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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.

Collegiate Coaches 

BVA is proud to have 3 collegiate coaches this season:

Frederico Santos (Head Coach UNC Asheville)                                                                                                                                                                      

Rick Banis (Former Head Mens and Womens coach at Limestone)                   

Jen Peterson (UNC Asheville Assistant)            



Frederico is the 11th season as 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. 


Jen has coached with BVA for 19 Years; she has served as Athletic Director for 5 years  & Assistant Director for the past 7 years.  Jen has served as the Executive Director of BVA for the past two season, and is entering her 5th season as Assistant Volleyball Coach at UNC Asheville.  At UNC Asheville, Peterson earned All Conference, All Tournament and All Academic honors.


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.