ORLANDO COACHES

Felix Viera –

Director

10 Time National Champion
(2018, 2017, 2015, 2014,
2013, 2012)

3 Time Double National Champion
(2017, 2014, 2012)

Back to Back USAV National Champion
(2018,2017)

15 Straight Appearances
at AAU & USAV Championship
finals in Open Division

20 National Championship
Qualifications in Open Division

2 Time Coach of the Year
Florida Region & AVCA
( 2017,  2015)

Tanya Starrett

Club
Director

Tanya has been a member of OVA now OTVA as a player and then coach for the past 22 years. She finished her eleventh season as head coach for her alma mater Bishop Moore Catholic and has compiled a record of 282-57. Tanya has coached the hornets to 4 State Championships in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 and has been named the 5A Coach of the year 2012, 2015, and 2016. In 2013, Tanya was the Orange County Coach of the Year and the AVCA Florida Region 4 Coach of the Year. In 2012, the hornets finished with a national ranking of 1st according to Maxpreps and 9th by Prepvolleyball.com. Tanya was the Maxpreps National Coach of the Year and Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year for the state of Florida. Tanya served three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the Rollins College Tars, 2010-2012.

Tanya was a member of the Florida Region Professional Women’s team The Florida Wave from 2012-2014 and was the Assistant coach for the Wave in 2015. Tanya was an assistant coach for the Bishop Moore Boys undefeated State Champions in 2010. Along with assisting Winter Park High School in 2005 and captured the Class 5A State Championship, she also assisted with the Florida Region Juniors High Performance Program that year.

In the past 7 years Tanya’s teams have finished with 1 silver and 2 bronze medals at the USAV National Championship. 1 17 Open National Championship in 2012, 1 16 USA Runner up in 2013, and 3 bronze medals at the AAU National Championships.  Along with taking home the gold at 4 national qualifiers her teams also took home the gold in the 16 Open division of the 2016 JVA World Challenge in 2016.

Prior to her coaching stints, Tanya was a standout athlete at the University of Central Florida where she was a four-year starter for the Knights. She made three NCAA tournament appearances (2001-03). In her first season with the Knights, Tanya was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team and in 2004 she was an Atlantic Sun Second Team member. Tanya played on both 1999 and 2000 Bishop Moore State Championship Teams under the direction of Sindee Snow. In 2001 Tanya and her partner Hannah Roberts placed 3rd at the USAV beach volleyball national championships. Tanya graduated from The University of Central Florida in 2005 with a bachelor’s of science in liberal studies and a minor in criminal justice.

Cynthia Ortega

Site
Director

Cynthia began playing volleyball at the age of 12. She was a natural at the setter position and played that position for her entire volleyball career. She played club volleyball for six years and was the starting setter on her high school team, Bayamón Military Academy, which had one of the top high school teams in Puerto Rico. Cynthia was awarded MVP in several high school tournaments and was named Athlete of the Year in her senior year. She was also awarded a scholarship to play at University of Sacred Heart in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After college, her talents were recognized at the next level when she was asked to play semi-professional volleyball, which she did for three years.

Cynthia began coaching club volleyball in 2000 and has 15 years of experience working with junior girls, primarily in the 10U-12U age groups. She came to the U.S. mainland 10 years ago and started working at

Orlando Volleyball Academy. She had great success with her teams and was presented with the OVA Coach of the Year award in 2011 and 2012.

She is a former coach at the high school level at City of Life Christian Academy. She led them to the District finals for the first time in school history. Cynthia has worked at many different camps on the University level, both in the United States and in Puerto Rico.

* 2016 – Jr. National Championship, Bronze Medal 12 Open, (OTVA) 12 Asics
* 2016 – AAU National Championship, Silver Medal 12 Open, (OTVA) 12 Asics
* 2016 – AAU National Championship, Silver Medal 13 Open, (OTVA) 13 Asics
* 2015 – Jr. National Championship, Bronze Medal 13 Open, (TBVA) 13 Black
* 2015 – AAU National Championship, Bronze Medal 13 Open, (TBVA) 13 Black
* 2014 – AAU Boys National Championship, Gold Medal 14 Open, (TBVA) 14 Tampa
* 2014 – AAU Girls National Championship, Silver Medal 12 Club, (TBVA) 12 Tampa
* 2013 – AAU National Championship, Bronze Medal 11 National, (OVA) 11 Asics
* 2013 – Jr. National Championship, Gold Medal 11 National, (OVA) 11 Asics

Richard Adorno

Richard Adorno Ruiz is from Puerto Rico and is a PE Teacher and a volleyball coach. He has 36 years of experience as a coach at the university and professional level. He is also a certified Level 3 International Coach, which is the highest level.

From 2011 to 2015 he was the President of the Technical Committee of Coaches of the Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation. For 14 years (1989 – 2003) he was the Athletic Director of Nuestra Señora de Lourdes Catholic school (grades K-12). During that time, he was also the volleyball coach, where the boys Varsity team won the league championship for 8 straight years and the girls Varsity team won the last 4 years. From 2003 to 2017 Richard worked in a public school as a PE teacher.

In that time, he was the coach for Catholic High School College La Salle, obtaining the championship with the girls and boys teams in the junior category. Then from 2014 to 2016 he coached the JV and Varsity teams at Santo Tomas High School Academy, winning the championship in the last year and runner up in the years before.

Cristobal Colon

Cristobal attended the University of Cayey and received a degree in Business Administration. At the age of 20, he suffering a career ending knee injury, but that is when began his coaching career in Venus Gardens Volleyball Club. He then continued his volleyball coaching experience working with Voliview Volleyball club in Cayey, PR.

In 2000 his 13U team won the 15 under Silver National championship in Puerto Rico. Followed by a Bronze medal at AAU Volleyball National Championship in Orlando in the 13’s Gold Division. In 2001 his 14U team won the Bronze medal in the Gold division at the Puerto Rico Volleyball National Championshiops.

In 2009, after training his team from the age of 5, Cristobal’s team, Toa Alta Queens, won U12 AAU National Championship in Orlando. Within that year, he became the assistant coach in the Professional Volleyball League of Puerto Rico with his team Las Llaneras de Toa Baja.

In 2010 he became the head coach of The American University of Bayamon Campus. From 2010-2013, he coached the JV team at Bayamon Military Academy and won one national championship and finished runner-up the following two years. Cristobal also won several girls juniors national championship in the 16 and 17 Open divisions with the Toa Alta Queens Volleyball Club.

In 2014 to present, he led the volleyball club Vaqueras de Bayamon in several age group and won 7 Puerto Rico National Championships and two second place finished at the AAU Girls Juniors National Championships open divisions. He also led his 13 and 15 under teams to earn bid to the USAV Junior National Championship by winning the 13 Open and 15 Open division at the Chicago Windy City Qualifier. Coach Cristrobal is FIVB Level 1 certified. 

Cristobal, is being two year with OTVA, he led 12U 3er place in the 2018 AAU Nationals in Club Division, and in 2019 with a 12under  qualified for USAV Junior Nationals, and 3rd place in AAU Nationals in Club division.

Gabriel Colon

Gabriel Colón started playing volleyball at the age of 8 and continued playing  for 14 years. As a young player. he had the opportunity to play with the Puerto Rican Youth National Team. After playing with the youth national team for 2 years, Gabriel played in the Boys Junior Olympics with his club team. Gabriel attended the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, where he played outside on their men’s team, making it to the finals his Freshman season. After college, Gabriel started his coaching career successfully with Guaynabo Mets. Upon moving to Orlando, continued his coaching career with OTVA and has positively impacted the program in both head coach and assistant coach roles.

Carlos Rafael Diaz

Bio coming soon!

Omi Fuentes

Omi started playing volleyball when he was 12 years old. At 14 he participated in the USA Boys Junior National Championships, finishing in 3rd place. He also played for his high school volleyball team, winning different invitational tournaments, including the National Championship of Public Schools in Puerto Rico. When he graduated, he was awarded with a Leadership medal. After graduation from high school, he received a full scholarship at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon. During his years of eligibility, he played on the volleyball team until he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Adapted Physical Education. Omi has 8 years of coaching experience working with development teams and high performance teams from youth to professional categories, school programs, and private clubs.

His experience as a private club coach started at Toa Alta Queens Volleyball Club where he worked with girls teams, achieving some championships in local tournaments and a National Circuit Championship in the 9U category. He also worked with developing teams in 12u, 13u, 15u, and 16u. Then he moved to NV Elite Club in Naranjito, where he worked with boys and girls teams in 13u, 14u, 15u, 18u, 20u and 23u. He won different championship and runner-up awards in the most recognized tournaments in Puerto Rico and the USA like the Spring Volleyball Championship, Power League, National Circuit, Federation Cup, Volifest, Jeep Volleyball Championship and the USAV Jr. Olympics. After moving to the U.S., Omi worked at Nona Sports with a girls 13U local team, a girls 15U regional team, and a boys 14U regional team. Those teams had some 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes at different tournaments.

Omi has also worked with several school volleyball programs. He started working with the high school boys volleyball team in Naranjito as an assistant coach, ending the school year with some championship and runner-up finishes. The following year he was the head coach, leading to some championship and runner-up finishes in invitational tournaments. Omi was also recognized by the organizers of La Copa El Nuevo Día, the most important event at the school level. This exhibition helped 6 of the 7 senior students to receive a scholarship to college. Then he went on to work at Santa Teresita Academy as an assistant coach for a couple of years as well as head coach, working with the boys teams from the categories of mini all the way to seniors which resulted

in multiple championships. In the USA, he participated as a volunteer for the girls volleyball team at Sun Ridge Middle School, helping them reach a second place finish in the county. Omi also had the opportunity to work at the Puerto Rico professional level with Los Changos de Naranjito and Los Palataneros de Corozal as a statistical tracker and at the semi-professional level with Las Pinkin de Corozal as an assistant coach and a head coach.

Certifications Puerto Rico National Coach – Level I, II, and III
USAV Impact Certified

Stephanie Gibson

Stephanie Gibson says her mission is to teach young athletes to love the sport of volleyball, build self esteem and confidence in young women, and use their volleyball experiences to manufacture their life skills. Coach Gibson is currently a Physical Education Teacher, and Head Girls Volleyball Coach at Winter Park High School. She has been the varsity coach at Winter Park High School (2000-Present) and Miami Sunset (1989-1999). In 30 years of coaching, Gibson has compiled a career record of 697-164. Gibson’s teams advanced to the FHSAA Regional playoffs in 25 of 27 seasons. Her teams have won 18 conference titles, 20 District Titles, 12 Regional titles, 2 State Runners Up, and 9 State Championship Titles (6 as a head coach). Coach Gibson has been named Florida Dairy Farmer Coach of the Year in 1995, 2004, 2005, and 2013. She has been selected to coach the FACA State All-Star Game, and has been named Metro-Conference Coach of the year 9 times. Gibson was a NHSACA National Finalist for Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2014. In 1989, she took over as the director of the South Florida Volleyball Club, and held that position for twelve years. Currently she is a travel team coach with OTVA. Her club teams have qualified for the Junior National Tournament every year. Her 2009 and 2010 teams won back to back AAU National Championship titles for 14’s and 15’s. She earned a Bronze Medal at AAU Nationals in 2016 and 2018. In addition to her coaching experience, Gibson also played on the collegiate level in two sports. Coach Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education at Florida International University, while competing on the Volleyball and Softball Teams. She is a CAP I certified volleyball coach. Gibson has served seven terms with the FHSAA Volleyball Advisory Committee.

Emily Loftus

Emily Loftus is a graduate alumni from OVA (2013 class). A strong central Florida volleyball standout, Loftus earned several accolades while playing at Winter Springs High School including SAC All Conference 1st Team (two years), All-Central FL 1st team, and 2011-12 FHSAA State Runner-up.

She began her college volleyball career playing at the D1 level at Florida International University where she started as an outside hitter. After player her first year at FIU, Loftus transferred to Daytona State College where she helped to lead her team to being ranked 6th in the NJCAA Division 1 rankings. Upon graduating from DSC with an Associates Degree, Loftus finished her final two years of her career playing at the Division II level at Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio. At Ursuline, Loftus help to lead her team to 2 AVCA Academic awards. Loftus graduated from Ursuline College in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in History Education. While in Northeast Ohio, Loftus began her club coaching career at Eastside Juniors volleyball training and developing 15U setters.    

After completing her time as a college athlete, Loftus turned to a career of coaching. Upon graduating from Ursuline College, she served one season as a graduate assistant at Southern Arkansas University. During her first year as a member of the SAU coaching staff, Loftus was given the responsibility as the recruiting coordinator for the volleyball program. She was also charged with development and training of setters with the the Muleriders. Loftus is also pursuing a Graduate degree in Science and Kinesiology with a focus on Athletic Leadership.  

After her time at SAU, Loftus returned home to Orlando where she began coaching at OTVA.

Loftus is currently a high school Social Studies teacher while serving as the head beach volleyball coach and assistant indoor volleyball coach at Dr. Phillips High School.

Jennifer Mallard

Coming Soon!

Dragana Micic

Coming Soon!

Isaac Raphael

Bethune-Cookman University

Coach Raphael enters his fourth season at the helm of the Bethune-Cookman University’s NCAA Division I volleyball program. With a young but athletic volleyball team, Coach Raphael is ready to lead the Lady Wildcats into unchartered territory and a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference bid to the NCAA Tournament. With a combined conference record of 16-14 in the last three seasons, B-CU is ready to make a serious MEAC tournament run this season.

“I am very excited to be at Bethune-Cookman University with this young team,” said Coach Raphael. “I am very excited for the challenge of getting this program to the top of the MEAC.”

USA Volleyball – Florida Region

In addition to countless hours at B-CU, Raphael has taken the time to be an active coach in the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. He was named the Florida Region’s Outstanding Juniors Coach (17U-18U Division) in 2009 and received the region’s Outstanding Service Award in 2012. He participated in the Team Florida High Performance program for seven years – a program that builds a national pipeline of junior volleyball athletes and coaches. Raphael guided the Team Florida Girls National Select Team to a gold medal at the 2013 USA High Performance (HP) Championships in Ft. Lauderdale.

In 2012 and 2013 Raphael was an assistant coach for the women’s Florida Wave professional team of the new Premier Volleyball League (PVL), a pro volleyball league sanctioned by USA Volleyball. Raphael was the founder and director of The Volleyball Academy at Winter Springs (TVA-WS), one of the premier clubs in Florida. Always notably strong, TVA won numerous tournaments including bids to the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics. TVA has prepared numerous athletes for college scholarships including schools such as Harvard, LSU, USC Aiken, and Eastern Carolina.

Raphael comes to the B-CU Lady Cats from Florida International University (FIU), where he was the setters coach for the Panthers, coaching All-Sunbelt selection Natalia Valentin. Prior to working at FIU, Raphael led his last three high school setters to scholarships at Florida Southern, Palm Beach Atlantic and Louisiana State (LSU). During his time coaching setters at FIU, the Panthers were 20-11.

The St. Croix, USVI (U.S. Virgin Islands) native coached at Winter Springs High School for eight years with seven years as head coach, leading the team to five district championships, two regional championships, and a state runner-up finish. He has coached numerous high school players to collegiate scholarships including All-American and 2009 ACC Player of the Year, Brianna Barry. Raphael is a UCF graduate (BS Mathematics Education) and has earned his Corporate MBA at FIU. He and his wife Jacqueline reside in Winter Springs with their five children: Mwai, Imani, Ishaq, Ismaiil, and Sky.

FIVB- Level 1 Certified

* 2016 – Jr. National Championship, Bronze Medal 12 Open, (OTVA) 12 Asics

* 2016 – AAU National Championship, Silver Medal 12 Open, (OTVA) 12 Asics

Alejandro Rodriguez

While playing multiple sports throughout his childhood, Alejandro started playing volleyball at the age of 12. He was a setter on Varsity for all 3 years in his middle school in Puerto Rico. As a leader, he helped the team win the Middle School Championship, going undefeated the whole season. Known as Coach Alex, he began coaching at Sanford Middle School in 2010 as both head coach of the JV girls/boys and an assistant of Varsity girls/boys, winning multiple county championships. He also coached at Crooms Academy as the head coach of the boys JV volleyball team and assistant of the Varsity volleyball team. He has served as a volunteer coach for the Oviedo Recreational League. Alex started his club coaching career at TVA where he coached the Elite 13s team and National 13s team. He also coached with Metro Orlando Juniors for 3 years. While coaching various teams, he helped the Metro Orlando 17s team finish 11th in the state (the team finished in the top 20 the prior year). Alex has received his Impact certification through USAV.

Roberto Santasofia

Roberto Santasofia began playing volleyball at the age of 12 where he quickly excelled at the sport. At age 15 he signed his first professional contract with Papel Report Suzano – one of the best professional clubs in Brazil where he served as a Libero. While there his team won 2 National Championships.

Roberto has a well versed knowledge of the game having played volleyball for 11 years, eight of which he competed professionally.
A handful of Roberto’s players have earned scholarships to some of the country’s best Universities: Princeton University, Columbia University, Florida State University, Harvard University, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Villanova University, University of Denver, University of Boston, Florida Atlantic, High Point University, Rollins College, University of Florida, University of South Florida.

His resume also includes:
Assistant Coach at Florida Atlantic University 2014-2015.

Assistant Indoor Coach at Rollins College 2006-2014, including 4 seasons having the team ranked in the top 25, and 4 NCAA Regional Tournament appearances.

Named Coach of the year at OVA in the 2008 / 2009 and 2011/2012

OTVA Recruiting Coordinator

 

Amber Schinzing

Amber Schinzing is starting her first season with OTVA. Prior to this season, Amber coached two seasons collegiately as the assistant coach with the Men’s volleyball team at North Greenville University and as the assistant coach with the Women’s program at Wofford College. Prior to that, she was the graduate assistant for Harding University Women’s Volleyball Program. She also coached with Olympia High School Boys’  Volleyball for two years.

Schinzing played four years as a setter at Harding University, and earned several all-conference and tournament honors. She led her team to an undefeated season and a conference championship, while being named to the all-conference team. Amber was named the Female Scholar Athlete of the year for the Great American Conference in 2012.

Amber has played organized volleyball since she was 13, both club and high school. She lettered all four years at The First Academy and Olympia High School respectfully. On the beach circuit, she qualified and earned second place at the 2009 AAU National Beach Volleyball Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Amber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a Masters in Business Administration.

Ashley Schinzing

Ashley has a well-rounded, diversified background in volleyball with experience as a coach, director, administrator, referee, and as a player. In 2010, she was promoted from Assistant Director of Orlando Gold Boys Volleyball to a Director of the club. Ashley has coached for OG since 2008, and for OVA now OTVA since 2009. The Florida Region awarded Ashley the Club Director of the year in 2018.

In 2008, 2011 and 2012, she had the proud honor of coaching her boys team to an AAU National Championship. 2014 & 2016 added 2nd Place finishes at AAU Nationals. 2016 brought a 2nd Place finish in 16’s at the USAV Boys’ Junior National Championships.

Her coaching experience, also includes eight years at Olympia High School coaching in both the boys’ and girls’ program with 2 District Championships as the Boys Varsity Head Coach.

In addition to coaching, Ashley was recruited while playing for OVA to Mississippi College as Outside Hitter, Libero.

Ashley is also a member of the Florida Region High Performance Coaching Staff. Her 7 years in the HP program has produced 2 Gold Medals, 1 Silver Medal, and 2 Bronze Medals for the Florida Region.

Tom Snodgrass

Tom Snodgrass has been a coach for OTVA for the past 10 years. Tom graduated from Bishop Moore Catholic High School where he also assisted the girls program and was the boys’ varsity head coach for 10 years. Tom played volleyball at the collegiate level for Webber University. During his coaching career Tom has won seven State Championships, 4 AAU Boys National Championships, a 2nd place finish in the 2016 USAV Boys 16 club division and a top 10 finish in USAV Boy’s Junior National Open Division. For the past six years Tom has coached for the Team Florida High Performance program, taking home three Gold Medals and one Bronze Medal at the High Performance Championships. 

Semei Tello

Semei Tello has been playing and coaching volleyball for 12 years. Semei is certified in USAV Impact, Beach Impact, and CAP I & CAP II. Semei served as the volunteer assistant at the University of Central Florida during the 2012-2013 season and 2014 spring season under Coach Todd Dagenais. While on staff with the knights, his responsibilities were on-the-court training – primarily with the liberos and defensive specialists, opponent scouting, video analysis, and statistical analysis using Data Volley. In 2015, his 17s girls team were the Canadian National Champions and AAU National Champion Runner Up. Semei was chosen in 2014 and 2015 to be an assistant coach with the Men’s Florida Pro team, the Florida WAVE. He has worked with the Team Florida High Performance program for three years now. In 2014 he won the Bronze medal with the Boys International Youth Team. In 2013 Semei helped the Lyman High School Boys Volleyball team to an undefeated 31-0 State Championship Title as an assistant coach. In 2008, he coached the Longwood Volleyball Club boys 15s team to a third place finish at Nationals, taking home the Bronze medal.

* 2016 – AAU National Championship, Silver Medal 15 Club, (OTVA) 15 Elite

* 2014 – High Performance Championship, Bronze Medal, Boys International Youth

* 2013 – FHSAA Boys State Championship, Gold Medal, Lyman High School

* 2009 – Boys Jr. National Championship, Bronze Medal 15 American, LVC

Samuel Wallace

Coming Soon

TJ Wilson

TJ Wilson has been with OVA, now OTVA, since 2002 as an elite coach. His 14 Asics team won the 2013 AAU National Championship in the 14U Open Division. In 2016, TJ’s team finished as AAU National Championship Runner-up in 16 Open and earned a Bronze Medal in AAU Nationals 14 Classic Division. He was also the Assistant Coach of three State Championship Teams at Winter Park High School during his tenure from 2002-2008, as well as the Head Coach for the Junior Varsity and Freshman teams. TJ played volleyball for Edgewater High School as a defensive specialist and outside hitter. He also has 15 years of experience as a competitive baseball player.

Pedro Zayas

Pedro was an outside hitter and letter award winner at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  After finishing his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, he returned to Puerto Rico and worked for a commercial bank for 17 years.  His passion for the game rekindled when his daughter started playing club volleyball.  Eager to help, he became assistant coach/trainer to her club and middle school teams.

Coaching has given him a different point of view of the game and since volleyball has modernized from his playing days, he has become a student of the game.