Mark Fishman Club Founder and Technical Director
Most recently Mark has spent the 2017 beach season helping coach Olympian Casey Patterson and his partner and visiting guest coach Theo Brunner who is originally from Ridgefield. Prior, Mark spent the last 5 seasons coaching Olympic Gold Medalist Todd Rogers and his partners, including Stafford Slick, Theo Brunner and Robbie Page. Mark worked as a USA National Beach Volleyball Team coach working with team of Olympic Gold Medalist Todd Rogers and All-American Theo Brunner, and working with AVP rookie of the year Amanda Dowdy. Mark also has had the pleasure of working with other national team hopefuls, current AVP players. Mark has worked as the Boys Technical Director for a Connecticut juniors program, as an assistant coach at MIT for both Men and Women, and as the setters coach/assistant coach at Rutgers under coach Bob Bertucci. Mark has also worked at various volleyball camps and has been involved in teaching volleyball for over 25 years. Mark played nationally and internationally for many years as a setter for open championship teams from New England and from the Garden Empire region. Mark also has served as the assistant commissioner in the New England Region.
Zach Hansen Co-Director and Coach 17s /18's
Zach was a 2010 All America as a setter in his senor year at Rivier College. Zach is a graduate of Shelton High School. Last season Zach coached one of our 17's teams. Zach brings us enormous ability as a team leader, and as a player that still competes at the US National Championships to demonstrate the dedication, skill set and work ethic it takes to develop into a player at that next level. Zach has led the setters development program since the program started and is a founding member of the Mizuno East family.
Chris Lovelett Co-Director and Coach 17s / 18's
Chris has been coaching for Mizuno East Volleyball Club since 2014 coaching both the 17-1 and 18-1 age groups. He’s is part of the new ownership group along with Garret Covino Christy Girard and Zach Hansen and serves as the director of the 17’s & 18’s age group.
Chris and Mark coached the then 17-1’s to a Regional championship in 2016. This past summer, Chris was the assistant coach to Ryan Woodcock and the 18’s team that won the national championship. He was the head coach of the 17’s team that placed 10th.
Chris has been the head coach of the Joel Barlow boys volleyball program since 2012 where they have been to 2 state championships and have won 2 division championships.
He also teaches Physical Education and coaches youth soccer in Fairfield and is the assistant coach for the Fairfield Warde Boys Soccer team.
Garrett Covino Co-Director and Coach Boys 16 and under
Garrett is a founder of the Mizuno East program and has, with Mark Fishman and Ryan Woodcock helped to build our reputation both as a coach and as the head of the younger boy's development process. Garret has worked with players at both the college and high school level. He has been a mentor and head coach at Fairfield Warde boys and girls volleyball programs since 1999 and is a student of the game as well as an expert technician. Garrett has played both at the club and college level as both a setter and as an outside hitter. Garret played his college volleyball at Fairfield University.
Christy Girard Co-Director and Coach Boys 16 and under
Christy is also the director to our sister club, Greenwich Volleyball Club, where she coaches 1st-9th graders. She is the head volleyball coach at Greenwich Academy since 2001 and leads their girls middle school and high school volleyball program. Christy coached the GVC elite U14 girls team, which was the only U14 team from New England at nationals in 2017 and is now their club's technical advisor and U14 coach. Christy coaches court, grass and beach volleyball. She played at the University of New Haven as an outside hitter and defensive specialist.
Ryan Woodcock Clinics and national's coach-
Ryan is a well known boys program Director from a Connecticut travel volleyball program and head coached one of the elite boys18 U teams in New England, including last years U18 team to the USAV Boys U18 National Club 1st place finish.
Ryan is well known for his expertise both as a coach as well and mentor to several generations of players from the juniors program. Ryan has twice won New England Coach of the Year awards for his achievements in recognition of his work with high school volleyball players. Ryan has coached volleyball at the high school level for the past 6 years and has led teams to 2 state championships as well as 6 straight conference tournaments and 3 conference championships. He also spent 3 years at Quinnipiac University as the assistant and head coach of the Division 1 program. He was acknowledged as the youngest Division 1 head coach in the country to make the conference tournament. Most recently he could be found court side at Sacred Heart University as the Men's Assistant Coach. Sacred Heart is the only Division 1 program in Connecticut for Men's Volleyball.
Bob Bertucci Visiting coach
Bob is the head volleyball coach at Lehigh University. 2011 was Bob's first year at Lehigh. Prior to this he was at Temple University for 16 years where he won four Atlantic 10 championships and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2002. Bob led Temple to 14 straight Atlantic 10 tournaments during his tenure. He also has the distinction of being names: Eastern Collegiate Volleyball League Coach of the Year, EIVA Coach of the Year, SEC Coach of the Year and a three time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. Prior to Temple, Bob was the head coach at Army, Tennessee and then Rutgers.
Mr. Bertucci is involved on several levels with USA Volleyball, including eight years on the coaching staff of the women?s national team. Bertucci was an assistant coach for the USA women?s team at the 1999 World University Games and a head coach for that team in 1985. He also spent three years on the Board of Directors for the United States Volleyball Association.
Further information is available at: http://www.bobbertucci.com/staff.html
Justin played volleyball at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a four year starter and twice captained the team. Justin is still the all time block leader at UCSB. At 6’6", Justin has the history of being a ?big man? in the game and can teach and demonstrate to our taller players some of the intricacies of blocking and defense that are very different from smaller players? techniques.
Canyon was named the 2002 AVP Best Setter and won an award for Special Achievement in 1997. Has seven career titles with four different partners. Best international finish was a second with Mike Whitmarsh in the 1997 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Los Angeles. He became the 15th American to reach $600,000 in career domestic earnings in 2006, and just three active players are above him on that list.
Ceman was a four-year starter for the Stanford Cardinal, was the NCAA National Player of the Year in 1993, and was a three-time All-American. Played professionally in a Belgium indoor league (1995-96) after spending a season with the USA Men?s National Team (1994-95). He was also the recipient of the Karch Kiraly Scholarship for academic and athletic excellence as the valedictorian of his high school class and was the youngest player to compete at the 1991 World University Games.
Is a member of Team USA and an Olympic hopeful for the 2020 games. He is a 6 foot 8 inch world class volleyball player via UCSB. Theo was born in CA but grew up in Ridgegield CT and learned volleyball playing club and with RHS where he set a Ridgefield career record with 1050 kills. He went on to earn All America honors wile at UCSB where he also co-captained the team. Theo went on to play several years of professional international volleyball including with the USA team that won the Pan American Cup. This year Theo has decided to play on the AVP professional tour and has finished in the top 3 in each of his events. Look for Theo to make a run for one of the next Olympic beach spots for the Brazil games.
Theo worked with MEVBC last season as a guest coach working with our middle players and on blocking with all age groups and will be doing some work with Mizuno East again this winter.
A 6 foot 6 inch middle blocker that was a Co-Captian of the BYU Men's volleyball team. Quentin did his mission in Brazil and has many years of working with youth (boys) volleyball programs. He will be working with MEVBC as a specialty coach to help with our middle blockers.
Before BYU, Quentin was 2005 State Volleyball MVP, was an Academic all- state honoree in football and basketball. Since BYU Quentin has accepted a job in banking at Goldman Sachs and Co.
Emily was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team that competed at the 2002 Pan American Cup. She was the captain for the volleyball team at the University of Southern California in 2003 and 2004, and was a key player in the Trojans' 2002 and 2003 NCAA Championships. Adams was a three-time AVCA First Team All-American from 2002 through 2004 and a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2003 and 2004.
Todd Rogers, Olympic Gold Medalist
Todd has visited for one practice each of the last two years! Schedule permitting he will be joining us again for an Oct. practice. Simply Todd is one of the greatest players to have participated in volleyball. Todd is a fantastic coach having coached at UCSB, is a dear friend and a great ally of Mizuno East. Here are just some of his accomplishments
. 2011 top team in the World (FIVB) with Phil Dalhauser
· 2007 World Champions
· 72 Career Wins (Most of any active
· AVP Best Defensive Player 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
· AVP Best Defensive Player (Defender) 2008
· AVP Crocs Cup Champion 2009, 2008, 2007 (with Phil Dalhausser)
· AVP Team of the Year 2009, 2008, 2007 (with Phil Dalhausser)
· AVP Most Valuable Player 2006
· AVP "God of the Beach" 2006
· AVP Rookie of the Year 1997
· FIVB Best Defensive Player 2008, 2007, 2006
· FIVB Most Inspirational 2008
· FIVB Best Setter 2005
Other Coaches TBD:
We will also be bringing special guests to the club on occasion to help coach and to help give our program a higher profile for both our club and for our players. Our contact with coaches, players and programs is significant and we will do our best to make this program develop players so that they can compete at the next level of volleyball, and reach their potential in this great game.