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    General Manager

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    Member Finance Coordinator

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    Beach Director

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    Coach

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    Coach

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    Coach

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    Coach

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    Owner, Healthwest

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    Coach

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    Coach

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    Coach

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    Coach

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    Coach

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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.

Skills

Hitting
Serving
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Aleese Wheaton

Coach

Players describe Aleese to be energetic, social, and friendly. She has playing experience as a setter for Cal State San Marcos. She has also coached at the middle school level.

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.

Alli Davidson

Coach

Players would describe Alli’s coaching style as very active, and very fun. Alli is accessible and kind to her players, and she deeply affects the lives of her players.

Alli is a former SoCal standout player, who participated in the club every year from 7th grade through her senior year in high school. At Vista High School, she was given the Coaches Award, and received an all tournament team award.

Alli caught the coaching bug while she was a player, volunteering her time her junior and senior years with SoCal’s FutureStars program, a developmental clinic program that requires patience, attention to detail and passion. Alli went on to coach an energetic 12’s Local team in 2013, and since then has participated fully in SoCal’s summer training program, camps and clinics — and most recently, Fall Ball.

In addition to being a dedicated SoCal coach, she has coached the Freshman teams at Mission Hills High School, and Vista High School. Alli specializes in the 12s-14s age group. She always makes sure her kids are having fun, getting a great workout, and learning how to be spirited teammates.

Ana Huberty

Coach

Ana Huberty is no stranger to the volleyball world having played since 8th grade. She has gained the experience and knowledge to coach the sport that is her biggest passion. Being a well rounded player, she has extensive knowledge of the game. Ana was a four year varsity player at Mission Hills High School, as a starting opposite. In this starting position, she earned numerous accolades including coaches award and all league honorable mention.
Having also played at SoCal for her entire club career, Ana hopes to lead the future of the club. She was apart of the 15- Aimee team that won Soiree and continued to play at the top level at the club. Since graduating from Mission Hills in 2016, Ana has landed a spot as the freshman coach at Sage Creek High School, which is a repeat CIF winner for volleyball as well as State Champion. Now she has chosen to continue her volleyball career and play at San Diego Mesa College, where she is studying to be a business major.

As a coach Ana is very calm and patient with her players. She always uses positive reinforcement and encourages the kids she coaches and looks forward to positively impacting all the players that she coaches.

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.”

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!

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. A dual sport athlete, Green began her collegiate career playing basketball on athletic scholarship at SDSU. The following year she transferred schools and sports to Palomar College refocusing 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 the All Time kill leader and earned 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 for Kristen Wright on the indoor and beach teams. She is the head varsity coach at Horizon Prep for the indoor and sand teams. This past indoor season 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 and most recently earning her A rating.

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.

Bridgette Salas

Beach Director

Bridgette is an 18-year coaching veteran! She has spent time coaching indoor and sand programs a 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

Chris Muscat

Coach

Chris has just recently returned to Southern California to take on a Head Coaching position at MiraCosta College. He was previously at Division 1 Loyola University Chicago. In 2015, he helped the team to a 20-12 overall record – the most successful season record since 2004. This year, his team was recognized with three second-team All-Conference players. His team at Loyola was also recognized by the NCAA for an outstanding Academic Progress Rate (APR) score.

Before Loyola, Chris was the Assistant Coach at University of Missouri (2009-2010). The team successfully compiled 40 wins, finishing in a Sweet-Sixteen appearance. In 2007 and 2008, Chris was a part of the coaching staff at Stanford where the team attended back-to-back National Championship matches, only to be met my Penn State in both.

Chris has occupied many different roles and positions in his time coaching. He believes that the athlete should understand the “why” behind a technique or strategy as well as the “feel” of the motor skill so that during stressful situations, the player will be able to replicate that skill.

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.

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.

Faith Fortune

Coach

Players describe Faith as patient, driven, and outgoing. As a player, Faith is currently a Middle Blocker for Cal State San Marcos in her senior year. She has much coaching experience not only at SoCal, but helping out with local high school camps and clinics along with clinics held by Cal State San Marcos.

Grady Robbins

Coach

Goofy, Analytical, Encouraging
Volleyball Instructor, Loyola Marymount University Graduate
  • Former assistant Coach at Loyola Marymount University
  • President and Head Coach of the LMU Club Volleyball Program

Grady is a welcomed addition to the SoCal staff this season, and comes to the program with varied coaching experience at the club level, as well as the college level. He trained and mentored players while head coaching clinics at Nfinity Volleyball Club in Torrance, and coached teams at the 15s-18s level in a stint at South Bay Volleyball Club in Carson.

A passionate player from Torrey Pines High School, Grady is excited to coach back in his home territory of North County and looks forward to again training and motivating young girls.

Gwen Alden

Owner, Healthwest

Patient, Thoughtful, Competitive
Volleyball Instructor, B.S. Health Science in Physical Therapy, University of Missouri
  • Specializes in u12-u13 age group
  • Licensed Physical Therapist

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 from 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.

Iona Lofrano

Operations Manager

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

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.

Jorge Leos

Coach

Jorge has an extensive volleyball coaching and playing background in both indoor and the beach. He played at Palomar College before attending University of Saint Katherine and playing both Volleyball and Soccer. He is currently studying Kinesiology and intends to get his Masters Degree in the near future.

Jorge has coached at Murrieta Valley HS, Murrieta Mesa HS, as well as Rancho Christian HS. In his first year at Rancho Chrisian, he led the team to a first place finish in League play and into the 2nd round of CIF playoffs.

Jorge also instills a love and passion for the game in each of his players by ensuring that they understand the game in depth and are able to enjoy the process.

Having an Exercise Science background, Jorge encourages the belief that athletes should work “smarter not harder.” He understands that using efficiency and tactics can be more beneficial especially when enduring a long season.

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.

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

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 at 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 fourth year at SoCal where she takes her competitive experience as four-year Varsity player at Vista High School, playing for former Vista Coach Aimee, and now standout player at Mira Costa College. She has been instrumental in running SoCal’s summer camps, clinics, and FutureStars, and specializes in player development. Kerena has been coaching and assisting teams in the travel and local programs for years.

Lasi Petaia

Coach

Caring, Respectful, Passionate
Volleyball Instructor
  • CSUSM player
  • former SoCal player
Lasi grew up in the SoCal program from 9 years old and has volunteered tons working with the younger kids both at the club and in her church.

Leigha Malecha

Coach

Leigha started her volleyball career young, playing six years of club before attending college. She played for RVVC for her club volleyball season while playing two years of beach volleyball for Kawaii. She played her entire high school career on the varsity team at Los Osos High School attaining a scholar athlete award as well as MVP award. Leigha is currently a middle for MiraCosta College Women’s Volleyball.

As a coach, Leigha believes that each player should never settle for where their skills are at, but always push for more.

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 doggies) who is always on the hunt for the coolest and most comfortable high quality apparel for the store.  Linda also 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.  Stop by and say hi sometime!

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. 

Mallory Gladden

Coach

Monyea Barber

Coach

Monyea has been playing volleyball for 5 years, during her high school career she played 2 years st Long Beach Poly and finished her year out at Carson Senior High School. Ongoing monyea still plays volleyball as a freshman at the University of Saint Katherines. Monyea also coaches at a local middle school in San Diego.

While attending university of st. Katherines monyea would like to pursue her career in sonography, to go on to be s 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.

Natalia Gonzalez

Coach

Natalia Gonzalez has over 20 years of volleyball experience, both as a player and a coach. Originally from Covina, CA, Gonzalez graduated from South Hills High School where she helped lead the Huskies to the CIF-SS Div. II-A finals and CIF State Tournament. As a senior, Gonzalez earned All-CIF honors and was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year.

She attended California State University, Los Angeles and played for the Golden Eagles’ NCAA Div. II volleyball team while earning Magna Cum Laude honors and graduating with a B.A. in Psychology in 2011. While at Cal State LA, Gonzalez led the Golden Eagles in kills in each of her last two seasons and earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association Honors as a senior. An outstanding student, she also earned Cal State L.A.’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Academic Achievement Award in her final two years with the program and earned CoSIDA All-District Academic honors as well as a junior. From 2012 to 2013, Gonzalez played volleyball professionally in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gonzalez began coaching in 2009, earning valuable experience at both San Gabriel Elite and Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club. In 2012, she was an assistant coach for the Campbell Hall varsity boys program in North Hollywood, and helped lead the Vikings to an Alpha League Title, CIF-SS Div. IV Semi-Finals, and the CIF Southern California Div. III Regional Finals. In 2013, Gonzalez became the Girls’ Varsity Head Coach at her alma mater, South Hills High. During her three years with the Huskies, Gonzalez earned a teaching credential and M.A.Ed in Special Education from Azusa Pacific University. In 2016, she became the Varsity Girls Head Coach at Patriot High School in Jurupa Valley, CA. Gonzalez helped lead the Warriors to two CIF-SS tournament appearances and an undefeated River-Valley League championship in 2017.

Recently relocated to North San Diego County, Gonzalez teaches at Bear Valley Middle School in Escondido.

Natalie Jones

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

This is Natalie’s first year coaching at SoCal. Her coaching experience includes the JV team at Coastal High School. 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.

Nate Turner

Coach

A native of Escondido & current resident of San Marcos, Nate brings more than 20 years of
coaching experience from the Junior levels through the NCAA level.
Nate fell in love with volleyball when he was just 10 years old while his dad was the JV Boys
Coach at Escondido High School. Nate played both Basketball and Volleyball at Escondido High
School & Palomar College, before pursuing a career in the Real Estate business.
Nate began his coaching career right as his High School career ended in 1996, coaching for Lori
Becker at Club Escondido at the 14’s Level. He then coached at his Alma Mater (EHS) as the
Varsity Boys Coach from 1997-2001, leading the Cougars to 3 straight League Titles from 1998-
2000 and their first ever Boys Volleyball CIF title in 2000 earning him CIF Coach of the Year
honors.
At the same time (1997-2001) Nate was the Assistant Women’s Coach at Palomar College under
Karl Seiler, where they won the PCC championship twice.
Nate coached girls Club Volleyball at Coast VBC (15-1’s & 16-1’s) from 1997-2001 under
Volleyball Hall of Famer, Mary Jo Peppler and boys at Shorebreak VBC (17 & 18-1’s) from 1998-
2001 under Mark Smith.
In 2008, Nate returned to the sidelines after several years away, to lead Christian Life Academy
(Escondido) in their first ever Boys Varsity Volleyball season. Then from 2009-2016 he was the
Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Christian Life Academy.
In 2016-2017, Nate was an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Cal State San Marcos.
In 2018, Nate was again leading a first ever Boys Varsity team, this time at Maranatha Christian
in San Diego.
Nate believes in delivering the truth in love and holding players accountable to the standards
they have set for themselves. His greatest asset comes in the form of truly being able to help
others get to where they want to go!

Patricia Doherty

Office Manager

Phil Sensmeier

Coach

Quinn Burton

Coach

Quinn Burton has over 8 years of playing experience, as well as 4 years of officiating experience. He began his playing career locally at Mission Hills High School, then competing at Palomar College for two seasons. He has coached locally in Poway, finding that the growth in each player over a season drives him to coach. As both a coach and referee, he hopes to make a positive impact on the players, parents, referees, and all other spectators. Burton’s belief as a coach is to reinforce positivity and perseverance with each of his players so they can achieve their goals while having a good time.

Ruki Kennedy

Coach

Ruki played club volleyball for 3 years before going to college. She played for Seal Beach Volleyball Club in Orange County. She also played with Mizuno Long Beach where she helped lead the team to a Gold Medal at the SoCal Qualifier. She also played 3 years of high school volleyball at West Covina High School. She was voted as most improved for two years during her high school career.

Ruki now plays for MiraCosta College as a Freshman Middle Blocker. Her style as a coach is to push the boundaries of each of her players and continuously get more out of them.

Savannah Minshew

Coach

Encouraging, Compassionate, Enthusiastic

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 7 years at all different levels, ranging from locals to an 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 a skill building environment. Savannah values honesty, a strong work ethic, and collaboration for each of her players.

Shaina Lilly

Coach

Volleyball Instructor, pursuing B.S. in Human Development and Masters in Speech Language Pathology at Cal State San Marcos,
  • former SoCal player
  • local coach

Shaina’s players would describe her as a fun, energetic, and compassionate coach. Shaina is a former SoCal player who then went on to play on both the indoor and sand volleyball teams at MiraCosta College. While playing at MiaCosta, Shaina was awarded First Team All Conference for playing sand volleyball.

With her experience, Shaina is excited to share her knowledge with the athletes at SoCal. Shaina has coached multiple local teams, and has also helped with summer maintenance and clinics.

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.

Stephanie Hagins

Coach

Stephanie was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. After playing in high school, she received a full ride scholarship to play Division I volleyball for Washington State University. She spent her first year there as a redshirt Middle Blocker. She then transferred to University of Hawaii and finished her college career at University of Idaho.

As a coach, she has two hears of coaching at the high school level, both at the Freshmen and JV levels. This will be Stephanie’s fourth year as a club volleyball coach.

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 Branson-White has been associated with the games of volleyball since he was small enough to curl up and hide behind one! His love and inspiration for the game exploded when he was about 8 and started assisting with line calling, stat keeping and of course a great mascot for his mothers collegiate team.
At age 12 Tyler’s passion and competitive spirit kicked up a level as he started practicing with his mothers team. From there he played on a regular basis with his mothers college team and her club teams. Tyler joined a boys volleyball club and played competitively for about 3 months until the funding for it was disbanded. Tyler continued playing and expanding his knowledge of volleyball until he graduated from high school. After that he joined the Marine Corps and strayed away from volleyball for a couple of years. Now he joined SoCal Volleyball club and is excited to be apart of the organization!