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.
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!
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.
Brett feels like Volleyball has provided some of the best opportunities, lessons and people in his life & still does. One of the biggest personal lessons being how preparation and mindful/intentional training is key to success at the higher levels both on and off the court. So much so that developing mindfulness, training ugly, and emphasizing personal accountability/preparation has become a core element of his juniors coaching philosophy the last several years.
During his time as a coach Brett has led the ASU Mens Team, volunteered at U of A under Dave Rubio & worked under Liane Sato at Santa Monica HS. In 4 years as head coach at Columbine HS he built a culture that finished 56-13 with consecutive regional appearances. He has had successes with clubs in AZ, CO and here in CA along with playing and training with some of the top Beach Players in the country. Most recently working with Kevin McCulloch & Rafu Rodriquez during the 2016/17 AVP Season.
As a coach Brett feels extremely lucky; many of the people who mentored him are considered some of the top players & coaches in the country. Their example and desire for ongoing learning & adaptation is something he takes to heart. Choosing to be a flexible student of how the game is trained & played is something Brett feels is important to remain current as a coach.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.