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Aimee Asebroek

Coaching Director

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.

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Alessandra Romero

Coach

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.

Alexa Lambert

Coach

Alexa was born in San Diego where she started playing volleyball at a young age. She played varsity all four years
and played club for Epic and East County Volleyball Association. She received a full athletic and academic scholarship to San Diego Christian College where she went on to play 4 years as a scholar athlete and serve as a captain, as well as on the student advisory committee. Not long after, she pursued opportunities overseas in Thailand, Ireland, and Scotland through Athletes in Action where she competed against National and collegiate teams from all over Asia and Europe. This opportunity allowed for high level competition as well as coaching clinics and camps all across the world.

Alexa started coaching as soon as she graduated high school and has coached a number of teams at different levels and ages. Right after high school she stepped into a coaching role at ECVBA to coach indoor and beach for the next 7 years. She focuses on assisting young athletes excel as volleyball players, as well as creating a safe and fun environment. Mental health, nutrition, and character are important aspects of an athlete that Alexa incorporates into all aspects of coaching. After college, she pursued a Master’s in Athletic Training and worked for several volleyball teams and tournaments providing sports medicine coverage. Injury prevention, rehabilitation, and emergency care specific to volleyball players as her area of expertise. She currently resides in Carlsbad and works as an athletic trainer at the University of Saint Katherine.

Aly Torline

Coach

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!

Andy Fulenwider

Coach

Growing up in Bakersfield, California, Andy didn’t have many opportunities to participate in men’s volleyball.  However, by the age of 17 Andy had already been traveling around California winning Men’s Doubles Open Division Championships.  In 1996 he walked onto Santa Barbara City College as a starting outside hitter. From 1997-1999 Andy continued to play professionally on a men’s indoor team as well as competing in AVP Beach events like the Hermosa and Manhattan Open.  All this while graduating with a BA in Liberal Studies from Cal State University Bakersfield and getting married. He continued his education and received his Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.  In 2000, with previous injuries finally taking their toll, Andy decided to retire from playing, but not before winning the 2000 California Men’s Open Division Championship.

Andy is now coaching at SoCal.  His two daughters’ love for volleyball has brought him back.  Players would describe him as “dedicated, caring and encouraging.” Parents say, “Absolutely outstanding! I have seen him work with them (the players) specifically setting goals on what to do each day, mental prep, strategy, thought process…a great mix while encouraging perfect practice.”

“I feel that the players need to understand not only the physical side (what works and why it works), but also the mental side as well.  Once you get to the top level of volleyball, the players’ physical abilities are very similar.  It really comes down to the mental side of the game which is under-taught in my opinion.  Regardless of age, players need to get in the habit of practicing like the pros do.  Practice makes permanent…. perfect practice makes perfect…. each shot, each action, always seeking to be exceptional vs. competent.”

Anela Kalavi

Coach

Anela has been playing volleyball for 7 years now. She spent four years on her varsity team in Hawaii at Maui High School and two years at Merced College where she won the award for 1st team All-Conference two consecutive years in a row. Anela is now attending the University of Saint Katherine as a Junior. She is majoring in Business and plans to become an accountant. She has coached 16’s and 18’s team back at home both of which made it to the championship match in the Las Vegas classic tournament!

Anela sees her coaching style as fun, energetic, challenging and very encouraging for athletes to expand their knowledge in volleyball. Ultimately, she wants them to compete and make better athletes of themselves.

Angel Hinkle

Coach

Patient, Encouraging, Steady

Email: [email protected]

Volleyball Instructor, B.A. in English and B.S. in Physical Education from San Diego State University

  •  u12 Professional
  • SoCal Coach for 8 years
Angel has been a fixture in North County volleyball for 20 years, and is a long-time SoCal 12 and under local program favorite.
As a player, Angel made her mark at Mira Costa college and was a two-year starter at Lewis-Clark College.
As a coach, she has impacted many club, middle school, and high school programs, including St. Francis, Kearny High, Vista High, Hard Rock VBC, Athletic Fusion VBC, and most recently Rancho Buena Vista High School.
When coaching, Angel stresses skills, court management and organization, and FUN. She wants all of her players to sweat and smile at the same time!
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Ashleigh Sympson

Ashley Stanley

Coach

Players describe Ashley’s coaching style as Ashley fast paced, fun, and tough. She believes “a player’s dedication and work ethic definitely make the difference between being just an average player and a great player.”
Ashley has coached at SoCal since 2012, in the 15s and 16s age groups, where she fosters genuine connections and demands a lot from her players. Before her time at SoCal, she coached at Edge Volleyball Club.
A former gymnast, Ashley played volleyball at Hard Rock, CSV, and Temecula Valley VBC. She went on the play two years on Vista High School’s varsity team. She received a full athletic and academic scholarship at Adelphi University in Long Island, NY.

Audrey Green

General Manager

General Manager, B.A. Psychology UCSD, M.S. Applied Clinical Nutrition New York Chiropractic College

Audrey Green graduated from San Marcos High School in 2005. After high school, she moved on to be a dual sport athlete, where she began her collegiate career playing basketball on athletic scholarship at SDSU. The following year she transferred schools and sports to Palomar College in order to refocus on volleyball. In her sophomore campaign Green earned AVCA All-American, 1st Team All-State, and Pacific Coast Conference Player of the Year accolades while leading the Comets to a first place finish in the PCC. Green completed her athletic and undergraduate career at Division II powerhouse UCSD, earning a degree in psychology while competing for head coaches Tom Black (now at LMU and U.S. National Team) and U.S. Olympian Ricci Luyties. Green has over 10 years of experience coaching volleyball and basketball from ages 7 to adult.

Aurora Salas

Coach

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.

Becky Andelin

Fitness Instructor

Becky is the youngest of four siblings and loves being an aunt to her fourteen nieces and nephews. She is a southern California native who enjoys reading, yoga, surfing, and watching moviesCoach Becky has a background in playing water polo and swimming competitively, as well as competing in races such as triathlons, and competitive CrossFit and Olympic Lifting. She is a personal trainer, yoga instructor, sports performance coach, and a coach of club water polo. She believes that the foundation to being a good coach is to always be an athlete. Coach Becky aims to instill the practices of lifelong athletics into all her clients. She believes that athletics is a way to learn a lifestyle of health, fitness, and quality of movement. She works with kids, teens, as well as adults. 

Coach Becky is a CrossFit L-1 coach, 200 hr Certified Yoga Instructor, and USA Weightlifting certified Strength and Conditioning coach. Along with coaching the sports performance classes at SoCal Athletics, she also teaches yoga, group fitness classes, and personal training clients. She works online and locally. Her main goals are to educate, instruct, and guide others to better overall health and fitness.

Ben Moselle

Member Finance Coordinator

Volleyball & Fitness Instructor, B.A. Economics from UCLA, M.B.A. from UC Irvine 
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
  • AAHF “Jr.Fit” Youth Fitness Specialty Certification
  • Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Certified
Ben Moselle graduated from San Dieguito High School (Encinitas) in 1993, and played on three national championship teams at UCLA (’95, ’96 and ’98), earning AVCA All-American honors in 1998. When Ben graduated with a degree in economics that year, he shared (with Kevin Wong) the UCLA team record for most aces in a single match.
Moselle was volunteer assistant coach for the Rutgers University men’s club team in 1999 while training for a stint playing professional volleyball in Holland. Moselle then went on to earn an MBA degree at UC Irvine in 2002. Since that time, Moselle has conducted small-group fitness classes and coached club volleyball in the San Diego area.
Ben’s true passion is fitness. As a strength and conditioning specialist, his goal is to help SoCal players gain a physical advantage and stay healthy throughout their athletic careers and beyond. As a volleyball coach, Ben embraces players’ individual talents and instincts, promoting “volley-I.Q.” development rather than stressing technical X’s, O’s and angles.
Moselle has been a San Marcos resident since 2002. His full-time job is in publishing. In his spare time, he breeds saltwater clownfish “Nemos” and grows corals.

Brett Cherry

Coach

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.

Bridgette Salas

Beach Director

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.

Chloe Gruwell

Coach

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!

Danielle Coutin

Danielle has played volleyball for a total of 12 years. She played 6 season of club at ECVBA and 1 season for the Cal State San Marcos women’s club team. Danielle was a four year high school player with 2 years as a starter and Varsity floor captain at Patrick Henry High School. She has been coaching for over a year now and currently attends Cal State San Marcos where she is pursuing a double major in media communication and marketing. Danielle has coached beginners and intermediate players from the ages of 10-14. She has such a strong passion for coaching and is excited to be apart of the SoCal Family.

Dave Faleumu

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.

Dave Goss

Coach

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.

Elizabeth Muriel

Coach

Liz has played club volleyball since she was in 8th grade. She competed for 3 years in high school and is currently in her second year at the University of St. Katherine’s. She is majoring in Biological Sciences and is planning to become a RN.

Liz has coaches for a high school Freshman team who finished first in their league. In her spare time, she also helps out with her sister’s middle school team. The players that Liz has been around have described her as energetic, passionate, and funny!

Eric Sato

Coach

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.

Grecia Cordero-Barr

Coach

Coach Grecia was born locally in Chula Vista. She spent 13 years living in Mexico with her parents and two sisters. She came back to the US for her freshman year of High School, in hopes of a better education and learning English more fluently. She began playing volleyball at 9 years old for BAJA Volleyball Club. She then played at Otay Ranch High School, Coast Volleyball Club, and is currently in her Sophomore year at Cal State San Marcos. Grecia completed her 2018 season as the starting libero, appearing in 20 matches and led the conference in digs per set (4.82) in her ’17 season. She enjoys coaching players to learn her favorite sport and considers herself to be a passionate and fun coach.

Gwen Alden

Owner, Healthwest

Gwen’s players would describe her as soft-spoken yet intense and motivating. Specializing in the younger age groups, Gwen’s teams have all undergone vast transformations. She has high expectations for her kids and they thrive in her team environment.

Gwen recently moved here from Atsugi, Japan. There, she coached girls teams in the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation volleyball leagues. Gwen was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas where she was on a nationally ranked team her senior year in high school. She accepted a volleyball scholarship to the University of Missouri and played for the Tigers from 1991-1994. During her tenure, Gwen won several student-athlete awards, including NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year, Phillips 66 All-Big Eight Team Awards and All-Big Eight Conference Team.

Since college, Gwen has worked in her career field as a physical therapist, raised three girls and traveled around the world with her husband and his career. She joins us at SoCal Volleyball club as the director of HealthWest Physical Therapy, where she works to strengthen our athletes in hopes of avoiding all injury during their volleyball careers and living long, healthy lives!

Iona Lofrano

Coach

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.

Jason Sebastian

Coach

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.

Jess Branson-White

Coach

Coach Jess is from Apple Valley, California where she started playing volleyball at age 14. She continued to play for six more years until she ended her career with her club volleyball team at Cal State Channel Islands. She is currently serving in the Navy while coaching with the Local program on the weekends.

Coach Jess has been assistant coaching for two years at Fallbrook High school with their JV team as she continues helping at SoCal with the 14 and high school age group. Players would describe her coaching style as technical and energetic. She enjoys coaching high school kids but will always love going back to the basics with younger players.

Looking into the future, Coach Jess plans on staying active duty while she continues to coach as much as she can!

Joe Sampson

Coach

Joe discovered volleyball while playing soccer at the University of Laverne. After a volleyball stint in college, he coached his first varsity team while teaching at La Verne Lutheran High over two decades ago. He has also coached at Cabrillo High and Live Oak High in Northern California where he specialized in training setters, helping the girls lead their teams to numerous league championships and playoff appearances.
Joe also has club experience, having coached 15’s and 16’s for a number of clubs in Northern and Southern California from local teams up to Junior Olympic level competition. Joe currently serves as assistant varsity coach at Oceanside High School. This is his third season with So Cal where he works with 15’s and 16’s. He loves the teaching aspect of the game, enjoys the interaction with the players, coaches, and SoCal families.

Jose Munoz

Coach

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.

Josh Duarte

Josiah Cruz

Coach

Josiah returns to SoCal for his third season, having coached the 15-1 team in 2012, and spending five years as Varsity boys coach at San Pasqual High School. A setter himself, Josiah has a great vision and volleyball IQ and is an inspirational and hardworking mentor.

JT Ragan

Coach

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.

Kali Weires

Coach

Kali is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Southern California to attend the University of Saint Katherine. She is currently a senior working to achieve a duel degree in business and psychology. She has played both indoor and beach volleyball the past four years at USK.

Along with playing, Kali has coached for the past four years, joining SoCal only a year ago. Kali enjoys coaching fourteen and under but has coached girls of all ages. Coaching brings out the passion, excitement and spirited side of Kali. Volleyball is her whole world and she loves being a part of SoCal!

Katy Sensmeier

Kayla Leyvas

Coach

Kayla has played volleyball since she was in 7th grade. She has been part of her high school varsity team since she was a sophomore. She has since then moved on to play 2 years for a junior college in her home town and is now finishing her senior season at the University of Saint Katherine. She is majoring in kinesiology and is planning to graduate next fall and become a teacher.

Kayla has coached many different levels of volleyball including at her former high school and junior college. She cannot wait to continue her career in coaching to shape and help younger players to play at the level she has.

Kerena Madon

Coach

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!

Kristin Westermeyer

Office Manager

Linda Suster

Store Manager

Linda Suster is originally from the Big Island of Hawai’i and was a SoCal mom for 12 years before taking over the store in 2017.  Married to her husband, Mike, for 29 years, she’s a mother of five adult(ish) kids and three dogs. Linda is always on the hunt for the coolest, most comfortable yet high quality apparel to add to the store. In her personal life, Linda does driftwood art which you will see hanging in the Peace Cafe. With her island background and SoCal spirit, she is striving to bring some girl power and aloha to the store.

Maddy Newcombe

Coach

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. 

Mark Gruman

Facilities Coordinator

A Southern California native, Mark became involved with SoCal through his daughter Quinlan. He then became heavily involved with the construction and execution of the SoCal Beach Center! Mark has been a life long athlete and coached Varsity high school basketball at Calvary Chapel of Downey along with softball at local recreation leagues.

Mark has taken on a huge role at SoCal as the main point of contact for maintenance support and general up keep of both the indoor and beach facility. Mark is excited to be involved with the growth at the beach and the organization as whole. He endorses SoCal as a positive environment for his daughter and loves being a part of it.

Monyea Barber

Coach

Monyea has been playing volleyball for 6 years, during her high school career she played 2 years at Long Beach Poly and finished her year out at Carson Senior High School. Monyea still plays volleyball at the University of Saint Katherine.

While attending University of St. Katherines, Monyea would like to pursue her career in sonography, to go on to be an ultrasound tech. During her high school years she coached her freshmen team and lead them to being conference champs. Most people that meet Monyea have said she’s outgoing, fun, and a bundle of joy.

Morgan Byers

Coach

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!

Natalie Jones

Head Coach

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.

Natalie Rhodes

Natalie is a middle school math teacher, coach at Coastal academy and attempted world explorer! She has been playing volleyball for 14 years and is looking forward to spreading the life long love and passion of the sport to her players. She is most looking forward to creating new bonds and friendships from a shared love of volleyball! A fun fact about Natalie is that anything Disney or Harry Potter makes her extremely happy!

Her favorite thing about coaching is watching the smile of satisfaction that beams across players faces once they accomplish something they’ve been working hard at. Currently, her goal is to eventually coach her own children at SoCal because it is where she learned to play growing up.

Natalie Winn

Operations Manager

A former SoCal player, Natalie pursued her dream of playing college volleyball at Widener University as an Outside/Middle Blocker. Natalie is a recent graduate with her Bachelors in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with a Minor in Event Management. Aside from living in Philadelphia to attend Widener, Natalie graduated from Mission Hills High School and has lived in San Marcos her whole life. Some highlights of Natalie’s college experience were creating lasting friendships with her team mates, studying abroad for 6 months in Spain and being a part of the Eagles first ever Super Bowl win!

Natalie can be described by her friends and family as someone who loves to have fun and be goofy but also knows how to handle business. She is most looking forward to building relationships with the families at SoCal.

Olivia Muriel

Olivia is from Long Beach, CA where she played for Long Beach polytechnic high school. She recently moved to San Diego to play for the University of Saint Katherine, a local NAIA collegiate program, where she plays libero. Olivia has assisted a 13’s national team that medaled in the 2019 summer soirée, and also coached a middle school girls volleyball team in Escondido, CA. Olivia loves playing volleyball and has a stronger passion for coaching, where she can make a long lasting, positive impact!

Phil Sensmeier

Coach

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.

Rocky Ortiz

Coach

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.

Sam Jones

Savannah Minshew

Coach

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!

Shannon Pearson

Coach

Players would describe Shannon’s coaching style as “tough love”, motivating, and specializing on coaching the whole athlete and person. She’s known to draw on stories to teach values, likes to joke around sometimes with a twinge of dry midwestern sarcasm, and cares very deeply about every player and the sport of volleyball.
Shannon spent her childhood playing sports every spare second she could get. Growing up in a small town in Ohio she was very much a part of the community involved in dance, playing percussion in the marching band, and performing onstage or doing tech in the theater. She might be the only athlete from her high school to letter in 4 sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, and Boys Tennis. Yes you read that right. She proudly made the boys team because girls tennis played during volleyball season! She often draws on this varied background to help relate to all kinds of players and help them to adjust their bodies to new techniques and form.
Shannon graduated from The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media and a minor in German. She officiated volleyball and basketball all through college and continued to play competitively through the intramural program at University of Cincinnati where she won many championships on women’s and coed teams. After finishing her teaching credential at CSUSM she taught public high school and is now working for her family business which is a travel agency. Because of her travel she prefers to assist where needed at SoCal during the club season. Shannon is the current freshman volleyball coach at Oceanside High School.

Sherry Clouet

Local Director

Sherry has a wide range of experience coaching volleyball. Sherry has spent time coaching college volleyball at Florida International University and Florida State University. While coaching collegiately, Sherry was also a Nike High Performance Instructor, Recruiting Coordinator, ran academic oversight, and was the Offensive Coordinator.

As a collegiate player at Syracuse University and Florida State University, Sherry was three years All-Big East, one year All-ACC, GTE Academic All-American, Regional All-American, team captain and an NCAA Tournament Participant.

Sherry is married to her husband Jason, and has two sons Kody and Kasey. Sherry is originally from Miami Lakes, Florida.

Sola Martin

Coach

Sola began her love for volleyball at a very young age while playing it with her family in the backyard of her childhood home. She again found a passion for it her freshman year of high school at Rancho Buena Vista. After playing four years of high school and club volleyball she was offered a scholarship to Pt. Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA.

For 4 years she was the starting setter at Pt. Loma where she led her team 3 times to a 3rd place semi-final finish in the NAIA National tournament. At Pt. Loma she received many accolades including becoming a 3 time All American, GSAC Player of the Year, 3 time MVP and many others.

Sola began coaching the 13’s team at North County VBC when she was 18 and continued coaching different 13,14 and 15’s team for North County VBC and SoCal VBC for the next 10 years. At SoCal she also assisted the 17’s team as a setters coach.

Sola is now married with 4 amazing children. Now that her children are approaching the age she was when her passion for volleyball began she is excited and thankful for the opportunity to get back into the Volleyball arena. She is most looking forward to working with young players and passing on the fundamentals of a strong passionate player.

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Tanner Taveuveu

Coach

Genuine, Loyal, Teddy Bear

Volleyball Instructor

  • More than 30 years of playing and coaching experience.
  • Currently the head varsity coach at Guajome High School.
His players would describe Tanner’s coaching style as, “fun but serious when he needs to be. He knows how to get the team to regroup and to focus when they are down or not paying attention. He makes his players work hard.”
Tanner has been with SoCal for over ten years. According to Tanner’s fellow SoCal coaches, he is one of SoCal’s most committed, hard-working and loyal staff members. He is inspired by his two daughters (who also share his love for volleyball) to set an example that he wants them to follow.

Tyler Branson-White

Coach

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.