WATCH: Cape Coast Volleyball Club, Featuring Brevard’s Best Coaches, to Host Summer Volleyball League
By Space Coast Daily // May 11, 2021
CCVC volleyball league set for May, June and July for students 8 through 16 years old
WATCH: A Summer Volleyball League is available this May, June and July through The Cape Coast Volleyball Club, Brevard’s premier volleyball organization. Connie Denanburg, above, and Mitch Jacobs, below, provide the details. Call Connie at 321-480-9473 or Mitch at 304-416-1520 for more information. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Cape Coast Volleyball Club, the premier volleyball club in Brevard County, will host a summer volleyball league in May, June and July for students 8 through 16.
“The mission of Cape Coast Volleyball Club is to develop volleyball skills in athletes through a fun, positive, and competitive athletic experience,” said CCVB President and Indoor Co-director Connie Denaburg.
“CCVC strives to teach players the value of teamwork, responsibility, self-discipline and leadership so that every athlete has the opportunity to be the best they can be.”
The goals of the Cape Coast Volleyball Club are to develop interest and encourage participation, to provide each athlete a high level of technical training, to maintain a positive teamwork environment to further their social, mental and athletic development, to be a first-class program displaying good sportsmanship, to teach athletes life skills through this positive experience and to expose athletes to collegiate volleyball programs through recruiting efforts.
Cape Coast Volleyball Club is governed by a board of directors, including Denaburg, vice president and indoor co-director Mitch Jacobs, Beach Director Daren Bolton and parent representative Drew Johnson.
Denaburg has been the director of Cape Coast Volleyball Club for 16 years and was inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Her daughter Lexi, who now plays beach volleyball at UCLA, was inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.
She began her coaching career at Merritt Island High School in 1995 as the varsity coach and led the Mustangs to five straight Cape Coast Conference titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The Merritt Island Lady Mustangs were District champs her last five years through 2001. She led them to a state finalist appearance in 2001 and finished in the top eight in the state for another three years.
Denaburg has been coaching club volleyball for more than 25 years along with her director duties. She has coached 18’s, 16’s and 13’s – and now concentrates her efforts on getting the younger ages involved in local leagues, camps and clinics year-round.
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In 2010, her Cape Coast 12 NIKE team was ranked 2nd in the state and won the USAV Florida Region Bid tournament to qualify for the Junior National tournament held in Reno, NV where the team placed 19th overall in the nation.
Since 2000, Cape Coast Volleyball Club has assisted more than 85 athletes in playing at the next level in college at Division 1, 2 and 3 programs – as well as NAIA schools.
In 2010, Denaburg was recognized by the USAV Florida Region on behalf of Cape Coast Volleyball Club as “Club Director of the Year.”
She graduated from Carson-Newman College in Tennessee with a B.S. in Accounting and Recreation while playing four years of collegiate volleyball and tennis for the Lady Eagles. She later earned an MBA from Nova University and spent ten years working as an accountant at Kennedy Space Center. Connie has received her IMPACT training and is CAP II certified with the USAV Florida Region.
WATCH: Connie Denaburg has been the director of Cape Coast Volleyball Club for 16 years and was inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. As the Director of Connie Denaburg for almost 20 years, she began her coaching career at Merritt Island High School in 1995 as the varsity coach and led them to five straight Cape Coast Conference titles in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Mitch Jacobs Bring Extensive Experience to CCVC
Jacobs retired this season from Marshall University after 17 years as the head coach, leaving the school as the all-time leader in coaching victories.
He was the director of River Cities Thunder Volleyball Club, the most successful Juniors program in the region and in the state of West Virginia, culminating with the 2018 River Cities 18’s team capturing the USA 18 – American National Championship. River Cities Volleyball has placed over 40 players through its 17 years at Universities from NCAA Division 1 to NAIA powerhouses and everywhere in between.
Jacobs has 26 years of experience as a collegiate head coach. Prior to Marshall, he led Fairfield University to three straight MAAC Championships, three straight NCAA tournament appearances and holds the school’s highest career winning percentage (.757).
Before Fairfield, Coach Jacobs was the Head Coach at Florida Tech for six seasons, where he also holds the all-time wins mark in that programs’ history.
He has always taken great pride in working within the youth volleyball community at each of his stops and has worked within the USA Volleyball young programs over his 28 years of collegiate coaching.
In the Huntington area, Jacobs and the River Cities program have been the force behind a major increase in USA Volleyball participation over the past 17 years. Junior club volleyball in the Huntington/Charleston area has increased from 35 members in 2002 to over 300 members and seven clubs between Ashland, KY and Charleston, WV.
The Cape Coast Volleyball Club home facilities are located at 1430 W. King Street in Cocoa. Other facilities include local recreation centers and high schools including Travis Park Recreation Center, located at 2001 Michigan Avenue in Cocoa; Viera High School, located at 6103 Stadium Parkway; Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, located at 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road on Merritt Island; and Cocoa West Recreation Center, located at 230 S. Burnette Road in Cocoa.
“Child-centered Coaching is the philosophy that emphasizes the importance of helping children develop their positive overall self-image through sports,” said Denaburg.
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“So many good personality traits can be developed through sports: leadership, hard work…pays off….., hustle, teamwork, the feeling of success, etc. The concept that when we do not succeed, we must get back up and try again until we do succeed.
“The philosophy of CCVC is that if an athlete is giving their personal best, then they are successful, regardless of the outcome of the immediate competition. CCVC will focus on helping athletes learn how to compete in all situations, which means giving them the tools to do their personal best to accomplish success.
“Success is much more than winning matches or championships, success is understanding that if you give your very best effort, good things will happen. Winning isn’t everything…. trying your best to be a success is everything,” said Denaburg.