MLS Volleyball is committed to the development and training of volleyball athletes from ages 8 to 18. We focus on teaching the fundamentals of every discipline and we work with each athlete to maximize her individual potential. We are NOT a volleyball club (no politics here) and we always put the development of the athlete before everything else. We believe in teaching the game from the ground up and we want the girls to play every position in order to create well rounded volleyball players, not just position players.
GET TO KNOW MLS VOLLEYBALL
MLS Volleyball is a family built business run for players by players! We are passionate about volleyball and developing young athletes to reach beyond what they thought is possible. We are working with over 200 athletes from 20 different clubs and 18 different high schools. Our secret?...We invest heavily in every athlete we work with and we inspire the love for the game and instill the belief that every athlete can be their best!
At MLS Volleyball, I cater to athletes of all ages and experience levels with my wide variety of courses. Whether you are interested in working on a particular facet of your game or would like to improve your overall athletic performance, you’ve got many options to choose from. Check out my offerings and let me know what you’re interested in.
MLS Volleyball offers 1:1 lessons for all aspects of the game. We push each athlete hard during these 70 minute sessions. Each girl will get better during every session....guaranteed!
MLS clinics are designed to give every athlete as many touches as possible during every session. We push hard, but have a lot of fun during the process! Come join us for our next clinic!
The MLS Beach program is designed to teach athletes the skills necessary to compete in Beach Volleyball. The sessions are intense and fun-filled. Individual and small group lessons available.
BEACH AND GRASS LEAGUES
MLS Volleyball offers both beach and grass volleyball leagues throughout the Summer! These are competitive leagues with both regular season and playoff matches.
WHAT OUR ATHLETES ARE SAYING
Athlete Focused - Performance Driven Results
MLS Volleyball is committed to the individual success of each and every athlete! We deliver results as our ONLY focus is the athlete! We believe that athletes grow when they are challenged and we have built our reputation on teaching the proper fundamentals and pushing each athlete to expect more from their ability every time they walk in the gym!
“I cannot thank you enough for your help through the last couple of years. I have grown as both a player and a person through your lessons and camps. Thank you for your dedication to bettering all of us! I would not have the same ability or confidence that I do without you. Seeing the love that you have for the game inspires me to do my best and continue working everyday!"
LIZZIE HERESTOFA - PA AAAA State Champion / AAAA All-State Libero / 2016 Daily Times Player of the Year / Collegiate Libero
"Our daughter Erin has elevated her indoor, Grass, and Beach Volleyball play by working closely with MLS Volleyball. Greg and Krista evaluated our daughter, pinpointed areas of opportunity within her game and then focused their attention on techniques to improve her level of play.
Those results have paid off for Erin as she took bronze in her first grass quads tournament, took silver in her first doubles beach tournament allowing her to qualify for Nationals! Most recently Erin and her Garnet Valley team won Gold at the PIAA 4A State Championship. Greg’s focus to detail and knowledge of the game during individual interaction has truly helped Erin elevate her game preparing her for college recruitment. We look forward to a successful club season and will always come back to MLS for guidance as we know Greg and Krista are there to support our daughter and the sport of volleyball."
ERIN PATTERSON / PA AAAA STATE CHAMPION / STARTING OUTSIDE HITTER / FUTURE COLLEGIATE STAR
"I have been training with MLS volleyball since the beginning and I honestly cannot thank Coach Greg and Coach Krista enough for all that they have taught me - the necessary skills, mindset, and attitude that they have instilled in me - including leadership, passion for the game, and a never-give-up mentality. Wherever you are in your volleyball journey, Coaches Greg and Krista will help you to surpass your goals and, with dedication and persistent effort, improve your game to a level that you would of never thought possible of achieving. MLS volleyball is my family and it will forever have a special place in my heart."
CASSIDY GALLAGHER - PA AAAA State Champion / Starting Outside Hitter / Team Leader / Collegiate Player / MLS Beach and Grass Athlete
"If you ever have a dream or goal in mind as a volleyball player, Coach Greg and Krista will put forth every ounce of effort and belief in you to make your dream a reality. With the original goal of making varsity as a junior, Coach Greg worked with me over the Summer through intense training sessions and his grass double league. He has since pushed me to surpass my expectations, enhance my game and achieve more than I could have ever imagined - being a State Champion!"
AMBER GOLDBERG - PA AAAA STATE CHAMPION / DEFENSIVE MAGICIAN / SERVER EXTRODINAORE / FUTURE COLLEGIATE LIBERO
"Greg and Krista have helped me become the player I am today in so many ways! Through countless hours of practice and games, they push me and believe in me. Their volleyball knowledge is amazing and they have taught me more than I thought possible. They are amazing people and truly care about their players. Anyone would be blessed to have them as coaches."
Gabby Davis - PA AAAA State Champion Setter / 2016 1st team all Delco / 2016 1st team All State / Collegiate Setter / MLS Grass Athlete
You guys continue to be amazing coaches and friends to all of us, and we can’t even begin to explain what impact that has had. You believe in us no matter what, know that we have the potential to succeed, and deal with us taking over your yard almost daily over the summer. Coach Greg, thank you so much for all you do for me in indoor and outdoor. You have really helped me become a better player and I hope to continue to work on everything. Thank you so much for spending lots of your time on the beach courts with Emma and me and for coming to our tournaments. We appreciate everything you have given to spend time working with us. We really couldn’t ask for a better coach or support system.
RACHEL CAIN / PIAA 4A State Champion / MLS Beach Elite Athlete / National Beach Doubles Player
"I have been working with MLS Volleyball for 2 years now and I could not think of any other place that I would want to be spending my time learning and growing as a player! Coach Greg and Coach Krista are truly passionate about the sport and care so much about each and every individual athlete they work with. Thank you so much for spending countless hours with and shaping me into the player I am today! You can make players into stars, I've watched it happen! I am so excited for the upcoming grass and beach season! MLS volleyball for me is more than just a program or clinics, it's a family."
JORDAN GALLAGHER / 2016 MLS VB Grass Champion / MLS Beach Athlete / HS and Club Libero and All Around Defensive Superstar
"I love attending any clinics you offer because they are fun and I feel like I walk away a better player! I also had a blast playing in the Summer grass league."
OLIVIA KARKENNY / Villa Maria Outside Hitter / Grass Doubles Athlete
MLS VOLLEYBALL PHILOSOPHY
We are big believers in teaching kids from a young age the “right way” to play by focusing on the fundamentals of every discipline and by working with each athlete to maximize her individual potential. We teach the game from the ground up and want the girls to learn to play every position in order to create well rounded volleyball players, not just position players. Kids need encouragement throughout the learning process, but we find that most kids are surprisingly receptive when you lead them to get the most out of themselves and their game.
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
GARNET VALLEY WINS THE 2016 PIAA 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
November 19, 2016
LIZZIE HERESTOFA NAMED 2016 DAILY TIMES PLAYER OF THE YEAR!
December 15, 2016
MLS BEACH ELITE ATHLETES, RACHEL CAIN AND EMMA ROKOSKY FINISH 9TH AT THE ROX NATIONAL BEACH CHAMPIONSHIP!
KRISTA AND MADDIE WOOD (11) WIN GAV SUMMER SIZZLER WOMEN'S A DIVISION
August 20, 2016
SYDNEY PORTALE, LIZZIE HERESTOFA & GABBY DAVIS NAMED TO THE PIAA 4A ALL-STATE TEAM
December 4, 2016
GREG WOOD AND MIKE KUNKEL WIN THE POTTSTOWN RUMBLE MASTERS (40+) DIVISION
June 23, 2017
MADDIE AND AVA WIN BACK TO BACK USA VOLLEYBALL JUNIOR BEACH TOUR EVENTS!
June 23, 2017
MADDIE (11) AND SARAH WOOD (8) TAKE 1ST PLACE AT THE GREAT AMERICAN VOLLEYBALL 12S GREENHEAD OPEN
July 3, 2016
MADDIE WOOD FINISHES 8TH IN THE VOLLEY AMERICA NATIONAL GRAND PRIX EARNING HER FIRST CHECK PLAYING VOLLEYBALL ($75 - UN-CASHED OF COURSE)
December 20, 2016
RACHEL CAIN AND EMMA ROKOSKY WIN 16U AT THE POTTSTOWN RUMBLE!
June 23, 2017
MADDIE AND SOPHIE WIN 12U AT THE POTTSTOWN RUMBLE!
June 23, 2017
MADDIE AND AVA FINISH 5TH IN THE NATION IN 12S AT THE USA VOLLEYBALL BEACH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 28, 2017
CASSIDY GALLAGHER AND KRISTA WOOD WIN AA AT THE GAV SUMMER SIZZLER!
EMMA ROKOSKY AND RACHEL CAIN DOMINATE THE MLS BEACH SEASON WITH A PERFECT 38-0 RECORD ON WAY TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE!
GREG WOOD AND GREG CASSEL WIN THE SUSQUEHANNA SMASH MASTERS DIVISION
Aug 4th, 2017
MLS VOLLEYBALL COACHES
Player / Coach / Director of Instruction / Owner
Greg has an extensive volleyball background as both a player and a coach. He fell in love with the sport while playing club in college and later played Middle Hitter for one of the top USVBA teams on the East Coast. After College, Greg moved outside to Grass and Beach doubles winning over 30 Open tournaments while playing with and against the best players on the East Coast. Greg spent 2 years coaching men’s volleyball at Swarthmore College and is currently an assistant coach for the PIAA 4A State Champion Garnet Valley High School team. Greg and his wife Krista Founded MLS Volleyball in 2014 which focuses on coaching and developing Indoor, Beach and Grass Volleyball athletes. Over the past 2 years, Greg has worked with over 200 girls from 20+ high schools and 18 area clubs.
Player / Coach / Owner
Krista started playing volleyball in high school and was honorable mention all-state as a junior. She went to college to play basketball and after the first year, switched over to volleyball. She played for her final 3 years as a starter and captain, making numerous all-tournament teams. She continued to play volleyball on USAV teams after college as well as open level outdoor doubles on the beach and grass, until she had her 3 daughters. She started back playing doubles with her oldest daughter in 2013 and plays 6s competitively.
Player / Beach and Grass Coach
Greg played men’s sixes with Dark Horse Men’s AA Indoor, and after 2 years with Penn State Brandywine men’s team, left indoor to focus exclusively on outdoor doubles. A two-time Pottstown Rumble semi-finalist and east coast grass champion representing PA at the US Grass Nationals, Greg has played in over 100 Men’s Open doubles tournaments on sand, grass, snow, and hard court, all over the east coast, Virgin Islands, and California, and enjoys teaching players wanting to learn the doubles volleyball game. Greg and Greg have played volleyball together for over 20 years and enjoy teaching their kids their love of the sport.
Coach / Passing and Defense Coordinator for MLS Juniors
Lizzie is a PIAA 4A State Champion, Pennsylvania AAAA All-State Libero, The 2016 Daily Times Player of the Year and currently plays for Susquehanna University. Lizzie has worked closely with the MLS leadership team to develop programs that are tailored to girls just starting to play the game. Lizzie has also been instrumental in developing ready programs for middle school girls as they prepare for high school.
Coach & Hitting Specialist for MLS Juniors
Cassidy is a PIAA 4A State Champion outside hitter and brings a wealth of knowledge to the MLS Staff. Cassidy has a positive influence on every kid she works with and leads by example each and every practice. You will often see Cass taking hitting while others are taking water breaks..a true testament for Cass's love for volleyball...especially hitting :-)
Although still young herself, Maddie is becoming a terrific coach working individually with many of our younger players. Maddie has been in their shoes and communicates and leads by example what good looks like in every discipline of the game.