Diego Serpa was born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil. He moved to Tampa, Florida in 2007 on a scholarship to pursue his master’s degree in Education: Latin American Studies at the University of South Florida. Prior to his new adventure in the United States, Diego lived in Spain for two years where he played indoor volleyball and studied Tourism at the University of Salamanca.
Amanda Serpa is originally from New Jersey but spent most of her childhood years in Canton, Georgia. She grew up swimming competitively and discovered volleyball when her family moved her sophomore year of high school. She started playing club her junior year for a team in the Metro-Atlanta area and earned a full-ride to Presbyterian College to play volleyball.
“I have been around volleyball since I was a child, as my whole family played the sport. The lessons that I learned while becoming a young athlete have created the foundation of who I am today. I strive to pass on the values of discipline, accountability, mental toughness, and good attitudes. Not only will I give these girls the skills to grow on the court, but off of the court as well.”
“I like to combine mental and physical preparation through competitive high intensity reps for the athlete that is trying to gain skill sets over a short period of time. “
“My volleyball journey started as a kid playing volleyball at our family reunions. I grew a love for the game being able to play with my family every year, even though it was not the most organized form of playing it still kept me active and interested. Throughout my years I was able to play in middle school and played Varsity from freshman to senior year in high school. After graduating I pursued to play in club for Orlando Gold 18’s where I was able to play in my first National tournament. It was an awesome experience to say the least. I am still an active player, currently playing in recreational leagues and tournaments from indoor to grass (occasionally).
I joined Driven in 2020 as an assistant coach under Amanda Serpa with our Teal 12’s. I am a strong advocate for the values and lessons that we strive for here at Driven. #bedriven “
Meli is originally from Puerto Rico where she learned the fundamentals of volleyball where she played in the Volleyball Federation of Puerto Rico. In 2001 she moved to New York City where she played volleyball in high school and won the PSAL (Public School Athletic League) Heisman as the best volleyball player in New York City. During her time in the city Meli also played club volleyball club for 3 years. She was also chosen to represent New York City at the Empire State Games. After graduating high school, she was offered scholarships to different division I and II universities such as St. John’s University, University of Connecticut, and Post University. While attending Post University she played as an outside hitter and libero. A few years later Meli moved to Florida where she follows her passion for volleyball. Meli has been playing volleyball for over 20 years and has been coaching for the past 8 years in Central Florida. Meli is excited to be part of the Driven family.
“Volleyball is not about the sport itself, but the life lessons it teaches you”.
“I grew up in Orlando, Florida trying to follow in the footsteps of everyone around me. I tried every sport I could and the only thing I ever found enjoyment in was being pushed past my limits by my coaches. After a few years of trying out track and lacrosse, I decided to follow my older sister into the sport of volleyball. I played competitive club volleyball for about 6 years until I decided that playing volleyball wasn’t leading me in the right direction for where I wanted my future to be. I started coaching around 2 years ago for Driven, and having the opportunity to be exposed to the other side of volleyball has made me love the sport more than I did already. I have loved being given the ability to share what I learned and loved about the sport of volleyball with young female athletes to help with not only their journey in club sports but also helping them grow into the best versions of themselves.”
” Volleyball was the part of my life that I escaped to for happiness, I had started playing when I was 12 years old and have loved it ever since! Recently I was honorably discharged from the military and noticed myself really missing the sport during my service, which is how I came across coaching girls volleyball. Going on my third year coaching, I continuously thrive to bring as much joy from volleyball to each player as I had. I believe in never giving up and pushing yourself over your limits to achieve the utmost success and progression.”
” As a child I was always in sports, surrounded by the pressure of competition formed by my coaches and the environment I was in. It took a toll on my confidence and ability to enjoy the sport. As a coach I aim to change this, and foster an environment of kindness where my girls are comfortable, working together, and are able to grow both on and off the court as young women and athletes. “
Athletic Development Coach
Micah Kurtz is widely regarded as one of the top strength coaches in the country and has won numerous awards in his field including being named the 2016 National Strength Coach of the Year by the NSCA, a Top 40 under 40 Sports Professional by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2018 and twice named the South Carolina High School Strength Coach of the Year.
We desire 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. We believe that coaching is teaching, and we will lead by example, coaching players into outstanding athletes and teaching them life skills.
We are a member club of the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. As a player you may stop any unwanted contact from a club representative simply by asking (either verbally or in writing) that all contact cease. Any player believing a club representative of any Florida Region Volleyball club has been intimidating, harassing, or acted inappropriately in any manner of contact or recruiting should contact the Florida Region office at (352)-742-0080.