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Gabe Figueroa

Co-Director/Specialist - Setting Coach

From the moment I first touched a volleyball at the age of nine, I was captivated by the sport's unique blend of agility, strategy, and teamwork. This initial spark ignited a lifelong passion that propelled me through countless games, victories, and challenges, culminating in an extensive and fulfilling career both as a player and a coach.


As a young player, my journey began in a local youth league where the basics of volleyball were taught with enthusiasm and patience. These formative years were crucial, not only for developing my technical skills but also for instilling a deep love for the game. I quickly progressed through the ranks, joining more competitive teams and participating in regional and national tournaments. The thrill of competition and the camaraderie of my teammates fueled my desire to excel. By the time I reached high school, I had become a key player on the varsity team, recognized for my strategic play and consistent performance as a setter.


The pinnacle of my playing career came during my college years, where I had the privilege of being part of a team that won multiple championships. These victories were the result of relentless practice, strategic acumen, and an unyielding team spirit. Each championship was a testament to the hard work, resilience, and synergy we cultivated as a unit. The experience of playing at such a high level honed my abilities and deepened my understanding of the game.


Transitioning from player to coach was a natural progression. Entering my 13th year of coaching experience now under my belt, I have found immense satisfaction in nurturing and developing young talent. Coaching has allowed me to pass on the knowledge and skills I acquired during my playing years. More importantly, it has allowed me to inspire and mentor the next generation of volleyball players.


Coaching volleyball requires a different set of skills compared to playing. It involves understanding the individual needs of players, devising effective training programs, and fostering a positive and motivating environment. One of the most rewarding aspects of coaching has been witnessing the growth and development of my players, both on and off the court. Seeing them apply the techniques and strategies we practice, and watching them develop their passion for the game, is incredibly fulfilling.


Throughout my coaching career, I have had the privilege of leading teams to numerous experiences. These successes are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of my players, as well as the supportive community that surrounds them. Each accomplishment is not just a victory, but a culmination of collective effort, perseverance, and teamwork.


In reflection, my journey in volleyball has been a rich tapestry of experiences, achievements, and personal growth. From the initial spark at the age of nine to the heights of championship victories and the fulfilling role of a coach, volleyball has been a defining aspect of my life. It has taught me the values of teamwork, dedication, and resilience. As I continue to coach and inspire future players, I am reminded daily of the profound impact this sport has had on my life and the lives of those I have had the privilege to coach.


Playing Experience:

  • Gigantes de Adjuntas - 1994 to 1999

  • Leones de Ponce - 1999 to 2005 (2003/04/05 Championships 20U)


Club Experiences:

  • AVOLI Toa Baja 17U - 2002-2003

  • ARSEL Eagles Toa Baja 17U - 2003 -2005 (National Champion 2005)

  • 2003 Junior Olympics Championships in Louisville, Kentucky (5th Place out of 30 teams)


College:

  • UPR Ponce - 2003

  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Ponce Campus - 2005 to 2008


Professional:

  • Cidreros de Adjuntas - 2006

  • All Army Volleyball Team - 2012 All Armed Forces Champion


Head Coaching Experience:

  • Pure Energy Volleyball, Harker Heights Texas - 2011 to 2013

  • SC Midlands Volleyball, Columbia SC - 2013 to 2014

  • Magnum Volleyball, Lexington SC - 2014 to 2016

  • Texas Legends, Little River Academy TX - 2016 to 2017

  • Country Fire Volleyball, Liberty Hill TX - 2017 to 2019



CTX Slam Volleyball Experience:

  • 2023/2024 - Specialist - Setting Coach

  • 2024/2025 - Co-Director/Specialist - Setting Coach

Gabe Figueroa
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