Nickel City Volleyball

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Our Staff

Deborah Matos

Club Director


Deb is the creator and director of Nickel City Volleyball. Affectionately know as simply as "Coach", she is a physical education teacher and varsity head coach of volleyball and softball in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Coach has led the City Honors Varsity Volleyball and Softball teams to several city, sectional and state championships.


Ifeoma Ifedigbo

Club Coordinator


Ifeoma, better known as Iffie, began her volleyball career at City Honors, where she played on the varsity team for three years. After high school, Iffie went on to play at the University of Pennsylvania, but could not continue due to a back injury. Still passionate about the sport, she turned her situation into something positive. Iffie became a manager for the team and was able to gain knowledge and a new perspective from the staff that inspired her to get into coaching.


Iffie has accumulated over 10 years of coaching experience at the high school and club level, including several seasons as a head coach with Nickel City. As the club has continued to grow, Iffie began to assist with the behind the scenes operations, becoming the club coordinator. 


Jess Anderson

3rd Season


Jess began her volleyball career playing for Mayville Central School. During her high school career Mayville won States in 1990 and 1991. Jess was named the small school State MVP in 1991. Jess went on to play collegiate volleyball and softball for Niagara University. Jess earned the MAAC Rookie of the Year Award (1992), All MAAC Team Honors (1992-1995) and Team MVP (1994-1995) accolades during her time with Niagara Volleyball.


Jess served as the Head volleyball coach at Niagara University from 1997-1998. She then joined the Daemen College coaching staff as an assistant coach 1999-2001 before becoming the head coach in 2002. Jess was the varsity head coach of North Tonawanda High School from 2003 - 2017. Under her direction, North Tonawanda has earned 6 league titles and 1 sectional title. Jess is a special education teacher at North Tonawanda High School.


Jen Breier

1st Season


Jen Breier currently serves as the head coach of the Holland Girls' Varsity Volleyball Program. Her previous coaching experience includes: head coach of the Holland JV girls' Volleyball program, assistant coach for Buffalo State Women's Volleyball program, and head coach for Buffalo State Women's Volleyball program.  Additionally, Jen has prior volleyball club coaching experience with Buffalo Volleyball Academy. Jen was a four-year starter for Buffalo State College Women's Volleyball Program. 


Lauren Heaney

2nd Season


Lauren began her volleyball career at City Honors in middle school before going on to play 4 years of varsity volleyball. In her junior year, the team won the Class C State Championship. Lauren played club volleyball at Trinity University in Texas, and continues to play in both indoor and outdoor leagues.


Alena McKelvey

1st Season


Alena is currently a freshman on the women's volleyball team at Buffalo State College and has been playing volleyball for over 9 years. Alena played 6 years of varsity volleyball at City Honors School under Coach Deb Matos.


Alena has assisted in numerous clinics and individual session and loves everything about playing and coaching volleyball. Alena is very excited to coach for Nickel City and hopes to help players advance in the game by providing her perspective as a current player.

Peter McKelvey

2nd Season


Bio coming soon...


Sherrell McLean

6th Season


Sherrell has been both a head and assistant coach for Nickel City Volleyball since 2012. In addition to coaching with Nickel City, she has been an assistant coach at D'Youville College and the Lancaster Summer Camp.


Sherrell played one year of Division I club volleyball at the University of Buffalo 2013-2014 and played 4 years of Division III volleyball at Buffalo State College in 2009-2013. Sherrell began her career at City Honors, playing 3 years of varsity volleyball from 2006-2008.


Victor Montes

1st Season


Victor is currently the volleyball at the Belle Center in Buffalo, NY. He was the assistant coach at Riverside High School for two seasons, 2014-2015. Victor has an Associate’s Degree in physical education and health science.


Nadine Pershyn

1st season


Bio coming soon...


Tayler Schweigel

6th Season


Tayler started playing club volleyball in 7th grade and continued her playing career with five years of varsity volleyball at City Honors, including two Section VI titles in 2005 and 2006. She played varsity volleyball at the University of Rochester for three years and graduated with a BS in Geological Sciences.


Tayler has coached with Nickel City Volleyball since 2012. She started as an assistant, and for the last two years has been Head Coach of the Nickel City Training Squad. She has served as Head Coach of the City Honors Junior Varsity volleyball team during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In the 2018 season, Tayler brought the JV team to its first ever tournament. Tayler believes that if you have fun and work hard, volleyball is a sport that can become a lifelong passion.


Tayler recently earned her Master of Science in Geology from the University at Buffalo, an experience that included a year studying in Milan. She currently works for the non-profit GoodLands as a team member on projects involving map making and data systems.


Corey Shufelt

3rd Season


Corey has been playing volleyball for over 15 years. His entire family has been playing and coaching volleyball almost forever! He played Men's club in Ohio for several years and continues to play in tournaments and leagues.


Corey has been coaching since 2007 and has coached almost all ages groups within that time. He has been a part of several different clubs as a head coach (KEVA, JAVA and Nickel City), as well as running adult clinics for groups wanting to enhance their skill level. He believes that anyone can be a successful volleyball player as long as you are willing to learn, ask questions, and are not afraid to make mistakes!


Syble Smith

2nd Season


Coach Smith is currently the varsity head coach for McKinley High School girls' volleyball team. She brings over 10 years of coaching experience for Buffalo Public Schools and local camps. Coach Smith has taken over at under achieving teams and created high performing volleyball programs in the city of Buffalo.


Coach Smith has been a champion in promoting the opportunity of club volleyball for all BPS athletes. She thoroughly enjoys watching and coaching the game.

Caitlin Southard

1st Season


Bio coming soon...