As the Director of External Relations for the VLA, Lloy initiates and fosters strategic relationships with potential partners, vendors and collaborators to help promote and grow the league. Lloy offers over 30 years of international volleyball experience and connections to the VLA, and his ongoing relationships with USAV, AVCA, AAU and JVA have helped put together an impressive list of partners for the VLA in its inaugural year. He has been instrumental in the recent growth of boys volleyball in the US and he currently sits on the Board of the First Point Volleyball Organization that has in two short years raised over 3.5 million dollars for new men’s NCAA and NAIA programs.
Lloy has promoted the game of volleyball through presentations for such organizations as the NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship, the AVCA Convention, the IHSVCA and 100’s of youth and developmental programs. Lloy played 14 years with the USA Men’s National team, starting for Team USA in four straight Olympic Games (1996 – 2008). He also played 16 years professionally throughout the world in countries such as Russia, Italy, Greece and Japan.
Lloy was born and raised in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He played four years for his father, Arnie Ball at IPFW University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from the University of Indiana. He currently resides in NE Indiana with his family. He owns the Ball Sports Academy, which is the home of Lloy’s VLA program, Team Pineapple.
As the Director of Marketing, Daniel oversees the overall marketing strategy for the VLA, including market research, messaging strategy, and the planning and coordination of marketing communications. He brings almost 20 years of corporate marketing experience, including positions with American Airlines, Hewlett-Packard, Wunderman (a WPP ad agency) and FleishmanHillard (an Omnicom PR agency). He has also consulted for the FIVB and he was involved in the development of the PVL, an earlier effort at a US professional volleyball league.
In the gym, Daniel has coached internationally for 3 seasons (Switzerland and Denmark), and has served as an assistant or volunteer assistant in the NCAA for 9 seasons (Harvard, American, George Washington, Marymount). He is the founder and General Manager for the Rising Tide, and has been involved with men’s NCVF club and USAV juniors for nearly 2 decades.
Originally from San Diego, CA, Daniel holds a BA from The University of Chicago, a Masters in International Economics from UC San Diego and an MBA in Marketing from Duke University. When not working for the VLA, he works as an independent consultant in marketing analytics.
As the Director of Player Relations, Tim advises the VLA on issues relating to player recruitment, team development and the management of VLA internal resources. Tim brings over 10 years of competitive volleyball playing, coaching and administrative experience at the high school, club, and professional levels. He has been coaching club volleyball for Division 1 Volleyball club for 8 years and currently serves as the girls’ varsity volleyball coach at Latin School of Chicago.
Tim competed as part of Iowa Icemen in the PVL, the Chicago Icemen in the NVA, and continues to play for the Chicago Icemen in the VLA, all while remaining active in the outdoor volleyball community. His goal is to continue to be a part of the growth of high-level volleyball not only in the Chicagoland area but across the country.
When not working for the VLA, Tim serves as a PE Teacher and Assistant Dean at Wolcott School, Chicago, a private school for students with learning differences in West Loop, Chicago. A native of Arlington Heights, IL, Tim spearheads the Chicago Icemen's youth volleyball programing at Midtown Athletic Club's Chicago location.
As the Director of Business Development, Will oversees the identification, development and execution of the VLA’s strategic partnerships with sponsors and other business partners. He is largely in charge of the VLA’s monetization strategy, as well as financial oversight of the league’s affairs. Will brings strong entrepreneurial experience to the team, which he combines with his experience as a competitive player and his passion for growing the sport of volleyball to move the VLA agenda forward. What excites him most about the VLA is the amazing people he has met through this adventure.
Will has his childhood neighbor (and high school volleyball coach) to thank for introducing him to the sport of volleyball. On a hot summer day he wanted to swim in his neighbor’s pool, however, as a condition of being able to swim he had to show up to volleyball practice the next day. Since that day over the last 20 years, he has played volleyball all over the world at collegiate and professional levels. Most recently, will has taken up coaching and is an Assistant Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Will is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and has an MBA from The College of St. Rose. He currently lives in Hoboken, NJ with his wife and daughter. When he is not playing, coaching or watching volleyball, you can find him hiking, traveling and exploring NYC's food scene.
As the Director of League Development, Chris serves in an advisory role on the VLA board on organizational, operational and structural decisions. He brings over 20 years of competitive volleyball and networking experience at the high school, collegiate, club and professional levels. He has been coaching club and high school volleyball since 2004 and has been the club director at TeamLVC, a juniors and adult volleyball club, since 2010.
Chris is a 2004 graduate of Springfield College where he played four years of collegiate volleyball, participating in the three National Championship teams of 2001 – 2003. He has participated as part of the Empire State Games Men’s Open volleyball team from 2000 – 2013 and has played for TeamLVC in the PVL, NVA and now the VLA. Chris currently holds the IMPACT, Beach IMPACT and SafeSport certifications through USAV and was a member of the 2018 USAV Open National Championship team as well as the 2019 NVA Championship team.
Originally from East Greenbush, NY, Chris holds a BA in Science in Physical Education from Springfield College and a MA of Arts in Advanced Coaching from Ball State University. When not involved with the VLA, he is a physical education teacher at Columbia High School in East Greenbush, NY. At Columbia High School he serves as the Physical Education Department Chair, the head girls volleyball coach, an assistant on the boys volleyball team, and an assistant on both the boys indoor & outdoor track teams. He is also a member of the safety committee, education committee, and crisis teams.
As the Director of Business Operations, Coley oversees all planning, scheduling and coordinating of VLA events. She also oversees and manages the VLA’s relationships with external stakeholders, partners and vendors.
Coley brings 17 years of experience in the administration and operations of volleyball teams and leagues, including recent positions as the Vice President of Operations for the National Volleyball Association, and as the Head of Delegation representing USA Volleyball at the 2019 U23 World Championships. She offers an additional two decades of experience ranging from the Club & High School level as a boys and girls Coach and Club Director, to 12 years of experience in various roles with NCAA Collegiate programs. Some of her responsibilities have included: program oversight, program logistics, recruiting oversight, staff management, budget administration, and media engagements. She has worked with North Park University (Head Coach), Northern Illinois (Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator), Stony Brook University (Head Coach), and Dominican University (Assistant Coach).
As a player, she competed at Northern Illinois University (1999-2002). Coley also has been significantly involved in the various USAV regions she has lived, helping build and compete on 3 PVL teams in each year the PVL was in existence (Great Lakes Lighting, GEVA, and IREVA). At the 2016 PVL Championships, she was named the Libero on the All SpikeNet Team while competing with IREVA.
Originally from Batavia, IL, Coley holds a BA in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University. When not working on VLA business, she serves as the Head Coach for Gentofte Volley, a professional women’s volleyball team playing in the VolleyLigaen of Denmark. She is married to Dan Pawlikowski, who is a professional men’s volleyball coach for the men’s team of Gentofte Volley. They currently reside in Copenhagen, Denmark.
As the Director of Digital Operations, Vince oversees all video and photo content produced and distributed through the VLA’s communication channels, including website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. His goal is to bring the talent of the players and teams involved with the VLA brand to the national spotlight.
Vince has been involved with Phoenix Ascension/AZ Sizzle since its development in 2013. He has since assumed the leadership role of the men’s side and has helped it become one of the top clubs in the country. His focus is to help his team, the league and the sport rise to prominence in a professional light in the United States.
Vince’s playing experienced includes 1 season at Santa Monica College playing under AVP Beach Player John Mayer. After SMC he decided to play in Europe where he played 3 seasons in Germany for FC Schuettorf 09 and a few seasons playing on various beach qualifier tours including the AVP and NORCECA. Vince has a wife, Erica and two kids, Vincent and Gwenevere.