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.
BVA is proud to have 4 collegiate coaches this season:
Frederico Santos (UNC-Asheville)
Tony Fontanelle (Mars Hill)
Rick Banis (Former Head Mens and Womens coach at Limestone)
Jen Peterson (UNC-Asheville Assistant)
COACHING STAFF 2019-2020 SEASON
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, iTncluding recruiting, on-court coaching, travel and pre-game setup.
Jen has coached with BVA for 17 Years; she has served as Athletic Director for 3 years & Assistant Director for the past 7 years. In addition to AD Jen is now the Executive Director. Jen is the current Assistant volleyball coach at UNC Asheville and the former assistant coach at Mars Hill University. Previous experience includes head coach at North Henderson High School from 2001-2006. She played at UNC Asheville and earned All Conference, All Tournament and All Academic honors.
Head Coach of Mars Hill University since 2004. Tony will be returning this year to coach an elite team with BVA. With over 30 years of coaching experience and national officiating experience he offers a wealth of experience and knowledge.
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 a BVA elite team. Banis has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience and has a true love for the game.
Cory is the current head coach at North Buncombe High School. He is the former assistant varsity coach & JV coach at Carolina Day School from 2010-2016. Cory played high school volleyball at Barrington & collegiate volleyball at Wheaton College. He is a certified CAP I coach and is returning for his 4th year with BVA.
2019-2020 Coaching Assignments