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!