Private Lessons


Interested in some individually-focused work with a volleyball coach? Looking to get back into shape and polish your skills? We are now offering private lessons for one-on-one instruction OR groups of 2, 3 or 4. You can choose the coach you would like to work with and we will get it scheduled for you!  The following coaches can work with you on any skill(s) you would like to work on.  Each lesson is a one-hour session.

Aaron Herbert (Co-Director/Coaching & Technical Director

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Aaron is a Longmont native with a rich history of sports including volleyball. Aaron attended Longmont High School and was a three-sport athlete. Aaron played football, wrestled, and ran track. During his three years at Longmont High he played defense on the football team which won three state titles and set a state record for most consecutive wins. Aaron also qualified for state in both wrestling and track.

After graduation Aaron enlisted to the United States Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman for several combat units. Aaron played volleyball on the beaches of Southern California every chance he could. After serving his country, Aaron felt the need to continue his call for service and attended two Community Colleges where he received certifications as a personal trainer, E.M.T, and Police Officer.

Aaron has a deep passion for coaching and helping his community. Aaron has over 35 years of martial arts experience and currently teaches several self-defense classes for his community as well as a self-defense program in the women’s fitness class at Frederick High School.
Aaron has been coaching at the club, recreational, and high school levels since 2010. In 2013, Aaron accepted a coaching position at Silver Creek High School where he coached for 2 years with both Tatum McKenzie & Kori Watts. Prior to that, he coached his daughter's club and recreational volleyball teams for many years.

Aaron has been the assistant varsity coach at Longmont High School for the past five years. During that time the Varsity has qualified for state three times and lost in the regional championship twice. In 2018 Longmont’s varsity tied for third in the 4A division in Colorado’s State Championship Tournament. Aaron is currently the Interim Head Coach for the girls’ varsity team and the Assistant Head Coach for the boys’ volleyball team at Longmont High School.

Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and their two dogs. Aaron and Kelly have four kids which are all out of the house and on positive independent paths. Aaron loves to travel especially anywhere there is sand and an ocean. Aaron loves the outdoors and being active every opportunity he gets.

Aaron still actively plays the game, competing in many competitive men's and co-ed leagues and tournaments locally, playing every chance he gets. He believes in community first and is the first to be there if help is needed. Aaron’s philosophy about coaching is; our children are our future. We must teach them how to be competitive with humility and grace. We must teach them it’s ok to make mistakes, because that is how we grow. We must teach them to be confident, respectful, understanding, and to be open to new ideas. We must teach them to chase their dreams but understand there is joy and hard work within that journey. We must teach them; for not us then who?

Bruce Emo (Assistant to the Technical Director)

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Bruce is a retired electrical engineer who started playing volleyball in 1987. He was the rep/manager for USAV Men's and Coed teams for 12 years. He has also played in USAV Nationals 10 times in his career winning once in the 50's division in 2008. He has also played in the World Senior Games 8 times took 2nd place four of those times.

He has been coaching club, recreational and high school levels since 2012. He is currently the Longmont High School JV Coach and is looking forward to a successful season. Bruce continues to learn all aspects of the game by attending seminars and online courses as well as clinics.

Bruce is currently living in Longmont with his wife and is the CSVA vice president. He is excited to be a part of BoCo.

Bailey Vitek

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Bailey is a chemsit that grew up in Rosemount, MN playing indoor/sand volleyball and hockey. She coached volleyball for Rosemount Irish Elite for 3 years with her mom and was an assistant coach for Rosemount High School's first boys volleyball team. Bailey moved to Westminster, CO with her lab, Rain. She enjoys working out, hiking, biking and playing sports.

Jason Fitzgerald

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A native of California, Jason Fitzgerald is the current head varsity volleyball coach for Douglas County High School. His former coaching locations include head coach of Battle Mountain High School and former assistant coach with Notre Dame Prep and Santa Barbara High Schools.

After working with Hall of Famer Betty Wrouble at Notre Dame Prep, Jason completed his 9th season at the helm of the Husky program and his 30th season overall as a coach in 2019. Over his time in Michigan he helped Notre Dame Prep strengthen their hold as one of the premier high school volleyball programs in the nation. Following this formula, he helped rebuild Battle Mountain to a 7-time regional qualifier and produced multiple all state athletes. 2020 the system will be tested again rebuilding the D.C. program.

Fitzgerald has also served as a tour director for a semiprofessional volleyball tour 1995-2001, supervised at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics inaugural beach volleyball event, and worked with the A.V.P.

In November 2019 he relocated to the Denver area with his girlfriend of 3 years. When not coaching, Jason enjoys the mountains and planning for the next adventure with his dogs Jupiter and Callisto.

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” Jim Valvano

Ashley Eldridge

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Ashley grew up in Kansas City, MO playing soccer and volleyball from a young age.  She pursued opportunities in playing at elite club levels, throughout high school, and into college here in Colorado. She has continued her passion in those sports through training and coaching in youth sports at the recreation and club levels. Ashley is still active in playing; competing in many co-ed and women’s leagues and tournaments. She loves living a full and fun Colorado lifestyle and enjoys the great outdoors!
Ashley believes in helping to instill key skills and goals, both throughout life and on the court, for improvements at every age and level. Through respect, communication, and positivity, an athlete’s (and team’s)  possibilities are endless.

Aleksandr Gafarov

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My name is Aleksandr. I started my volleyball career in a small Russian town when I was 7 years old. After 10 years of practicing in the club and playing on several different teams, I moved to San Jose, CA, US. There, at age of 17, I was playing in the volleyball club 'APEX' in Los Gatos, CA. Once I was admitted into Moscow Power Engineering University, I played on the university team. However, I had to stop playing at the pro level due to an injury. Overall, I have 20+ years of experience as a player and several years as a coach. My most recent coaching position was at Montbello High School in Denver, Colorado. In my free time I enjoy playing sports and spending time with my family.