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AMANDA
JONES

MASTER CLUB COACH

West Florida Waves is proud to have University of West Florida Assistant Coach Amanda Jones as our Master Club Coach.

Jones, has more than eight years coaching volleyball. She served as head volleyball coach of First Assembly Christian School in 2014 and the director/head coach of East Alabama Volleyball Club from 2013-15. She was a graduate assistant at Southern Miss for two seasons (2012-2013). Jones helped guide the Golden Eagles to a 17-14 record in the 2013 season.

Jones began her collegiate playing career at Missouri State-West Plains Community College in 2007, before transferring to Evangel University. Jones was a three-year starter at Evangel and a 3-time All-Heart of America Athletic Conference performer. She helped Evangel win back-to-back conference championships in 2009 and 2010.

Jones’ previous coaching experiences include head coaching positions with Hub City Volleyball Club (2012-2013), the Springfield Stars Volleyball Club (2008-2012) and the West Plains Volleyball Club (2007-2008). She was also a student assistant for Evangel in 2011.

A native of Willard, Mo., Jones received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Evangel in 2012. She also earned a Master of Science in Human Performance with an emphasis in Physical Education from Southern Mississippi in 2013.

WEST FLORIDA WAVESOUR COACHES

Our coaching staff works hard each season to prepare our players for the next level. Our club focus is to teach our players the fundamentals and develop each players skill in a highly competitive environment.
  • F.D. Dodson
    F.D. Dodson
    12 Power Head Coach
  • Amanda Jones
    Amanda Jones
    13 Power Head Coach
  • Giulio Simonelli
    Giulio Simonelli
    14 Power Head Coach
  • Debbie Christian
    Debbie Christian
    15 Power Head Coach
  • GiGi Vardai
    GiGi Vardai
    16 Power Head Coach
  • Chad Fuller
    Chad Fuller
    17 Power & 18 Power Coach
  • Nicole Wood
    Nicole Wood
    12 Club Head Coach
  • Tom Hartley
    Tom Hartley
    13 Club Head Coach
  • Hannah Wentland
    Hannah Wentland
    14 Club Head Coach
  • Zadie Engelberger
    Zadie Engelberger
    15 Club Head Coach
  • Laura Jennings
    Laura Jennings
    16 Club Head Coach
  • Meka Butler
    Meka Butler
    17 Club Head Coach

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    F.D. Dodson
    12 Power Head Coach
    I have been coaching for over 15 years. I started under the late Randy Pounders. I fell madly in love with volleyball and made a committed decision to learn as much as I could.
    I am still committed to that decision today.
    I love helping young people learn the game and become better individual players and teammates. I try to take every opportunity that I am given to make a positive impact on my athletes.
    It’s not just about motivation for a win; it’s about encouraging them to be the best they can be.I have the pleasure of watching these young players grow and develop into empowered young adults.
    Amanda Jones
    13 Power Head Coach
    Giulio Simonelli
    14 Power Head Coach
    Played  for the Italian Naval Academy  & coached all age groups for the past 18 years.Coached the past 12 years in Club with Volleyball Pensacola and currently West Florida Waves , also Head Coach at Catholic for the last 8 seasons . Coaching is a science ! It requires  multidimensional skills and the challenge to transfer knowledge and vision to young players . My passion is to develop young players and  see them grow as student-athletes and individuals .  This wonderful sport  that we love ,  gives us the opportunity to teach life lessons and together, with the principles of volleyball, offer us the opportunity to have a positive impact on young generations . It doesn’t get any better than that !
    Debbie Christian
    15 Power Head Coach
    GiGi Vardai
    16 Power Head Coach
    I started playing volleyball when i was 13 and i fell in love with the sport in big part because of my coach as a junior. He was a great influence in my professional career and in my personal life, made us understand that volleyball was about more than just playing the sport and he was absolutely right,i played and coached for the past 26 years and through this beautiful sport i found numerous families all across the globe.   i got into coaching(and love it) because i want to give back and share the same great experiences my coach gave/taught us.
    Head Volleyball Coach  08/2012-12/2015
    • In 2012 worked as the assistant Junior Varsity Coach
    • Started as head coach in 2013, brought the record from 3-18 to 8-11
    • In 2014 brought the record to 18-5, finished first seed in District and received Big School Coach of the year.
    • In 2015 finished first in District with the best school record of 21-3
    • coached as head coach for prostyle club ,eurohaus & BUVB from 2012-2018
    Playing career: Indoor Volleyball as a starter
    •  1999  placed 3rd in the Romanian National Junior Championship played setter (under 19)
    •  1999-2005 played professionally in Romania for various teams played as a outside hitter
        National and International Beach Volleyball  
    • 2002- Romania National Champion
    •  2002+2003 -Balcanic (european) champion- counties participating: Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, Hungary, Moldova, Romania
    •  2004 & 2005 Istanbul, Turkey International Champion
    Chad Fuller
    17 Power & 18 Power Coach
    I started playing volleyball in high school in 1991 and continued playing competitively in collegiate club and USAV until 2004, playing setter and outside hitter. During this time I competed at nationals 1999-2002. In 2002 I started coaching club running my own club(WFVBC)from 2003-2008, then coaching with WF Revolution from 2009-2013 and now with WF Waves since 2014. I also was the assistant coach at Pensacola State College from 2008- 2017. Winning 5 conference titles during that time.I’ve  been around the game going on 29 years while coaching for 18 of those years.
    Nicole Wood
    12 Club Head Coach
    Tom Hartley
    13 Club Head Coach
    Hannah Wentland
    14 Club Head Coach
    Zadie Engelberger
    15 Club Head Coach
    Laura Jennings
    16 Club Head Coach

    Volleyball is one of my passions. I fell in love with the sport the moment I started playing in High School. I love how much of a team sport it is, the energy and encouragement that is required, and the fast pace of play.
    • I played 4 years at Tate High School
      • Was district runner up senior year and made it to Regionals
    • Coaches at Tate High School 2012- Present
      • 6 years as Freshmen coach
      • 2 years as JV coach.
      • 4 years as a soccer coach at Tate as well
    • Assistant coach for the Pensacola Sports Subway All Star game in 2014
    I believe that coaching the player to be a better person and teammate is just as important as teaching the skills. Players will remember the life lessons and relationships that were made long after each drill we ran.  

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    Meka Butler
    17 Club Head Coach