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  • Brennan Dean

    WAVE Director

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    • Brennan Dean

      WAVE Director

      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. In 2019 his TPHS team won the Open Division of California State and was awarded National Champions and was the National High School Coach of the Year.

      He was the recipient of the 2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association Club Director of the Year. Brennan currently is on multiple committees and boards related to national and regional volleyball.

      Brennan holds a decade of professional counseling experience in the San Dieguito Union High School District. He has held the Head Counselor and at District Head Counselor positions during his service in the academic setting. Brennan’s expertise as a youth counselor and coach give him a unique perspective on interacting with athletes, encompassing today’s topic of the importance of connectivity and connection between coach and player.

      Brennan is a San Diego native and an alumni of Chico State University and Point Loma Nazarene University. He met his wife Kristen through coaching, and they created a non-profit that creates opportunity for kids to play volleyball where volleyball isn't easily accessible in the United States. Their non-profit also helps kids play club volleyball all across the country. Brennan and Kristen have a daughter named Harper and a son named Cal, and they love to travel, camp, and hang out with their dog when not on the court.

  • Matt Olson

    Beach Program Director

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    • Matt Olson

      Beach Program Director

      Matt Olson
      Matt@wavevb.com
      760-473-8511

      Matt Grew up in Cardiff and attended La Costa Canyon High School. After earning league MVP honors at Grossmont Junior College in San Diego, Matt then played 3 years at the University of Arizona. He was The Mountain region MVP in 2002 and won National Collegiate Club Championships in 2002 (All-Tournament 1st team) and 2003. Matt was the co-head coach (2001-2003) for the Arizona Women’s Club Team. In his senior year at Arizona, Matt was a manager for Dave Rubio’s University of Arizona Women’s Division One Volleyball team during the 2003/2004 season. Matt graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2004, earning a BS in Physical Education.

      Matt was a Head coach for the Wave 13’s in 2006. He assisted Ed Machado for two seasons (2006/2007) at LCC where the team won back-to-back CIF championships and finished 3rd in the state in their 2007 Season. Matt directed/coordinated the Wave Boys program for 3 seasons (2006-2009) before taking a year off to pursue his professional beach volleyball career. The 2011 AVP season marked Matt’s 8th season as a pro beach volleyball player. Some of Matt’s AVP highlights include finishing 2nd in the Hermosa Beach Open in 2007, Matt and partner Kevin Wong won the 2008 Belmar, NJ Open and the duo finished 2nd in the 2009 Manhattan Beach Open. In addition to traveling around the US on the domestic AVP tour Matt has competed professionally in multiple countries including Mexico, Australia, China, New Caledonia and Columbia.

      Coaching Highlights:
      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

      Playing Highlights:
      2000-2013 Beach Volleyball Professional (AVP Tour)
      National top 40 individual ranking or better from 2004-2013.
      Competed in 134 professional domestic events with:
      83 top 10 finishes
      34 top 5 finishes
      2008 AVP Belmar Open Champion (Partner Kevin Wong)
      2011 AVP Championships Huntington Beach Champion (Partner Matt Prosser)
      50th all time prize money earner with $271,305.00
      Cover of Volleyball Magazine: August 2009
      Cover of DIG Magazine: 2011 #5
      Competed professionally in Mexico, New Caledonia, Australia and China

      Indoor Player Highlights:
      1997 CIF Champion (La Costa Canyon)
      1998 CIF Champion (La Costa Canyon)
      League MVP and Team Captain
      2002 NIRSA National Champion (University of Arizona)
      All Tournament 1st Team honors
      2003 NIRSA National Champion (University of Arizona)

      Matt's Beach Highlights: http://youtu.be/1oWNjcG2dDM

  • Jed Stotsenberg

    Boys Director

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    • Jed Stotsenberg

      Boys Director

      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.

  • Kevin Hodge

    Director of Girls Indoor Recruiting

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    • Kevin Hodge

      Director of Girls Indoor Recruiting

      Kevin Hodge has been with the WAVE Family since 2015. He has been coaching since 2003 at both the college and the club levels. Kevin is considered as one of the top coaches in the region and has coached many athletes that have moved onto the highest level of our sport. 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. In 2019, Kevin was named the 17s National Club Coach of the Year.

      Kevin believes that a strong team dynamic and connection with the athletes is crucial in the success of the program. He works with our club's recruitable athletes to guide them to a collegiate home. "Supporting my athletes throughout their volleyball and life experience is what brings me joy."

      Kevin has 2 sons - Davis and Keller. Davis played volleyball at UCLA and Keller has entered the 6th grade and is at WAVE all the time!

  • Mike Placek

    Beach Recruiting Coordinator

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    • Mike Placek

      Beach Recruiting Coordinator

      Mike was a graduate of Torrey Pines High School where he lettered in tennis and volleyball. He was a beach volleyball national champion in 16U as a 14 year old, and earned his A Rating when he was just 13 years old. Mike was also the #1 ranked tennis player in Southern California in 16 and under and earned a tennis scholarship to UCSB. While at UCSB he was awarded on the All Big West Conference Team 3 times and was also on the Big West All Academic Team his Senior Year.

      Following college in 2004, Mike began his professional beach volleyball and coaching career. He has finished as high as third place in AVP and USA Volleyball in tournaments in 2008 and 2012. In 2010 and 2011, Mike had the opportunity to represent Czech Republic in international events and competed all over Europe. He won an Exhibition in Lille, France and had two main draw FIVB World Tour finishes in Prague, Czech Republic and The Hague, Netherlands. Mike was a top ranked player on the National Volleyball League Pro Tour.

      Mike also is an active and experienced trainer. He holds certifications in the Egoscue Method focusing on postural alignment and injury prevention, and has formally directed the Egoscue Method Clinic (Chicago, Illinois). He has provided training services locally with Libafit, Full Spectrum Training, and provided personal training. Mike has a wide range of experience training clientele from age 7 to 85, and has clients of all athletic abilities from youth athletes, through collegiate and ranked professionals. In 2021, Mike was named AVCA Beach Coach of the Year.

      Mike started coaching at WAVE in 2009 and lives in Encinitas with his wife Stephanie, his daughter Elle, his son Luke, and his dog Oppo.

  • Cole Mortland

    Director of Boys' Recruitment

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    • Cole Mortland

      Director of Boys' Recruitment

      Cole Mortland joined WAVE in 2019 and became the Director of Boys’ Recruitment in 2021.

      Cole began his coaching career for Balboa Bay Volleyball Club in 2012, and concluded his time there in 2019 after seven seasons. During his time with Balboa Bay, he was a coach for four national championship teams: 15 Open in 2014, 18 Open in 2016, 18 Open in 2017, and 16 Open in 2019, as well as one bronze medal in 18 Open in 2015. Over the course of his seven seasons with Balboa Bay, Cole trained 18 USAV BJNC All-Americans & helped send over 25 players to play collegiate volleyball.

      For 2013 and 2014 high school seasons, Cole served as the assistant coach for the Laguna Beach Boys Volleyball varsity team. During his time with the Breakers, he helped guide the team to two Orange Coast League championships as well as a D-III state championship in 2014.

      Cole has also served as a coach and evaluator in the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline.

      Cole believes in the critical importance of mastering the fundamentals. He also believes that lessons of hard work and teamwork learned in the gym can and should be applied to the real world. Cole is a strong believer that the personal connections made through the game of volleyball are what make coaching truly rewarding.

      Personally, Cole played as a setter for Epic Volleyball Club from 2003 to 2008. He was coached by fellow WAVE coach Darrell Dilmore during his senior season, winning a silver medal in the 18 Open Division at the 2008 USAV BJNC. Cole was named an All-American at the tournament.

      Cole played for Mt. Carmel High School from 2005 to 2008, serving as starting setter on varsity for his last three seasons. At Mt. Carmel, Cole was a three-time first team All-CIF selection. In his senior season, Cole served as captain and led his team to a CIF San Diego Section DII Championship.

      In college, Cole played club volleyball for UC Berkeley from 2008 to 2012, serving as captain his senior year. He was a first team all-NCCVL selection in 2012 and helped lead his team to a silver medal at the 2012 NCVF National Championships. At the conclusion of his senior season, Cole was named Runner-Up for Cal Club Sports Male Athlete of the Year.

      Cole holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley and a MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He currently works full-time in commercial real estate as a member of the marketing team at CBRE.

  • Darrell Dilmore
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    • Darrell Dilmore

      Known as one of the top coaches for Junior Boys Club Volleyball throughout the country, Darrell Dilmore brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to WAVE Boys' volleyball program.

      Darrell was a decorated junior player and college player prior to his career in coaching. Darrell was named an All‐Conference Honorable Mention player in 1994 and 1st Team All‐conference in 1995. In 1996, as a senior, he was named 1st‐ Team All Conference, Conference Player of the Year, Florida Region Player of the Year, 1st Team All East Coast, and named a member of the prestigious Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list.
      At the collegiate level, at The University of the Pacific, Darrell was named Most‐Improved player in 1997, he was named the team’s Best Defensive Player, Best Offensive Player, and Most Valuable Player in 1998, and in 1999 was named Co‐Most Valuable Player. He was twice named to the All MPSF Honorable Mention team. Darrell still holds 2 All‐Time records at UOP and is ranked in the Top Ten in 4 other All Time Categories. Darrell graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.

      Darrell has been a boy’s volleyball head coach in San Diego since 2003. Darrell began his career at San Diego Volleyball Club in 2003 coaching the 18‐1s program. In 2004‐2005 his team finished 5th at the Junior Olympics. Darrell transitioned to EPIC Volleyball Club in 2007 where he lead the boys 18 teams to a Silver Medal at the 2008 Junior Nationals and a Junior Nationals 5th place finish in 2009. In 2010, he guided the 18‐1 team to the SCVA Boys Classic Championship and a 5th place finish at Junior Nationals. He coached the Boys 17‐1 team to a 15th finish at the Junior Olympics in 2011 and the 2012 18‐1 team to an Open bid for Junior Nationals.

      At COAST, Darrell won the 2013 SCVA Boys Classic with his 17‐1 team enroute to a 9th place finish at the Junior Nationals. As the 18‐1 coach in 2014, he guided the team to multiple top 10 finishes and to an 11th place finish in the Open Division at Junior Nationals. In 2015, his 18‐1 team finished 5th at the Junior Olympics. In 2016, Darrell coached the 17‐1 team to a top 5 finish at the SCVA Boys Classic and an 11th place finish in the Open Division at Junior Olympics. In 2017, Darrell’s 18-1 team qualified for the Open Division at Junior Nationals and earned a Bronze Medal at the 2017 SCVA Junior Boys Classic in Anaheim, CA. Finally, in 2018, his 17-1 team qualified for the Open Division of JO’s with a 5th place finish at the Boys Invitational and concluded the year with a 5th Place finish at Junior Nationals in Phoenix, AZ.

      Joining WAVE in 2019, Darrell assisted with the Girl’s 17-Kevin team and took 3rd at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier and secured an Open Division bid. He coached the Boy’s 18-Darrell team to an Open Bid for the 2019 Junior Olympics as well. In 2020, he assisted the 18-Kevin girls’ team to a 1st place finish and Open Bid at the Far Western Championships in Reno, NV. He head-coached the boys 18’s team to an Open JO’s Bid via qualification in the Florida Fest tournament. In 2021, he assisted the girls 18-Kevin team which placed 13th in Girls 18 Open division at JO’s in Columbus, OH. He led the boys 18-Darrell Team to a 3rd place finish in the inaugural Boy’s SoCal Cup Winter Championships and secured a Bronze Medal with a 3rd place finish at the boy’s Junior Olympics in Kansas City, MO.

      Darrell has helped over 100 players reach the collegiate level of volleyball in the men’s game. He takes great pride in developing and mentoring players for the next level.

      He is married to his amazing and lovely wife Carrie, and has an amazing daughter, Emily who also plays at WAVE.

  • Aaron Gillego
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    • Aaron Gillego

      Aaron Gillego joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2022. He currently teaches at Pacific Ridge School, where he also coaches with the PRS volleyball program. Aaronis a recent transplant from the East Coast, having grown up on Long Island, then living and working in Florida throughout his teaching career.

      As a player, Aaron was a four-year varsity setter for Long Beach High School (NY) where he was 2x All Conference (1997 & 1998) and All County (1999) during his senior year. He played for Long Island Power (NY) & Long Island United (NY) volleyball clubs. In college, he played Opposite/Setter for Mount Saint Vincent (NCAA DIII), 1999-2002. He recently served on the FHSAA Volleyball Advisory Committee (2020-2022).

      Aaron’s coaching experience includes:
      ● Head Coach 18U and 15U Boys, Ocean Bay Volleyball Club (FL), 2019-2022
      ● Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity, Cardinal Gibbons High School (FL), 2021-2022 (state
      semifinalists)
      ● Head Coach, Girls JV, Cardinal Gibbons High School (FL), 2021-2022
      ● Head Coach, Boys Varsity, Pine Crest School (FL), 2017-2021 (district finalists)
      ● Assistant Coach, Boys Varsity, Pine Crest School (FL), 2014-2017 (district title)
      ● Assistant Coach, Girls Varsity, Pine Crest School (FL), 2014-2021 (state runner-up,
      district and regional titles)
      ● Assistant Coach, Girls Varsity, Miami Country Day School (FL), 2012-2014 (2x district
      titles)

  • Alex Buffini
    • alex.buffini@yahoo.com
    • Alex Buffini

      Alex joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2022. He is a WAVE alum and played college volleyball at The University of St. Katherine.
      Alex is also coaching at Maranatha Christian School during the 2022 season.

      Fun Facts - Alex earned a Silver Medal at Nationals in 2014. He has five siblings that all played volleyball. In his spare time, he trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

  • Amanda Prather
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    • Amanda Prather

      Amanda Prather grew up in Granite Bay, California playing volleyball. She comes from a family of volleyball players & coaches and has been around the sport her whole life. She has coached indoor and sand volleyball over the course of 4 years. She coached on the sand for Northern California Volleyball Club, as well as coached camps and clinics at Synergy Force Volleyball Club. She has also done private lessons focusing on setting. She is currently the Varsity Assistant coach at San Dieguito Academy High School.

      Amanda was a setter and played at Synergy Force Volleyball Club in Roseville, CA, as well as Granite Bay High School. In 2013 her GBHS team won the California Division 1 state title. She was recruited to play at Division 1 school Marist College but suffered an injury in preseason and transferred to San Diego State University.

      She graduated from San Diego State University in 2021 with a degree in Journalism and Media studies. She then started graduate school at The University of San Diego where she will be seeking a Master’s in Education and a teaching credential.

      Amanda encourages her athletes to be the best they can on and off the court. She values hard work, perseverance, and positive attitudes.

  • Andy Burich
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    • Andy Burich

      Andy has been coaching at WAVE since 2017! The UCSB alum has been a huge part of out WAVE Boys program. His highlight as a coach - being able to coach my son & daughter through youth sports and watching them grow into independent and productive interscholastic student-athletes and leaders

  • Ann Campbell
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    • Ann Campbell

      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 loves to scuba dive and hike! She is grateful for life and it shows in all she does.

  • Binh Ngo
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    • Binh Ngo

      Binh grew up in Long Beach, California were he developed a passion for volleyball. Binh holds a B.S. degree in Biology from California State University, Fullerton and M.A. degree in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University. Binh started his coaching career in 1995 as the boys varsity coach at Santiago High School in Orange County. In 1997, he moved to San Diego to work in the Biotechnology industry, but found his true calling as a Teacher in 2004. Since 1998 Binh has been coaching girls club volleyball in San Diego where he specializes on developing younger players. Binh’s coaching philosophy is rooted in developing a life long enjoyment of volleyball and the importance of developing strong fundamental volleyball skills. Currently he is a science teacher at the Francis Parker School in San Diego. When not in the gym you can find Binh with his wife Susan and two kids.

  • Bobbie Jo Stall-Vest
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    • Bobbie Jo Stall-Vest

      Coach Stall was a four-year letter winner at San Marcos High School, where she was the team MVP, captain, and received all-league honors. She also played basketball, softball, track and field. She played club volleyball at San Diego Volleyball Club where her 18-1 team finished 5th at Volleyball Nationals in 2005.

      Coach Stall continued her collegiate career at East Carolina University, San Diego Mesa and Cal State San Bernardino as a middle blocker, but also played the pins at times. After red shirting at CSUSB, she transferred to Mesa where her team won consecutive undefeated PCAC Conference Championships and made it to the state semi-finals. She is Mesa's all time hitting percentage leader. At ECU she out blocked and out hit all players at the Conference-USA Volleyball Tournament in 2008. She tied East Carolina's single match blocking record and finished her career there leading in hitting percentage both seasons.

      Her philosophy as a coach is to create an environment and team culture that optimizes a student-athlete's ability to reach their potential on and off the court with character driven concepts that emphasize hard work, dedication, discipline, selflessness and the ability to love competition, love one another and love the game of volleyball. She has put this philosophy into action in a myriad of venues including:

      - Head Coach San Diego Mesa College Indoor Volleyball 2018-Present
      - 2018 PCAC Coach of the Year
      - Assistant Coach San Diego Mesa College Indoor/Beach 2016-2017
      - Varsity Head Coach Girls Volleyball San Marcos High School 2012-2017
      - San Diego CIF Coach of the Year 2017
      - Volunteer Assistant CSUSM Indoor/Beach 2014-2015
      - JV Boys Head Coach San Marcos High School 2011-2015
      - 10+ years club coaching and directing experience for girls, boys and beach volleyball prior to Wave at TAV in Dallas, Texas and SoCal VBC in San Marcos.

  • Brent Hilliard
    • bhilliard@sdsu.edu
    • Brent Hilliard

      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. 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. In 2020, Hilliard became the Head Coach at San Diego State University.

  • Carly Craig
    • ccraig7105@sdsu.edu
    • Carly Craig

      Carly Craig joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2021. She played indoor volleyball in Northern California for Main Beach Volleyball Club. She then played for Cabrillo College where her team won a State Championship in 2013. Carly then worked for Main Beach for 7 years as their Youth Director and head coach of several Youth teams. She then coached for Mountain View Volleyball club before moving to San Diego to begin her Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at San Diego State University.

  • Casey Castillo
    • caseycastillo15@gmail.com
    • Casey Castillo

      Casey played four years at the University of Hawai’i both indoor and beach. After finishing there she went on to play overseas professionally in the Czech Republic indoor league.

      Throughout her time at University of Hawai’i she would assistant coach with the volleyball program when they hosted camps. She recognized she enjoyed sharing her knowledge at that time and upon returning from her time overseas, joined the WAVE team.

      She instills in her players the qualities of:
      - Respecting your teammates, coach, and club through hard work, effort, and concentration.
      - Making others around you better and playing for one another is important because it allows young athletes to truly understand teamwork.

      Casey utilizes creative outlets such as drawing and painting when she isn't on a volleyball court.

  • Casey Jacobs
    • caseyjacobs97@gmail.com
    • Casey Jacobs

      Casey has coached summer camps for the UNC Volleyball program for the last four summers and done private lessons for young girls since she was 18. As a coach, she encourages a positive team culture while working to instill a relentless work ethic in her athletes.

      As a player she played for WAVE and WAVE Beach starting at the age of 14. She was part of the group of beach athletes to earn the club's first beach banner at the BVCA Championships in 2013. Casey played her college career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for four years, winning an ACC Championship ring in 2016.

      Outside of volleyball, she loves going to the beach, dancing, and cooking.

  • Cheri Fitzner
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    • Cheri Fitzner

      Cheri joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2021! Cheri is a San Diego native and attended Poway High School. She was named MVP at the Junior National Championship in 1988. After high school, she attended the University of Hawaii and graduated with a Political Science degree. During her career at Hawaii she was a 3x All-American setter. As a coach, Cheri is passionate about giving back to the sport she loves!

      Cheri is a mother of 3 collegiate athletes, and her daughter Emily (University of Indiana) is a WAVE alum. During her free time, you can find her at 26th St. in Del Mar, playing in the sand. We are excited to have Cheri join the WAVE staff and look forward her immediate impact on the court.

  • Chris Morris
    • chris.morris0702@gmail.com
    • Chris Morris

      Coach Chris grew up in North County San Diego and attended La Costa Canyon High School. While at La Costa Canyon, he won 2 CIF championships and was invited to the 2011 All-CIF All Star Game. During that time, he also played 4 years at WAVE Volleyball Club.

      After High School, Chris attended the University of California, Riverside. While there, he founded the Men's Volleyball Club, a Division 1 club level team. At the club national tournament in 2014, he was named to the Division 1 All-Tournament team. While in college, Chris began his coaching career at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente with their varsity beach volleyball team & an indoor coaching career at the Webb School of California, located in Claremont.

      Since graduating in 2015 with his degree in liberal studies, Chris has been coaching both boys and girls at WAVE. Chris has been coaching boys volleyball at La Costa Canyon since 2015 & won a CIF Open division championship with the team in 2018. In 2018, he joined the coaching staff for the girls volleyball program at La Costa Canyon as well, serving as head freshman coach & a varsity assistant. Chris was an assistant coach for the men's volleyball program at the University of Saint Katherine for the 2017- 2018 season. In 2021, Chris began is teaching career at Torrey Pines high school, where is an assistant coach for the Women's Varsity Volleyball team.

      His teaching and coaching philosophy: Find the language each kid speaks and try to convey what they need to learn in a way that is digestible.

  • Chloe Seger
    • segerchloe@gmail.com
    • Chloe Seger

      Chloe joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2022! Prior to WAVE, she managed the boy's volleyball team at her high school for 4 years - Saint Francis of Mountain View, CA. She also assisted with clinics at Mountain View Volleyball Club after playing volleyball for 7 years.

      Fun facts about Chloe: She has played every position except setter. She met Kerry Walsh and James Shaw. She loves to read & go to the beach. She has a yellow lab named Cali.

      We are excited to welcome Chloe to San Diego and the WAVE coaching staff!

  • Christin Fisher
    • christinfisher@hey.com
    • Christin Fisher

      Christin played club volleyball for 8 years before continuing her career at the collegiate level. Christin attended Point Loma Nazarene University where she made a huge impact on the Sea Lion’s program. Christin started in every match during her time at PLNU and led the team as captain during her junior and senior seasons. She received many PacWest honors throughout her career including being named the 2016 Libero of the Year. Christin finished her collegiate career holding two of PLNU’s All-Time Defensive records.

      As a coach, Christin wants athletes to develop a deeper love for the sport of volleyball. She wants them to look forward to every practice and have the goal of getting 1% better everyday.

      In her free time she loves to surf, hang at the beach, cook and spend quality time with her family!

  • Cody Rose
    • CODYL.ROSE5@GMAIL.COM
    • Cody Rose

      Originally from Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, Cody attended Northern Kentucky University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2017.

      Previously a head coach at Tri-State Elite Volleyball Club in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2014-2021. In his last three seasons at TSE, his teams amassed 139 wins to only 47 losses. Tournament wins include 1st place and 6-0 at the 2021 JVA Summerfest in 15 Premier, 1st place and 9-0 at the 2019 JVA World Challenge in 17 Premier, 1st place and 7-0 at the 2019 Ultra Ankle Bluegrass Tournament in 17 Premier, 1st place and 5-0 at the 2019 JVA Buckeye Battle in 17 open. In 2018, his 16-2 team finished their season placing 3rd at the AAU Girls' Junior National Championships in 16 Premier.

      Cody's coaching philosophy is to provide a balance of optimal performance, experience, and development to student-athletes. Quality sport participation involves the thrill of optimal performance, the satisfaction of an optimal experience that has great meaning in one's life, and the feeling of accomplishment through the development of skills.

      His values include - accountability, communication, and effort.
      Accountability: accept responsibility for your actions, treat others with respect, and be on time.
      Communication: every player should communicate on every play, throughout the play.
      Effort: we will practice and play with relentless effort and every player will go for every ball, every time.

      In August 2021, he moved to San Diego for work, where he is able to continue his love of volleyball, whether it be coaching or playing indoor/beach.

  • Colin Bailey
    • bailey.colin9@gmail.com
    • Colin Bailey

      Colin joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2022! Colin started playing club volleyball when he was 12 at WAVE. After high school (Torrey Pines), he continued on to play at UCLA. In 2021, he was the assistant men's coach at Santa Fe Christian.

      We are stoked to have Colin back in the WAVE gym!

  • Connor Mortland
    • connor.a.mortland@gmail.com
    • Connor Mortland

      WAVE welcomes Connor Mortland from Balboa Bay Volleyball Club (2019-2021). During his time with Balboa Bay, Connor was a coach for two national championship teams: 17 USA in 2019 and 18 Open in 2021.

      Connor believes that the combination of communication, effort, and trust are the keys to a successful team. Coaching is more than just training technique, but also teaching athletes how to operate within a cohesive unit that works hard and plays for one another.

      Connor played as a setter for Epic Volleyball Club from 2004 to 2010. During his high school years, he was coached by fellow WAVE coaches, Darrell Dilmore and Jon Girten. At Epic, Connor won silver medals in the 16 Open and 17 Open divisions, while being named an All-American in 16 Open at the 2008 USAV BJNC. During his senior year, Connor was named to the 2010 Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list.

      Connor played for Mt. Carmel High School from 2007 to 2010, winning three CIF San Diego Section Division II Championships and making a trip to the CIF Division II Regional Finals in his senior year. Connor served as captain and starting setter his junior and senior seasons. As a junior in 2009, Connor was named First Team All-CIF and All-Valley League. In 2010, as a senior, Connor was named San Diego Player of the Year, CIF Division II Player of the Year, Valley League Player of the Year, First Team All-CIF, and First Team All-Valley League.

      In college, Connor played for New York University from 2011 to 2014, serving as captain his junior and senior seasons. Connor was the starting setter for four years and holds the record for most assists in the program’s history during the rally-scoring era. Connor was named an AVCA Division III Second Team All-American his freshman, sophomore, and senior seasons. Connor was named EIVA Newcomer of the Year and All-EIVA Second Team during his freshman season, First Team All-UVC during his sophomore and senior seasons and earned Second Team All-UVC honors as a junior. Lastly, Connor was named NYU Male Scholar Athlete of the Year during his junior year.

      Connor holds a BS in Accounting, BS in Finance, and MS in Accounting from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He currently works full-time in commercial real estate as Director of Acquisitions at Avanath Capital based in Irvine, CA.

  • Ryan Ka
    • ryanandrewka@gmail.com
    • Ryan Ka

      Ryan is a WAVE Alum having played in the boys program from 2016-2018. A 2018 graduate of San Marcos, where he received honors as the 2018 Avocado East League Player of the Year, and was named Second Team All-CIF San Diego Section. He was a two-time MVP at San Marcos, leaving a school record of 503 kills and totaling 54 blocks as a senior. His personal-best was 34 kills in a match vs. Mission Hills.

      He currently attends UCSD where he is majoring in Management Science as he plays on the men's volleyball team. In 2021, he started in 17 of the team’s 18 matches as an outside hitter and was second on the team in points scored and kills. Additionally, he helped lead UCSD to their first Big West Conference Championship appearance in program history.

      Ryan wants to be able to pass on his love of volleyball to young players, showing them how to enjoy the game while still going their hardest on the court. He believes that players do their best while having fun and giving it their all.

  • Dave Johnson
    • dcjohnson418@gmail.com
    • Dave Johnson

      Coaching at WAVE only since 2016, David is no stranger to club volleyball. David has been coaching boys and girls club volleyball for over 30 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.

      Since his move to San Diego in 2010, David has coached boys and girls teams all over North County. HIs boys teams have never finished never finished lower than 12th in the Open Division at JO’s, including a double qualification and 2nd place finish at the SCVA Boys Classic in 2013. Coaching a variety of different age groups on the girls' side from 15s to 18s, his teams have always qualified for JOs and this past year his 18s team qualified in 3 different divisions. A recent assistant coach at LCC with Rachel Morris for the past two years, he has helped that team reach the finals of CIF in the Southern Section. Currently David has recently been named as the Head Coach at MiraCosta College for both indoor and outdoor.

      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.

      PERSONAL ACCOLADES:
      2 time US Olympic Festival Participant

      COACHING ACCOLADES:
      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 40 players on play in college

  • Devin Van Siclen
    • dvsvansiclen@gmail.com
    • Devin Van Siclen

      Devin started playing volleyball at Carlsbad High School and hasn't stopped since. He continued on to compete for the University of Oregon club volleyball team where he won Most Outstanding Player in the PIVA league during his Junior year. Devin was a team captain at the University of Oregon for two years before coming back to Southern California and joining the WAVE Beach staff.

      Devin believes it is important for players to have a love for the game. He believes that at all ages, fundamentals are incredibly important, but they won’t matter if the players can't find joy in what they're doing. Each practice is an opportunity to learn more about the game and to let loose and play for a couple hours.

      Though beach volleyball is his favorite sport, Devin also enjoys playing basketball, baseball, soccer and spikeball. He is striving towards a professional volleyball career but thinks it is important to play many sports for enjoyment and to constantly improve hand-eye coordination.

      Since returning to Southern California he spends most of his free time at the beach playing volleyball.

  • Dianne DeNecochea
    • ddenecochea@gmail.com
    • Dianne DeNecochea

      Dianne grew up in Michigan on a lake ice skating, playing hockey, football, softball, boating, skiing, and fishing. She was the first female athlete from her county to receive a full scholarship in any sport. She played college volleyball at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. At 6'4", she was a starting middle blocker as a freshman, then switched to outside hitter her sophomore year becoming Co-Captain, Team MVP, and named 1st Team All-SEC Conference her junior and senior years. Dianne was inducted into the Tennessee Lady Vol Hall of Fame in 2007. After graduating with a B.S. in Marketing, Dianne went on to play several years professionally indoor. In 1989-1992 she played in Portland and Minneapolis US pro leagues. From 1992-1994 Dianne played pro indoor in Switzerland, then returned to the US to compete on the 4-Person Pro Beach Tour from 1994-1997 where she was Surprise Player of the Year in 1996 and her team won the League Championship in 1996 and 1997. She returned overseas and played a season in Belgium and then a season in Italy. Dianne began playing full time on the AVP Pro Beach Tour in 2000 after she had her first daughter, Avalon, and became one of the top 10 players in the US. She took a season off in 2004, when her daughter Devon was born, then continued playing AVP pro beach, consistently finishing in the top 8 overall with 2 tournament wins, 8 second place finishes, and 29 third-place finishes. Dianne also played on the FIVB World Tour, finishing her career with 2 bronze medals internationally. She retired from full-time competition in 2012.

      Dianne still plays beach volleyball for fun. She enjoys exercising, walking her family dog, Amber, and spending time with family and friends. She is also a college volleyball recruiting advisor and enjoys helping young players fulfill their dreams of playing volleyball in college.

      Dianne enjoys coaching young players and teaching them the fundamentals and nuances of the game. She wants the players on her teams to finish the season with a love for the sport of volleyball and to truly understand what it means to be a great teammate. She believes that discipline, physical and mental strength, strong work ethic, and working together in a team atmosphere are so important in volleyball. Also, showing you care about others around you (your coaches and teammates) and that all of this transfers directly to life as a whole. She believes every player on the team has a role and it can be fluid, always progressing and developing and that all players are needed and counted on for the team's success.

      Dianne coached Varsity in 2011 and JV volleyball in 2014 at University City HS in San Diego. She has been coaching club volleyball at the 11-14s age groups from 2011 until the present, with her time at WAVE beginning in 2019.

  • Drew Turner
    • drewmallieturner@gmail.com
    • Drew Turner

      WAVE welcomes Drew to the coaching staff in 2022. Drew coached Torrey Pines boys volleyball for the 2022 season as freshman head coach and assistant varsity coach. Drew is a WAVE alum and played at Concordia University Irvine. He grew up playing beach and indoor volleyball.

      Coaching Philosophy - Work hard, be positive, and have fun! Wave alum, played at Concordia University Irvine freshman year, played beach my whole life.

      Fun fact - Drew played waterpolo for about 6 years and was a ranked a top 100 player in the nation. He then tried volleyball in high school and fell in love with it!

  • Felix Chu
    • felix.chu@cox.net
    • Felix Chu

      Born and raised in San Diego, Felix didn’t start playing volleyball until his sophomore year of high school. Even though he got the bug late, he has made up for it by being involved in every aspect of the sport since that late start – as a player, coach, referee, and CIF representative.

      Felix played for Patrick Henry High School and was a 3-year varsity letterman, eventually becoming a 2-year captain for the team and earning Eastern League co-player of the year and All-CIF Division 2 honors his senior year. His juniors club playing experience consisted of stints at both Seaside Volleyball Club and East Valley Volleyball Club, with 2 trips to the Junior National Volleyball Championships (JO’s) in the process. He continued his playing career at the University of California, Berkeley on their men’s club team for his freshman year at Cal.

      Having coached the JV team on an interim basis while at Patrick Henry, Felix continued his coaching career while up in the Bay Area attending Cal. He served as the Varsity Asst. Coach and JV Head Coach for the Head-Royce School (98-00) as well as the Girls’ Varsity Head Coach at Piedmont High School (2000), taking the Piedmont team to the CIF Northern Coast Section playoffs in his only year there. On the club side of things, he coached a 16-1 team at Academy Volleyball Club for three seasons (99-01) and helped coach at the Golden Bear Volleyball Club on campus. After finishing school at Berkeley, Felix returned home to San Diego in 2001 and continued coaching by taking over the program at his alma mater, Patrick Henry High School. He compiled a 214-121 record over 7 seasons coaching both the boys and girls varsity teams as the head coach at Henry and made the CIF Section playoffs every single year during his tenure.

      In 2009, with a desire to spend more time with his family and young children, Felix took a break from coaching and began his officiating career. Moving quickly up through the ranks of volleyball officials, Felix served as the “head-ref” and Instructional Chair/Rules Interpreter for the San Diego Federation Volleyball Officials Association from 2012-2016.
      Having previously served on the CIF San Diego Section Advisory Committee as well as the CIF State Advisory Committee during his coaching tenure, Felix has served as the Power Rankings Coordinator since the inception of the Power Rankings system in the CIF San Diego section in 2014. He also now serves as the Championship Tournament Director for both girls and boys volleyball for the CIF San Diego section office managing both the Power Rankings used to seed the playoff brackets, running the section playoffs/finals as well as advising the CIF section office on volleyball policies and issues.

      Felix met his wife, Lily, at Cal and together they have 4 children. The 3 older kids all play volleyball and have allowed Felix to expand his coaching experience to the “littles”. He now can include 10U (7-10 year olds), 11U, 12U, 13U and 14U into his coaching resume and has had success coaching these age groups in the PVL and at Nationals in the Open Division.

      Felix's coaching philosophy is influenced by John Wooden and "Extreme Ownership" mixed in with "Grit" and "Chop Wood Carry Water" - essentially it focuses on preparation, effort, accountability and commitment to everything within your control.

      Fun fact - Felix is working on the new Terminal 1 project at the San Diego Airport!

  • Gino Gamboa
    • ggsportperformance@gmail.com
    • Gino Gamboa

      Gino joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2021! He is also the Girl’s JV Head Coach at Cathedral Catholic HS. As a coach Gino has worked with several clubs in both the SCVA and NCVA. He played his collegiate career at UC Santa Cruz (2013-2018) and then went overseas to play in the UK while earning his M.S. in Exercise Physiology. Gino’s professional volleyball career took him to Denmark then back to the states where he currently plays for the Las Vegas Ramblers.

      Gino is an experienced sports performance coach. He works with athletes from youth to the professional level across several sports, specializing in volleyball. Gino’s goal is to use his experiences as a player, volleyball and sport performance coach to help his players improve and support in reaching whatever goals they set for themselves.

      During his free time Gino enjoys training, video games, the beach and hanging out with his dog Luna.

  • Haley Hamman
    • haleyjhamman2@gmail.com
    • Haley Hamman

      WAVE welcomed Haley during the 2022 season! Haley is an Education Specialist in SDUHSD for COAST Academy, the adult transition program serving students aged 18-22 with moderate to severe disabilities. She recently began her coaching career at SDA, where she is am the Girls Assistant Varsity coach! She began playing volleyball recreationally in middle school, and then continued to play throughout high school. She played club volleyball for 4 years in her hometown, Chico.

      Her coaching philosophy centers on passion for the game of volleyball and for teaching, a focus on technical skills, and the development of a true team-player with a positive, growth mindset and a strong work ethic.

      In her free time, she enjoys going to hot yoga classes, watching reality tv, and reading mysteries/thrillers.

  • Hannah Henry
    • hannah.henry11@gmail.com
    • Hannah Henry

      Hannah is an Encinitas native who attended La Costa Canyon high school where she was a CIF Division I runner-up and Maverick of the year her senior year. She is a WAVE volleyball alumni who played for Jon Scott, Trevor Olson and Marie Zidek.

      After high school, she attended The University of Louisiana from '15-'19 where she played Division I volleyball for 4 years as a setter and defensive specialist. She was Ragin Cajun of the year her freshman year and placed 3rd overall in the
      conference tournament her junior year. She graduated with a degree in Sports Management and immediately got her master's degree in Sports Administration at Arkansas State the following year.

      Hannah went on to be a volunteer assistant for DePaul University Volleyball in the 2019 season. She coached Division I volleyball in the Big East under Marie Zidek, former USD assistant. She helped lead the Blue Demons to their best seasons since joining the conference.

      Hannah was the freshman head coach and varsity assistant at La Costa Canyon High school for the 2021 season leading the Mavericks finished 2nd in the San Diego county. She is currently working for The Art of Coaching under former Olympic coach Terry Liskevych.

      Hannah's coaching philosophy is to first and foremost be a great teammate. She wants her players to not only excel as volleyball players but as humans as well.
      Giving a 100% effort, hustling everywhere and getting 1% better every day are a few qualities that are important to her. She believes that teamwork, competitiveness, and grit are important aspects of a winning team.

      Outside of volleyball, you can find Hannah playing beach volleyball, skateboarding, dancing, taking photos and traveling.

  • Jaye Loyd
    • jayeloyd@gmail.com
    • Jaye Loyd

      Jaye Loyd is the Associate Head Coach for the UC San Diego Women's volleyball program .

      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)

  • Jon Girten
    • coachgirt@gmail.com
    • Jon Girten

      Started coaching in 2007 at Mt Carmel HS. Coached JV and Assisted Varsity until 2014, Varsity from 2014-2018. Won Division 1 CIF twice, Open Division Runner-Up once, 3x League Champ and MCHS Coach of the Year during those 4 years.
      Jon coached at Seaside VBC for 10 years. While there, he led his teams to 2 Holiday Classic Medals in Open Division and 1 SCVA Invitational Medal in Open & a bronze medal in the 2017 17 Open BJNC. In his first year with WAVE, helped lead the 17-1 team to a 3rd place finish at the SoCal Cup Invitational as well as 5th at the SoCal Cup Showcase. He has been an Assistant Coach at UC San Diego since 2017.

      Knowing that each team and year is different, he will adjusts his style/philosophy depending on what will benefit his athletes the most. No matter the year, though he works to instill togetherness and competitiveness, while fostering a leadership mindset amongst his athletes.

      As a player himself, he played at Mt Carmel HS where he lettered in 2 years varsity, earning 2 CIF Championships, 2 League Championships, & D2 Player of the Year in 2004. He continued on to play at Palomar College for 2 years, earning 2-Time All-Conference, 1-Time All-State, 1 Conference Championship and 1 State Runner-Up (with Coach Rubacky!)

      When he's not coaching, he enjoys hiking in the surrounding mountains whenever he can or doing other outdoor activities to stay fit.

  • Jorge Leos
    • Jorgeleosvolleyball@gmail.com
    • Jorge Leos

      Jorge has coached for 10+ years, beginning his coaching career when he was in high school working with different coaches to learn the sport. He has since coached at Viper volleyball (2015-2017), Forza1(2017-2018) volleyball, & SoCal volleyball (2018-2019) before joining us at Wave Volleyball (2019 to Present). Jorge has also coached at different high schools including Murrieta Mesa (2015- 2016) where he helped the girls program get their first official win and first appearance in program history in CIF playoffs, from there he would help lead Murrieta Valley (2016-2017) into a winning season. From there he coached at Rancho Christian Boys volleyball (2018-2019). where they earned a First place finish - a first in program history coupled with their first appearance in CIF Playoffs. Jorge currently coaches at Pacific Ridge as the Assistant Varsity coach with Jed Stotsenberg and is the head coach of the Junior Varsity team.

      Jorge has two degrees in kinesiology, which include a Bachelors degree in Health Science and a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science with Athletic performance, which he uses to instill his philosophy of creating smarter and efficient players with the key idea to play "smarter not harder.

      Personally, Jorge played at Palomar College and at the University of Saint Katherine. He has also played nationally with the Mexico Men's Volleyball team.

      Jorge likes to spend his time outside of volleyball either going to music festivals, surfing, or relaxing with friends and family.

  • Juliana Conn
    • julianaevens@yahoo.com
    • Juliana Conn

      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 play recreationally with other past AVP players. She has been coaching at Wave since 2013, and is the Head Volleyball Coach at Cathedral Catholic High School in Del Mar.

      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 daughters Maya and Hazel, and husband Brian!

  • Kaja Sandberg
    • kajasandberg6@gmail.com
    • Kaja Sandberg

      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.

      HIGH SCHOOL
      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.

      CLUB
      Played club volleyball for the Arizona Storm 18 Thunder during the 2011-12 season

      PERSONAL
      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.

  • Kamryn Petit
    • kamrynpetit@icloud.com
    • Kamryn Petit

      WAVE welcomed Kamryn during the 2022 season! Prior to WAVE, she coached girls JV at Pacific Christian High School & HBC Volleyball Club where she also played club. She played at Marina High School before graduating to Orange Coast College. She is now on the women's club team at SDSU.

      Kamryn's coaching philosophy is to go above and beyond during practice so that athletes can become the best players they can be.

      Fun fact: She likes chocolate ice cream flavors better than fruity flavors.

  • Kara Hanes
    • akhanes@san.rr.com
    • Kara Hanes

      Kara began coaching at Pikes Peak Volleyball Club while she was playing on the National Team in Colorado Springs in 1998. In 1999, Kara began coaching club volleyball at San Diego Volleyball Club. She coached there for 20 years and has coached top teams in all age groups. Kara coached one year for Mt. Carmel High School before she began coaching at Rancho Bernarado High School in 2016. In 2017, she led the Rancho Bernardo Broncos to the State Championship in Division IV. As a coach, she focuses on developing her players skills, strengthening team chemistry, and instilling a competitive spirit in her athletes. She has a true passion for volleyball and wants her players to enjoy every moment!

      As a player, Kara played Varsity volleyball for 4 years at Poway High School. She was the MVP of both the Palomar League and CIF for 3 years (1991-1993). She was also First Team Palomar League and CIF in basketball from 1993-1994. Being a 2 sport athlete helped her achieve Poway High School's Female Athlete of the Year in 1992 and in 1993. She was a USA High School All American in 1993 as well as the Paul Mitchell High School Volleyball All-American in 1993. In 1992 and 1993, Kara was a member of the U.S. Junior Elite Volleyball Team. She played her club volleyball career at San Diego Volleyball Club. She made it to the finals of the Volleyball Festival in her 14's and 16's age divisions.

      Kara earned a full ride scholarship to UCLA. She was a 4 year starter at UCLA and played for Andy Banachowski. While at UCLA, Kara made the Pac-10 and Volleyball Magazine All-Freshman Team in 1994. She made the All-Pac 10 honorable mention in 1995 and 1996. Kara was First Team All- Pac 10 in 1997, First Team All-District 8 in 1997, and was a Second Team All-American in 1997. She finished third in most kills at UCLA (1,691), and third nationally in 1997. She also made the Athletic Director's honor roll in 1997 and 1998.

      Professionally, Kara was a United States National Team in 1998 and 1999, and competed in the World University Games in 1997.

      Kara majored in Sociology and specialized in Education. She has her Masters in Education, California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and Single Subject Credentials in both Physical Education and Health Science. Kara has been teaching in Poway Unified School District since 2000. Kara enjoys spending time outdoors, and is an animal lover. She is married to her husband Aaron and they have three kids, Luke, Jenna, and Jake.

  • Kevin Patrick
    • kapatrick715@yahoo.com
    • Kevin Patrick

      Kevin started up coaching at WAVE in 2022! Prior to coaching a team, he coaches our Boys Miniseason program.

      As a coach, Kevin believes it's his job to facilitate the learning experience of the players in a fun and dynamic way that will hopefully translate to them developing a love for the game. He wants his players to enjoy the process of growing as an athlete and as a person. Kevin believes that with hard work and dedication any player can achieve their potential and become an excellent volleyball player.

      Playing history includes 4 years at La Costa Canyon, where he won a CIF championship.He also played 4 years at WAVE where he attended 3 USAV Nationals , twice in the open division. Kevin went on to be a founding member of the club volleyball team at CSUSM and played there for a few years.

      Outside of coaching volleyball he enjoy surfing and has worked as a surf instructor for a number of years. That is where he found his passion for coaching. He is always excited to get out in the waves whenever he has some time.

  • Kelly McCaddin
    • klmccaddin@gmail.com
    • Kelly McCaddin

      Kelly joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2022! Prior to WAVE, she coached at Metro Volleyball Club in Washington, DC (2016-2022). Kelly played at American University (2011-2015) and CD Iruna in Pampiona, Spain (2015-2016).

      We are so excited to have Kelly join the WAVE team!

  • Kylee Girten
    • teamgirten@gmail.com
    • Kylee Girten

      Kylee has been passionate about volleyball since she started playing at the age of 15, diverging from her athletic path as a softball player. She started playing at San Marcos High School, and quickly grew a love for the game. She continued at Palomar College, winning multiple conference championships and a run at a state title, while earning the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Kylee transferred to Arizona Christian University on scholarship where she studied both Mathematics and Secondary Education. She finished her playing career earning them a seat in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

      Kylee started coaching in 2008 as a volunteer at her alma mater, and quickly found a new avenue to accumulate more appreciation and experience for the sport. She has coached in multiple states including California, Arizona, and Texas, collecting knowledge wherever she goes. Kylee has coached almost every age division possible, ranging from U-10 to High School Varsity, in both Men’s and Women’s programs. She specializes in 14U and youth player development with a 5th place finish at Boys Junior Nationals in 2017 to show for it. In her first season at Wave, she assisted the 12-1's to their 1st place finish at Colorado Crossroads, and a 5th place finish at Girls Junior National Championships.

      In 2019, Kylee took over the Rancho Bernardo Boys Volleyball Program as the Varsity Head Coach. She has most recently joined Cathedral Catholic Women's Volleyball as the Varsity Assistant Coach to Juliana Evens.

  • Lance Muret
    • lance@muret.com
    • Lance Muret

      Lance is a WAVE Alum as well, having played the 2018-2019 indoor season at WAVE. He is a multi-talented player, crossing over from the indoor and beach game throughout his playing years. He has earned accolades on both surfaces including a 2017 3rd place finish at Cal Cup (BEACH), 2018 2nd place finish at Cal Cup AA rating (BEACH), 2018 CIF Libero of the year (INDOOR) & 2019 CIF all first team (INDOOR).

      He has a knack for working with young players, putting an emphasis on ball control and game-like drills in practices. His goal is to provide the players with a fun and safe environment to practice the beloved sport of volleyball.

      Little might you know he is also a Semi Pro bodysurfer and Spikeball player =)

  • Lauren Craig
    • craig.laurenlea@gmail.com
    • Lauren Craig

      Lauren joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2022! Prior to WAVE, Lauren played at LMU and was coached by Reid Priddy!

      Her coaching philosophy: Have fun playing, enjoy playing, be a good person, be a good friend and give back when you can. Breathwork, footwork and good diet and exercise go a long way! Tuck in your shirt, style points count in warm-ups. Hydrate. Find a great book that you love that helps re-center you on bad days.

      Fun facts- She has helped a lot of people with their game, focus, and mentality!

  • Lizzie Wilson
    • wilson.lizzie@yahoo.com
    • Lizzie Wilson

      Lizzie is a local girl who played for Westview High School for 4 years as well as WAVE. She continued her career at Boise State. Her love of the beach and loyal disposition brought her back to her roots to coached at both Westview and now WAVE.

      Her outgoing manner ensures her players are always having fun while working hard toward achieving their goals.

  • Maricris Enriquez
    • Maricrisqe@gmail.com
    • Maricris Enriquez

      Maricris is a San Diego native and began playing volleyball in 7th grade at Francis Parker. She attended University of San Diego High School (now Cathedral Catholic High School), where she played volleyball, softball and basketball for the Dons. She also played for San Diego Juniors Volleyball Club. During her high school career, she was a three year varsity starter. Maricris was named Second Team All-League her Junior Year, and First Team All-League and MVP her Senior year. She attended Gonzaga University and studied finance and international business. While studying abroad in China, Maricris played for Chongqing University. After college, Maricris moved back to San Diego and worked in sports and medical sales. She also played a lot of beach and indoor volleyball and along with running half marathons.

      Prior to joining Wave in 2019, Maricris coached at San Diego Volleyball Club. She has coached all ages from toddlers all the way to girls and boys 18’s. Maricris has also been coaching at Cathedral Catholic High School since 2016. She loves coaching for her alma mater and enjoys seeing all of the players grow up during their time at CCHS.

      Maricris focuses on developing athletes to make them mentally and physically stronger. She is very discipline, but also knows how to make things fun. She teaches her athletes how to be selfless, which makes them better teammates. Maricris also shows her players how to use every lesson on and off of the court. It is her priority to build confidence in her players and guide them to be a successful student-athletes.

      Maricris is married to her husband, Virgil, a fellow classmate at USDHS, football player at USD and Football Coach at Cathedral Catholic. They have four children, Donovan, Ike, Maxwell and Ava. When Maricris is not in the gym, she spends a lot of time with her family and her two dogs, Daisy and Dempsey. You may also catch her following her favorite basketball team, the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

  • Melissa Strockis
    • adamsmelissa141@gmail.com
    • Melissa Strockis

      Melissa Adams grew up in La Jolla, California playing indoor and beach volleyball…WAVE alumni! In the early years she and her beach partner took 1st place at Doheny, they finished 4th place at CBVA Manahattan Beach their 1st year.

      Adams graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School as a 2-time California State Volleyball Champion, received the coveted CIF Sportsmanship Award, earned The Coach Dick Serrano “Spirit of the Dons” Award and was named to the Union Tribune All-Academic Team. Mel was a 2-sport high school athlete (Volleyball and Water Polo). She was named Varsity Water Polo Most Valuable Defensive Player and made the Union Tribune All Academic Team. Adams earned her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a Minor in Sociology from Colorado State University. Additionally, she earned her Early Education teaching certificate from UCLA and graduated Suma Cum Laude.

      Melissa began her WAVE coaching career in 2011 and has coached Girls JV VB at Santa Fe Christian High School, Girls Frosh VB at Torrey Pines High School and Girls Varsity VB at Cathedral Catholic High School. Currently, she is coaching Varsity at Torrey Pines High School. She has run and assisted with clinics & camps on the beach and in the tent. Adams LOVES volleyball! She truly lives to share her positive energy with every athlete who crosses her path.

  • Michael Miller
    • miller.michael7@yahoo.com
    • Michael Miller

      Michael grew up in San Diego, learning and playing volleyball at La Jolla High School. In addition to volleyball, Michael spent his time kayaking–being lucky enough to represent Team USA on multiple occasions. Following a rewarding career as an athlete on Team USA and at UC Santa Barbara, Michael invested his time into coaching–first in kayaking then returning to volleyball while studying to be a teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Now an experienced coach and certified teacher, he’s returning to San Diego. Michael is excited for his next chapter as a coach at WAVE, where he plans to continue learning from amazing coaches and athletes while emphasizing well-rounded development for the athletes he works with.

      Outside of coaching, Michael is a huge outdoors lover, spending his time at the beach, hiking, or playing tennis, usually with one of his six brothers!

  • Mohsani Hoveyda
    • mohsanihoveyda@gmail.com
    • Mohsani Hoveyda

      WAVE welcomed Coach Mohsani in 2022! She previously coached at JC Rockits (Olathe, KS) and Beach Cities Volleyball Club (Manhattan Beach).

      Mohsani's Coaching Philosophy - Hard work always pays off. Volleyball is not only a great way to stay healthy and fit, but also helps children learn teamwork and the value of working hard. Through sports, children gain self confidence as well as a work ethic that can be used on and off the court.

      Mohsani's Playing History - She has been playing volleyball since she was 10. She played club at Beach Cities, Long Beach Mizuno, South Bay, as well as many summer beach tournaments. She was a DS/Libero at Goldenwest College and then transferred to Ottawa University where she earned a degree in Business Administration. She led the teams in digs during her senior season at Ottawa.

      Fun Facts - She is a pescatarian, also coaches gymnastics, loves cooking, is Montessori certified, and is currently finishing up her Masters in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay.

  • Nancy Ros
    • Forwardvb@gmail.com
    • Nancy Ros

      Nancy became a part of the WAVE team in 2017. She has her Master's degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

      With 25+ years of coaching experience, 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 2007. She was also named the Miramar College Head Coach for Indoor and Beach Volleyball in 2022.

      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!

  • Natalie Repetti
    • natalierepetti@yahoo.com
    • Natalie Repetti

      WAVE welcomed Natalie in 2022! Natalie currently plays libero at UCSD and is a Seal Beach Volleyball Club alum!

      Prior to coaching at WAVE, Natalie coached at Seal Beach volleyball club during her summers. She was also was the head coach at Cypress Recreation for one season.

      Fun fact - She is learning Turkish and loves snowboarding!

  • Nick Enriquez
    • enriquez.nick@gmail.com
    • Nick Enriquez

      Nick’s journey to coaching volleyball is an unconventional one. Between 1999-2002, he played 4 years of varsity volleyball at a small private school in Long Beach. Following his high school stint, he maintained a casual relationship with the sport – playing intramurals in college, attending open gyms, and joining the occasional adult league/tournament – but had no desire to coach the sport. Nick graduated from SDSU in 2007 with his BS in Electrical Engineering, and currently works as a software engineering manager at a defense contractor during the day.
      In 2014, Nick was presented with an opportunity to head coach a high school volleyball program for a small private school, Lighthouse Christian Academy (LCA), in its inaugural year. Initially, he was reluctant to take the position as coaching had never been on his radar. However, shortly after accepting the role, he discovered that he had an innate fulfillment and joy from sharing his love for the sport and using it as a platform to develop youth and teach them life lessons. Nick found his passion.
      Since 2014, he has continued to focus on his growth as a coach by consuming every bit of knowledge he can from books, reputable digital resources, mentors, and new opportunities. He head coached and administrated the program at LCA until 2018. He then moved on to coach freshmen and assist varsity at Patrick Henry High School (2018-2020). His club coaching career kicked off at East County Volleyball Academy in 2018 where he first assisted the 17-1s, then proceeded to head coach the 15-1s (2019-2020) and 16-1s (2020-2021).
      Nick’s ultimate goal is to help players develop holistically both on and off the court. He strives to establish a collaborative connection with his players and understands that coaches must be servants and students: constantly putting self aside for the betterment of the team and seeking to learn new ways of doing things. He emphasizes leadership, accountability, self-care, and teamwork in the path to developing a holistic player and person. Nick has also found that his technical job and education has lent him skills he can leverage to break down team’s challenges in ways that can better facilitate implicit learning and growth. He is a strong believer in the ecological approach to coaching where his primary purpose is to create an environment that promotes self-discovery and long-term skill retention.
      In his free time, Nick can be found hanging out with his wife and daughter; brewing and drinking artisan coffee roasts; and trying to improve his beach volleyball game.

  • Nick Mercer
    • mercer.nicholas@gmail.com
    • Nick Mercer

      Nick began playing volleyball at San Marcos High School his freshman year. Up until that point, he had been involved in numerous other sports and decided to drop them all after just one day at volleyball tryouts. His passion from day one has never faded. He went on to play at UCLA and majored in Psychology, which he credits as the single most important move he made for his coaching career. After college, he became a mainstay at the Moonlight Beach volleyball courts, playing and training there almost daily and playing in beach tournaments nearly every weekend ranging from co-ed tourneys to Opens/Professional.

      Nick began coaching at San Marcos High School in 2010 and continued coaching there through 2015. During his tenure at SMHS, he also coached at SoCal Volleyball Club. At SoCal, he was both a head coach indoors and the beach program director. Nick has been coaching at WAVE and WAVE Beach since 2015. His favorite memories have been coaching in the gold medal matches at the Beach Junior Nationals, the BVCA Championships, and Cal Cup.

      Maintaining a positive and fun team culture while simultaneously getting athletes to think critically about volleyball is Nick's passion. He believes in making things enjoyable enough for athletes to gain the self-motivation to want to work hard without being asked. While he is detail-oriented tactically and technically, he prefers to guide the athlete into becoming self-aware enough that they know the answer before he asks it.

      While Nick's passion for volleyball will always be one of his defining characteristics, he is also passionate about music. He has been in several bands over the years and plays guitar, trumpet, drums, and vocals. He still plays music regularly and says it encourages him to be creative as a coach.

  • Nick Rubacky
    • nickrubacky@gmail.com
    • Nick Rubacky

      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.

  • Nick Wilson
    • np.wilson74@gmail.com
    • Nick Wilson

      Coming from Excel volleyball club in Dallas, Texas, Nick Wilson played with the UCSD Men’s Club Volleyball Program for 4 years. He has also coached a short fall season with the USYVL, as well as the UCSD Club C team during his senior year. He believes in helping kids reach their full potential while developing into strong, responsible men and women.

  • Nicole Goldhaber
    • ngoldhaber@gmail.com
    • Nicole Goldhaber

      Nicole grew up in Los Angeles, CA and played for Santa Monica Beach Club {SMBC) for 8 years while playing for Harvard Westlake School and winning the California State Championship her senior year. After high school, she went to the east coast to play for the Columbia University Lions where she was team captain both her junior and senior year. While at Columbia, Nicole was the head coach of the Columbia Men's Volleyball Team for 2 seasons. After college, she moved back to Los Angeles to work at a Sports Medicine practice while studying to go to medical school. During that time, she coached at Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA) for two years. Nicole then went back east to Harvard Medical School where she led her intramural volleyball team to 7 straight championships!

      After graduating from medical school, Nicole came back to southern California ("west coast best coast!") for General Surgery Residency at UCSD. She is currently on the research portion of her program and is excited to be back on the volleyball scene. She is truly passionate about the game and all that she learned both as a player, captain and coach. She claims without volleyball, there is no way she would have made it through medical school and the first years of surgery residency. The teamwork, dedication and leadership skills (among others) that one gains on/around a volleyball team are truly invaluable, and Nicole strives to impart these to all of her players.

      If you don't find her at the beach, on the volleyball court, or working on a research project, you sure to catch her at Taco Tuesday!

  • Nicole Hragyil
    • nicole.hragyil@gmail.com
    • Nicole Hragyil

      WAVE is excited to announce the addition of coach Nicole during the 2021 season. Nicole was a dual sport athlete in high school (volleyball/basketball) before she continued her volleyball career at Texas Tech University (2010-2014). While at Texas Tech, Nicole played both setter & defensive specialist. On top of her collegiate workload, she coaches at Guns Up Volleyball Club. Prior to coming to WAVE, Nicole coached at Viper Volleyball Club (2017-2021).

  • Noly Mon
    • nolygomezmon@gmail.com
    • Noly Mon

      Noly played high school volleyball at Mt. Carmel. He continued with 2 years at Mira Mar College as a setter/ libero earning 2 conference titles and a 2nd team all conference recognition. He then transferred to The University of Saint Katherine.

      Noly started coaching in 2014 at his alma mater, then went on to win 7 back-to-back league champs with his JV squad at Westview High School. Since then, he has coached club at SDVBC and is currently the volunteer assistant at San Diego State University. Noly currently plays professional volleyball for the NVA with the OC Stunners.

  • Olivia Ramos
    • olivia.ramos12@me.com
    • Olivia Ramos

      With over 15 years of experience, Olivia has coached every age group from middle, high school, club, and assisted at the junior college level. She has achieved numerous first-place titles and has sent high school players on to play at various collegiate levels. She currently is the Assistant Varsity Coach at Maranatha. No matter the level she is coaching, she believes each athlete brings a unique gift to the court and if they all truly work together with their gifts, success is sure to come.

      Originally from Seattle, Olivia played 4 years of high school volleyball, two years of club, did a junior summer volleyball tour in Europe where she played against other international teams & then went on to play 2 years at Shoreline Community College. During her time at SCC she made the All Star Teams both years and again went to Spain to compete against professional teams. Olivia also lived in China for 4 years where she joined an adult club team playing in Chinese tournaments.

      She finished her degree from the University of Washington with a BFA in Sculpture and loves art. She has 3 small children whom she homeschools, she loves sunsets at the beach, music, art, dates with her husband, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. She is grateful for her family and faith community that has supported her in this amazing thing called life.

  • Peyton Schirman
    • peyton_schirman88@yahoo.com
    • Peyton Schirman

      Peyton has coached in a variety of situations, having coached many camps and clinics all over the U.S. & abroad. During his time in the Netherlands. He has also worked with Gold Medal squared & was provided the opportunity to coach under John Cook at The University of Nebraska Lincoln. As a coach he strives to show the athletes that with work, you can achieve great things. He wants them to obtain a winners mentality and go into games feeling confident that they can get the job done, no matter the situation they are in. And lastly, he wants them to know that if you do mess up, then it is not the end of the world. Get back up and try again because with reps, you will succeed.

      Personally, Peyton began his volleyball Journey as a Junior at Steele Canyon High School. He was a varsity volleyball player for 2 years and then played at the collegiate NCAA D1/D2 level at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina. He finished his last two years of college at Briar Cliff University in Iowa at the NAIA level. After graduation, he received a contract for one year to play at the professional level for a team in the Netherlands.

      Awards & Recognitions:
      -SCHS student athlete of the year
      -NCAA National Player of the week (2 times)
      -NCAA National Player of the Month
      -1st team All-Conference (2 times)
      -NAIA 1st team All-American 2017
      -BCU male athlete of the year 2017
      -NAIA 1st team All-American 2018

  • Reily Buechler
    • reils333@gmail.com
    • Reily Buechler

      Reily is a WAVE Alum and returns to WAVE from the University of Texas where she was a volunteer assistant coach during the 2019-2020 fall season. While in Texas, she also coached two years of club volleyball at Austin Skyline Volleyball Club.

      Prior to her coaching career, Reily played four years of varsity volleyball at Torrey Pines High School and her entire club career at WAVE. Her club and high school accolades include:
      San Diego CIF Player of the Year
      First Team All-San Diego County accolades in both 2012 and 2013
      All-Palomar League as a Senior, Junior and Freshman
      First Team All-State and Under Armour All-America as a Senior
      Two-time Most Valuable Player of the Durango Fall Classic as a Junior and Senior
      No. 28 spot on the PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces list
      Played in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match and Skills Competition
      All-American at the 2012 Junior Olympics

      Reily was a 2018 UCLA Grad and played outside for four seasons for the Bruins. In her senior season, she earned All-Pac-12 First Team plaudits for the first time after receiving Honorable Mention nods in her first three years.

      Reily believes volleyball is much more than a sport. It allows you to grow as a young adult and realize what it means to come into your own. She believes you learn the most about yourself and others when your back is against the wall and you have to collectively battle through adversity. Reily looks to instill confidence in each athlete when they touch the court by allowing them to learn court skills and communication methods through practice, individual training, and tournament play. Through her experience, competing with people you care about and trust is the greatest feeling in the world and wants every young athlete to experience that.

      In her free time, she loves going to the beach, watching tv shows, spending time with family, and eating delicious food! She grew up on Fidel's Chicken and Rice Soup 🙂

  • Tammy Leibl
    • tammyleibl@gmail.com
    • Tammy Leibl

      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.

      COACHING EXPERIENCE

      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.

  • Taylor Bloomquist
    • tbloomin@yahoo.com
    • Taylor Bloomquist

      Taylor joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2021. In addition to coaching at WAVE, Taylor is the JV Volleyball Coach at Carlsbad High School. In 2020, he served as the Assistant Coach for the Carlsbad High School team. Prior to his coaching career, Taylor attended Sacred Heart University where he started all 4 years.

  • Taylor Hammond
    • taylor.hammond3@gmail.com
    • Taylor Hammond

      WAVE welcomed coach Taylor during the 2022 season. In addition to coaching at WAVE, Taylor is the Assistant Men's coach at UCSD! Taylor has coached both men from club to collegiate levels. Prior to WAVE, he coached at Balboa Bay Volleyball Club, 949 Volleyball Club, Orange Coast College, and Auburn University.

      Taylor started playing volleyball at a young age. His dad, Doug, ran a beach tournament at Lake Mission Viejo that Taylor would hang around as a kid and learn to play. He went on to play at the highest level professionally in Germany, Penn State University, Santa Margarita High School, and Balboa Bay Volleyball Club. He has decorated history with both his playing and coaching career. During his time at Penn State, he earned his degree in communications with a minor in business. He was a 4 year starting setter, a 4 time Conference Champion, a 4 time All Conference selection, and reached the Final Four 3 times. While in Germany he was twice named match MVP and was a German Cup semifinalist. In club at Balboa Bay, he lead his team to 3 Junior National Championships and twice was named to the All Tournament Team. At SMCHS Taylor was 4X All League, MVP his Senior Year. 2X All County & All CIF and led his team to the CIF Finals. Coaching Club his teams have won gold at Festival & Red Rock Rave, earned multiple bids, and achieved multiple top 5 finishes. At Dana Hills HS his teams won League Titles, were a Quarter Finalist in CIF and earned a Top 20 State Ranking. In 2021 at Orange Coast College his team won a Conference Championship capped off with a State Title.

      Taylor met his fiancé Jessica at Festival in Arizona about 4 years ago and they have a 11 year old dog Samantha together. In his free time, he enjoys playing beach, hanging out with family and friends, and hiking.

  • Thiago Barbosa
    • tdbarbosa@ucsd.edu
    • Thiago Barbosa

      Thiago has 14 years of volleyball coaching experience in different levels. Currently, he is the assistant coach at UC San Diego. As a head coach at Bay Port HS he led the team to the first conference title in school history and the Pirates finished the season with 29-3 overall record. Thiago was also chosen the 2019 FRCC coach of the year. As an assistant coach at UWGB in 2017, he helped the team reach the championship match of the Horizon League Tournament and the quarter finals of the NIVC. Before coming to UWGB, he was a volunteer assistant coach at West Virginia University, where he coached in the Big XII conference for three years. Thiago played collegiately for the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul before moving on to play professionally in Brazil and Europe.

      Thiago believes that his coaching philosophy is what guides him through his general career decisions and specific daily choices. He developed this philosophy based on his values and previous coaching experiences that helped him learn what he wanted to change or keep doing in the future. The main factors of his coaching philosophy are: athlete development as a whole, coaching effectiveness, using empirical-validated and sound theoretical foundations for his work, being ethical and self-aware, and working in a multidisciplinary way with the rest of the coaching staff.

  • Tucker Hargraves
    • tuckerhargraves@gmail.com
    • Tucker Hargraves

      WAVE welcomed Tucker during the 2022 season! Prior to WAVE, he played at Valencia High School from 2005 to 2007, part of the Foothill League Championship winning teams during his tenure.
      - Played for SC Elite Volleyball Club, in Valencia, CA during the 2005-2006 club seasons, participant at the 2006 Boy's Junior Olympics, held in Minneapolis Minnesota, won the Flight 1 Bracket.
      - Played for Revolution Volleyball Club in the Antelope Valley during the 2006-2007 club season.
      - Classically trained middle blocker who transition to right side during college.
      - Started coaching in 2008 at his alma mater, Valencia High School, while on the staff, the Vikings Varsity team garnered another Foothill League Title, as well as the 2008 CIF Title and a National Championship.
      - Coached for the city of Santa Clarita in the youth volleyball league Spring 2010 season.
      - Coached at Elite Volleyball Club, in Chatsworth, CA from November 2011 until May 2012.
      - Moved to San Diego in August, 2012
      - Played at San Diego Mesa College, in San Diego from 2013 until 2015.
      - Coached at Warrior Volleyball Club, in Chula Vista, CA from 2016 until 2017.
      - Coached at Kearny Senior High School December 2016-May 2017.
      - Inaugural Member of the University of Saint Katherine's Men's Volleyball Program during the 2018-2019 seasons. Starting Opposite during 2018 season.
      - Transitioned to student-assistant coach, following a season ending knee injury in 2019.
      - Member of the men's beach program at USK during the fall of 2019.
      - Volunteer Assistant Coach during 2020 season at USK.
      - Coached at SoCal Volleyball Club, became the boy's 16's head coach during the 2021/2022 club season, local clinic coach, and January 2021 until August 2022
      - Current Boy's Volleyball Program Head Coach at Canyon Crest Academy starting January 2022.

      We are excited to have Tucker join the WAVE family!

  • Whitney Wilkerson
    • whitwilkerson5@gmail.com
    • Whitney Wilkerson

      Whitney joined the WAVE coaching staff in 2022! She is a San Diego native, and also works on our Admin team as an Operations Assistant.

      Prior to coaching at WAVE, Whitney played at Torrey Pines and is a WAVE alumni who played under coach Jeanne Reeves. At WAVE she has been apart of multiple banners, including a 1st place at Nationals in 16 Open. She continued her playing career at Long Beach State and graduated with a degree in psychology.

      During her free time she enjoys going to the beach, baking, and hanging out with friends and family.

      Fun facts:
      -She has played every position on the court [including middle!]
      - Her dad was an All Pro NFL player for the San Diego Chargers and coach for the the Los Angeles Raiders and Rams.

  • Will Alleyne
    • walleyne12@gmail.com
    • Will Alleyne

      Will is a WAVE alum and joined the Beach coaching staff in 2022! We are so excited to have him back at WAVE!

  • Will Raschke
    • wnraschke@gmail.com
    • Will Raschke

      Will is a native San Diegan and discovered his love of volleyball one summer through pickup beach volleyball games. From there he went on to play for Torrey Pines where he was on varsity for three years as an outside hitter and libero. He also played for WAVE his senior year, which was the club’s first year having a boy’s team.

      While he was a student at UCSB, Will played libero for the school’s club team and won two state club championships. Off the court he volunteered with an at-risk youth sports league where he coached several sports and discovered that he enjoyed working with kids, and after graduating in 2011 he’s been teaching and coaching all over San Diego. Currently he has the privilege of doing both at San Dieguito Academy, where he is the varsity girls volleyball head coach.

      Will’s coaching philosophy emphasizes teamwork, mental toughness, and using mistakes as learning opportunities. He wants his players to leave the gym with skills they can use to improve themselves both on and off the court.

Have what it takes to coach?

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 brennan@wavevb.com.

Good luck to our WAVE alumni dancing in the NCAA tournament! 💃

Let’s go WAVE! 🌊🌊

Tiffany Pedersen-Henry - Yale
Carly Diehl - Yale
Bella Chan - Yale
Morgan Lewis - Oregon
Haylee Stoner - USD
Jordyn Freeman - UNLV
Kendra Ham - Hawaii
Anna Pringle - Stanford
Katie Lougeay - Colorado

Shoutout to @kcpowervb for the inspo!
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CONGRATULATIONS TO PARKER TOMKINSON (17 Jon) FOR COMMITTING TO UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA! ✌️

Let’s go WAVE! #waveboysvb #wavecommits 🌊
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Happy Thanksgiving from our WAVE family to yours! We hope everyone has a day filled with gratitude. We are thankful for each and every one of you!

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Congratulations to Julia Blyashov for being named @maxpreps 2022 National Player of the Year!

Your WAVE family is so proud of you!

#wavevb🌊
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CONGRATULATIONS TO KIKI REMENSPERGER FOR COMMITTING TO PLAY BEACH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA!

#wavevb #wavecommits
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14 Tammy takes 2nd overall in the SCVA Entry tournament!

Let’s go WAVE! 🌊🌊
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CONGRATULATIONS TO SOFIA WILLIAMS (17 Juliana) FOR COMMITTING TO THE ADMISSION PROCESS AT YALE UNIVERSITY!

Let’s go WAVE! 🌊🌊 #wavecommits #ivyleague
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NLI SIGNING DAY! Congratulations to all WAVE Girls, Boys, and Beach athletes!

Class of 2023!

LETS GO WAVE! 🌊 #wavevb
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CONGRATULATIONS ON TO MIA COMPAS (18 Juliana) FOR COMMITTING AND SIGNING TO DAVIDSON COLLEGE!

Let’s go WAVE!! 🌊 #wavevb
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Congratulations to all our WAVE athletes signing today! We are so proud of all of you and can’t wait to cheer you on at the next level!

LETS GO WAVE! 🌊 #classof2023 ✍️
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