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
Coach Smith is in his second year as head coach and seventh overall with the Cavaliers.
In his first season as head coach in 2017, Smith guided outside hitter Sarah Billiard to an ACC All-Freshman recognition. Billiard averaged 2.84 kills per set, the ninth-highest mark by a Virginia freshman.
The following year, another freshman excelled under Smith's tutelage as Milla Ciprian set the Virginia freshman record with 1.35 blocks per set in 2018. Ciprian became just the fourth freshman to ever record 100 total blocks. She also set a school record for blocks in a five-set match with 13 against Boston College.
On the recruiting trail, Smith's 2018 signing class included four members on the AVCA High School All-America rosters. The class boasts the third-most High School All-Americans in the country.
Virginia Volleyball named Aaron Smith as the 8th Head Coach in program history, 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 second 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.
Nikki Dailey • Assistant Coach
Nikki Dailey is in her first season as an assistant coach at Virginia.
Nikki Dailey joined Virginia Volleyball in February 2018. She serves as the Cavaliers’ assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Prior to UVA, she spent one season as an assistant at Tennessee. With the Vols, Dailey worked with the setters and directed the backcourt defense. She will continue to work with the setters at UVA.
Dailey also served as an assistant coach at East Tennessee State where she helped guide the Buccaneers to the 2016 Southern Conference regular season championship. Under her tutelage, ETSU setters averaged better than 13 assists per set while setting the Bucs to a .243 hitting percentage in 2016.
On the club level, Dailey has spent the last three years as the head coach of the 16’s and 17’s at the Kingsport Volleyball Club in Kingsport, Tenn.
A 2014 graduate of the University of Iowa, Dailey was a four-year letter winner for the Hawkeyes. The former setter ranks fifth all-time in Iowa history for career assists and also ranks in the top 15 in aces and digs.
Dailey earned her Bachelor’s in Interdepartmental Studies and Communication Studies at Iowa before completing her Master’s in Kinesiology and Sport Studies at ETSU.
David Nguyen • Director of Operations
Nguyen joined Virginia volleyball in August 2018 as the director of volleyball operations. He comes to Virginia after spending the past four years on staff at VCU. During his time as a volunteer assistant for the Rams, Nguyen helped guide the program to an A-10 championship and NCAA appearance in 2017. With VCU he was directly responsible for overseeing the team’s scouting, film and statistical operations along with assisting in the training of the setters.
In addition to his time at VCU, Nguyen has experience in the club volleyball ranks. He is currently a head coach for The new Virginia assistant served as an assistant coach in the Richmond Volleyball Club, working with the 16U boys squad.
Nguyen earned his bachelor of science in general mathematical sciences from VCU in 2018.
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.
Admission on a pro-rated bases is available. Please reach out to the Camp Director.