Players would describe Aimeeâ€™s coaching style as, â€œtough but fair, passionate, focused on technique and ball control, never mad or yelling but positive, smiling and nurturing.â€
Aimee Asebroek graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine in 2005 where she received her Bachelorâ€™s degree in Spanish and her minor in Educational Studies. At UC Irvine, she was the president and captain of the womenâ€™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 Clubâ€™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.
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.
Players would describe Alli’s coaching style as very active and fun. Alli is accessible and kind; she deeply affects the lives of her athletes.
Alli is a former SoCal standout player, who participated in the Club every year from 6th grade through her Senior year in High School.
Alli caught the coaching bug while she was a player, volunteering her time her High School 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 wide range of Programs. Alli specializes in the 12s-14s age group. She always makes sure her kids are having fun, that they understand the importance of discipline, and most importantly learning how to be spirited teammates and athletes.
In addition to being a dedicated SoCal Coach, Alli is the Programs Coordinator.
Volleyball Instructor, B.A. in English and B.S. in Physical Education from San Diego State University
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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!
General Manager, B.A. Psychology UCSD,Â 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 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.
Three words to describe Bella are: fun, determined and hardworking! Bella joins us in the 2021 season as a coach after being a player at SoCal since she was 11! She played all 4 years at Mission Hills High: one year on JV and four years on varsity.
“I want to coach at SoCal because the SoCal coaches have always been able to make me grow as a player and as a person. I want to give back to what SoCal has given me, by doing the same to the younger kids who are just starting.”
An interesting fact about Bella is that she has played every position besides libero!
Ben Moselle graduated from San Dieguito High School (Encinitas) in 1993, and played on three national championship teams at UCLA (â€™95, â€™96 and â€™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 menâ€™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.
Brian has been described as a high energy, passionate, and fun coach. He has been a part of North County volleyball for over a decade as both a player and coach, primarily coaching at the high school level for both girls and boys at Classical Academy. Through hard work, team work, and a focus on fundamentals, his favorite part of coaching is helping develop players to achieve their goals on and off the court and instill skills that will help with future endeavors.
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.
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!
SoCal VBC and California State University San Marcos Athletic Department announced the hiring of HaleyÂ PriceÂ women’s volleyball coach in July 2021.
PriceÂ had this to say, “I am honored to join SoCal VBC and support their exceptional mission and values! I am dedicated to elevating the program in all aspects with a heavy focus on technical skill and philosophy.”
PriceÂ comes to San Marcos from Louisburg College in Raleigh, NC. While at LC, she elevated the program to new heights on and off the court: posting the highest roster sizes, GPA, and post-season finish in more than half a decade. She also served as an assistant athletic director and assistant club director at NC Elite VBC. Prior to her time coaching in the NJCAA,Â PriceÂ led teams at Dobyns-Bennett High School where she was the youngest head coach in the state of Tennessee. There she successfully established and managed a code of conduct for three teams on their way to compiling a 38-10 record, placing 3rd in TSSAA AAA State Championship, and winning Conference/Region Championships. In her first seasonÂ Price won Big 6 District 1 AAA Coach of the Year honors, as she placed 100% of goal-driven players in collegiate programs through recruiting strategy and college readiness character building.
From 2017-2019Â Price was also Assistant Club Director and Head Volleyball Coach for TriCities Extreme Volleyball Club where she coordinated special event youth clinics and skilled lessons for high school, club, and college levels to improve and advance all skill levels. Under her leadership, the club program grew from 10 teams to 19 teams.
Prior to her coaching experienceÂ Price was an NCAA Division I Athlete in the Atlantic Coast Conference for Virginia Tech Volleyball. She was a libero there from 2015-2018 and served as defensive captain and was lettered as a true freshman. Price‘s playing career was cut short due to injury, but according toÂ Price, “I love the perspective, the life lessons, the victories, and even the losses and injury as it challenges each person in every role of the team to level up, learn, and become a warrior in the face of adversity.”
Price went on to graduate from Virginia Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Neuroscience to better understand the physio-dynamics of the game, injury prevention, and sports psychology. She will also receive her Master of Special Education from Liberty University in the spring of 2021.
“I love the bonds, friendships, and family that the sport has given me,” saidÂ Price, “[Volleyball] has challenged me in ways I never expected, and it has taught me to be fully committed, passionate, to work harder, and be more determined, to control what I can control, and to embrace the chaos.”
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.
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.
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 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.
Kassy is from Austin, Texas and currently plays division two volleyball at Cal State San Marcos as a middle blocker. At Cal State, Kassy is pursuing a degree in applied physical in electronics. Kassy’s coaching career can be traced back to her roots in Texas and she is excited about expanding this career at SoCal!
Kody is involved with indoor volleyball, beach volleyball and basketball and is currently a collegiate basketball player. Kody has coached 2 seasons as the Varsity assistant for the San Marcos Boy’s volleyball team. He coached one year of basketball at San Marcos and has helped with the beach program at the high school as well. He graduated from San Marcos High School and played both volleyball and basketball. He was the number one pair for the beach volleyball team. For basketball, he was all CIF and was Player of the Year for the league.
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.Â 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.
Mark Smith started as teacher/coach of the sports 30+ years ago and has been a Head coach at five different High schools in San Diego: Monte Vista, Cathedral Catholic, Serra, San Dieguito Academy, and Santa Fe Christian. During these years he won 10 league championships and over 13 CIF appearances. In addition, he was an assistant with UCSD 1993 to 1995, Palomar College 2000 to 2003, San Diego City College from 2009 to 2011, Miramar College from 2015 to present and in 2018 named the Head Coach of Womenâ€™s volleyball at Miramar College. In its first two years of existence, the program has placed two student athletes into a four-year university.
Mark also has experience with the Menâ€™s Deaf Olympic team as a first assistant during the 2005 and 2017 Olympic games. He has been a clinician at Pepperdine, Stanford, and Seaside next level volleyball camps. Mark co-founded the Seaside Volleyball Club with Coach Fred Featherstone in 1989. He assisted Coach Featherstone with the 1990, 18-1 Black team that won the Silver Medal (2nd overall) at the Junior Olympics in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mark left Seaside in 96â€™ to form his own club â€“ Shorebreak- out of Escondido, where he remained until 2003. He led his 1999 18-1 team to 9th in the Open Division in New Orleans. He produced over 20 collegiate players and 1 NCAA All-American (Nils Nielson) and 1 AVP Pro (Billy Allen). Mark is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Dept. of Exercise Science, Health and Nutrition at Miramar. He holds a Masterâ€™s degree in Physical Education/Coaching from Azusa Pacific University, and a Bachelors degree in Humanities from San Diego Christian College. Mark is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and has earned CAP Level I certification through USA Volleyball’s Coaching Accreditation Program.
Three words to describe Michelle are: motivated, focused and determined. She started coaching in 1990 at various programs like: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Northern Arizona, Western Carolina, Utah State, Idaho State, Lake Superior State as well as different high schools and clubs over the decades. Her coaching accolades include: NCAA Division 1 AVCA 100+ wins club. Multiple 20+ win seasons at Western Carolina. Coach of the year in both 1990 and 1991 for the Los Padres League. Players describe her coaching style as being a very detailed fundamental coach. “I feel very strongly about solidifying strong fundamental skills as the basis to grow as a player. I love this game passionately and I try my best to pass that passion on to my players in my coaching.” Players would say she is a Coach that pushes you to be your best, has hard working practices and mixes in some fun too!
Michelle has played professionally in Switzerland, in 2 professional leagues in the USA, she spent time training with the USA Womenâ€™s National Team (Both A & B teams), was an All American Outside Hitter at Cal Poly SLO, a 2 Time Cal Poly Female Athlete of the Year, Big West Conference All Region 2x and All Big West Freshman Team.
She chose to coach as SoCal because, “I absolutely love teaching and coaching. I also love the SoCal motto to BE KIND! The SoCal staff has been so welcoming to me and my daughter. It feels like a great fit.” A fun fact about Michelle is that she is 1 of (less than) 5 outside hitters to become an All American outside hitter at only 5â€™8â€ tall in the past 25 years of NCAA Division 1 volleyball!!
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!
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.
Three words to describe Coach Quinn are: Charismatic, Quirky, and Caring. He started coaching in 2018 and coached for different programs like SoCal, Sage Creek High School and Epic VBC. During his time at Sage Creek, he assisted the men to 2nd place in Division 1 and lead the JV team to a 22-1 record! Players describe Quinn’s coaching style as being big on mechanics and doing the little things in each play. “My players would say that I am engaging and can run a fun/high energy filled practice.”
Quinn was a setter during his career and played at Mission Hills High for 3 years on Varsity, and also at Palomar for 2 years. Quinn decided to come back at coach at SoCal because, “I have always enjoyed SoCal from the great people I work with to the excellent motto we have. I have officiated for many years now, and SoCal is one of the clubs that, from that perspective, has the most well behaved, hardworking kids and that is something that is very attractive to be a part of.”
Players would describe Shannonâ€™s coaching style as motivating, with some “tough love,” all while specializing in a coaching the person inside the athlete. Sheâ€™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 in a small town in Ohio where she was involved in dance, playing percussion, performing onstage, and 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 the 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 the University of Cincinnati, where she won several championships on womenâ€™s and coed teams. After finishing her teaching credential at CSUSM Shannon taught public high school. Shannon previously coached freshmen volleyball at Oceanside High School and is now currently a substitute teacher and an Airbnb host, in addition to her duties with SoCal.
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 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 13â€™s team at North County VBC when she was 18 and continued coaching different 13,14 and 15â€™s team for North County VBC and SoCal VBC for the next 10 years. At SoCal she also assisted the 17â€™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.
Three words to describe Tucker are: driven, passionate and goofy! Tucker started coaching in 2008 at Valencia High School for the Freshman Boys team. He continued his coaching career at Elite Volleyball Club with their Girls 15-2, 17-2 teams. Later, coaching at Warrior Volleyball Club’s with their 18-1, 16-1 and 18-2 teams. He continues his love for coaching at the University of Saint Katherine’s while joining us at SoCal!
Players describe his coaching style as: tough and fair. Tucker encourages all players to work smarter and put their best foot forward while giving everyone a fair chance to play. Tucker focussed on cross training players in each position to provide valuable insight into their abilities and for them to reach their potential.
Tuckers playing experience began at Valencia High School in Valencia, CA from 2005-2007. He was part of the foothill league championship program and title winning teams during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He was also part of the CIF SS Playoffs, finalists and runners-up during those seasons. Tucker describes himself as a, “classically trained middle blocker who transitioned to being a right side attacker.” Tucker continued his volleyball career into the collegiate level and played for San Diego Mesa College in 2014-2015 as the third middle blocker/second right side attacker. He earned a bronze medal in AA division at the 2014 Gay Games held in Cleveland, Ohio before continuing on to play for the University of Saint Katherine’s during the inaugural men’s volleyball season spring 2018.
Tucker chose to continue his coaching career at SoCal VBC because, “I felt a sense of warmth when I first participated at an open gym at SoCal years ago and I really felt it was a great facility. I have the honor of being friends with former players from the club program who were part of building the Women’s Volleyball program at USK and when I asked how they liked coaching at SoCal, they only had good things to say. I would love to be a part of a program where I can grow as a coach and expand even further on my knowledge of the game, while also sharing what I know with the next generation of athletes.”
A fun fact about Tucker is that he grew up around ice hockey and found his love for ice skating, “I feel at peace with the world and I’m a huge hockey fan!”