2023 Vassar Elite Volleyball Girls Camp & Boys Camp

Date: July 21st-23rd

Overnight: $450

Commuter: $365

Age Level: High School

Camp Brochure: Click here to download


Richard Gary has had an incredible first two years at Vassar, where he’s led the men’s program to multiple NCAA tournament births, including a semi-final finish in 2018, breaking program records for wins in a row, its first undefeated conference season, as well as coaching multiple players to all-American and all-conference honors. Gary continues to work in college camps, most recently at Princeton and UCLA, while also having worked with the UVA, Clarkson University, RIT and Stevens Tech. He works with USAV and GEVA to promote boys high performance in the region, taking local players to the High Performance Championships in 2017 and 2018. Gary has completed his CAP II coaching certification, Gold Medal Squared certification, and continues to diversify and
expand his understanding of the game.

Joe Torella has been the Women’s Assistant Volleyball Coach at Vassar College for the past 4 years. In his first year at Vassar, the Women’s team finished first in the Liberty League and he and head coach Jon Penn received the Liberty League’s Coaching staff of the Year honors. In his second year, the team qualified for the NCAA championship tournament for the first time in 11 years. In addition to his college coaching experience, Torella has been coaching club volleyball for 10 years and has 4 years coaching experience at the high school level. As a player, Torella has 30 years of playing experience including college level, USAV and the Empire State Games.

Jonathan Penn has over 30 years of coaching experience and has been a head coach at Vassar College since 1996. With over 500 collegiate victories, Penn's accolades include four conference Coach of the Year honors and an AVCA DIII National Coach of the Year award. His Vassar teams have been to the NCAA tournament multiple times and earned over 20 AVCA All-Academic team awards while producing numerous All-conference, All-Region and All-America nominations. A native of Southern California, he played collegiately at Penn State and competed in the Olympic Festival in 1995.

The Vassar Volleyball Camps are separate sleepover camps taking place the same weekend for high school aged boys and girls interested in having an exciting and fun volleyball experience while learning to compete at the college level. The camps will be an opportunity to train in a collegiate environment, learn from college players and coaches, and help you bring your game to the next level. There will be technical and tactical tutoring sessions, along with multiple small team and full 6 v 6 game opportunities. Participants will get to stay in the college residence halls, explore our beautiful campus, and work with our men’s and women’s volleyball teams and coaching staff.

*7th /8th graders with multiple years’ experience may be eligible.


Richard Gary

Richard Gary
Head Coach

Phone: 845-437-7929
Email: rgary@vassar.edu