Our Coaches

Our Directors

 

Mark Fishman started this club with the mission to promote and foster the sport of boys volleyball in Connecticut. His service and commitment to the club and the sport over the past 8 years is unmatched. In 2017 he passed the club on to a new crop of coaches that look to continue and further his mission. We wish Mark the best of luck on his new volleyball adventure Beach Nation - the preeminent beach volleyball playing and coaching program in the country.



Chris Lovelett    Co-Director and Coach 17s / 18's

Chris has been coaching for MEVBC since 2014 coaching both the 17-1 and 18-1 age groups.  He’s is part of the new ownership group along with Garret Covino Christy Girard and Zach Hansen and serves as the director of the 17’s & 18’s age group.

Chris and Mark coached the then 17-1’s to a Regional championship in 2016.  This past summer, Chris was the assistant coach to Ryan Woodcock and the 18’s team that won the national championship.  He was the head coach of the 17’s team that placed 10th.  

Chris has been the head coach of the Joel Barlow boys volleyball program since 2012 where they have been to 2 state championships and have won 2 division championships.  

He also teaches Physical Education and coaches youth soccer in Fairfield and is the assistant coach for the Fairfield Warde Boys Soccer team.


Christy Girard  Co-Director and Coach 

cfgirard@gmail.com

Christy is also the director to our sister club, Greenwich Volleyball Club.  She is the head volleyball coach at Greenwich Academy since 2001 and leads their girls middle school and high school volleyball program.  In the almost 20 years of coaching at GA, she has led the team to numerous FAA championships and won a New England prep school (NEPSVA) championship. Christy coached the GVC elite U14 girls team, which was the only U14 team from New England at nationals in 2017 and is now their club's director, technical advisor and coach.  Christy coaches court, grass and beach volleyball.  She played at the University of New Haven as an outside hitter and defensive specialist.

Zach Hansen   Co-Director and Coach 17s /18's

Zachary.hansen3@gmail.com 

Zach was a 2010 All America as a setter in his senor year at Rivier College.  Zach is a graduate of Shelton High School.  Last season Zach coached one of our 17's teams. Zach brings us enormous ability as a team leader, and as a player that still competes at the US National Championships to demonstrate the dedication, skill set and work ethic it takes to develop into a player at that next level. Zach has led the setters development program since the program started and is a founding member of the MEVBC family.

Our coaches

Ryan Woodcock Clinics and national's coach-

rclay7@hotmail.com

Ryan is a well known boys coach. He was the program Co-Director of MEVBC for 7 years as well as another Connecticut travel program for 9 years prior to starting MEVBC. Head Coach of one of the elite boys18 U teams in New England, including last years U18 team to the USAV Boys U18 National Club 1st place finish.

Ryan is well known for his expertise both as a coach as well and mentor to several generations of players from the juniors program.  Ryan has twice won New England Coach of the Year awards for his achievements in recognition of his work with high school volleyball players. Ryan has coached volleyball at the high school level since 2004 and has led teams to 2 state championships as well as 6 straight conference tournaments and 3 conference championships. Most recently he is the Head Coach for one of the newest programs on the state taking on the challenge of starting a program from the ground level. He also spent 3 years at Quinnipiac University as the assistant and head coach of the Division 1 program. He was acknowledged as the youngest Division 1 head coach in the country to make the conference tournament. He spent 3 years as an assistant on the Sacred Heart women’s volleyball team and was the Associate Head Men's Coach as well. Sacred Heart is the only Division 1 program in Connecticut for Men's Volleyball. Most recently he was named Head Coach for the Northeast Force Men’s Open team (which consists of all international competing players) that competed and finished top 4 at the Open National Championships on Dallas, TX. Currently he has spent 4 years as the Head Coach of the Men’s Club program (coaching and organizing 2 teams) at UCONN. 

Coach Jonathan Mercado-17U Coach

jonathanmercadomevbc@gmail.com

Jon is both a leader in the Connecticut volleyball community and an accomplished educator. Jon brings a tremendous amount of youth coaching experience to Mizuno East Volleyball Club, having led several boys and girls high school programs to successful seasons. He has also coached at CP-AC Volleyball Club and Greenwich Volleyball Club.

Originally from New York City, Jon played club volleyball for NYC Juniors, eventually earning a Division I scholarship to Sacred Heart University. During his four years at Sacred Heart, Jon helped the men’s program qualify for the EIVA Conference tournament, where they continually upset nationally ranked programs. In addition to his successful athletic career, he graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a master’s degree in Education. 

Currently an English teacher at Derby High School, Jon brings a unique perspective to Northeast Volleyball Club as an educator. He views the volleyball court as a classroom first and foremost, applying established educational principles to his coaching methods. 
 

Tim Zaprzalka 17U Coach

Tim is from Shelton CT. In high school, he won 2 state championships and three conference championships. As a club player he played in two Junior Olympic National Championships and ranked 16th. He went to East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania to study Health and Physical Education and play Volleyball. He then transfered to Central Connecticut State University where he became an assistant coach for the woman's D1 volleyball program there for 4 years. He was a club coach for CT Stars girls club team in Brookfield, highschool boys at Xavier highschool for 7 years, and now coaches for the Shelton High School boys team. He is also now the girls head coach for Pomperaug High School. Zap still plays in outdoor tournaments annually all over the country and has never stopped being a student of the game. His deep passion for volleyball and competition has given him a great ability to work with developing athletes' skills and mindset towards learning the sport. Coach Zap has been coaching for our 17s and 18s age groups for the past few years. 

Bryan Coloma U16 coach
Bryan was the Head Coach for Masuk High School l the girls from 2014-2017. He previously has coached at Shelton High School from 2014-2017 were he helped in leading the program to it its first Southern Connecticut Conference championship since 2008. During his time there he assisted the boys to win 2 conference championships and had a boys team ranked #3 in the state where they made it to the semi finals of the state tournament. 
He has been with Mizuno for 4 years assisting at the 18’s and 17’s level. Bryan co-coached the 16-1‘s team this past 2017-2018 winter season where thy went on to win the 2018 NERVA Regional Championships. He has also helped at the Boys Junior National Championships, assisting for the 18’s and 17’s levels, as well as Co-coaching the 16’s group. 
Bryan is a highly motivated coach whose philosophy is to make the players have a growth mentality, helping them get better and learn every practice.