JJVA Annual College Coaches Training Camp


Each year our staff organizes a three day event dedicated to the advancement of the development for all prospective student athletes in our community. The goal of this camp is to provide athletes with the access to learn about what training is like at the NCAA level. Each year we invite NCAA DI and DII coaches from around the state of Florida and the United States to run a training session similar to those that their NCAA athletes experience on a daily basis.


Camp Details

DATES & TIMES

JUNE 10, 2022: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM & 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

JUNE 11, 2022: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

JUNE 12, 2022: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

FORMAT

Open to All 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, 2026 Graduating Class Athletes

NCAA DI & DII COACHES FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL JOIN OUR STAFF IN SEVEN, TWO HOUR TRAINING SESSIONS DESIGNED TO EXPOSE ATHLETES TO DIFFERENT TRAINING METHODS USED BY SOME OF THE TOP COLLEGE PROGRAMS AND COACHES.COACHES WILL ALSO PROVIDE INSIGHT INTO THE RECRUITING PROCESS SPECIFIC TO THEIR SCHOOL AND NCAA DIVISION LEVEL, AS WELL AS PROVIDE DETAIL INFORMATION REGARDING THEIR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITIES ACADEMIC MAJORS.

COST

$325

Includes all training sessions across all three dates, as well as camp T-Shirt.

  • Athletes who register for this camp on Friday June 10, 2022 or walk in to register may not receive a T-Shirt.

Registration

Participation Waiver


2022 Attending Schools & Coaches

Skylar Lopas

Flagler College – Head Coach (NCAA DII)

Skylar Lopas was hired as the new Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Gators in July of 2019. Lopas comes to Florida after three years at the University of North Florida, where he served as both assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

During the 2021 campaign, Lopas helped lead the Gators to their 28th Regional Semifinal after grabbing the No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It was Florida’s 31st consecutive NCAA Tournament, the third-longest active streak in the nation. In his third season with the team, the Gators finished the year 22-9, with a 14-4 record in the SEC. Lopas tutored three All-Americans, including Second Team honoree Marlie Monserez, along with six SEC selections. Florida finished the 2021 season ranked in the Top-10 in both assists per set (7th | 13.22) and hitting percentage (8th | .290), while sitting in the Top-20 in both kills per set (14th | 14.08) and blocks per set (19th | 2.63).  

In his first season with the Gators, he worked primarily with the middle blockers. During the 2019 season, Florida advanced to the program’s 26th Regional Semifinal, going 27-5 overall. With a league record of 16-2, Florida clinched its 24th SEC Championship – the third-best total in the entire conference among all sports since volleyball’s inception into the SEC in 1979. The Gators ranked first in the conference and eighth in the nation in hitting percentage (.287), led by Kramer, who’s .410 clip put her first in the league and eighth in the conference overall. Defensively, Florida ranked first in the conference in blocks per set with 2.49. The squad sat second in the conference in opponent hitting percentage, limiting teams to a .183 clip. In total, two Gators – Thayer Hall and Rachael Kramer – earned AVCA All-America honors, while Hall, Kramer and Paige Hammons were named to the All-SEC Team.  
 
While with the Ospreys, Lopas mainly worked with the middle blockers. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the team led the ASUN in total blocks. In the 2017 season, UNF had a pair of middle blockers finish in the top 10 in the ASUN in blocks per set as Alana Shoff finished in third and Taryn Griffey finished in 10th. 
During the 2016 season, UNF had another pair of middle blockers finish in the top 10 in blocks per set in the league as Morgan Van Alstine led the league and Erin Edwards finished in fifth.

Chuck Waddington

Angelo State University – Head Coach (NCAA DII)

Chuck Waddington and the Angelo State Belles have put the volleyball nation on notice. 

Waddington, who will begin his 14th season as head coach in 2021, has guided the Belles to nine straight NCAA South Central Regional Tournaments and a historic run to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2016. In that time, the Belles have won three regular season LSC Titles and four LSC Tournament Championships.  He’s been named the LSC’s Coach of the Year four times and has helped 17 players earn AVCA All- American status. He also guided Meghan Parker to the program’s very first AVCA National Freshman of the Year award.  

He has accumulated 319 overall wins, 174 Lone Star Conference victories, 13 straight LSC Tournament appearances and multiple All-Conference and All-Region performers.  “I think we are progressing in the direction to be a national contender every year,” said Waddington, who is ASU’s fifth head coach since the program was started in 1976. “We are a program that is approaching the level where we will be competing for national championships year in and year out. We want to start moving up the national ladder and become a consistent program that is always in the top-10 and competing for that top spot.”

In the shortened Spring 2021 season, the Belles won their division of the LSC with a 10-2 mark and eventually won the LSC Tournament with wins over Midwestern State, Texas A&M-Kingsville and UT-Tyler. They then went on to win the AVCA DII National Championship and finish the season as the top-ranked team in the country. 

Previous to his success in San Angelo, Waddington spent five years as the assistant coach at Florida Southern College where he helped guide the Moccasins to five straight NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances and a top 5 national ranking. ASU reached its first NCAA Tournament with Waddington at the helm in 2011 – an accomplishment that the program had not experienced in 19 seasons. The Belles beat St. Edward’s at the South Central Regional (in Warrensburg, Miss.) for its first national tournament win in 20 seasons and have advanced to the LSC tournament every year since his arrival in San Angelo.

Trevor Johnson

Liberty University – Head Coach (NCAA DI)

Trevor Johnson was named the eighth head coach in Liberty volleyball history on Dec. 18, 2017.

Johnson guided Liberty to win improvements in each of his first two seasons at the helm. In 2019, the Lady Flames posted a 21-12 record, including 11-5 in ASUN play. Liberty made its first postseason appearance since 2012, competing in the Postseason NIVC, where the Lady Flames earned two wins and qualified for the quarterfinals. The 2019 Lady Flames also posted victories over 2018 NCAA Tournament teams Northern Arizona and FGCU. Liberty was the only NCAA Division I team in 2019 to have three 100-block players, a 1,000-assist player, a 450-kill player and a 550-dig player.

Following the 2019 season, Johnson was named to the VolleyballMag.com Under 40 Coaching Hotshots list.

In addition, the Liberty volleyball team has excelled academically under Johnson’s guidance. The Lady Flames posted a 3.70 team GPA in 2018-19, the highest GPA of any team on campus. Additionally, redshirt junior Amelia Johnson was named the 2019 ASUN Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Volleyball Team®.

He led the Lady Flames to a successful first season in the ASUN in 2018, as Liberty finished 10-6 in conference play and 15-17 overall. Liberty became the first volleyball team since ETSU in 2005 to make the ASUN Tournament in its first year in the conference. The Lady Flames posted a six-match home winning streak toward the end of the season, finishing 7-3 at the Vines Center.

Liberty opened the 2018 home schedule with a 3-0 sweep of Virginia on Sept. 11, the team’s first sweep of the Cavaliers since 1979. When the Lady Flames swept Stetson on Nov. 8 in DeLand, Fla., it was the 100th career head coaching victory in Johnson’s career. He has posted a 122-43 career record combined between his time at Concordia (Calif.) and Liberty.

An accomplished player turned coach, Johnson came to Liberty having the distinction of being the only athlete in the history of the NAIA to win a national championship as a player, assistant coach and head coach. Johnson brought a unique blend of coaching experience to Liberty Mountain, having led a program to the 2013 NAIA national championship and earning NAIA AVCA National Coach of the Year honors.

Johnson spent two seasons (2016, 2017) as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M. The Aggies landed the No. 18 ranked recruiting class in the country in 2017, as listed by PrepVolleyball.com.

During Johnson’s first year in College Station, Texas A&M posted a 21-9 record and earned an at-large bid to the first round of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship.

Todd Hay

Anderson University – Head Coach (NCAA DII)

Todd Hay was named head volleyball coach for the Black and Gold on March 21, 2017 and it did not take long for his presence to be felt.

In his first season at the helm of the program, Hay led the Trojans to their first-ever South Atlantic Conference Regular-Season Championship, while guiding AU to a program-best 28 victories and a school-record 22-match win streak along the way.

Entering the 2020 campaign – and prior to the COVID-shortened 2021 spring season, the Trojans had averaged 26 victories over the prior three seasons and posted the most successful three-year span in school history after posting a 22-8 overall mark, including a 17-5 South Atlantic Conference record in 2019.

Hay, who was named SAC Coach of the Year following the spring, 2021 campaign for the second time during his four-year tenure at the helm of the program,  guided the Trojans through the pandemic challenges of the 2021 spring season, with AU notching a 9-3 overall record and finishing second in the SAC standings. The Trojans also advanced to the finals of the SAC tournament for the third time since joining the league in 2010. Maya Learmonth, Madison Roy, Regan Duty and Tabitha Wheeler all earned all-conference honors, with Wheeler also capturing Freshman of the Year accolades. Roy was also named the Sports Import D-II National Player of the Week in mid-March, with Lindsay McCurley and Meghan DeVaux garnering CoSIDA Academic All-Distict honors, as well.   

For his efforts in guiding the Trojans to their fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2017, Hay was named South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. Under his tutelage, setter Emily Conlin earned All-Conference, All-Region and All-America honors. Additionally, Rachel Burts and Marissa Mitter earned All-SAC and All-Region accolades, while Serena Jackson garnered All-Conference honors.

As an at-large selection to the 2017 NCAA Southeast Regional, the Trojans shut out Queens in the opening round for their second NCAA Tournament victory in program history, then nearly rallied from a two-set deficit before succumbing to top-seeded and host Flagler in their bid to reach the regional finals for the first time in school history.

If his inaugural campaign with the Trojans wasn’t impressive enough, Hay followed up with an equally impressive 2018 season by again guiding AU to the NCAA Southeast Region Tournament – its second straight appearance and fifth overall, despite losing one of the league’s leading outside hitters to an injury midway through the season.

Hay’s Trojans equaled the program’s most wins in a single season in program history and saw a then-unparalleled five players earn All-South Atlantic Conference honors at the conclusion of the regular season, while advancing to the regional semifinals to the second consecutive year and falling just shy of reaching the NCAA’s Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

Efrain Negron

Georgia Southern University – Assistant Coach (NCAA DI)

Efrain Negron is in his third season at Georgia Southern after spending the two previous campaigns at Clemson.

He served as the defensive coordinator and helped the Tigers engineer a 12-win improvement from 2017 to 2018. Clemson won eight of its last 11 matches to post a 19-15 record last season, its most wins since 2012.  In 2017, Negron mentored freshman libero Madi Howell, who tallied 373 digs, the second most by a freshman in school history.

Negron served as a volunteer assistant coach on the 2015 Appalachian State staff with Willis and helped the Mountaineers to a 22-8 record (13-3 Sun Belt) and a runner-up finish at the Sun Belt Championship tournament in Hanner Fieldhouse. Negron trained the Appalachian State liberos and defensive specialists, and was responsible for team defense and serve receive. The Mountaineers led the conference in digs per set that season, with a 16.58 average.

Following his time at Appalachian, Negron assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, practice planning and game preparation, at Bowling Green in 2016. He was responsible for the individual development and training of the team’s liberos and defensive specialists, as well as team defense and serve receive. The Falcons led the MAC in digs per set in 2016, with a 17.67 average, which ranked ninth in the nation. He coached Madeline Garda, the national leader in digs per set (6.66) to MAC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-conference honors.

Negron was a four-year starter at libero for Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., from 2010-13, where he was a three-time All-Conference Carolinas selection. He set the Lees-McRae school record in digs, digs per set and reception percentage and sits in the top-5 statistically in the NCAA for career digs. He represented USA Men’s Volleyball as a libero at the Asian Pacific Volleyball Cup in Japan during the summer of 2012. Negron graduated from Lees-McRae with a degree in Sports Science in May of 2014.

Bentley Odom

University of West Florida – Assistant Coach (NCAA DII)

Bentley Odom joins the West Florida Volleyball coaching staff in the Fall of 2021 after having a very decorated collegiate volleyball career.

The native of Mobile, Ala. started her career here at Troy University before transferring to Pensacola State College and ultimately wrapping up her final two seasons at Spring Hill College in Mobile. 

While with the Pirates at Pensacola State, Odom was a All-Conference 2nd Team selection within the Panhandle Conference and was a member of the NJCCA All-Academic 1st Team. This success followed Odom to Spring Hill where she was named a member of the SIAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team both seasons with the Badgers as well as a 1st Team All-SIAC selection her senior season. 

Jordan Armstrong

Jacksonville University – Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (NCAA DI)

Joining the Dolphins after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Akron, Armstrong helped facilitate a turnaround of the Zips’ program, from an 8-20 record in 2016 to a 17-12 record in 2019 and the team’s first Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament appearance in seven years.
 
While he primarily worked with the development of setters, middle blockers, opposites, and the team’s offensive and blocking systems, Armstrong also recruited players on a national level, worked closely alongside the compliance and academic services departments, served as the technical coordinator for video and scouting reports, and served as director of the Zips’ girls volleyball camps and clinics.
 
With Armstrong on staff, Akron saw success with several Zips earning postseason honors. Among those accolades were 2019 MAC First Team Selection (Emily Weigand) and 2019 All-MAC Honorable Mention (Alexis Adleta), as well as 2016 MAC All-Freshman Team (Elya Karsner). Off the court, the Zips earned 26 Academic All-MAC selections, as well as Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team selections in 2016 and 2017, as well as the AVCA Team Academic Top 25 for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

For the past three summers, Armstrong has also served as an assistant coach for the USA Volleyball High Performance Program, working with the Boy’s Future Select (2017), Girls Select National Skills (2018), and the Boys Select A2 (2019) programs. Additionally, he has served as the head coach of the Ohio Valley Region High Performance Girls Select Team, which competed at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Under his tutelage, Armstrong’s teams improved from a 10th-place finish in the National Select Division in 2018 to first place in 2019.
 
Prior to his time at Akron, Armstrong served a pair of stints as the volunteer assistant coach at both his alma mater, Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne (IPFW), and at the University of Kentucky. At both stops, Armstrong assisted with the development and training of setters, middle blockers, opposites, team blocking, and served as the technical coordinator for video exchange and scouting reports.

Bri McCombs

Jacksonville University – Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (NCAA DI)

Prior to arriving in Jacksonville, McCombs spent the 2020-21 season as a volunteer assistant with the Ohio Bobcats. 
McCombs also brings a wealth of coaching experience at the club level to JU, having spent time at the helm of Lexington United VBC’s 15 and 16 open teams, and as an assistant with Nashville-based Alliance VBC. She has also spent time as a camp coach at the University of Kentucky, where she led defensive skill development.

McCombs is no stranger to the ASUN Conference, having played part of her collegiate career at Lipscomb University. With the Bisons, she was an All-ASUN First Team selection in 2013 and was named Defensive Player of the Year, finishing the season with 469 digs and leading the ASUN in digs in conference play with 300. A service specialist, she also ranked in the top 10 in the conference that season with 28 service aces. In 2014, McCombs posted 505 digs and was one of four players in the league that season to reach that mark. She once again ranked near the top of the ASUN with 28 service aces while dishing out 38 assists. During her two seasons with Lipscomb, McCombs was named Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions and helped lead the Bisons to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014. In the 2014 ASUN Volleyball Championships, McCombs set a new Bisons record for digs in a five-set match, recording 35 opposite the Northern Kentucky Norse.

McCombs began her career at Middle Tennessee State University in 2012 and played one season with the Blue Raiders. She was named to the Virginia Tech Hokie Invitational All-Tournament Team and was one of two players to play all 123 sets that season. McCombs led MTSU with 470 digs and was second on the team with 24 service aces, while compiling 72 assists, the third most on the team.