Savannah Minshew

Savannah can be described as encouraging, compassionate and enthusiastic, especially when it comes to coaching! Savannah is in the process of getting her B.A. in Business Management with an emphasis in Sports Management at the University of St. Katherine. Along with being a student, she is also playing indoor and beach volleyball. Savannah has been playing for a total of 7 years at all different levels, ranging from locals to elite traveling team.

As a coach, Savannah focuses on giving each player and family the best experience possible. She plans her practices to be competitive, energetic, and encouraging all while creating a skill building environment. Savannah exudes honesty, a strong work ethic, and collaboration. Each season she looks forward to seeing her team grow from the first day of practice to the last!

Bridgette Salas

Bridgette is an 18-year coaching veteran! She has spent time coaching indoor and sand programs at the Varsity high school level, while also spending 9 years as the director of Showcase Volleyball Club. Her strengths include defense, serve-receive, and hitting to name a few. She believes that volleyball is all about a good attitude and maximum effort. When coaching, she provides continuous feedback while also instilling a love for the game to each of her players.

Rocky Ortiz

Rocky started playing volleyball when she was 8 years old! She never looked back on her long career of Elite volleyball at Viper Volleyball Club in Temecula. Rocky was a libero through her club and high school career at Vista Murrieta High School and played her first year of college at Missouri Southern, a NCAA Division II college. She then returned home to finish school and play at Palomar College.

Rocky began her coaching career at Valley Center High School where she coached the girls Novice team. She then became the Head Coach for the Boys program for the next two years. Rocky then took a full time job at Classical Academy, and coached at the JV level for the girls team and recently assisted for the Beach Program.

Rocky describes her coaching as defensively minded meaning she places a focus on appreciating scrappy and smart players followed by a quick offense. She also focuses on improving technique and helping players increasing their volleyball IQ.

Morgan Byers

Morgan grew up on Doheny State Beach his entire life. From surfing, to summer camps, to beach volleyball. Morgan has been the director of the annual Doheny Beach Volleyball Camp and Doheny CBVA tournaments for the past 20 years. Morgan has also been an avid “AAA” ranked beach player in California.

Morgan’s previous coaching experience includes being a Head Coach and Director of Club Lite at San Clemente VBC. Before that, he coached at WAVE VBC for both indoor and beach teams. Morgan also spent time as the Girls Varsity Head Coach at San Juan Hills High School. He owned his own club called Velocity VBC from 2005-2011.

Morgan takes on the hefty role of coaching both indoor and beach volleyball at SoCal as well as running a number of our weekend beach tournaments. He looks forward to the growth of the beach center and the upcoming indoor season!

Kerena Madon

Kerena’s players would describe her coaching style as fun, constantly supportive, and persistent. She requires a lot from her players and they always show great improvement.

Kerena enters her fifth year at SoCal where she displays her competitive experience that was gained, by being a four-year Varsity player at Vista High School. While at Vista, Kerena was coached by Aimee Asebroek, who taught her to pay attention to detail and work hard! Her experience at Vista later allowed her to be a standout player at Mira Costa College. While at SoCal, Kerena has been instrumental in running SoCal’s summer camps, clinics, and FutureStars where she specializes in player development. On top of these classes, Kerena has coached Fall Ball and travel teams where she most enjoys watching her girls push themselves to a higher standard!

Chloe Gruwell

Chloe is from Las Vegas, Nevada and is currently in her ninth year of playing volleyball. She is a Senior at the University of Saint Katherine where she studies Business Marketing. Not only does she have a passion for playing but she also has a passion for coaching. Chloe has been coaching 12U & 14U for five years now and absolutely loves it! She loves coaching so much, she thinks about it, dreams about it and talks about it all the time. It is such a huge part of her life and she is happy to call SoCal home!

Aimee Asebroek

Players would describe Aimee’s coaching style as, “tough but fair, passionate, focused on technique and ball control, never mad or yelling but positive, smiling and nurturing.”

Aimee Asebroek graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine in 2005 where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and her minor in Educational Studies. At UC Irvine, she was the president and captain of the women’s club volleyball team for three years, earning the SCCVL Player of the Year award her last three years. Aimee was also the President of the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball league.

Aimee started her club coaching career with North County Volleyball Club’s 12 and under team at the age of 19, and has since coached at SoCal Volleyball Club. She has coached teams at every age group and level for girls, and the 14s and 16s level for boys. She has also run camps and coached for the City of Vista, Club Strictly Volleyball and North County Volleyball Club.

Aimee has coached at San Marcos High School and assisted at AIAA Conference Champion Cal State San Marcos University, and worked closely with their head coach, A.I.I. Volleyball Coach of the Year, Andrea Leonard on both the coaching and recruiting side. She spent 4 years as the Varsity Coach at Vista High School. She has worked closely with her volleyball mentor, Olympian Mary Jo Peppler to develop a curriculum for SoCal that ensures a player will have the same technically driven experience from coach to coach and team to team.

Aimee believes that consistent technical work and feedback are a must for ALL ages and skill levels but that developing and maintaining teamwork skills and great attitudes are even more critical. For her, there is an overriding emphasis on enjoying the experience as a whole and creating a lifelong love for the game. Aimee also stresses consistent hard work and respect for one another and coaches. She teaches her coaches to be kind, fair, consistent and disciplined with their kids.

Josh Duarte

Phil Sensmeier

Phil’s interest in volleyball started at a young age in the sand on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. In college Phil met his wife Katy who was a volleyball stud from California and they played volleyball constantly throughout college and beyond. His daughters interest in volleyball and the proximity of SoCal VBC brought Phil into coaching. He has assisted 12-16s teams at SoCal since 2014 and coached for three years at San Marcos High most recently as head coach of the JV team. Phil has been fortunate to have assistant coached for Karolyn Kirby, Aimee Asebroek, and most recently Eric Sato. He believes that team sports can teach us many skills needed to be successful in life, so the focus should be on more than just the technical details of volleyball. He has two daughters, Alaura and Abi, who played at SoCal. Phil is the Mechanical Engineering Manager at Production Systems in Poway.

Katy Sensmeier

Jason Sebastian

Described as a coach who is passionate, kind, and driven, Jason has spread the love for the game in each of his players. Having played on some of the top club teams in San Diego throughout his entire high school career, he uses his experiences as a player to help guide his coaching methodologies with his main goal being to be the coach that he himself would want to play for.

Jason specializes in teaching defense as he was the starting varsity libero at Mission Hills High School since his Sophomore Year receiving numerous Best Defensive Player of the Year accolades and made the Scripps Ranch Tournament All-American Team as Junior and Senior and First Team All League his Senior Year. Being a libero, he teaches technical soundness, discipline, and mental toughness, three aspects of the game that he believes are absolutely vital in the best players.

Jason attends college at the University of San Diego with a major in Biology and a minor in business.

Tyler Branson-White

Tyler’s coaching style can be described as energetic, passionate, inspirational and intense. His love for volleyball started not long after he was born. His mother, a collegiate coach at the time, has been his inspiration for the game since birth. He started officially playing when he was eight and continued to club volleyball throughout his high school days.

Tyler’s coaching career started in 2017 with SoCal volleyball club where he helped Coach Aimee’s travel team. After that he continued with his own team the following fall, coaching Fall Ball. From there he became involved with the Local program at SoCal, coaching 14’s and high school teams. Outside of club, Tyler has coached the girl’s JV Fallbrook High School team and later the JV boy’s at El Camino High school. With Tyler’s experience in coaching, he moves on to take his first travel team at SoCal in the 2020 season!

Tyler’s favorite group to coach is anyone that is willing to work hard, play hard, be moldable and ready to have fun. The teams that have the most fun and the most passion are the ones he will remember the most. Tyler’s overall coaching goal is to coach at a Division 1 school. Once he gets out of the Marine Corps, he will be coaching full-time and going to college to achieve his teaching credentials.

JT Ragan

JT specializes in the technical side of the game and loves to break down skills with younger players. He is credited for introducing SoCal coaches Craig Wilson, Bjorn Dahl, and Ben Moselle to the game of volleyball.
He is currently the girls freshmen head coach at San Dieguito Academy.