Get to Know Coach Emily:

What is your Coaching experience?

I have been an assistant coach for the 12's National team and the 17's National team for Fortitude and LOVE it! Last season with the 17N team, we qualified for NATIONALS! 

How long have you been a part of the Fortitude Family?

This will be my 3rd year coaching at Fortitude VBC! :)  

What is your Playing experience?

I have been playing competitive volleyball since I was in fifth grade, and played all through middle school and high school. I recently graduated from playing collegiate D1 volleyball at Grand Canyon University. 

Where are you from? what states have you lived in? 

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and have never lived anywhere else. 

Are you MARRIED? Do you have any KIDS?

No, but I just got ENGAGED! 

what is your Favorite food? 

I am not a picky eater at all, I will eat just about anything. 

What is your Favorite coffee drink?

I LOVE all coffee, however, I would have to say a dirty Chai latte is my favorite. 

What is your Favorite sport to watch? (other than volleyball) 

I enjoy watching Olympic swimming and professional basketball. 

What do you do Besides volleyball? 

I am in 'after church choir'. I also have the privilege of volunteering at the Arizona Autism Charter School in Peoria. I recently graduated as a full time student athlete at GCU. I am now in the Speech and Language Science Post Baccalaureate program at ASU and hope to continue my studies and receive a Maters in Speech Pathology. 

Why do you love volleyball?

Volleyball has been a passion of mine for as long as I remember. The sport not only helps improve your motor skills and hand-eye coordination, but it helps you learn how to interact with others and work with a group of people. I wanted to coach so I can not only help to improve my player's volleyball skills but to also encourage and nurture my players sense of self. Along with helping them form their identities to be more prepared and confident to tackle any obstacles they will encounter in their futures.