Volleyball Programmer @ Metro Courts, Inc
Director Metro Volleyball Academy
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.
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Roneisha “Ro” Gilbert-Williams
16U-9th Grade Team
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.
16U-9th Grade Team
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 in Athletics being a huge contributor in a successful education and life for many young adults. I look forward to this new adventure coaching 14U for MVA!
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!
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!