SARASOTA DIRECTORS

MATTHEW MCELHINEY

Matthew grew up around Volleyball competing in his first beach events at the age of 8 years old. He played throughout High School on the beach and with Adult indoor teams. He began coaching his Junior year of High School at the JV level.  After graduating Matthew was the assistant Director at MAV. While at MAV he helped guide the program to its first National Qualifier Win in Baltimore and grew the club from 3 teams to 9 in 3 years. In 2012 he founded Coastline Volleyball Club with Kristen Batt. The club grew to 14 teams in its 2nd year and Matt qualified his teams twice with a 14 National and 15 American bid. In 2015 Chad Sutton and Matt created Wave Volleyball Alliance establishing the most competitive club in Bradenton & Sarasota. He has been the head coach for Beach and Indoor at Braden River HS since 2011.  In 2018 he coached two of his beach players to win the USAV National Beach Championships for 14U.  Matthew is currently one of the directors of OTVA Sarasota.

  • PCA Certified
  • USAV IMPACT Certified
  • USAV Beach IMPACT Certified
  • USAV Safe Sport Certified
  • 6th Grade Math Teacher at Haile Middle School
  • Indoor Director OTVA Sarasota
  • Owner/Director Wave Beach Volleyball Club
  • 17 Years Coaching HS & Club Volleyball
  • Club Teams have Qualified 3 times for the US Junior Olympics
  • Coached the winning team at 2018 USAV Beach Nationals 14U Division.

CHAD SUTTON

Chad graduated from Florida State University with a bachelors degree in Sport Management. Upon graduation, Chad has been involved in volleyball in the Sarasota/Manatee area, working as a director and coach for multiple clubs. Serving as a director for OTVA Sarasota, Chad has two Top 3 AAU National finishes. In the high school scene, Chad has lead both Sarasota High and Cardinal Mooney volleyball programs. At Sarasota he turned a 3-22 program into a 3 time consecutive district championship and regional appearance program. Presently at Cardinal Mooney, in his third year, Chad has lead the program to two district championship and regional appearances, winning the district and region this past year en route to a State Runner-up finish. Additionally, at Mooney, Chad started the beach program where last year they finished 3rd in the state. Chad is a USAV CAP III Level Coach with a background and certifications in multiple other sports as well.