Advanced/Intermediate Level Private Training

Elite coaches are coaches with 10 or more years of coaching experience including professionally or in college. We recommend Elite coaches for athletes that need to bring their game to the next level or for group lessons with intermediate athletes.

Rachel Scott

Rachel is in her fourth year coaching and is currently the Director of Player Development for NVVA. She previously served as a Head Coach for Maryland Juniors 13s-18s age groups from 2007-2012.

Rachel is a former setter and libero who competed in the ACC at the University of Maryland. As a high school p, ayer she was a 4 time All-Conference selection and was named DC Gatorade Player of the Year and First Team All-Met as a senior.

Rachel graduated with a degree in Physical Education/Kinesiology (Exercise Science) from the University of Maryland, College Park and holds a Masters degree from Georgetown University in Sports Management. In her spare time, she likes to travel with her husband Jeffrey.

PepĂȘ Costa

 Pedro Paulo “Pepê” Costa played professional beach volleyball in Brazil for four years and has more than 18 years coaching experience. Coach Costa has coached for upper-level teams in Brazil, Paraguay, and Qatar. He was the coach and coordinator of the Paraguayan Beach Volleyball Development Project where he was able to develop players who had potential into successful athletes. He was also the Head Coach for the Qatar Beach National team when they placed 5th at the World Championships and not only qualified for their first ever Olympics, but also placed an impressive 9th place. This summer, he was the coach for Spain’s U18-U22 National Teams.

Hannah Vick

In High School, Hannah Vick was a starting Middle Blocker and Right Side hitter for Herndon High School. During her High School career, she also played competitive club volleyball for NVVA. In her senior year, she started her coaching career as an assistant for an NVVA 14 Club team. After High School, Coach Vick received a full engineering academic scholarship to the University of Alabama and later transferred to Virginia Tech where she played on the Hokies’ nationally ranked club team. After graduating college, she returned to Herndon High School as the Head Freshman and JV volleyball coach and Assistant Varsity coach. Coach Vick also returned to NVVA as a club coach and was named NVVA’s head coach of the year in 2018 after leading her 12’s team to two semi-finals in the Gold Division for Monument City Classic and Capitol Hill Classic.

“Coach Hannah is one of the best youth coaches in Northern Virginia, her knowledge of the game along with the energy and connection she has with her athletes makes her team respect and want to work for her right away. Her results can testify to that.” says NVVA President/CEO Rodrigo Gomes.

Nicole Cervantes

Nicole Cervantes became the current assistant coach for George Washington Women's Volleyball in August 2017. Nicole also coaches NVVA 14 Select club team.

Cervantes, a native of Ashburn, Virginia, joins the Colonials following a seven-year stint as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri where she coached middle blockers and right-side hitters for the Redhawks. Southeast Missouri won 87 games during Cervantes's tenure.

Cervantes was also heavily involved in the coordination of Redhawks volleyball camps and clinics during her time at Southeast Missouri.

Before arriving at Southeast Missouri, Cervantes was a graduate assistant coach at East Stroudsburg University (Division II) following a standout collegiate career at Franklin Pierce University (Division II) in New Hampshire. She was a four-time All-Northeast 10 Conference Player and graduated as the Ravens' career-record holder for total kills (1,271) and blocks (493), marks that still stand today.

Emily Vandegrift

Emily is in her third season with NVVA, and her second year with the 14 ICE Elite team. She was named the 2016-2017 ICE Coach of the Year. Previously, she coached the 14s-16s age groups for Maryland Juniors from 2011-2014. 

Emily is a former NVVA athlete, who went on to compete at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her volleyball career started in the LYV Middle School program, and continued at Loudoun County High School where she was a member of two Virginia State Championship teams in 2008 and 2009. Emily's NVVA career ended with a 5th place finish at the 2010 Junior Nationals in Reno, Nevada. 

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson joined the George Mason University Men's and Women's Volleyball staff as a volunteer assistant in August 2017.

A native of Tustin, Calif., Johnson put together a decorated playing career at both the professional and college levels. He suited up for Balboa Bay Volleyball Club for eight seasons in Orange County, Calif., and coached the program for three years after his playing career was complete. He led the club to Junior National silver medals and two bronzes as a coach and led the same Balboa Bay club program to a gold and two bronze medals as a player.

Johnson starred for Division III volleyball powerhouse Springfield College during his undergraduate career, leading the Pride to two NCAA Championship titles over his four seasons. His seven service aces in the 2014 NCAA Quarterfinal is a national record that still stands today.

While in college, Johnson joined the USA Volleyball Team and participated at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Amy Opsal

Amy is in her first year at NVVA and is currently the NVVA Programs Manager. She previously served as a the assistant coach for NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point women's volleyball team for the 2018 and 2017 seasons. Amy was previously the head coach for the University of Minnesota Men's Club Team where they were ranked top 25 in the nation and achieved a 2015 NCVF Bronze National Championship.

Amy is a former libero who competed in the MIAC at Augsburg College in Minnesota. On the sand, Amy has competed professionally in the EVP tour and AVP Next events. She continues to train and compete in her spare time.