East Coast Elite Volleyball Club: ECE Coaches

Meet Our Coaches

Xiaolan "Joy" Zhou (Club Director/Head Coach 16-1) 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.

Janice Kruger (Recruiting Specialist/Assistant 16-1) 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.

Rose Wilkinson (Club President/Assistant Coach 16-1) 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.  

Jessica Weakley (Co-coach 15-1) has nearly 20 years of coaching experience in volleyball at the collegiate, club, and high school levels. Jess is currently the varisty girl's volleyball coach at Chapelgate Christian Academy after most recently working as a club director and coach for the St. Pete Hurricanes Volleyball Club in St. Petersburg, FL.  Jess's philosophy of coaching includes the pursuit of excellence through commitment, determination, and effort. Her goal is to create well-rounded players on the court and to instill confidence in their personal lives. She strives to enhance the volleyball talents of the players, while developing their leadership skills, self-discipline, and work ethic. Jess is CAP 1, CAP 2, and IMPACT certified.  

Dan Tucci (Co-coach 15-1) began playing volleyball at Seneca Valley High School in Pennsylvania, where he was voted the team's Most Valuable Player his senior year. Dan went on to the collegiate level at Slippery Rock University, where he played as an Opposite Side and Middle Hitter. Dan is an experienced coach, having coached girl's club teams for four years, during which time his teams often won or placed in the top three at their tournaments. Dan also served as the varsity coach for six years at Oakland Mills High School, where he brought positive energy and focus to the school's volleyball program. Dan's coaching strategy centers around designing practices to simulate game-like situations to help players develop their court sense to the greatest extent possible. Dan is IMPACT certified.

Cara Walsh (Assistant 15-1) is a student athlete with years of volleyball playing experience and is excited to serve as an assistant coach for ECE. An experienced defensive specialist, Cara has played for multiple elite teams in MD and on Centennial High School's varsity team, where she participated in the MD 3-A State Finals. Cara hopes to utilize her playing experience on strong teams to bring the same kind of success to our ECE teams. As a member of the National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, and National Art Honor society, Cara serves as a positive and inspirational mentor to young ECE athletes.

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.


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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