Thunder Bay Volleyball Academy Coaches

Javier Fortuño  -- 2020/2021 season - 12s & 14s
Senior Coach
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Javier’s Highlights:

  • Entering 7th season with Thunder Bay (2020-2021)

  • Took 2018-2019 Thunder Bay 14 Blue team to USAV Junior Nationals

  • Certified Level 2 Coach – Puerto Rican Volleyball Federation

  • Education - Bachelor in Education, UMET University Bayamon, Puerto Rico

  • 19 years of coaching experience

  • Caguas Criollas Volleyball Club- Coach

  • GVA Volleyball Academy – Coach (2012 Jeep Volleyball Championship, Silver Div)

  • University of Humacao, PR – Coach for 2 years

  • 1995 High School Best Player Sports Award given by the Mayor of Caguas P.R.

  • Selected MVP 7 times in High School Career

  • College Volleyball - 2 years of experience playing College Volleyball

  • 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year SJA Catholic School, Caguas, PR

Paulo Marion  -- 2020/2021 season - 13s & 16s
Senior Coach

Paulo's Bio

 

Paulo, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been part of several very successful programs including, the College of Central Florida and the 352 Elite Volleyball Club in Ocala. During his tenure at the College of Central Florida, Marion was an integral part of five of the Patriots’ Mid-Florida Conference championships and four NJCAA national championship appearances. While with the 352 Volleyball Club, Paulo coached multiple teams of boys and girls that have won several prestigious championships, including the Girls 18U Jeep Volleyball Championships in Puerto Rico and the AAU15U Boys National Championships. In addition, Paulo enjoyed a prestigious 15-year professional career in South America, including a stint in Brazil’s elite Superliga. 

Craig Collins -- 2020/2021 season - Coach
During my tenure at Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne, I played NCAA Men’s Division I Volleyball. I had the privilege of playing in two Men’s Final Four Championships. My coach Arnie Ball and my teammates taught me many life lessons that I still carry with me in my day-to-day life and as a volleyball coach. At IPFW, I was able to compete and had the opportunity to play professional volleyball in Belgium. I continued to learn and study not only my sport, but the entire sporting world. I've coached Club Volleyball in Michigan, Indiana and Tampa. 1996 - Present. My main mission is to HELP athletes understand the game of volleyball. The motion and movement of the player is paramount in their advancement. The various journeys I’ve experienced in my athletic career have helped me to understand the importance of fostering your craft. We grow from our challenges and master our craft along the way.

Craig's Highlights

 

  • 2018 - Beam Pineapple – Head Coach

  • 2016 - PVL Champions – Assistant Coach

  • 2015 - PVL Champions Assistant Coach Team Pineapple at PVL Championships

  • 2014 - Played for PVL Team Pineapple - 2nd Place

  • 2002-2003 - Assistant Coach - Oakland University

  • 1997-1999 - Played professional volleyball St. Vith, Belgium; St. Vith 4S

  • 1991-1995 - IPFW Men’s Division I volleyball for the legendary Hall of Fame

  • 1991, 1994 - Competed in 2 Final Four Championships, Men’s Division I Volleyball

  • 1993 - Competed Olympic Festival North team

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Sue Acosta -- 2020/2021 season - 15s
Head Coach
Sue's Highlights​​:

  • Suramys was born in Havana, Cuba.  She started playing volleyball at the age of 11.
    By age 12, she was a member of the Cuba Girl’s Junior National Volleyball Team. Due
    to her immense talent she was promoted to the Cuba Women’s Senior National
    Volleyball Team by age 15, where she won 5 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal in
    international competitions. In 2010, Suramys received a scholarship to play for Miami
    Dade College where she won the conference and state championships for consecutive
    years and earned an invitation to practice with the USA Women’s Volleyball Team.
    After college Suramys played professionally in Peru and France. In 2017, she joined
    Thunder Bay as a coach.


      Highlights:
      - National Children’s Champion (1998, 1999)
      - Best Female Setter (1998, 1999)

      - Cuban Junior National Team Setter (2000, 2001)

      - Silver Medal, NORCECA Youth Championship Qualifier for Junior World Cup (2000)
      - 5th place in Junior World Cup (2001)
      - Cuban National Team Setter (2000-2010)
      - Silver Pan American Cup (2003)
      - Gold, ALBA Sports Games (2005)
      - Silver, Central American and Caribbean Games (2006)
      - FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship, 7th Place (2006)
      - Gold, Pan American Cup (2007)
      - Gold, Pan American Games (2007)
      - FIVB World Grand Prix (2007)
      - FIVB Women’s World Cup (2007)
      - Boris Yeltsin Volleyball Cup (5 Time Participant)
      - Montreux Volley Masters (2006-2010)
      
Cuba National League Women’s Volleyball Havana City Team
- Champion (2006, 2008, 2009)
- Best Setter (2006, 2007)
- Pre-Selection for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China (2008)

Miami Dade College (2010-2011)
- NJCAA FCSAA State Volleyball Champion (2010, 2011)
- NJCAA Southern Conference Champion (2010, 2011)

- NJCAA Best Setter Award (2010, 2011)
- NJCAA 3rd Best Hitter Award (2011)
- Invited to USA Volleyball National Team (2012)
 

Professional Career (2014-2017)
- Opposite, Club Alianza Lima, Lima, Peru (2014-2015)
- Opposite, Dijon Talant VB, Dijon, France (2016-2017)
 

Kerri Gross
Coach

Kerri's Highlights

 

  • The College of William and Mary (Division I: Full-Scholarship Recipient) 1997-2001

  • Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Specialist of the Year (1998, 1999, & 2000)

  • The College of William and Mary President’s Award (2000 & 2001)

  • Texas A&M University Volunteer Assistant Coach (2002-2003)

  • James Madison University Assistant Volleyball Coach (2003-2008)

  • Plant City High School Varsity Volleyball Coach (2008-2011)

  • Tampa Preparatory School Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach (2012-2016)

  • Tampa Preparatory School Middle School Volleyball Coach (2011, 2017-Current)

Cici -- 2020/2021 season - 11s & 16s
Head Coach
  • Entering her 3rd season with Thunder Bay (2020-2021)

  • Played on Romanian Junior National team

  • Played professionally in Romania and France

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Thiago -- 2020/2021 season - 15s
Head Coach
  • Entering his 2nd season with Thunder Bay (2020-2021)

  • Played professionally in Brazil

  • 2 times elected Parana State, BRA Championship MVP

  • 2 times Rio de Janeiro State, BRA team player

  • 3 times champion of Parana State, BRA Championship

Regine -- 2020/2021 season - 14s
Head Coach

BIO coming soon.

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AnneMarie Blair 
Coach

AnneMarie returns to us for our 2018-2019 club season after taking 2-years off to complete her CPA license.  AnneMarie was the owner/director of NPower Volleyball from 2009-2014 before merging with Thunder Bay in 2015.  Prior to that she as the Assistant Varsity coach at Bloomingdale High School from 1995-2008.  AnneMarie played at division 1 Western Carolina and was a scholarship setter and was named 2nd team all conference in her sophomore year.

Teddi Wright 
Coach     
 
Thunder Bay Alumnus

Teddi has been playing volleyball since she was 8 years old and has played competitively since she was 12. Teddi played all 4 years on her high school varsity volleyball team where she was a 4 year varsity letter recipient. She finished her 2 years of college competition as the starting setter at Pasco-Hernando State College. Here freshman season in college, Pasco-Hernando had one of the best seasons in school history. First, they won their regional tournament, and as a freshman setter, Teddi was honored with being selected to the District P All-Tournament Team. Also, they qualified to attend the NJCAA DII National Tournament where they finished 8th in the Nation. Teddi finished her freshman year ranked 1st in the nation in total assists. During her sophomore season, PHSC once again won the regional championship going undefeated. Teddi was honored to be named to the region All-Tournament Team as well as being named the tournament MVP. Again, they qualified for the NJCAA DII National Tournament `where they finished 11th and Teddi was honored to be selected as NJCAA DII All American second team. Teddi ended her sophomore season first in the nation in with assists per set with 11.30 assist. High school accomplishments: 4 year varsity player, team captain 2012, 2013 and 2014, led high school to first regional tournament play, 2012 and 2014 volleyball Most Valuable Player, 2013 Volleyball Coaches award, 2014 ASICS Sound Mind and Body scholarship recipient.

Jasmine Shamberger 
Assistant Coach
Thunder Bay Alumnus

Jasmine's Highlights

 

  • Started playing club volleyball at the age of 11 in the 15s age group

  • Played for the Durant High School Varsity Volleyball team as a  Libero all 4 years of high school

  • Played for KPVA Club till 2012

  • 2012-2015-Played for Thunder Bay Volleyball Academy on 18s Open as a Libero

  • Won two district titles with Durant

  • Won the defense award her senior year