John Razsa has been the Club Director of Maine Juniors since its origin 19 years ago. As the Executive Director of this non-profit, he now manages both the Club and the Maine Sports Arena, home of Maine Juniors. Early in the Club’s history, he also served as a head coach of several Maine Juniors teams!
John’s coaching experience includes St. Joseph’s College (1992-1997, 2006-2010), University of Southern Maine (2003-2006), and Gray-New Gloucester High School, Maine (1988-1994). He was also a boys’ Junior Olympic (JO) coach and the Director of Portland North Boys’ JO Club from 1991 to 1997.
During his first tenure at St. Joseph’s, John compiled a 106-90 record, was named the Maine Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1995 after leading St. Joseph’s to a school record 27-10 mark, and guided the Monks to the MAC championship and the NAIA regional tournament in Pittsburgh in 1996 and 1997. He was named both the MAC Coach of the Year and the State of Maine Intercollegiate Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1997. In 2003, while at USM, John was selected by his peers as Coach of the Year in the Little East Conference.
In the late 80’s through mid-90’s, under John’s coaching, both the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams at Gray-New Gloucester High School won multiple Maine State Volleyball Association High School Championships. During this time, he also coached the UMaine Men’s Club team.
A 1982 graduate of USM with a B.S. in Education, John taught in the Lisbon, Maine, school system for many years. He holds USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) Level I and II certifications and has completed several Gold Medal Squared Level I and II clinics. John prides himself on continuing to learn and utilizing the most recent innovations in the sport, while encouraging Maine Juniors coaches to do the same.
John Razsa also organizes many outdoor leagues and tourneys for both adult and youth players. He is recognized as a long-time organizer and promoter of volleyball in the state of Maine.
He is very proud of the growth of Maine Juniors Volleyball Club and the progress of its mission to grow the sport in Maine. It is viewed by many as one of the most respected JO organizations in the Northeast. John is equally proud of the wonderful group of players, parents, volunteers and coaches that represent it and which enable the Club to succeed.