About The Club

Pace Bootlegger is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since the late 1970's. It's primary goal is to help volleyball athletes that are aspiring to be the best in their sport and develop a high-level of play. At Pace Bootlegger, we focus on hard work, dedication and commitment to self, sport and team. Pace Bootlegger teams have been competing for regional and national championships since the early 1980's and is highly regarded among volleyball players and coaches throughout the country. Teams have consistently finished in the Top Ten nationally.

Pace Bootlegger is "Committed To Excellence" and we stand by that philosophy. It is seen in everything we do, from coaching to training, from club organization to assistance with college recruiting, we pride ourselves in our coach's and player's dedication. Players with Pace Bootlegger develop a desire to take the game to the next level and pursue the mental as well as physical aspects of the game. Pace has continued to expand and quickly develop as a premiere boys Junior Olympic program. Additionally, many of our players receive scholarship money to play volleyball in college.


PHILOSOPHY:

The Pace Bootlegger Volleyball Club has continued to grow and be successful because of a philosophy that we call the "Pace Advantage". This advantage is made up of a few key points:
  • Many coaches are Pace Bootlegger alumni and have brought their winning tradition back to the club.
  • Pace Bootlegger provides a feeder system through the club allowing players to always play up. This filters through the men’s AA team which many of our coaching staff members play on.
  • The club philosophy is for players to train at two positions, ensuring confidence and versatility as a player and as a team member.
  • Pace Bootlegger prides itself on a competitive practice environment. Being a practice oriented club, this advantage is key as it allows players to learn and grow while still giving them the opportunity to make either a local or travel team.
  • Pace Bootlegger offers both elite and developmental programs.
  • Pace Bootlegger has extensive college contacts to aid with athletic scholarships.
  • Pace Bootlegger is Rochester Volleyball at its best. We nurture and develop leadership skills.
  • Pace Bootlegger gives athletes the opportunity to develop friendships that span locally and nationally.

Essentially, players leave the Pace Bootlegger Volleyball Club with an “advantage” over other players and athletes. They leave with an experience that helped define them as mature leaders and versatile athletes.


LEADERSHIP:

Pace Bootlegger was founded by Cal Wickens (Coaching Coordinator) who has been the driving force behind boys volleyball in Rochester, NY for almost 3 decades. Cal's coaching experience is extensive, illustrating his commitment to volleyball education:

  • West Los Angeles, California University High School - 1974
  • Co-Developed Rochester Volleyball Club - 1979
  • Head Coach/Director Pace Bootlegger and VolleyFX Volleyball Clubs - 1979-2000
  • Coached 1988,89,91,92 Boy's AAU National Runner-up Teams
  • 1990 Boy's AAU National Champion, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1999 Boy's USA 18-U National Runner-up, New Orleans, La.
  • 2000 Men's USA AA National Champions, Columbus, Ohio
  • Try-Out Coach USA High Performance Try-Outs 1991-2000
  • 2011 Division III AVCA Coach of the Year
  • Nazareth College Head Men's Volleyball Coach - 2005 - Present
  • Nazareth College 2011 Division III National Champions


BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

The Board of Directors consists of a Club Director, Treasurer, Coaching Coordinator, Tournament Coordinator, Travel Coordinator, Head Parent Rep, coaches and several parent representatives. The Board of Directors handle the affairs and direction of Pace Bootlegger. In addition, teams have parent support groups that assist with fundraising, budgeting, travel arrangements and chaperoning. Parent commitment and support are essential to the overall foundation of the club. Parents are encouraged to travel and participate as much as possible.

Each team has a dedicated coaching staff, who determine who will play and in what positions. Our coaching staff is comprised of volunteers who love the sport of volleyball. Most have played at the collegiate level and some professionally. Others currently coach college and high school teams. They are all committed to the training, safety and development of your son.