Mike Schall. I derive great joy from helping kids and coaches discover the unique gifts inside of them to better serve others. My most special gifts are my beautiful wife of 17 years, Sarah, and my four children (Belle-13, Sam-11, Andrew-7, and Mia-5). I am the Associate Director of Triangle Volleyball Club in Raleigh, NC where I help lead a staff of nearly 80 coaches, 300 athletes, and 600 parents. I am fortunate to have traveled the world to coach and teach, to give and receive, to lead and serve. While my experience in coaching ranges from introducing 10 year olds to the game of volleyball to serving as the Assistant Coach for the national champion Penn State Women’s Volleyball Team, my greatest prizes on my coaching journey are the people – all of them – that I now count as friends. My goal is to create a learning environment in the gym and on this site where questions are welcome, mistakes are encouraged, and curious lifetime learners are created.
Dan Schall. I have the privilege of getting to work with kids—on the court and in the classroom—at a critical season of their lives. I am an American History and Advanced Placement Psychology teacher and boys’ volleyball coach at North Allegheny Senior High in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At my core, my daily challenge is to help students and athletes be the best versions of themselves and encourage them to bring out the best in those around them. It’s an imperfect and often immeasurable process which makes continual change, development, and learning so vital. I’ve been blessed to have been surrounded by great teachers and coaches throughout my life who have shaped me and my career path; I have been honored to work with thousands of students and athletes who continue to shape me and motivate me to be better at what I do. In turn, I hope to matter to others. My wife Teri and I have three boys-best friends and teammates: Caleb (11), Owen (9) and Charlie (4).
Tom Mooney. I began teaching at North Allegheny Senior High School in 2002; it’s the only place I’ve ever taught. I have taught a wide-range of classes and continually find the idea of teaching something new to be a great challenge. Teaching is, I believe, one of the most interesting and challenging professions- it changes each day and the students make the experience interesting and worthwhile. I am where I want to be in life. I feel the best teaching I might have is ahead of me and I have really benefitted throughout my life because of close friends and closer family. I continue to feel I’m in the right career. My wife Erin and I are the parents of three beautiful girls-Molly, Clare, and Lucy.
Dan Long. My passion and vocation center on helping to develop young men and women into the best that they can be. My wife Aimee and I have been married for seven years and we reside in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. We have an energetic golden retriever named Zeke and we are expecting our first child in early 2016. I am currently a teacher at North Allegheny Senior High School in Wexford, PA, where I am an instructor in Honors Organic Chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry. I also serve as the varsity assistant boys’ volleyball coach at North Allegheny and as a head coach for the Pittsburgh Volleyball club. Over the past 12 years, I have coached both boys’ and girls’ volleyball at many different age and ability levels in both school and club environments. My daily aim in the classroom and in the gym is to create an environment of fun and of learning that pushes young men and women to grow in their character, confidence, relationships and achievement.
Jason Curtis. Jason Curtis. I’m a life-long educator who is grateful that sports led to a career in teaching and learning. For 25 years I’ve been privileged to serve as a volleyball coach in club, high school, college, camp and clinic environments, and over the past 19 years have been a teacher, speaker and facilitator for high school students and educators. As principal of Cardinal Gibbons High School (Raleigh, NC) I’m blessed to observe and learn from so many gifted teachers and coaches, while serving in a school community where I’m given the remarkable opportunity to think and explore alongside students. I’m passionate about leadership development, especially for young people, and strive to inspire a commitment to serve and lead others. My wife Kelly and I have four children: Jake (17), Emily (15), Maggie (12), and Erin (10).
Pete Madia. I am a professional sports photographer as well as a volleyball coach. I have the privilege of getting to work with students and athletes at many different points in their athletic careers and lives. I truly enjoy my experience as a high school volleyball coach and getting to work with students from 10-18 years old as they start, continue, or end their high school athletic journeys. As a sports photographer, I get to work very closely with collegiate athletes and get to experience and share in their journey as student athletes beyond high school. I coach boys’ volleyball at North Allegheny and am the Administrative Club Director of Pittsburgh Volleyball Club. I look forward to working with the other men who are entering this journey together. These men are all very important in my life in coaching and I am excited about our next adventure. Friends and family are very important to me and I hope to be able to share my experiences and adventures with others.