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, Founder and Chairman of the Boardvolleyperform1@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.
Tom Bianco, Executive Directortom@a5volleyball.com
Tom has owned his own business as well as serving as CEO and partner of a distribution business principally owned by an equity fund. He has over 30 years of experience building and executing strategy, delivering business growth objectives, and achieving revenue and profit growth. He has repeatedly produced sustained revenue and earnings growth in dynamic and changing markets. Tom moved to Atlanta in 2012 and was introduced to Bob Westbrook and A5 when he was looking for a volleyball club for his two daughters.
Gabe Aramian, A5 Club Directorgabearamian@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.
Michael Fletcher, Board Membermichael@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. While at the helm of A5, he oversaw a quadrupling of the Club’s size, including the creation of sister clubs GA5, A5 South, A5 Chattanooga.
He put his background in real estate development to work by developing Southern Volleyball Center and Peachtree Volleyball Center, two of 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 Club Director of the year.
Though Michael remains on the Board of A5, he has resigned as Executive Director to enable him to focus on the development of a training and competition facility that will set the club up for decades to come.
Says Fletcher, “It has been a true joy to work with A5 for over a decade as an enabler, helping to create a vision and an environment in which A5’s staff of unbelievable coaches can do what they do best – teach our gifted athletes how to compete at the highest levels, and in the process, change their lives. With the Next Generation of Leadership – comprised of a dedicated and experienced combination of business and volleyball talent -- now in place, it is clear to me that our best years are still to come.
A 1975 graduate of West Point, Michael earned a Master's Degree from Stanford University upon the completion of his military service in 1980. His pre-volleyball career was in commercial real estate development.
Scott Cioffari, Director of Operationsscott@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, Director of Financejkboyte@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.
Kip Buss, Board Memberkcbuss@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 25 years and has been coaching at A5 since 2007. He was the Director of the A5 Boys program from 2012-2019.
Kip has been in banking his entire career and works for Wells Fargo.
Grace Fossier, Board Member and Youth Directora5grace.firstname.lastname@example.org | Download bio
Grace Fossier is the A5 Youth Director and also an A5 Board Member. 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 is her favorite sport, requiring vision, strength, and explosiveness. Grace has coached high school volleyball and A5's youth for over 10 years. Grace feels honored to be able to coach all age groups and the perfect nights in the gym are when the high school athletes help out with the youth, sharing their passion and love of the game.
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 Directorcooldogwalter@gmail.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 allows him to more directly support A5's youngest athletes and coaches in an advisory role.
Other club staff:
Briana Johnson, Pro Shop Managerbriana@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.
Dan Hansen, Recruiting CoordinatorA5vballrecruiting@gmail.com | Download bio
Dan became A5 Recruiting Director in 2018. Prior to this role, Dan held a position as director of our Third Set of Eyes Program, and coached volleyball with A5 for five years. In his final year of coaching, his 15-3 team was the first to win an AAU National Championship, Club Division, as well as winning Big South and finishing with a win in the Bronze Bracket at USVA Nationals
Denise Templeton, Player/Parent Advocatedtempleton@a5volleyball.com
Denise Templeton joins A5's Senior Management Team. Denise was introduced to the sport through her daughter Haley, now a 5th-year senior at Miami University and one of the most decorated players in A5 history. Denise has been handling air travel for the Club for some time, and her responsibilities are being expanded to include the role of Player/Parent Advocate.
A more complete description of this position will soon be posted on the website, but suffice it to say that if issues involving a player or parent arise that are not satisfactorily addressed at the Team level, players (and parents, too, for younger athletes) have a built-in, confidential resource to go to to resolve the issue or escalate it to higher authority if appropriate.
Laura Ann O'Sullivan, Office Managerla.email@example.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 9 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. At Mars Hill she led the South Atlantic Conference in service aces and was ranked nationally for hitting percentage and blocks per set.
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 coached JV volleyball at Walton High School in Marietta in 2017 & 2018.
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 the head football coach for North Atlanta High School. Laura Ann and her husband live in Marietta, GA.