|Beth Pirrone||Assistant Director- 18/17's Coach/14's Coach|
|Alyssa Kaufman||18/17's Coach|
|James Horan||16's Coach|
|Carlos Infante||16's Coach|
|Anthony Pirrone||15's Coach/14's Coach|
|Melissa Noriega||15's Coach|
|Stacey Riter||14's Coach|
|Monica Argentina||15's Coach|
|Kylie Hearle||16's Coach|
|Chrissy McCarthy||14's Coach|
|Jay Melville||LHVA North Director|
LVHA has selected experienced volleyball coaches from around the county. Many of our coaches have played on the college level and have years of coaching experience.
Sloane started her volleyball career at Pelham Memorial High School and continued to play for Nazareth College. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she coached for Volley FX in Rochester, New York. Shortly after graduation, she returned to Pelham where she and Mark Finegan began Lower Hudson Volleyball Association in 2007. Sloane was also an assistant coach for Pelham Varsity Volleyball from 2007-2012, where she helped lead her team to the State Championship in 2011 and 2012. In 2015, she was the JV volleyball coach at Tuckahoe High School and was the Varsity Coach from 2016-2019. As the club now begins its fourteenth year, she is excited to continue to provide opportunities for girls to accelerate their volleyball skills.
Assistant Director - 18/17's Coach / 14's Coach
Beth Pirrone has been involved in competitive sports her whole life. When she met her husband, Anthony Pirrone, eight years ago, she developed a love for volleyball and the two of them went on to become partners of Westchester Volleyball NY. Together, they partnered with the Village of Mamaroneck and have successfully grown an adult volleyball league, including adult beach and indoor volleyball and a variety of adult tournaments and clinics. Three summers ago, WVBNY partnered up with LHVA and ran the first juniors beach volleyball program. In 2017, Beth started coaching the first boys varsity volleyball team at Eastchester HS. She lead the team to a Section 1 championship in 2019 and was named Section 1 coach of the year, 2 years in a row. In 2020 Beth decided to start coaching JV volleyball at Pelham high school. She looks forward to being a 5th year coach at LHVA and passing along her knowledge and love of the sport to the young athletes she will mentor.
Mark Finegan has been coaching volleyball for 30 years. From 1990-2000, he coached the varsity volleyball team at New Rochelle HS and then began at Pelham HS where he is still the head coach. While coaching high school volleyball, he led his team to 12 League Champions, 2 Section 1 Champions, 2 Regional Champions and 2 State Final Fours in 2011 and 2012. Amazingly, he has been the Section 1 Coach of the Year 9 times. Since 1996, he has also been a physical education teacher at Pelham Memorial High School. Additionally, in 1998, he started coaching boys varsity basketball at Pelham. In 2007, he and Sloane Dill began Lower Hudson Volleyball Association. Today, he continues to show the love of the sport by dedicating his time to the game year round. He looks forward to another successful season with LHVA!
Alyssa Kaufman is in her second season as an assistant coach with Fordham University Volleyball. Prior to starting with Fordham this past season she was the head coach at The College of New Rochelle for five seasons. While at the helm of New Rochelle's women's volleyball program, the program for the NCAA National Women's Volleyball Championships for the first time in program history during the 2016 season and repeated in the 2018 season. In the 2016 Season Alyssa was recognized as the Association of Division III Independent Coach of the Year. In the 2015 season, the Blue Angels qualified for the post-season ECAC Metro Tournament for the second time in program history. Kaufman also guided the team to five consecutive Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. Prior to CNR, Kaufman led the women's volleyball program at neighboring College of Mount Saint Vincent where in one season she compiled a 14-16 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the Skyline Conference, putting the Dolphins into the Skyline Playoffs as the 5th seed.
Kaufman rounded out a stellar playing career at Montreat (N.C.) in 2012, serving as a team captain in each of her four seasons with the Cavaliers. A hands-on player with the NAIA program, Kaufman helped with the recruiting process by watching film and contacting players and also helped the coaching staff with strategy.The Kaukauna, Wisconsin native finished off her playing career with 1,312 kills and 1,800 digs for the Cavaliers. In addition she posted 118 service aces and 121 total blocks in her four seasons at Montreat. She was named to the All-Freshman Team as a rookie and was an All-Conference selection her remaining three seasons.Kaufman also garnered recognition for her work in the classroom at Montreat, earning All-Academic accolades three times and being named a Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete following the 2012 season. A standout in the classroom, Kaufman was named to the Dean's List at Montreat three semesters and was named to the Distinguished Scholars List on two occasions.
Carlos M. Infante started playing volleyball very early in his life and played competitive volleyball in his native Cuba. He mainly played as an outside hitter and as a middle blocker growing up. After a long break from volleyball, Carlos has returned to volleyball and started playing competitively in tournaments over the past few years. Carlos spends his free time refining his volleyball skills and transferring the knowledge to others. Carlos has an advanced degree in energy and engineering which is one of his other passions. He is going into his second year of coaching at LHVA and is looking forward to helping develop the skills of the participating players. He is a proud member of the Westchester volleyball community and is glad to have the opportunity to contribute as a player and coach.
James grew up on Long Island and attended Plainview-Old Bethpage High School where he played soccer, football, and baseball. He played Division III Football at Alfred University and obtained his M.S. in Physical Education from Hofstra University. He has 12 years of various coaching experience - currently coaching JV Volleyball at Blind Brook HS. He began playing volleyball over 10 years ago and continues to play indoors and outdoors in the area. He looks forward to sharing his passion for volleyball - developing skills, building character & confidence, and promoting unity on and off of the court.
15's Coach/14's Coach
Anthony Pirrone was an avid competitive swimmer. He started playing volleyball about 12 years ago and fell in love with the sport. He recognized the opportunity for adults to come together and play volleyball competitively, so he organized a league to foster great competition, skill building, and camaraderie. Currently, he runs a successful volleyball league (Westchester Volleyball NY) with his wife, Beth Pirrone, and each year, the pair has been able to expand and refine their program to include even more opportunities for adult athletes in the volleyball community. Fours years ago he started coaching the modified volleyball team at Mamaroneck Middle School. This will be Anthony's fifth year coaching for LHVA, and is excited to bring his love of the game and commitment to excellent play to these young players.
Melissa has been playing since she was 11 years old. She is PMHS alumni and also LHVA alumni. During her years of playing, she mostly played as a setter. After she graduated in 2016, she wanted to start coaching younger girls. This is her fourth year coaching and is very excited to coach and improve some skills for this season.
Monica's love for volleyball started when she played volleyball for the first time in middle school. After finding her passion for volleyball, she immediately started playing club volleyball in the off season. Later, she played for Pelham Memorial High School and also played club volleyball at SUNY New Paltz. She specialized as a libero/DS during her volleyball career. Monica has coached various volleyball summer clinics, developmental programs and LHVA club teams for over 5 years now. Outside of volleyball, Monica is an ENL teacher in Westchester. Volleyball has been a big part of her life and she hopes to pass on her love and knowledge of the sport to younger generations! She is excited to start the 2019-2020 club volleyball season with her LHVA family!
For the last eight years, Stacey led the volleyball program at Mamaroneck High School and served as the head coach of the varsity team. She has over fifteen years of high school and collegiate coaching experience, including as the head coach of the Rye Neck varsity team and as an assistant coach at New York University. Prior to raising her two children, Stacey worked in the Rye Neck School District as a middle school guidance counselor.
Stacey was a four year member of the Villanova Women’s Volleyball team where she earned the Big East Rookie of the Year award in her freshman season, competed in the program’s first ever NCAA tournament, holds the Big East record for assists in a season, set the Villanova record for assists per game, and was recognized as a team captain in her final two seasons.
Stacey is in her second season with LHVA. She is committed to teaching sound fundamental volleyball skills, sharing her passion and love for the game, and helping young players develop life skills that extend beyond the volleyball court.
Kylie began her volleyball career in middle school and has loved the sport ever since. She is a PMHS and LHVA alumnus. During her time playing, she has played every position, focusing as a hitter in high school and playing year-round for several years. She also played on several co-ed intramural teams at Quinnipiac University. She has always been passionate about giving back to the sport, coaching in the developmental program for LHVA throughout high school and college. This is her second year coaching for LHVA and she’s looking forward to helping younger girls improve their skills and grow their love for the sport.
Chrissy began playing volleyball in 2009 and was instantly hooked. In 2010, she joined LHVA as a hitter and later becoming a setter. Chrissy continued her career throughout all of high school graduating from Pelham Memorial High School in 2015. Aside from her passion for the sport, she loved the camaraderie volleyball provides. Chrissy loves seeing and mentoring younger players, including coaching at LHVAs developmental program. She is excited her begin her third year coaching and help grow the program.