The A5 Volleyball Board of Directors consist of coaches, former players, and parents of players with experience in other junior volleyball programs. Our Board provides guidance to our club and has a wealth of experience to draw from.
The Board and the Club Directors work in a joint effort to ensure current and future success and the desired operational outcomes.
Club officers and board members:
Bob Westbrook, Foundervolleyperform1@gmail.com | Download bio
Bob Westbrook is a founding member of A5 and continues as one of the primary pillars of the club. His list of accomplishments includes coaching at the NCAA Division I college level for several colleges. He also founded the highly successful Front Range Volleyball Club in Colorado.
Bob has brought national volleyball attention and prominence to Atlanta. His teams have succeeded nationally at the club level and his players continue to have success at the college level. Bob's 2008 18-1 team won the USAV National Division Championship in Dallas and his 2011 18-1 team earned the first-ever 18 Open bid out of the Southern Region.
Separately from A5, he develops player skills through Volley Performance, an organization he founded and owns.
Michael Fletcher, Executive Directormichael@a5volleyball.com
Michael has been involved with A5 since its inception in 2005 – first as a parent; then as a volunteer, followed by a Board Member, and culminating in his appointment as Executive Director in 2008. Since assuming the helm of A5, he has overseen a tripling of the Club’s size, including the creation of sister clubs GA5 and A5 South. He put his background in real estate development to work by developing Southern Volleyball Center and Peachtree Volleyball Center, the Club’s primary training facilities. Moreover, he has helped A5 blossom into one of the Nation’s elite volleyball clubs, earning recognition by AVCA as runner-up for 2016 Club Director of the year.
Says Fletcher, “I view myself as an enabler, helping to create a vision and an environment in which our staff of unbelievable coaches can do what they do best – teach our gifted athletes how to compete at the highest levels. While I am proud of what the Club has accomplished to date, we are still hungry because we know that we can do so much more."
A 1975 graduate of West Point, Michael earned a Master's Degree from Stanford University upon the completion of his military service in 1981. His pre-volleyball career was in commercial real estate development.
Gabe Aramian, Director of Volleyballgabearamian@gmail.com | Download bio
Gabe Aramian has been a part of the ever-growing volleyball community in the Atlanta area for 10 years. While at A5, his positions have included Board Member, Recruiting Coordinator, Master Coach, and Lead Instructor for regular season training, pre-season training and holiday camps, youth camps and clinics, and the Southern Volleyball Showcase. As a coach, his club teams have been ranked as high as #1 in the country, with numerous qualifier and national championship medals, including the 2016 AAU and USAV National Champions in 16 Open. In 2016, Gabe was also named AVCA 16s Coach of the Year. During his coaching tenure, he took a 3 year sabbatical to coach collegiately at Auburn and Coastal Carolina University, where he was a part of a second round NCAA finish and two second place conference finishes.
Gabe is originally from Marietta, Georgia and graduated from UGA with a degree in International Affairs and Arabic, and from KSU with a Master of Public Administration.
Scott Cioffari, Operations Directorscott@a5volleyball.com | Download bio
Scott Cioffari is a long time member of the Atlanta volleyball community, having been with A5 since its inception. As a nationally recognized volleyball “guru,” Scott has coached both at the collegiate and club level, from UNC to North Florida, Georgia State to Georgia Tech, and Jacksonville Juniors to his current home at A5. At the college ranks he was a part of multiple conference championships and two Sweet 16 appearances. Accomplishments at the club level include multiple regional championships, bids to nationals, qualifier medals, and national championship medals.
Scott grew up in Westchester, New York and has a degree in History and Political Science, and a minor in Sports Science at UNC. He also has a Master of Sports Administration from Georgia State.
JJ Boyte, Accounting Managerjkboyte@gmail.com | Download bio
JJ Boyte joined both the leadership team and the coaching staff for A5 in 2015. Prior to this, JJ worked for a regional accounting firm in South Carolina for two years, where he gained experience in the public accounting field. JJ specialized in Government, Non-Profit, and Special Purpose entity work. Born and raised in South Carolina, JJ was heavily involved in coaching and training club volleyball players and teams there, and also spent 18 months as a Volunteer Assistant Coach with the Anderson University Women’s volleyball team.
JJ has a B.S. in Business from Anderson Unviersity and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from Clemson University.
Bill Durden, Board Memberbdurden@durdene.com | Download bio
After years serving as a Volleyball Dad, Bill Durden offers his time both on and off the court. He has completed certification as a CAP III Coach with USA Volleyball. While traveling to Colorado, Ohio and Georgia he has attended 15 coaching clinics over the last 7 years. He has coached five club teams with two different clubs and spent countless hours watching practices. His daughter Katie played at Maryville College, Tennessee.
Bill has created a volleyball grass court facility at Berry Patch Farms that has hosted tournaments for the last several years, including the first SRVA grass court championship in 2006. He has also enjoyed working as a lay coach with the Sequoyah High volleyball program. He has served as a high school volleyball referee.
He feels that his off court leadership skills developed working as General Manager of a plastic injection molding operation and the farm will help in his role as a Board Member. His wife Debbie has a great love for the game. His son, Will is into horses on the north side of Orlando.
Kurt Hoyt, Board Memberkurt.firstname.lastname@example.org
A 1983 graduate of Georgia Tech, Kurt Hoyt is a software architect for ADP in Alpharetta. His daughters have been involved in organized sports for nearly 20 years, with his older daughter playing AAU basketball with the Georgia Magic (where Kurt was coach), and high school basketball at South Forsyth High School. His youngest daughter (Grace) is now a graduate assistant coach at Miami of Ohio. Grace competed collegiately at Mississippi State and Kennesaw State.
Kurt is known best for his nightly emails of club results and match results tweets. Kurt also coached GA5's 14-2 team in GA5's inaugural season.
Kurt is a broadcaster for Georgia Tech, having done women's basketball color commentary for 15 years and is now in his 11th season as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Yellow Jackets volleyball team.
Kip Buss, Board Member, Boys Directorkcbuss@bellsouth.net | Download bio
Growing up in Pennsylvania, Kip first started playing volleyball for his high school team. He continued his playing days in college, joining the club team at Wake Forest University as well as a USA Volleyball men's open team in North Carolina. After college, he played in a number of indoor USA Volleyball Open Championships along with many sand and grass tournaments. He and his partner won the inaugural Atlanta Iron Man Tri-Surface (Indoor, Grass, Sand) Doubles Volleyball Tournament.
Kip has been happily married for over 20 years and has been active in coaching at A5 since 2007. He was named the Director of the A5 Boys program in 2012.
Kip has been in banking his entire career and works for Wells Fargo.
Grace Fossier, Board Member and Youth Directora5grace.email@example.com | Download bio
A graduate of Michigan State University, Grace contributes success in her business career and coaching career to her years competing in sports. While her early years competing with her older brothers in various sports taught her toughness, playing in organized sports throughout her school years taught Grace team unity and the knowledge behind achieving goals. Volleyball stole her heart in junior high and she went on to play Varsity volleyball in high school, and also competed in Club Volleyball in college. She still enjoys training for marathons, triathlons, and playing club tennis.
Having had opportunities to travel to third world countries on housing construction projects, Grace realized that while the building was practical and appreciated, true joy came when the group took time to play sports with village children. Athletics are a universal bond that most every culture enjoys, and as Co-Director of the Youth Program and being a Board Member, Grace feels honored to coach volleyball and have a hand in the business development of A5 Volleyball.
Grace thanks God every day for her best friend and husband Rick, and their awesome sons, Zach and Mitch.
Joe Bennett-Paris, Board Memberbparis3902@thejbp.com
Joe’s greatest accomplishments are his three daughters, Katie, Hannah and Molly, all of whom have played volleyball. Hannah was a Plank Member of A5, playing for Erica Miller and Bob Westbrook. She went on to have a stellar 4 years playing volleyball at the University of South Carolina, followed by coaching club and high school teams in Columbia, SC. In addition to her current position as head volleyball coach at Xavier University of Louisiana, Hannah still finds time to coach a club team and play in adult indoor and sand tournaments.
While Hannah played for A5, Joe was the parent in charge of food for her teams, earning the nickname, “Food Dude.” He still knows her 18’s team Subway® order by heart. Always the overachiever, prior to becoming the Food Dude, he graduated from the University of Southern Cal with a BS, Loyola University Chicago with a Ph.D. in pharmacology and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Before entering law, he served on the faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
When he’s not playing rockabilly guitar, Joe is an intellectual property attorney. He lives with his better half, Barbara, and their pack of dogs and cats in Marietta.
Walter Patterson, Associate Youth Directorwalter@cooldoginteractive.com | Download bio
Walter has been coaching youth volleyball in Atlanta since before A5 existed, having helped to form Peach State Volleyball Club, Georgia's first club aimed exclusively at under-12 athletes. Peach State Volleyball became A5's youth program in its 3rd year.
Walter learned the sport while an undergrad and grad student at Georgia Tech, which has a very active Club Volleyball program. He has played in various leagues around Atlanta, and has coached Middle School and High School volleyball at the Walker School in Marietta since 2004. For each of the last 10 years, Walter has taken a club team to USAV Nationals or AAU Nationals.
In 2012, Walter started the "Fridays @ 4" youth open gym program, which has now spread to our sister club A5 South. Many of A5's youngest players on our 10's and 11's teams will tell you their first exposure to volleyball was at Walter's open gyms! In addition to coaching A5's 11-1 travel team, Walter's position as Associate Youth Director will allow him to more directly support A5's youngest athletes and teams in an advisory role.
Other club staff:
Briana Johnsonbriana@southernvolleyball.com | Download bio
Briana has been coaching youth volleyball in Illinois and Georgia since 2000. While in Illinois, her team finished 2nd at JO Invitationals before the creation of the American and USA divisions. Shortly after arriving in Atlanta, Briana founded the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department and the Ed Isakson YMCA volleyball programs, where many youngsters in North Fulton, including several A5 players were introduced to the game.
In 2010, Briana began coaching in A5’s youth program. She will serve as Southern Volleyball Tournaments’ Director of Administration and A5’s Registrar, Uniform Coordinator and Retail Manager. Briana is also the Assistant Varsity Coach and Jr Raider Program Director at Alpharetta High School.
Briana has a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and a M.S. in Sports Administration. She lives with her husband and three young children in Milton. The family loves taking trips to Durham to visit their eldest daughter at Duke University.
Jackie Lucas, Office Administratorproshop@a5volleyball.com | Download bio
Involved with A5 since 2010, Jackie currently works as our primary Office Administrator, our Retail Manager, and our 13-1 Head Coach. Separate from A5, she is also the Bookkeeper for VolleyPerformance and a coach at Mount Pisgah.
Jackie holds a degree in Sociology which she earned while playing Division I volleyball at Wake Forest University. After graduating in 2008, Jackie coached for Triangle Volleyball Club in Raleigh, NC alongside then Club Director, Casey Caram. Before moving to Atlanta in 2010, she worked as Assistant to the Athletic Director at Trinity School of Durham, then worked as Office and Case Manager at ProCare Spine and Medical Center in San Antonio.
Jackie is originally from New Braunfels, Texas and lives in midtown with her two hounds.
Laura Ann O'Sullivanlauraannh12@gmail.com | Download bio
Laura Ann O’Sullivan (LA) became the Director of Marketing, Communication, and Fundraising for A5 in August 2017. She started coaching with A5 after moving to the Atlanta area two years ago. Her first year at A5, she coached 14-4s team, the first 4’s team to ever earn a national bid. LA has coached and trained club volleyball players in North Carolina and Georgia for 8 years.
She has played volleyball since she was 11 years old playing through High School and at the collegiate level. She played at High Point University for a year and was a starter at Mars Hill University for three.
LA was a graduate assistant coach for three years while earning her Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and Servant Leadership at Columbus State University after which she was then named the Assistant coach at Columbus State. In 2016 she was the Assistant Coach at Reinhardt University. She coaches JV volleyball at Walton High School in Marietta.
LA earned her undergraduate degree from Mars Hill University in 2012 with a B.S. in Recreation and Sports Management with Minors in Coaching and Business Administration. O'Sullivan is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer. She is married to Sean O’Sullivan who is a football coach for Pope High School. Laura Ann and her husband live in Marietta, GA.