Surge Volleyball Club was formed in 2012 for the 2013 season and has grown from 1 team in 2013 to hosting 74 teams as we enter our 8th season! With the expectation of 12 to 20 teams, we are always looking for qualified coaches to help us grow our club. Quality Coaching is at the forefront of our minds and we are always striving to improve our coaching staff by offering coaching clinics, onsite IMPACT training, a coaching mentor program and an abundance of experience from our resident permanent coaches. If you are interested in joining our coaching family, Contact Us and let us know what experience you have or if you are interested in getting started. We partner our new coaches with seasoned coaches as assistants so they can learn the in’s and out’s of coaching as well as what we focus on as a club.
Meet our coaches and our tentative placement of coaches for the 2020 season:
Ron Humer – Club Director and Founder of Surge Volleyball Club (SVC).
Ron has been coaching sports for over 28 years from ages 5 to adults with 17 years and 36 seasons as a volleyball coach. Ron began playing competitively in 1992 on the sand playing beach doubles and as an outside hitter for the 82nd Airborne Division’s Post team where he was recognized as the Tournament MVP during the finals over 3 years. He currently plays in competitive beach and grass doubles tournaments and in recreational 6’s leagues. Ron is the the founder and owner of Surge Volleyball Club that offers a multitude of opportunities for players. Surge hosts “Mini” (named for tournaments only taking 4 hours) doubles tournaments over the summer in the Berks County area. Ron’s coaching history is:
2003-2010 Assistant Coach Fleetwood Boys
2011-2014 Head Coach Fleetwood Boys
2008-2009 Head Coach/Club Director Tiger Surge Volleyball Club
2010-2012 Head Coach J-Stroke Volleyball Club
2014-2015 Head Coach Lighthouse Christian Academy
2012-Present Club Director & Founder Surge Volleyball Club
2016-2017 Assistant Coach Penn State Berks Womens Volleyball
2008-Present Head Coach Fleetwood Girls Volleyball
Ron’s Coaching Philosophy: to improve the team by improving each player. His focus on making the players more knowledgeable and technically sound is only overshadowed by his sharing of the love of the game. Ron is IMPACT certified, CAP I certified, has a Certificate of Completion for the “Art of Coaching”, a Certified Personal Trainer, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) certified, a member of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association (PVCA) and member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). Ron was voted the Berks County Girls High School Volleyball “Coach of the Year” for the 2013/14 season.
Timothy Hartranft – 18s Head Coach – Club Administrator 5th Year with Surge VBC
Timothy Hartranft brings over 26 years of playing and coaching experience to Surge starting in 1987 as a player where he’s played in every position over the years in leagues and tournaments. Timothy’s coaching experience started in 1990 when he was the Assistant coach of the boys team at Kutztown High School. His coaching experience continued throughout the years:
1990-1992 – asst. coach Kutztown HS (boys)
1992-1994 – part time asst. coach Kutztown Univ. (women)
1992-1994 – head coach Kutztown Univ. (men’s club)
1993-1995 – asst. coach Blue Mt. HS (girls)
1995-1996 – head coach Pottsville HS (boys)
1996-1999 – head coach Blue Mt. HS (girls)
1996-1999 – head coach Kutztown HS (boys)
2001-2007 – asst. coach Fleetwood HS (girls)
2008-2009 – asst. coach Alvernia Univ. (women)
1997-2013 – Assistant or Head Coach with Crosscourt VBC
Timothy’s Coaching Philosophy: Consistency, teamwork, confidence, aggressiveness, positive mindset and being a smart player. His Expectations: He hopes to teach the game he loves to a group of players willing to learn, improve their game play and growth in the sport. Our goal will be to improve with each tournament & practice. He also hopes to teach many valuable ‘life lessons’ as well. He is Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) certified and a Life Member of the Pennsylvania Coaches Association.
Mike Maston – 18s Head Coach – 5th Year with Surge VBC
Mike played 4 years as a starting outside and defensive specialist for Fitchburg University. Mike also competed in beach tournaments at the Open level during college. Mike took 10 years off from playing and being a part of the sport but missed the game he loved. He started back up competing in local doubles tournaments and started his volleyball coaching career. Mike’s coaching experience is:
2015-Present Head coach Fleetwood Middle School
2015-Present Head coach Surge 14 Black team
2009-2013 Head coach Tops Volleyball Club
2011-2014 Head Coach Brandywine Height Middle School
Mike’s Coaching Philosophy: centers around having players become better teammates and better players every day. Focusing on improving each time the players step on the court in both technical and tactical skills. Mike desires to become a better coach in the process and to share his passion for the game. Mike is IMPACT certified and has completed the Concussion and Safesport courses
John Forry – 16s Head Coach – 4th Year with Surge VBC
John started his playing career in 1995 for Exeter High School. While at Exeter, his team competed in the county finals and district semifinals. After High school, John continued playing in various doubles and quads tournaments as well as 6’s leagues throughout Berks County. In 2001, as a senior at Alvernia College, now Alvernia University, he was the starting outside hitter on Alvernia’s first men’s volleyball team. John graduated from Alvernia in 2001 with a degree in Social Studies and Secondary Education as well as Special Education. In late 2001 John became an assistant girl’s volleyball coach at Muhlenberg High School and the assistant boy’s coach at Reading High School where he taught. In 2002 John took over as Head Coach for a one win Muhlenberg High School team and stayed until 2012. At Muhlenberg, where he also became a teacher, his teams improved year after year as he compiled a 98-88 record over 11 seasons, 7 district playoff appearances, 3 county playoff appearances, and 1 county finals appearance. In 2005 he was named Berks County Coach of the Year as he also coached the Player of the year. Forry resigned in 2012 from coaching the program he built as he also resigned his teaching position. After a year off from coaching, he decided it was time to get back into it at the college level. In the summer of 2013, John was Named Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Penn State University Berks Campus where he had 5 successful seasons before retiring to coach his children. During his time at Penn State Berks, He compiled an 88-59 overall record while going 45-13 in conference play. His 88 wins is a school record for most wins as volleyball coach at PSU Berks. His teams made their conference playoffs every year under his guidance, posting 2 quarterfinals appearances, 2 semifinals appearances, and one finals appearance. He has coached 3 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, 1 Rookie of the Year, 6 First Team All-Conference Selections, 3 Second Team All-Conference Selections, and 5 Third Team All-Conference Selections. John is proud to say that one of his most decorated players, Madison Wojciechowski, 2017 Northeastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference is a Surge Volleyball Alumni and current coach. John’s coaching philosophy has not changed over the last 17 years. He feels that teaching the “why” of the game promotes intelligence and growth which in turn will always lead to a better product on the court. He believes the smarter player will always win the day.
2001-2002: Assistant Girl’s Volleyball Coach Muhenberg High School
2001-2003- Assistant Boy’s Volleyball Coach Reading High School
2002-20012- Head Varsity Girl’s Volleyball Coach Muhlenberg High School
2013-2017- Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Penn State University Berks Campus
Beth Eddinger – 15s/16s/17s Assistant Coach – 3rd Year with Surge VBC
Beth has been coaching junior girls volleyball for 8 years from ages 11 to 18 with 9 seasons as a head coach. Beth began her volleyball career with Solanco High School where she was a two year varsity starter and Captain of her team senior year. She also played two years at the collegiate level for Penn State Harrisburg and was captain during the second season. Beth currently an active member of the Surge Women’s Team and occasionally competes in recreational play in the area.
Beth’s coaching history:
2009: Head Coach Hempfield Rec
2010: Head Coach Prevail
2011 – 2012: Head Coach Norlanco Volleyball Club
2013 – 2015: Head Coach Nook Volleyball Academy
2016 – present: Surge Volleyball Club
Heleanna Davison – 16s Head Coach – 3rd Year with Surge VBC
Heleanna has been coaching girls volleyball for 6 years, ages 14 to college level; with 4 seasons as head coach. Heleanna began her volleyball career at Wilson High school. She was the starting Middle blocker; after high school she played at Penn State Berks, where she was the starting Middle her sophomore thru senior year. During her senior year, Heleanna was captain of her team and holds every blocking record. She was coached by John Forry throughout her college career and now is an assistant for him. Her coaching philosophy is the ability to understand the game at a new level and understand the why of the game. This allows for development in volleyball IQ, and playing ability to grow. Heleanna continues her growth as a coach and player, by playing and working with coaches to expand her abilities.
2012- 2014: Head Coach with Shockwave
2014: Assistant Coach with J stroke
2015: Assistant Coach with X- Factor
2016: Coach of Wyomissing School District
2016- Current: Head Coach Surge
2017: Assistant Coach at Penn State Berks
Brooke Beiler - 15s Head Coach - 3rd Year with Surge
Brooke is very excited for her first season with surge. Brooke has been coaching the past couple of years from junior high to high school. Brooke started her volleyball career when she was 12 and never looked back. She was a four year varsity starter at Cocalico high school, a captain her senior year. She earned Lancaster Lebanon leagues all star awards section two 2nd team her junior season, and section three 1st team her senior season, and was also awarded outstanding senior athlete at Cocalico. Brooke is pursuing a career in cosmetology as a hairdresser, but continues to play in recreational leagues and adult tournaments.
Brooke’s coaching history:
2014: assistant coach xfactor volleyball 15’s
2015: assistant coach vision volleyball 17’s
2015-2016: assistant coach Cocalico high school
2016: head coach Cocalico junior high
2016-present: assistant coach surge volleyball
Brooke’s coaching philosophy: she wants every girl to be able to play to their full potential and learn and grow as volleyball players and young women. Girls should play to get better, learn, and to have fun. Brooke wants to share her love of volleyball, knowledge, and skills with young players and help them grow to love it as much as she does.
Jerry Behney 15s Assistant Coach - 3rd Year with Surge
Jerry’s interest in volleyball started in the 1980’s as both a player and fan of the game. Over the years, he has enjoyed playing in many leagues, grass, and sand tournaments and now looks to share his appreciation for the game with the next generation of players. Jerry has been a head and assistant coach with the J-Stroke Volleyball Club and a practice coach for the local CYO league. His approach and beliefs for youth sports: persistence, positivity, and patience will lead to performance.
Jason Michaels - 15s Head Coach - 2nd Year with Surge
Jason Michaels 15s/16s Head Coach - 3rd Year with Surge
Jason began his playing career in 1995 at Ephrata Senior High School and also spent two seasons playing for Red Rose Volleyball Club in Lancaster, PA. He attended Juniata College and was a two year starter at middle for the Juniata Men’s Volleyball team in 1999 and 2000. After graduating from Juniata in 2001, Jason spent three years as an assistant coach with the Lower Merion High School boy’s team and one year with the girl’s team. He also served one year as a head coach for Bala Volleyball Club Boys 18’s team and two years competing in indoor tournaments at the A/AA/Open level.
After a long break, he joined the J-Stroke VBC coaching staff in 2015 and spent 2 year’s with the club coaching girls 12’s and 13’s teams before joining Surge in 2017.
Madison Wojciechowski – 14s Head Coach – 3rd Year with Surge VBC
Madison has been playing volleyball for 9 years since she was in 5th grade starting with club volleyball at X-treme VBC and J-Stroke. She continued playing through high school at Fleetwood High School and was selected for the All Division II team her senior year, Madison played club volleyball with Surge Volleyball on its opening team in 2013 and was on the first Surge team to earn and compete at the AAU National Championship in the summer of 2016. Madison is a sophmore at PSU Berks where she was recruited to play for the PSU Berks Women’s Volleyball team. She was selected NEAC first team for the 2017 season, NEAC second team for the 2016 season, and defensive player of the year for the conference for the 2017 season. Madison also competes in leagues and local doubles tournaments in the area. Coaching Experience:
– 2013 to 2015 Volunteer Coach Fleetwood Middle School
– 2016 to 2017 Volunteer Coach Fleetwood High School
– 2016 to 2017 Kutztown University Summer Camp Instructor
Keith Hallman – 12s Head Coach – 4th Year with Surge VBC
Keith began playing volleyball over 25 years ago both indoors and outdoors. He was on the 101st Airborne Division and 3rd Infantry Division Post teams as an Outside Hitter and setter, earning MVP honors 3 out of 6 years. He truly loves the sport and wants to share his knowledge and passion for the game with every player he coaches. Keith focuses on teaching the proper fundamentals, technical skills, teamwork, effort, and sportsmanship. His goal for all players is to play the game with passion and aggressiveness, all while learning the game and having fun. Keith is Impact Certified and has completed Safe sport, Concussion, and Cardiac courses.
2016- Volunteer Coach- Fleetwood Middle School
2017- Assistant Coach- Fleetwood High School
2015- Present- Head Coach- Surge Volleyball
Kelsey Kromer – 14's Assistant Coach – 5th Year with Surge VBC
Kelsey started playing volleyball in 9th grade at Shenendehowa High School, located in upstate New York, as a means for getting in shape for basketball season. By her junior year her passion for volleyball overshadowed basketball and continued her varsity career for the next two years. She then played four years at the collegiate level for Kutztown University of Pennsylvania from 2011-2015. During the summer, Kelsey competes in grass doubles and quad tournaments, and this club season will play on the Surge Women’s Team. This is her 3rd season with Surge VBC.
2011: Assistant Coach NY Attack VBC
Summer 2014: Camp Counselor/Coach Kutztown University Volleyball Camp
Summer 2015: Camp Counselor/Coach Shenendehowa HS Volleyball Camp
2014-2015: Surge VBC
2016-present: Surge VBC
Abbie Carr - 14s/15s Assistant Coach - 1st Year with Surge
Ron Rutkowski – 14s Assistant Coach – 4th Year with Surge VBC
Ron Rutkowski has played volleyball most of his adult life starting a few (many) years ago at Wilson High School “open-gym”. He continues to improve the skills of the sports with great enthusiasm and drive. Ron’s coaching experience:
2000-2010 Lower Macungie Youth Association girls’ volleyball
During this time, his teams have won multiple awards from bronze to gold medals. After retiring from L.M.Y.A. coaching, Ron concentrated on outdoor grass play with indoor courts as a back-up, with a brief session in an Allentown league. Ron has recently started competing at a more competitive level in several tournaments with a win at the East Coast Volleyball Horsham Tournament for Quad BB level last year. Ron has been organizing “open-gym” for the Lower Macungie Community Center before moving to the Kutztown area where he currently resides.
Brandi Burns - 16s/17s Head Coach - 3rd Year with Surge
Brandi started playing volleyball in the 6th grade and continued through high school and college, playing as a libero and setter. This is her second season coaching with Surge. Brandi has a BS in Biology and is a pediatric Physician Assistant. On her down time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, and their dog, Bailey. Brandi still finds time to play competitively in local tournaments and open gyms. Brandi’s coaching history: CYO 2015-2016, TCA 13s regional 2016, Surge 14s 2017. Brandi’s coaching philosophy is simple: Brandi wants to teach fundamentals while improving teamwork and have some fun while doing so. Brandi is very patient, fun-loving and hardworking. She coaches because she loves the sport and she wants to pass that love on to her players, eventually getting them on a high school team and hopefully college.
Victoria Leidy – 3rd Year with Surge VBC
Victoria Leidy started playing volleyball at Boiling Springs High School as a middle and outside hitter. She was team captain her senior year of 2011-2012. Victoria played club volleyball with the West Shore YMCA and Revolution Chambersburg. She was a right side, outside, and middle hitter at one time for each team. After high school, she went on to play for Elizabethtown College as an outside and middle hitter. She was team captain at Elizabethtown in 2015-2016. Victoria is excited to share her passion and excitement about volleyball with other players, and cannot wait to begin coaching.
o Coming Soon!
Cristine Humer – 14s Head Coach – 3rd Year with Surge VBC
Cristine has been playing volleyball for 8 years since she was in 6th grade starting with club volleyball at J-Stroke. She continued playing through high school at Fleetwood High School and was selected for the All Division II team her senior year, Cristine played club volleyball with Surge Volleyball on its opening team in 2013 and was on the first Surge team to earn and compete at the AAU National Championship in the summer of 2016. Cristine is a freshman at PSU Berks where she was recruited to play for the PSU Berks Women’s Volleyball team and just ended a successful year at 20-10. Cristine also competes in leagues and local doubles tournaments in the area. Coaching Experience:
– 2013 to 2015 Volunteer Coach Fleetwood Middle School
– 2016 Kutztown University Summer Camp Instructor
Don Decker - Coach - 1st Year with Surge VBC
Don Decker has had a long and broad involvement with the sport of volleyball. He has coached, played, organized, mentored, officiated and more in his 35 or so years of involvement. With a competitive playing career that goes back to 1980 and gradually slowed as he transitioned into high school officiating and coaching in the early 90’s and deciding to take a sabbatical due to business commitments 2014. Don Decker has had a long and broad involvement with the sport of volleyball. He has coached, played, organized, mentored, officiated and more in his 35 or so years of involvement. With a competitive playing career that goes back to 1980 and gradually slowed as he transitioned into high school officiating and coaching in the early 90’s and deciding to take a sabbatical due to business commitments 2014. Philosophy – From experience, volleyball can be enjoyed as a lifetime sport. It can be learned through involvement in team sport in organized settings as well as in the relaxed atmosphere such as beach volleyball. It is great to start young but it is also never too late to begin learning. Having never been in a school organized team meant learning by playing, watching, and constantly striving to play at the best level you can. Teaching youth needs to be done by finding methods of motivating them and challenging them to always find ways to become a better smarter player. Key in the process is taking young minds and having them understand not only how they can become better but in how they are willing to commit to making the team better regardless if it’s a partner in doubles or an entire team in school. Teaching them to becoming the important piece in the puzzle and what makes the puzzle special……
• USAV playing career from 1981 to 2000
• Participated on various KRVA Mens AA teams that were KRVA Regional Champions
• Participated in USAV Open National Championships: 1985 Long Island NY – 1987 Wichita KS – 1989 Toledo OH – 1993 Memphis TNo 1993 National Championship Open Silver Division 2nd placeo
Received All Tournament Team member award
• Participated in USAV Senior National Championships:
o 1996 Dallas TX 35 and over Silver division 2nd place
o 2001 Milwaukee 40 and over Gold division 2nd place
Highlight – All Tournament team member awardo
2002 Dallas TX 40 and over Gold Division 2nd Place
Highlight – All Tournament team member awardo
2003 – 40 and over Gold Division National Championso
2004 – Atlanta GA – 40 and over Gold Division
• Competitive doubles career spanned 1980 to 2010
• Competed in open level and Pro division
• Enjoyed a successful career on both beach and grass throughout the local areaHighlights
o Competed in a number of early east coast AVP Pro Beach tournaments including the inaugural season tour tournament in Long Beach NY in 1985 and others in NJ in the 1980’s.
o Briefly played on the EVA Beach Tour in the early 90’s
o Lost in the finals of the inaugural Pottstown Rumble in 1991
o Won the inaugural Pottstown Rumble Senior 50’s division event
o Won at the Susquehanna Smash Senior 45’s division ( 2014?)
o 1995 – Won the Keystone Games Beach doubles 35 & over
o 1995 – finished 3rd in Keystone Games Beach Open Division
o 1988 – Participated in the 6 man Coed Beach Volleyball Championships held in San Juan Puerto Rico
• USAV Provisional Referee Cert. 1982
• USAV Regional Referee Certified 1884 – 2000 2006 – 2011
• NCAA Regional official 2008 – 2015
• NFHS Referee L-L chapter 1992-1994
• NFHS Referee Berks chapter 1995-2015
Officiating Career Highlights o Participating in numerous Berks County Boys and Girls playoff matches
o Serving as linesman at an international match in 1992 – USA vs Russia at Villanova University
o Serving as alternate official at international match – USA vs Canada at Liberty High School Mid 1990s
• 1994 – 1999 Assistant Coach – Holy Name High School Girls
• 2000 – 2004 Head Coach – Daniel Boone High School Girls
• 2004 – 2008 Head Coach – Daniel Boone High School Boys
• 1992 – 2005 X-Court Volleyball Club Girls – coaching ages 14 – 16 – 18
• X-Court Volleyball Club Vice President and President for 4 -5 years
• 2002 Berks Girls Coach of the year award recipient
o Several time county champion/runnerup from 1994 – 1999o 1994 District 3 Runnerupo 1995 & 1996 District 3 Champs
o 1996 State Semifinalisto Daniel Booneo 2001 & 2003 District 3 qualifier
o 2002 PIAA State Quarterfinalisto 2003 Berks County Runnerup
o 2003 District 3 Runnerup and PIAA State Quarterfinalisto 2004 District 3 QuarterfinalistTraveling to USAV Junior Nationals in Dallas TX 1998 with X-Court 14’s teamTravelling to 1994 Mizuno National Championships Orlando FL with X-Court 14’s team
2002 USAV IMPACT certification
2003 USAV IMPACT Clinician
1995 CAP I certification 1997 ?
CAP II certification2001 American Sports Certification Program (ASEP) certified
1997 – 2005 Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association member