Coach Pierre Ellis:Pierre has been around volleyball for 20+ years as both a player and a coach. Playing time consists of RVVA leagues, doubles tournaments, and USVBA. Coaching experience includes several seasons of assistant varsity coach at Salem High and Head JV coach, Roanoke Catholic Head Coach, Northside High JV Assistant Coach, and six seasons of juniors coaching. Coach Ellis has coached 15s, 16s, and 17s for NRV, and assisted with the Developmental program in the 2011-2012 season before heading the program since 2012-2013. He was the recipient of the NRV Coach of the Year Award in 2008.
Coach Samantha Wilkins: Coming soon!
Coach Curtis Fuller: Coming soon!
Coach Kristen Pilarski:Coming soon!
NRV 17 Hristov
2019 Coaching Lineup
NRV 18 Ellis: Pierre Ellis, Samantha Wilkins, Curtis Fuller, Kristen Pilarski
NRV 17 Hristov: Amanda Hristov, John Hristov, Jon Stephenson
Developmental: Basil Conner, Stephanie Conner, Emily Conner, Doug Eller
*Coaching assignments subject to change as needed. Additional teams may also be added at a later date.
Coach Basil Conner:Basil Conner has been involved with area volleyball for more than two decades. Basil has played doubles, triples, quads, and 6's for the last 25 years at RVVA and around the state. He also played USAV at various levels for 12 years. Basil served as an assistant coach at Salem HS for 12 years with Coach David Turk and at Roanoke College for two years. Basil has coached at Roanoke Valley Christian School's middle school, JV, and Varsity teams for eight years. Basil also has five years of experience coaching club teams with Roanoke Juniors, Roanoke United and NRV Volleyball Clubs.
Coach Russ Danstrom: Russ Danstrom began playing volleyball at age 17. He received his BA from University of Richmond in 1988 and his MBA from UNC in 1993. He played at Richmond Volleyball Club and RVVA in both 6's and doubles and played USVBA for 10 years as a Middle and Outside hitter. Russ has coached soccer, basketball and volleyball over the past 9 years. He has coached or assisted with U14-U18 juniors teams over years and coached at Salem High School for the past 5 seasons.
Coach Doug Eller: Coming soon!
Coach Emily Gaston:Emily grew up in Hopkinton, MA and graduated from Roanoke College with a BA in Psychology in August 2013. Her love for volleyball was sparked at a 7th grade clinic and she hasn’t been able to get enough of it since! She played all 4 years in high school as an outside hitter, right side hitter, and defensive specialist/libero. During her high school years she also assisted at clinics, teaching girls the fundamentals of the game and hoping to ignite the same passion for the sport that she developed at their age. Emily played on a Massachusetts travel club team, SMASH Volleyball, which is one of the oldest Juniors Volleyball programs in New England. She now plays volleyball several times a week in the Roanoke Valley Volleyball Association. Emily has been an assistant coach her past two seasons with NRV, and is excited to be a head coach this season. She also coaches at Roanoke Catholic High School and assists with NRV’s Developmental program.
Coach Scott Kelley: Scott is currently the head volleyball coach at William Byrd Middle School, having held that position since 2009, and has coached for NRV since 2014. He has assisted at the varsity level (William Byrd) and the collegiate level (Roanoke College), and has worked at a variety of camps over the years. He has also played sixes and doubles with the Roanoke Valley Volleyball Association since 1997. Scott lives in Vinton and teaches at William Byrd Middle School.
NRV 13 K. McCoy
Coach Amanda Hristov: Amanda has been playing volleyball for over 20 years. She was a four year varsity starter during her high school career in New York, and was named All League and All County on several occasions. She has played in the Roanoke Valley Volleyball Association for years, serving on the board for many of those years. She has also played on several USAV women’s teams. Amanda has served as an assistant varsity coach at Roanoke Catholic, an assistant coach at William Fleming, and as a head coach of several juniors' teams in the area. Amanda is currently serving as the head coach for the Salem Varsity team and is looking forward to a great season coaching with Next Revolution!
Coach John Hristov: John has been an avid volleyball player for years. He has played for many teams in the Roanoke Valley Volleyball Association and served as a board member for several years. He has also played USAV and can often be found playing doubles tournaments during the summer. John has been coaching for the last few years, including serving as an assistant coach for William Fleming Varsity as well as several Next Revolution teams. Currently, he is an assistant coach with the Salem Varsity team and is looking forward to another great club season with NRV!
Coach Jon Stephenson: Jon has been playing volleyball in the Roanoke area for over 20 years. He has enjoyed playing doubles, quads and sixes with the Roanoke Valley Volleyball Association and with USAV since 1992. This will be Jon’s 6th year coaching for NRV, and he is looking forward to another great season!
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Coach Aaron King:Aaron has played volleyball for many years; at Cave Spring High Boys Volleyball Club from '93-'95, VWCC Volleyball Team 1996, has been playing in the RVVA since 1993 and has played in USAV Adult Division of ODR. Aaron also has in-depth coaching experience. He was Assistant Coach at Lucy Addison in 1997, Head Coach at Roanoke Juniors, 14s-18s from 2000-2007, Assistant Coach at Hollins University in '03, Head JV Coach at Cave Spring High in '04, Head JV Coach and Varsity Assistant at Hidden Valley High from '05 to 2010, Head Varsity Coach at Roanoke Catholic School from 2011 to 2014 where his team won three straight VISAA Div III State Titles in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and was 3rd in 2014. Aaron has officiating experience as a VHSL volleyball official '95-2003 and at the collegiate level '00-'03. He also runs the Junior Doubles Outdoor Volleyball League in the spring each year and is a board member with the Roanoke Valley Volleyball Association. Aaron is IMPACT and CAP level certified. He has been a coach with NRV since '09 and is currently a board member for our club.
Coach Kris McCoy:Coming soon!
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NRV 15 Gaston
Coach Amanda McCoy:Amanda has been coaching volleyball for over 14 years. She served as a Junior Varsity and Varsity assistant at William Byrd, Liberty and Jefferson Forest High Schools where she learned the importance of fundamentals and basic skills for beginning players. She also served as the Varsity head coach for William Byrd High School, her alma mater, from 2008-2013 leading the Lady Terriers to three regional appearances, with many of her players receiving multiple district, regional and state honors. Amanda returned to Liberty High School from 2013-2015 restoring the program through basic skill work, teaching of dedication and discipline to the sport and emphasizing the importance of teamwork in all aspects. Currently Amanda is the head Varsity coach at Rockbridge High School where she also is a Special Education teacher. Throughout her years Amanda has attended various coaching clinics at Penn State University, served as a court coach for High Impact HP tryouts for USAV Juniors and is currently Impact certified through USA Volleyball. In 2009 she was named "Coach of the Year" for NRV. Amanda has had the privilege to help guide 12 players on to the Division III and Division II levels and serves as our club's recruiting contact for players and coaches.