DYS Thunder Volleyball Club Coaches
Head Coach, Jimmy Kerwin
Coach Jimmy will be the U18 coach for DYS Thunder. This is his 7th year of coaching club volleyball with DYS. Before coaching our club teams, he coached our house volleyball teams for several years. Coach Jimmy is the Freedom High School Varsity coach. He was also an assistant coach to the Park View Varsity volleyball team in 2019. Coaching has always been a passion for him. Before coaching volleyball, he coached boys' basketball. Coach Jimmy is Impact and Safe Sport certified through USA Volleyball. Jimmy has completed the Level 1 and Level 2 Art of Coaching Head Coach Certification. He has also played volleyball for several seasons in various co-ed leagues in Loudoun County and often tries to play when the opportunity presents itself. "My philosophy concerning coaching is simple in that I focus on player development over winning. My goal is to ensure that your daughter enjoys her club experience while improving her skills, benefiting the team. This is not to imply that winning is not important, but when we first focus on player and team development, winning is a by-product of that work".
Asst. Coach, Charity Kerwin
Coach Charity will be the assistant coach for the U18 DYS Thunder. This will be her 7th year of coaching in the club volleyball program. Before coaching at the club level, Coach Charity was a coach in our house program for over 8 years. She has coached all levels, from 3rd and 4th graders to the 7th and 8th-grade teams. She has also been the head coach of the DYS rec league All-Star team. Coach Charity is IMPACT and Safe Sport certified. She has played volleyball in several co-ed leagues in the local area. Her goal is to focus on making the girls better volleyball players and better people beyond the confines of the court. She has a passion for volleyball, but more importantly, she is passionate about ensuring each player's club volleyball experience is positive. She also has a passion for ensuring the players have an opportunity to learn from mistakes or moments when things didn't "go the way you expected or wanted." She believes that attitude is everything. Coach Charity strongly believes in being a good teammate on and off the court.
Head Coach, Phuong Tat
Coach Phuong Tat grew up in Montgomery County, MD, and has played over 15 years of competitive volleyball. Coach Phuong was a member of First Team All-County Volleyball in Montgomery County. He's coached at various high schools, including Wheaton High School (Montgomery), Northwood High School (Montgomery), and Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School (Montgomery). Coach Phuong is currently the Varsity Head Coach at Dominion High School in Loudoun County, VA. This will be Coach Phuong's 3rd year with Dulles Youth Sports (DYS). Coach Phuong believes in building a culture that is positive, energetic, and competitive! This will be Coach Phuong's 11th year of coaching; he's coached at various levels, including Junior Varsity Girls' Volleyball, Varsity Girls' Volleyball, Varsity Boys' Volleyball, Varsity Co-Ed Volleyball, and Girls' Club Volleyball.
Head Coach, Tom Begley
Coach Tom played volleyball for over 30 years at various levels – indoors and out. He was an intramural champion at Fairfield University (they had no men's program). He has played on 6-man USAV Clubs in Connecticut and Virginia, where he mostly played middle and outside hitter. He has played doubles, co-ed doubles, and reverse co-ed doubles on both sand and grass. He went to the US Nationals playing reverse co-ed (and lost badly). He has been coaching club since 2012. He coached in the Loudoun County Youth Volleyball for 5 years, assisted at the high school level, and was the Varsity Volleyball coach at Park View High School from 2017 to 2021. He was Dulles Conference Coach of the Year in 2017. Coach Tom is currently a Volunteer Assistant at Independence HS.
He is IMPACT certified, Head Coaching Certification by Jim Stone, Men's Volleyball Coaching Certification by Pete Hanson, and Ben Josephson, Setter Coaching Certification Level 1 by Christy Johnson Lynch. He has attended Gold Medal Squared's Coaching Clinic and Art of Coaching Volleyball Coaching Clinics. He loves coaching and is always trying to find ways to be a better coach. He brings a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge (and volume) to his teams.
Asst. Coach, Dottie McKillop
Coach Dottie started coaching with her husband, Coach Tom Begley, in the LYV league many years ago and continued to be the head coach of her LYV team and then officially became an assistant coach for club volleyball 7 years and Park View High School, the past several seasons. She has a daughter who has played volleyball since middle school and a husband who has always coached, allowing her coaching skills to grow and her love and passion for the game. When she's not coaching, she watches it on TV or in person or discusses volleyball with her husband. Coach Dottie prides herself on being the volleyball coach 'mom' that everyone knows will be there for them, take care of them, and be the go-to person for any questions or concerns the player's parents may have. She manages the team, records player statistics, and runs work teams and player responsibilities during tournaments. She is IMPACT and CAP I certified.
Club Director/Head Coach, Cris Campbell
Coach Cris is excited to coach the DYS U14 Club Volleyball Team this season. His background in volleyball includes seven years of coaching at the elementary and middle school levels, along with several years at the high school level. Coach Cris is currently the Varsity Head Coach at Independence High School. He coached developmental, house, open, travel, and all-star teams with DYS and LYV. He has also coached club volleyball for DYS (formerly DSYS) over the past six seasons at the U14, U16, and U17 levels and has served on the coaching staff at Freedom High School and Park View High School for two years. He was introduced to volleyball by his oldest daughter when she was in fifth grade. Although he had never played competitively, he quickly fell in love with the sport and has coached ever since. Before volleyball, Coach Cris coached men's club, college (GMU), and high school rugby, winning the Virginia State High School Rugby Championship in 2013
Asst. Coach, Amanda Pena
Amanda graduated from George Mason University and has played volleyball for many years. Amanda is currently the Freedom High School JV Head coach. She played club volleyball at GMU and at the University level while studying in Madrid at La Universidad de Carlos III. She is also a recent graduate of Freedom High School, where she was a member of the volleyball program all four years and was captain of the varsity team her senior year. She is super excited for the season to start! She loves the game and hopes to help strengthen the girls' love for it
Head Coach, Emily Treanor
Coach Emily is so excited to be coaching the U13s DYS Club Team! Coach Emily is currently the Varsity Head Coach at Tuscarora High School and previously served as the Varsity Head Coach at Park View HS. She coached intramural and house league while in college at Virginia Tech, and this will be her 3rd year coaching for DYS. She and her sisters have been playing volleyball since elementary school, and Coach Emily longs for any time she can be on a volleyball court. Coach Emily specialized as a setter and has played at the high school, club, and college levels. Outside of volleyball, Coach Emily teaches 6th Grade Science at Sterling Middle School. Coach Emily's favorite part of coaching volleyball is creating and forming the team bond that lasts on and off the court. A team that puts in the work together will win together.
Asst. Coach, Grace Cascadden
Coach Grace is thrilled to be the Assistant Coach for the U13s DYS Team this season! She has played volleyball at the high school and club level and was the captain of her high school swim team. Coach Grace, a 6th-grade English teacher at Sterling Middle School, is passionate about helping kids reach their potential. Coach Grace knows this will be a fantastic season!