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2018-2019 Club SyrV Coaches

To see the list of 2019 coaching assignments (subject to change) please click here.

More coaches' descriptions will be added soon...

In order of the number of years syrving Club SyrV...  

Karl Caputo, Club Coordinator, Youth Program Coordinator, 14U Boys' Head Coach and 12U Head Coach
  • Club SyrV co-founder
  • Tenth year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Westhill modified volleyball head coach (2013-present)
  • Coached girls' varsity volleyball team at Westhill High School (2009-2011)
  • Coached at the following summer camps: SUNY Cortland, Central Square, Rome,GA, CNY High Perfomance, Club SyrV, and Town of Clay (CNS and Liverpool), Westhill, Club SyrV
  • Coached modified and JV boys volleyball at Central Square
  • Assistant coached at SUNY Cortland
  • Played at Central Square High School and SUNY Cortland
  • Started on open men's Empire State Games Central team at three different positions (middle, right side, outside) over a ten year period

Kathy Patton Gedney, Club Director, Coaching Coordinator and 18U Boys' Head Coach 

  • Club SyrV Director and Co-founder
  • Tenth year coaching with Club SyrV
  • AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Coach
  • Club SyrV Sand Founder and Director
  • Liverpool girls' varsity head volleyball coach (2009-2012) *2009 Section 3 Coach of the Year
  • Setter for Pro Volleyball Team Phoenix Sting, Phoenix, AZ
  • Head coached varsity boys' volleyball team at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, AZ  *2000 Coach of the Year
  • Head coached 18-1 boys' volleyball team for Absolute Volleyball Club in Arizona  *finished 2nd at Nationals
  • Assistant coach at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
  • Played on WPVA beach volleyball tour
  • Played Division I volleyball at Syracuse University
  • One of only eight setters to ever record 1,000 assists at Syracuse

Matt Coleman, 16U-1 Girls' Head Coach

  • Eighth year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Volunteer JV and Varsity Assistant Coach at Cicero - North Syracuse (2015)
  • Head coach for JV girls' volleyball at Jamesville-DeWitt (2013-2014)
  • While a member of the Medaille College volleyball team, played in the Division III Final Four twice and the Division III championship once
  • Started as a middle on Empire State Games Central Region Team at the open level
  • Played at Jamesville Dewitt High School


Cheri Olson, 17U Girls' Head Coach

  • Seventh year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Cortland girls' varsity head coach (2009-present)
  • Coached modified girls volleyball at Cortland
  • Coached JV boys volleyball at Central Square
  • Played four years of Division I volleyball at Rutgers University
  • In the top ten of all time at Rutgers for hitting percentage and blocking
  • Started on Empire State Games open division team for over ten seasons


Liz Geist-Lobczowski, 14U Girls or 12U Coach 

  • Seventh year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Varsity coach at Solvay High School (2009-present)
  • 2013 CNY Small Schools Volleyball Coach of the Year
  • Coached modified volleyball at Solvay
  • Played 4 seasons at SUNY Fredonia
  • All time block leader at Fredonia and top 5 in kills (1226) and attack percentage (.312)




Eric Wojtalewski, 13U Blue Head Coach and 12U Coach

  • Fifth year coaching for Club SyrV
  • JV Coach at Solvay
  • Coached modified and varsity volleyball at Solvay
  • Camp Director for Salt City Volleyball Camp


Jason Olson, 12U Coach

  • Fourth year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Started on multiple Empire State Games teams at the 'open' level
  • Played for Genesee Community College
  • Played at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill


Jessica Frost, 14U Orange Co-Coach and 12U Coach

  • Fourth year coaching for Club SyrV (and she is totally psyched!)
  • 3 time 1st team All-American at SUNY Cortland
  • Varsity coach at Fulton (2016-present)
  • Coached modified and JV at Fulton
  • Senior female athlete of the year at SUNY Cortland (1999)
  • Played on the Empire State Games team at least three times and was able to play with her two sisters who both played at University of New Hampshire



Dori Hathway, 14U Orange Girls' Co-Coach

  • Fourth year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Developed the Little Spikers Program for grades 3-6 (1998-present)
  • Teaches and coaches at Sandy Creek Central Schools (1996-present) *2018 Class C Coach of the Year
  • Coached at Jefferson Community College (1999-2002)
  • Asst Coach for Downstate VBC (1992-1996)
  • Played at SUNY Cortland (1992-1995) receiving SUNYAC All Conference and Cortland Red Letter Award (1993-1995)
  • Played in the Empire State Games Open Div (1992-1995)
  • Played Varsity VB at Pelham Memorial HS receiving All League and All Section honors (1988-1991)
  • Played for Downstate Juniors VBC (1988-1991)
  • Played in the Empire State Games (1988-1991)


Lauren Chyle, 18U Girls' Head Coach and 15U-1 Girls' Head Coach
  • Fourth year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Coached Girls Volleyball at the Modified, JV, and Varsity levels at Auburn High School (2012-2015)
  • Over ten years of experience working with camps, clubs and high school volleyball teams in NY and Pennsylvania, including Central Square, Oswego and Auburn, NY and State College, PA.
  • Played at Division II Womens' Volleyball at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Played Club Volleyball at Syracuse University as a graduate student.
  • Graduate of State College Area High School, PA and played club as a junior with NEVC and Lions' Pride.

Hamza Elkirami, 18U Boys assistant coach
  • Third year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Played varsity volleyball at Fayetteville Manlius
  • Started a men's volleyball club at Onondaga Community College
  • Has coached volleyball camps/clincs for Club SyrV and for the YMCA

Rachael Aird, 14U Blue Girls' Head Coach
  • Second year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Completing fourth season at Clarkson University
  • AVCA All-American (2016)
  • ECAC Offensive Player of the Year (2016)
  • CoSIDA Academic All-District
  • Played 3 years for Club SyrV
  • Section III Class A Player of the Year (2013-14)
  • Played high school volleyball at ESM

Molly Higman, 16U-2 Girls' Head Coach
  • Second year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Modified Volleyball Head Coach at Solvay (2017-present)
  • Coached modified and assisted JV volleyball at Baldwinsville for two years
  • Coached modified and JV volleyball at Bishop Grimes for two years
  • Coached 4 years of club volleyball for CNY Blast
  • Played high school volleyball at Baldwinsville and played for CNY Blast

Kelly Fitzpatrick, 17U Girls' Assistant Coach
  • Second year coaching for Club SyrV
  • Played at Niagara University
  • Played 3 seasons for Club SyrV
  • Played at Liverpool High School

12U Assistant Coaches - Candy Hoffman (2nd year), Jeff Evans (2nd year), Laurie Evans (2nd year), Carrie Corley (2nd year), Dave Collins (2nd year), Erik Nicklaw (3rd year), Lauren Litz (1st year), Molly Gallagher (1st year), 
15U Blue Girls' Head Coach - Jon Dehay (2nd year)
13U Orange Girls' Co-Coaches - Lizzie Cheek (2nd year) and Bethany Fabian (2nd year)
15U Orange Girls' Assistant Coach - Shannon Stone (2nd year)
16U Orange Girls' Assistant Coach - Charles Honyoust (2nd year)
16U Boys Head Coach - Kyle Michael (2nd year)
18U Boys Assistant Coach - Mike Freytag (2nd year)
18U Girls Assistant Coach - Paige Recore (1st year)


Currently retired from Club SyrV (but everyone loves a good comeback story)....

(photobomb by Jim Nichols, nice!)

RJ Rathbun

  • Coached 5 years for Club SyrV
  • Played college volleyball at SUNY Cortland
  • Played 6 seasons at Central Square (including his 7th grade season under the legendary Coach Karl Caputo)

Jim Nichols

  • Coached four years for Club SyrV
  • Played 15 years on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour
  • Played college volleyball at Santa Barbara
  • Coached La Costa Canyon High School Boys Volleyball team to the National Championship


Ken Caputo

  • Coached three years for Club SyrV
  • Played 4 seasons at Central Square
  • Played 4 seasons with Salt City Spikers Volleyball Club
  • Played on the Empire State Games scholastic team


Emily Persons

  • Coached three years for Club SyrV
  • Played at Westhill High School
  • Played five seasons with Club SyrV


Jackie Harris

  • Coached two years for Club SyrV
  • Played for Club SyrV and West Genesee

Pat Hanlon
  • Coached one year for Club SyrV
  • JV Coach Fulton (2008-present)
  • Head coach Oswego State (2005-2010)
  • Assistant coach Oswego State (2001-2005)
  • Varsity coach Phoenix (2000-2005)
  • Club coach (1998-2001 and 2013-present)
  • Empire State Games coach and player for over 25 years
  • Empire State Senior games champion (2009- 2016)
  • Senior women's National Champion 2013

Matt Delong
  • Coached one year for Club SyrV
  • Four-time varsity starter and four-time state champion at Victor High School
  • Three-time all tournament team, including one MVP at New York State High School Championships
  • Played 5 years of Division 1 volleyball at King University
  • Current volunteer assistant coach at Syracuse University

Melissa Cutrie
  • Coached one year for Club SyrV
  • Owner of Titletown Fight Club & Nuthin' But Champs Camps (speed, strength and stamina training)
  • Athlete performance and player development coach for over 20 years
  • Club SyrV Sand Co-coordinator for junior program
  • Central region director and state commitees member for NYWAY (New York Wrestling Association for Youth) (2011-2016)
  • Soccer coach for AYSO, Chittenango Soccer Club and Cazenovia Rockets United Futbol Club (2006-2016)
  • Played volleyball, soccer and swam at Beaver River High School

Katie Rowell
  • Coached one year for Club SyrV
  • JV Head Coach at Lafayette (2017-present)
  • Played 4 seasons at St. Lawrence University
  • Played at Liverpool High School and played for Club SyrV

Tyler Loveless
  • Coached one year for Club SyrV
MacKenzie Cook
  • Coached four years for Club SyrV
  • Played at Clarkson University
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