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.
STEPHANIE ROSS • Assistant Coach
“What a great opportunity to interact and compete with some of your favorite Cavalier volleyball student-athletes!”
Stephanie Ross joined the Cavalier program as an assistant coach in February 2014. Ross previously served as an assistant coach at Dayton and High Point. She works primarily with the passers and defenders and also helps direct the UVA offense. During her two seasons with UVA, Ross has helped lead the Cavaliers to a 17-14 (10-8 ACC) record in 2014 and 18-13 (10-10) in 2015.
Ross coordinates UVA’s recruiting. Her reputation, country wide, is that she is a recruiter that genuinely connects with prospective student athletes and their families. She annually commits top100 recruits, which has propelled the volleyball program to new heights.
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. Prior to arriving on Grounds, Homeyer held the same position working with the Men's and Women's Volleyball team at Ohio State, as well as, the Women's Ice Hockey Team. He orchestrated camps for Women's Volleyball and Women's Ice Hockey while at Ohio State. In the summer, Homeyer has worked with both boys and girls USA High Performance Volleyball teams during various competitions.
Currently, 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.
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.