2019-2020 SOUTH COACHES
Angel Ayala grew up in Puerto Rico where he was the volleyball player in a baseball household. He started playing volleyball at the age of 12 and continued on through high school. After graduating, Angel received a scholarship to play at Newbury College in Boston where he excelled as a middle blocker for the Nighthawks. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Angel has been with OTVA since October of 2015, coaching at all ages and working camps and coached Orlando Gold boys volleyball in 2016.
Kyndal Burdin has been playing volleyball since she was 11 years old. She played for Ocean Breeze Volleyball in South Florida. She attended Park Vista Community High School where she achieved First Team All-Conference Setter (2012), Honorable Mention All-County Setter (2012), Girls Volleyball Conference Champions (2012, 2013), and Volleyball MVP (2011, 2013). She continued to play volleyball at Hamilton College where she achieved 2nd all-time record for career assists, volleyball team co-captain Junior and Senior years (2016-2017 seasons), named Player of the Week for conference (NESCAC Fall 2017), and went to Conference Playoffs twice during college career (2014 and 2017 seasons). She is currently studying at UCF for her Masters in Clinical Psychology to eventually become a Sport Psychologist. This is her first season coaching at OTVA.
Pauline Callejas has been playing volleyball since she was 13 years old. She played at OVA for 4 years as a libero/DS. She attended Bishop Moore Catholic where she achieved a state title and an undefeated record of 32-0 in 2012, along with another state title in 2013 and a record of 27-4. She became assistant coach for the JV and Varsity middle school boys teams at St. Mary Magdalen in 2012. She was promoted to head coach for both boys teams at St. Mary Magdalen in 2014 and continues to coach there today. She graduated from Rollins College with a major in Computer Science and minor in Business Management. During her time at Rollins, she rebuilt the Rollins Volleyball Club where they hosted indoor and beach volleyball. She still plays indoor volleyball competitively and is also playing beach volleyball competitively today. This is her first season coaching at OTVA.
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.
Brandon grew up in New Jersey where he found a passion for playing volleyball since he was 13 years old. He played 4 years of varsity volleyball for Marlboro High School where he played both middle and outside hitter. His passion for the game led him to coaching and he has coached at OTVA for the last three years. He is also the freshman coach and assistant varsity coach at West Orange High School. Brandon loves learning more about the game each day and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the players.
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.
Eric Joel Gonzalez Bocanegra was born March 18, 1973 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. His hometown is Moca, a small town on the West side of the island. At the age of 17 he was signed by his hometown volleyball professional team “Moca Vampiros”. He developed as a setter and played in Puerto Rico professional volleyball leagues for 14 seasons. He played for 5 different teams: Vampiros Moca, Caciques Mayaguez, Gigantes Adjuntas, Playeros San Juan and 2000 National Champions, Rebeldes Moca. He studied Elementary Education in the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo and become an Elementary School teacher. As a coach, Eric started coaching his hometown junior team Rebeldes Moca and won 3 National Championships in a row. In 2000, he was invited to the Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation to be part of the Volleyball National Program. His first international competition was as assistant coach with the Men’s Junior National Team in the 2002 NORCECA Championships in British Columbia, Canada. Others International Tournaments that Eric participated in as assistant coach are: 2006 Men’s Youth NORCECA Championship, Dominican Republic; 2007 Men’s Youth World Championship, Mexico; 2008 USA Volleyball High Performance Tournament, Arizona; 2008 Men’s Junior NORCECA Championship, El Salvador; 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance Tournament, Fort Lauderdale; 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance Tournament, Wisconsin; 2010 Women’s Junior National NORCECA Championship, Mexico.
In 2010 Eric was named head coach of the Puerto Rico Women’s Youth National Team. He participated in the 2010 Women’s Youth NORCECA Championship, Guatemala; 2011 Pan-American Cup, Mexico and qualified the team to the 2011 Women’s Youth World Championship. In 2011 he participated in the Women’s Youth World Championship in Ankara, Turkey. He finished with the Puerto Rico National Teams with the Men’s Junior NORCECA Championship in 2014.
Eric worked for different teams in the Puerto Rico Men’s and Woman’s Volleyball Professional Leagues: Divas Aguadilla (head coach), Gigantes Carolina (assistant coach), Cariduros Fajardo (assistant coach), Orientales Humacao (assistant coach), Valencianas Juncos (assistant coach).
Eric Joel Gonzalez Bocanegra is an FIVB (Federation Internationale de Volleyball) certified coach. In 2006 he was certified as FIVB Volleyball Coach Level I and in 2011 he was certified as FIVB Volleyball Coach Level II achieving the best score in the class after a successful completion of the technical and practical conditions established by the International Coaching Commission.
Josh Hebron began coaching at OT in 2009 and has worked his way to becoming one of the top assistants in the club. He has been the OT 16 Asics Red assistant for the last three years, helping his teams to qualify for the USA Junior National Championships. Josh has also assisted them to bronze medal finishes at AAU Nationals (18 Club, 2015 and 16 Open, 2014).
In 2016, Josh helped OT 16 Asics Red to first place finishes at the Show Me Qualifier and JVA World Challenge, as well as second place finishes at the Disney Qualifier and Big South. Josh also had the opportunity to help OT 18 Asics Red at the USA Junior National Championships, where they finished third in 18 USA. He also helped to train and assist OT 14 Asics Red, who were crowned both the AAU and USAV 14 Open National Champions.
In 2017, he assisted Tanya Starrett and Sindee Snow’s team for a second place finish at AAU Nationals in the 16 Open division with the 16 Rox Red and fifth place at USAV Nationals with the same team.
While assisting Roberto Santasofia in 2018, their team finished first at AAU Nationals and third at USAV Nationals, both championships were played in the 16 open division.
Josh also serves as the Varsity assistant and JV head coach, under his mentor Stephanie Gibson, at Winter Park HS. He has helped the program to a State Championship in 2013, as well as runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2009. Though no longer coaching in the boys program at WP, he was an assistant for 7 years finishing his tenure with 4 district championships and a Final Four finish in 2012.
Rubier Hernandez-Cordero graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus in 2003, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. He played volleyball since he was in High School and began coaching private middle school volleyball teams in 2005. He has over 12 years of experience with volleyball teams in different leagues, including but not limited to the Catholic Athletic League and the Puerto Rico Federation Volleyball League. He is certified as a Volleyball Coach for levels 1, 2 and mini-volley with the PR Technical Commission of Coaches. With his continued development, certifications and additional trainings, his teams have reached Championship and Sub Championship at school and region levels.
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.
Taylor has been playing volleyball since she was 10 years old and club volleyball since she was 15 years old for Southwest VBC and Milwaukee Sting.
In high-school, she was a Multi-sport, all conference athlete at Living Word Lutheran. She started coaching for G Force, Summer Sand program, two years before starting college.
While attending University in Wisconsin, she coached for Wisconsin Ice VBC for three years after playing collegiately. She is currently pursuing a medical degree in pediatrics. This is her first season at OTVA as a head and assistant coach for the 16’s and 14’s age levels respectively.
Amanda McDade is entering her second season coaching with OTVA. In addition to coaching with OTVA, she has coached Junior Varsity at Eustis High School and at PVA. Amanda attended Eustis High School and the University of Central Florida.
Jose Rafael Quinones
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Justin is in his second season coaching with OTVA. Prior to coaching here, Justin played volleyball at his high school in Miami, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High, placing first in gold at GMAC, making it all the way to the State Championship tournament. His coaching experience includes being the head coach at Rebelle Volleyball girls 12U for one season; assistant high school coach at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning SH 2016-2017; assistant coach for Coastal Volleyball girls 15U; boys 17U for one season. He will be assisting our 13 Regional team this season.
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
Entering his first season coaching with OTVA, Edwin Santiago brings with him a wealth of playing experience at the collegiate and professional level. Raised in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, Edwin went to high school at Academia Discipulos De Cristo, where his team won the Championship in 2005-2006 and was named to the all tournament team. His Collegiate career was played out at University of Puerto Rico Bayamon and was the team captain for three years. Edwin played professionally for 5 years with Changos de Naranjito, Plataneros de Corozal, and Patriotas de Lares before moving to the states. In the 5 seasons of Liga Puertorriqueña, Edwin earned 2 Championships and 2 second place finishes. At the junior level, Santiago played with ENVOL (Naranjito) at the Junior Olympics from ages 14 to 17; in that time, his team won 2 Bronze medals, 1 gold medal, and 1 5th place. Edwin was named to the all tournament team twice in that time.
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 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.
Jose Seary enjoyed playing multiple sports in high school. He has been involved 22 years doing Track & Field and 19 years in volleyball. Jose was an international athlete representing Puerto Rico in multiple international events. He started playing indoor volleyball and beach volleyball in his freshman year of high school and has been playing and coaching ever since. In 1992, he began coaching both high school and club volleyball in Puerto Rico. Seary has coached all levels of high school volleyball for for one of the best high school volleyball teams in Puerto Rico. He has had 17 years of experience coaching girls and boys ages 6-18 in youth volleyball. Jose also coached for a Division II college in Puerto Rico for 6 Years, winning 2 championships. Seary is very proud to be working with OTVA.
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, 3 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 two Gold Medals and one Bronze Medal at the High Performance Championships. Tom is also the Facility Manager for our South location.
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.
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.