There’s a New Volleyball Coach on the Roster!

An up close and personal look at the JV Coach

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With all the faculty and staff on campus, sometimes the sports coaches go unnoticed. We all know our volleyball team, but do we know that there is a new JV Volleyball coach? As a result, I decided that we should get to know the new JV coach, Victor Neves.

Q: Can you give tell us a little about yourself? Where you are from and hobbies other than volleyball?

CV: I grew up and lived in Brazil until I attended college in the United States. My hobbies include music, surfing, and playing instruments such as the guitar.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the college you attended?

CV: I moved to the United States about six years ago when I attended college at Park University. Park University was a small school in Kansas City but it had a strong volleyball team and I was recruited to play there. I also won a national championship in my junior year.

Q: How long have you been playing volleyball?

CV: I have been playing volleyball for most of my life. I don’t really know the exact number of years but I would say I have been playing for about 14 to 15 years.

Q: Why did you become a volleyball coach and why a girls volleyball coach?  

CV: I was finally done with college and I am stopping my professional career as a volleyball player so I decided to do what I love and that is playing volleyball. I wanted to pass down what I was taught from my coaches to a new generation. I am not just a girls volleyball coach. I actually coach both girls and boys. I coach at Coast Volleyball for the boys 18u team and the girls 15 and 16u teams, as well.

Q: Have you coached a high school team before?

CV: I actually haven’t coached a high school team before but I have coached club for a long time so I am excited about this new beginning.

Q: What are your goals for the JV team this year?

CV: They are doing really well for being a new team and they are currently on a winning streak. I think my goals for them is to win as many games as they can, make improvements to their game, and create long-lasting friendships and memories.

Q: How are you preparing these girls for Varsity next year?

CV: I always remind them to go hard in practice because then they can become better players. I also have the team condition two times a week and sometimes they go lift with the weights that are set up behind the gym.

Q: What important qualities do you see in captains and how do they carry those qualities to the court?

CV: For me, Captains have to be a good leader and be able to communicate well with their teammates. They also need to have the teams back whether they are winning or losing and they also just need to be supportive.

Q: What makes this team different than any other team that you have coached?

CV: I believe that this group is just a really good group of girls both as volleyball players and as people. I also get along with the coaches easily. The volleyball community is just great.

Q: What advice do you have for girls who are trying out for the first time?

CV: I would say that the girls should give it their all on every play and don’t hold back because there isn’t a lot of time for the coaches to see you.

While interviewing Coach Victor he kept looking at the team as a way to keep checking up on them. He cares a lot for his team and he wants to see them succeed. He has a passion for this sport because he now wants to pass down what he has learned to this new generation of girls.

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