductive. We believe positive, consistent, technique-driven feedback will produce the best athletes and ultimately, the best adults.
Attitude and Teamwork will prevail in the long run
Players support each other. That’s what we preach. We don’t want any infighting, bickering, belittling or general nastiness on any of our teams. If a player makes a bad pass, for example, the only words we need to hear from a teammate is “Shake it off. You’ll get it next time. I’ve got your back.”
Set Goals and Measure Them
Every team and every player will develop specific, appropriate, and measurable goals. Throughout the season, these goals will be guideposts for the players, coaches, and even the parents. And when the season ends, we want every athlete to say, “I really improved a lot.” And we want every parent to say, “That was worth every penny.”
Coach David Keefe, Director – Coach Keefe has been a youth sports coach for more than 12 years. He’s coached volleyball for the last 8 years for the Columbus Diocese at Holy Spirit and St. Matthew where many of his players are successful high school competitors. Coach Keefe has also coached recreational teams at the Gahanna YMCA, and is the current JV and Assistant Varsity Coach at Reynoldsburg High School. Coach Keefe knows how to develop the skills needed for Middle School, JV, High School and College programs.
Jarel Francis – Coach Francis is a former Middle Hitter for Capital University and former coach of 2Girls Volleyball Club. She is a current coach for Reynoldsburg High School. Her competitive spirit and high expectation level inspires the players on her team.
Marissa Fracassa – Coach Marissa is a club volleyball veteran. She started her volleyball career at 10 years old, playing for Lithopolis Volleyball Club. She continued on to play for Pickerington North High School and Mintonette Sports National teams as a middle hitter. She then played for Kent State University girls club and coached teams at St. Matthew Catholic School. She keeps sharp by playing on competitive adult teams around Columbus. She brings her high volleyball IQ to every practice, helping develop team strategy, attitude, and refining the finer details of each player’s performance.
Rachel Feeley – Rachel played varsity volleyball at Gahanna High School. She took her passion for the sport, and with the help of the Gahanna Youth Sports director, launched the Y’s recreational volleyball program throughout Columbus. She coached several teams each season, ran skills clinics, and was integral to the sport exploding at the Gahanna branch. She currently coaches for the Columbus Diocese and plays on competitive teams in Columbus.
Jim Cox – Coach Cox has been a volunteer volleyball coach for the last 8 years, coaching young kids from 4th grade to high-school ages. He’s coached within the Columbus Diocese Catholic School league, and lent his enthusiasm and knowledge to the Gahanna YMCA with several teams ranging from U10 through U18. Coach Cox values the fundamentals required to be a consistent volleyball player and encourages his athletes through constant positive reinforcement.