Eric Duda has competed as a professional athlete and has over sixteen years of successful playing at the international volleyball level along with a very successful career as a college coach and juniors coach helping his teams earn their bids to the national tournaments each season.
Duda is entering his second season with the men's volleyball program at Sacred Heart University. During his time with the Pioneers, the team has seen one of the most improved turnarounds in program history. In 2017, the Pioneers competed on one of their toughest non-conference slate schedules along with a gruesome EIVA Conference schedule in a tough competitive league to earn their postseason spot which was the first in program history finishing higher than 8th. The Pioneers finished the year third in conference losing in the semi-finals to the Red Flash of Saint Francis University after being picked preseason as 7th. The Pioneers earned their first AVCA All-American honor in their libero - Joshua Ayzenberg and their programs second AVCA Player of the Week - Michael Comens. The men's program was recognized for being one of the top 5 academic team GPA programs in the nation for the second year in a row.
Prior to coming to Fairfield, Connecticut, Eric lived in Edmond, Oklahoma where he was a full-time resident athlete at the University of Central Oklahoma where our USA National Team trains. He was focused on his development and personal training to be one of the best players in the world. During his time in Oklahoma, Duda worked with Oklahoma Peak Performance Volleyball Club as a head coach from 2005-2016. His teams qualified three times for the national tournament and also was the director for small groups and private lessons. He has sent athletes on to college to compete at the highest level and has had former athletes go on, to win NCAA National Championships.
Duda began his coaching career at the University of Florida as the head coach for the women's club volleyball team from 2000-2005. In his time at the University of Florida the club team finished 9th in the nation his final year. Alongside of his collegiate club coaching experience, he was able to learn from one of our nations best at the University of Florida - women's volleyball head coach Mary Wise.
From 2010-2014 Duda served as the head coach at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma. He was a key component to the success of the team as he compiled a 70-57 record (.551 win%) and produced an All-American and four academic All-Americans. Prior to Redlands, Duda was an assistant coach at the University of Central Oklahoma and helped guide the team to its third and forth NCAA Tournament appearance and enjoyed an undefeated regular conference season with the team.
Duda is a Fort Lauderdale, Florida native and has been a member of Team USA for most of his professional career. He was a team member of the Rio 2016 and 2004 Athens games along with being on the 2015, 2011, 2007 silver medalist teams at ParaPan Ams. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Sports Management with an emphasis in exercise and sports science at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Duda is currently pursuing his Masters in Business Administration through the US Olympic Committee's partnership with Devry University. He currently resides in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Jeff Adams has been coaching volleyball at the club, high school and collegiate level for over 25 years. Jeff is currently the head coach of the Notre Dame Fairfield varsity girls program, where he has successfully guided the program into the state tournament in his first year at the helm. He is also in his third year as assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, helping the Pioneers qualify for the conference championship tournament for the first time in their existence. For the past three years, Jeff has coached for the TCA club program at both the regional and national level, winning multiple tournaments in the northeast.
Prior experience for Coach Adams include coaching club volleyball at the national and regional level for CT Juniors in Woodbridge, CT, producing multiple DIV I and III players. At the high school level, he helped steer the Trumbull boys and girls programs to multiple state tournaments, including reaching 3 state finals for the boys program, and a state championship in 2001. Most prominently at the collegiate level, he was the NECVA Div III coach of the year in 1996 and 1997, producing 3 conference titles, and a national ranking as high as #5 in the country. During his tenure, he produced the school’s only Div III All-American. Coach Adams has also had coaching stints at Yale, Iona, and Dowling Colleges.
Coach Adams played his college ball at Yale University, where he was a 3 time all-Ivy selection as their starting setter. In his junior year, he guided his team to a 51-3 record and a berth in the national tournament, losing only to Cal-Berkeley in the semi-finals of nationals. He played six years in the NY based Empire State Games, the second largest amateur sporting event in the world behind the Olympics, where he led Long Island to a bronze medal in 1988. During the summers, he played semi-professional beach volleyball, winning multiple tournaments in the Northeast, earning invites to play in the AVP qualifier tournaments.
Coach Adams has a degree in artificial intelligence from Yale University, and an MBA from Fordham University in finance and information systems. He resides in Trumbull, CT with his wife and 4 kids. When not coaching, he works for the Darien Public Schools administration team, is a business owner, and is a licensed foster parent. He currently resides in Darien with his wife and his daughter is a sophomore setter at Maine Maritime Academy.
Ryan Dunn is in his forth year as an Assistant Coach with the men's volleyball team at Sacred Heart University.
Prior to Sacred Heart University, he served as a varsity coach for boys and girls volleyball in Connecticut and New York. During that time Coach Dunn impacted programs and was awarded by his coaching peers - Coach of the Year for NYPHSAA Section XI in 2007. He has extensive time spent working with numerous juniors clubs with USA Volleyball in the NERVA and GEVA regions since 2007 and most recently coached for local club program TCA Connecticut.
Coach Dunn is a nationally respected clinician and has directed camps and and clinics at Sacred Heart University, Bob Bertucci Volleyball Camps and Clinics. He has also served on the summer camp staff at George Mason University, Stevens Institute of Technology and LIVBC. He currently is a lead coach for Gold Medal Squared Elite Volleyball Training and is USA Volleyball CAP I Certified.
Coach Dunn has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History from St. Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York and is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in the Art of Teaching at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He currently resides in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
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