Adaeze T. Merah, West Hartford, CT Volleyball Coach

Adaeze T. Merah

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Hall of Fame HS & College, former D1 Volleyball Coach. High School Varsity Boys & Girls Head Coach, Ranked #1 in CT and 2nd in Coachup Country. View all coaching experience

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Training Locations
  1. 91 Hillhouse Rd, Goshen, CT
  2. North Haven, CT
  3. Berlin, CT

Coach is willing to travel up to 25 miles


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In-Person Training for a single athlete

CURRENT Rates Do Not Include Gym Fees!! and are based on INSURANCE, PRIVACY COURT, EQUIPMENT 1 session package 60 minute session length Review your skills and give immediate feed back and work on achieving 1-2 goals. Th... See More

Session Length: 1 hour

$90 1 session + one-time fee

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In-Person Training for a single athlete

CURRENT Rates Do Not Include Gym Fees!!! 3 session package Each session covers HITTING, Serving, Passing, Setting, Digging and Libero please bring cash or check for GYM each training, I have to rent and reserve a court, ... See More

Session Length: 1 hour

$270 3 sessions ($90/ea) + one-time fee

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"Summer COVID-19 RE-Boot Camp"
In-Person Training for up to 4 athletes

Get ready for High Performance Training for speed and agility. Get on the fast track to makeup the time that you lost from COVID-19 Learn how to pass, hit, block and defend on the fly and learn all the quick movement trick... See More

Session Length: 16 hours

$997 8 sessions ($125/ea) + one-time fee

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"Video Assessment Only"
Online Training for a single athlete

Assessment Training - Skills analysis. You can provide video and I conduct an evaluation on the video of no more than 5 minutes of skills 15 seconds on each angel, front, back left and right side of skills for 1 minute tot... See More

Session Length: 1 minute

$75 1 session + one-time fee

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"COVID-19 Safety Special"
Online Training for a single athlete

Get personalize training instructions in an online format. Learn and start playing from where your skill level begins and learn advanced skills from the comfort of your private space. We can connect via Zoom or Skype in a... See More

Session Length: 3 days

$270 3 sessions ($90/ea) + one-time fee

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  • University of New Haven (CT)

  • 30 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Setter, Outside Hitter, Opposite, Middle Blocker, Libero

  • Spiking, Setting, Serving, Serve Receive, Jumping, Hitting, Digging, Blocking


  • University of New Haven (CT)

  • 30 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course


  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Setter, Outside Hitter, Opposite, Middle Blocker, Libero

  • Spiking, Setting, Serving, Serve Receive, Jumping, Hitting, Digging, Blocking

More About Coach Adaeze T.

2019-2020 active Hartford CT Varsity Head Boys and Girls High School Coach working to build each program to a competitive level teaching all fundamentals of volleyball. A premiere "GOAT Coach" Getting Optimum Achievable Training over five years of consistent training with over 64 five star rating and #1 in Connecticut. Clients from Springfield and many MA clients are willing to drive to Windsor, Bloomfield and West Hartford area with little playing experience and after training with me they can establish a solid foundation of the sport of choice. Many of these kids have had little to no experience and successfully compete on their teams for the season. Eight consecutive years of having 2-3 of girls have since placed 1st Team all Conference on their varsity team and 3 girls have placed since freshman year. My players made it to the State of Connecticut CIAC Volleyball all Conference teams. I completed my 5th year as a Club Volleyball Head Coach and in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 winning second place tournaments in a Western Massachusetts Tournament each year. I am well trained and constantly working on my skills with Golds Metal Square Elite Training, IMPACT training, and USA Volleyball Training. As a CIAC Certified coach of 30 years, I continue as a Head Volleyball Club Coach working with 13’s - 18s. I am have coached boys high school for over fifteen years both as head and assistant coach.
I have built several high school programs from scratch including Fairfield University in the early ’90s upon graduating from college. I built the first Kolbe Cathedral HS Boys Team and initiated Prince Tech Boys Volleyball Club 2013- 2015
Thomas Edison Middle School Head Volleyball program 2012 - 2014
Bassick High School Boys Volleyball Coach March 2008-2013
Kolbe Cathedral Head Boys Volleyball 1993-1995
Fairfield University Division I Head Women's Head Volleyball Coach 1987-1991
Notre Dame High School Head Girls Volleyball Coach 1986-1987
Was the first Female Athlete to be inducted into the Bassick High School Hall of Fame in 2007
Was inducted into my college the University of New Haven Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1993
A 4 year full- scholarship recipient of at the University of New Haven in the position of Middle Hitter & Blocker
Inducted into Hall of Fame for volleyball in both HS and College, all ECAC and all-conference MVP and Co-captain 1983-84

As a High School Head Volleyball Coach for girls and an assistant for boys high school coach. I coach a local Volleyball club coach and in my 7th year and lead this year 17U to a 2nd place tournament finish. Training and teaching a team of girls some of which have gone onto play at the college level.

2019-2020 - Connecticut CIAC Volleyball Head Girls High School Coach
2019-2020 - Connecticut CIAC Volleyball Head Boys High School Coach
2012-2017- Connecticut Technical High School Volleyball Head Girls High School Coach
CoachUP- HS Player OH earn 10 kills, 10 aces during a state tournament game 2017 and named MaxPreps Player of the week and make the High-Performance Club Team in Windsor Connecticut.
CoachUp - Help freshman hitter player earn a spot on JV and make the team 2015-2016
CoachUp - Player learn how to set and move from freshman only to starting JV setter 2016 and earn a place on the HP Club Team

The first coach to lead this high school team (2014-2016) to a state bid in the postseason after a seven-year layoff. The first coach to ever have a freshman setter place first team all CSC conference three consecutive years (freshman, sophomore and junior year).
Managed to post two consecutive undefeated volleyball season with TEMS (Middle School 16-0 _ during 2011-2014)
Bloomfield HS Boys Assistant Coach 2017-present
Coached and trained Bassick High School Boys Volleyball team from 2008-2012
Created the first Kolbe Cathedral Boys Volleyball team 1993-1995
Played on a 4-year full athletic scholarship for Volleyball, Captain and MVP senior year and inducted into the Hall of Fame 1993
Played USA Volleyball from 1987-99 and won MVP in my last two tournaments.
Played a helped lead the programs first NCAA postseason appearances and first Elite Eight appearance and during my four years in college, the team won three New England Collegiate Conference Championships, while amassing an overall record of 156-46. In addition to All-America recognition, I was a two-time All-NECC selection and the conference's Honorable Mention Player. In 1984 All-America Campaign, MVP Season Recorded 204 kills, 42 block solos, 10 service aces, and 275 digs to lead the team to a 36-5 en route to a NECC Championship, NCAA Regional Championship and the program's first trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1984 & 85.

The drills are best if there are 3-6 players

Individual one on one would be adjusted based on outline

Week 1
:00 Introductions
- Goals and Philosophies
- Hand out schedules for Session Sets/Group/ and club information
:10 Warm-up lap and stretching
:15 Toss/catch (passing drill)
- Focus on form
- Players go into passing, setting, and hitting self toss. This is a control drill to
make sure players are using good form and are under control with the ball
:18 Toss/pass (passing drill)
- One player can do this drill or to add other players who will pass the ball back to
the first player (who will catch it or Coach). This is a controlled drill to focus on the
passers form.
:25 Toss/pass/over (attacking the ball) (toss and attack)
- Tosser by the net – passer at the 10’ line
- Pass over the net to a 1-3 player(s) on the opposite 10’line
- Rotate every 3 minutes
:35 Serving progression
- Demonstrate and talk the players through the serving motion. Make sure they
understand the correct steps and arm movement.
- Have the player’s pair up, one on each side of the net.
- Start at the 10’ line – progress back after 2 straight successful serves
- Have the players work on controlling the serve, the player’s should not have
to run around to retrieve the ball after it has been served.
:50 Serve receive drill
- Set the defense up to receive the serve from a player. Have them work on
communication and getting 3 hits on their side before sending the ball back
over the net.
:58 Wrap-up – ending instruction

Week 2 ( if 3 or more)
:00 Warm-up lap and stretch
:05 Toss/catch (passing drill) – see week 1 for details
:10 Toss/pass (passing drill) – see week 1 for details
:15 Passing drill
- Have the player’s in groups of if 3. Form a triangle shape and pass the ball
around to their right side, then to their left. Again the focus is on the passing
of the ball with control, so the players remain in their triangle shape and not
having to move more than a few steps to make the next pass.
:22 Serving progression – see week 1 for details
:40 Serve and serve receive
- set 3-6 players on the floor – player serves the ball over the net (if the ball does
not go over the players rotate. Server goes out and new player comes into
center back). When the ball goes over the net and hits the floor in bounds, the
coach tosses a ball back over the net – players set the ball up and get it back
over the net for a point. They stay in this rotation until the miss a serve or
don’t get the ball back over the net.
:55 Passing drill – see toss/pass/over from week 1
:58 Wrap-up – ending instructions
:00 Practice ends
Week 3
:00 Warm-up lap and stretch
:05 Serve progression – see week 1 for details
:10 Demonstrate setting technique
:12 Toss/set (from the sitting position)
- Have player’s in pairs. One player is standing a few feet in front of the other
player (who is sitting on the ground). The standing player tosses the ball up
so it would land on top of the sitting players head. The sitting player as the
toss begins brings their hands up to the set position and sets the ball back to
the player who is standing in front of them.
:18 Toss/set (from the standing position)
- This drill is the same as above, except that both players are standing. The set
should be higher than the toss that they receive.
:22 Toss/set/pass
- In groups of 3 in a triangle shape. Player 1 tosses the ball to Player 2 who sets
the ball to player 3 who passes the ball back to player 1. After they go
through this rotation a few times, have the players rotate so each player gets to
be the setter.
:30 Passing drill – see week 2 for details
:38 Serving drill
- Divide the players up in equal halves. Players will serve back and forth, try to
focus on keeping all volleyballs in bounds.
:49 Controlled Coaches toss the ball in from the side

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Client Reviews

Coach Adaeze is fantastic. She is patient, kind, and fun while still providing excellent, challenging coaching. My kids loved their coaching sessions with her. Would highly recommend.

Coach Adaeze is excellent! She is great with boys and girls, specifically with my 14 year old son and 11 year old daufhter

Coach Adaeze is someone I would highly recommend !! She is training my daughter in Volleyball. In addition to helping her technically she talks to teens in a way that boosts their self confidence and helps them think about what being part of a team is about.

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Very knowledgeable coach who went above and beyond to meet us on location and spent almost an extra hour with my son. Focuses on fundamentals, proper form, and assessment rather than trying to sell the next session. If you want someone that understands basketball and is no non-sense then this is a good choice for you. I do not know her, I am a first time client and I met her today. Highly recommended!

We had a fantastic initial session with Coach Adaeze. Her attention to detail & fundamentals will definitely have an extremely positive impact on my daughter’s game. We are looking forward to session 2!

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Coach D was great and helped my daughter with her skills but, importantly, helped her clarify her goals and encouraged her to be aggressive.

Coach Adaeze has had one session with my daughter. In that session, she quickly identified areas for Alex to work on. She have her some quick tips on her serve and other areas of strength, but then dug into hitting drills where she needed to most help. Alex felt very inspired after the session and can't wait for her next one. Thank you!!!!

Dylan really enjoyed the variety the training offered. Cardio, footwork, shooting, ball handling, etc. He definitely got a lot out of the training and will continue with more! The use of video and pictures also helpful. Thank you!

Adaeze is a very thorough trainer with good flexibility for my crazy schedule! My son loved his sessions!!

My daughter really enjoyed her training session. Coach was encouraging and informative yet pushed her. She is very knowledgeable and comes highly recommended!

Coach Adaeze takes the time to understand Sage's style of play. Coach's knowledge and skillset enables her to work with Sage's strengths as well as the areas she needs increased volleyball technique. Sage says, "Coach Adeaze is making me a better player and a better person". Sage is confident that this Fall she will excell on her JV team.

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Coach Adaeze was very good.She was informative and detailed with my son on what changes were needed for his shooting to improve.

I saw positive changes in his form by the time the 1hr session was over.signing up for more sessions.

She's a good coach and I learn a lot of new things today And I am learning so much that I made a long term commitment

Coach Merah,
Has done a great job with my son’s basketball abilities. My son was always to shy to tryout for basketball teams, but know he is eager to tryout because of the techniques that he has learned since his training with Coach Merah. I appreciate her for her patience and time she took to support Christian with learning the skills he needs in order to be successful in basketball. Thank you Coach Merah!!

Very helpful, she knows exactly how to approach each problem and effectively demonstrates a solution.

That was the best clinic we have been to, including the C's. Coach is very engaging and my daughter loved it. All of the kids get to participate, and the play full court with multiple skill levels at the same time. Most of the skilled kids try to get the newer kids involved. I thought it was great, and my daughter as asked keep her enrolled.

My daughter has had two personal training sessions with Coach Adaeze. She went from not being able to serve the ball and get it over the net to getting it over. Her confidence level is growing thanks to Coach Adaeze. I highly recommend her and look forward seeing my daughter's skills improve even more with continued sessions. Coach Adaeze's skills are amazing and the way she works with my daughter is amazing.

My son is growing into his suddenly tall body. Although he loves recreational ball, he needs help with skills, fundamentals and coordinating his growing body parts. In just one session w Coach Adaeze, I saw immediate improvement! Her analysis is laser sharp, her explanations concise and she gets results. Trying to balance the budget to make these sessions work bc I truly believe they are worth it! She is definitely good at what she does and I would highly recommend her to anyone interested in improving basketball skills.

Coach Adaeze was absolutely amazing. After just 1 session with my son I could already see a major improvement. She really knows how to teach and get the kids to understand what to do. She was amazing and we can’t wait to work with her in the future!

Coach Adaeze is really great. We’ve only had one online session with her. I was scared about the online sessions because it is a non traditional way of coaching but with this being our only option, we gave it a try. Coach Adaeze is very patient and thorough. She gave us a lot of helpful feedback. She made us feel comfortable through this process. We can’t wait for the next sessions with her. Thank you for being a great coach.

My daughter had a great session with Coach Adaeze! My daughter is a college player. Coach Adaeze provided her with a great evaluation of her skills and a great workout! I highly recommend her as a coach!

What a difference in Sierra's play. She is hitting and serving the ball so much better and has better confidence on the court. After 2 training sessions, as a sophomore just got called up to Varsity.

Coach Adaeze was instrumental in helping my daughter improve her volleyball skills and increasing her confidence. She covered all aspects and increased her skillset particularly in serving, hitting, and blocking. We are very appreciative of coach's efforts!!

Coach Adaeze was amazing with my daughter. Not only skills but really took the extra time to talk with her, listen and get in her head to understand her better. Cant wait for our next session.

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The sessions have been great. My son is learning a lot!

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GREAT COACH. Even though it was my first day with her , she pushed me a lot. Thank You!

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Great personalized training. Great feedback, quick corrections to prevent poor habits, extremely personable, and a variety of drills.

Coach Adaeze was a very good coach. It took a few lessons for her to evaluate my daughter, but she did her homework and provided some great feedback with solid fundamental drills. She broke down her fundamentals with emphasis on her mechanics and we saw immediate improvement. My daughter has continued to show improvement since working out with coach adaeze. I have also noticed her having a higher confidence level and having fun again!

coach Adaeze was awesome, did wonders for my daughter

Audrey had a great first session with Coach Adaeze. Coach Adaeze not only focused on what Audrey's goal but helped her start to really think about the game she's playing. Plus we had an little extra bonus and help from another great coach who was there. Thank you!

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Coach Adaeze T. most definitely was a great coach! She helped my granddaughter with her self confidence and helped her realize that she can be a starter, if she believes in herself. My granddaughter is looking forward to her next training session where she can focus on improving and tweaking her volleyball skills.

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Adaeze is a true professional. She quickly determined where my daughter needed help and got right into the customized lesson. She also focused on confidence building in a very diplomatic and effective way. She and my daughter clicked immediately. I feel like we have known Adaeze forever, even though it's only been a few lessons. She communicates well, is calm, kind, thorough - overall, an outstanding teacher. I highly recommend her and will continue using her in the future.

She did a very great job developing my son. She pushed him in such a way that brought improvement. Coach Adaeze helped raise the confidence in him through the various drills they did.

Our first session far surpassed my expectation. Coach Adaeze is obviously a professional, she is knowledgeable, able to clearly communicate her expectations, and very personable. We're looking forward to an ongoing coaching relationship!

Coach T is a very good. She's preparing me for basketball season next year and she is going to help me make varsity.

She is the best for my son. I will be booking more lessons for him - thank you so much

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Coach is great but not to keen on the environment

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First impression of a true coach that will help any athlete to reach there goals in the sports world. My son really enjoyed his time with coach Adaeze, and as a father I can see my son improving on the basketball court. Thanks again COACH!!!

Coach did a great job with my daughter today. She provided great instruction as well as constructive criticism.

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Coach Adaeze was very accommodating, and my son found her drills and workout to be very beneficial to helping him reach his goals. I would definitely recommend her to other parents.

Coach D. Got right to work and began with conditioning ring to build his endurance. I believe the more time he spends with her the better he will become all around. She is very friendly and nice, but says it how she sees it. which I like

Coach Adaeze was dedicated, detail oriented, and extremely accommodating. She is very professional and teaches her students with compassion and attention to their required skills. I would highly recommend her . Stephen DeFilio

Great 1st session. My son is looking forward to his next training session.

I am so grateful to have found Adaeze! She is an amazing coach who has taught my son self confidence, ambition and how to find his zone! I would recommend her 10 times out of 10. You will get a coach who puts her heart and souls into her trainees. Thank you for shaping my son into the great success he is becoming with sites on playing ball for BU!

My son enjoyed his lesson. The emphasis on endurance training in addition to skills was good. Looking forward to the next lesson.

Our first session with Coach Adaeze was very impressive. She is extremely knowledgeable and was supportive in the most positive way to help improve my sons' skills. He enjoyed every minute of working with her. And we look first forward to more sessions.

My daughter enjoyed the session with Adaeze. She fel

She was able to get into my daughters head and to read the floor. To understand the game and how to anticipate a play

Our first session with Coach Adaeze was encouraging. My child is new to volleyball and is trying to learn the game. Coach had a very confident approach, and a set out a plan that would take her where she needed to be. In talking with another parent, they only had praise for Coach and stated she is the best there is in CT.

Coach Adaeze T. was very welcoming when we came in. She is very knowledgeable and eager to work to improve my daughters skills. She not only works on the physical aspect of the sport but also includes the mental part and that is a big part. Very happy with first session.

Coach Adaeze T. was an Amazing coach although my daughter was only able to engage in 2 sessions. Coach Adaeze T. was able to figure out what my daughter needed work on. She made sure to cram in as much work as she could in those 2 sessions. I can say that my daughter has definitely taken with her some great Technics that she will be practicing. I hope that we will be able to work with coach Adaeze T. again.

Coach Adaeze was a great coach after 2 sessions my girls are so much more confident in thier skills than before!!

Coach Adaeze helped me reach my goal of confidence.

Coach Adaeze has been excellent! She has helped me with all aspects of the game and also with my confidence level. We have already seen improvement on the court and I have only had 2 lessons so far. Thank you Coach Adaeze for everything, you are the best.

Coach Adaeza,
My son (14) really liked his first session with you and is looking forward to the next session this Friday in Newington. He felt challenged by your drills and understood your insights about basketball. I am excited about him working with you in the future to help him achieve his goals on and off the court. See you soon...

My daughter worked with Adaeze as a beginner in volleyball. She has covered all of the rules of volleyball and reached her goals in just three sessions. My daughter feels much more confident with serving and passing the ball. I would highly recommend coach Adaeze to anyone who wants to be a better player!!!

Coach D was very helpful in giving me the confidence with my shot. She motivated me and was able to film me in a few of my games. Everything from her mouth was positive talk which I loved! She was also able to give me a few tips on baseline moves and attacking my opponent off the dribble.

Great coach very knowledgable, easy to work with. My child had an excellent first session. We will be booking throughout the spring and summer.

Today was our first session with Coach Adaeze and she was amazing! My daughter really responded to her patience and will definitely be scheduling additional lessons. Even when it started raining Coach stuck it out and made sure we got the most out of their time together. I was really impressed...after one session I already see a drastic improvement. Very accommodating and professional.

Honestly the best coach I've had in a while!! Really nice and kind and knows what she is doing. I recommend anyone out there looking for a coach for basketball to contact coach Adaeze. You will not regret it!

My son said that Coach Adaeze was very fun to work with and was able to get him out of his comfort zone. She was able to accommodate us with short notice; she was very warm, professional, and was very attentive to detail. She also was ready to go when she showed up and was right on-time, looking forward to working with her again!...Thanks coach!

Great motivator and helped me meet my goals. She challenged me and pushed me to the fullest of my abilities. I have learned a lot about volleyball from her and am grateful for her help and support

I hired Coach Adeaze to work with my daughter to prepare her for her first volleyball team tryouts. Coach was engaging, attentive, flexible, and extremely responsive to the unique needs, skills, and areas of improvement that my daughter brought to the court. I highly recommend her without hesitation. Thank you, Coach!

My daughter Alyssa is now confident in herself and she even got some jump serves in and scored a few aces in a game. Her team league had a game with only 6 girls showing up and she play all around the whole time and did extremely well. We are very happy with all you have done for her thank you so much Adaeze
I really am grateful for the motivation and helping me achieve my goal as a setter. I am 100% better in both setting and serving. I tried out for volleyball and wanted to be a setter. I started by only received a little playing time for JV coming off the bench but once my parents hired you as my coach. My coach and other noticed the difference and I received more playing time. My parents were excited and my mom and dad set up 5 additional session. I became the starting setter now excited about moving up to Varsity. That was a great feeling and parents were so happy with the results, thank you so much .
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