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Derek Peterson


Assistant Coach

U12 Gold

Elite Travel Team


My affection for volleyball blossomed during my college years and continued post-graduation through recreational play. Having competed in diverse sports since childhood, I've relished the blend of competition and intricacies that volleyball offers. Remarkably, some of my most enduring relationships have been forged on the court. My enthusiasm for the sport, coupled with my child's involvement in volleyball, steered me toward coaching at both high school and club levels. Embracing this role has been an absolute joy, and I cherish every moment of it.


My coaching philosophy for youth volleyball revolves around holistic player development. I focus on cultivating a growth mindset, honing essential skills, and fostering teamwork. I create a supportive, inclusive environment that builds confidence and love for the game. By setting achievable goals and emphasizing hard work and perseverance, I prepare players for success both on and off the court.

There's nothing worse than the feeling of wishing you had another chance at a play because you weren't ready. Every athlete has those feelings to mull over, and over and over ... Don't even expose yourself to the possibility to being caught off-guard.

Karch Kiraly

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