Our coaches are among the best in the nation, stemming from top-tier athletes who truly understand the sport of volleyball. With years of experience under their belts and a passion for the sport as well as teaching, our coaches offer the skills necessary to immensely improve each player’s game.
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.
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 loves to travel, camp, and hang out with his 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 last year 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-Present Beach Volleyball Professional (AVP Tour)
National top 40 individual ranking or better from 2004-Present!
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 to date
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)
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.
Agility & Strength Director
Agility & Strength Director
Amber Walker was born and raised in the small town of Juneau Alaska where she competed in Volleyball, Track & Field and Dance. Her senior year of high school she moved with her father to Oregon for the opportunity to play club volleyball and for the chance to get recruited to play at the collegiate level.
High School Career: Three-time varsity letterwinner at Juneau Douglas High School, 1 year varsity letter winner for Cottage Grove High School. Earned first team all-conference honor for Juneau Douglas H.S. during her junior and senior seasons. Walker was named Best Offensive Player and played in the 07-08 Sky-em League All-Star Game as a team captain during her senior campaign.Recognized as an Alaska all-state tournament team member in 06-07. Earned three varsity track & field letters and three varsity dance team letters.
After High School Walker was recruited to play Volleyball as well as run track at North Park University in Chicago IL. As a freshman at NPU Walker earned All-Conference honors for both Volleyball and Track & Field. From North Park Walker transferred to Northern Illinois University to peruse the dream of competing in Division 1 volleyball and Track & Field.
Amber walked on to Northern Illinois and after her first season earned a scholarship and started as the Libero. Walker also participated in Track & Field at Northern, competing in the Heptathlon. During her time as an athlete at NIU she was trained in Olympic Lifting and as a senior competed in the Clean & Jerk and Snatch at the Illinois State Championship and won a state title.
Collegiate Career: Held team-high 636 digs landing her in the Huskie single-season record book in 2nd for digs in a season and and 3rd for digs per set. Recorded 30 double-digit dig games including ten games of 20 digs or more. Named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week 3 times. Earned All-MAC honors. Garnered Missouri State Invitational AllTournament team honors after helping the Huskies to four wins and the tournament title. Led the Huskies with 636 digs and a 4.89 digs per set average. Finished third in the MAC and 45th in the nation in digs her final season.
After graduation Amber moved back to Oregon and began her career in coaching and strength training for a beach volleyball program in Portland. After experiencing some success playing in the Northwest and in Northern CA at the open/professional level, Walker moved with her fiancé to Southern California to further pursue her beach volleyball career.
Amber firmly believes in the correlation between strength training and performance as a volleyball player. She contributes most of her success as an athlete to strength training, conditioning, and determination to always get better. Amber continues to train herself and other beach volleyball players in the weight room and in the sand. She is excited to work with Wave Volleyball Players on the court and in the weight room!
Director of Operations
Indoor Recruiting Coordinator
Director of Operations
Indoor Recruiting Coordinator
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.
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 16 and under 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’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.
Madie Smith was a standout athlete at Corona Del Mar High School. Smith was a four-year letter winner in volleyball at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif. She was a four-time Pacific Coast League honoree, earning first-team honors her last three seasons and Most Valuable Player accolades as a senior and sophomore. Smith was also named All-CIF first team and Daily Pilot Dream Team from 2007-09 and Orange County Register All-County Team in ‘08 and ‘09 . She was three-time team captain and led Orange County with 1,098 assists as a senior, adding 23 aces, 92 kills and 254 digs. Smith helped the Sea Kings to a pair of CIF Division II and CIF Southern Section State runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2009, as well as four league titles. She also played club with Orange County Volleyball.
Smith comes from a long lineage of Bruin alumns, becoming the 10th family member to attend UCLA…father and all three siblings went to UCLA and both sister played on the women’s volleyball team. After being recruited by several Division 1 schools, Smith decided to continue her volleyball career at UCLA. Her freshmen year she saw immediate court action as a defensive specialist and contributed tremendously to the Bruin defense. Smith's ability to play multiple positions allowed her to gain valuable perspective of how the game is played. After her most memorable moment, winning a National Champion in 2011, Smith decided to take a year off from the sport to focus on her academics and family. It only took one year for Smith to realize her true passion for the sport while also joining the beach team. Madie graduated with a major in Sociology in 2014, but continued on to be one of the first Beach only athletes at UCLA. She found great success playing for UCLA's top pairs both during the 2014 and 2015 season, winning the Dad’s Invitational in Hawaii with partner Elise Zappia. The thing she likes most about volleyball is the team aspect and the closeness of the team.
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 and is now entering her 4th year 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.
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!
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. She is entering her 1st year at WAVE and hopes to continue coaching at the collegiate level for the next few years.
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.
Audrey became a part of the WAVE coaching staff during the 2018 season. She had previously coached at Mission Hills High School and is currently the Varsity Coach at Sage Creek High School. Utilizing the passion and energy she brings to the court, she works to mold a group of individuals to communicate, be responsible, and take accountability all while ii a safe and positive environment. Dedication, tenacity, hard work and teamwork are the core values of her coaching philosophy.
As a player, she started off as an outside hitter and later on transitioned to libero, were she was a starter for both her high school and travel teams. During that time she received 2 MVP Awards and Most Spirited.
When she's not coaching you can typically find her walking her dog or spending time with her sister. Also, if you know of any, she is on the hunt for the best fish tacos in San Diego.
Binh grew up in Long Beach, California where he developed a passion for volleyball. Since 1995 he has been coaching all levels of boys and girls teams. His coaching philosophy is rooted in developing a life-long enjoyment of volleyball. Specializing in developing the younger players, Binh understands the importance of mixing fun and humor with the hard work of training with a purpose each time they step on the court. Breaking down the skills of volleyball while allowing players to learn while playing are training components used in each of his practices.
Over the course of his coaching tenure Binh has had the opportunity to work with some amazing athletes that have continued on to play at the D1 collegiate level. His U12 club teams have placed in the top 5 in the nation at JOs while placing among the top three in multiple national tournaments. Binh holds a Master’s degree in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. For the past 11 years he’s been a middle school science teacher at The Francis Parker School and is often found spending his free time with his supportive wife Susan and their two amazing kids Branden 10 and Gabrielle 7.
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:
- Assistant Coach San Diego Mesa College for Indoor/Beach (2016-present)
- Varsity Girls Head Coach at San Marcos High School (2011-present)
- JV Boys Head Coach at San Marcos High School (2011-2015)
- Assistant Coach Cal State San Marcos for Indoor/Beach (2014-2015)
- 10 years of club coaching/directing experience for girls, boys and beach at TAV in Texas and SoCal VBC in San Marcos
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.
Chloe is a recent addition to WAVE volleyball. She joined our coaching staff in April 2017. Although, not a California native she grew up in North Houston where she attended Cypress Woods High School and played her entire club volleyball for Houston Juniors Volleyball Club.
Chloe continued her volleyball career at the University of Texas at Austin (2013-12016) where she helped the Longhorns to 3 Big12 Championships and 4 Final Fours. Throughout her career at Texas, Collins was a 2x AVCA All-American and earned Big12 First Team honors. After graduating with BA in Communication Studies in December 2016, Collins went off to play her first professional season in Spain.
Chloe is excited to be a part of the WAVE family. She hopes that she can bring her knowledge and skills of volleyball to help players grow on and off the court. Her goal is to be a reliable resource for athletes and provide open doors. Being new to San Diego, Chloe enjoys going to the beach, reading, and trying new foods.
Chris Jackson is currently the assistant coach at the University of San Diego. He joined the staff following the 2012 London Olympic Games where he spent the previous 4 years as the Technical Coordinator for the US Men’s Volleyball team.
Jackson was the volunteer assistant coach in the spring of 2011 at UCLA under Head Coach Mike Sealy. He also served as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University in 2009, and prior to that, Jackson served as an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at USC, including being a part of the women’s 2007 NCAA national tournament semifinalist team. He also served as an assistant coach for the 2008 U.S. Boys’ Youth National Team that won the NORCECA Continental Championship.
Jackson was on the coaching staff at Phoenix Brophy Prep college from 2004-2006, which included a state title in 2006. He coached both Boy’s and Girl’s club teams in Arizona and California. Most notably being a part of SCVC’s 16′s team that finished 4th at Boy’s Junior Olympics.
Jackson was born in Phoenix, Arizona to Don and Sandy Jackson. He was prepped at Deer Valley High School in Glendale where he played volleyball and earned First Team All-Arizona honors. He went onto BYU and played one year, 2003-2004. He earned his degree from Arizona State in 2007.
Christopher Morris, played for La Costa Canyon high school for 4 years in which he won 2 CIF championships. Selected to and participated in the All-CIF San Diego section All Star game. While in High School, played 4 years at Wave Volleyball Club.
Chris continued his education at University of California Riverside. As a student, he founded the Men's Club Volleyball program a Division 1 Club level. He also Assisted the head coach for the varsity beach volleyball program at Bishop Amat Memorial High School. Soon after, head coached the junior varsity program at The Webb Schools of California in Claremont, California.
Currently the junior varsity head coach at La Costa Canyon High School. Chris has been with WAVE Volleyball Club since 2015.
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 began working with the boys club in 2017. He grew up in Fullerton, CA where he attended Servite High School in Anaheim. He was a decorated high school volleyball player that made his way to UCSD to play collegiate ball for the Tritons as a setter.
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.
Dana grew up in Murrieta, California and graduated from Murrieta Valley High School where she was a 4-year letter winner and starting setter/outside hitter. She played club volleyball at Temecula Volleyball Club from the age of 9, until her sophomore year of high school. She then commuted to play at Wave Volleyball Club, where she played her last 2 years under Coaches Brennan and Kristen Dean.
She went on to play at the University of Florida as the back-up setter for 1 season, and redshirted during sophomore year due to knee surgery. She was a part of the SEC Championship team in 2012 and the NCAA tournament both years. After the 2013 season she transferred to Oregon State University where she played for 2 seasons and was a part of the Sweet 16 team in 2014. She was the starting setter in 2015, and due to an injury had to medically retire before her 2016 red-shirt senior season.
She graduated in December of 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science/Kinesiology, with a focus in Fitness and Nutrition. She interned in the Sports Performance Center at OSU where she worked with Division 1 student-athletes in the area of strength and conditioning training.
Being a part of the Wave Strength & Agility staff is important to Dana because she struggled with injuries and knows how big of a difference great strength training can make. She is excited to help players increase performance, get stronger, and stay injury free. Dana is passionate about coaching because it allows her the opportunity to influence young people, teach them more about volleyball/training, and foster the development of life skills.
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
Emma became a part of the WAVE coaching staff in 2017. Growing up, her loving and wonderful parents drove her 2.5 hours to and from numerous volleyball practices at Vision and Encore for her high school years. She went on to play two seasons at Pepperdine, and transferred to San Diego State playing two more seasons to finish out her volleyball career.
One of the greatest influences in her life has been volleyball. She learned lessons related to hard work, attention to detail, respect, teamwork, and leadership at a young age as a result of her interactions with other players and numerous coaches. Most of those things were learned off the court, but were instilled through volleyball. As a coach, she wants to teach her players these same values while they hopefully learn to love volleyball and WAVE!
Ethan joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2017. He is not only a coach, but an active player himself at University of Saint Katherine. This makes for an interesting combination and ability to motivate and connect with the WAVE athletes on multiple levels. As a coach, he wants his players to execute and improve their play, getting them to the next level, while enjoying what they are doing. He has done this with previous athletes at San Diego Volleyball Club and Seaside’s Jumpstart Program.
As a player himself, he played at Yucaipa High School two years of JV and two years of Varsity. He played for Club West 18-1’s for two years, then continued at San Diego City College for two more years. As mentioned previously, he is currently playing for the University of Saint Katherine.
When he’s not in the gym you can find him in the ocean long boarding or in the sand playing beach volleyball - and enjoying life.
Evan is a local North County resident. He grew up playing at Seaside Volleyball Club and Torrey Pines High School in San Diego. He continued on to Stanford University where he was named an All-American and earned a National Championship with the men's volleyball team. After college, he played two professional seasons overseas in Sweden and Germany.
As a coach, Evan has been on and off at WAVE since 2013 and has also coached a club team at Academy Volleyball Club in Palo Alto, CA. He brings a cool and collected feel to the court and has a keen awareness of the game that he is able to share with his players.
Heather grew up in the small town of Atascadero, California in San Luis Obispo County where she played Volleyball, Waterpolo, ran and pole vaulted for the Track and Field team at Atascadero High School. Heather grew up in a volleyball family and started coaching volleyball camps for the local middle school and local clubs while still in high school. While volleyball was her main passion, she also participated in the high school marching band, Key Club, FNL, CSF, and FCA clubs, volunteered in the special needs classroom, and Club Pole Vaulting and played Club Volleyball for SLO JRS. Since growing up with volleyball all her life, her desire to coach has always been a goal that makes her happy.
Following a successful high school volleyball career and graduating in the class of 2010, Heather went on as a freshman to play at Point Loma Nazarene University under coach Rochelle Short, and onto her next years with coach Sara Gustin and Jon Scott. While also being a student-athlete and PLNU, Heather began coaching for USA High Performance in 2011 for tryouts and nationwide programs including Las Vegas, NV in 2012 and 2014, Grand Rapids, MI in 2013, Colorado Springs, CO in 2015, Las Vegas, NV and Colorado Springs, CO, in 2016. After graduating as an early graduate from PLNU in the class of 2014 with a degree in Exercise Science, Heather starting working in a Physical Therapy Clinic and working as a coach for Mid-Coast Volleyball Club. Heather currently lives in Mission Valley and teaches Sixth grade Special Education.
Heather is very excited to start her second year with WAVE Volleyball Club and being a part of the WAVE family. Her goals as a coach for WAVE are to have a fun and positive influence on the staff and players and be the best coach that she can be for the athletes at WAVE.
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?’ -John Wooden.
Ian is a hardworking, driven, enthusiastic individual that we welcome to the coaching staff in 2017. He holds willingness to work hard and a drive to win in high regard. He believes volleyball is most fun when you play at a high level and focuses on getting his players to do the same. He has shared this philosophy with players at Bay to Bay volleyball club clinics and Serra High School.
As a player, he played at Bay to Bay from 2011-13 and St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco from 2009-13. His career continued at UCSD where he was a starting outside hitter and has many athletic and academic highlights to his name. He is currently working on his MS in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Machine Learning and Data Science at UCSD.
Jack grew up in San Diego where he played for Epic Volleyball Club, Shorebreak Volleyball Club, and Seaside Volleyball Club. He played for Poway High School all four years and was recruited and went on to play at UCLA for two years, and graduated June 2016 with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. He has coaches club for two years in college and is excited to share his knowledge and passion for the game.
Jack played for three separate club teams, each finishing in the top 15 for the Open Division in Junior Olympics. During High School, Jack was a member of the all-academic team all four years while playing volleyball. During his senior year, Jack led Poway High to a second place finish in Division I CIF Southern Section and 8th in State, while breaking the single season assist record. During his Junior and Senior years, Jack achieved at least 200 kills and 200 assists three of the four years. He was also named to First-Team all CIF his Senior year and was named to Volleyball Magazine’s FAB 50 during his 18s year playing for Seaside. Jack was recruited by the legendary Al Scates for his last recruiting group ever, and then played for USA’s head coach John Speraw.
2015 - Actyve 14-Mizuno Asst Coach
2016 - Actyve 15-Mizuno Asst Coach
Awards & Recognitions:
2008-2012 - All Academic Team
2011-2012 - All CIF First Team
2011-2012 - Holds Poway High Single-Season Assist Record
2011-2012 - Volleyball Magazine FAB 50 Award
2011-2012 - All CIF All-Star
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 are now currently playing Division 1 college volleyball!
Jessica started coaching at WAVE in 2013Lang_Jessica after coaching the girls freshman volleyball team at Carlsbad High School, where she is a teacher. Jessica was born and raised in Encinitas where she was trained by WAVE coaches and later spent time coaching at WAVE camps during her years playing for La Costa Canyon. After leaving San Diego for college, most of her coaching experience was spent in the mountains as a snowboarding and skiing coach/instructor from 2006 to 2011. Jessica returned to the coast in 2011 to pursue and teaching career and is excited to be coaching in a gym again. Currently, her spare time is spent in the company of friends and family, and playing beach volleyball.
Jessica Pino was born and raised in Temecula, California where she competed in basketball and volleyball.
High School Career: A four-time varsity basketball letter winner and three-time volleyball letter winner at Chaparral High School. Pino was a four-time All-Southwestern League Selection, earning First Team honors three times and Second team honors her freshman year for basketball and one year first team all conference for volleyball. She was named Scholar-Athlete for all four years and First Team All-Valley selection three times. Pino was named Female Athlete of the Year for her district.
Collegiate Career: Pino received a full ride scholarship for basketball at UCSB. She then transferred to SDSU and played volleyball there for a year and a half. She completed her career coaching for the remaining two conference seasons as an Undergraduate Assistant Coach for the Aztecs. Pino graduated in three and a half years and is working to complete her MBA by 2017.
Jessica started working with Wave Volleyball Club in November of 2015 and firmly believes that hard work trumps talent. She is excited to work for such a high performing organization where high level performance and upmost sportsmanship skills is applied to achieve unity among other athletes and coaches in order to obtain competitive domination.
Lundgren came to WAVE prior to the 2015 season with a plethora of experience for such a young coach. Currently, Lundgren is the Assistant Coach at Point Loma and in 2014, he helped guide PLNU to a 19-9 record and a third place finish in the PacWest Conference standings (16-4). Point Loma was listed on the AVCA poll all season, reaching the top spot in the 'others receiving votes' category as the unofficial No. 26 team in country. Lundgren also helped guide Savannah Wedemeyer and Heather Leavitt to AVCA honorable mention All-American selections, marking the first time PLNU student-athletes had ever earned All-American honors in NCAA Division II.
Before coming to Point Loma, Lundgren served as a volunteer assistant with the University of Minnesota in 2013 and previously he was a volunteer assistant with USA Volleyball where he worked with the men's and women's teams (2012), and alongside two-time Olympic Gold and Silver Medal coach Hugh McCutcheon.
Lundgren also served as an assistant for the California Baptist men's volleyball team in 2011. In that span, he helped the Lancers to a 2011 NAIA national championship. Lundgren's coaching ability earned him national recognition on the AVCA's30 Under 30 list, tabbing him as one of the 30 top up-and-coming coaches in the country.
Lundgren is the current commissioner of the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball League and as part of his duties, organizes the league for over 40 men's and women's college clubs in Southern California. In the spring of 2013, he was also an assistant coach with the women's Irvine Valley College sand volleyball team. In that brief time, he aided head coach Tom Pestolesi win the Intercollegiate Sand Volleyball Conference State Championship.
As an APU assistant with head coach Chris Keife, he helped lead the 2009 team to a 28-9 overall record and coaching the NAIA Player of the Year, Jill Baker. The Cougars finished third in the GSAC and with a fifth-overall ranking in the NAIA. Lundgren was again part of the 2010 APU staff that led the Cougars to a fourth place GSAC finish and No. 8 NAIA ranking. He received his second AVCA 30 Under 30 award after the 2012 season.
Lundgren played a season at Palomar College while coaching the men's volleyball team at his alma mater, San Dieguito Academy HS. In that span, the team finished third in the division twice and won the Coastal Conference title in back-to-back years along side with Dexter Harvey. As a high school athlete Lundgren led his team as a setter and captain and was named All-Coastal League first team and All-San Diego County first team his senior year with SDA finishing third in the country his final season.
Lundgren graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in media studies from APU in 2009. Lundgren earned his Master's of Science in Physical Education in December of 2010.
Lundgren is North County local who grew up in Encinitas spending time at Moonlight Beach surfing and playing beach volleyball. Lundgren married Leanne Stennett in the Spring of 2015. She is a graduate of the Azusa Pacific doctorate program in Physical Therapy and currently a Physical Therapist at Work Partners. They live in Carlsbad and you will probably find them running and exercising on the beach or paddling out in the ocean.
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.
Kayla joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2017-2018. She had previously coached at San Diego Volleyball Club before making the switch. As a coach she wants to motivate young athletes to reach their highest potential and maintain a love for the game while doing so.
Kayla is a San Diego native. She played volleyball for both Del Norte High School and San Diego Volleyball Club. She currently attends and plays volleyball at the University of California San Diego, where she has played multiple roles, including setter and defensive specialist, for the Tritons.
Outside of coaching, she is a huge sports enthusiast and enjoys watching anything from college football to NBA basketball.
Keanu has been a coach at WAVE since 2013. He also coached one fall season at Coast Volleyball Club and was an Assistant Coach at La Costa Canyon High School. As a coach, he incorporates a determine yet, O’hana style approach to get his players to the next level. He not only wants to make them great players, but great people!
Keanu graduated from El Camino High School where he was a four-year varsity player. His club experience included playing at both Seaside and Wave Volleyball Clubs. He continued his career at Palomar College.
His interests include teaching (probably why he enjoys coaching), singing, and playing the ukulele.
Kelly started her volleyball career at the age of 12 here at Wave, where she played all 6 years and was coached by her mother, Jeanne Reeves. She helped her club team win 3 medals at the Junior Olympics: 2005 - U13 Bronze, 2008 - U16 GOLD, 2009 - U17 Bronze. Her team was SCVA champions from U16-U18, and won multiple qualifying tournaments. Kelly was the 2008 Most Valuable Player at JO's and made the 2009 All Tournament Team. In 2010 Kelly helped her U18 team win Gold at the prestigious Los Vegas Tournament. Kelly' club team has contributed to many banners that fly high at Wave, but the most notably banner her name is on is the Gold Banner. The first team at Wave to have ever won in the Open division at Junior Olympics.
Kelly attended Cathedral Catholic High School where she started on varsity for all four years of her high school career. She helped the Dons to four consecutive League and CIF Championships in ’06 ’07 ‘08 ’09, as well as back to back State Championships in ‘08 and ’09. She was named CIF Player of year in '07 and '09, 2010 Under Armor All American, and won numerous awards. Kelly set the record in San Diego County for most career kills (1,548) and most career digs (1,658). Kelly also played basketball for two years, winning a CIF Championship in 2008.
Collegiately, Kelly played at UCLA from 2010-2013. A three year captain, a three year All PAC-12 Academic team, and AVCA Player of the Week, won a National Championship in 2011.
In spring of 2013, Kelly played for UCLA's 1st Sand team and participated at the AVCA Nationals, where she was named AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball All American, the first ever in UCLA history. She also served as the UCLA team video correspondent on The Reeves Report, a video blog produced every week for UCLABruins.com
Kelly has also been a part of the USA Volleyball program since 2007, where she has competed in numerous NORCECA Events and World Championships for Team USA. Her most notable accomplishments with Team USA include: served as captain for Team USA that won World Championship Qualification event that qualified the U.S into the 2014 FIVB World Championship (Also named most Offensive and MVP of tournament). Reserve on the 2013 Pan American Cup Team taking 2nd place. Captain of 2011 Junior National Team taking 4th place at World Championships. 2010 and 2008 NORCECA Champions.
Kelly had a short career playing professionally in Switzerland, but decided to return to the states to complete her college degree at UCLA in summer 2015. She is now training to compete professionally on the beach and is very excited to begin her coaching career here at WAVE.
Kevin Pratte is in his third season as the San Diego City College men's volleyball head coach. The Knights earned a 3.25 team grade point average in the Fall 2014 semester. In the Fall of 2015, Pratte coached the SDCC men's club beach volleyball team to a championship in the first ever CCCMVCA beach volleyball tournament. He is also currently the head coach of Cuyamaca's women's volleyball team, the team just posted a 3.0 grade point average for the fall 2015 season.
Pratte was the co-head coach of the 2014 SDCC women's volleyball team that finished 8-6 in a tough Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and defeated rival Mesa for the first time in history.
Prior to arriving at SDCC, Pratte was the women's volleyball head coach at Mt. San Jacinto College. In Pratte's first season, the Eagles went from a 3-23 record in 2012 to 15-9 in 2013 and a fifth place finish in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. Before the 2013 season, Pratte recruited Taylor Kushner who was named to the All-PCAC First Team and was the leading point scorer in the conference.
Two years prior to coaching at MSJC, Pratte served as the Athletic Director, varsity girls' volleyball coach and physical education teacher at Langston Hughes Academy in Stockton, Calif. Pratte led Langston Hughes Academy to its first ever CIF playoff appearance and was named the 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.
Pratte, a native of Hemet, Calif., was a standout player at Hemet High where he lettered in volleyball all four years. He was named to the First Team All-Conference in each of his four seasons, and was named the Press Enterprise's Inland Empire Player of the Year in his senior year. Pratte was selected to the First Team All-CIF in his junior and senior years.
Following his career at Hemet High, 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. He is the President of the California Community College Men's Volleyball Coaches Association and a member of the Downtown Breakfast San Diego Rotary Club.
“I am beyond excited to join the WAVE staff,” said Coach Pratte. “Director Brennan Dean runs a highly respected club and I am impressed with the quality coaches that he hires. Also, I had an instant connection with him because he married Kristen Dean, who played volleyball at the University of the Pacific. My hope is to help bring WAVE boys’ volleyball to greater heights!”
What Former Colleagues Say About Coach Pratte:
"In over 30 years as an Athletic Director, I have never met someone who is a more dedicated and caring leader than Kevin Pratte. I have no doubt 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 current University of Pacific Athletic Director
“Kevin Pratte is a motivated and highly organized up-and-coming coach. In his time at Nebraska and following his career since, he has always shown a drive to expand student-athletes’ experiences both on the court and in the class room.”
- 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 and off the playing field."
- Andy Prokop, President of 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 year coach I have supervised.”
- Patrick Springer Mt. San Jacinto Athletic Director
“Kevin is a good guy and a quality coach! What separates Kevin is the passion he brings to the gym every day! His positive outlook will infuse his players and SDCC 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, University of the Pacific men's volleyball head coach
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 San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas.
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.
Lauren brings a knowledge of both the beach and indoor game to WAVE in 2017. As a player herself, she began at Westview High School (2008-2011) where she was a four year varsity starter. She started as a middle blocker than transitioned to outside hitter. She served as Team Captain during her Senior Year (2011), and was awarded Team MVP (2011), First Team ALL CIF and First team All County (2011) and 3 time all Palomar League selection. She continued her career at Sacramento State for four years, where she played both indoor and beach volleyball. She earned Big Sky Conference- All Academic Team in 2013-2015 and 2016 Big West Conference- All Academic Team.
She has transitioned into coaching, as the Freshman Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach at Westview High School, Sacramento State Summer Volleyball Camps (2013-2016), and Sacramento State Beach Volleyball Summer Camp 2016. She believes that teaching athletes the importance of accountability, providing them with positive feedback, and helping them reach their maximum potential are cornerstones to her coaching style.
A four-year varsity lettermen and All-CIF outside hitter at La Jolla High School, Lauren Engle earned a full scholarship to continue her volleyball career at Hofstra University. A four-year starter at Hofstra, Engle’s team won the Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championship her sophomore year and reached the second round of the NCAA Division 1 tournament. She was voted team captain her senior season and was chosen as the Female Student-Athlete to represent Hofstra on the NCAA 2009 Accreditation Committee. In addition, Engle was on the Dean’s List from 2005-09, the Provost List in 2008-09 and was an Academic Presidential Scholar. Capping a stellar 4-year career, Lauren was selected the 2009 Hofstra Student-Athlete of the Year and the ’09 Colonial Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2009 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Marketing. Engle is a member of the first graduating class from WAVE Volleyball Club. Lauren and Courtney’s 2010 Wave 16′s team finished 9th at the AAU National Championships in Orlando and their second year coaching was also a success with the 2011 Wave 17-2′s Team competing in the Junior Olympics in Atlanta, GA. The duo continued with the same group for 18-2′s in 2012 and was happy to prepare their first team to go off to their college volleyball careers. In addition to coaching at WAVE, she is currently employed as the Operations Manager for Power Ten, Inc. an engineering services company that supports the Department of Defense.
Marie is originally from Chicago and brings with her a deep volleyball history as well as a huge passion for the coaching the game to all ages. After a 4-year career as libero and setter at Northern Illinois University, which she entered the 1000 club in both set assists and digs, Marie coached over-seas in Finland for the U20 Men’s National Team. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS), Marie spent five months working under Tapio Korjus (Gold Medalist in javelin in 1988 Olympics) at the Kuortane Sports Training Institute. In addition to her volleyball responsibilities, Zidek worked as a strength and conditioning coach for professional athletes, including the McLaren F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
Following her stint in Finland, she completed a Graduate Assistant program in Sports Medicine at Oregon State University where she also worked under former USA Women’s National Team Bronze Medalist, Terry Liskevych. At OSU, Marie worked directly with defense, practice facilitation, scouting, statistics, and sports camps.
Upon receiving her Master’s, her first official college coaching gig was with the Blue Demons of DePaul where she helped NCAA All-American Nadia Edwards build the program back up from a losing season years prior. There, she assisted in recruiting efforts, scouting, coached ball control & defense, and had a strong hand in all team responsibilities.
She spent one season at the State University of New York at Buffalo as an Assistant Coach. In the 2013 season, she helped lead the Bulls to one of the best seasons in program history. The team tied a program record for single-season wins (18), and senior libero, Kelly Svoboda to the MAC defensive Player of the Year award. Also, while at Buffalo, Zidek analyzed opponent rotations, and player tendencies, while also implementing ball control defenses, serve receive, and setting techniques for both a 5-1 and 6-2 system.
Marie is currently the University of San Diego women’s volleyball assistant coach. When not on the court, Marie can be found running marathons and biking around San Diego…and would appreciate anybody who wants to take her up for a group run/ride to show her the sights of Ironman training heaven!
Morgan Cormier grew up in Carlsbad, California and started off her volleyball career playing for Wave in 2006. She graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School in 2012 and reached 4 Division III state finals in her 4 years and won 3 state titles. She won 4 league titles and 4 CIF titles and was also named CIF Player of the Year in 2011. She was a First-Team Division III All-State selection and All-State championship tournament selection in 2011. As a senior, she led her team to a 36-4 record and she had 449 kills, 35 aces, 121 blocks, 203 digs, 22 assists, and 3.8 kills per set. In 2010 she was awarded Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions All-Tournament team and in 2011 Nike Tournament of Champions Most Outstanding Player. She was also awarded Cathedral Catholic’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2012. MaxPreps awarded her Player of the Week three times and ranked her the 14th best player in California and 37th best recruit in the nation.
Morgan recently graduated from North Carolina State University as a student-athlete in 2016 playing 3 seasons with the Wolfpack volleyball team. In 2012 she was awarded ACC Freshman of the Week and played in 22 of the team’s matches as a freshman. She suffered a season ending injury in 2013 and red-shirted her sophomore season. In her junior season she split time between the middle and right side positions and swatted 148 kills and 53 blocks. In her senior season at NC State, she appeared in 115 of the team’s 119 sets and had 190 kills and 58 blocks. Morgan also served up 38 service aces to lead the team, tallied the third most in the ACC, and second most in program history during the rally-scoring era.
Some of Morgan’s best volleyball memories are when she was wearing a Wave jersey and she is extremely excited to be back. She is very grateful to be able to positively influence young athletes at the place where her love for the game was ignited.
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.
Natalie grew up in Encinitas, CA and started playing for Wave when she was 11 years old! As a 5’8” outside hitter, she helped her club team win multiple medals including a gold medal at the 2008 Jr. Olympics (Open division). Among other top finishes, her team also won the SCVA Regional Tournament in 2009, the Las Vegas Classic in 2010 and brought home the SCVA championship three consecutive years (U16-U18).
Natalie attended La Costa Canyon High School where she also played as an outside hitter. She made her varsity debut in 2007 and graduated in 2010 with a D1 State Championship, a National Championship, 3 x CIF Championships, a Las Vegas Classic Championship, a high school All-American selection, a player of the year selection, a student athlete of the year selection and multiple first-team honors.
Although known for her indoor experience, Natalie was also an accomplished beach player. In 2005 and 2006 she won the CBVA State Beach Championship. In 2008 she won the U-16 Beach Jr. Olympics as well as the U-16 State Championship. In 2009, she became part of the youngest team to ever qualify into the main draw with partner and current FIVB pro, Summer Ross. Also in that year, Natalie was selected to be part of the USA Jr. National Beach Team that competed in Alanya, Turkey for the U-19 World Championships.
Natalie continued her athletic career at the University of Southern California. Although an outside hitter in high school and club, she was trained into a libero and became the first ever full-scholarship libero in USC history. As a captain at USC, Natalie helped her team to two final four appearances (2010, 2011), two elite 8 appearances (2011, 2012) and a Pac 12 Championship (2011). She became a 3x first-team All American, a 3x libero of the year, a record holder for digs and an Academic All American. Post graduation, Natalie was named part of the Pac 12 All Century Team.
Internationally, Natalie was recruited to play for a professional club team in Zurich, Switzerland. Her team was one of the best in the world competing in the Swiss League (undefeated), the Swiss Cup (undefeated), the World Championships (bronze medal) and Champions League (4th place). Natalie also played for team USA. Among many youth national team commitments, Natalie joined the USA Senior Team in 2013. She helped team USA win a silver medal at the Pan American Cup in 2014, a bronze medal at the World Cup in 2015, a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 2015 and a silver medal at the Grand Prix in 2016. Natalie was an alternate for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Nathan made the U20 Men's National Soccer Team in '92-'93 but fell to an injury that didn't allow him to return to soccer, so he started playing volleyball again. Coached his brothers team's in soccer and volleyball at Orange Glen from '94 - '96. Returned in '99 when his brother started coaching JV at Orange Glen and never turned back.
Nathan has worked for HP in Rancho Bernardo for 20 years, been married to my wife Michell for 10 years now and has two children. Brayden, his daughter, is 8 years old and Cade, his son, is 6 years old. Michell and Nathan met coaching against each other while she was at San Pasqual and he was at Orange Glen. She later went on to be the varsity coach at San Marcos for a few years but she no longer coaches. Michell was a stand out player at San Pasqual and then she later went on to play at NAU for 4 years where she helped guide the Lumberjacks to their first NCAA appearance.
Nathan has retired from coaching high school in 2016 to spend more time with family and to help his wife expand her business. She runs a personalized keepsake business out of our home called Ginger Squared.
HIGH SCHOOL COACHING
Orange Glen Boys JV Coach: 1994 - '96 and '99
Orange Glen Boys Varsity Coach: 2000 - 2004 (5 straight playoff appearances)
Orange Glen Girls Varsity Coach: 2000 - 2005 (6 straight playoff appearances after taking over a program that went 0-77 in a 3 year period)
Valley Center Girls Varsity Coach: 2006 - 2010 (3 league titles and the schools first D3 CIF championship appearance where we were runner-up to Cathedral Catholic. Guided VC to the state section semi-finals.) Compiled a record of 103 - 61 in that timeframe
Del Norte Girls Varsity Coach: 2011 - 2015 (4 league titles and the schools first D3 CIF championship appearance where we again were runner-up to Cathedral Catholic. Guided DN to the state section semi-finals.) Compiled a record of 124 - 47 in that timeframe.
Encinitas Wave: 13-1 in 2003 (Started my club coaching career with Encinitas Wave)
Prodigy VBC: 2004 - 2006 (My wife and I began Prodigy because we were trying to get our high school players more involved with club. We left Encinitas to start Prodigy. Each year we had 8 - 12 travel team's and 10 plus local team ranging from 10's to 18's. We let Prodigy go to start a family and to focus on a single team again.
SDVBC: 2007 - 2016 (Coached one 15's (15-1), three 16's (one 16-2 and two 16-1) and five 17's (all 17-1).
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.
Nicki is an Arizona native who started playing club volleyball at the age of 9. She played 4 years on the Varsity Volleyball team at Corona del Sol High School where she received three scholar-athlete awards and her team got state runner up her sophomore year. Nicki also was the starting middle on the AZ Region High Performance team in 2009.
She was highly recruited by universities and colleges but was unable to play her senior year of club due to a serious family illness. However she still received both an athletic and academic scholarship to play collegiate volleyball at Southeastern University as a starting outside hitter. Towards the end of her freshman season, she ended up getting a shoulder injury which ended her volleyball career. After the injury, Nicki decided to move back to Arizona where she finished attaining her degree in Biology at Grand Canyon University.
Nicki has been coaching since she was a senior and high school and has been hooked since. She brought her passion for coaching to the WAVE family in 2016. As a coach, she is confident and enthusiastic that she can be a positive influence and create an experience for everyone that she has the opportunity to work with. She hopes to pass on her knowledge, passion, and drive for team unity to young players. Coaching has been rewarding for her by letting her help student athletes like herself, build a foundation and share the same passion she has for the game.
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.
Raphael began coaching at WAVE in 2017. He played collegiate volleyball at Cal State University, Northridge from 1987-1991. He brings a wealth of volleyball experience. He still actively plays, although mainly on the beach/sand now. Raphael also enjoys playing other sports like tennis, basketball, and golf.
Raphael has two daughters that play on WAVE teams. His wife, Anna, also played volleyball in college. He says volleyball has given him so much in life that it is a pleasure and honor to give back, by coaching and sharing life lessons, to athletes of the sport that continues to treat him so well.
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 Cahill was named an assistant coach with the UC San Diego women's volleyball program in 2013. This is his first season with WAVE.
Cahill spent the 2012 season as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's program at NCAA Division I Loyola University in Chicago. He was responsible for developing ball control players and middle blockers as well as video setup, opponent scouting and Data Volley statistics management. The Ramblers posted a 17-12 overall record, a 13 win improvement over their 2011 season, and advanced to the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament.
Prior to heading to Loyola, Cahill spent time in San Diego coaching club and high school volleyball. From 2010-12, he was the head coach of San Diego Volleyball Club, one of the premier women's clubs in Southern California. Cahill was also the head coach of Seaside Volleyball Club, a top men's program in the United States. His 15's squad placed 11th at the 2012 Junior Nationals.
Also from 2010-12, Cahill was the head men's and assistant women's coach at Del Norte High School in San Diego. He led the men's squad to the Division 3 semifinals in the program's second year of existence and helped the women to a second place league finish in the team's third year. Cahill was in charge of fundraising and budgets for both programs.
Before moving to the West Coast, Cahill was the head coach of Chicago Bounce Volleyball Club and a volunteer assistant coach at Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Ill., from 2008-10.
Cahill played for the Ball State University men's club volleyball team from 2006-08. Also serving as the program's head coach and vice president, he oversaw fundraising efforts, managed the budget and coordinated all practices and team travel. Ball State placed 11th at the 2008 NIRSA Division I-AA Championships and 21st in 2007.
A member of the Dean's Honor List, Cahill earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education from Ball State in 2008. He held minors in adapted physical education and multicultural education.
Cahill is a native of the Chicago area.
Sean began playing volleyball as a freshman at La Costa Canyon High School in 2000 after watching his brother compete in the sport starting two years prior. He began playing both Middle Blocker and Outside Hitter for both his High School and Club volleyball teams. In 2004, Sean helped lead his team to a CIF Championship. From there, he went on to play at the University of Southern California from 2005 to 2008. Since graduation with a Bachelor Degree in Economics, he has balanced his volleyball life with time on both the beach and indoor volleyball courts, while at the same time building his career as a professional in the Financial Services Industry.
Sean brings his expertise from more than 14 years of playing and being coached at a high level. His rich volleyball history, passion for the game of volleyball and desire to help others succeed on and off the court make Sean a wonderful coach. Anyone playing with Sean is expected to improve as well as have fun!
Shayne grew up in the Santa Monica area, where he played for the Santa Monica Beach Club and San Grabriel High School. After four years as a middle blocker at the University of California, San Diego, he made his way across the Pacific to play for the Capital Wolves Volleyball Club in Wellington, New Zealand. While in New Zealand, he gained some coaching experience as well with both high school and younger school age children. He has since made his way back to San Diego and joined the coaching staff at WAVE in 2017 where he wants to instill a drive in athletes to always make yourself a better volleyball player & person with every minute you play.
Outside of the gym, Shayne works as a Mental Case Manager at Telecare Agewise. He loves playing and singing music and during summers he often volunteers as a camp counselor.
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.
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.