East Coast Elite Volleyball Club: ECE Coaches

Meet Our STAFF

Janice Kruger (Club Director) has many distinguished career accomplishments as the Head Coach for the University of Maryland, including five ACC titles, seven trips to the NCAA Tournament, five ACC and AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors, and a top spot among all-time winningest coaches in ACC Volleyball history. With an impressive track record at both Maryland and her previous school, Nebraska-Omaha, Janice has been described as one of the most elite women's volleyball coaches in the country. Janice has several former players coaching Division 1-level volleyball and is an invaluable resource to ECE in our efforts to expose our players to as many recruiting opportunities as possible.

Xiaolan "Joy" Zhou (Coaching Director) has a long and prestigious history in women's volleyball.  Nicknamed "The Tienanmen Wall" after the stone gate that separates the Imperial City from the Forbidden City in Peking, Joy established herself as an intimidating blocker when the Chinese emerged as the world's preeminent women's volleyball team in the 1980s. During that time, Joy served as a starting middle on the Chinese teams that won the World Cup Tournament in 1981 and the World Championship in 1982.  Her career on the Chinese women's national team culminated in a gold medal victory at the 1984 Olympic Games. After retiring from professional volleyball, Joy went on to serve as the Volleyball Program Director in China. Since relocating to the United States in 1994, Joy has coached various levels of volleyball players, including NCAA Division I teams and elite juniors programs in DC and Maryland.  Joy's philosophy of coaching centers on teamwork, advanced skills training, and providing a challenging training environment.

Rose Wilkinson (Club President) has been involved with club volleyball since she was a club player herself in high school, where she played outside hitter for a nationally-ranked volleyball club in Amarillo, Texas.  Rose has served as the head coach for junior olympic volleyball teams in Texas and Oklahoma and more recently has served as Joy's assistant coach for two elite teams in Maryland. A former biologist, Rose is passionate about using science and statistics to develop the full capacity of individual players and teams. Rose also manages all aspects of club logistics. She is CAP 1 and IMPACT certified.  

Li Liu (Strength and Conditioning Specialist) graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She is a certified trainer through the National Strength Professionals Association with a strong background in training volleyball players. Lili is a former Division 1 Coach for Georgetown University and outside hitter for The George Washington University, where she was twice awarded Player of the Year for the Atlantic 10 conference. Lili brings her volleyball experience and strength and conditioning training to help ECE players maximize their potential as athletes.

 

2014-2015 COACHING ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!  

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Interested in coaching for East Coast Elite or helping our club grow?  Drop us an e-mail at eastcoastelitevolleyball@gmail.com and let us know!

 



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