Coaching Staff 2017-2018

Head Coaches

 

Sarah Miller

This is Sarah's 7th year coaching for Western Buckeye and her 5th as the Club Director. She is very excited to part of such a wonderful program and loves seeing all the girls grow as players.  She was the Assistant Varisty Volleyball Coach at Wayne High School in Huber Heights this past season where she help lead her team to a 12-10 season. She also coached Springboro Freshman Volleyball for the 2012-2013 season where she took her girls to an undefeated season and to win the GWOC tournament.  Sarah started playing volleyball in 7th grade and has loved it ever since.  She was a 3 year Varsity Letterman at East Clinton High School. Prior to coaching with Western Buckeye she had previously coached for Matchpoint Volleyball Club.  Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, husband Bill and 2 step-children Billbill and Kiarra.  Sarah is glad to have Bill helping her again this year with the Western Buckeye club as Co-Director and Coach.

 

Pam Zavakos

This is Pam's 4th year coaching for Western Buckeye but she has an extensive coaching career that spans over three decades.  She has coached both boys and girls from the grade school to the high school level. She has coached at Saint Columbian in Cincinnati, Chaminade Julienne in Dayton, Bishop Chatard in Indianapolis and CYO programs at Saint Chris in Vandalia, Holy Angels in Dayton and Saint Pius X in Indy. She has started a boy's CYO program in Indianapolis and coached several teams to City championships. Pam is also an OHSAA Level 1 Official for volleyball and enjoys that aspect of volleyball as well as it helps her with her coaching. This past season Pam was the 8th grade Volleyball coach at John XXIII in Middletown. Pam is a mother of three wonderful boys, Brad, Zach and Alex who all love the sport and a supportive husband Ted who enjoys the sport as much as the rest. Pam is looking forward to teaching great fundamental volleyball skills to the Western Buckeye players she coaches.
 

 

Roy Felts

We are very excited to have Roy returning the coaching staff this year.  He comes to us with years of playing experience as well as coaching. Roy grew up in Southern California and played beach volleyball for nearly 30 years there, in Hawaii, and Colorado.  After assisting volleyball great Pat Powers’ in his annual volleyball skills clinics/camps, he caught the coaching bug.   Roy has coached volleyball the past 8 years including rec and club teams in Colorado as well as the Coffman YMCA. For the past 3 years, Roy has coached 7th grade volleyball at Miamisburg and Springboro, his teams compiling a 51-8 overall record with 3 playoff appearances, 2 GWOC finals appearances, and one GWOC championship.  Roy is a publisher of medical magazines by trade and loves to spend time with his wife, Anne, and two daughters, Carrie and Kate (who is also now a WB family member). We are so excited to have Roy as part of our family this season.

 

 Zach Zavakos 


Western Buckeye is excited to have Zach return our coaching staff this year.  Zach just graduated from Bluffton University with a business degree, where he also played NCAA D3 college football. He is currently back in school learning Software Development and Software Engineering. Zach has been playing volleyball since the 4th grade. He played throughout high school and played on 2 different clubs. 1 was a national level that went to back to back national tournaments where we placed 4th in 2009 and then 17th in 2010. He then played on Air City Boys for a regional team my last 2 years of high school. When  playing he was a outside hitter, DS, and Libero.  Zach has a very strong knowledge of high level play and how to be an effective hitter from all spots. He also, has a great knowledge of coverage and the ways to properly cover hits from all areas. This past fall season Zach coached along the side of his mom, Pam, at John XXIII in Middletown. Zach is excited to follow in his mothers footsteps and coach for many more years to come.  Zach loves the game of volleyball and Western Buckeye is delighted to have him as part of our team.

 

 Leo Rousseau

We are very excited to have Leo as part of the coaching staff this year.  He comes to us with years of playing experience as well as coaching. Leo was fortunate to spend a great deal of time playing volleyball in Hawaii and California for many years. He played two-man beach volleyball from the mid 90's until 2005. While serving in the United States Air Force Leo played on many of our base volleyball teams and also many adult leagues running in the area. While in the service he would spend anywhere from four to ten hours a day playing the sport he loves, volleyball. Leo is currently the Varsity Volleyball Coach h for Wayne High School in Huber Heights. He has also coached at Bethel Middle School. Leo is actively involved with YMCA where he works as the Maintenance Director. Leo loves that he has been able to give back by coaching volleyball to the youth ages six to  sixteen the past 6 year.  We excited to have Leo with us for the 2017-2018 season.

 

Stephanie Hodge

Stephanie Hodge is joining the coaching staff this year at Western Buckeye and we are excited to bring her knowledge and talents to our team. Stephanie has played volleyball for over 20 years. She started playing club volleyball in 7th grade. She was a 3 year Varsity letterman at Valley View. Stephanie showed hardwork and detemination where she earned team captain and was the team MVP her senior year. She played club ball with Cincinnati Line Shots and Borderline during her high school years. She recently coached at Valley View for the JV team for several years where she decided to take a break two years a go to start a family. She currently works at Carlisle Schools and enjoys spending time with her family, her husband Matt and their three boys, Tyler Dawson and Gavin. Western Buckeye is lucky to have her knowledge and talent as part of the coaching staff this year.

 

Kelly Simpson

We are very excited to have Kelly join our coaching staff this year at Western Buckeye. Kelly has assisted as a defensive technical coach for Western Buckeye for the past two years.  Kelly played club volleyball for Team Z out of Cincinnati where her team consistently qualified for the National tournament in the Open (National) division, and placed 3rd at the tournament in 2002.  She also was selected to play on the High Performance OVR Team in 2003. In 2005, Kelly’s high school team, Seton High, won the D1 State Championship.  She received a scholarship to the University of Findlay which is where she finished her competitive volleyball careerWe are very excited to have Kelly join our team of coaches this year at Western Buckeye!

Meghan Puckett

Western Buckeye is very excited to have Meghan join the coaching staff this coming year. This past fall Meghan was the seventh grade volleyball coach for Wayne. Meghan started playing club volleyball in the fourth grade, and continued to play through graduation. She also played for her school volleyball team in Middle and High School in Eaton, Ohio. She is a four year varsity letter-man at Eaton from the graduating class of 2016. In her senior year, the team won in league, sectionals, districts, and concluded the season at regional semi-finals, making it to the top sixteen in the state at the D2 level. Meghan currently plays in an adult league at the YMCA, and in competitive tournaments in the area. She is currently a full-time student pursuing a degree in social work.  Welcome to the family Meghan!! 

 

Assistant Coaches

 

Bill Miller


This is Bill's 5th year as Co-Director and his forth year involved with Western Buckeye.  Bill enjoys playing volleyball and is looking forward helping with the club and assisting along side Coach Sarah.  He likes to spend time collecting comic books, doing outdoor adventures and spending time with his family, wife Sarah, daughter Kiarra, and son Bill III.  He is looking forward to another exciting and successful year.