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BVA Coaching Staff

Our coaching staff is made up of Division 1 and 2 College Coaches, former collegiate players, and top high school coaches committed to enhancing the game of volleyball. BVA is committed to hiring, training, and retaining the most experienced coaches in Western North Carolina. Our coaching staff is talented, dedicated, and committed to the development of our student- athletes.



Jen has coached with BVA for 23 Years; she has served as Athletic Director for 7 years and Executive Director of BVA for the past 4 seasons. Peterson brings a wealth of knowledge with 6 years of college coaching experience from UNC Asheville and Mars Hill.  A UNC Asheville standout, Peterson earned All-Conference, All -Tournament and All-Academic honors and was selected as MVP her senior season.


Rick is the former Head Coach of Limestone College’s Men and Women’s Volleyball programs.  He now works for the AVP, and will be returning to coach the BVA 18’s national team.  Banis has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience and has a true love for the game.


Tim Plaehn-coached for BVA for the past 8 seasons and is currently the varsity head coach at The Asheville School. Tim was the Assistant coach for the 1996 Green Valley High School State Championship Team and played collegiately at Northeastern University. He brings a wealth of knowledge of knowledge and experience coaching high school players.