Congratulations to Jason Parker!
Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club / Bryant and Stratton College
Director and Head Coach, Club (Boys) / Assistant Women's Coach
Jason has been a huge part of TVA and Coastal VA for years.
Please join us in congratulating him on his most recent achievement: 2020 AVCA Thirty Under 30 WINNER!
Now, if you do not know Jason, let's Get to know him a bit more!
Position: Boys Club Director/Head Coach
Mentor: Steve Blevins
How long have you been at your school/club? 7 years School’s/Club’s record and finish in 2019/20: 28-5 (Season Cut short due to virus) School’s/Club’s record and finish in 2018/19 (even if you were not there): 51-19 List Your Career Accomplishments to Date: 2020 Boys North East Qualifier Champions (17 OPEN Bid Tournament) 2018 Florida Fest Qualifier Tournament Champions (18 Open Bid Tournament) 2018 Boys East Coast Qualifier Tournament Champions (18 Open Bid Tournament) Has Sent/Coached 3 Players to the Boys Youth National Team (2017-2020) Currently taken over as Boys Club Director for Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club which is recognized as a top contender on the East Coast for Boys Volleyball yearly. Develops December Boys Camp Filled with D1 Coaches and former/Current National Team Players. 2015 & 2016 Virginia High Boys Conference 2 Coach of the Year. Other places you have coached: 2014-2017 Western Branch High School Volleyball Boys Head Coach 2014-2016 Coastal Virginia Volleyball Boys Coach 2016-2017 Coastal Virginia Volleyball Girls Coach 2017-Present Coastal Virginia Volleyball Boys Coach 2019-Present Coastal Virginia Volleyball Coastal Virginia Volleyball Boys Director 2018-2019- Hampton University Volleyball D1 Volunteer Assistant Coach 2019-Present Bryant and Stratton Volleyball NJCAA Assistant Coach Education: Ferrum College (2013)
What made you decide to get into coaching volleyball? I decided to coach volleyball after competing as an NCAA baseball Player. I came home and wanted to tackle a different sport and having some experience with playing in high school volleyball, spoke to my previous coach and asked to volunteer. After my first week I feel into the mix and never wanted to leave the gym. There were so many things to learn and details to look at. Not only was the game different from baseball it evolves and there was so much detail to help change the outcome during a practice to elevate your team in a game. Volleyball for me was a way to compete in a sport as coach without having any previous repetition because nobody knew who I was at this time. It helped bring back the competitive nature I had a young age and to help young athletes strive in a sport that I clearly have gained passion for.
What are your career goals in the sport?
My goals in volleyball are pretty simple. I want to promote the game of volleyball in a healthy way to encourage players to play this game lifelong. I want them to understand it is not all about going to play at the top schools but this is a sport that you can play on different surfaces, different levels, and clearly in different states/countries. If we can get some Wins on the way to that then it makes it that much more fun!!
"It's Hard to beat a person who never gives up" -Babe Ruth
Favorite practice drill/activity:
Favorite Drill would be: Team Box Defense. Works on all aspects of the game and can create some high intensity situations.
What is your favorite part of your coaching job?
Favorite Part of my coaching job would be the relationships I build with players. I enjoy talking to my players about things outside of volleyball. Yes, we have a common interest obviously but I genuinely want to get to know them outside of volleyball and just engage in conversation that doesn't have to be about the sport.
What does receiving this award mean to you?
The award means to me that not only it puts me in a class of its own and ensures national recognition but solidify that I am on the right course as in preparing young athletes for life through the game of sport called volleyball.
Just thank you! Never thought I'd be here!