What to Expect at Tryouts

In some places tryouts may be an intimidating event. Not at SoCal Volleyball Club! Here tryouts are a fun, low-stress time where your daughter highlights her skills. You and she will be welcomed with smiling faces and a little motown on the stereo. Families often say they love our club’s vibe – that it feels good to be here, and Travel Team Tryouts are no exception! Even if you’re unsure your daughter’s ready to play in the Travel Program, I recommend she attends tryouts anyway. It’s hours of great training led by me and the kind and inspiring SoCal Coaching Team.  We’ll have a whole host of awesome coaches to implement drills, run and organize the courts, and evaluate the players.

What is the Travel Program?

The Travel Program is three tiers of our most committed and competitive teams that play in Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA) tournaments. As the USA Volleyball affiliate in our region, the SCVA is located at the American Sports Center (ASC) in Anaheim (Fun Fact: It’s also where our men and women’s USA National team train!). Most SCVA tournaments are held at ASC’s 36 court facility, as well as other facilities in the Orange County area. Here is a link to this year’s tentative tournament schedule, the SCVA releases tournament locations two to three days before the tournament.

The Travel Program’s three tiers are: Regional Teams, National Teams, and National+ Teams. For a clear, side-by-side comparison of these programs, and all of our Girls Teams see our Program Comparison Chart here.

How do we choose players for the Travel Program?

The drivers for joining the Travel Program varies by player ⏤ ranging from highly-competitive college scholarship bound to an extracurricular activity that teaches life lessons. While these motivators are not mutually exclusive, each SoCal VBC player is on different points on the spectrum. So we form teams that match player’s skills and goals, starting with the most competitive teams first. The final deciding factors in roster decisions are: (1) Will your daughter have significant playing time, and (2) will she be appropriately challenged by her coach and teammates.

We will have several coaches evaluating on all courts, and will have all players showcase all skills. We like to see how players respond when challenged with skills they may not be comfortable with.  We are evaluating technique, effort, attitude and general athleticism.  For a large part of tryouts, the girls will be playing the game of volleyball so that we can see how they manage game-like situations.

We form teams as quickly as possible starting with the top team in each age group.  We’ll talk with your daughter about what she wants out of the season, and how we see her fitting on her team.

You may not agree with your daughter’s team assignment, if you stick with us though, you’ll see she’s in a place where she’ll thrive.

How many tryouts should my daughter really attend?

We’d love for her to attend every tryout, because seeing her more helps us get a better assessment. Life happens though, so if she can only make one ⏤ that’s OK!  Just let us know you’re interested and we’ll work hard to match her with a team.  If she can only attend one tryout, it should probably be the first one, because we form teams as soon as possible.  If you’re concerned about the number of tryouts you can come to, give us a call.

Here’s to you and another awesome season!  Don’t be nervous– remember, it’s JUST volleyball, and you are awesome.  Life is good – see you tomorrow!

-Aimee

2019-10-04T12:50:16-08:00October 4th, 2019|Announcements, National, Regional|

2020 10U-14U Travel Coaching Staff

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.

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.

2019-09-23T16:11:28-08:00September 23rd, 2019|Announcements, National, Regional|

2020 15/16/17/18U Travel Coaching Staff

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.

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!

Maddy Newcombe

Volleyball Instructor, Pursuing Bachelor’s Degree from CSUSM
  • current CSUSM DII player
  • CSUSM Newcomer of the Year (2016-17)
  • All-CCAA first team (2016)
Maddy has helped coach in the Local Program and assisted on multiple Travel teams.
Maddy is currently playing for Coach Andrea at Cal State San Marcos. Maddy plays as an outside hitter and middle blocker. Maddy is originally from Running Springs, Calif. 

Jose Munoz

Jose has been a volleyball Coach for more than twelve years and has helped jump-start young programs in North County, San Diego. The programs he has helped develop include the Escondido Palomar YMCA, Escondido Charter High School and Classical Academy High School. He has been the Junior Varsity volleyball Coach for the past 3 years for Classical Academy High School and is also an Assistant Coach for their Varsity team.

Kassy Doering

Kassy is from Austin, Texas and currently plays division two volleyball at Cal State San Marcos as a middle blocker. At Cal State, Kassy is pursuing a degree in applied physical in electronics. Kassy’s coaching career can be traced back to her roots in Texas and she is excited about expanding this career at SoCal!

Eric Sato

Known as the best defensive specialist in the world in the late 80’s and early 90’s while playing for the USA NAtional Team, Eric Sato is a two-time Olympic medalist (Gold ’88, Bronze ’92), and also owns gold medals from the 1986 World Championships and the 1987 Pan-Am Games, and bronze medals from the 1991 World Cup and the 1994 World Championships. Sato was also a member of two USA Volleyball Open national Championship teams, and was also named Defensive Player of the Year on the 4-man pro beach tour in 1997.

In his ten seasons at the helm of Francis Parker High School’s Varsity Girls Volleyball team, Sato guided his squads to the 2004 and 2005 CIF Division IV state championships and four CIF-San Diego Section D-IV titles (’02, ’04, ’05, 06), while making six straight CIF Finals appearances. His teams have also captured seven consecutive Coastal League South championships. He was named San Diego County and California State Coach of the Year for the 2004 girls’ season, and repeated as SD County Coach of the Year in 2005. The CIF San Diego Section named Sato 2005-2006 CIFSDS Coach of the Year.

Sato’s first boys’ team as head coach captured CIF D-IV and Western League championships in 2006, and as an assistant coach he also contributed to the previous six consecutive CIF & Western League titles earned by Parker boys’ volleyball teams since 2000. He also led the Parker boys’ JV squad to an undefeated season in his first season with the Lancers.

The head women’s coach at Grossmont College from 1998-2000, Sato led the Griffins to Pacific Coast Conference championships in 1999 and 2000, earning conference Coach of the Year honors both seasons. In 2003, he was honored by USA Volleyball as one of the members of USAV’s 75th Anniversary All-Era (1978-2002) Team. In 2011, Sato was selected as Volleyball Monthly top 35 all time greats. In 2016, Sato was selected USAV’s All-time great male player award. He is also a sought after coach for camps and private lessons.

Aly Torline

Torline played collegiate volleyball for Cal State San Bernardino. She was a four year starting Outside Hitter for the Coyotes, leading the team to three NCAA West Region Finals and two CCAA Championships. Torline was an AVCA First Team All-American, two-time CSUSB Scholar-Athlete of the year, four-time All-CCAA honoree, and a 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.

Currently, Torline is the 1st Assistant Volleyball Coach at Cal State University San Marcos. Prior to Cal State San Marcos, she served two years as the Assistant Coach for Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she also earned her M.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Psychology. She helped guide the Cardinals to the program’s first NESCAC Championship in 2017 with the 2018 squad reaching the NCAA DIII Elite 8. During her time at Wesleyan, the program produced four AVCA All-Americans and four All-Conference honorees.

Prior to Wesleyan, Torline served as a club coach in Southern California for five years, working with 13-16 year age groups at Rancho Valley Volleyball Club and Club H Volleyball Club. Her favorite part of coaching is the chance to teach young athletes how to be competitive, good teammates and have fun playing volleyball!

Iona Lofrano

Iona grew up in a small town just outside of Sacramento (Meadow Vista). She was very active as a child playing volleyball, soccer, basketball, and running track and cross country. In high school, she was named MVP of her high school season her Senior year. She got a scholarship to play volleyball at the NCAA Division II California State University, Los Angeles for the Golden Eagles.

In her Sophomore season, Iona received many awards including National Volleyball Player of the Week by AVCA. She finished the season earning All Conference awards as well as recognized as an All-American Honorable Mention. The remaining two years were also successful becoming the schools first ever three-time All-American and only the second player in the history of the school to be honored with an Academic All-American award.

Following her Senior season, she played a fifth year at CSULA in the inaugural year of the Beach Volleyball team, also Graduate Assisting the indoor program while taking Master courses in Exercise Science.

She began her coaching career during her Sophomore year at Nike Elite West in Culver City. She helped coach 4 teams through her time there.

After moving to San Diego, Iona started coaching at SoCal Volleyball Club. She was given the opportunity to take over 2 teams the first year, then followed coaching another 3 teams. She was also the Assistant Coach for Mira Costa College for their indoor and beach seasons.

Iona believes that she can not only make an impact on the players in volleyball, but help them understand skills for the rest of their lives. She focuses on increasing technical skills and understanding for each element in the game.

Emily Vander Weide

Aurora Salas

Aurora Salas grew up in Vista where she graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School and then attended Point Loma Nazarene University where she earned her degree in Psychology. While at PLNU she was named the all time kill leader along with All Conference and All American Honors. In 2006 she was inducted into the PLNU Hall of Fame as a player.

Aurora has coached volleyball for over 20 years at every level. Her longest coaching career was for PLNU where she guided the team to top 25 national rankings as well as NAIA National Tournament appearances. In recent years she has assisted at Mira Costa College with the indoor and beach teams. Most recently, she was the head varsity coach at Horizon Prep for the indoor and sand teams where the team won back to back conference championships and went to the quarterfinals for CIF Div IV playoffs.

Aurora and her husband Mike of 25 years live in Vista with their 9 year old twin boys. Aurora currently plays beach volleyball in her free time and enters in beach tournaments over the summer, most recently earning her A rating.

Natalie Jones

Coach Natalie Jones is a former division 1 middle blocker at the University of Montana. Following graduation, she played overseas in Thailand with “Athletes in Action”.
She has coached volleyball for over 9 years beginning at Montana Volleyball Academy, where she coached numerous athletes who are now  Division 1 athletes.
She was  the head coach at Loyola High School and then assistant volleyball coach at Bryan College where she received Assistant Coach of the Year. Coach Jones not only has a huge passion for volleyball but loves building relationships with her athletes as a mentor and a friend.

Dave Goss

Dave started a life-long journey of playing volleyball in the early 90’s and has grown into a passion for coaching. After playing three years of club volleyball, Dave played collegiately at Foothill College as a setter for three years (1993-1996) and earning back to back All Coast Conference MVP and 1st Team All Conference awards. He later transferred to San Jose State University and graduated with a degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and Behavioral Science. After graduation, Dave went onto to play competitive beach and grass volleyball and earned his AA rating.

Dave started coaching at SoCal in 2012- first as a volunteer coach with his daughter (Maile Goss) 13’s team, then as an official coach in 2017. He comes with a setting and defensive mindset and enjoys working with athletes to gain a better awareness and vision on the court. He has a firm belief in core fundamentals, a passion for teamwork, and an unwavering focus on short- and long-term goals.

Dave is married to his wife Malia of 21 years and lives in San Marcos. He has two children: their daughter, Maile who currently plays volleyball at The University of Hawaii-Hilo, and their son, Kainoa enjoys playing beach volleyball.

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!

Alessandra Romero

Coach Ale has had an absolute passion for volleyball since the day she picked up a ball. At Mission Hills high school, her alma mater, she achieved the starting libero position her junior and senior year as well as earning awards such as Coaches’ Award, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. She continued her talents at Cal State San Marcos’ competitive club team after graduating in 2015. She is currently competing at San Diego Mesa college as well as attending CSUSM where she is thrilled to be competing collegiately. She has coached Sage Creek’s boys freshman team for 2016 and 2017 season where they have won league and CIF back to back, and won state for the first time in program history. She has also coached Sage Creek’s JV girls as well as San Dieguito Academy JV girls where several incredible wins went down in history.

Coach Ale is also no stranger to the club, as she played 3 club seasons on a couple of top teams right here at SoCal. From running Future Stars, to assisting the beach program and assisting 15-Jason’s national team, she truly has a calling to connecting well with younger players. Many players would define her coaching style as patient, nurturing, yet accountable. She will ultimately push you to do your absolute best, all while having tons of fun. Ale strongly believes that everything must be done with a purpose and is achieved through a process, in where she will be every step of the day.

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.

Ashleigh Sympson

Dave Faleumu

Dave is a very passionate veteran of youth volleyball in our community.Dave formerly coached the Frosh team at Vista High School, and currently coaches the varsity team at RBV. Dave has been coaching at SoCal VBC for the past four years at all levels.

Dave is also a former rugby player, having played for the All Blacks, as well as, the Samoan National Team. Dave also coached the U19 Samoan International team for over a year and half.

2019-07-29T16:46:08-08:00July 18th, 2019|Announcements, National, Regional|
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