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Club Leadership

2017-2018 SEASON
Rhesa Edwards- Executive Director & Accountant

Rhesa has a background in Business Management & Marketing. She has served as BVA’s Executive Director, Accountant & Director of the Jr Hi Neighbor Volleyball Tournament for 7 years. Rhesa played collegiate volleyball at the University of Montevallo in Alabama where she earned Freshman Player of the Year and First Team All- Conference honors. Rhesa coached for 3 years at Asheville High School (2011-2013)  and has coached with BVA for 10 years.

Jen Peterson- Assistant Director & Skills Clinician

Jen has coached with BVA for 17 Years, she has served as Athletic Director for 3 years & Assistant Director for the past 7 years.   She is also the director of BVA’s Recreation League & she is the former assistant volleyball coach at Mars Hill University. Coach Jen will be the head volleyball coach at North Buncombe High School & previously coached at Asheville School (2015 Season) and North Henderson High School (2001-2006 seasons). Jen had an outstanding collegiate career at at UNC Asheville and earned All Conference, All Tournament and All Academic honors.

Amanda Simpkins- Operations Director

Amanda has coached with BVA for 8 Years. This will be her 3rd year serving as Operations Director; she also directed the BVA Sand Volleyball League and coaches for our Recreational Program. She was the Erwin High School Head Coach from 2007-2014. Amanda played collegiate volleyball at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Kristin Peppel- Administrative Manager & Jr Hi Neighbor Co-Tournament Director

Kristin has coached with BVA for 5 years. This is Kristin’s 3rd year serving as Administrative Manager & Co-Tournament Director of the Jr Hi Neighbor Volleyball Tournament. Kristin finished up her collegiate career at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL; she was the starting middle blocker for the Panthers.  She was also the assistant coach at Florida Tech in 1998.  Kristin has over 10 years of club coaching experience in Florida and West Virginia; she also has two years of experience coaching high school.

Frederico Santos- Master Coach & Setting Clinician

Frederico is the Head Volleyball Coach at UNC Asheville (2011- present).  The former Bulldog assistant came back home in June of 2011 after serving as head coach at Barry University in Miami for three seasons. Santos coached with BVA from 2001-2008 & returned to BVA in 2011.
A native of Brazil, Santos has more than 20 years of international playing and coaching experience at all levels of the sport. He spent eight seasons at UNC Asheville, including the last three as associate head coach under former head coach Julie Torbett. Santos assisted in all phases of the Bulldog program, including recruiting, on-court coaching, travel and pre-game setup.