IS Volley Camp guests
Meet exclusive camp guests, volleyball professionals, various figures representing this sport, who gladly share their advice, impressions and experience of sports travel.
Nicola Negro- Head Coach
Nicola Negro was born in Treviso, where his volleyball career began. He has been coaching teams for 20 years. In the Italian B1 league, Nicola worked as an assistant coach, won the Italian Cup being 23 years old and was invited to the Serie A2 league in the 2004/2005 season. After obtaining the third FIPAV coaching degree in 2006 (the highest in Italy), he started training Serie A1 league team "Megius Padova", and the following summer he was invited to join as coach the national team of Turkey. With it, he won silver medals at the 2009 Mediterranean Games and the European League, won a bronze medal in the European League in 2010 and took the Turkish national team to 11th place in the FIVB world ranking. After a 4-year contract with the Turkish national team, Nicola moved to Poland, where he coached a local club, and continued the 2012/13 season in Azerbaijan, training the club in the capital Baku.
Having accumulated a great deal of experience as an international coach, Nicola Negro continues his coaching career in Brazil.
107 international matches with the Turkish team, 25 matches in the European Volleyball Champions League, 9 matches in the European Volleyball Cup and more than 350 matches in the main leagues in Italy, Poland, Azerbaijan, Romania, Slovenia and Brazil - all at the expense of Nicola Negro.
Edoardo Vannucci - "Sport Team Management" agency's sport agent
In 2003 he graduated the “Universita degli Studi di Firenze” in Florence, specializing in sports management. Played volleyball for 15 years. Since 2002 he is the head of “Sport Team Management” company, which specializes in sports management consultations.
“Sport Team Management” is proud to represent 120 professional athletes amongst which are Sorokaitė, Diouf, Tapp, Raskie, Speech, Alberti, Camera.
„Motivation is and always has been one of the most important accents of our work with the athletes. In our opinion it serves probably the most important role while reaching for the top results in sports. Without motivation even the best athletes risk of not achieving the desired result. Young players who get the technical skills also carry the joy of the game which is very important on your way to the top of the game. We think that it’s the sports agent’s goal to maintain this natural enthusiasm, lead the athlete in their maturation as a professional player and help make the right decisions with having in mind the thought that every personality is unique and original.
Edoardo's quote: «How important is an agent's job in the world of sports, how can it affect a young athlete's career»
Saulius Matikonis - Head Coach
"To do our best is to concentrate, to be determined, and to believe in the body, to allow it to flow. It means putting in the maximum physical and mental effort. Then competition and cooperation become one. There is a difference between worrying about winning and worrying about trying to win. When we just want to win, we care about things we can’t control. Winning or losing a game depends on us and the skills and efforts of our opponents.
When a person is emotionally at out of control, he becomes restless and begins to overdo it. But you can control the effort you put in to win. He will always try to do everything he can. Impossible because of an event you can control, then simply realizing that you are making every effort to win each point will overcome anxiety. Therefore, the energy that would otherwise be wasted on anxiety and its consequences can be used to gain a point. In this way, the chances of winning increase greatly. "
Saulius quote: "What an effort that's the result!"
Jolita Virbickienė - Head Coach
The most titled Lithuanian Volleyball Coach visited IS VOLLEY CAMP in 2019. The multiple Lithuanian champion and the 7th place in the USSR "Spartakiad of Nations", which led to the recognition of the USSR sports master's degree, gladly shared her experience, advice and passion for this sport in our camp:
"I was a volleyball player and represented the Dinamo team, and later the Lithuanian national team. 1972 after graduating from the institute, i started as a coach. 1992 I created the "Heksa" club, I became the chairman, this team has become the Lithuanian champion 14 times. I started working at Kaunas Volleyball School. Well, we have become champions of youth and junior champions many times. Personality I love my job and the people I work with.
"Volleyball is the biggest part of my life"
When I was studying at the 3rd eight-year school, teacher Paulauskienė involved me in this sport, so I found myself in a sports school. Since then, I have loved this sport and knew that I would become a volleyball coach in the future. I like that volleyball is a non-contact, team and universal sport. Volleyball combines a lot of technical elements, it is a cyclical sport where you have to make the most unexpected decisions in a very short time, there are also a lot of tactical options and players can demonstrate their personal mastery, and anyway, the most beautiful sport for me. I think it’s best to start attending at the age of 10-12. I could recommend volleyball to parents, as this game not only develops physical fitness, but also gives the opportunity to express oneself as a person, develops collectivity, friendship and the ability to understand a friend. At the age of 35 I graduated from active sports, later I continued as a veteran, and at the age of 50 I managed to become the world champion of the Lithuanian Games with my student Vida Kliokmaniene.
I have released the following shows for girls: 1967m.gim. , 1972 , 1973 , 1979 , 1979 , 1981m.gim. , 1984 , 1986 , 1988-1991m.gim.
Among them are students who play in professional clubs, such as Valdonė Petrauskaitė, Indrė Sorokaitė, Neringa Grikstaitė, some abroad, some in Lithuania. Daiva Ramaškaitė-Vaitulionienė has become the champion of Poland and France, Ingrida Kutkaitė-Kaltenienė has become the champion of Poland, Indrė Sorokaitė has become the champion of the Euroleague, Olympian, Agnė Zakarauskaitė-Landin has become the champion of Sweden. Several players study and play in America.
Sandrija Čapkauskienė - Doctor of Biomedical Sciences, Specialist in Healthy Living and Nutrition
1998 graduated from the Lithuanian Institute of Physical Education (now - Lithuanian Sports University, LSU). 2000 obtained a master's degree in biology at the Lithuanian Academy of Physical Education (now - Lithuanian Sports University, LSU). 2005 defended his doctoral dissertation in the field of biomedical sciences, "Physical development, capacity and the effect of physical activity on blood glucose and lipid levels in healthy and type 1 diabetic girls". He is currently working at the Lithuanian University of Sports, Department of Applied Biology and Rehabilitation. Also at Kaunas College, Department of Cosmetology.
Pedagogical activity - 11 years of pedagogical work experience, taught subjects - functional anatomy and biochemistry, physiology of sports and exercises, nutrition and metabolism of athletes. I am currently working at the Lithuanian Sports University, Kaunas College.
Experience - co-author of many scientific publications, participant of international conferences, lecturer at foreign universities, speaker of seminars on nutrition and physiological issues in Lithuania.
Additional activities - consultations on healthy and optimal nutrition, creation of a plan for personal nutrition and physical activity, recommendations for optimal physical activity, determination and evaluation of body composition.
Publications in popular science / periodicals:
1.„Praktiškos moters knyga“ Ruduo; VŠĮ Terra Publica, (2015), straipsnis „Stiprinkime imunitetą. Vitaminai ir mineralinės medžiagos“.
2.„Praktiškos moters knyga“ Žiema; VŠĮ Terra Publica, (2015), straipsnis „Mityba žiemą. Aliejai.“
3.„Uogos ir vaisiai“; VŠĮ Terra Publica, (2016), straipsnis „Uogų ir vaisių nauda“.
4.„Superpietūs dėžutėje“, Tekstų bendraautoriai P.Strasevičius ir S.Čapkauskienė; VŠĮ Terra Publica, (2016).
5. „Sveika ir graži“, VŠĮ Terra Publica (2017).
Viltė Makauskaitė - professional volleyball player
- Position - outside spiker
- Started play volleyball at the age of 8, but has been around since she was a child, as his mother is a former volleyball player and is currently training Kaunas volleyball club "Kaunas".
- Member of the Lithuanian women's national team, as well as in former youth, junior champion.
- Played professionally in Lithuania, Belgium and the Czech Republic
Viltė's favorite quote; «Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard»
2017 - Baltic League champion
2018 - Czech league bronze
2013-2017 Lithuanian champion
Monika Šalkutė - professional volleyball player
- Position - opposite / oposta
- She has been spinning around the pitch since she was little since her mother was a former volleyball player
- Lithuanian Women national team member who also played for the national junior and youth teams.
- Played professionally in Lithuania and France.
Monica's favorite quote: "Live for a dream!"
2020/21 Paris Saint Cloud
2019/20 Pays d’Aix Venelles
2018/19 Paris Saint-Cloud
2017/18 Evreux Volley-Balla
2016/17 Volley Koniz Switzerland
Syracuse University, USA
2007/08 Vilnius SM “Tauras” -VTC
Jaroslav Bogdanovič - profesionalus tinklininkas
Professionally represented clubs in Lithuania, Poland, Belgium, Norway, Slovakia and France.
Jaroslav favorite quote: "Achieve your dreams in every possible way"
Valdonė Petrauskaitė - professional volleyball player
Member of the Lithuanian women's nationall team, 2011 became the winner of the European CEV Cup.
1999-2001 Heksa Kaunas
2001-2004 Istres Volley-Ball, France
2004-2006 VBC Riom, France
2006-2007 Vicenza Volley, Italy
2007-2008 Türk Telekom Ankara, Turkey
2008-2009 Chieri Volley, Italy
2009-2011 Tiboni Urbino, Italy
2011-2012 Dinamo Krasnodar, Russia
2012-2013 Tiboni Urbino, Italy
2013-2014 Lokomotiv Baku, Azerbaijan
2014-2015 Gran Canaria J.A.V. Olimpico, Spain
2016-2017 Metalleghe Montichiari, Italy
Arvydas Mišeikis- Professional volleyball player, Opposite position
Arvydas started playing volleyball at the age of 8 at Elga Startas Šiauliai Sports Club. Represented in an impressive career: clubs from Cyprus, Belgium, Austria, Romania, Poland, Italy and France.
Inspirational quote of Arvydas Mišeikis: "Nothing is impossible when you are yourself"
PALMARES: 1x Austrian, 3x Romanian champion, 2x Austrian and 3x Romanian Cup winner, European Challenge Cup bronze medalist.
2003–2006 Elga Startas Šiauliai Lithuania
2006–2007 Nikosia APOEL FC Cyprus
2007–2008 VC Puurs Belgium
2008–2009 Konstanca Tomis Romania
2009–2010 Ravenna CMC Italy
2010–2011 Konstanca Tomis Romania
2011–2012 Insbruck Hypo Tirol Austria
2012–2013 Avinion Volley-Ball France
2013–2014 Reno Volley 35 France
2014–2015 Kelc Effector Poland
2015-2017 Reno Volley 35 France
2017-2018 Galati Arcada Galati Romania
2018-2019 Bukaresti Dinamo Romania
2019-2020 Ajaccio GFCA France
2020-2021 SK ZADRUGA Aich Dob
2021-2022 Ajaccio GFCA France
Gilbertas Kerpė - Coach
Kaunas "Rio Startas" Head Coach. Bachelor's degree in pedagogy and training systems. Master's degree in training systems
Doctoral studies in education at LSU. Lithuanian indoor volleyball champion, beach volleyball winner, participant of European and world championships in the roles of player and coach. 2020-2021 Head coach of the highest Lithuanian men's volleyball league Kaunas "RIO-Startas" team, silver medalist. 2020-2021 Kaunas "RIO-Startas-2" team of the 1st Lithuanian Men's Volleyball League coach, bronze medalist. FIVB Level 1 and Level 2 courses. Lecturer of volleyball seminars. Coordinator and Coach of the Beach Volleyball and Youth Beach Volleyball Championship in New Zealand
Valerio Lionetti - Coach
Valerio began his career as a scoutman / assistant coach with the men's Volley Potentino (B1 Italy) and Loreto (A1 Italy) teams, and later coached the women's Loreto, Piacenza, Filottrano (A2 Italy) and Pesaro (A1 Italy) teams. Since 2017, Valerio has been the assistant coach of Imoco Volley Conegliano (A1 Italy).
Valerio Lionetti's coached players list:
Kay Van Dijk, Andrii Diachkov, Rodrigo De Angelo Freitas “Digao”, Kostantin Shumov, Maxim Tereshin, Enrico Cester, Davide Marra, Kenny Moreno Pino, Lauren Gibbemeyer, Daiana Muresan, Cibele Lucindo Barbosa, Milagros Moy, Tatyana Voronina, Rosangela Correia, Natalia Viganò, Valentina Tirozzi, Monica De Gennaro, Cristina Chirichella, Noemi Signorile, Serena Ortolani, Eleni Kiosi, Wolosz Joanna, Bricio Samantha, De Kruijf Robin, Folie Raphaela, Easy (Hodge) Megan, Danesi Anna, Papafotiou Athina, Fabris Samanta, Hill Kimberly, Indre Sorokaite, Miriam Sylla, Paola Egonu, Jennifer Geerties, Chiaka Ogbogu, Adams McKenzie, Sarah Luisa Fahr, Giulia Gennari, Gamma (Popovic) Sanja, Samadan Martina, Butigan Bozana, Dumancic Beta, Grbac Ana, Ivana Milos, Brčić Bernarda, Karla Klaric, Mlinar Lucija, Sain Rene, Bozicevic Nikolina.
Matteo Sfriso - strenght and conditioning coach
” When the talent doesn’t work hard, hard work beats the talent”
Graduated at University of Verona, Italy in Sport Science.
Currently working as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for Imoco Volley Conegliano. Certified National Strength and Conditioning Coach for Italian Basketball Federation. Also experiences in different team sports (basketball, rugby, football) for both elite youth and first teams.
Matteo’s goal is becoming an Head Strength Conditioning Coach for elite clubs and athletes.
Indrė Sorokaitė - Professional volleyball player Opposite/Outside hitter positions
Having represented teams of the highest elite level (in the championships of Italy, Japan and Azerbaijan). Founder of "Indrė Sorokaitė Volleyball Academy".
2020 Tokyo Olympics;
2019 European Championship Bronze;
2019 World Club Champion;
2017 World Grand Prix silver;
2017 Montreaux Volley Masters bronze; 2 Italian Cups;
2 Italian Super Cups;
2 Champions League;
1 European Challenge Cup;
2004-2005 Awarded the Arnaldo Eynard Ballon d'Or as the best/most promising U20 player in Italy.