Coaching Staff / 2016-2017
Team: Boys Varsity Volleyball
Position: Head Coach
Coach Blankenbecler graduated from Thomas Dale High School in 2008, where he was a four-year letterman for Volleyball. He was two-time team captain, two-time first team all-district, two-time first team all-region, two-time first team all-state, and the 2007 Central District, Central Region, All-Metro and VHSL State Player of the Year. He attended Virginia Tech for three years and played on the Club Volleyball Team and was the Vice-President his Junior Year. After transferring to Radford, he was the Student Assistant Coach for the Women’s Volleyball Team. Coach Blankenbecler is entering his third season with the Rapids. In his first two years, the team has had great success. In his fist year, the Rapids went 15-8 and lost in the State Championship. In his second year, the Rapids went 19-3 and won the State Championship. In his third year, the Rapids went 19-1 and won another State Championship. James River now has 4 State Championships, 2 of them with Coach Blankenbecler.
Coach Blankenbecler teaches Physical Education at Powhatan Elementary School. When he is not teaching or coaching, he enjoys spending time with his family. He and his best friend, Ashley, got married in October of 2015. They enjoy going on hikes with their dogs, Ellie & Gryffindor, or relaxing at home with their three cats: Penny, Oliver, and Bella.