King of Prussia and Downingtown, PA -- We are thrilled to announce that East Coast Power Volleyball and Philadelphia Storm are partnering for the 2018-19 season to continue to develop club volleyball in Chester County.
Under the new partnership, Erik and Cheryl Hertzog, the founders and directors of Philadelphia Storm, will continue in their current roles, working with Storm coaches, players and parents to enhance an already-winning program. No changes will be made to existing coaching rosters and teams as a result of the partnership. However, ECP will bring additional administrative and coaching support to help create an exciting season for Storm players and their families. The new partnership will be called ECP Storm.
“We have two very strong programs coming together with similar philosophies,” said Coach Erik Hertzog. “We are going to take the best of both programs and join together to offer an even better experience to players, coaches and parents in the region.”
ECP founder and director Brian McCann said he is eager to partner with a club that has a winning tradition and two passionate founders who put players and families first.
“I’ve known the Hertzog family for a long time and I have always admired their commitment to volleyball in the region,” said Coach McCann. “I know that by working together we can really build something great to serve the families of Chester County and beyond.”
Philadelphia Storm was originally founded in 2010 as TCA Philadelphia, and quickly became one of the most-winning club programs in the region, capturing an estimated 10 bids to the USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships. As TCA, the club won several major tournaments, including the MLK Kickoff Classic and the Happy Volley Championships. For the 2017-18 season, the club changed its name to Philadelphia Storm, winning the JVA Rustbelt Challenge in Ohio.
Cheryl Hertzog said she is looking forward to the opportunities the new partnership will create for players and their families, and is particularly excited to be able to spend more time on coaching, teaching kids to play volleyball and fostering a positive club culture.
“We always felt if you provided the right structure and a nurturing environment for these young female athletes on and off the court, they will become strong women,” said Cheryl Hertzog. “I wholeheartedly believe that if you train kids in proper skills during their developmental years and get them to fall in love with the game, we are setting them up for ultimate success later in life - and we see that same philosophy at ECP.”
Erik Hertzog has played volleyball for two decades as a beach player, and got involved with club volleyball through the Buxmont and Valley Forge programs before founding TCA Philadelphia. Cheryl Hertzog has played since she was in the 5th grade, and after moving through club and high school programs, earned a volleyball scholarship to Manhattan College, a division 1 program in New York City. Prior to founding TCA, she coached at Synergy, Buxmont and Valley Forge.
The Hertzogs have three kids, ages 11, 6 and almost 2, and plan for all of them to learn the sport they have grown up watching. “I just love the game,” says Cheryl. “I’m super excited about having more time to teach kids to play volleyball. We are in this for the long haul.”