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#1 Volleyball Club in Collier County

Florida Gulfside Volleyball Academy

The high level of satisfaction and rapid growth of the organization is mainly due to the quality of training and continuous service provided to families from Lee & Collier County. Gulfside Volleyball currently has the coaching staff with the most extensive credentials and experience in the Area.

FGVA was established in 2013, motivated by dozens of girls from this region that already had taken private classes with FGVA’s present-day Director, Jan Class.

The continuous recognition of the quality, respect, and Coach Jan’s innovative training philosophy, as well as proven results due to quick improvement in his players, which served as the inspiration for creating Florida Gulfside Volleyball; a place where children and youths can count on quality training necessary to maximize their abilities, achieve higher levels of performance and consequently that of their teams and the categories and/or schools that they represent.

Mision & Vision

Mission

At Florida Gulfside Volleyball Academy we are dedicated to providing your athletes with the experience of professional training, where the athletic potential maximizes individually and collectively with each practice, every game, and every tournament.  We make an effort to help each player obtain optimal levels of athletic and intellectual development, promoting integrity, respect and discipline on and off the court.

Vision

To become the leading volleyball academy, producing the highest rate of high-performance athletes in the state; recognized as the most complete, innovative and efficient training program for this nation’s youth.

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Jan Class

Club Director
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Taina Class

Managing Director

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Noel Rives

Administrative Coordinator

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Valerie González

Coach

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Stephanie Martin

Coach & College Recruiting Advisor

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Tyra Turner

Coach & College Recruiting Advisor

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Benjamin Davison

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Roni Hipp

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Matt Peck

Coach and College Recruiting Advisor

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José “Tito” De León

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Alejandro Arconada

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Toni Rhodes

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Saad Rivera

Coach & Conditioning Program Specialist

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Kelsey Huntoon

Coach & Conditioning Program Specialist

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Jeff Motluck

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Gregner Gotay

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Patricia – “Patchi” – Daugherty

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Alexander Soloid

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Miguel Dapena

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Luis "Tito" Martínez

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Complete Control of Fundamental Skills:  To us, the teaching of skills and adequate fundamental techniques as in the continuous correction of these, not only is it part of our workout plan in each one of the categories, it is a training rule (coaching) for all performance levels.

Physical Conditioning:  The volleyball sport requires high levels of technique and strategic intelligence to handle different playing situations. For this reason it is very important at FGVA that each player is fit and able to carry out forceful and intense movements for long periods of time (1 or 2 hours). To Gulfside, a physical training program is not optional, but indeed a part of the regular training of a volleyball player at any level.  For this reason, we rely on the knowledge and resources necessary for the analysis and efficient delineation of exercises and routines according to age, level, and the needs of the player.

Player Intelligence: To learn, understand, and master the execution of tactics and playing strategies is a fundamental part of training not only for the trainers, but also for the players.  The development of an intelligent game plan in our athletes promotes decision-making and efficient plays on the court and consequently, better playing performance.    

Sportsmanship and Discipline:  Certainly to Gulfside, the attitude and emotional maturity of the team athlete is extremely important.  Likewise, the intellectual development as a human being that matures through discipline, respect, and the management of responsibilities is cultivated just as much at the sports level as the social level.

Commitment: A volleyball team, beyond the strategic training of talents, requires a genuine individual commitment. It is on this individual commitment where the ambition, perseverance, and disciplined training of each and every one of the players of a victorious team falls back on. Similarly, the recognition of their respective roles on the team and how these impact the results in a collective manner is significant.

“Love for the Game”: We know that once the decision has been made to train or teach a sport at the competitive level, this becomes a lifestyle.  With this in mind, the love for the sport, the love for volleyball is indispensable.  At Gulfside we seek to promote in each one of our athletes the energy and passion to do the things they love to do.  Commitment, loyalty, respect, dedication, and responsibility are only a few of the attributes of our training that we hope to pass on and develop equally in our athletes.

Family Atmosphere: We don’t just say it, we live it. As a family company, we hold our values very close and treat every player’s family as if they are our own. We know club sports aren’t just a part of the athletes life, they involve all members of the family – and we work to provide an open, comfortable and rewarding club experience.

Facilities

The practices for most of the programs at Florida Gulfside Volleyball Academy take place in the excellent sports facilities of Seacrest County Day School. Four air-conditioned (indoor) volleyball courts are made available on these premises with a seating area for spectating parents.

The Village School of Naples and BridgePrep Academy of Collier are also training locations for FGVA.

In all facilities, FGVA provides volleyball specialized training equipment that allows the innovative and efficient teaching we seek to offer to our players on each practice.