Coaches

Coach Amanda Mullen- Club Director, 17s Coach

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Nickname: Coach O

Coach Amanda Mullen (Cranberry Twp., PA) is Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club Director and the 17 and Under Coach for the 2019 season.  She resides in the North Hills, but works as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Moon Area School District.  At Moon, Coach Amanda teaches Mastery of Cooking, an advanced cooking class at the High school and Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences. She loves teaching 7th grade sewing and foods and 8th grade foods and Child development.  She has a eight year old Yorkshire Terrier named Molleigh-Meatball and a four year old rescue Doberman/Hound from Animal friends named Bucco.  In addition to work and volleyball, Coach Mullen loves to hang out with her friends, family, her husband Ryan and of course her furbabies.  She enjoys singing Karaoke, reading chick flick books in her backyard and going shopping at TJ MaXX and Homegoods and tailgating.  She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2004-2008, graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education with a minor of Child Development and Family Relation Studies.

Amanda Mullen has 12 years coaching experience ranging from the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity level.  Seven years ago, she started Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club knowing she could provide a more private and exclusive opportunity for young female athletes to be trained in the sport.  Before finding her niche in coaching, Amanda played at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, for Renaissance Volleyball Club and for Seneca Valley High School.  While participating in volleyball, she was a Middle Hitter, 3 year Varsity letter winner at Seneca Valley High School and Captain of her volleyball team.

Contact Info:

Email: pittunitedvolleyball@gmail.com

Phone: 724-766-3180 (3:00pm-8:00pm M-F)

 

Coach Alex Ceschini- 14 and Under Coach

Alex Ceschini (Amrbidge, PA) is the Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club 14s and Under Coach for the 2019 season. She resides in Ambridge, but works as a Geologist for Arcadis US Inc. in  Wexford PA. In addition to work and volleyball Alex enjoys traveling and exploring new places. She loves spending time with her family/friends, fiance and two kitties.
Alex started playing volleyball when she was 12. She went to Leechburg High School where she played outside hitter, setter and libero and lettered all 4 years. Throughout her high school years she also played club volleyball for Odyssey. Alex attended Allegheny College where she played as a defensive specialist until her junior year. Alex has been the JV volleyball coach at Quaker Valley for three seasons and served as the 14s Red Coach at Pitt United last year.

 

Coach Morgan Ceschini- 15 and Under Coach

Coach Morgan Ceschini (Pittsburgh, PA) is the Pitt United Girls Volleyball Club Coach for the 15 and Under team for the 2018-2019 season.  She resides in the City of Pittsburgh, but works as a Special Events and Development Coordinator at a local non-profit called HEARTH.  At HEARTH, Coach Morgan plans all major events to raise over $200,000.00 a year towards their mission to support women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. She feels passionate to be a part of a mission which supports women and helping them get back on their feet. She has a three year old black lab named Dexter and a one year old all black cat named Mayo.  In addition to work and volleyball, Coach Morgan loves to hang out with her friends, family, and her fiance Doug.  She enjoys practicing photography, watching Netflix and playing volleyball.  She attended Waynesburg University for a year before transferring to Penn State University from 2014-2016. She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications with a specialization in Media and Film Studies.

Morgan Ceschini has four years of coaching experience ranging from the Middle School and Junior Varsity levels. Before finding her niche in coaching, Morgan played at Leechburg Area High School, for Odyssey Volleyball Club, and for Waynesburg University.  While participating in volleyball she was a Setter, four year Varsity letter winner at Leechburg Area High School, and Captain of her volleyball team for three years. She also was a defensive specialist throughout her club and collegiate years.

Why she coaches: Morgan coaches so she can instill the same love she has for volleyball into the next generation. She believes that organized sports like volleyball teach important life skills that education alone, cannot. Morgan believes that she wouldn’t be as successful as she is today, if she didn’t play volleyball.

Contact Info:

Email: ceschinim14@gmail.com

Phone: 724-994-0989 (4:00pm-9:00pm M-F)

 

Coach Shannon Locke- 16 and Under Coach

Coach Shannon Locke (Cranberry Twp.,)  is in her 5th year as a full time head coach with Pitt United.  Coach Shannon is a graduate of Seneca Valley High School.  She played club volleyball with Penn Juniors (currently Renaissance) Volleyball Club.  She has over 15 years of volleyball coaching and playing experience.  Coach Shannon played collegiate volleyball at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.  Throughout her playing career she played various positions, mainly as a Right Side Hitter and Defensive Specialist.  She graduated from Marshall University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics and again in 2006 with a Master’s in Business Administration.

Coach Shannon works at Covestro LLC in Pittsburgh as a Senior Trade Compliance Specialist.  She currently resides in Cranberry Twp. with her husband Doug, daughter Layla, and fur-baby Sophie.  She enjoys all sports- especially biking, rowing and anything outdoors, but most of all spending time with family!

 

Coach Haley Dake- 18 and Under Coach

Coach Haley Dake (Pleasant Hills, PA.) is the Pitt United 18s and Under Coach for the 2019 season. She lives in the South Hills, but is originally from Cleveland, OH and just moved to Pittsburgh in January 18’. She attends Duquesne University as a full time graduate student in the MAT PreK-4 program. Coach Haley did her undergrad work at Ohio University, where she studied Journalism, Social Media Studies, and Political Science. At OU Haley played club volleyball for 4 years, served as a club officer, and played for a DI AAA National Championship in 2017.

Coach Haley has a 2 year old pup named Otis. He is a dachshund/terrier mix and she treats him like her son. She also lives with her boyfriend of 3 years, who she met playing club ball at OU. Vance, is a setter and Haley’s permanent volunteer assistant coach. In her free time, Coach Haley likes to play volleyball and coach private lessons. She also enjoys painting, attending concerts and sports games, and watching movies or Netflix.

Haley Dake began playing volleyball 10 years ago. In that time she played for her middle and high school as a setter, middle hitter, and opposite. She earned her varsity letter 4 times and was a 2-time team captain. During this time she played club ball for GaREAT Volleyball Club and Spire Institute and qualified for AAU Nationals on her 15s team. Coach Haley began coaching in the 2016 season, and since then she has coached two middle school teams, one high school varsity team, and two 14s clubs teams. As a varsity coach, Haley was awarded Section Coach of the Year and District Coach of the Year Runner Up. Her team went undefeated in section, with an overall record of 19-5. Coach Haley is looking forward to coaching her first 18s team and is excited for the opportunity to work with the other Pitt United coaches.

Contact Info:

Email: dakeh@nhsd.net

Phone: 440.344.1507 (Text first)

 

Coach Vicky Danko- Assistant Coach to all teams