Renato Borges, Coach
Ray is entering his fourth season coaching volleyball at Excel and his eighteenah season overall. Ray's experience includes stints at both Texas Image and Instinct Volleyball Club. Ray has qualified teams at multiple age divisions and levels including two Open qualifications at the 17s division with Image. Ray leads with energy and passion and his presence is unmistakable. His commitment to the game and to a consistent presence sets an example for his teams and helps to promote their buy-in. He promotes strong team-work in trying to drive chemistry. In 2017, his Instinct 14s team won the AAU Classic Division National Championship. In 2019, Ray qualified Open with 17 Red and finished 5th at Regionals with 15 White.
Ray is very involved in the gym with providing private lessons, running Excel's Club Prep program for athletes learning the game, and he also is a key contributor in helping to operate Excel's facility, Courtside Sports Center. Ray made his presence at Excel known quickly with spending many hours in the gym contributing to the College Coaches Camp and running many clinics. He serves as an active recruiter for all age groups utilizing the strong bonds built with former players and displaying a constant willingness to help the greater good of the club.
Ray is married to his wife Lisa and has one son. Ray is originally from Brazil and is an avid soccer fan in addition to his passion for volleyball. Ray's favorite coaching quote is "Play Hard, Play Smart, Play Together and have Fun" - Coach Larry Brown.