Rita McPheeters

Girls 15 Navy Head Coach

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Rita McPheeters is originally from Tampa, Florida but moved to Virginia in 1991.  She has been playing volleyball for over 30 years and coaching club volleyball for the past seven years.  She started as an 18U boys’ club coach and for the next two seasons coached 14U and 16U boys.  For the past four seasons, she has coached girls’ 13U through 16U teams.  On two separate occasions, she coached two teams during the season to give more athletes an opportunity to play the game she loves so much.  Her club teams have collected numerous medals over the years at various AAU and USAV tournaments.  Prior to coaching club volleyball, she coached for three years with a local youth league.  In addition, she is currently in her third year as a head coach at an all-girls private high school.  During her first year she was the Freshman head coach and for the past two years she has been the JV coach.  She also leads summer volleyball camps at the school.

For several years, she organized and played on USAV adult club teams; and was a certified referee and scorekeeper.  She also spent many weekends playing in outdoor women’s and co-ed doubles tournaments where she often made it to the final round of playoffs and even placed first a few times.  She has played in indoor sixes leagues for over 30 years where during several seasons her teams won first place.

As you can see, volleyball is her passion.  She also enjoys cycling, hiking, traveling, and staying active.  She is retired from the Federal Government and is married to Bart McPheeters who will be coaching the 14U White team.  They have two children who also played rec and club volleyball.  Their daughter went on to play volleyball in college.

She is CAP 1, IMPACT and SafeSport certified.  She also recently attended an in-person Art of Coaching clinic at UNC where she learned several new coaching tips.  This will be her 11th year of coaching but her 1st season coaching at the St. James.  She is very excited to join the St. James this season and having the opportunity to continue sharing her passion and knowledge of the game.