The Cavalier coaching staff strives to connect with each and every camper. Campers will not only learn the game of volleyball, but they will create relationships and memories that shape their experience of the game. Cavalier coaches have a strong influence on each camper which is why we pride ourselves on having coaches that are great role models, as well as, great teachers. Campers will be placed in an appropriate group based on age and ability where they will learn, be challenged, and ultimately enjoy their experience with knowledgeable and dedicated coaches!
AARON SMITH • Head Coach
Virginia Volleyball named its 8th Head Coach in program history with a familiar face, Aaron Smith, whose played a pivotal role in the renewed success of Virginia Volleyball. Coach Smith spent the previous five years working with Cavalier Student-Athletes as an assistant and associate Head Coach. Coach Smith was a 2013 recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) “Thirty Under 30”, which seeks to nationally honor 30 of the up-and-coming coaches from around the country. Following a four-year letter-winning career for the Penn State Nittany Lions, Coach Smith played professionally in Spain for Club Tarragona in 2007. Coach Smith began roaming collegiate sidelines in 2007 which include three years in the Big Ten, and a combined seven years in the ACC.
Hudson Bates • Assistant Coach
Hudson Bates is in his first season as an assistant coach at Virginia.
Bates joins the Cavaliers after serving as the men’s head volleyball coach at Marymount University (Arlington, Va.) for the last four years, the program he helped launch in 2013. In its third season of competition, Marymount produced the program’s first AVCA All-American. Marymount reached a national ranking of No. 9 in Bates’ fourth season. Bates led Marymount to the Continental Volleyball Conference tournament in three of his four seasons as head coach.
In 2017, Bates had three players earn all-conference honors. Bates led Marymount to the CVC regular season title and earned the top seed in the conference tournament after reaching the conference tournament the previous three seasons. In his second year, Marymount made the CVC tournament for the first time and had a player named CVC Rookie of the Year.
Bates began coaching as a volunteer assistant coach at George Mason his alma mater from 2008-09.
Following college, Bates was invited to train and compete with the USA Men’s National team from 2008-10 and competed professionally in the Puerto Rico Superior League (2) and Qatar National League (1) from 2008-12.
Bates still competes as a professional beach volleyball player on the AVP tour and ranks among the top-10 teams in the nation. In 2010, he was a member of the USA National beach team and has represented the USA in multiple international FIVB tournaments throughout the years.
Kyle Homeyer • Director of Operations
Homeyer arrived on Grounds in the Spring of 2016 succeeding Director of Operations Chris Birch who left to run Synergy Volleyball in Philadelphia. His primary areas of responsibility including facilitating all aspects of team travel, Statistical Analysis and video breakdown for the Cavaliers, and other duties as assigned by the coaching staff.
In May 2017, he began working with the Men's Sitting National Team as the Technical Coordinator.
Homeyer previously worked at Ohio State where he served as the Director of Hockey operations since 2014 after serving as the Director of Volleyball operations for two seasons one of which they team reached the Sweet 16. He orchestrated camps for Women's Volleyball and Women's Ice Hockey, as well as, participating in the Men’s Volleyball camps while at Ohio State. Prior to his time at Ohio State, Homeyer began his collegiate career as a volunteer assistant coach at St. Louis University.
He also brings experience as a USA Volleyball High Performance Coach. Homeyer has worked with USA Volleyball since 2011 and served as assistant coach for female Select team at 2011 High Performance Championships and was an assistant coach for the male youth team at 2015 High Performance Championships. The most recent work for the USA is the select girls A2 camp in Colorado Springs, CO.
In December of 2016 and 2017, Homeyer has served as the DataProject Scout person for ESPN during the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Final Four providing in-depth statistics for the Crew, Paul Sunderland, and Karch Kiraly.
Additionally, he works with DataProject USA in an outreach effort to ensure user satisfaction, and product support for the parent Company in Italy, DataProject S.r.l.
Both Current and former Cavalier Student-Athletes will be in attendance to make your camp experience more enjoyable! You’ll have to attend to find out which ones!
Camp is open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level, and/or gender.
The NCAA prohibits free/reduced admission for prospect-aged individuals.