Brennan Dean, M.A.
Brennan Dean is involved in youth volleyball at two of the most respected high school and club programs in the country. He is Varsity Head Coach of the Torrey Pines High School girls volleyball program, and is the owner and Executive Director of WAVE Volleyball Club in Del Mar, Ca. Brennan has been coaching since 2004, and currently coaches both boys and girls club teams in the WAVE program.
Brennan’s teams have garnered numerous California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) section championships and have consistently been nationally ranked at both the high school and club levels. Additionally, he has coached an abundance of players who have gone onto play at NCAA division 1 universities and as professional players overseas.
For his efforts at Torrey Pines High School, Brennan was named the 2015 CIF and California State Volleyball Coach of the Year.
He was the recipient of the 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association Club Director of the Year. Brennan currently is on multiple committees and boards related to national and regional volleyball.
Brennan holds a decade of professional counseling experience in the San Dieguito Union High School District. He has held the Head Counselor and at District Head Counselor positions during his service in the academic setting. Brennan’s expertise as a youth counselor and coach give him a unique perspective on interacting with athletes, encompassing today’s topic of the importance of connectivity and connection between coach and player.
Brennan is a San Diego native and an alumni of Chico State University and Point Loma Nazarene University. He met his wife Kristen through coaching, and they created a non-profit that creates opportunity for kids to play volleyball where volleyball isn't easily accessible in the United States. Their non-profit also helps kids play club volleyball all across the country. Brennan and Kristen have a daughter named Harper, and they love to travel, camp, and hang out with their dog when not on the court.
Beach Program Director
Beach Program Director
Matt Grew up in Cardiff and attended La Costa Canyon High School. After earning league MVP honors at Grossmont Junior College in San Diego, Matt then played 3 years at the University of Arizona. He was The Mountain region MVP in 2002 and won National Collegiate Club Championships in 2002 (All-Tournament 1st team) and 2003. Matt was the co-head coach (2001-2003) for the Arizona Women’s Club Team. In his senior year at Arizona, Matt was a manager for Dave Rubio’s University of Arizona Women’s Division One Volleyball team during the 2003/2004 season. Matt graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2004, earning a BS in Physical Education.
Matt was a Head coach for the Wave 13’s in 2006. He assisted Ed Machado for two seasons (2006/2007) at LCC where the team won back-to-back CIF championships and finished 3rd in the state in their 2007 Season. Matt directed/coordinated the Wave Boys program for 3 seasons (2006-2009) before taking a year off to pursue his professional beach volleyball career. The 2011 AVP season marked Matt’s 8th season as a pro beach volleyball player. Some of Matt’s AVP highlights include finishing 2nd in the Hermosa Beach Open in 2007, Matt and partner Kevin Wong won the 2008 Belmar, NJ Open and the duo finished 2nd in the 2009 Manhattan Beach Open. In addition to traveling around the US on the domestic AVP tour Matt has competed professionally in multiple countries including Mexico, Australia, China, New Caledonia and Columbia.
2001-2003 University of Arizona Women’s Club Team Co-Head Coach
2003-2004 University of Arizona Div. I Team Manager (Dave Rubio – Head Coach)
2005-2006 WAVE Volleyball’s 13’s Head Coach
2005-2007 La Costa Canyon Women’s Varsity Assistant Coach (Ed Machado – Head Coach)
Back to back CIF Championships
3rd in the state in 2007
2006-2009 WAVE Volleyball’s Boys Director/Coordinator
2010-2014 WAVE Volleyball Associate Director & Director of Operations
2012-Present WAVE Beach Executive Director
2016 ACVA Beach Club Coach of the Year
2000-2013 Beach Volleyball Professional (AVP Tour)
National top 40 individual ranking or better from 2004-2013.
Competed in 134 professional domestic events with:
83 top 10 finishes
34 top 5 finishes
2008 AVP Belmar Open Champion (Partner Kevin Wong)
2011 AVP Championships Huntington Beach Champion (Partner Matt Prosser)
50th all time prize money earner with $271,305.00
Cover of Volleyball Magazine: August 2009
Cover of DIG Magazine: 2011 #5
Competed professionally in Mexico, New Caledonia, Australia and China
Indoor Player Highlights:
1997 CIF Champion (La Costa Canyon)
1998 CIF Champion (La Costa Canyon)
League MVP and Team Captain
2002 NIRSA National Champion (University of Arizona)
All Tournament 1st Team honors
2003 NIRSA National Champion (University of Arizona)
Matt's Beach Highlights: http://youtu.be/1oWNjcG2dDM
Jed has been with WAVE since 2007 and the Boy’s Associate Director since 2009. He brings over 20 years coaching experience at the high school, club, college, professional and international levels. Before WAVE Jed started his coaching career as the Varsity Assistant for Boy’s League Champion Serra High School in 1996. He spent several years with Seaside and Coast Volleyball Club, taking two 5th place finishes with the boys in the 15 Open and 18 Open divisions while also coaching at the local/regional levels with the Coast girls. When playing professionally overseas he had the opportunity to work with the Swiss Youth National Girls teams and coached a Division 3 Swiss men’s team to top of the league.
After finishing his indoor playing career Jed returned to San Diego to pursue a job in finance and sales although still coaching part-time. In 2007 he became a full-time coach working on the girls and boys side at WAVE and in 2009 took over as Boy’s Director while also becoming the Head Men’s Volleyball Coach at San Diego City College where he coach 2 seasons and still has the best record in school history. While at WAVE Jed has coached a numerous Open level boys and girls teams and has numerous players that went on to play at the highest levels in college, National team and professionally. Some recent WAVE highlights 2016 Boy’s 15U Open Boy’s Junior Nationals Qualifier, 2015 Boys Junior National Championship 16U Gold Medal, 2015 16U Boy’s Classic 5th place, 2014 15U BJNC Open Qualifier, 2014 14U GJNC Open Qualifier, 2013 BJNC 16U Bronze Medal.
Jed has also been with the La Costa Canyon High School Men’s Varsity since 2013. In 2013 the Mavericks won CIF Div 2 Championship and went to the Finals of the State SoCal Regional Championship. In 2014 the they won the first ever Open CIF championship and made it to the Semi-finals of the State SoCal Regionals. In 2015 they won a Div 1 CIF championship.
On the beach Stotsenberg has worked with many professional player and youth players at WAVE. His highlights coming from coaching the number five AVP team of Matt Olson and Kevin Wong during the 2009 season, helping the team to the Manhattan Beach Open Finals and multiple semi-finals. Then During the 2010 AVP season Jed helped train the top women’s team of Dianne DeNecochea and Brittany Hochevar.
Jed’s playing experience started in his hometown of Kirkland, Washington. At the club level he won two state and regional championships and attended two Junior Olympics at the 18 Open Level. After high school he moved to San Diego and was the starting setter at Mesa College his Freshman year and the starting setter/team captain at Grossmont College his Sophomore year. While earning an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, Jed helped the Griffins to a 3rd place finish in the PCC and 5th in the state. He was recruited to San Diego State University and played on the last NCAA Division 1 team and started at the Setter and Outside Hitter positions. Jed finished his stint at SDSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing in 2001. After college he signed professional contracts with Division 1 VC Bottrop 90 in Germany as a Libero and in his second year with Nati League A Kanti Baden in Switzerland as a Setter. On the beach Jed earned his AAA CBVA rating, played in AVP Qualifiers and has had the opportunity to play professional international tournaments. Jed is also a CHEK Certified Level 1 Holistic Lifestyle Coach and NCFS Certified Personal Trainer. When not in the gym Jed can be found spending time with his wife Kristen and son Noa, surfing local breaks in North San Diego and playing beach volleyball.
Indoor Director of Recruiting
Indoor Director of Recruiting
Kevin Hodge is the newest addition to the WAVE family. He has been coaching since 2003 at both the college and the club levels. Technique and process are his focus in the gym, whether it is a practice or individual training session. Positivity and problem solving are a large part of his teaching and training method.
Kevin attended and competed for Penn State University (1998-2002) at the Division I level. During his time there he was named to the EIVA All-Tournament Team (2001) and helped guide his team to four consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances. Upon finishing his eligibility, Kevin joined the Women's Volleyball Program at Penn State as a Volunteer Assistant Coach (2003-2005) to learn from one of volleyball's legendary coaches, Russ Rose. During his three seasons with the Nittany Lions the team won three Big Ten Conference Titles (2003, 2004, 2005). From there Kevin went on to become an assistant coach for the Women's Volleyball Team at the University of Cincinnati (2006).
While in Cincinnati Kevin also coached club volleyball at Team Z (2007-2008), guiding his team to a 3rd place finish at the inaugural JVDA Tournament. He then moved out to Southern California, where he has continued his career as a club coach and as an assistant director.
At his former club, he coached girls 15-1, 16-1 and assisted 18-1 teams throughout the years. His teams have won gold at the Far Westerns Qualifier, Northeast Qualifier and the SCVA Qualifier. He has also served as the assistant coach at Saddleback College. Kevin is considered as one of the top coaches in the region and is excited to continue his career working with youth volleyball athletes at WAVE.
Kevin and his fiance, Carrie, have 2 sons, Davis and Keller.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
Alyssa grew up in Murrieta, California and graduated from Murrieta Valley High School. She played club volleyball for 4 years at 951 Elite Volleyball Club. She then went on to play at The Master’s College, a small Christian school in Santa Clarita where she was the starting setter and team captain. After her sophomore season at The Master’s College, she transferred to the University of Kentucky where she was the backup setter for the 2013-2014 seasons.
During her two years at Kentucky she helped her team go to the NCAA Tournament and was named senior captain. She graduated from Kentucky with a degree in Elementary Education and is now attending graduate school for Organizational Leadership at Point Loma Nazarene University. While attending graduate school, she will also be an assistant coach for the Point Loma Volleyball team.
Alyssa loves seeing players not only grow and develop as athletes, but as people. She got to live her lifelong dream of being a Division I athlete and wants to inspire other players to do the same. She fell in love with coaching and learned a lot about volleyball from her coaches at Kentucky and hopes to pass that love and knowledge on to other young players. In her free time Alyssa enjoys relaxing at the beach, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Media & Apparel Coordinator
Media & Apparel Coordinator
Rachel grew up in Manhattan Beach and graduated from Mira Costa High School, where she played both Volleyball and Soccer. She played 10 years of club volleyball in the South Bay, winning two silver medals at the Junior Nationals and being a part of many top teams. Growing up in Manhattan Beach, she was an avid beach player. She won or was top 3 in multiple junior and adult tournaments starting when she was just 10 years old. Rachel earned her AA rating when she was just 14 and at 16 she won the AAU Junior Nationals.
Morris continued her athletic career at the University of Oregon where she was a starting setter and earned the 2007 Most Improved Player Award. She also spent a year as a head coach for the Storm ‘n West Volleyball Club in Eugene. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Oregon in 2010, Morris moved to San Diego.
Rachel has been coaching club since 2010. In 2018, she was hired as the Head Varsity Coach at La Costa Canyon High School after spending 5 years at Canyon Crest Academy as the Co-Head Varsity Coach. The thing she loves most about coaching is getting to inspire young players to achieve their dreams. She believes volleyball is more than just a sport and has learned many of her own life lessons through playing and coaching the game. She loves to pass on the knowledge she has learned throughout the years and watch the players grow in all areas of the game and life. She has helped coach many teams to high achievements at Junior Nationals including 2 bronze medals, a silver medal, and two 5th place finishes. Rachel is entering her 7th year here at WAVE.
Beach Recruiting Coordinator
Beach Recruiting Coordinator
Mike was a graduate of Torrey Pines High School where he lettered in tennis and volleyball. He was a beach volleyball national champion in 16U as a 14 year old, and earned his A Rating when he was just 13 years old. Mike was also the #1 ranked tennis player in Southern California in 16 and under and earned a tennis scholarship to UCSB. While at UCSB he was awarded on the All Big West Conference Team 3 times and was also on the Big West All Academic Team his Senior Year.
Following college in 2004, Mike began his professional beach volleyball and coaching career. He has finished as high as third place in AVP and USA Volleyball in tournaments in 2008 and 2012. In 2010 and 2011, Mike had the opportunity to represent Czech Republic in international events and competed all over Europe. He won an Exhibition in Lille, France and had two main draw FIVB World Tour finishes in Prague, Czech Republic and The Hague, Netherlands. Mike is currently the number 1 ranked player on the National Volleyball League Pro Tour.
Mike also is an active and experienced trainer. He holds certifications in the Egoscue Method focusing on postural alignment and injury prevention, and has formally directed the Egoscue Method Clinic (Chicago, Illinois). He has provided training services locally with Libafit, Full Spectrum Training, and provided personal training. Mike has a wide range of experience training clientele from age 7 to 85, and has clients of all athletic abilities from youth athletes, through collegiate and ranked professionals.
Mike’s accomplishments in club coaching include a Las Vegas Classic Championship, a Bronze Medal at Junior Olympics, and a top ranked team in the SCVA. He is also a ROX sponsored athlete and coaches youth beach volleyball clinics across the USA and this summer he assisted at the first ever UCLA Sand Volleyball Camp.
Mike will be entering his 12th year of Club coaching and currently lives in Encinitas with his wife Stephanie, his daughter Elle, his son Luke, and his energetic Vizsla Mia.
Boys Recruiting Coordinator
Boys Recruiting Coordinator
Kevin Pratte began his coaching career in 2005. During that time, he has been a community college head coach, club head coach, USA High-Performance coach, NCAA men’s volleyball assistant coach, and an NCAA women’s volleyball graduate assistant.
At WAVE, Coach Pratte helped guide nine student-athletes (after the 2018 season) to play college volleyball. In the summer of 2018, Coach Pratte's 18U boys team won the bronze Junior Olympic USA Division.
Prior to coaching college volleyball, Pratte served as the Athletic Director, varsity girls' volleyball coach and physical education teacher at Langston Hughes Academy in Stockton, California. Pratte led Langston Hughes Academy to its first-ever CIF playoff appearance and was named 2012 Mountain Valley League Coach of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Langston Hughes, Pratte was an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team at the University of Pacific in 2010 and 2011. During the 2009 season, Pratte was a graduate assistant coach with the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team.
A native of Hemet, California, he was a standout player at Hemet High lettering in volleyball all four years. He was named to the First Team All-Conference in each of his four seasons, First Team All-CIF in his junior and senior years, & was named the Press Enterprise Inland Empire Player of the Year in his senior year. Pratte went on to play at the University of Pacific where his team was ranked as high as No. 7 in the country during his sophomore season. As a senior, Pratte was a starting outside hitter for the Tigers.
Coach Pratte holds a bachelor's degree in Sports Pedagogy from the University of Pacific, a California State Single Subject K-12 Teaching Credential in Physical Education, and a master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Pacific. Pratte earned a second master's in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific in June of 2015.
“I am beyond excited to continue working at WAVE. The most fulfilling part of coaching for me is to help launch student-athletes to college. I am grateful that Brennan and Jed have instilled trust in me to be a head coach and assist with college recruiting at this prestigious club. Looking forward to continuing to bring Wave to greater heights”.
- 2018 Junior Olympics 18’s Boys USA Division Bronze Medal Head Coach
- 2018 Junior Olympics 16’s Boys Club Division 5th place Head Coach
- 2017 Junior Olympics 17’s Boys Club Division 5th place Head Coach
- 2016 USA High-Performance Boys Gold Medal Assistant Coach
- Guided nine student-athletes to play college volleyball in 2018.
- Coached Camden Gianni for three years; 2018 San Diego CIF Player of the Year, 2018 All-American and 2018 Junior Olympic All-Tournament Team.
-Coached Troy Olivera for three years, 2018 USA Volleyball Scholar-Athlete award winner.
- During the summer works many NCAA men's volleyball camps. (USC, UCLA, USA High-Performance)
What former Colleagues Say About Coach Pratte:
"In over 30 years of an Athletic Director, I have never met someone who is more dedicated and caring leader than Kevin Pratte. I have no doubt that he will make a significant impact on the student-athletes and staff at the Wave volleyball program" - Dr. Ted Leland, Former Stanford Athletic-Director and former University of the Pacific Athletic Director
"Kevin Pratte is a motivated and high organized coach. In his time at Nebraska and following his career since he has always shown the drive to expand student-athletes' experience both on the court and in the classroom." - John Cook, University of Nebraska Volleyball Head Coach
"Kevin is wiser and more mature than most his age. These attributes, combined with his dedication to serving others, contribute to his success on the and off the playing field." - Andy Prokop, President of the United Way of San Joaquin County
"In the short time Kevin worked for us, he demonstrated tremendous growth in the areas of coaching, recruiting and program administration. As a first-year Head Coach, Kevin demonstrated as much aptitude for teaching as any first coach I have supervised." - Patrick Springer, Mt. San Jacinto Athletic Director
"Kevin is a good guy and quality coach! What separates Kevin is the passion he brings to the gym every day! His positive outlook will infuse his players and Wave is lucky to have him." - Dan Fisher, University of Pittsburgh Women's Volleyball Head Coach
"Kevin Pratte was a tremendous student of the game while competing as a player and then assisting as a coach at Pacific. It was clear that he would become an excellent coach. Kevin was a source of boundless energy for the team, a tremendous role model with his work ethic and dedication to his craft. Driven, resourceful and resilient are words that describe Kevin. He was always striving to learn and improve himself as a player, a teammate and then as a coach. Kevin was the epitome of a "student-athlete" as a Pacific Tiger. He gave us his all and left everything on the court day in and day out." - Joe Wortmann, Former University of the Pacific Men's Volleyball Head Coach
Alex came to WAVE in 2017 from North Dakota. Where she was coaching a traveling club team from 2015-2017. She has a background of coaching camps and clinics for over 8 years. As a coach, she focuses on creating a safe place for the athletes to learn new volleyball skills, but also be able to grow as a person. She wants to be open, consistent, and supportive in any way to make them feel comfortable and able to learn as much as possible while having a positive experience.
Alex played four years of high school as a DS and Libero, making varsity as a freshman. Her club experience was at Northern Lights Club in Minnesota for 4 years. She continued on to play 4 more years in college as the starting libero. She also got to spend a summer in Costa Rica gaining more playing experience with other players from around the United States.
A few fun facts about Alex: she love dogs, kids, and old people. She is very active, spending time at the beach, traveling, working out, and being outdoors. Before she got into volleyball, she won a Minnesota state gymnastics title in 2004!
Ann, a San Diego native, brings a wealth of volleyball experience to WAVE. As a player, began her career as a sophomore at Poway High School. Three years and two championships later, she was the San Diego Section player of the year. She earned a scholarship to UCLA, where she started as a freshman, reached two NCAA Final Fours, broke all kinds of assist records and twice was named 1st team All-American and earned All University Athlete of the Year in 1988-89. After graduating from UCLA, she joined the Women's National Team to play at the international level through 1992. She then made her way to the 4 man beach circuit followed by the women's doubles Pro-Beach tour and earned WPVA Rookie Team of the Year in 1995.
As a coach, she believes in utilizing positive and constructive feedback to help players work through their personal challenges on the court. In doing so, she works to instill the belief that through hard work you can overcome and achieve your goals. This philosophy has found success for her at Epic Volleyball Club, Mira Mesa High School, and now WAVE.
When she's not coaching, you can find her outdoors hiking, playing tennis or beach volleyball, and spending time with her family. She is grateful for life and it shows in all she does.
Born and raised in Southern California, Anna grew up on the beach playing volleyball with her very competitive dad and older brothers. After playing competitive soccer for 10 years, she decided to switch to volleyball in 7th grade before starting up at the high school level. She played for Impact and Goldenwest volleyball clubs, where she earned a bronze medal at JO in her 15s year. She played for Esperanza High School, transitioning from libero to outside hitter. Anna has a passion for helping the younger high school athletes and dedicated extra time to earlier camp hours to help coach the beginners. In addition, she is also keen to coaching all levels and various positions.
Although she would have loved to continue a path to collegiate sports, she decided that academics would be her first focus as she went to The Ohio State University to pursue a nursing degree. Later, in a dramatic life change of direction she moved to Ireland after her freshman year to intern at a church. She then pursued her degree in social Anthropology at The Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has moved back to California with her husband.
Being a mentor and encouraging youth has been something Anna has been involved in for a number of years, in Northern Ireland as well as in California, through various church organizations. She’s see value in encouraging young people to fulfill their potential in all areas of life. Her key to success, on and off the court, is teamwork and having fun. She is excited to be a part of the WAVE team.
Annie Rigterink began coaching in 2010 when she helped run camps and clinics in Hawai'i where she is from. She mainly coached 3rd-6th grade age groups, but also got experience with 6th-8th grade age groups. In 2013, Rigterink went off to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC where she both played at the Division I level and started coaching 15's girls at Rock Hill VBC. In 2014, after her freshman year, she transferred to Towson University in Towson, MD where she competed at the D1 level and helped coach summer camps and clinics for girls ranging from middle school to high school age. As a coach, she wants to instill the importance of hard work, communication, and living life with a positive mindset in her athletes.
Annie played Varsity at Henry J. Kaiser High School in Honolulu, HI where they placed 3rd in the state in 2011 and 5th in 2012, respectively. She took home the MVP and Best Offensive Player award as well as earning All-State recognition. She was selected to play on an All-Star team her senior year in a round of exhibition matches on the island. In high school, she played for Coach Kaleo Baxter at 'Imi 'Ike volleyball club. The team took 5th at Junior Nationals their 18's year. Annie also trained under Jon Stanley, Olympian and father to Olympian Clay Stanley while in HS, as he coached the boys team at Henry J. Kaiser. She played beach for fun at Outrigger Canoe Club. She continued her volleyball career at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC as a MB/OP before transferring to Towson University in Towson, MD for the remainder of her collegiate career where she played under the leadership of Don Metil. The Towson Tigers had three consecutive conference tournament appearances in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Outside of coaching, Rigterink enjoys going to the beach, swimming and surfing!
Binh grew up in Long Beach, California were he developed a passion for volleyball. Binh holds a B.S. degree in Biology from California State University, Fullerton and M.A. degree in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. Binh started his coaching career in 1995 as the boys varsity coach at Santiago High School in Orange County. In 1997, he moved to San Diego to work in the Biotechnology industry, but found his true calling as a Teacher in 2004. Since 1998 Binh has been coaching girls club volleyball in San Diego where he specializes on developing younger players. Binh’s coaching philosophy is rooted in developing a life long enjoyment of volleyball and the importance of developing strong fundamental volleyball skills. Currently he is a science teacher at the Francis Parker School in San Diego. When not in the gym you can find Binh with his wife Susan and two kids.
In a stellar four-year career as a right-side hitter at Long Beach State, Brent Hilliard was a three-time selection as first team NCAA All-American and in 1992 was the NCAA Player of the Year. In 1991 Hilliard led the 49ers to the NCAA Championship, defeating USC in the final in Honolulu.
Post college, Hilliard was selected as the youngest member of the USA National Team that competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, earning a Bronze Medal with a victory over Cuba. The next year Brent earned a Silver Medal in the 1993 Pan American Games. Hilliard played professionally in Europe from 1995-1998, playing one season in the Netherlands and two years in Belgium, winning the Belgian club championship one year.
Hilliard began his coaching career in 1999 as the Head Coach at Cuyamaca College. Two years later he moved to the University of San Diego and is entering his 10th season on the Torero staff. Brent was promoted to Associate Head Coach after serving as USD’s interim head coach for the 2006 season. During the 2006 season Hilliard led USD to West Coast Conference Championship and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament. For his efforts, Hilliard was named the 2006 WCC Coach of the Year. Hilliard has been an important ingredient in USD’s current run of six straight appearances in the NCAA tournament and will be serving again as the Interim Head Coach for the 2011 season.
Hilliard is entering his second season as a Wave coach. Brent and his wife, Beth, live in Scripps Ranch with their daughter Audrey and son Christopher.
Coach Stall was a four-year letter winner at San Marcos High School, where she was the team MVP, captain, and received all-league honors. She also played basketball, softball, track and field. She played club volleyball at San Diego Volleyball Club where her 18-1 team finished 5th at Volleyball Nationals in 2005.
Coach Stall continued her collegiate career at East Carolina University, San Diego Mesa and Cal State San Bernardino as a middle blocker, but also played the pins at times. After red shirting at CSUSB, she transferred to Mesa where her team won consecutive undefeated PCAC Conference Championships and made it to the state semi-finals. She is Mesa's all time hitting percentage leader. At ECU she out blocked and out hit all players at the Conference-USA Volleyball Tournament in 2008. She tied East Carolina's single match blocking record and finished her career there leading in hitting percentage both seasons.
Her philosophy as a coach is to create an environment and team culture that optimizes a student-athlete's ability to reach their potential on and off the court with character driven concepts that emphasize hard work, dedication, discipline, selflessness and the ability to love competition, love one another and love the game of volleyball. She has put this philosophy into action in a myriad of venues including:
- Head Coach San Diego Mesa College Indoor Volleyball 2018-Present
- 2018 PCAC Coach of the Year
- Assistant Coach San Diego Mesa College Indoor/Beach 2016-2017
- Varsity Head Coach Girls Volleyball San Marcos High School 2012-2017
- San Diego CIF Coach of the Year 2017
- Volunteer Assistant CSUSM Indoor/Beach 2014-2015
- JV Boys Head Coach San Marcos High School 2011-2015
- 10+ years club coaching and directing experience for girls, boys and beach volleyball prior to Wave at TAV in Dallas, Texas and SoCal VBC in San Marcos.
Casey has coached summer camps for the UNC Volleyball program for the last four summers and done private lessons for young girls since she was 18. As a coach, she encourages a positive team culture while working to instill a relentless work ethic in her athletes.
As a player she played for WAVE and WAVE Beach starting at the age of 14. She was part of the group of beach athletes to earn the club's first beach banner at the BVCA Championships in 2013. Casey played her college career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for four years, winning an ACC Championship ring in 2016.
Outside of volleyball, she loves going to the beach, dancing, and cooking.
Cathryn (Cassie) O'Hara joined the team in 2017 with a desire to give back to a sport she loves by helping athletes reach their full potential while also growing as individuals on and off the court.
Cassie brings a bit of east coast flair to the gym as she is an east coast girl at heart. She played four years of high school volleyball - two years at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and two years at Victor High School in New York. During high school she was an honorable mention All-American and all-state honoree. Cassie's six years of club experience were split between Court Authority, Paradigm, & Volley FX Magic. Her play got San Diego State to take notice of her and signed her to make the cross country travel to be an Aztec where she played three years for the program. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor's in Biology/Zoology. When she's not on the court, she enjoys spending time reading, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Coach Chris grew up in North County San Diego and attended La Costa Canyon High School. While at La Costa Canyon, he won 2 CIF championships and was invited to the 2011 All-CIF All Star Game. During that time, he also played 4 years at WAVE Volleyball Club.
After High School, Chris attended the University of California, Riverside. While there, he founded the Men's Volleyball Club, a Division 1 club level team. At the club national tournament in 2014, he was named to the Division 1 All-Tournament team. While in college, Chris began his coaching career at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente with their varsity beach volleyball team & an indoor coaching career at the Webb School of California, located in Claremont.
Since graduating in 2015 with his degree in liberal studies, Chris has been coaching both boys and girls at WAVE. Chris has been coaching boys volleyball at La Costa Canyon since 2015 & won a CIF Open division championship with the team in 2018. In 2018, he joined the coaching staff for the girls volleyball program at La Costa Canyon as well, serving as head freshman coach & a varsity assistant. Chris was an assistant coach for the men's volleyball program at the University of Saint Katherine for the 2017- 2018 season.
We welcome Chris to WAVE in 2017.
Chris has been the girls volleyball assistant varsity coach at Cathedral Catholic since 2015. During his tenure, Cathedral has won a California DII State Championship and finished second in the San Diego CIF Open Division. Chris specializes in passing and blocking fundamentals and leads the Cathedral volleyball statistics and data analysis program. As a coach, he believes there is tremendous value in helping each player to work hard as individuals and together to achieve a common goal as a team. It builds character, confidence, and prepares each person for life’s challenges as they grow older. As a coach, he wants to bring out the best in each player to help them achieve their collective goals as a team and make them the best possible person they can be.
Chris grew up in San Diego and was an avid competitor in baseball, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. After graduating from Torrey Pines high school, Chris decided to focus his athletic efforts on volleyball. He attended Santa Clara University where he majored in Physics and played volleyball for the school’s D1 men’s volleyball team. During his collegiate career Chris played primarily as an outside hitter, but also got reps at middle blocker and opposite. This diversity of experience on the court provided the foundation of Chris’s broad knowledge of volleyball and of the fundamentals of all positions on the court.
Off the volleyball court Chris works in the software industry and specializes in user experience design and statistical analyses. He received his graduate business degree from UC Berkeley and started his own company, CharityMania Fundraisers, which provides fundraising services to small nonprofit organizations. In his spare time Chris enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with the two joys of his life: his wife and daughter (who also is an avid volleyball player!).
Cole Mortland began his coaching career for Balboa Bay Volleyball Club in 2012, and concluded his time there in 2019 after seven seasons. During his time with Balboa Bay, he was a coach for four national championship teams: 15 Open in 2014, 18 Open in 2016, 18 Open in 2017, and 16 Open in 2019, as well as one bronze medal in 18 Open in 2015. Over the course of his seven seasons with Balboa Bay, Cole trained 18 USAV BJNC All-Americns & helped send over 25 players to play collegiate volleyball.
For 2013 and 2014 high school seasons, Cole served as the assistant coach for the Laguna Beach Boys Volleyball varsity team. During his time with the Breakers, he helped guide the team to two Orange Coast League championships as well as a D-III state championship in 2014.
Cole has also served as a coach and evaluator in the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline.
Cole believes in the critical importance of mastering the fundamentals. He also believes that lessons of hard work and teamwork learned in the gym can and should be applied to the real world. Cole is a strong believer that the personal connections made through the game of volleyball are what make coaching truly rewarding.
Personally, Cole played as a setter for Epic Volleyball Club from 2003 to 2008. He was coached by fellow WAVE coach Darrell Dilmore during his senior season, winning a silver medal in the 18 Open Division at the 2008 USAV BJNC. Cole was named an All-American at the tournament.
Cole played for Mt. Carmel High School from 2005 to 2008, serving as starting setter on varsity for his last three seasons. At Mt. Carmel, Cole was a three-time first team All-CIF selection. In his senior season, Cole served as captain and led his team to a CIF San Diego Section DII Championship.
In college, Cole played club volleyball for UC Berkeley from 2008 to 2012, serving as captain his senior year. He was a first team all-NCCVL selection in 2012 and helped lead his team to a silver medal at the 2012 NCVF National Championships. At the conclusion of his senior season, Cole was named Runner-Up for Cal Club Sports Male Athlete of the Year.
Cole currently works full-time in commercial real estate as a member of the marketing team at CBRE.
Dale Walter relocated to San Diego from Cleveland, Ohio and joined WAVE in 2017. He was a Social Studies educator and coached for 36 years at Maple Heights High, where he was Teacher of the Year and also Citizen of the Year for the city. His Volleyball teams won 11 league titles and 18 Sectional Championships. In JO, he has coached 22 years, the last 14 year for the Academy Volleyball Cleveland (AVC), where his teams were consistently ranked in the top 10 in the three state Ohio Valley Region. Many of his former players have gone on to successful college careers.
Dale believes that through volleyball many important life lessons are taught from self-discipline to the importance of teamwork to the building of strong character. All of this should be accomplished while having fun while playing. He looks forward to coaching at WAVE and with an entirely new group of players.
Known as one of the top coaches for Junior Boys Club Volleyball throughout the country, Darrell Dilmore brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to WAVE Boys' volleyball program.
Darrell was a decorated junior player and college player prior to his career in coaching. Darrell was named an All‐Conference Honorable Mention player in 1994 and 1st Team All‐conference in 1995. In 1996, as a senior, he was named 1st‐ Team All Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Florida Region Player of the Year, 1st Team All East Coast, and named a member of the prestigious Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list.
At the collegiate level, at The University of the Pacific, Darrell was named Most‐Improved player in 1997, he was named the team’s Best Defensive Player, Best Offensive Player, and Most Valuable Player in 1998, and in 1999 was named Co‐Most Valuable Player. He was twice named to the All MPSF Honorable Mention team. Darrell still holds 2 All‐Time records at UOP and is ranked in the Top Ten in 4 other All Time Categories. Darrell graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.
Darrell has been a boy’s volleyball head coach in San Diego since 2003. Darrell began his career at San Diego Volleyball Club in 2003 coaching the 18‐1s program. In 2004‐2005 his team finished 5th at the Junior Olympics. Darrell transitioned to EPIC Volleyball Club in 2007 where he lead the boys 18 teams to a Silver Medal at the 2008 Junior Nationals and a Junior Nationals 5th place finish in 2009. In 2010, he guided the 18‐1 team to the SCVA Boys Classic Championship and a 5th place finish at Junior Nationals. He coached the Boys 17‐1 team to a 15th finish at the Junior Olympics in 2011 and the 2012 18‐1 team to an Open bid for Junior Nationals.
At COAST, Darrell won the 2013 SCVA Boys Classic with his 17‐1 team enroute to a 9th place finish at the Junior Nationals. As the 18‐1 coach in 2014, he guided the team to multiple top 10 finishes and to an 11th place finish in the Open Division at Junior Nationals. In 2015, his 18‐1 team finished 5th at the Junior Olympics. In 2016, Darrell coached the 17‐1 team to a top 5 finish at the SCVA Boys Classic and an 11th place finish in the Open Division at Junior Olympics. In 2017, Darrell’s 18-1 team qualified for the Open Division at Junior Nationals and earned a Bronze Medal at the 2017 SCVA Junior Boys Classic in Anaheim, CA. Finally, in 2018, his 17-1 team qualified for the Open Division of JO’s with a 5th place finish at the Boys Invitational and concluded the year with a 5th Place finish at Junior Nationals in Phoenix, AZ.
Darrell has helped over 80 players reach the collegiate level of volleyball in the men’s game. He takes great pride in developing and mentoring players for the next level.
He is married to his amazing and lovely wife Carrie, and has a future spiking daughter, Emily.
While a newer coach at WAVE, beginning in 2016, David is no stranger to club volleyball. David has been coaching boys and girls club volleyball for over 20 years in both Northern and Southern California. Originally born in San Francisco, David played college volleyball at George Mason University and then transferred to UC Davis to finish his playing career.
After his playing career, David found his passion for coaching and continued to coach the UC Davis Men’s team for 3 years after he finished playing. After two season’s assisting with the women’s team at Sacramento State University, David spent 4 months with the USA Women’s National Team, helping them qualify for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. From 1999-01, he was lucky to find himself coaching the Stanford University Women’s Volleyball team, helping lead them to a 2001 National Championship win over Long Beach State played here in San Diego. David spent the next 9 years at University of the Pacific working as both an assistant and head coach for the women’s team.
David’s next adventures were the birth of his first child, Riley, in 2008 and his move to San Diego where he met Bjorn Dahl and began to coach at Shorebreak for the next 3 seasons. David’s boy’s teams during those seasons never finished lower that 12th in the Open Division at JO’s, including a double qualification and 2nd place finish at the SCVA Boys Classic in 2013.
David and his wife, Kristy, live in Encinitas with their two children, Riley and James. David also works at The Army and Navy Academy as the assistant director of recreation.
David coaching style is upbeat, positive, and full of constant feedback. The goal is to provide his players with an idea of what practices are like playing in college, by making them think for themselves, and making them accountable to themselves and each other. David really focuses on the team aspect, and his players really respond to his style.
2 time US Olympic Festival Participant
Over 12 years as a Division I college coach
2001 NCAA National Championship Assistant Coach
Coached two NCAA National Player’s of the Year; Logan Tom, Ogonna Nnamani
Coached Olympic Team Members
Coached over 15 NCAA All-Americans
Recruited and sent over 30 players on play in college
As a coach, Hannah wants to give her players the opportunity to perform in a fun and competitive environment to reach their fullest potential. She believes that playing for a purpose and with passion brings out the best athlete. There is a large value in encouraging work ethic, leadership, accountability, and selflessness that all contributes to the culture of the team. Ultimately I expect my players to not only leave as better players but a better person. She has imparted this philosophy as a coach at Sanger Volleyball Club 2018-2019 & during the Fresno Pacific University Camps 2017-2019.
Hannah is a local to North County having played at Torrey Pines High School. She continued playing college ball with one year at Eastern Kentucky University D1 2015-2016, one year at Grossmont College 2016-2017 and then finished her career at Fresno Pacific University 2017-2019.
Hannah was a multi-sport athlete, playing basketball, track & field and volleyball during her freshman and sophomore years of high school. Her love of being involved and teaching loves youth found her coaching gymnastics at Rock and Tumble. She enjoys cooking and implementing new dishes from different cultures. She is an active individual spending her time outside of coaching in a variety of activities from playing beach volleyball, to swimming, hiking, dancing, or traveling because this world has so much to offer.
Iya grew up in central San Diego playing indoor and beach volleyball since the age of 10. She played indoor volleyball at Coast for four years and beach volleyball at Wave for three years (following years of playing at other clubs).
High School Career: Iya graduated from Patrick Henry in 2016 where she had played on the varsity volleyball team for three out of the three years she played and was named MVP her sophomore year. She committed to UC Berkeley for beach volleyball her junior year and decided not to play her senior year in order to focus on beach volleyball and work at WAVE. She then joined the WAVE beach coaching staff in the fall of 2015. In the spring of 2016 she also began coaching at Jackson Strength as a strength coach.
Collegiate Career: Iya now attends UC Berkeley and is on track to graduate in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science. She played her sophomore college season on the ones and twos pairs at Cal. After the 2018 season, she was named to the Pac-12 All Conference Second Team as well as getting an honorable mention for the All-Academic team. In the summer of 2018, she joined the Wave Agility & Strength staff.
Personal Career: In the summer of 2017 she and Amber Walker won the beach tour stop in Italy on the WVBF Protour. Whenever Iya is on break for school, she is working at Wave and Jackson Strength. She plans on pursuing professional beach volleyball after college and earning her spot on the AVP tour.
Jaye Loyd was named an assistant coach with the UC San Diego women's volleyball program on April 5, 2017.
Loyd joined the Tritons following two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While with the 49ers, Loyd coordinated all domestic and international recruiting efforts and provided on-court training of setters, passers and defenders.
Prior to UNC Charlotte, Loyd spent several years at Tulane University in New Orleans. An assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, she helped lead the Green Wave to an impressive 28-4 mark during her first year. Over her time with the indoor program, Tulane produced two All-Americans and three All-Conference USA First Team selections, as well as a league Setter of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
From 2011-13, Loyd served as the Director of Volleyball Operations as well as an assistant coach with Tulane's sand team, which boasted a No. 10 national ranking in 2013. As the Interim Head Sand Volleyball Coach in 2012, she led the program to its first-ever victory.
Loyd was an assistant coach at Nicholls State University in Louisiana for the 2010 season, where she designed and implemented a strength and conditioning program. The Colonels led the Southland Conference and ranked 20th nationally in digs per set.
She was the High Performance Coach for the USA Volleyball Delta Region team in Arkansas and has also been the head coach for Louisiana club squads NOLA and Cajun Wave.
A defensive specialist and setter, Loyd played four years of collegiate volleyball, the first three at the University of Tennessee. She helped lead the Volunteers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2008 and was an SEC Scholar-Athlete.
Loyd completed her college career in 2009 at Tulane. The Green Wave qualified for the NCAA Tournament that season.
Loyd earned a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee in 2010 and a master's in professional studies from Tulane in 2013.
A native of Stockton, Calif., Loyd graduated from St. Mary's High School.
(taken from the UCSD Website)
After graduating in 2010, Jeana moved to California to get her Bachelor’s degree in History while playing collegiate volleyball at Point Loma Nazarene University. She enjoyed her time as a top student-athlete at PLNU, and after her graduation from PLNU in 2014, Jeana understands the difficulties facing student-athletes at all levels. Jeana has experienced the complexities and issues facing student athletes of all sports and has full comprehension of the balance linking education and competition.
While studying towards completing upper education California teaching credential and becoming a High School History teacher, Jeana takes being a successful learner seriously, while doing what she loves: coaching young student athletes. Jeana has instructed young athletes in numerous camps and clinics for Volleyball, as well as several Basketball and Lacrosse clinics.
Since the 2011-2012 season Jeana has coached several successful student-athlete teams at WAVE. Her greatest success stories are not just shown as banners on a wall. Jeana has led her athletes to extraordinary heights of confidence and self-assurance. Each season she witnesses individuals strengthen successfully into awe-inspiring teammates who are thriving while working hard. Their positivity continues to impress their coach daily!
Additionally, Jeana loves to “Get Sandy!” She enjoys encouraging athletes to do the same when she’s coaching sand volleyball with Head Beach Coach Matt Olson on WAVE beach courts. Jeana loves how sand volleyball is opening up some major doors for athletes, and many are being recruited to play in high level collegiate programs. Broadening her experience has been Jeana’s seasons of coaching under Head Coach Brennan Dean at Torrey Pines High School. Her ability to relate to these emergent student athletes has provided success on all levels. She is proud of their team-building exercises and feel they have direct links to their success on and off the court.
When not coaching or working towards becoming a teacher, Jeana loves to spend as much time as she can outdoors. She grew up skiing, hiking, camping, riding horses, fishing, water-skiing and wakeboarding, and now some of her favorite times include spending time in, at, or around the ocean, camping in the Sierras, playing sand volleyball, and taking spur-of-the-moment road trips. She and Ivy, her rescued young Black Lab, are also often paddle-boarding. Jeana also loves to cook, read a good book, and she follows Football, Basketball and Baseball and watches SportsCenter in her spare time. She’s been told if she hadn’t set her sights on being a teacher and a coach, she would have made a great Sports Broadcaster!
Jeana reflects often on the great teachers and coaches she had throughout her formative years, who encouraged her to do her best both on and off the court. Today she is excited and confident she is this type of positive influence on WAVE athletes. Her true passion will always be discovering and enhancing the best in each team member!
Jeanne Reeves competed in volleyball and basketball for UCLA where she was awarded Volleyball All American and inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2000. Jeanne played on the 1984 USA Olympic Volleyball Team earning a Silver Medal. She played professionally in Italy, and won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1985.
Jeanne continued to play for many seasons on the women’s professional beach tours. She began her coaching career in 1986 as an Assistant for UCLA Women’s team. At UCLA she continued to coach for 6 years helping the team to win back to back NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1991. Moving to San Diego in 1992, she was an assistant coach for the 1996 USA Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team in Atlanta.
Jeanne brought her world coaching and playing experience to Wave Volleyball Club coaching her children Conner, Kelly and Jake.
During her 8 seasons at Wave, Jeanne has coached her teams to these amazing results:
- Bronze Medal Junior Olympics – Wave 13Jeanne
- 11th Place Junior Olympics – Wave 14Jeanne
- Gold Medal Junior Olympics – Wave 16Jeanne
- SCVA League Champions – Wave 17Jeanne
- Bronze Medal Junior Olympics – Wave 17Jeanne
- 9th Place Junior Olympics – Wave 14Trevor
- 1st Place Las Vegas Invitational – Wave 18Jeanne
- 1st in SCVA 18 & Under – Wave 18Jeanne
- 7th Place Junior National 18 Open – Wave 18Jeanne
- 1st Place, 16 Open, SoCal Qualifier – Wave 16Jeanne
- 1st Place, 16 Open, Far Western Qualifier – Wave 16Jeanne
- 7th Place Junior National 16 Open – Wave 16Jeanne
Jeanne coached 8 players who went on to play Division 1 college volleyball and has impacted the lives of many more!
Jeff joined WAVE in 2019, bringing with him a desire to transform the hearts and minds of each of the athletes he works with. He longs for each of them to be proficient physically, while also developing their skills in motivation, confidence, emotions, team cohesion, identity, self-worth, character, and purpose.
Jeff's coached at Rancho Bernardo High School as the Boys Assistant Varsity Coach from 2006 until 2008, which included a CIF Division 1 Runner-Up seasons in 2006 and 2008. From 2006-2009, was a boys club coach at Epic Volleyball Club, where in 2009 he led his Epic 17-Jeff team to a Silver Medal at the Junior Olympics. He was the inaugural coach at Del Norte High School for both the boys and girls programs from 2009 to 2011, and again in 2017-18. The girls team won back to back league championships in 2017-18, was the Division 1 runner-up in 2017, and qualified for the open division in 2018. He was a coach at Seaside/San Diego Volleyball club from 2011-2015 (before spending two years in Portland) and again from 2015-18, where he coached both boys and girls. He was also the Athletic Director at Horizon Prep from 2011-2015.
During his playing days, he played as a middle blocker at Rancho Bernardo High School, where he made first team all-league in 2001. In 2002, he was the team MVP and all-league selection at Palomar College. He then went on to finish his three years of college, playing club volleyball at Azusa Pacific University.
Jeff is married to his beautiful wife Tiffani, and has three children: Sadie, Brooks, and Lincoln. If you want to get on his good side, bring him coffee - he loves it.
Jessica was born and raised in Los Angeles. She started playing volleyball at the age of 10 and she grew up playing club in the SCVA. She attended Chaminade College Preparatory in the San Fernando Valley where she played libero for four years. After she graduated high school, she went on to play indoor and beach volleyball at the Division 1 level at the University of San Francisco in the West Coast Conference. She walked on her freshman year in the fall and played indoor for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons as a defensive specialist and a libero. In the spring of 2013, she played in USF’s inaugural beach season. Throughout her four seasons playing for USF’s beach team she competed on the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s teams. By her senior year, they placed 3rd in the WCC for beach and were a nationally ranked beach team. She continues to play the sport she loves and is eager to see where it can take her.
Jessica started coaching indoor and beach volleyball while she was a player at the University of San Francisco. Every summer, she participated in coaching summer camps for kids between the ages of 7 and 18. She coached these camps for four different summers. After college, she coached clinics for 14s and 15s for Sunshine Volleyball Club out of Los Angeles.
As a coach, her goal is to instill a level of competitiveness and love of the sport in young athletes. She wants them to be able to reach the highest level while also growing their love of the sport and having fun.
She enjoys camping, nature, surfing, going to the movies and exploring new places when she's not spending time playing volleyball.
Scott is in his 6th season with WAVE and his 3rd season as the head volleyball coach at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Scott grew up in the LA area and was recruited to play at CSU Northridge. An injury ended his collegiate playing career, and he transferred to Long Beach State where he earned a BA with a double major in political science and religious studies. He also has a Masters in Ministry from Point Loma.
Continuing his love for the game, Scott entered the coaching ranks, taking a position at USC with both the men’s and women’s programs. During Scott’s tenure at USC, he made it to the NCAA final four three times. The men were runners-up in the 2009 NCAA championships, in 2010 the Women of Troy reached the Final Four, and the men reached the Final Four again in 2011. At the club level Scott has had multiple top-10 finishes at the USA Junior National Championships. He also volunteered with the USA women’s national team during much of the 2009-2012 quadrennial.
Scott and his wife Jamie reside in Ocean Beach.
Juliana originally hails from Brazil where she played two years on the youth National Team. In 1999 she was recruited, and given a full scholarship at Columbia College, Missouri. During her two years there she was a runner-up and also won the NAIA National Championship. She was elected first team All-American both years. The University of Missouri then recruited Juliana to shore-up their defensive game, and also to bring her fiery energy and leadership to their program. While at Mizzou, she was elected Big 12 Defensive Specialist of the Year in 2003, before finishing her degree in International Business and International Studies.
After leaving school, Juliana spent 5 years playing Beach Volleyball in the AVP where she consistently placed among the top 20. In 2009 she won the U.S. Open of Beach Volleyball, and continues to compete presently. She brings a tremendous amount of passion, tenacity, and competitiveness to the sport in which she hopes to help instill in the students she coaches.
Juliana currently lives in San Diego with her daughter Maya, and fiancée Brian. In her spare time she has taken up the sport of triathlon, and finished her first half-Ironman distance in March of 2013.
Kaja grew up in Mesa, AZ where she played at Desert Ridge High school and club for Arizona Storm. She attended San Diego State University where she played all four seasons as a middle blocker/ right side, graduating in 3 1/2 years with a degree in sociology.
SAN DIEGO STATE Highlights . . .
Appeared in 27 matches at middle blocker starting on 25 occasions ... Tied her career high with 15 kills vs. Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 7 ... Equaled her career best of eight total blocks vs. Villanova on Sept. 6 ... Recorded at least one block in every match she played ... Led the team with an average of 0.99 blocks per set ... Had a season-high .591 hitting percentage (15-2-22) against Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 7) ... Tied her career high with 17.0 points in that match ... Second-best attack percentage was ,524 (12-1-21) vs. San Jose State on Nov. 13 ... Was named the Mountain West Player of the Week honors on Nov. 17 for her performance in home matches vs. San Jose State (Nov. 13) and Nevada (Nov. 15) ... Over those two matches she averaged 2.78 kills and 1.22 blocks per set while recording a .500 attack percentage ... Finished with a hitting percentage of .312 or higher in 12 matches.
Won a pair of varsity letters as a volleyball player at Desert Ridge High school in Mesa, Ariz. ... Earned honorable mention Division I all-state honors the past two seasons while playing at Desert Ridge HS as an outside hitter ... Averaged 2.1 kills and 1.1 blocks per game as a prep senior along with a .446 hitting percentage ... During her junior year posted averages of 2.3 kills, 0.9 blocks and a .462 attack percentage ... Named to the 5A-I East Valley (all-region) team in both 2010 and 2011 ... Set school records for blocks in a career (201), season (107) and match (9) in her two years as a varsity athlete ... Was named to a pair of all-tournament teams in 2011. She holds records for most blocks in a season, most blocks in a game, and most blocks in a career.
Played club volleyball for the Arizona Storm 18 Thunder during the 2011-12 season
Kaja Helena Sandberg was born Jan. 28, 1994, in Pittsburgh, Penn. ... Daughter of Erlend and Margaret Sandberg ... Outside of coaching Kaja enjoys going to the beach, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Coach Kara brings with her over 15 years of experience as both a player and a coach. Driven by a strong work ethic, sense of accountability, and focus on making the small details important, Coach Kara experienced success at every level in which she has played, from club to high school to the collegiate ranks. As a coach she emphasizes those same themes to her players as she works to help them to develop into the best players and people that they can be.
An Oregon native, Coach Kara began playing volleyball in the fourth grade and her love for the sport took off from there. Initially playing as a middle blocker, Coach Kara helped her team to 2 State Titles (2009,2010) and 1 State Semi-Final appearance (2008). Along the way she garnered All-Conference honors in her junior and senior seasons (2009,2010). At the club level she was a Junior National Champion (2010) with Nike NW Jrs. Volleyball Club. Following a stellar high school and club career, Coach Kara went on to attend and compete for California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) as it launched its women's volleyball program. The CSUSM program achieved success immediately - becoming Conference Champions in all four years that they were in the NAIA Division. Unfortunately, Coach Kara sustained a back injury her sophomore year which led her to medically retire for her senior season. Though she was not able to play, Coach Kara still remained an important part of the team, serving as co-captain during that season.
Coach Kara began her club coaching career at 951 Elite Volleyball Club in Wildomar, CA and Laguna Beach Volleyball Club before coming over WAVE VBC. While at 951 she worked with teams in both the 18's and 12's divisions, enjoying both age levels for a variety of reasons. While at LBVBC she worked with the 16’s division. Coach Kara became an assistant coach at Concordia University in Irvine in 2016 and served as a graduate assistant for the program.
Coach Kara earned her Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Health Science from California State University, San Marcos (2015) and a Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia University. In spring of 2018 she began working as the Operations Assistant at SDSU for the Volleyball program.
Kara began coaching at Pikes Peak Volleyball Club while she was playing on the National Team in Colorado Springs in 1998. In 1999, Kara began coaching club volleyball at San Diego Volleyball Club. She coached there for 20 years and has coached top teams in all age groups. Kara coached one year for Mt. Carmel High School before she began coaching at Rancho Bernarado High School in 2016. In 2017, she led the Rancho Bernardo Broncos to the State Championship in Division IV. As a coach, she focuses on developing her players skills, strengthening team chemistry, and instilling a competitive spirit in her athletes. She has a true passion for volleyball and wants her players to enjoy every moment!
As a player, Kara played Varsity volleyball for 4 years at Poway High School. She was the MVP of both the Palomar League and CIF for 3 years (1991-1993). She was also First Team Palomar League and CIF in basketball from 1993-1994. Being a 2 sport athlete helped her achieve Poway High School's Female Athlete of the Year in 1992 and in 1993. She was a USA High School All American in 1993 as well as the Paul Mitchell High School Volleyball All-American in 1993. In 1992 and 1993, Kara was a member of the U.S. Junior Elite Volleyball Team. She played her club volleyball career at San Diego Volleyball Club. She made it to the finals of the Volleyball Festival in her 14's and 16's age divisions.
Kara earned a full ride scholarship to UCLA. She was a 4 year starter at UCLA and played for Andy Banachowski. While at UCLA, Kara made the Pac-10 and Volleyball Magazine All-Freshman Team in 1994. She made the All-Pac 10 honorable mention in 1995 and 1996. Kara was First Team All- Pac 10 in 1997, First Team All-District 8 in 1997, and was a Second Team All-American in 1997. She finished third in most kills at UCLA (1,691), and third nationally in 1997. She also made the Athletic Director's honor roll in 1997 and 1998.
Professionally, Kara was a United States National Team in 1998 and 1999, and competed in the World University Games in 1997.
Kara majored in Sociology and specialized in Education. She has her Masters in Education, California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and Single Subject Credentials in both Physical Education and Health Science. Kara has been teaching in Poway Unified School District since 2000. Kara enjoys spending time outdoors, and is an animal lover. She is married to her husband Aaron and they have three kids, Luke, Jenna, and Jake.
Kirsten started coaching camps in 2006 at M1 Volleyball Club in Minnesota. She started coaching club team at M1 in 2009, and has been coaching club ever since. She assisted with both the 15-1 and 16-1 teams at M1, and all of her teams either participated or placed at USAV or AAU nationals. Kirsten also coached at LJV and NYC juniors. Additionally, she was the head varsity coach at St. Croix Prep for their inaugural season. Kirsten’s coaching philosophy is to always create a positive environment where players can learn and develop both on and off the court.
Kirsten played high school volleyball at Lakeville North in Minnesota. She went onto play college volleyball as a middle at Upper Iowa before transferring to play club at the University of Minnesota.
When not coaching, Kirsten enjoys road trips, visiting Minnesota, playing with her dog, Bixi, being out on the water and attending sporting events. Fun fact: Kirsten has been to over 1,000 baseball games.
Kyle is originally from a small town in northern Illinois and is a recent transplant to San Diego. He spent the last 14 years living, working, and going to school in St. Louis, Missouri. To say that he is excited to finally escape Midwest winters is an understatement!
Kyle has been coaching high school and club volleyball for the last 10 years and is in his first year at Wave. His club coaching experience includes leading his Southwest Illinois 181 teams to the 18 Open division at USAV Nationals twice (2008, 2009) and his Saint Louis CYC 171 teams to the 17 Open division at USAV Nationals twice (2010, 2012). In 2008, his Southwest Illinois 181 team won gold at the Northeast Qualifier in the 18 Open division. Twice his teams have placed in the Top 10 at nationals: 2012 USAV (7th place) and 2014 AAU (5th place). Over the years Kyle has coached more than 20 current and former NCAA D1/D2 volleyball players, two of which have been named NCAA D1 First and Third Team All-Americans and several more that have earned all-conference honors in their respective leagues.
Kyle graduated with a B.S. in Math from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2005 and returned in 2012 to receive a M.S.Ed from SIUE in Education Administration. While an undergrad student at SIUE, Kyle was a part of the men's club volleyball team for 2 years. He is currently a high school math teacher at Canyon Crest Academy.
When he is not at the Wave tent, you can find Kyle at the beach, playing grass volleyball in Balboa Park, or on a hike at one of the beautiful trails in SD.
WAVE added the energetic and attentive coaching style of Kyle to our staff in 2018. Kyle grew up in Texas where he played indoor club for Austin Juniors. He continued his career playing collegiate ball as a middle blocker at Graceland University and 2 years of beach volleyball on the NVL & TVT tours. He returned to where he started and became a coach at Austin Juniors Club and worked a number of Texas Longhorn Camps. As a coach (and player) Kyle places an emphasis on technique that will produce longevity in the sport by improving efficiency and minimizing injury.
When he's not enjoying playing or coaching, you can likely find him swimming, reading, or hanging out with his Black lab.
Lance is a WAVE Alum as well, having played the 2018-2019 indoor season at WAVE. He is a multi-talented player, crossing over from the indoor and beach game throughout his playing years. He has earned accolades on both surfaces including a 2017 3rd place finish at Cal Cup (BEACH), 2018 2nd place finish at Cal Cup AA rating (BEACH), 2018 CIF Libero of the year (INDOOR) & 2019 CIF all first team (INDOOR).
He has a knack for working with young players, putting an emphasis on ball control and game-like drills in practices. His goal is to provide the players with a fun and safe environment to practice the beloved sport of volleyball.
Little might you know he is also a Semi Pro bodysurfer and Spikeball player =)
Leah began her coaching career in 2007. She got her start coaching boys and girls club teams and over the years has worked with athletes ages 12 to 18. Leah also spent two years as an Assistant Coach for a Junior High volleyball team in her home town. The last team she helped coach was a girls 18-1's team who competed at the Junior Nationals tournament and took home a Bronze.
Leah's favorite aspect of coaching is developing a team that becomes a hard-working unit determined to draw the best out of their fellow teammates each and every day. There is nothing quite like that moment when a player’s and/or team's mental understanding of the game catches up to their physical talent because at that moment they become unstoppable as athletes. As a coach, Leah finds pure joy in teaching players how to reach that point in their careers. She believes that with hard work and a passion for the game there are no limits, and she is living proof. Leah played her entire career as a 5’4” Outside Hitter because she worked as hard as she could, day in and day out, and wouldn’t let anyone convince her that her small stature would keep her from playing the position she loved. She wants to spread that passion and commitment to all of the athletes she is lucky enough to work with.
Leah grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and began playing volleyball at the age of 9. She played club for Zia Volleyball Club from age 12 to 18 and experienced great success. Leah played all four years of high school at Centennial HS and competed at the State tournament her Junior and Senior year, placing 3rd and 2nd, respectively. She was the recipient of multiple awards and her Senior year she was honored to be named one of the Team Captains and the CHS MVP. From high school, she continued her playing career for two more years at Glendale, an NJCAA division college, on a full Athletic Scholarship.
Leah continued to compete as an Outside Hitter throughout her college career. She was recognized as an All-Conference Honorable Mention her Freshman year and her Sophomore year she was Team Captain, named to 2nd Team All-Conference, and 1st Team All-Region. Her team went on to be Region Champions and she was, once again, honored to be named the Regional Tournament MVP. Her teams' victory at Regionals earned them a spot to compete in the NJCAA National Tournament.
Leah loves to spend her free time in nature! Whether that is surfing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, or playing beach volleyball.
Melissa Adams grew up in La Jolla, California playing indoor and beach volleyball…WAVE alumni! In the early years she and her beach partner took 1st place at Doheny, they finished 4th place at CBVA Manahattan Beach their 1st year.
Adams graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School as a 2-time California State Volleyball Champion, received the coveted CIF Sportsmanship Award, earned The Coach Dick Serrano “Spirit of the Dons” Award and was named to the Union Tribune All-Academic Team. Mel was a 2-sport high school athlete (Volleyball and Water Polo). She was named Varsity Water Polo Most Valuable Defensive Player and made the Union Tribune All Academic Team. Adams earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Sociology from Colorado State University. Additionally, she earned her Early Education teaching certificate from UCLA and graduated Suma Cum Laude.
Melissa began her Wave coaching career in 2011 and has coached Girls JV VB at Santa Fe Christian High School, Girls Frosh VB at Torrey Pines High School and Girls Varsity VB at Cathedral Catholic High School. She has run and assisted with clinics & camps on the beach and in the tent. Adams LOVES volleyball! She truly lives to share her positive energy with every athlete who crosses her path.
Nancy became a part of the WAVE team in 2017. She brings a philosophy to her coaching that volleyball is not life, but it can teach us so much about how to live life. This great sport requires tremendous passion, commitment and teamwork. It provides us the opportunity to build relationships on and off the court through competition. She has successfully built and implemented this philosophy during her tenure with OLP (1996-2004), SDVBC (2006-2017), and as the head coach of Westview High School since 2008.
Volleyball may be a passion of hers, however, she did not play collegiately while attending UCSD. She was a tri-sport all-section athlete in high school playing volleyball, basketball and softball.
She was voted “best dancer” in middle school, so might be worth it to ask her to show you some moves in her spare time during which she also likes to spending trying out new foods, hiking, and supporting the Bay Area pro teams. Go Dubs!
Nate was raised playing volleyball with his family starting at age 10. He played four years of indoor volleyball at Fallbrook High school. After high school he attended Cal State Northridge where he played opposite for 3 years. During his time at Cal State Northridge he also coached summer camps for local elementary and middle schools. After college Nate returned to San Diego and coached one year of junior varsity volleyball at Fallbrook High school.
Nick started playing volleyball his freshman year at San Marcos High School and has loved it ever since. He played nearly every position on the court in high school and received All-League and All-CIF honors his senior year in 2005, where his team went on the longest winning streak in school history. He was recruited to play volleyball at both Long Beach State and UCLA.
In college, Nick attended UCLA and had stints on both the volleyball and rowing teams. Having played Libero on the volleyball team, he has a passion for emphasizing passing and defense to youth players, regardless of their position on the court. He graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a degree in Psychology.
Shortly after graduation, Nick began coaching at SoCal Volleyball Club as well as his alma mater, San Marcos High. At San Marcos, he has coached at the freshman, JV and Varsity levels for both the girls and boys programs. He is currently the assistant Varsity coach for the girls. At SoCal, where he worked from 2010 to 2015, he coached many teams ranging in all ages and skill levels. Nick's fondest coaching memory in that span was his 14s team in 2013 (who's tallest player was only 5'8") beginning near the bottom of the SCVA and taking first place in all but one tournament throughout the season. Nick was also the SoCal Beach Volleyball Program Director, where he successfully built the program from 0 to nearly 120 kids.
After an unfortunate knee injury cut his college career short, Nick decided to take up beach volleyball and has been playing ever since. He aspires to qualify for the AVP and plays down at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas regularly. Nick looks forward to helping further develop WAVE's already outstanding Beach program!
Nick began coaching with WAVE in 2016 in both the indoor and beach settings. As a coach, he brings a positive attitude and vibe to the court where he focuses on hard work, fundamentals, and having a great time to help his athletes be successful.
As a player, Nick was a two-year varsity starter at Poway High School, where they won a CIF Championship and league every year. He continued playing at Palomar College. The team won Conference his second year and was State Runner-Up. He was individually awarded All-Conference team in his freshman year and state player of the year in his second year. He has also earned his AAA rating on the beach.
When he’s not coaching you can find him surfing, playing beach volleyball, or doing pretty much any outdoor activity.
Nicole began her volleyball career at Club Pacific Volleyball Club in San Diego, California at the age of 10. In high school, she was the starting outside hitter on the varsity team for four years. As a sophomore, she tried out for Wave and made the 15-1s, coached by Brennan and Kristen Dean. She was a defensive specialist for 3 years until finishing her high school career and was recruited by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She walked on to the Cal Poly team as a freshman and soon after received a full scholarship for the next three years as a starting Libero. She was awarded Big West Defensive Player of the Week three times and played in every match during her college career.
Nicole began her coaching career as an assistant coach at 805 Elite Volleyball Club in San Luis Obispo in 2013. At 805 Elite she assisted a 12-1 and 13-1s team. She also worked as a summer beach coach for Pismo Beach Volleyball Club in Pismo Beach, California for students ages 12-18. Her face is familiar to athletes that have attended WAVE clinics and camps during the summer and fall seasons.
As part of her coaching philosophy she wants to make sure that the athletes develop exemplary technical skills along with growing in their passion and love for the game. Throughout her years of playing, she learned a lot about the coaching styles that worked for her as a player, as well as those that didn't. A big take away she has from that is that positive reinforcement as well as positive affirmations promote confidence and a low stress level in the gym. As such, she strives to create an enjoyable environment for players to be able to grow without fear of failure while competing at a high level.
Outside of coaching, Nicole loves being at the beach, hanging out with her dog, and enjoying the outdoors.
With over 15 years of experience, Olivia has coached every age group from middle, high school, club and assisted at the junior college level. She has achieved numerous first place titles and has sent high school players on to play at various collegiate levels. No matter the level she is coaching, she believes each athlete brings a unique gift to the court and if they all truly work together with their gifts, success is sure to come.
Originally from Seattle, Olivia played 4 years of high school volleyball, two years of club, did a junior summer volleyball tour in Europe where she played against other international teams & then went on to play 2 years at Shoreline Community College. During her time at SCC she made the All Star Teams both years and again went to Spain to compete against professional teams. Olivia also lived in China for 4 years where she joined an adult club team playing in Chinese tournaments.
She finished her degree from the University of Washington with a BFA in Sculpture and loves art. She has 3 small kids that she loves taking to the San Diego Zoo and the beach. She is grateful for her family and faith community that have supported her in this amazing thing called life.
Paul is a decorated Olympian athlete that WAVE is excited to have working with our athletes.
He is a true testament to success that comes from hard work & willingness to improve. He has an impressive career that he credits this to. Paul facilitates this same attitude to his coaching and athletes.
He has coached at Riptides Boy's Volleyball Club (2007-2008) & UCSD Men's Volleyball(2019), and joined the WAVE team in spring of 2019.
When he's not coaching, you can find him playing with time with his wife Jasmine & his son, running on the beach, swimming, hiking, boogie boarding, or camping.
2012 Olympic Games (5th place)
World Championship Experience
2010 World Championship (7th place)
Other Career Highlights
Helped the U.S. Men win the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games
Won World League gold medal in 2014, silver in 2012 and bronze in 2015
Named 2008 AVCA co-Player of the Year along with Penn State's Matt Anderson after leading Long Beach State to the NCAA Championship semifinals
Alternate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team
Competed at the 2010 and 2014 FIVB World Championships
Helped U.S. Men win the gold medal at the 2008 Pan American Cup in Winnipeg
2008 AVCA First Team All-American and MPSF Player of the Year
Helped the U.S. Men win the bronze medal at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok
Played on the Junior National Team that finished eighth in the 2005 FIVB Men's U21 World Championship in India.
Played the winter of 2015-16 for the Berlin Recycling Volleys in Germany
Played four winters (2011-2015) for Asseco Resovia Rzeszow in Poland and helped the team win three league championships
Peyton has coached in a variety of situations, having coached many camps and clinics all over the U.S. & abroad. During his time in the Netherlands. He has also worked with Gold Medal squared & was provided the opportunity to coach under John Cook at The University of Nebraska Lincoln. As a coach he strives to show the athletes that with work, you can achieve great things. He wants them to obtain a winners mentality and go into games feeling confident that they can get the job done, no matter the situation they are in. And lastly, he wants them to know that if you do mess up, then it is not the end of the world. Get back up and try again because with reps, you will succeed.
Personally, Peyton began his volleyball Journey as a Junior at Steele Canyon High School. He was a varsity volleyball player for 2 years and then played at the collegiate NCAA D1/D2 level at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. He finished his last two years of college at Briar Cliff University in Iowa at the NAIA level. After graduation, he received a contract for one year to play at the professional level for a team in the Netherlands.
Awards & Recognitions:
-SCHS student athlete of the year
-NCAA National Player of the week (2 times)
-NCAA National Player of the Month
-1st team All-Conference (2 times)
-NAIA 1st team All-American 2017
-BCU male athlete of the year 2017
-NAIA 1st team All-American 2018
Ryan wants to be able to pass on his love of volleyball to young players, showing them how to enjoy the game while still going their hardest on the court. He believes that players do their best while having fun and giving it their all.
Ryan is a WAVE Alum having played in the boys program from 2016-2018. A 2018 graduate of San Marcos, where he received honors as the 2018 Avocado East League Player of the Year, and was named Second Team All-CIF San Diego Section. He was a two-time MVP at San Marcos, leaving a school record of 503 kills and totaling 54 blocks as a senior. His personal-best was 34 kills in a match vs. Mission Hills. Over his junior season, he had 312 kills and 34 blocks. Ryan also played basketball for the Knights as a freshman and sophomore.
He currently attends UCSD where he is majoring in Management Science as he plays on the men's volleyball team.
In his free time, Ryan likes spending time with his dog and playing video games with his friends.
Sarah Kawzenuk grew up in Horseheads, NY and graduated from Horseheads High School where she played both volleyball and basketball. She played 6 years of club volleyball for Southern Tier Volleyball Club where she won several tournaments and had the ability to play at a national level. Her high school team made the state tournament three of the four years she participated, coming in second place twice. Sarah continued her athletic career at Monroe Community College where she was the starting setter both years. She earned regional and conference honors including first team all region, and first team all conference her sophomore year. She also gained many all tournament team honors and was the most valuable player at the Onondaga Tournament both years. After her two years at MCC she continued to play at The State University of New York at Brockport, where she again was a starting setter for two years. She led the team in assists both years, and aces her junior year. She was named to several all tournament teams, and was also an all academic honoree. Kawzenuk spent a year as a head coach for the VolleyFX Volleyball Club in Rochester, NY before taking her love for coaching to Plymouth State University where she was an assistant coach while completing her master's degree. After graduating with her M.Ed in 2015, Sarah moved to San Diego. She is currently a fourth and fifth grade special education teacher in the San Marcos School District.
The thing Sarah loves most is passing on her passion for volleyball and helping young players develop skills not only on the volleyball court, but skills that will also help them be successful in the classroom and in life. She has shared this passion with athletes at CCA, San Marcos and WAVE since 2016.
Scott begins his coaching career with WAVE in 2017. He comes to us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he spent the 2016 season as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the program. Prior to that he has coached at the USA Volleyball National team tryouts, 949 Athletics, Santa Margarita High School, A'o A Koa Volleyball, and Spike & Serve Volleyball.
He grew up in Encinitas and started playing volleyball while he was at La Costa Canyon High School. While he was there he played outside hitter and won CIF Division 1 each of the 3 years he played varsity. He received a scholarship to play at the University of Hawai'i. During his time there, he received two NCAA Scholar Athlete Awards and was a Co-Captain during the 2015 season when they held a #1 overall national ranking for over two months. He also played for three USA Volleyball Youth and Collegiate Teams during his time in college. After graduating, he spent a season playing professional volleyball for PAOK Volleyball Club in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Scott's approach to coaching comes from his experience as a player where he feels that he had to learn the most important skills of volleyball on his own. He wants to alleviate this for his players by helping the youth players use their minds more and to teach high level skills that are often overlooked by most coaches. Being so closely removed from playing, Scott believes he is able to connect to his team by understanding their perspectives and relating with them on a player's level.
Two interesting facts about Scott: One, he and his sister played on the first boys and girls teams at WAVE. Second, he has started and played at every position besides setter in collegiate and professional volleyball.
Welcome back to WAVE Scott!
Sean grew up in North County San Diego and attended La Costa Canyon High School. While at La Costa, Sean played both Volleyball and Soccer. During this time he also played for Wave Volleyball Club.
After High School, Sean attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received his degree in Psychology with a minor in Education. After graduating in 2016, he returned to school to receive his multiple subject teaching credential.
Sean currently works as a substitute teacher throughout the Encinitas, Cardiff and Del Mar school districts. He has also been coaching the Freshman and Junior Varsity boys Soccer and Indoor Volleyball teams at La Costa Canyon High School since 2016 as well as the assistant boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Beach Volleyball coach since 2018.
Shelbi strives on creating a team with solidarity and unity. She believes success comes from teammates believing in one another and pursing the same goals. In addition to teamwork, Shelbi focuses on the basics, recognizing that simple techniques and repetition are the formula to success. The most important skill Shelbi wants to instill in her players is self-confidence. Nothing is impossible and can't is not a word.
Shelbi played high school volleyball at Springtown High School where she was a two year team captain, a first team all district and District MVP her senior year. In addition to success on the courts, she lettered in basketball, soccer, & track. She continued playing collegiate volleyball at Malone University for a year & transferred to Francis Marion for the 2015 & 2016 seasons. Shelbi's tremendous all-skills capability brought an offensive and defensive impact to both schools. In her time at FMU, she led the team in digs both seasons and ranked 4th & 11th in the PBC conference for total digs and 5th & 11th in digs per set. Shelbi was also focused on her academics, being a participant in the Gamma Sigma Epsilon chemistry honor society & a three year participant of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She also earned a spot on the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll 2016, 2018, & FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll 2015 (fall), 2016 (spring), 2017 (fall), 2018 (spring).
Shelbi just moved to San Diego from Texas. She enjoys collecting house plants, dancing, and anything active outdoors. She also has a Great Pyrenees puppy.
Skyler has been with WAVE since 2012. During his time here, he has coached a variety of levels of indoor teams and beach.
He was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from Moorestown High School in 2008. During high school, Heyman was a three year varsity starter and setter.
After high school, Heyman attended High Point University (HPU) in 2008. He graduated from HPU in May 2012, with a B.S. in Sport Management and a Minor in Communications.
While at High Point University, Heyman founded the HPU Men’s club volleyball team in 2008 as a freshman. He was a player/coach during his four years at HPU. Heyman led his team to victory as the HPU Panthers won the Bronze Flight for Division I AAA, at the 2012 National Collegiate Volleyball Federation tournament in Kansas City, Missouri.
Heyman was also an undergraduate Assistant Coach for the HPU women’s varsity team in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Heyman saw the team win the Big South Conference. In 2012, he was recognized on HPU senior night for his hard work and efforts during the previous two seasons.
Awards and Highlights -
First Team All Division - 2006, 2007, 2008 - Moorestown
All South Jersey - 2007, 2008 - Moorestown
'Collingswood Classic' - 2007 - 1st place & Tournament MVP - Moorestown
NJ Senior All Star Game - 2008 - Moorestown
'CAN-AM' Bronze winner - 2008 - Warren SixPak Club
HPU Men's Club Volleyball - 2008-2012 - Founder/Coach/Player
'NCVF' - Won Bronze Flight D1 AAA - 2012 - HPU Men's Club Volleyball
JV La Jolla Invitational - 2014 - 1st place - Torrey Pines (Boys)
Timmons played at USC between 1980 and 1983. He was a First Team All-America in 1982 and a Second Team selection in 1981. The Trojans made it to the Final Four in each of Steve’s three seasons, winning the national championship in 1980. He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 1980 as well as the All-Conference teams in 1981 and 1982.
Post college Timmons joined the USA team in 1983. They faced Brazil again in the final and were able to beat them 3-0 for the gold medal. Timmons was named the MVP. In 1988 they faced the Soviet Union who many considered to be the best team in the world. To win the gold, the men won the match 3-1. He was named the FIVB’s Best Blocker and the USOC’s Male Volleyball Player of the Year. Timmons helped to keep USA in the No. 1 spot in the world for a five-year period. In 1992, the team headed to Barcelona, this time taking the bronze medal.
Timmons was one of the first to hit out of the back row and is the most decorated indoor player in men’s volleyball having won two gold medals and a bronze medal. Timmons also played on the beach. Timmons played on the AVP Tour from 1987-1994. His best finish was a second place in 1991. He finished in third place twice in 1990. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998.
Timmons started coaching at WAVE Volleyball in 2013.
Summer was originally from the Northwest, growing up around Seattle, Washington. She had a highly successful high school and club career as a volleyball player and track and field athlete. She joined the indoor volleyball team at San Diego State for the 2010-2012 seasons, where she was a team leader and dominant force on the court. During that time, she also was invited to play with the Junior National (U-21) team for beach volleyball. As such she brings a multifaceted view of the game to WAVE.
Summer has a definite knack for connecting with children of all ages and helping them to become the player they can (and want) to be.
UNITED STATES NATIONAL TEAM CAREER
First USA woman to play in 400 international matches…Team Captain 1993-1996…Selected to All-Tournament Team at 1994 Canada Cup and BCV Volley Cup…1993 USOC Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year… Recipient of Most Valuable Player honors and Coaches Award in 1993…Played key role in bronze medal performance at ’92 Olympic Games, coming off the bench…Played in all six 1992 Olympic matches…Named to All-Tournament Team at ’92 Hong Kong Cup…Instrumental in helping USA qualify for Olympics…Collected 1990 Coaches Award…Moved into starting lineup in 1989…Saw action in all five 1988 Olympic matches…Model of hard work and determination…Assets are versatility and quickness…Joined National Team January 1987 following an open tryout…
PROFESSIONAL & BEACH VOLLEYBALL CAREER
Won AVP Rookie of the Year in 2004. Played for Dayvit in Brazilian League 1997-98 winning Paulista Championship under Olympic Gold Medal coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes…Played in Italy for Spezzano 1996-1997…Named to Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball Tour All-League Team in 1994 and 1993 as a member of ’94-champs, Team Sony Autosound and ’93-champs Team Champion…In 1995-96 named League MVP as member of Utah Predators of the National Volleyball Association…Played for Racing Club in France during winter of 1991-92…
COLLEGE & HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
PAC-10 Female Athlete of the Decade…All-America and All-Pac-10 Conference performer as junior and senior (1985-86) at Arizona State University…Inducted into ASU Hall of Fame in 1996…Earned honorable mention all-conference status as freshman and sophomore…Although best known for offensive skills, finished in top 20 nationally as senior in digs per game…Hit .346 with 489 kills as senior… Member of 1985 World University Games Team…Earned All-America recognition from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for her work in the Sun Devil weight room…Coached at ASU by Debbie Brown (former USA national team player and assistant coach)… Graduated with a Degree of Bachelor of Liberal Studies.
A 1983 graduate of Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, Calif. …Played volleyball for three years and named first-team All-Sunset League as senior…Also played for the Cal Juniors club team, while lettering in basketball, track and softball …Named to 1983 Volleyball Monthly Fab 50 roster, and further honored as a member of All-Time Fab 50 elite…Coached at OVHS by Tom Thorton.
Currently coaching at Wave Volleyball Club…Coached ages 10,11,12,13,17 and 18 at the Wave since 2008 …1st Assistant at University of San Diego 1999-2000…2nd Assistant at University of San Diego 1998. Assistant coach at USD 2012-2013.
Thomas was born and raised in Carlsbad, CA. He grew up playing beach volleyball at Moonlight beach.
He played club volleyball for WAVE as a setter for 3 years. At WAVE he learned the importance of hard work, dedication, and discipline. He is very grateful for the lessons he learned at WAVE and for his coaches.
Thomas played High School volleyball at La Costa Canyon, as the setter, where he was the captain of the championship team in 2008. He earned CIF honors as a senior including; 2nd team All-Palomar league, senior all-star, and all-academic team.
Thomas studied marketing at both BYU-Idaho and BYU-Provo. He played collegiate club volleyball and competed against some of the top club teams in the midwest region.
Thomas currently plays in beach tournaments and is an aspiring beach professional. Thomas is the last of nine children and first learned how to play volleyball from his dad, who played at UCLA.
Will Raschke is a native San Diegan and discovered his love of volleyball one summer through pickup beach volleyball games. From there he went on to play for Torrey Pines where he was on varsity for three years as an outside hitter and libero. He also played for WAVE his senior year, which was the club’s first year having a boy’s team.
While he was a student at UCSB, he played libero for the UCSB club team and during the off-season he volunteered with an at-risk youth sports league where he coached several sports and discovered that he enjoyed working with kids. He went on to get his teaching credentials and Masters degree from USD and started his teaching career at Earl Warren Middle School where he also coached the 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams from 2011-2013.
He then moved to teaching at High Tech High International in Point Loma where he coached girls and boys varsity volleyball for 2014-2016, and in 2017 coached at University City where they went to CIF Div 2 finals and State Quarterfinals. In 2018 he was thrilled to get the opportunity to take over as the head coach at San Dieguito Academy for the girls volleyball program.
Will’s coaching philosophy emphasizes teamwork, mental toughness, and using mistakes as learning opportunities. He wants his team to leave the gym with skills they can apply to the rest of their lives as well as becoming better volleyball players.
WAVE Volleyball Club is always seeking the best & brightest coaches to add to our already fantastic staff. All of our head coaches are required to have previous experience coaching and working with youth. At WAVE we believe in the power of teaching and our goal is to pass down our knowledge to our players.
WAVE has opportunities for beach, indoor girls & boys coaches.
If you are interested on joining our team, email WAVE Club Director Brennan Dean at email@example.com.
We are a family-oriented club with the goal to provide the finest possible volleyball experience to every athlete that is involved in our program.