The First Academy announces new girls volleyball coach

Former Windermere Prep coach Amanda Serpa has been tapped to lead the Royals' program.

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The First Academy has announced that Amanda Serpa will be its next girls volleyball coach. 

Serpa, a Georgia native, most recently served as coach and director of Driven Volleyball club in West Orange and previously coached at Windermere Prep.

“We are excited to announce Coach Serpa as our new Head Volleyball coach," said TFA Director of Athletics Jeff Conaway in a press release. "Coach Serpa demonstrates a healthy relationship with Christ, is very competent in enhancing player performance, builds trusting relationships, and communicates effectively and efficiently. Coach Serpa will bring great value to our school and our volleyball program as we strive to develop champions spiritually, academically, socially, and athletically.”

According to the press release, Amanda Serpa and her husband, Diego Serpa, founded Driven Volleyball club in 2016. 

The mission for the club was "to coach and teach student-athletes to be driven to be better volleyball players and human beings by having discipline, a strong work ethic, and respect for the sport, coaches, and team," the press release said.

Serpa will take over the program from former coach Joe Casalese, who left last season. 



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