director - amanda sewell
Amanda has coached at the community college and high school levels. She played two years at Bellevue College, then coached for the next 2 seasons. She was fortunate enough to be able to return to her high school alma matter, Issaquah High School, coach the junior varsity team for 3 years and then stepped into the role as the program director and head coach. She has been in this position for the last 6 years.
She is excited to be returning to the ITVC family! Amanda looks forward to building on the solid foundation that Island Thunder has built. She would like to instill a culture that encourages student athletes to strive to be the best version of themselves. While everyone loves to win she believes that for an athlete to define success, it’s not by wins and losses, but by their personal and team growth on and off the court.
In addition to Amanda’s love for the sport, she believes that family comes first. When she isn’t coaching or playing herself, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, their boys, Kai and Wyatt, and German Shepherds, Kona and Ria. As a family they like to get outside and go on adventures. They currently reside in Enumclaw.
Assistant Director - Zach Orcutt
Zach began coaching in Australia where he attended college and played for his university club team. Upon completing his degrees in education Zach returned stateside and began coaching; first at Bellevue High School, followed by a stint at Newport High School, and finally taking over Hazen High school’s program where he teaches. During his coaching positions at various high schools there has been one constant, ITVC. Zach has been a coach at ITVC for a decade coaching teams ages 14-18yrs.
He is so excited to step into this role with ITVC! The sport of volleyball is one of his true passions and he can’t wait to share this passion with our athletes while helping develop them as whole young people. He is looking forward to working with our fantastic coaching staff to continue to build a club that helps empowers athletes to reach their full potential on the court and in life.
Outside of volleyball Zach is a teacher at Hazen High School. He is a social studies teacher and also works with at-risk students, helping young people who are in-danger of dropping out or missing on-time graduation get back on track and achieve their goals. In his spare time Zach enjoys spending time with his wife Hanna and their daughter Arya as well as kicking it with their two cats. He loves being active and getting out on adventures with his family and friends.