East Coast Power Volleyball is excited to announce the formation of East Coast Power Chesapeake, a new club that builds on the success of some of the most talented and successful coaches and players in Delaware and the Washington D.C. area.
The ECP Chesapeake Leadership Team: Coach Chris Smith of Delaware and Coach Beth Ann Wilson and Coach Amy Skidmore, of ECP DC.
ECP Chesapeake will launch with two divisions. East Coast Power Delaware, which played its inaugural season last year, will continue under the leadership of Coach Chris Smith.
We’re also excited to announce the formation of a new division, East Coast Power D.C., which will be co-led by Beth Ann Wilson, the Women’s Head Volleyball Coach at Marymount University in Arlington, VA and Amy Skidmore, Varsity Head Coach at West Potomac High School in Alexandria and former director of the club previously known as Arlington Elite.
“We are bringing together a leadership team that is committed to growing the game and showcasing the talent in the Chesapeake Region,” said Brian McCann, executive director of East Coast Power Volleyball, based in King of Prussia, PA. “I’m confident that this partnership will attract more players and coaches and will help every club by leading to stronger overall competition on the East Coast.”
The ECP Chesapeake Leadership team has more than 30 years of combined experience in club, college and high school volleyball programs, as well as a strong track record leading teams to the top tier of USA Volleyball. In its inaugural season, ECP Delaware earned two bids to the 2019 USAV Girls Junior National Championships, and Coach Smith led his team to a 3rd place finish in the 17 National division. Coach Wilson also led her Arlington Elite travel teams to USAV Nationals in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Coach Wilson said it was her experience coaching against ECP teams and recruiting ECP players for her college program that prompted her to reach out to Coach Smith and Coach McCann about creating a new club in the CHRVA region.
"I have always been impressed with the professionalism and consistently-strong training I have seen from ECP as a travel coach and college recruiter,” said Coach Wilson. “Amy and I, along with all of the ECP DC coaches, are ready to contribute and collaborate as part of the ECP family."
Coach Smith noted that under East Coast Power Chesapeake, ECP Delaware will retain its unique identity while the new partnership creates opportunities for players and coaches.
“I’m so excited to build on the success of our first year by expanding the reach of our program in the Chesapeake region,” said Coach Smith. “Our goal is to bring together the best coaches and players so we can grow the game and continue to show the club and college community that CHRVA teams are a force to be reckoned with on a national level.”
Coach Skidmore said the formation of EC Power DC will benefit coaches, players and families in the DC area. “Our coaching staff is a dedicated group of volleyball professionals,” said Coach Skidmore. “This partnership is a great way for all ECP coaches to learn and grow as they exchange ideas with other divisions and technical directors. This will benefit the players our coaching staff has had the privilege of coaching previously, while also attracting new players into our program."
In the coming days, the ECP Delaware website will transition to ECP Chesapeake, where we will be posting information about Open Gyms and Tryouts in Wilmington, DE and Arlington, VA for the 2019-20 season. The new website will be http://www.ECPowerChesapeake.com.
East Coast Power Volleyball would like to welcome all the players, coaches and families of ECP Chesapeake to the ECP volleyball family, where we are committed to helping young men and women achieve excellence both on and off the volleyball court.