COACHES

MATTHEW MCELHINEY / DIRECTOR

Matthew grew up around volleyball competing in his first beach events at the age of 8 years old. He played throughout high school on the beach and with adult indoor teams. He began coaching his Junior year for his high school JV team at Bayshore HS.  After graduating Matthew coached at Manatee Area Volleyball and became the assistant Director. While at MAV he helped grow the club from 3 teams to 9 teams in 3 years & gave the program its first National Qualifier win in Baltimore.

In 2012 he founded Coastline Volleyball Club. The club grew to 14 teams in its 2nd year and Matt qualified his teams twice with a 14-National and 15-American bid. In 2014 Matt combined with another local club to create Wave Volleyball Alliance establishing the most competitive club and only volleyball facility in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. In 2016 WAVE merged with OTVA who was ranked the 2nd best club in the USA.

He has been the indoor and beach coach at Braden River HS since 2011.  He recently coached a beach pair to win the 2018 USAV Beach Nationals for 14U. Matthew has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and teaches 4th Grade.

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  • USAV Beach IMPACT Certified
  • USAV Safe Sport Certified
  • 4th Grade Teacher at Tara Elem.
  • Club Director since 2006
  • 19 Years Coaching HS & Club Volleyball
  • Club Teams have Qualified 4 times for the US Junior Olympics
  • 2019 – 5th Place at USAV Nationals
  • 2019 – 3rd Place at AAU Nationals
  • Coached the winning team at 2018 USAV Beach Nationals 14U Division.

MELINDA GORMAN / HEAD COACH

Melinda Gorman graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a B.S. in Sports Management. She earned an athletic scholarship to play volleyball at Nova and lead the program to its first NCAA Elite Eight appearance. Throughout her college career she played both Outside Hitter & Middle Blocker, holding all time career and individual records in blocks, kills, and points. She started coaching volleyball in 2007 with Boomers Volleyball Club under Terri Jimenez in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Since then she has coached at multiple high schools and clubs in the state of Florida.  She was the varsity coach at Sarasota for two years and is now taking a position at Braden River High School this Fall.

IMPACT Certified
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2015 15U National Runner-up: AAU Nationals
2018 13U National Runner-up: AAU Nationals 
2019 14U AAU National Champions
2019 Qualified for USAV Nationals – 2nd FL Regional Qualifier (National Bid)

JON SHERFY / HEAD COACH

Jon is originally from St. Louis.  When Jon moved down to Bradenton he began playing indoor volleyball in 1995 as a player for White Sands Volleyball Club in Sarasota. After his initial season he transitioned up to a club in Tampa called Asics Elite where he helped qualify for USAV Nationals.  

Jon began his coaching career in 2004 at Bayshore High School.  Jon coached the Freshman, JV, and assisted on the Varsity team until 2009. He also has coached at Saint Stephens in 2015, Sarasota High School from 2016-2017, and is currently the head JV coached and Varsity assistant at Braden River High School.  

Jon started coaching club volleyball in 2004 with Manatee Area Volleyball Club.  He coached 16s, 17s, and 18s, while at MAV.  in 2012 he joined Coastline Volleyball Club for its inaugural season.  He coached with Coastline for two years, WAVE Volleyball Alliance for two years, and has transitioned over to OTVA Sarasota during its merger with WAVE. In 2018 he led his club team to win The Northeast National Qualifier in Philadelphia.  With the win they qualified for USAV Nationals and finished 11th in the American division.  Jon has been one of our main training coaches at WAVE and OTVA Sarasota and has worked with all levels of athletes having success with elementary and middle school aged athletes.

As of 2020, Jon is the head coach at BCS in Bradenton.

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FRANK CASAINE / HEAD COACH

Coach Frank has been around volleyball for 35 years as a player and a coach. His love for the game of Volleyball began in Highschool, continued in College where he attended and played at LeMoyne College, in Syracuse, NY.

Franks coaching career began as a student athlete in college, where he coached Volleyball at the Jewish Community Center in Dewitt, NY. After graduating in 1991, Frank has coached in various capacities, in various Clubs on the east coast US. During his tenure Frank has coached various players that have moved on to play or have played NCAA volleyball.

When not coaching, Frank serves as Divisional Vice President of Logistics for Bealls Outlet Stores. Frank is married to Irmarie for 23 years and have three daughters. 

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JESSICA KANE / ASSISTANT COACH

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RALPH MCELHINEY / HEAD COACH

Ralph McElhiney is a native of Florida and graduated from Southeast High School in 1975. He has been playing volleyball, both beach and indoors, since 1982. He has competed in many events from local to professional level and was a member of the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) at its inception. 

He was the head volleyball coach at Bayshore High School from 1998 to 2015 with a 5A District Championship and Regional Semifinalist in 2013.  He has coached with 5 different volleyball clubs over the last 20 years.

He has worked at Moody Elementary as a special education teacher for the last 42 years.  He graduated in 1978 from USF with a bachelor’s degree in emotional disturbance and elementary education. His wife, Donna, and children, Coach Matthew and Coach Whitney, all teach in Manatee County schools. He is a proud grandfather of two redheads, Walker and Carson.

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SARAH DEITRICH / HEAD COACH

Sarah grew in  playing volleyball from the age of 12 in Tallahassee, FL. She played varsity level volleyball at Lawton Chiles High School and at various clubs in the area (North Florida Volleyball Academy & Tallahassee Juniors).

Upon graduating from Florida State University with a bachelors degree in Communications, Sarah moved to Orlando and began coaching at Orlando Volleyball Academy for their 13’s White Team and 17’s Red Team. After moving to the Sarasota Area, Sarah began coaching for OTVA Sarasota and Sarasota High School as their head JV volleyball team in 2017.  

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ASHLEY HAGOOD / ASSISTANT COACH

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WHITNEY MCELHINEY / ASSISTANT COACH

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