Coaches / Bios / Board Members

    Vision Volleyball Club is committed to bringing our families men and women who are not only are highly educated as coaches, but have a heart for teaching and recognize that we do not coach Volleyball, we coach kids!  We refer to our coaches as "team members" because that is a core part of our philosophy.  Vision coaches operate as a team in all that we do.  Encouragement, education, sharing of ideas and support of one another is key to our success as a club.  All of our coaches are IMPACT Certified through USAV.  We are also proud to have two USAV CAP II Certified coaches and two USAV CAP I Certified coaches, giving Vision the most highly accredited coaching staff in the area.

    The Vision Volleyball Club Executive Team:

    Club Director:                                                       Stephanie Wyatt
    Assistant Director & Coaching Director:    Nick Cheronis
    Assistant Director, Communications:         Kris Gibson

    Parent Advisory Board:

    Melody Read
    Karen Hall
    Iliana Wiechmann
    Michelle Maule



    Stephanie Wyatt is the founder and director of Vision volleyball club.  She has been the Athletic Director and Varsity volleyball coach at Cornerstone Academy for the past 5 seasons and has led the lady cougars to 5 conference and state championships in the Florida Christian Athletic league and a NACA national championship in 2008.  Coach Wyatt began coaching club in 2008 and in 2009 led her 12u to the Junior Olympics where they placed 7th.  In 2009 she began Cougar Volleyball Club with the hope of giving all girls an affordable opportunity to play club volleyball.  The idea and vision has grown into Vision Volleyball Club, the largest Juniors club in the area.  First and foremost she is mother to 7 incredible kids and married to Michael for 25 years.  Coach Wyatt is USAV IMPACT Certified and has completed CAP I training.

                                                  NICK CHERONIS

    Nick Cheronis joins Vision this year as our Assistant Club Director and Coaching Director.  Coach Cheronis brings 30 years of coaching experience to the club.  He has coached the game at every level, most prominently as the Assistant Coach at the University of Florida for 18 years.  During that time, the Lady Gators won 17 Southeastern Conference Championships, had 7 Final Four and 10 Elite Eight appearances and finished runner-up for the National Championship in 2003.   In addition to Florida, he has coached at  Missouri State University (1989-1991) (1982-1983) and
    Parkland Junior College(1984-1985)   His is currently the Head Coach at St. Francis Catholic High School and of the Florida Wave (Premier Volleyball League) and is an Assistant Coach for the USA Girls Youth National Team.  We are proud that Coach Cheronis has chosen to join the Vision Volleyball family and look forward to all that he will bring to both our athletes and our coaching staff!



    Wickie has been working many years coaching both girls and boys in several sports.  Among them, girls softball at Buchholz High School and Volleyball at both the recreational and club level.   He and his wife have two beautiful daughters whose  interest in the sport prompted him to learn the game.  Wickie is currently an assistant coach at Buchholz High School. This will be his fifth year with Vision Volleyball Club.  Wickie is USAV IMPACT Certified.



    Mallory Becker has been a longer time player of indoor and beach volleyball. She has coached both girls volleyball and softball over the years. When not playing/coaching volleyball, she is the Assistant Principal at Lincoln Middle School and an Adjunct Professor at UF.  She is a graduate of the University of Florida and California State University. She has been married for 14 years to Gary, and they have two children.  Mallory is passionate about working with kids in all aspects of her life and is dedicated to ensuring that each girl have a successful volleyball experience filled with positive teamwork.  This is her first year with Vision. Mallory is USAV IMPACT Certified.


    Lexy has been coaching volleyball for three years. She has coached club for  Hernando Juniors and West Pasco Wolf Pack.  This year she joined the staff at Vision and Head Coached our 10s mini club team. Before going into coaching,  Lexy played volleyball at the school and club level for 7 years.  During her high school career she played every position, was Captain, and was awarded MVP her senior year. That same year she led her team high school team all the way to the Sweet Sixteen Regionals.  This is her first year with Vision.  Lexy is USAV IMPACT certified.

    APRIL CANDELARIA (Bio coming soon)


    Anthony has been coaching in the Gainesville area for the past 15 years. He is currently the Varsity Assistant Coach at Cornerstone Academy.  He also coached the University of Florida Women’s Club team for 4 years and is a training camp coach for the USA Volleyball High Performance All Star Team Florida. Anthony is  the Vice President of Vision Volleyball.  This is his fifth year coaching with Vision.  Anthony is USAV CAP I Certified.


    Kris has began coaching girls volleyball at Cornerstone Academy in 2005 and is currently the Head Coach of  the Varsity Team at Queen of Peace Catholic Academy.  She is the Assistant Director, Communications, of Vision Volleyball and a founding member of the Vision team. She has also worked as a Certified Personal Trainer for the past 8 years.  She is a graduate of the University of Florida where she met her husband, Mike.  They have been married for 24 years and have two children.  Since beginning her coaching career, she has trained girls at every skill and age level and continues to bring her passion for the kids and the game to every team.  Kris is USAV Cap II Certified.

    Kevin is a long time player and coach.  He has played on High School, College and Club teams in Canada.  He enjoys both teaching and playing the game.  Kevin has been coaching volleyball for many years in Canada and Gainesville.  Kevin is currently the head coach at Ft. Clark Middle School.  When not coaching, he works as a Manufacturing Engineer at Exactech.  This will be Kevin's fourth year with Vison. Kevin is USAV CAP II Certified, as well as NCCP Level I Certified.


    Growing up in Puerto Rico, Omar was raised on volleyball.  He’s been a lifelong player and after coming to Gainesville, became actively involved with University of Florida Intramural volleyball as both a Team Captain and an official.  He began coaching with Vision this fall as an Assistant Coach on both our 12s and a 13s mini club teams.  A University of Florida graduate, Omar currently works in computers.  This is his first year coaching at Vision.  Omar is USAV IMPACT certified.


    For the past 25 years, Coach Martin has been the Head  Coach for the Oak Hall School varsity volleyball team.  During that time, she has guided Oak Hall to 2 State Titles, has been State Runner up three times, has been to 12 Final Fours, won 12 Regional Championship Titles and 19 District Championship Titles.  She played college level softball at her Alma Mater, Valdosta State University. In addition to coaching volleyball she also teaches Physical Education at Oak Hall.   Through the years, she has been asked numerous times to coach for various clubs, but always turned them down.  She found that the structure, mission and philosophy of Vision Volleyball Club was something needed in the area and chose to join our coaching staff.  This will be her fourth year with Vision Volleyball.  Coach Martin is USAV IMPACT Certified.



    Taylor, a student at Santa Fe College, is a skilled player and a true student of the game.  While still in high school, she began coaching summer youth volleyball camps at Oak Hall School.   This past year, she was the Head Coach of the middle school team at Oak Hall, as well as a Varsity assistant under veteran coach Cari Martin.  She was a setter and right side hitter for her high school, Cornerstone Academy, and vital part of both of their teams that made it all the way to the Super Regional Final.  She was also a player with Vision for 4 years.  She possesses a high level understanding of the sport she grew up with, as well an affinity for working and teaching kids.  This is her first year coaching at Vision.  Taylor is USAV IMPACT certified.


    Dena Perry has been coaching volleyball for 14 years.  She is currently the Varsity Head Coach at Newberry High School and was named a Coach of the Year in 2013 by the Gainesville Sun.  Past experience includes one year as an assistant at PK Yonge, and three seasons as the Assistant Varsity Coach at Gainesville High School.  She has coached competitive travel teams on every level from 11-18. 
    Under her guidance, Dena's teams have won multiple Florida regional championships and countless other tournaments.  She grew up  playing here in Gainesville, playing varsity volleyball for 3 years at Buchholz high school.  During that time she won awards for best serve percentage, outstanding hustle, and most versatile player. Dena is a proud mother of 2 boys, and enjoys her job as an elementary school media specialist during the day.   This is her third year with Vision.  Dena is USAV IMPACT certified.


    Melissa has been involved with volleyball since she was ten years old.  She played in Franklin, TN for Centennial High School and Impact Volleyball Club.  After high school, Melissa went on to play for Division I Stetson University under athletic and academic scholarships.  She has been running camps, clinics, and private lessons since college. Melissa also coached several seasons at Florida Elite Volleyball Club in Daytona Beach.   Melissa is also an Attorney who works at a local law firm,  specializing in personal injury cases.  In addition to coaching volleyball and practicing law, Melissa loves spending time with her husband, Leif, and son, Elijah.  This is her first year with Vision.


    Enrique grew up playing volleyball at the Orlando Volleyball Academy.  An accomplished player, he played for four years on the elite, Orlando Gold men's team and was a member of  the USAV High Performance teams for 2 years . He started his coaching career 3 years ago, first as a Varsity Assistant Coach at Bronson High School and two years ago joined the Buchholz High School staff as the  Head Coach of the JV team and as a Varsity Assistant. At Buchholz, he led his JV team to a 24-1 record and won the Florida JV tournament.  He also works summer volleyball camps at the University of Florida.   Enrique is currently a senior at the University of Florida in the school of music,  plays club volleyball at UF and is a member of  University of Florida Marching Band.  This is his second year with Vision.  Enrique is USAV IMPACT certified.