Coaches – Volleyball

Academy Director

Volleyball Coach - Albert Hannemann - www.clubmedacademies.comAlbert “AL-B” Hannemann

Leading our team of Volleyball Coaches is U.S. Olympic Festival Gold Medalist, winner of the prestigious Hermosa Beach Open and a U.S. Open Champion Albert “AL-B” Hannemann. Hannemann played professional beach volleyball for 18 years and retired in 2010 to found the National Volleyball League (NVL), which has become the premier domestic pro beach volleyball league.

Equally important for Hannemann, was a new focus on the sport’s development and building a pipeline of future stars of the sport. This focus would lead junior athletes into college, professional tours, and ultimately the Olympics. With that vision he forged a groundbreaking partnership with Club Med Academies, establishing the country’s first and only beach volleyball academy. Based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the NVL Academy provides private education and world-class instruction to players from the U.S. and around the world.

In 2011, Hannemann and the NVL established a national grassroots amateur beach series, NVL RIZE, establishing a unifying platform to develop junior and amateur athletes, and creating a pipeline into the existing NVL Professional Tour. The junior season culminates with one of the most college recruited events in the U.S. the Global Challenge Junior Championships hosted at the Club Med NVL Volleyball Academies in Sandpiper Bay, Florida every July.

Hannemann invests a tremendous amount of energy promoting the sport to children across the country. In 2012, he founded the PlayFIT Foundation, which benefits children from undeserved communities with sports and volleyball equipment, health and nutrition seminars and college scholarships with the goal to fight obesity and “Grow the Game.”

Volleyball Coach & Business Development Manager

Melissa Piazza - Head Volleyball Coach - Club Med Academies VolleyballMelissa Piazza

Melissa began playing volleyball in 1999 at the age of 11.  She played for Orlando Volleyball Academy (OVA) 12U through 18U, as a Libero and Setter.  In 2006, Melissa graduated from Winter Park High School with two Florida State Championships under her belt as a Libero; specifically, in 2004 she assisted in leading Winter Park to an undefeated season.  Melissa ended her high school career playing for the 2005 Team Florida and the USA Junior National Team in 2006.  She accepted a full scholarship to play collegiate ball at University of Central Florida (UCF).  During freshman season she set the NCAA Record for total digs in a single season. Melissa graduated from UCF where she majored in Interdisciplinary Studies and minored in Coaching and Communications.

Now, Melissa is the Head Coach of the 16-Red team and Business Development Manager for Club Med Academies Volleyball.  Prior to joining CMA, she coached at OVA for three seasons and was the Head Coach for both boys and girls West Orange High School Volleyball.

Volleyball Coaches

Davis - Club Med Academies Volleyball CoachChad Davis

  • Over 20 years of coaching experience at all levels (NCAA, Club and High
    School)
  • In first season at Quinnipiac University in 2016: largest single-season
    turnaround (18 wins) in the entire country, improving from 3 wins to 21. The
    Bobcats more than doubled their previous record for most wins in a season as
    full Division I members (10) while reaching the championship of their
    conference tournament for the first time at the Division I level. His work with
    the hitters led to three first-team All-MAAC selections. Only the third, fourth
    and fifth first-team all-league selections in the program’s Division I history
    (and the first since 2002).
  • Former Club Director of Gainesville Juniors. He qualified fourteen teams for
    the Junior National Championships. His teams have won the Big South,
    Disney, Colorado Crossroads, Northeast and Northern Lights National
    Qualifiers. In 2015, his U17 Elite Team finished runner-up in the U17
    American Division at the Junior National Championships. His 2014 and 2015
    teams won the AAU National Championship in the U16 and U17 Club
    Division. In the 2001 season, his U15 National Team finished ninth overall in
    the country in the Open Division. Over 50 players signed scholarships during
    his time at Gainesville Juniors.
  • Former Head Coach at P.K. Yonge High School. During his three-year run at
    the helm, the Blue Wave posted an overall record of 89-5, including back-toback
    state championships in 2014 and 2015. His 2015 was simply dominant
    as the Blue Wave finished with a record of 31-1 overall and was ranked No.
    4 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com and MaxPreps. The Blue Wave were
    nationally-ranked all three years when Davis was head coach.
  • Davis was named Florida High School Coach of the Year in 2015 in addition
    to being named the 2015 Class 3A Coach of the Year, 2014 Class 4A Coach
    of the Year, 2005 Class 5A Coach of the Year and also was decorated as a
    three-time Gainesville Sun Coach of the Year.

Nick Francis - Volleyball Coach - Club Med Academies VolleyballNick Francis

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