Our team

Jesica Umansky
Founder
jesica@sportlinx360.com
Sportlinx360 was born from the personal experience of Jesica Umansky, a former student-athlete for women's volleyball at George Mason University from 2001 until 2006. Jesica received a full athletic scholarship and lead the Patriots to 2 CAA Championships and NCAA appearances (2002-2003 and 2003-2004). She graduated with honors in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering. She also served as a student-assistant coach at GMU in the 2005-2006 season where she learned the intricacies of college recruiting and the world of collegiate athletics. Jesica has also played volleyball in some of the best leagues in the world: in Brazil, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. In 2011 she served as an assistant coach for the Peruvian Volleyball Women's National Team, participating to important competitions such as Southamerican Cup and the World Grand Prix. Finally in 2009 she moved to Rome where she earned a Masters degree in Economics and Sports Management from Il Sole 24 ore Business School in Rome, her current city of residence.
Elitza Krasteva
Consultant
elitza@sportlinx360.com
Elitza Krasteva joined Sportlinx360 in 2013 after more than 20 years of playing volleyball and 10 years playing as a professional volleyball player all around Italy. Elitza graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and International Communication from Roma Tre University and obtained her Master’s degree in Modern Languages for International Communication also from Roma Tre University in 2012. Elitza is also a translator for Spanish, Bulgarian, English and Italian. She was born in Sofia (Bulgaria) and was raised in Rome, Italy where she lives nowadays while she still plays volleyball.
Caterina Cigarini
Recruiter Coordinator
caterina@sportlinx360.com
Caterina Cigarini is a 4-time NAIA Volleyball All-American and Bachelor of Science graduate specialized in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis (USA). These opportunities were made possible with the assistance of Sportlinx360 recruiting. Among the most important recognitions she earned from MBU we can consider: All-Region, All-Conference, 2-time CoSIDA Academic All-District, 2016 Conference and Regional Freshman of the Year, 2018 Conference Defender Player of the Year, and 2019 Conference and Regional Player of the Year. Caterina has been a staff member of the American College Volleyball Showcase since the first edition in 2017 and officially entered the Sportlinx360 family in 2020 after graduation. Before leaving for America, she studied foreign languages in high school and can fluently speak Italian, English, Spanish and French. Caterina currently plays volleyball in Italy.
Danna Gomes
Academics & Sports Consultant
danna@sportlinx360.com
Danna Gomes is a 4-time NAIA Volleyball All-American and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Park University in Parkville (USA). Throughout her 4 years in college she earned several recognitions such as: 4-time All Conference, 3-time All Region, Career assists school record (5,545 assists), 3-time All-Academic, 2015 Freshman of the Year, 2017 Setter of the Year, 5-time Conference Setter of the Week, 2018 NAIA All-Tournament Team and last but not least: 2018 Women's Volleyball NAIA National Champion. Danna played volleyball in Brazil from 2006-2014 until she got contacted by Park University to continue her volleyball career but also studying in the USA. After she graduated in 2019, she was offered another opportunity to continue her studies and also play volleyball by coming to Italy and obtain a Master degree in Sports Management at the Olympic Management Institute. Danna joined the Sportlinx360 family as an intern in 2020 and at the beginning of 2021 she officially entered the team as a Consultant, she currently lives in Rome but grew up in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and speaks fluently Portuguese, English and Italian.
Rodrigo Ribeiro
Academics & Sports Consultant
rodrigo@sportlinx360.com
Rodrigo Ribeiro was born in Brazil and has been playing volleyball since he was a child. He graduated in Law at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (brazilian university) in 2018 and he is also a former collegiate volleyball player (Park University), arriving at the final 4 at the NAIA's National Tournament (2015). Rodrigo relocated to Rome, Italy in 2020 where he obtained his Masters degree in Sports Management from the Olympic Management Institute and started his career as a volleyball coach, being now a licensed volleyball coach in Italy. In 2020 he interned at Sportlinx360 and became a full member during 2021 specializing in men's volleyball and soccer.
Margherita Bianchin
Beach volleyball coordinator
margherita@sportlinx360.com
Margherita Bianchin is an FIVB beach volleyball player and a member of the Italian beach volleyball national team. After getting her diploma from Liceo Classico she took a year off in order to understand what the future would look like for her. Thanks to Sportlinx360, she left Italy in 2015 and she played indoor for 2 years at St. John’s University, NY. Her talent and passion for the game of beach volleyball led her to transfer to Florida International University, Miami, where she became a 2-Times All-American. She graduated from FIU with a degree in International Relations, a minor in General Marketing, and two master’s degrees (Sports Management and International Business). She joined the Sportlinx360 family in 2020 as an intern, and shortly after she became the beach volleyball coordinator. She fluently speaks Italian and English. Her goal is to transmit the love for the game and the same amazing experience she had in college as a student-athlete thanks to Sportlinx360.
Kos Donev
Soccer Coordinator
Our Soccer Coordinator comes from a very extensive college soccer background. As a former Head Soccer Coach, Scout and Recruiter for over 30 years at the collegiate /university level in the USA, Coach Donev will serve as the bridge between our soccer prospective student-athletes and the colleges/universities during the recruiting process in order to place them within programs that fit their profiles athletically and academically. During his coaching career, Coach Kos has recruited players from around the globe which gives him the know-how of the entire recruiting process from the coaches perspective. The network of coaches he has developed throughout his coaching careers in the USA college system will give our prospects a huge advantage over any other network. While the Head Coach at Florida Atlantic University, he has witnessed and been an integral part of the move from NAIA to NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I, the addition of women's soccer, the construction of five on-campus lighted soccer fields, and the transition from four conference realignments. He has coached in the following conferences during his career. The Atlantic Sun Conference, The Atlantic Soccer Conference, Mid-America Conference (MAC) and Conference-USA.
Damiano Ferlito
Marketing
damiano@sportlinx360.com
Damiano Ferlito, born and raised in Rome (Italy), joined the Sportlinx360 team in 2017. His background on sports starts very early collaborating with an important organization that promotes sport, CSAIN, where his main activities were organizing tournaments and sports events. He has been around volleyball for more than 15 years, first as a player and then as a coach and manager. Damiano holds a Masters Degree in Web & Social Media Marketing from La Sapienza University of Rome.