Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Coaches Celebrate Their Special Day

Oct. 6, 2020: Happy National Coaches Day!

At, we want to take a moment to celebrate the incredible coaches who inspire and guide athletes to reach their full potential. We are privileged to work with some of the best coaches in the world, and today, we want to share their stories and why they love what they do.

Jon Aharoni – Women’s Sitting Team Assistant Coach and Beach ParaVolley Coach

One of my favorite coaching moments was at my first para beach camp. I was filled with nervous anticipation as I wasn’t sure how the worlds of adaptive volleyball and beach volleyball would intersect. However, it turned out to be a breakthrough moment. Amidst the laughter and camaraderie, I realized that we were all striving to be the best team we could be. It was a reminder that we are all in this together.

Angie Akers – Beach National Teams Coach

For me, the best part of coaching is witnessing those “A-ha!” moments when athletes finally grasp something they have been working so hard to achieve. It’s incredibly rewarding to see their hard work pay off and watch them grow.

Jordan Cheng – Beach National Teams Coach

Coaching allows me to build strong relationships with the players I work with and join them on their journey to make a positive impact on the beach volleyball world. The opportunity to be part of their growth and development is truly special.

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Bill Hamiter – Women’s Sitting Team Head Coach

Coaching gives me the chance to teach and guide players not only in volleyball but also in life. Seeing them reach their optimal performance levels both on and off the court brings me immense joy. My life’s purpose is to serve others, especially those who are underserved.

Jeff Liu – Women’s National Team Performance Analyst

Coaching brings me great joy as I witness the execution of game plans and the mastery of new skills by the athletes. There’s something incredibly rewarding about seeing that “click” moment when everything falls into place.

John Mayer – Beach National Teams Coach

The reason I coach is simple – I love helping people learn and improve. Coaching allows me to be involved with individuals I truly care about and support them in their personal growth. One of the best things about coaching is that there’s always something new to learn and improve upon, whether it’s emotional intelligence, psychology, analytics, or biomechanics. The journey of becoming a better coach never ends.

Luka Slabe – Women’s National Team Assistant Coach

Coaching gives me the opportunity to guide and mentor young athletes, fostering their growth in integrity, leadership, responsibility, and humility. I genuinely believe that through sports, these athletes have the power to change the world for the better. It’s a privilege and a responsibility to coach in both the USAV and NC State programs, where I can lead by example and impart valuable life lessons to our teams.

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Erin Virtue – Women’s National Team Assistant Coach

The best part of coaching for me is the incredible people I get to work with every day. I feel incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by a team of dedicated, passionate, and supportive individuals. We push each other to be our best while having fun along the way. Working with the amazing women on our team is an absolute honor, and I’m grateful to contribute to our pursuit of Olympic Gold.

Greg Walker – Men’s Sitting Team Head Coach

What I love most about coaching is the continuous growth I experience alongside incredible people. Learning from both the athletes and my peers is an enriching experience. Together, we strive to constantly improve and reach new heights. The genuine relationships we build on this journey have made a profound impact on my life.

Coaches play a vital role in shaping the lives of athletes, and they deserve to be honored and celebrated. Happy National Coaches Day from!


Can anyone become a coach?

Coaching is open to anyone who has a passion for guiding and developing athletes. While a deep understanding of the sport is essential, having good communication skills, patience, and a desire to help others are equally important.

What qualifications are required to become a coach?

The qualifications needed to become a coach can vary depending on the level and type of coaching. In some cases, certifications, coaching courses, and practical experience may be required. It’s advisable to research the specific requirements of the sport and level you wish to coach in.

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How can coaching positively impact athletes?

Coaching provides athletes with guidance, support, and mentorship, helping them develop their skills, confidence, and character. Coaches can nurture talent, instill discipline, and inspire athletes to reach their full potential, both on and off the field.


National Coaches Day is a time to recognize and appreciate the incredible coaches who dedicate themselves to guiding athletes. At, we celebrate the coaches who work tirelessly to develop talent, build relationships, and make a positive impact on the sports world. Their stories and experiences remind us of the power of coaching, and the profound influence it can have on the lives of athletes. So let’s take a moment to thank and honor our coaches for their passion, dedication, and hard work. Together, let’s continue to inspire and empower the next generation of athletes.