Staff
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 4 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!

Assistant Coach, Ithaca College
Kelsey Klopfer

Coach Klopfer comes to Ithaca in 2018 after a successful stint as the head coach at Onondaga Community College (OCC). She started her coaching career as the assistant for the Lazers, and took over as the head coach in 2016. Prior to this, Klopfer acted as the volunteer Assistant Coach at SUNY Oneonta, where she played as the setter and team captain for the Red Dragons. Coach Klopfer played her high school ball at Baldwinsville High School where she won league, sectional and regional titles. She was part of a Bees team that finished runners-up in New York state and was named team MVP and First Team All-State.

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.

Head Coach, Brandeis University
Alesia Vaccari

Alesia Vaccari became the head coach at Brandeis University in June of 2014. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Alesia was the head coach at Simmons College where she posted a 50-49 record with the Sharks. Her teams reached the GNAC semifinals each of her three years with the program, earning her GNAC Coach of the Year honors in her first year, and the 2012 AVCA "Thirty under Thirty", which recognizes the 30 top up and coming coaches in the country.

Coach Vaccari worked with coach Dulfer at Clarkson University, bringing the University its first-ever Liberty League championship in 2009 and advancing to the NCAA tournament. Coach Vaccari and Coach Dulfer were the 2010 Liberty League coaching staff of the year.

Alesia is a former All-American setter at Springfield College, where her name is all over the record books. The same competitive fire that made coach Vaccari an All-American, is pushing Brandeis closer and closer to the top of the powerful UAA conference. Get ready to learn a lot from one of the best young coaches in the game.

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.

Assistant Coach
Kaley Vogel

Kaley Vogel (Viola) returns for her third Ithaca Volleyball Academy. As the head assistant coach on coach Dulfer's staff, she was part of the magical 2017 season that saw her Bombers advance all the way to the Final Four. Coach Viola, known for her personal style and tactical knowledge of the game, has an extensive background in Division I. Her name is all over the record books at Winthrop University in South Carolina. As an assistant, she had successful stops at her alma mater, as well as Davidson, before joining Ithaca.

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.

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!