Expectations of our Coaches
To provide a “Coaching Philosophy” to players and their parents at the beginning of the season.
To teach proper technique and fundamentals to all players.
To teach and apply proper game strategies.
To communicate clearly, to each player, her role on the team.
To balance hard work, fun, and discipline.
To build a “team first“ mentality.
To provide a positive and trusting environment for all players.
To act as a positive role model for players both on and off the court.
To prepare players for any and all situations that might occur when playing in a match.
To motivate players to compete at a high level due to strong work ethic and responsibility to their teammates.
Meet Our Coaches
Danielle started playing volleyball in middle school to stay active during softball off-season. This is where she found her love for the game. Danielle played varsity volleyball throughout high school in East Tennessee. She has also played sand volleyball in Colorado Springs. The 2019-20 season will be Danielle’s first season as a Fusion coach, but she is looking forward to sharing her love of the sport to younger players. Danielle also coaches Little League Softball and is a Los Alamos Toppers Girls Softball pitching coach.
Chantielle played varsity and club volleyball throughout high school in southern California. She has played in many adult leagues throughout the years from beach doubles to hard court 6s. Chantielle has coached volleyball at all ages from 3rd grade up to high school varsity as well as club teams. She has coached in southern California, Colorado, Connecticut and Wisconsin. She attended Gold Medal Squared Coaching Clinic in Las Vegas and gained valuable insight from top college coaches at that clinic. She loves sharing her passion for volleyball with young players and helping them develop their skills as well as their own love of the game. She is CAP I certified.
Nick played club volleyball and Men's USAV in graduate school at Rice University in Houston. He self-coached his team with two other team members. In his youth, Nick managed women's high school volleyball for three years and women's DI college volleyball for one year. Recently, he played and helped coach the Los Alamos Special Olympics Volleyball Team. Nick loves volleyball and plays whenever he gets a chance. This year he will assist coach Chantielle Hanson. He is CAP I certified.
Thierry's competitive career started with playing ten years in French national divisions as a middle blocker. He also played and coached two "brainy" French universities to reach the national finals. After moving to Los Alamos, Thierry was recruited to play with New Mexico's premiere men's club team. They participated in and won many regional tournaments and competed several years in the USAV National Volleyball Tournament in the open division. Thierry also ran the indoor and outdoor Los Alamos adult club for seven years. In the US, Thierry discovered beach volleyball and quickly became one of the top players, playing in and winning many of the regional tournaments. Thierry is IMPACT and CAP I certified. Thierry has coached for Fusion since 2013.
Joe has been a Northern New Mexico Fusion coach for more than a decade dating back to its predecessor dates at the Atomic City Stars. He has coached a wide range of age groups from the 13Us to 18Us teams. He is CAP I certified and has participated in additional volleyball skill camps and coach workshops. His interest in volleyball started out in graduate school at USC mainly as a spectator of Division 1 indoor matches in the mid to late 70's in Southern California. Since those early days, he has participated regularly in various forms of volleyball activities, including playing in the intramural and adult volleyball leagues (Los Alamos Volleyball Club teams in the 80's, LANL sponsored co-ed doubles on sand courts, and the YMCA adult co-ed leagues). Joe is not only into volleyball, he enjoys skiing, table tennis, and softball.
Tina started playing volleyball as a kid in her neighbor’s back yard many years ago. In 5th grade, she began playing competitively with the Atomic City Stars Junior Olympic program in Los Alamos. She continued playing throughout middle school and high school, and with adult leagues in Las Cruces and Los Alamos. Tina wanted to share her passion with others and decided in 2006 to coach at Los Alamos High School and was there for a total of four seasons. Her love for the game and her support for the players is evident. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, and experience make her a perfect fit with Fusion.
Our volleyball season varies year-to-year depending on the number of participants that tryout, the number of teams in specific age groups, and unfortunately, gym space. Depending on the season and our ability to cover the staffing needs, Fusion might need new coaches to join our club. We are very proud of our coaches and want to maintain the integrity of our club. We require all Fusion coaches to share Fusion's philosophy as well as pass the different USAV/SURVA certification requirements. Experienced coaches must have a proven and relevant volleyball coaching record of a minimum two years, which will be reviewed by the Fusion board and the Fusion coaches. For those who lack the necessary volleyball experience to become a Head Coach, they may apply to be an Assistant Coach. However, it is dependent on each Head Coach's need for an assistant.