Boston Area Youth Volleyball Director
Coach Grandpre is recognized as one of the most influential volleyball coaches in the New England area. He wears a number of hats including Head Volleyball Coach at Simmons University, Director of New England AAU Volleyball, and Director of Boston UVC. Coach Grandpre has played and coached Division 1 Volleyball. He has succeed at every level as a player and coach including:
43-15 all time conference record @ Simmons University including 2019 GNAC Coach of the Year
4 year starter, 2 year captain, and all-time record holder for digs and aces @ Division I Sacred Heart University
MVP of the New England Region as a Juniors player
Quote from Scott: “YOU are the future of New England Volleyball! Partnering with Coach Lucas on this project is a dream come true and we can not wait to find and develop the next generation of volleyball athletes here in Greater Boston!”
Boston Area Youth Volleyball Director
Lucas has over 20 years of experience coaching teams, running camps, and teaching clinics. He is the head coach of Newton South HS girls and boys volleyball. He also coaches girls and boys club travel teams at SMASH Volleyball where his teams have ranked in the top 4th percentile in the nation. With motivation for coaching all age groups, Lucas' coaching ranges from 12U to 18U travel teams, to 5 year old beginners. As a player, Lucas started off right here in MA as the high school state player of the year, went on to set a few records in college, and played open level beach and indoor, winning tournaments in New England and beyond.
Quote From Lucas: "The future of New England volleyball lies in our youth, our youngest players. There is nothing more exciting than helping a young person learn a new skill, do something new, make new friends, and fall in love with the game. And for many of these athletes there is nothing more fulfilling than trying really hard, expending a lot of energy, and leaving a session tired & happy. I'm thrilled to be partnering with Scott on this project to bring youth volleyball to more young players."
Heather Barlow brings decades of enthusiasm and experience to Boston Area Youth Volleyball. She is the Club Director of Ignite Volleyball Club and is also coaches the Groton-Dunstable girls varsity volleyball program, currently celebrating consecutive league titles. She played Division I volleyball at Brigham Young University, experiencing a Final Four and several Sweet Sixteen appearances. She is also the proud parent of several athletes, one of which also played collegiately.
Quote From Heather: "I am thrilled to be a part of another way young players in our area can experience this great game! Our Mini Club clinics are fantastic ways for newer players to get a solid foundation and give the sport a try. The clinics also allow players to come back again and again and build upon their skills. We have fantastic, enthusiastic coaches who are eager to share their love of the game with these budding athletes...it's a great place to be!"
Jose is an asset to Boston Area Youth Volleyball with his extensive academic and coaching experience. Jose has his Masters Degree in Teaching Physical Education and is a Level 1 Coach by FIVB. He has taught/coached more than 15 years in middle schools and he has won multiple championships in both club and school in Puerto Rico.
Quote from Jose: “I consider myself a Skill Development Coach. My experience as a teacher gives me the knowledge and skills needed to teach the sport in a very detailed way. In Puerto Rico we start teaching sports in an early age. I really love working with beginners players to help them in their development. I hope to contribute to the New England Volleyball by bringing my dedication, passion, energy and enthusiasm that characterizes the Puerto Rican culture! Vamos por más!!!”
Needham Boys Youth Director Dave Powell is widely regarded as one of the most successful high school volleyball coaches in the region. In the spring of 2020, Powell was named as the Boston Herald's Coach of The Decade for the decade spanning 2010-2020. This award was given to one boys high school coach in Eastern Massachusetts. During that stretch, Powell helped guide the Rockets to the program's first-ever State Title in 2015 and two State Final Appearances in 2016 and 2018. Since the 2020 season was canceled due to the Coronavirus, Needham came back from the pandemic by winning three consecutive state titles and amassing a 73-match win streak in the process.
In addition to his Boston Herald Coach of the Year award, Powell has been named the Boston Globe Coach of the Year in 2015, 2018, and 2022 and MIAA Coach of the Year in 2015. Needham's Boys Volleyball program currently has two players playing Division 1 volleyball. A Boston Globe All-Scholastic in 2002, Powell graduated from Norwood High School, Wheaton College (2006) and Boston College (2008.)
"As a middle school PE teacher, I really enjoy working with young people and teaching them the fundamentals of volleyball. I look forward to working with all ages and spread my passion of volleyball to the youth of Boston and Greater Boston."
Allison is a Program Coordinator at BAYV as well as the Director of Communications at Boston United Volleyball Club. Her experience in the world of volleyball is on the sidelines as a mom to three adult daughters who enriched her life with a collective 44 seasons of club, high school, and college volleyball on both the West Coast and here in New England. She is looking forward to introducing the sport of volleyball to many more families here in Massachusetts and to cheering on her youngest daughter’s college program beginning this fall.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“I met Scott recently, when my three children attended the grass clinic at Oak Hill. He is an excellent communicator and organiser and is incredibly encouraging with the athletes. Lucas I have known for a few years both as the Varsity coach for my older children and SMASH U12s coach for my youngest daughter. Lucas is more than an excellent coach; he takes the time to get to know each athlete and provides support specific to their needs. Ruby has thrived from her opportunity to start playing at 9 years old, developing a strong skill set and growing into a driven athlete. For me, the most important part is that my children have learned the life skill of being part of a team through working with Lucas.”
— Miky Smith
We make youth volleyball available and accessible to young players in the Greater Boston Area. Our goal is to help our youth learn the sport, fall in love with the game, and be prepared to go on to compete in a club, middle school, or high school program. All programming is run by top college, club, and high school coaches.
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