Kris is the Head coach of the NVVA ICE 17's team and the NVVA Juniors Program Director. She came to NVVA after coaching for UNC Pembroke and more recently, Stetson University in Florida. Kris is an experienced camp coach and has worked with athletes at all levels. Kris is a former player herself and brings her experience on and off the court to NVVA.
Rodrigo Gomes is a native of Rio de Janeiro Brazil, and played for the 3 time national champion Brigham Young University Men's Volleyball team. He began his volleyball training on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro with his father as his coach. Along with indoor volleyball, Gomes also built a successful career in beach volleyball winning the Rio de Janeiro State tour 6 times, and the Brazilian championship once. These titles lead him to become a member of the Brazilian junior national team, which allowed him to compete in the beach volleyball world championship in Catania, Italy. Rodrigo was also a member of a team that won the South-American championship in Montevideo Uruguay. Between the years 2003 and 2005, Rodrigo was ranked as one of the top professional beach volleyball players in Brazil.
Rodrigo has experience as the Director of Volleyball Training at TCA in Fountain Valley, CA, one of the top clubs in the nation. From 2007 to 2009 he served as an assistant coach for the BYU Men's volleyball team. He has also been one of the top performing camps and clinics director and coach for Gold Medal Squared over the past 10 years, training players and coaches across the U.S. Rodrigo arrived to NVVA in 2013 as a Technical Director and head coach of the 18 ICE Elite team. That year he was named NVVA's coach of the year. After a short period as technical director, Rodrigo was named NVVA's Executive Director and in 2016 he was named NVVA's President and CEO.
Professor Haiachi is an expert in the field of Sports physiology. He is currently a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Human Movement Sciences at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2014). He holds a Masters degree in Human Motricity Science from the University of Castelo Branco (2007), and is a Specialist in Court Sports as head coach for Brazilian Volleyball Club U14 (Fluminense Football Club) for ten years. He obtained his undergraduate degree In Physical Education from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1999).
In his current position as adjunct professor at the Federal University of Sergipe he offers courses on Adapted Physical Activity, Volleyball Methodology and Special Topics in Physical Education and Health with specific reference to Racquet Sports.
In addition to his teaching duties, Haiachi serves as coordinator and member of several academic groups conducting research in the area sports science. He is the coordinator the Paralympic Sports of Sergipe Project and Vice President of the Sergipe Badminton Federation. He is a member of the Nucleus of Sports Sciences (NCE) of the Brazilian Confederation of Badminton and a research member of the Nucleus of Research in Physical Aptitude and Olympism of Sergipe, the center for Olympic and Paralympic Studies of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, the Research Group on Physical Education and Adapted Sports of the Brazilian Sports Project, among others.