COACHES

 

At Northside Out Chicago VBC we strive to provide an excellent coaching staff that can implement current strategies and coaching techniques in a positive environment to develop competitive volleyball teams. We dedicate ourselves to constant improvement of our staff and athletes. We understand that it takes a commitment from the athlete, their family, and the club to work together to achieve the best possible results for each club member.

Our coaches have many years of experience playing, coaching and refereeing the game of volleyball at many different levels. Coaches are also required to have been trained through the USA Volleyball certification process. All coaches have been cleared through background checks administered by USA Volleyball.  

 

Pat Pfaller
Pat is a co-director at Northside Out Chicago VBC.  Pat has coached volleyball at the club level, high school, grammar school and park district for the past 14 seasons.  He has played volleyball, both court and beach, all his life.  Pat has a strength in coaching team sports as he has also coached baseball, softball, basketball and soccer at several levels for over 25 seasons.  He brings his knowledge, strength and experience of all areas of the game to help build cohesive teams that can produce results.  Pat believes that the most motivating aspect of coaching has been to see the accomplishments of the players and their growth in the love of the game. He is committed to teach, inspire and support each athlete as they grow in the sport.   Pat hopes to continue to build a strong program that the coaches, players and families are proud to be a part of.
 
Lori Gatta
Lori is a co-director at Northside Out Chicago VBC.

Norman Kwong 

Norman is the 16U Black coach for Northside Out Chicago VBC.  Norman also runs the Northside Out Chicago VBC beach clinics.  He is in his sixth year at Northside Out Chicago VBC previously coaching multiple age groups.  Norman has over 30 years of volleyball experience, playing and coaching in numerous venues throughout Chicago.  He has coached volleyball at all levels from 5th Grade up to NCAA Division I., as well as 12U to 18U, at the Club Level.  He enjoys challenging his players at any level, finding great joy seeing them excel. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree from Northeastern Illinois University for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago for Sports Medicine.  In his spare time he enjoys playing volleyball whether it be indoors, on the grass or in the sand.


Mike Oswald

Mike is the 17U coach for Northside Out Chicago VBC.  This is his sixth year coaching at Northside Out Chicago and he also has several years of experience at other clubs.  Mike is currently an Assistant Men's and Women's Volleyball Coach at Illinois Tech.  Mike has previously volunteered as an assistant coach at Chicago State University.  Mike has also coached at the high school level and was recently a Club Director and Coach Former Coach of men's college club team.  He was a graduate Assistant at Temple in A10 Conference.  He was also in the NCAA Hay Division Champion in EIVA (ESU '06).


Chris Dawson
Chris is currently coaching the 14u Black Team at Northside Out Chicago VBC.  This is his sixth year coaching at Northside Out Chicago.


Ellen Weiss-Iwanski
Ellen is currently coaching the 16u Pink Team at Northside Out Chicago VBC.  This is her fifth year coaching at Northside Out Chicago.  Ellen also coaches volleyball at the grade school level for the past several years.


Deana Sannicandro
Deana is currently coaching the 15u Black team at Northside Out Chicago VBC.  This is her second year coaching at Northside Out Chicago VBC.


Gianna Sannicandro

Gianna is currently coaching the 15u Black team at Northside Out Chicago VBC.  This is her second year coaching at Northside Out Chicago VBC.


​Christina Gatta
Christina is currently coaching the 14u Pink team and assisting with the 17u team at Northside Out Chicago VBC.  Christina currently plays in the NCAA DIV III at North Park College as a setter and outside hitter. Christina played at Northside Out Chicago VBC from 12u through 18u. She was a 4-year High School player at Resurrection College Prep as a setter and outside Hitter.


Taylor Pfaller

Taylor is currently coaching the 14u Pink team at Northside Out Chicago VBC.  Taylor played at Northside Out Chicago VBC from 12u through 18u and transitioned to coaching 2 years ago. She was a 4-year High School player at Saint Viator playing multiple positions as a setter, DS, and libero. She just completed her second year playing in the NJCAA DIV III at Harper College as the starting setter.


Rhys Green

Rhys is currently coaching the 15u Pink team at Northside Out Chicago VBC.  This is his first year coaching at Northside Out Chicago VBC.