2019 TAMPA COACHES
Laura started her coaching career at the age of 18, and was fortunate to be trained by, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Nancy Cothron, while playing collegiate volleyball for the State College of Florida. Laura then attended University of South Florida and continued to coach club teams from U14-U18. After graduating with an Education degree, Laura became a teacher in Hillsborough County which lead her to the head coaching job at Steinbrenner High School where she coached the Warriors to three district titles in four seasons and two state semifinal appearances, with an 80-31 overall record in that time, as well as 3 coach of the year awards.
Laura was the founder and co-owner of Tampa Elite Volleyball club who was joined by Laurinda Nguyen. We grew the organization from a 3 team club based in a church, to a 26 team club. We worked hard to try to compete with other strong organizations in the area, like OTVA. Through this hard work and ability to establish ourselves as a competitive club, we were fortunate enough to merge with OTVA and become a part of one of the TOP Nationally recognized organizations, that truly competes at the highest level and offers the BEST training and resources for our athletes.
In 2012 Laura received Florida Region USAV award for Outstanding Juniors Coach for the U17-U18’s age group, and was then extremely honored to receive the Outstanding Female coach of the year for the Florida Region in 2016. Laura was the only coach at Tampa Elite Volleyball to win a USAV National Championship with her team, and has since then shared her passion with each team she has coached at OTVA. She feels fortunate to continue the success with top finishes at both USAV and AAU Nationals each year. Laura is currently one of the directors and Head Coaches at the Tampa Facility.
Laurinda is originally from New Jersey and moved to Florida in 2002. She received a degree in Business Management at the University of South Florida. While having a full-time job, she was also the director of Tampa Elite when it started in 2011. In 2012, she received the Florida Region of USAV Outstanding Club Director Award. After 2 years, Tampa Elite needed more of her time and commitment, therefore she became full time to help grow the organization. After many years of dedication, we had the opportunity to merge with OTVA where Laurinda and Laura continue to work together as the directors at the Tampa Facility.
Kesha Lindo was born and raised in Jamaica. She started playing volleyball in the 10th grade where she immediately made her high school varsity team. She was a multi sport athlete and has held records in the long jump and triple jump. Kesha has been coaching youth volleyball for over 15 years and has gained great experience coaching for the Tampa Bay Raptors, Tampa Titans and Tampa Elite. She is also the volleyball Varsity Head Coach at Gaither High School and has been with OTVA since 2017.
Liz is originally from Michigan and spent her life playing competitive sports and played volleyball as her main sport through high school and college at Great Lakes Christian College. For two years she was the Strength and Conditioning Coach and assistant volleyball coach for Olivet College in Michigan. Liz has been coaching volleyball for 10 years and was the head Junior Varsity coach for Tampa Preparatory School from 2014-2018. She is currently a science teacher at Walker Middle Magnet School and has been with OTVA since 2016
Tabitha is from New Jersey and grew up playing competitive sports, but volleyball was her main sport through high school and college at Richard Stockton University. She has been coaching volleyball for 10 years, starting at East Coast Crush Volleyball Club. After graduation from college, she moved to Florida, and in 2015 she was coaching for Tampa Elite and was the Junior Varsity coach for Academy of the Holy Names from 2015-2017. Tabitha has been with OTVA since 2017.
Lydia became serious about volleyball when she was 15 and played for UpOnTop Volleyball Academy, where she was then recruited to play for Lynn University as a middle blocker on a full scholarship. While at Lynn, she obtained her MS in Criminal Justice, and ended her volleyball career as an All-American and made It into the program’s history for blocks per set. Lydia has been coaching since 2011 at all age groups at various clubs, middle schools and high schools throughout Florida.
Vanja was born in Former Yugoslavia, lived in Germany and has been in the United States since 1999. He fell in love with the game of volleyball in Highschool. He is CAP II certified through USAV and is a graduate of Gold Medal Squared Program. He also graduated with a Masters Degree from Drake University.
Vanja is the Head Varsity Coach at Plant Highschool, where he finished as a regional Finalist last year. His U14 club team in 2018, finished top 20 in the nation among 4166 teams and double qualified for Junior Olympics, in the Open and USA divisions. He has won two major qualifiers (Disney and Big South) and has won 9 tournaments in all divisions ranging from American to Open. In 2017 his team went on an unbeaten run of 33 straight games. Coach Vanja focuses on the athletes and tries to help them realize and increase their ability and love for the game. Vanja has been with OTVA since 2015 and coached U13’s, U14’s and U16’s.
Martin started playing volleyball in Czech Republic and made the decision to move to Florida for his education at Webber International University. While attending Webber, he helped with their sand and indoor volleyball program. After graduating, he pursued the career of a professional Beach Volleyball player. Martin has been coaching for the past six years and started coaching for Tampa Elite in 2016. In 2018, he started coaching for OTVA and was the assistant coach for Warner University Indoor team.
Kim is originally from Michigan and was a 4-year letter winner at Eastern Michigan University as a setter and played one year of beach volleyball for the University of North Florida. She has been coaching club volleyball for the past 10 years. Her coaching career began at Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy. She started coaching for Tampa Elite in 2015 and was the Varsity Assistant Coach for Academy of the Holy Names. Currently, Kim plays professional beach volleyball on the AVP tour and was pervious named Rookie of the Year at NVL.
Coach Michelle Davis is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she began her love for volleyball as a beach volleyball player as her school district did not have indoor volleyball. She has coached indoor volleyball for over the past 10 years. Most recently, as the head varsity coach at Wiregrass Ranch High School were she finished with a 50-21 record over the last three seasons and was voted the 2017 – 2018 Volleyball Coach of the Year for the Sunshine Athletic Conference – East (Pasco County). She is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a certified group fitness and strength instructor. This season she helped lead the Plant High School Panthers to the FHSAA State Finals.
Justin Van Vliet
Justin is originally from New Jersey and moved to California at a young age where he fell in love with volleyball. He moved to FL during middle school and began playing. Justin has been coaching club volleyball for the past 10 years working with U13-U16 age groups. He is currently the Head JV coach and Varsity assistant at Academy of the Holy Names. Justin has been a part of OTVA since 2018.
Hazel is originally from Puerto Rico, but moved to the US where she started playing volleyball at the age of 13. She continued her volleyball career at Monroe College where she received several honors including All-American second team, and then transferred to play for Bethune Cookman University where she graduated with a degree in Business Management. After college she played professionally in Puerto Rico. Throughout her playing career she coached several camps and clinics, as well as assisting club teams. Hazel has been coaching at OTVA since 2018.
Rachel Iaquaniello was an outside hitter at Eastern Michigan University from 2009-2013 and then played professionally for Linz-Steg in Linz, Austria and Laon Volleyclub in France throughout 2013-2014. She has coached for All-American Volleyball Camps and previously Michigan Elite Volleyball throughout her off-seasons. She was a Graduate Assistant for Grand Valley State University women’s indoor team, and also played for the Lakeshore Region PVL team. Rachel has been with OTVA since 2017
Ike is originally from Michigan and has coached multiple sports for over 35 years and was a collegiate baseball and basketball player for Great Lakes Christian College. As a father of four daughters (and a son) who were all volleyball players, Ike has been immersed in the sport for over 20 years. He has been coaching club volleyball in the Tampa Bay Area since 2008, works in Pasco County at Land O’ Lakes High School, and currently serves as the head varsity coach of Land O’ Lakes High School Volleyball since 2016.
Jenya was born in Moscow, Russia. She finished her college career playing at Saint Leo University in 2018 and was a well rounded 6 rotation player through her college experience leading in kills as a freshman and sophomore. She then became a libero her senior year receiving 3X SSC Defensive Player of the week. Tallied 78 assists and a total of 554 digs on the year for the Lions. She has helped many youth programs and camps to help develop players and is looking forward to improving the youth’s technique of the game at OTVA.
Cody Liner is from Virginia Beach, VA, where he played the men’s volleyball team during high school. He played club volleyball starting at 14 years old at Seven Cities Volleyball Club. He was the assistant coach for the Coastal Junior Boy’s 17 National Volleyball Team. After moving to Florida, he has been the assistant coaching at the University of Tampa since 2013. In 2014, he assisted the Spartans through their National Championship season, followed by the 2015 25th Sunshine State Conference Championship and the 11th consecutive crown. He also runs all of UT’s camps as well helps with their recruiting process. Cody has received the opportunity to coach along side National Coach of the Year Chris Catanach.
Kendrea was born and raised in Hawaii. She started playing volleyball in 6th grade and played club volleyball for North Idaho Volleyball Club under former Stanford Volleyball Coach Art Lambert. Kendrea played Collegiately for Former Women Stanford and Men’s Olympic Head Coach Fred Sturm at Boise State University. Kendrea majored in business and marketing and received multiple athletic accolades including All American Honorable Mention. Kendrea has coached at the High School Varsity level as well as All-American camps and club for the past 16 years. Her club teams have achieved bids to USAV Nationals, as well as winning State Championships in 2003 and 2004 at Sandpoint High School in Idaho. Kendrea has been with OTVA since 2012.
Kamdyn is from New Port Richey Florida and has lived here her whole life. She started assistant coaching her father at the age of 15. Kamdyn is majoring in Nursing, and played for Florida College as a setter. Kamdyn played for OTVA during her senior year and has coached for OTVA since 2018.
Heather is from St. Petersburg, Florida and started her volleyball career playing for Shorecrest Prep where she led them to their first State Finals appearance, and was inducted into the Shorecrest Hall of Fame in 2015. She went on to play collegiate volleyball at Georgia Tech, winning the ACC regular season once and making multiple NCAA tournament appearances. After college, she began her coaching career and during her 14-year span of coaching, she has trained many players that went on to play collegiate volleyball at schools including UF, UT, USF and UCF. Heather works full time as a software developer while assistant coaching for Calvary Christian High School and began coaching with OTVA in 2018.