Girls Director Jennie Sheridan has been with LIVBC for the past 19 years, starting out as a team parent for her son’s team. She has held several positions on the Boys side, including Secretary, Vice President and Director. When the Girls program was added to the club in 2009, Jennie became our first Director and has held the position ever since.
Jennie holds several coaching certifications, including Impact, CAP I and Gold Medal Squared. She also holds a Varsity rating in high school volleyball officiating and is active in Suffolk County.
She believes you should always watch what you do. You never know when someone is watching you because you are their inspiration or hero.
“Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” - Charles Marshall
“Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react.” - Charles Swindoll
Head Coach - 17 Blue
Head Coach - 15 Red
Coach Michael Weaver has been with LIVBC for 11 years and has coached at several levels, including the 14s, 16s, 17s and 18s, and is also a Clinician at our annual Summer Camp. He holds a NYS Coaching Certification, as well as being Impact, CAP I and Gold Medal Squared certified.
He has been the Head Coach of the Girls Varsity program at Centereach High School for the past 15 years, following 3 years as the JV coach at Newfield HS. While at Centereach, he has been honored as the Suffolk County Volleyball – League Coach of the Year 3 times, most recently in 2016.
Coach Weaver has earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Stony Brook University.
“Respect All, Fear None”
Alexa (Lexx) Santiago
Head Coach - 17 Gold
Coach Lexx Santiago is entering her 4th year with LIVBC following 8 years of coaching teams from the middle school level through college. This includes MS and HS girls, HS boys, and 2 years with the women’s program at the US Merchant Marine Academy, as both an assistant and head coach.
Coach Lexx started playing school volleyball in 7th grade and club in 9th grade, with the Suffolk Stars, Club Attack, Monarch and LI United. She continued her playing career at the collegiate level, starting at Georgian Court University before transferring to Queens College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Exercise Science and Nutrition.
“It’s not what the world holds for you; it’s what you bring to it.”
Head Coach - 16 Blue
Coach Mike Patto has been with LIVBC for the last 7 years, coaching at all levels between the 14s and 17s, and is IMPACT certified. He is the Head Coach of the Boys Varsity team at Walt Whitman HS, entering his 8th season after 1 year at the JV level.
He played Varsity volleyball at Walt Whitman and 4 years of club volleyball at LIVBC and Long Island Elite.
Coach Patto earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Adelphi.
“Make your rival your fuel.” - JJ Watt
Head Coach - 16 Gold
Coach Allie Luft is entering her 5th year of coaching at LIVBC and is Impact certified. She has coached at the 14s, 15s and 16s levels and was Head Coach of the 16 Gold team for the past 2 seasons.
Coach Allie started playing volleyball when she was 13, first at Club Attack and then for 3 years at LIVBC. She played throughout high school at Northport HS and college at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) where she joined the Grand Club for amassing over 1,000 digs. She graduated from MCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology.
LIVBC Coach Tom Luft is Coach Allie’s brother-in-law.
Head Coach - 16 Black
Coach Kaitlin Williams is entering her 3rd year of coaching at LIVBC and has coached both the 14s and 15s, in addition to coaching clinics and camps at Sachem East HS. Coach Kait played Varsity volleyball for Sachem East and currently plays for the Women’s team at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, where she is a junior.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try doing what your coach told you to do in the first place.”
Head Coach - 16 Red
Coach Steve Greco has coached at LIVBC for the past 9 years, with each of his teams qualifying for Power League. He is currently in his 11th year as Girls Varsity coach at Walt Whitman HS after 1 year of JV, during which he was named JV Coach of the Year. In 2015, he brought the Whitman program to its first playoff appearance – and win – in 21 years and has sent several of his girls on to play volleyball at Division I, II and III Colleges and Universities.
Coach Greco played Libero and Setter for Commack HS and continues to play Beach Volleyball. He holds a NYS Public High School Coaching Certification, and is IMPACT, USAV CAP Level I, and Gold Medal Squared certified.
Coach Greco is an 8th Grade Special Education Math Teacher.
“Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
Head Coach - 15 Blue
Coach Larry Auth has 14 years of experience coaching travel volleyball at various clubs, including 4 years at LIVBC, and is Impact certified by USA Volleyball. He is currently the Girls Varsity coach at Bellport HS, a position he has held for the past 24 years, after coaching at the JV level for 14 years. During his 24 years at the Varsity level, Bellport has won 14 League Championships and 1 County Championship, and Coach Auth has been named League Coach of the Year 9 times and County Coach of the Year once.
Coach Auth is retired from Bellport HS, where he taught for 30 years.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” - Vincent T. Lombardi
Head Coach - 15 Gold
Coach Kevin Parker returns for his second year at LIVBC, following a successful season leading one of our 14s teams to a 2nd place finish at GEVA Regionals in 2019. Prior to joining us he spent 2 years as the Varsity Girls coach at Comsewogue HS and 1 year as the JV Girls coach at Rocky Point HS, along with 3 years of coaching middle school girls.
Coach Parker played 4 years of Varsity volleyball at Hicksville HS and 2 years on the Club team at the University of Buffalo (UB). He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Secondary English Education at UB and is currently an English teacher at Great Neck North MS.
His coaching philosophy comes from this quote by the great Brazilian soccer player Pele, “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Head Coach - 15 White
Coach Thomas Luft is entering his 4th year at LIVBC, with experience at both the 14s and 15s level. He is SafeSport certified and a Certified Personal Trainer.
Coach Tom played Varsity volleyball at Northport HS.
“It's 90% mental. The other half is physical.” - Yogi Berra
Head Coach - 15 Black
Coach Jessica Monteserrato is returning for her 3rd year of coaching at LIVBC and has experience at both the 14s and 15s level. Her playing career includes 4 years at Mepham HS, 3 years of club volleyball and 4 years at the Division II level for St Joseph’s College in Patchogue.
Coach Jess graduated from St. Joseph’s with a double major in Elementary Education and Speech. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at St. John’s University in Hauppauge.
Jess once cracked her front tooth doing a burpee during volleyball practice in college.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” - Michael Jordan
Head Coach - 15 Pink
Assistant Coach - 16 Blue
Coach Kimberly Waldvogel returns for her 3rd year at LIVBC. She is currently the Head Coach of the Girls Varsity team at Islip HS and also has experience coaching at the Boys Varsity and Girls JV level.
She played club volleyball for both LIVBC and Academy, and was a 3-year Varsity starter at Libero/DS for Smithtown West HS where she won several awards, including Honorable Mention Rookie of the Year, All League, All Conference and All Tournament, and the Maura Stouter Award.
Coach Kim graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Concentration in Adaptive Physical Education.
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” - John Wooden
Head Coach - 14 Blue
Coach Rich Zdrojeski is a long-time LIVBC coach who started with the Boys program in 2001. After 8 years as a Head Coach for the Boys, he switched to the Girls program in 2009 and has been a Head Coach with us ever since. In 2016 he added the Boys back in and now coaches both. He has also been a coach in our youth program, the Junior Diggers, since 2013.
Coach Rich played volleyball at North Eastern University and holds several coaching certifications, including CAP I, Gold Medal Squared and AOC. In 2019, he was honored as the Boys ACVA/GEVA Coach of the Year.
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”
- Mark Twain
Head Coach - 14 Gold
Coach Courtney Silberer is a recent graduate of SUNY Cortland and is entering her second year of coaching for LIVBC. She has 11 years of playing experience, including 3 years at LIVBC. She played varsity volleyball at Centereach HS for 3 years and played all 4 years at Cortland, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. While at Cortland, she coached at their summer camp for 5 years.
Coach Courtney has a fraternal twin, who she has played volleyball with at all levels – High School, LIVBC and even at Cortland.
Head Coach - 13 Blue
Assistant Coach - 14 Gold
Coach Dani Nizich has served as assistant coach for the Girls Varsity team at Smithtown East HS and is entering her 4th year as a coach at LIVBC, working mostly with the younger age groups. She is also a former player for LIVBC.
Coach Dani played 3 years of Division I volleyball at Stony Brook University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Prior to her career at Stony Brook, she played 5 years of varsity volleyball at Smithtown East, where she earned various accolades and awards.
Coach Dani has a twin sister who played Division II Field Hockey at Adelphi University.
Assistant Coach - 17 Gold
Coach Karen Barrera joins the LIVBC coaching staff for the 2019-20 season. She has played volleyball for the past 7 years and is currently in her second season on the women’s team at Suffolk Community College, where she plays both Setter and Libero.
Coach Karen gained experience coaching girls in grades 4-12 at the Bellport HS summer volleyball camps.
“You are your only limit.”
Assistant Coach - 16 Gold
Coach Tiffany Willms has been coaching at LIVBC for the past 3 years, at various levels. Prior to coaching she was a long-time volleyball player, including all 4 years at Centereach HS, 3 years of Club with LIVBC and 4 years at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY.
Coach Tiffany lived in Australia for 6 months.
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back… play for her.” - Mia Hamm
Assistant Coach - 16 Black
Coach Kayla Martin joins the LIVBC coaching staff for the 2019-20 season. She played 3 years of Varsity volleyball at Patchogue Medford HS and played club volleyball for Academy, Fury, United and LIVBC. She has experience coaching at various clinics and camps at Patchogue Medford.
Coach Kayla currently plays for the Women’s volleyball team at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue where she is a freshman majoring in Nursing.
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.”
Assistant Coach - 16 Red
Coach Tahne Schlesinger joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2019-20 season. She has 4 years of experience coaching Boys at the middle school level, 2 years coaching Girls club volleyball, and is currently the Assistant Coach for the Women’s Volleyball team at Suffolk Community College.
Coach Tahne started playing volleyball in 4th grade and continued through Hauppauge HS and 2 years at Suffolk Community College, as well as 4 seasons of club at LIVBC and Rival Volleyball Club. During her second year at Suffolk, she was team captain and was named 2nd Team All-Region. After Suffolk, she continued her studies at Western Suffolk BOCES and graduated as a Certified Diagnostic Medical Sonographer. She is currently an ultrasound technician in an OB/Gyn office.
“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming.”
Assistant Coach - 15 Blue
Coach Shelby Genung is entering her second year of coaching with LIVBC after assisting both a 14s and 17s team during the 2018-19 season. She played 3 years of Club volleyball during her high school years and 4 years at the Division I level at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Coach Shelby is currently a graduate student majoring in Occupational Therapy at Stony Brook University.
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.” - Dr. Suess
Assistant Coach - 15 Gold
Coach Katherine DeLanty started with LIVBC during the 2018-19 season, filling two positions as Assistant Coach for the 17 Blue team and Head Coach for 13 Gold. She also has experience coaching at the Stonehill College Summer Volleyball Camp for 4 years.
She played Varsity volleyball for Smithtown West HS, played with LIVBC for 6 years, and competed at the Division II level for Stonehill College for 4 seasons.
Coach Kat is currently a graduate student majoring in Occupational Therapy at Stony Brook University.
Assistant Coach - 15 White
Coach Celeste Santiago joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2019-20 season after playing volleyball throughout high school and for LIVBC since she was 13.
Coach Celeste is a student at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue studying Education. She hopes to combine her future teaching career with coaching volleyball at the middle school or high school level.
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”
Assistant Coach - 15 Black
Coach Kymberly Rambazis joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2020 season. She started playing volleyball in 7th grade and continued through 3 years at the Varsity level at North Babylon HS and 2 seasons of Division II volleyball at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue.
Coach Kymberly is currently a senior at St. Joseph’s where she is majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Speech.
After graduating from college, Coach Kym’s goal is to teach on military bases around the world.
“When it’s all said and done, I want to be able to say I got the most out of my potential. I don’t want to look back, however many years from now, and say, ‘I wonder if I would have worked a little harder, I wonder if I would have done this or done that, how things would have turned out.’ I want to be able to say I did everything I could do.” - David Wright
Assistant Coach - 15 Red
Coach Katarina Norte returns to LIVBC for her 4th season, with experience as both a head and assistant coach - including a Silver medal finish at Regionals as Head Coach of the 15 Red team last year. She is both IMPACT and SafeSport certified, and her coaching philosophy is “We will treat each other with respect; and always give it 110% at practice.”
Coach Katarina has 7 years of playing experience, including 2 years as a setter at the Junior College level. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and currently works as a Registered Nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the courage to face it.”
Assistant Coach - 15 Pink
Coach Katy Teets joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2019-20 season. She played 4 years of Varsity volleyball at Half Hollow Hills West HS and competed for 4 years at the Division II level at Saint Anselm College, where she graduated in 2018.
Coach Katy was once featured on ESPN’s SportCenter Top 10 Plays of the Day for a kick-kill she recorded during the NCAA playoffs.
Assistant Coach - 14 Blue
Coach Laina Rivers joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2019-20 season with 6 years of experience playing for the club and assisting with our youth clinics. She also played for 4 years at Smithtown West HS.
She is currently a sophomore at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, studying Adolescent English Education.
Coach Laina’s guilty pleasure is mac and cheese.
Assistant Coach - 14 Gold
Coach Timothy Kraics joins the Girls coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2020 season, after a year on the Boys staff – where he also coaches this season. He was a 4-year starter on the Varsity volleyball team at Ward Melville HS, where he earned All-County honors as both a libero and a setter and was a 3-time recipient of his league’s top libero award. He was also a member of the Bronze medal-winning Scholastic team at the 2003 Empire State Games.
Coach Tim went on to play 4 years of Division I varsity volleyball at the University of Southern California, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He currently works in real estate finance and is both Impact and Safe Sport certified.
Coach Tim’s father played baseball at Colgate University and he has one sister who ran track at Gettysburg College and another who played lacrosse at Columbia University.
“Our stated goal was to do things better than they have ever been done in the history of the world.”
- Pete Carroll
Coach Abigail Hickey is returning to LIVBC for her 2nd year of coaching after a season with the 13 Blue team in 2018-19. She also coached at summer camps for 4 years while attending Stony Brook University.
Coach Abby played Varsity volleyball for DeKalb HS in the Chicago area and played club for Kane County Juniors and Club Fusion during her high school years. She played 4 years of volleyball at the Division I level for Stony Brook University, including a Conference Championship during her senior year. She graduated from Stony Brook with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science.
“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” - Yogi Berra
Coach Elora Sherman joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2020 season. She played volleyball throughout middle school and high school, as well as 6 years of club volleyball, including 4 with LIVBC. She went on to play one season at the Division III level at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Coach Elora attended one semester at Plattsburgh before joining the US Navy and is now a part-time student at SUNY Farmingdale. She has experience coaching at the middle school summer volleyball camp at her alma mater, Harborfields HS.
Coach Elora is an Electricians Mate in the Navy Reserves.
“Mens sana in corpore sano.”
Coach Alicia Feeney joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2020 season. She played volleyball from 8th grade through high school and graduated from Centereach HS. She also played soccer and softball growing up and still plays both beach and indoor volleyball. She has 4 years of experience coaching youth soccer.
Coach Alicia has an Associate’s degree from Suffolk Community College and a Diploma for Office Administration from Hunter Business School. She is currently a medical biller for a multi-specialty practice.
Coach Alicia played high school volleyball for fellow LIVBC coach Mike Weaver and alongside LIVBC coach Courtney Silberer.
“Never a failure, always a lesson.”
Alexandra (Alex) Garcia
Coach Alex Garcia joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2020 season. She played volleyball throughout middle school and high school and was the Varsity captain during her junior and senior seasons at Centereach HS. She played 5 years of club volleyball, including 4 with LIVBC.
Coach Alex graduated from Stony Brook University in 2018 with a BS degree in Health Science and a BA degree in Sociology. She has 5 years of experience coaching at middle school volleyball clinics at Centereach HS and assisting with middle school tryouts.
Coach Ellen Hoffman joins the coaching staff at LIVBC for the 2020 season. She is the Head Coach of both the Middle School and JV Girls volleyball teams and the Assistant Coach of the Varsity volleyball team at Bellport High School, where she is also an English teacher.
Coach Ellen has coached club volleyball at both United and Long Island Fury before taking a brief break from travel. She is excited to resume her club coaching career at LIVBC.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” - Dr. Seuss