Biltmore Volleyball Academy Gets a New Director

Amanda Simpkins

Biltmore Volleyball Academy (BVA), Western North Carolina’s premiere volleyball club, has named Amanda Simpkins the new Executive Director, effective immediately.  Simpkins follows Rhesa Edward in the position after Edwards stepped down earlier this month to commit more time to the family business.

Simpkins has been with BVA for the past 9 seasons in many roles. She has served as Operations Director for the past 4 seasons and has coached a team the past 9 seasons. Simpkins was formerly the Head Coach at Erwin High School and led them to the third round of the state playoffs in 2014, her final season before leaving Erwin. Amanda Simpkins played volleyball collegiately at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut. 

Formed in 1995, BVA has created a leading club equipped with the most experienced coaching staff in Western North Carolina. Current staff includes former and current college coaches and players from Florida Tech, East Carolina University, Campbell University, Eastern Connecticut State, UNC Asheville, Mars Hills University, Montana State University, Barry University and Winthrop. The coaches are dedicated to enriching young women’s lives through development, education and fitness in the sport of volleyball and preparing them for elite collegiate play. In addition to tournament and travel competition, BVA regularly hosts clinics, training sessions, summer camps and even private training sessions.

“This is an exceptional club with the finest coaches in the area, I am honored to lead this program and help young aspiring volleyball players evolve in the sport and in life,” states Executive Director, Amanda Simpkins.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.