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We are excited to announce our coaching team for the upcoming season, all of whom obtain a wealth of knowledge of the sport at a high school and collegiate level. We take pride in our slogan “One Club, One Family,” and can assure you that our new coaches will fit right in. Read more about our coaches below:
Casey Grasso graduated in December 2014 from Rowan University with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. She was a member of the Profs volleyball team from 2010-13 before serving as an assistant student coach from the spring of 2013 through the spring of 2015. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she directed summer volleyball camps for Delaware Juniors Volleyball Club and worked with Mystique Volleyball club's weekend clinics.
As a student-athlete, Grasso was named Team Captain for both the 2012 and 2013 seasons, was selected as the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Defensive Player of the Year in '13 and was an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)All-Academic selection that same year. She was a four-year Dean's List student while at Rowan and was the fundraising chair for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In 2014, she helped coach the Profs to 16 wins that included an appearance in the NJAC Championship match.
Following graduation, Grasso coached the Delaware Juniors 14's Open National ACE team, competing at various tournaments such as AAU Nationals, The Capitol Hill Classic, and AC Beachfest. She then continued her coaching career at Frostburg State University as a graduate assistant at Frostburg State University in Maryland and promoted to the first assistant after one year. There, she also helped direct Frostburg Volleyball Club and coached various aged club teams as well as individual and small group lessons throughout the summer.
Once she completed her Master’s degree in School Counseling at FSU, she was named the top assistant coach at Delaware State University in the MEAC conference. She also returned to Delaware Juniors VBC as well, as the assistant coach for the 16's Open National ACE team. The team placed at various tournaments such as MAPL Hampton, Capitol Hill Classic, and MAPL Raleigh, while also qualifying for the USAV Girls Junior National Championship in Detroit, Michigan.
Gabriella "Gabby" Enriquez is originally from El Paso, Texas. Enriquez has been playing volleyball for 12 years and coaching club volleyball for five years. Her playing experience includes three years of high school varsity, two years of Division 1 NJCAA Volleyball at New Mexico Military Institute and, two years of Division 1 NCAA Volleyball at Delaware State University. Coach Gabby fell in love with coaching over the last couple of years and enjoys helping young girls achieve goals on the court to enhance their love for the game. Her coaching philosophy is that although every team is different, always reinforce fundamentals to help players become well-rounded volleyball players and also enforce strong team skills.
Betsabe Ricardez was born and raised in Texas. Ricardez became involved with sports at an early age and was voted most athletic in High School. Although well rounded in sports, Ricardez specialized in volleyball and track. Ricardez played volleyball competitively, receiving recognitions such as: qualifying for the all-district roster, area all-star team, and high school Heisman honoree. Ricardez continued to participate in the sport in intramural leagues at The University of Texas while completing a bachelors degree program. During this time, Ricardez coached high school girls in volleyball within summer leagues back in Texas, abroad while serving in the Peace Corps, and most recently volleyball and softball at a high school in Texas. Ricardez is a firm believer that dedication and hard work can take you far in life with having passion in what you are doing to achieve success.
Omar’s coaching philosophy is to encourage athletes to work hard, set goals, and learn from their experiences. He encourages players individually and as a team to push themselves and encourage their teammates similarly to accomplish a winning spirit that emphasizes building skills that last on and off the courts.
Amy Fester is entering her 7th year as a volleyball coach. She was an assistant coach at Syracuse University in New York (Division 1 Big East). Before coaching at the collegiate level, Fester served head coach for four years with the Southern Spikers Volleyball Club in Louisiana (18 travel, 16U and 14U teams). She is excited to transition back into coaching club volleyball with Capital City Elite Volleyball Club. As a player, Amy was a Division 1, a full scholarship athlete at USL. As a setter/right-side hitter, she was an all-tournament team at LSU, earned PACE award multiple times, set few season records, and is part of the Red Coat Alumni. In high school, she played four years for the Quaker City Volleyball club on the 18 & 16 travel teams and West Chester high school varsity team earning many awards and achievements (all-tournament teams, MVPs, All-State teams, team captain, etc.).
A native Washingtonian, LaMeka is a product of Archbishop Carroll High School where she received honors for consecutive years as a Washington Post All-Metropolitan student-athlete. LaMeka recently shared the honor of being one of the first women to be inducted into the Archbishop Carroll High School Athletic Hall of Fame. LaMeka began playing volleyball in the fall of her freshman year of high school. She was instantly drawn to the sport that she grew to love after playing club volleyball for D.C.’s former Capital Volleyball Club & D.C. Juniors. After two seasons of competing at the High School and Club levels as a Middle Blocker, LaMeka began receiving scholarship offers from major universities throughout the country. She later committed to a full scholarship from Temple University where she played an instrumental part in winning two Atlantic 10 Conference Championships. In the summer of 2009, LaMeka developed and implemented a free youth volleyball program that would travel to Recreation facilities throughout the District of Columbia, introducing and training kids who frequented the establishment of the sport. LaMeka later ventured as co-founder of Capital City Elite Volleyball Club, the organization that is committed to remaining within city limits while providing our student-athletes with a premier experience. LaMeka most recently held the position of Budget & Program Coordinator in the Political Department for Service Employees International Union, supporting electoral campaigns & agendas set forth by the organization. LaMeka is married to Dorjan Short and has one son, Karter.
Amina Kanu is from Prince Georges County, Maryland. Kanu attended Gwynn Park High School and played volleyball through graduation. She has served as co-captain and team captain Following high school, Kanu was selected to try-out for the Under Armour Volleyball Factory National Try-outs and was also chosen to play in the Prince Georges County All-Stars Volleyball Game. Currently, Kanu is a student at the illustrious Bowie State University as a nursing major. She hopes to obtain a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and fight against health disparities in the U.S and foreign countries.
Diana Feria was born in the capital of Peru, Lima. She is the oldest of three children. At the age of seven, Feria discovered a passion for volleyball through a volleyball club in Peru after having her parents motivated and encouraged to give volleyball a try. Feria started liking the sport. After moving to the U.S. with my family, Feria began playing volleyball for my high school and other leagues. With time and dedication, Feria was recruited to play volleyball for Montgomery College. She enjoys playing volleyball, teaching and sharing experience with others.
Jessica (Jess) joins Capital City Elite with extensive years of experience both as a player and a coach. She is a native of DC. and graduated from Catholic University. Jess currently works in marketing and business development. Prior to joining Capital City Elite, Jess was the head coach of the varsity team at Stone Ridge School of the Scared Heart in Bethesda, MD and has coached club teams at both Northern Virginia Volleyball association and Metro American VBC in D.C.
Gabriella Cheij is a new resident in D.C. having graduated this past May with her M.M. from East Carolina University. She attended and played collegiate volleyball at the University of Mount Olive, NC and Maryville College, TN. She has coached at Overbrook School in Nashville, TN.
Lorena DeSenne is 21 and has played volleyball for about eight years as a (libero). I played club for Capital City Elite for three years. I also played for Evolution volleyball club as a (libero). She has also played throughout high school and recruited to play Division 1 volleyball.
Coach Lauren started her volleyball journey in junior high school where she tried out for volleyball at Jefferson Junior High School in Washington, DC. It was a match made in heaven, and her passion and talent for the game spurred her to pursue other volleyball opportunities. She went on to try-out and play for the McKinley Technology High School team, eventually becoming team captain her senior year. Seeking other opportunities to sharpen her skills led Lauren to play with the Capital City Elite Volleyball Club as well as attend volleyball clinics in Ashburn, VA. She went on to play volleyball for two years at Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania, and after graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she returned home to coach volleyball. Coaching volleyball at her alma mater, Mckinley Tech, for two years instilled a love and desire to continue coaching. Coach Lauren currently works as an intern with the DC Department of Forensic Sciences. She wants to be able to coach other young girls to love the sport as much as she grew to love it and to possibly even go further and do more with it.
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