Head Coach
Johan Dulfer

Johan Dulfer assumed the role of Head Coach at Ithaca College in March of 2016 after a decade long run of unparalleled success at Clarkson University. In only his second year at the helm, coach Dulfer saw his Bombers enjoy an outstanding 2017 with a 25-9 record, their first-ever Liberty League championship, and a magical run through the NCAA tournament that saw them advancing all the way to the Final Four. It was the deepest post season run in Ithaca's 50-year program history. In 2018, the team followed that up with another appearance in the NCAA National Championships, eventually tying for 5th in the country.

Coach Dulfer has been lucky to have coached some tremendously successful teams. In his 10 years at Clarkson, coach Dulfer orchestrated the turnaround of the Golden Knight program into a National Powerhouse. Clarkson qualified for 7 straight NCAA tournament appearances on his watch, and reached the Elite Eight 4 times in that time span (2012-2015).

Coach Dulfer believes that to create extraordinary results, you have to be willing to think -and train- outside the box. His teams are known for their high volleyball IQ, and their passionate approach to the game. Coach Dulfer was voted the Liberty League coach of the year 4 times and the New York regional coach of the year 3 times as his teams put together the most dominant resume of any team in the country in the past 7 seasons.

Coach Dulfer has coached over 15 All Americans as well as 2 Academic All Americans. Some of them started their careers by coming to the same summer camp you are thinking about signing up for!

Head Coach - Stevens Institute
Annie McShea

Coach McShea was hired as the head coach at Stevens Institute of Technology in 2017 and made a splash in her very first season as the Ducks' head coach. Her team captured the Empire 8 regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament where they played the toughest match of the New York regional tournament against Ithaca College. Coach McShea was the assistant coach at Midwest powerhouse Millikin, and before that she helped guide Clarkson to 2 Elite Eight appearances working alongside coach Dulfer. Rivals during the fall season, coach Dulfer and coach McShea are happy to be reunited at the Ithaca Volleyball Academy for a week during the summer.

Assistant Coach, Ithaca College
Rachel Ford

Coach Ford comes to Ithaca from Berry College where she had an outstanding career as a libero/defensive specialist. Rachel returns in 2019 for her second year on coach Dulfer's staff after helping lead the 2018 Bomber team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. Coach Ford's main responsibilities are the defense and passing schemes for the Bombers.

Assistant Coach, Ithaca College
Regan Herrington

Coach Herrington comes to Ithaca from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. A standout setter for the Axewomen, Regan now comes to Ithaca to pursue a Master's Degree in Sport Psychology. Regan will be our setting coach for the Ithaca Volleyball Academy.

Assistant Coach, Brandeis University
Kayla Gromen

Coach Gromen is starting her second year as assistant coach on the Brandeis volleyball staff, working for coach Alesia Vaccari. Brandeis competes in the powerful UAA conference. Kayla finished a distinguished playing career at Ithaca College in 2018 - she was an All-American as a sophomore setter, and lead her team to a Final Four appearance in her senior year as a captain.

IVA Director of Volleyball Operations
Mackenzie Pelton

Coach Pelton joins the IVA staff as the Director of Volleyball Operations (DOVO) for the Ithaca Volleyball Academy, but is no stranger to Coach Dulfer or the 360 Training Concepts program.

A former player in the Clarkson Golden Knight program, Pelton both played and worked inside the Clarkson program from 2012-2015. In addition to her work within the Clarkson Volleyball program, Coach Pelton worked closely with athletes for four years at the Nike Volleyball Camps.

A 2016 graduate of Clarkson, Mack is the head volleyball coach at Glens Falls High School.

The Ithaca Volleyball Academy takes great pride in its staff. Current Ithaca volleyball players, alumnae and various select college coaches will make up the best staff you've ever worked with. In 2018 we had 4 coaches on every court - a unique learning environment not often found in the world of summer camps!