Coach Josh is a Miami native with 25+ years experience inside the classroom and on the courts/fields across Miami. He and his wife Alysia started Phoenix in 2016 with a desire to create opportunity for Miami youth and adults in the sport he loves, beach volleyball. Josh was responsible for starting the Ransom Everglades Middle/High School beach program, where we was a Social Studies teacher at the time. Besides Phoenix, Josh also shares his time as an indoor coach at Coral Gables High School (where his youngest son is a player) and runs Who Tutors, a K-12 educational organization offering tutoring, test prep and consulting services.
Coach Frankie began his playing career at Coral Gables High School and made the transition shortly afterwards to beach volleyball because he wanted to get more touches on the ball. He fell in love with the sport even more. Barrios, currently trains with SoFlo’s best beach volleyball athletes and competes at the men’s open level in tournaments throughout the state. Frankie’s favorite thing about beach volleyball is that you have to ALWAYS be focused and involved. There are only two people on your side of the court, so you HAVE to contact the ball every rally. He joined the Phoenix coaching team in 2018 and shortly after joining, transitioned to head beach coordinator where he has introduced Phoenix athletes to a whole new level of training. When he is not coaching or playing, you can find Coach Frankie hanging with his puppy Mila watching Lord of the Rings.
Coach Angie joined the Phoenix staff in February 2018 after spending four years prior running a K-12 volleyball program at Colegio el Camino, a bilingual school in Los Cabos, Mexico. Brown began her coaching career as an assistant varsity/head junior varsity coach for her alma mater high school SAHS (Stillwater, MN). She spent twelve years in that position as well as assisting the local club program, SAJO, in varying roles as board member, head 12/13/15’s coach and club director (2012-2013) as well. Additionally, she worked as a lead clinician for several youth indoor summer camps and clinics as well as three years of beach volleyball camps with All American Girls/Boys. A native of nearby Boca Raton, FL, Brown was a collegiate indoor volleyball player (setter/defensive specialist) at Elmhurst University, IL.
Coach Candace has recently joined the Phoenix team as a youth and adult coach in 2021. She has an extensive background as an indoor player and been a positive force with our youth training groups since she began. Candace specializes in positional training (for hybrid athletes) and skill development as athletes transition from indoor to beach and vice versa. She is a FIU college student studying political science with plans to attend NY Law School upon graduation. Candace continues to work hard as beach player and competes in Co-Ed tournaments and at the women’s A/AA/AAA level.
Coach Nany began playing at Miami Senior High School, and played up until her senior year where she coached after the school year was over. She fell in love with coaching overall. She recently joined the program in 2022. Nany focuses more on beginner skill training and encourages anyone to join the sport. Her patience and free spirited approach to coaching, makes her a favorite amongst our little spikers and those brand new to the beach game. Nany hopes to pursue a career as an animal rescuer.
Yileen Ng was born in Panama, Central America where she spent most of her life. She is a recent addition to the Phoenix coaching team, joining in the spring of 2022. She was a collegiate indoor volleyball player (NJCAA and NCAA Division II) at Barry University where she finished her last year of eligibility as a Middle Blocker. Yileen is currently a graduate student pursuing her masters degree in Business Administration, also at Barry University. Although her background is indoor volleyball, she fell in love with beach volleyball since coming to Miami and plays often when she is not studying or coaching. Her five years as an international student in the United States has been an experience of a lifetime, with so many adventures which have helped her grow mentally, physically and emotionally. She believes that every struggle she has encountered along the way, was put there to teach her some of life’s many lessons.
Coach Arnie was born in Cuba but raised in Miami since the age of 5 years old. He had always played baseball throughout his life since the age of 10, but senior year of high he tried out and made the Varsity team for Miami Senior High. He played in that year and fell in love with the sport of volleyball playing both middle blocker and opposite hitter throughout his ‘rookie’ season. He later was asked to coach girls JV at Miami High, and is now happy to expand his coaching to both beach and indoor with Phoenix. Arnie continues to work at improving and learning the game four years later both to better his play but also to allow him to be a more creative and dynamic coach.
Coach Ian joined the Phoenix coaching in 2021 staff after first starting as a Phoenix youth player several years before. He used to practice with his father, on the courts of Kennedy Park and is now able to share this passion with players just like him. With a step-by-step approach, he is able to increase the skill level of each athlete, group, or team he is working with, no matter the age or level. He comes into each training session with range of training techniques to engage every player. Ian competes in Co-Ed and Men’s beach tournaments throughout FL.
Coach Gerry is a sophomore at Florida State University studying commercial entrepreneurship and currently plays for the FSU Beach Volleyball Club. He attended Southwest Miami High and played RH for the indoor volleyball team his senior year where they placed 2nd in the state. Gerry is a recent addition to our team joining in spring of 2022 bringing the goal of sharing the same passion he has for volleyball to our young athletes. Gerry competes at the Men’s AAA level in tournaments throughout Florida.
Coach Bianka has been playing volleyball for the past 12 years, , recently finishing her indoor collegiate career at Shorter University as a Libero/DS. She has 6 years of coaching experience at MVA club team (Head Coach for the 14’s in 2017), True North Beach Volleyball in 2021 and now Phoenix. Bianka continues to train hard and competes in local tournaments as a beach volleyball player and is currently studying towards a career in medicine.
Coach Carlos started his volleyball journey in January 2021. By diving in head first to study the game and play as often as he could, he now plays at an advanced level. No stranger to youth athletics, Carlos grew up playing various sports like basketball, baseball and flag football during elementary school through high school. So though he volleyball career is short compared, he understands the value of hard work, team work and communication on the field. As a student at Florida International University, Carlos is working towards a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. In his day to day, Carlos is a manager for a customer support team. His daily focus is to develop and train his team to provide excellent service through expert communication and interpersonal skills. Building a team is what he excels in. When not working or playing volleyball, Carlos’ next favorite passion is rock climbing.
Coach Angel started playing Beach volleyball at age of nine years old. He learned and developed a love for the game of volleyball from his father and other players who frequent the beach courts of Coral Reef Park. Angel joined the Phoenix coaching team to inspire the New Generation of Players. He is currently studying at Miami Dade College to become a Radiologist but can’t focus on his goal cause he’s always playing, coaching and training.
Coach Olivia began her volleyball career at the age of12 when she tried out for her indoor volleyball team at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and was a natural fit for the sport. She quickly fell in love with indoor volleyball and decided to partner up with a teammate to be trained professionally in beach volleyball. Her early training days took place at Kennedy Park volleyball courts, where we now hold our Phoenix Beach practices. Shortly after beginning her volleyball career in Miami, Olivia moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she was awarded Most Valuable Player in her eight-grade year and went to be one of the two freshmen to make her high school Varsity team. During Olivia’s freshman year, she played as an outside hitter but later earned her spot as libero/DS. Olivia was awarded Defensive MVP her Senior year. Coach Olivia also was part of indoor volleyball club for Chapel Hill Area where she was named North Carolina Mid-State All-Conference Player and Carolina Region USA Volleyball All-Tournament Player. She also was a VH1 Carolina Region 18U/16U Beach Volleyball Champion. as a beach volleyball champion, two-time Varsity MVP and three-time All-Conference Player with eight indoor club volleyball national championships under her belt, she is natural fit for her new position as the Phoenix Volleyball Club Tournament Director and Coach. She is very excited to hold her practices on the same courts where she started her training.
Coach Engjell started playing volleyball in November of 2020 at one of our favorite training locations, David T. Kennedy Park. After those two years, he started playing competitively in tournaments and strives to become a professional volleyball player. He is a dedicated student of the game and is always learning. He also attends school at FIU studying Engineering.
Coach Harrison is a Miami native and a D2 collegiate baseball player. He has been working with and shadowing several professional athletic trainers for the past five years and has also spent some time as a youth baseball coach as well in Tamiami. He comes to us with a desire to share his knowledge in the area of strength and conditioning with an emphasis on movement and explosiveness in the sand. We are excited to have him work with our athletes this season!
Coach JD is a native of Phoenix, AZ and moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami where he is currently a student studying aerospace engineering. He has been playing indoor volleyball for ten years, specializing in defense and passing. Throughout the years, he has played at the highest club level competing in multiple boys Junior National Championships in the open division. He is currently the President of the UM Men’s Club Volleyball Team where he plays libero. JD reminds us often to bring our teams’ focus back to the fundamentals when it comes to the first touch and is responsible for keeping our defensive game running efficiently….most days 🙂