Volleyball Programmer @ Metro Courts, Inc
Director Metro Volleyball Academy
16U Nobles Coach
I am a first generation American, born to Mexican immigrants. My four siblings and I all attended Roosevelt High School, where I proudly wore my black and gold playing varsity volleyball, basketball, golf and running track & field. A year after graduating, my high school varsity volleyball coach offered me the JV2 Head Coach position, so I returned to Roosevelt’s gym for another three years. I’ve been coaching recreation and club teams since, along with teaching skills classes and camps at various Portland schools and community centers. Working with children through sports has always been a passion of mine. I started a business called Youth Empowered by Sports – YES!, where I focus on the building of mental confidence and toughness of young athletes. I am the Volleyball Programmer at Metro Courts, Inc., Club Director of Metro Volleyball Academy as well as Head Coach for the 16U and 14U MVA teams.
16U Nobles Coach
I grew up in Kansas City, MO, and went to middle and high school in a very tiny town in southern Missouri (population < 150!). While my school did not have boys volleyball, I was fortunate to have enough credits to graduate and in my senior year, I had an opportunity to be a Coach’s Assistant to the Girls Volleyball coach. I played basketball throughout middle and high school and started to learn volleyball by assisting with the girls team.
My passion and love for volleyball grew after high school and I started playing USA Volleyball sanctioned events/tournaments, as well as competitive leagues, when I was 18. I played on adult teams competitively for about 20 years and continue to play in competitive recreational leagues when I can. I also coached adult teams (both men and women) for a few years for Corporate Challenge in Kansas City.
I am a pharmacist in my professional life and have served in a leadership capacity for 18 of the 20 years I’ve been a pharmacist. Prior to graduating from pharmacy school, I also owned a business for 3 years. Coaching and personal/professional development are key in any leadership position and I enjoy seeing others succeed. I had great coaches in basketball and great mentors playing volleyball. I want to pass that along and see others develop and grow – both on and off the court. Many of the principles and lessons I learned on the court (both basketball and volleyball) have served me well in my professional career – the importance of teamwork, being prepared/practicing, humility, adaptability, learning from my experiences to always improve, and learning new skills with a mindset of lifelong learning.
I look forward to serving as a Coach for MVA and share what I have learned over time through playing sports and serving as a leader in the pharmacy profession. I truly believe what individuals learn now will serve them well in whatever they choose to do later – both in their personal and professional lives.
Roneisha “Ro” Gilbert-Williams
15U Grands Coach
I am a PDX native. I attended Benson Polytechnic High School for the Health Occupations program and while there I participated in volleyball and basketball for three years, as well as softball and cheerleading. After some time away from volleyball due to schooling, I returned to Portland and was offered a coaching position with PIL Jefferson Youth, coaching a mix of 7th and 8th graders, which I really enjoyed for two years. I also was a volunteering coach with a local volleyball club for one season. As much as I love and enjoy volleyball itself, the relationships I build through the sport is what keeps me returning.
I was born in Beverly Massachusetts in 1989. When I was about one, we moved to Portland Oregon. I graduated from Franklin High School where I played Volleyball for three years. I also enjoyed playing softball, basketball, cheerleading, and swim team. I returned to volleyball as an adult where I coached for Beaumont Middle School and then later for NE Portland Volleyball. I have also played for the last handful of years with friends in an adult volleyball league. I am a firm believer that athletics is a huge contributor to a successful education and life for many young adults. I look forward to this new adventure coaching the 15U MVA team!
16U Roses Coach
I started playing volleyball 8 years ago and continued to play as I entered high school. I played for Milwaukie High school where I was on varsity for two years, being a captain my Senior year. During my time I received an honorable mention and Second Team All State award for the 5A league. I got to enjoy three years of club volleyball during high school but struggled immensely to raise the money. I was raised by a single mother who supported my dreams more than anyone, so she did everything she could to make sure I had the chance to play. After graduating I was offered a job to coach volleyball at my high school where I coached the JV team for two years as well as assisting the Varsity team. I then coached Madison youth volleyball for three seasons. Volleyball has given me a second family that I will love forever. I have learned that no matter what the score is, if I am growing as a person and/or a player, then I have succeeded. I hope to pass on the many life lessons I have learned along to the girls this season, and I am so excited for this opportunity!
16U Roses Coach
I was born and raised in Milwaukie, Oregon where I first started playing volleyball in the fifth grade. I was a three-year varsity player at Milwaukie High School and garnered all-league honors two years while playing. I grew up with a single mom and we struggled to make ends meet, so I paid for my club fees by working and various scholarships. Volleyball was a major part of my life growing up, my life seemed to revolve around practices and tournaments, and I made some of my closest friends while playing. Currently, I am in the final year of getting my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry. I am passionate about MVA’s club philosophies and am beyond excited to begin coaching!