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Philosophy of
Essex Volleyball Club 
Essex Volleyball Club is committed to assisting in developing student athletes into mature, hard working young adults by teaching fundamentally sound volleyball through competitive play in a team-oriented, supportive environment.
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1.  Our coaches have spent hundreds of hours learning from the top coaches in the world.  Our mentors include:  Dr. Carl McGown, a 7 time Olympic coach as well as a two-time NCAA Division 1 championship coach at BYU; Dr. Marv Dunphy, an Olympic gold medal winning coach and an NCAA championship coach at Pepperdine; Doug Beal, CEO of USA Volleyball who coached the USA Men’s Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1984; and Ron Larsen who was an assistant coach on the 2008 gold medal winning Men’s Olympic Team in Beijing.

    These coaches have taught our staff a training system based on scientific principles.  Every aspect of our practices, from drills to techniques, is based on the laws of motor learning and principles of biomechanics.  Our club and technical director, Ed Saggio, is a committed student of the game who has more then 25 years of experience in the sport.  He and fellow director Brenda Wriedt ensure that the staff teaches according to correct principles.

2.  We don’t recruit.  You won’t find us going into high school gyms and inviting certain players to join our club.   Instead we are 100% committed to coaching the athletes who walk into our gym.  If those athletes arrive with a commitment to improvement, they will find an ideal environment in which to do so.

3.  Universal Training.  Every age group in our club learns the same approach to volleyball.  The 14 & under team hears the same key words, receives the same feedback, and learns the same footwork as our 17 & under team.  Athletes do not have to worry about learning a new coach’s system each year.  We train all age groups the same way because we believe so strongly in the principles.
Essex Volleyball Club Leadership 
Club & Technical Director
Coach Saggio has been with the club since the early 90’s and currently serves as the organization’s Technical Director.  He is well known and respected among other coaches as being one of the top technical coaches in New Jersey.  Previously, he served as junior varsity and head coach at Columbia High School for 8 years where his combined record was 200 wins and 5 loses.  He then acted as the assistant coach for the girls volleyball team at Paramus Catholic High School where they won 5 consecutive State, County and League titles.  Up until the Spring of 2010, he served as an assistant coach with the Paramus High School girls volleyball team which captured the Group III State Championship and Tournament of Champions in 2005.  Coach Saggio is also the former head of the Belleville High School boys volleyball team.   Ed also serves as the Technical Director of the Bergen County Volleyball Camp, one of the top summer camps in the New Jersey.  In 2013, the NJSIAA recognized Coach Saggio as a “Legend of the Game”.  Ed has attended the Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Clinic for the past 10 years and has had the privilege to learn from some of the top coaches in the game including former Olympic Coaches Dr. Marv Dunphy and Dr. Carl McGowen.

Club Director
Caoch Saggio has been with the club since the mid 90’s and currently serves as a Director of the organization. Nancy is the Head Coach at Union Catholic High School a position she has held for the past 16 years.  Her teams have reached the State Championship Finals 5 times with her first State Championship coming in 2005. Her teams have also captured several County championships.  She has produced several All-State players many of whom have gone on to compete at the Division 1 level.  Nancy also is the Director of the Union Catholic Volleyball Camp.  She holds a BA in Elementary Education, Health, Physical Education and Psychology.  She also completed a Masters Degree in Instruction, Education and Leadership at Kean University.  

Club Director
Brenda Wriedt, Club Director, has been with the organization since 1982 when she herself was a Maple when not competing as a member of the Columbia High School (Maplewood, NJ) Volleyball Team.  Her high school team went undefeated all 4 years and was named as the Best Team of the Century by the Star Ledger in 2002.  Her Colombia High School volleyball team was inducted into the Colombia High School Hall of Fame in 2012.  As a Maple, her team (which was comprised of all the same girls on her high school team) went on to win the East Coast Championships in 1985, took second place in 1984 and third place in 1983.  They also finished 3rd at the AAU Junior Olympics in 1985.  Brenda received a volleyball scholarship to Seton Hall University where she was a 4 year starter for the Pirates.  Upon her graduation, Brenda returned to the Maples to coach and give back to the program that gave her so many opportunities.  Coach Wriedt is Gold Medal Squared certified and she is a CAP Level II Accredited Coach. She still continues to compete both indoors and outdoors.