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Girls Coaches 2025 - Walnut Creek

Tyler Trolson

Tyler Trolson

To give you a little history about myself and my volleyball credentials, I will start by saying volleyball has been a huge part of my life since high school. I played at Deer Valley High School while playing club volleyball at East Bay Juniors and Diablo Valley. I continued playing volleyball at Sacramento State University. Upon returning home from college, I immediately began assistant coaching at Deer Valley High School for both the boys and girls varsity teams, while also head coaching multiple Diablo Valley teams over the years.

In 2012, I took over the Pittsburg Boys Varsity team and coached there for seven years, going to NCS multiple times. During this time (and still), I assistant coach the LMC Women’s Volleyball team. This will be my 10th year doing so.

Last year, I was given the opportunity to coach the 18’s Black team. It was a blast to see the achievements the team made over the season.

My coaching philosophy is simple. 100 percent effort all of the time. A player can not always control the outcome of every play they make, but they can always control the amount of effort they put into everything they do. Hardworking players and teams always seem to have a bit of luck on their side, but in reality, that luck is just their hard work personified. Work hard, play hard.
Sean Stratton

Sean Stratton

Coaching Philosophy

My main goals for the players that I coach are that they improve in the game of volleyball, build confidence, and gain strong communication skills.

CAP I – Certified

I have been involved in coaching sports since I was 14 years old when I was helping my dad coach my older sister’s softball team. I have always had the passion to be a coach and share my experience with others. I have been coaching volleyball for over 30 years. I have coached all levels and I have coached players from 8 to 60 years old.

I have had lots of successes in coaching and not all have come from winning a game. Just the idea that players finally get what I am asking them to do is the greatest gift I can receive. The player will look over towards me with a big smile, and we both know what has just happened.

I have my degree in Physical Education from California State University Long Beach. I’ve taken many things that I learned from my degree and incorporated them into my coaching.

I have always liked this quote that I share with all my teams. ”There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit”

Most Recent Coaching Highlights:
(All of the successes below came from dedicated athletes with the support of their parents. I thank all of you for these great years)
• 2018 - NorCal High Performance Coach (March-April 2018 in Pordenone, Italy) - Cornacchia World Cup
• 2017 - NorCal High Performance Coach (July 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, FL) - USA HP Championships
• 2016 - San Ramon Valley High School - 5th Place in NCS
• 2014 - USAV Junior Nationals - 17th Place in 14 Open Division
• 2016 - San Ramon Valley High School Men’s Varsity - 13 Seasons
• 2014 - Diablo 14 Black - Power League
• 2013 - Diablo 16 You Know - Undefeated in All Leagues
• 2012 - Diablo 18 Green
• 2012 - San Ramon Valley High School - Frosh Team
• 2012 - Diablo 16 Fury - Undefeated in All Leagues (Lost in the finals at Regionals)
• 2012 - San Ramon Valley High School - 5th Place in NCS
• 2011 - Diablo 16 Black - 26th at USAV Junior Nationals
• 2010 - USA Boys High Performance Camp - WI Dells, WI
• 2010 - Diablo 16 Black - 29th at Junior Olympics
• 2008 - USA Boys High Performance Camp - Long Beach, CA
• 2007 - NCVA Boys High Performance 18 and Under Coach (Traveled to Europe)
• 2006 - San Ramon Valley High School Varsity Boys - 3rd Place in NCS
• 2006 - NCVA Boys High Performance - 3rd Place (Sacramento, CA)
• 2005 - NCVA Boys High Performance - 5th Place (Salt Lake City, UT)
• 2005 - San Ramon Valley High School Varsity Boys - NCS Champions (36-0)
• 2005 - Awarded Tri-Valley Herald All Sports Coach of the Year
• 2004 - Awarded Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year
• 2004 - San Ramon Valley High School Varsity Boys - NCS Champions
• 2003 - Diablo 18 Stratton - 5th at Junior Olympics in the 18 Open Division
• 2001 - Diablo 18 Stratton - 11th at Junior Olympics in the 18 Open Division
• 2000 - Diablo 18 Stratton - Undefeated Season in NCVA
• 1999 - Diablo 18 Stratton - 9th at Junior Olympics
Mike Rizarri

Mike Rizarri

I’ve been coaching since I was very young. One of the first things I learned as a player and coach is that if you have a strong base of fundamentals, you will have every tool you need in order to succeed in whatever sport you play.

My coaching philosophy is very simple and that is to make the growth and development of the game my number one concern each and every day. The athletes will learn what it takes to be a team player and develop each and every skill it takes to play this wonderful game of volleyball. As a coach, I will work hard each and every day to improve and expect every player on my team to do the same. My team motto is to always be better than we were yesterday!

2017-2018 Assistant Coach 15/16 Girl’s Premier at Diablo Volleyball Club
2017-2018 Assistant Varsity Coach Benicia High School Girls Volleyball
2017-2018 Head Coach J.V. Benicia High School Girls Volleyball
2016-2017 Assistant Varsity Coach Benicia High School Girls Volleyball
Shaelie Murphy

Shaelie Murphy

My volleyball career started when I moved out to California in 7th grade. The second I started playing I immediately fell in love with the game. I played both club (Kamana Volleyball Club, East Bay Volleyball Club, and Diablo Valley Volleyball Club) and school for six years and played one season of beach volleyball (Kamana Volleyball Club).

I graduated from Livermore High School in the Class of 2022. I made varsity my sophomore year as a libero. I was team captain on 5 of my teams. I won Most Improved on my first club team, the Coaches Award on my 16’s club team, and MVP on my freshman high school team.

As far as my coaching philosophy, I just want to make sure that everyone’s having fun while still learning the game and making sure that they always have the support they need to become the players they want to be. My goal is to help players have the best experience with this sport and fall in love with the game just like I did.
Hayley Walsh

Haley Walsh

Haley currently leads the Acalanes High School Women’s Volleyball Program which was one of the 2019 Division III North Coast Section (NCS) Finalists.

She played as a defensive specialist/libero at Grand Canyon University and Portland State University where she was a two-time Big Sky Fall All-Academic honoree.

She has also successfully coached girls’ volleyball club teams in the Bay Area and is IMPACT and SafeSport certified. Haley is excited to bring her passion for volleyball, competition, and the value of teamwork and commitment to Diablo.
Alan Go

Alan Go

Alan is in his third year coaching at Diablo and has been on the coaching staff for the Acalanes High School Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Programs for six years. He has AOCV Head Coach and Setter Coach Certifications, as well as IMPACT and SafeSport Certification. He has also previously coached women’s teams in the Bay Area in addition to coaching recreational Lamorinda volleyball teams.

Alan is an avid learner and enthusiastic teacher of volleyball techniques and strategies, and he is committed to creating a positive and fun team environment to advance both individual skills and team performance at Diablo.
Roman Seguerre

Roman Seguerre

Roman is on the coaching staff for the Acalanes High School Women’s Volleyball Program and is IMPACT and SafeSport certified. He previously coached Girls Volleyball at Berean Christian High School, along with Boys and Girls Volleyball at North Creek Academy in Walnut Creek.

Roman’s philosophy is that sports can create a positive, challenging, and collaborative environment where each player has an opportunity to be successful, learn life lessons, and become a better competitor, teammate, and person. Roman is looking forward to promoting these principles and player and team development at Diablo.
Hayden Zollars

Hayden Zollars

I started playing volleyball in 2008 on a 14’s team with Diablo Valley. I played six years of club with Diablo from 2008-2013 and always had such a great experience with all my teams and coaches. I also played at Deer Valley High School and was awarded BVAL 1st Team All-League and Team MVP my senior year. I played four years of club volleyball at Sonoma State University while earning my degree in Computer Science. I took on the roles of Women’s Volleyball Club President and Team Captain to help lead our team to win the 2018 Division II NCVF National Championship.

Since graduating, I have been involved with Diablo, coaching and assisting various teams and helping players of all ages and skill levels at camps and clinics. My goal as a coach is to help players develop their volleyball skills and knowledge of the game to their fullest potential in a fun and positive environment. I am excited to continue coaching as it has proven to be such a rewarding experience to help players reach their goals and realize their love for the game just as I have!

Coaching Experience:
• 2024 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Head Coach
• 2023 Diablo Boys 16 Black - Assistant Coach
• 2023 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Head Coach
• 2023 Diablo Boys 17 Black - Assistant Coach
• 2022 Diablo Boys 16 Black - Assistant Coach
• 2022 Diablo Girls 15 Black - Head Coach
• 2021 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Head Coach
• 2020 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Head Coach
• 2019 Diablo Girls 13 Green - Head Coach
• 2018 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Assistant Coach

Playing Experience:
• 2014-2018 - Sonoma State University Club Volleyball - President and Team Captain
 • 2018 - NCVF National Championship, Division II- 1st Place
 • 2017 - NCVF National Championship, Division II - 3rd Place
 • 2016 - NCVF National Championship, Division II - 5th Place
 • 2015 - NCVF National Championship, Division II - 3rd Place
• 2011-2013 - Deer Valley High School Varsity
 • 2013 - BVAL 1st Team All-League
 • 2013 - Team MVP
• 2010 - Deer Valley High School Junior Varsity
• 2008-2013 - Diablo Valley Volleyball
 • 2013 - Girls 18 Green
 • 2012 - Girls 18 Green
 • 2011 - Girls 16 East Power
 • 2010 - Girls 16 United
 • 2009 - Girls 14 Dynamite
 • 2008 - Girls 14 East Premier
Vicky Souza

Vicky Souza

I have been playing volleyball since I was in 7th grade. Although I never had an inspiration for playing I was persuaded to try out for the school team in 7th grade. Since that day it’s been my passion. After playing for so many years and meeting new coaches, I knew coaching was my next route. My goal as a coach is to help improve players to have confidence in their skills.

Playing Experience:
• 2015-2020 Club (Outside, Setter, Opposite, and Middle)
• 2017-2021 High School (Opposite, Middle, and Outside)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Valley College (Middle and Opposite)

Coaching Experience:
• 2022-2023 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 14 Green Assistant Coach)
• 2023- 2024 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Boys 18 Black Assistant Coach)
Willie Marchesano

Willie Marchesano

Coaching Experience:
• 2016-Present: Diablo Valley Volleyball Vice President
• 2011-Present: Diablo Valley Volleyball Head Coaching Accomplishments
 • 1st Place Pacific Northwest Qualifier 16 American Division - 2017 (16-1)
 • 5th Place Far Western National Qualifier American Division - 2015 (16-1), 2016 (15-1)
 • 5th Place Pacific Northwest Qualifier American Division - 2015 (16-1)
 • 9th Place Far Western National Qualifier American Division - 2019 (16-1), 2013 (14-1), 2011(14-1)
 • 15th Place Far Western National Qualifier Open Division - 2012 (15-1)
 • 39th Place USAV Junior Nationals - 2017
• 2012-2019: Alhambra High School Girls Varsity Head Coach
 • 2019 9th in NCS
 • 2018 2nd in NCS, 9th in State
 • 2017 2nd in NCS, 9th in State, Undefeated League Champions
 • 2016 3rd in NCS Playoffs, Made State Playoffs for 1st time in school history, League Champions
 • 2015 Made NCS Playoffs for the 1st time in 27 years and only 2nd time in school history
 • 2014 First League Match Victory in 7 years
• 2009-2010: Diablo Valley Volleyball Club Power Assistant/Premiere League Head Coach
• 2009-2010: Clayton Valley High School Girls Varsity Assistant Coach
• 2006-2008: Los Medanos College Women’s Volleyball 1st Assistant Coach
• 2002-2008: East Bay Juniors Volleyball Club Girls Head Coach
• 2002-2003: Antioch High School Varsity Girls Assistant Coach
 • Made NCS for the first time in 7 years
• 1999-2000: Clayton Valley High School Girls Varsity Assistant Coach
 • Made NCS for the first time in 20 years

Playing Experience:
• 1998-2002: Los Medanos College Men’s Volleyball DS/Libero and Outside Hitter
 • 5th at Nationals in 2000
 • 9th at Nationals 2001
• 1997: Northgate High School Varsity Outside Hitter
 • 2nd Team All-League
 • 2nd in NCS Division I
 • League Champions
Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis

I have been playing volleyball since I was a little girl. I started out as a ball girl for the team my mom coached and quickly fell in love with the sport. I started playing club volleyball at 10 and played four years on my high school varsity volleyball team and earned All-League all four years. I went on to play for four years for Point Loma Nazarene University and graduated with a B.A. in Exercise Science.

I have been coaching and training with Diablo since 2015 and I have been coaching at San Ramon Valley High School since 2012. I have a passion for working with young athletes and helping them become better athletes and teammates. My goal for each season is that each player feels like they have gained a better knowledge of the game and feel like they have worked hard to improve their abilities.
Henry Santos

Henry Santos

Coach Henry started playing volleyball during his freshman year of high school and was the starting setter for the varsity team all four years. Although he went to college to pursue his baseball career, he still kept playing volleyball on his days off. He graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with his Master's in Business Administration and joined the US Coast Guard. While serving in the military, he started his coaching career with a local command unit made up of active duty and reserve members playing in local and regional tournaments. After moving to the Bay Area, he started coaching an adult team to include the master's division, 35 years of age and older. He also coached CYO 8th grade girl's volleyball at Christ the King school in Pleasant Hill. Coach Henry is passionate about volleyball and is dedicated to his players on and off the court. He lives by the values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty!
Jeany Cave

Jeany Cave

Hi, my name is Jeany Cave and I have been coaching volleyball for over 25 years and this is my second year coaching with Diablo. I first developed my love for the sport when I played in school. Since that time I have coached various age levels from 13’s - 18’s, junior high, high school, and club.

I had the great opportunity to coach both of my daughters and now they too are coaching their own teams up in Oregon where they now live. I took a brief break from coaching during my youngest’s senior year of high school so I could enjoy her last year. Once I retired from the Fire Service I decided it was the right time to return to coaching and Diablo is my perfect fit.
Ellie Beyler

Ellie Beyler

Hi, my name is Ellie Beyler. I am 19 years old and this is my second year of coaching. I’ve played middle blocker and right side hitter at both the high school and college level with years of club experience. My goal as a coach is to bring my own experience as a player and help the athletes develop to the next level.

Girls Coaches 2025 - Brentwood

Annaliesse Rivera

Annaliesse Rivera

I tried many different sports growing up but I eventually discovered volleyball and fell deeply in love with the sport. I had watched my older sister play in high school and really didn’t get to try it until I got to middle school. It became something I knew I was good at but strived to be even better at every day. Once I got to high school I discovered club and began to play and grow stronger as a player but also as a person. I played club for four seasons, 3 being played with Diablo and 1 with Hercules Dynamite. After graduating high school I went on to play 1 season at Los Medanos College. Playing volleyball has taught me self-discipline, teamwork, mental toughness, effective communication on and off the court, and commitment. Learning these not only helped me deal with situations on the court but also off the court. After finishing my season at Los Medanos I knew I wouldn’t be able to live without volleyball and knew I wanted to give back to our youth. Since then I have assistant coached 4 teams and head coached 1 team for Diablo.

Coaching Goals
As a coach, I strive to give my players the best opportunity to thrive under any circumstances on or off the court. I want to give my players a positive experience while also helping them gain confidence, learn how to work together and communicate effectively.

School:
• Los Medanos College (2021) • Freedom High School
 • Varsity (Captain, 2020-2021)
  • BVAL Honorable Mention
  • Most Inspirational Award
 • Varsity (2019)
  • BVAL Honorable Mention
  • BVAL Sportsmanship Award
  • Lady Falcon Award
  • Athlete of the Week (The Press)
• Inderkum High School
 • JV (2018)
  • MVP Award
• Freedom High School
 • JV (2017)
• O’Hara Park Middle School

Club:
• Diablo 18 Black - 2021 (Outside/Libero)
• Diablo 17 Black - 2019 (Outside/DS)
• Hercules Dynamite 16 - 2018
• Diablo 16’s - 2017

Coaching History:
• Diablo 17 Black (Boys) - Assistant Coach (2023)
• Diablo 14 Brentwood - Head Coach (2023)
• Diablo 16-3 White - Assistant Coach (2023)
• Diablo 18 Black - Assistant Coach (2022)
• Diablo 13-2 Green - Assistant Coach (2022)
• Boys Clinics (2022)
Wendy Van Dyke

Wendy Van Dyke

I was introduced to volleyball in middle school and immediately fell in love with the sport and continued playing in high school. I was a multi-sport athlete in high school playing all seasons and have a true love for not only being active but working as a team towards a common goal. I took on the captain role on many of those teams in both high school and college. In 2005 I won the Female Athlete of the Year Award at Los Medanos Junior College.

Since finishing college, I now work with students daily as a middle school P.E. teacher and have experience coaching multiple sports. The sports I’ve coached include volleyball, softball, soccer, cross country, and basketball. I absolutely love coaching, and it is a true passion of mine. I’m excited to be coaching in the Diablo Valley volleyball program and look forward to watching the girls grow their skills and love for volleyball together on the court.

Delta Valley Middle School Volleyball Championships include…
• Three Time 6th Grade Girls Volleyball Champions ~ Adams Middle School
• Two Time 6th Grade Girls Volleyball Champions ~ Bristow Middle School
•7th Grade Girls Volleyball Champions ~ Bristow Middle School

Diablo Head Coach 2022-2023 Season
Kevin Fujinaga

Kevin Fujinaga

Coaching Philosophy

Help players learn to love the game:
Over many years of teaching and coaching, I have learned that when a player really loves the game they will put in the work. Improvement is always achieved. The best part about volleyball is that while it can be enjoyed at any level it gets really exciting the better you become. Volleyball draws players in because the game grows with your skill. Watching that growth up to the highest level is why I coach.

A little history:
I first played volleyball at my church in middle school. That led to high school volleyball at College Park High School and eventually to playing NCAA ball at UC Santa Cruz. After my days of playing ended I’ve coached at many different levels: Boys/Girls varsity at College Park, coaching many teams and camps for Diablo Valley Volleyball club, Men’s Club coach at UC San Diego (best finish was 3rd in the nation), Boys/Girls coach at Adams Middle School, and most recently Assistant Boys/Girls Varsity coach at Heritage High School.
I’m always excited to start a season and get a new opportunity to teach how to play this sport the right way. But above all else, it’s an opportunity to have fun! That’s what it’s all about!

Go Diablo!

Boys Coaches 2024-2025 - Walnut Creek

Shaina Steinberg

Shaina Steinberg

Since picking up a volleyball for the first time at a clinic in 2010, the game has changed my life forever. It quickly became my passion and what kept me motivated to do better and be better; there was no turning back! I was involved with Diablo Valley Volleyball clinics before playing at Clayton Valley Charter High School and then at Sonoma State University for the Women’s Club team. We were fortunate enough to bring home the title of Division ll National Champions in 2018. During my time at Sonoma State, I was given the opportunity to be the head coach at Casa Grande High School for the Freshman and JV teams and the assistant coach for the Varsity team. Coaching at a high school level inspired me to start coaching for NOMAR volleyball club where I was the head coach for a 14 Premier team. After returning home from college, I began coaching for Diablo where I was the assistant coach of a 15 Power team and 16 Premier team. Since then, I have been a head coach and assistant coach for many teams and clinics. I am always excited to share my love of the game and help athletes reach their goals!

Some of my goals are:
• Creating a positive, inclusive environment where players can develop as athletes - both mentally and physically
• Fostering an environment where the players feel inspired to strengthen their skills - individually and as a team
• To see an athlete holistically and to adapt my coaching to what the player and team needs
• Building confidence through hard work and a positive mindset
• Building meaningful, authentic relationships with players, coaches, and other clubs
• Having fun!

Playing Experience:
• 2015-2018 Sonoma State University Club (Libero/Defensive Specialist/Setter)
• 2011-2015 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Libero/Defensive Specialist)
• 2011-2015 Clayton Valley Charter High School (Libero/Setter)

Accomplishments:
• 2023 - 11th in the 17 USA Division at Boys Junior Nationals
• 2022 - 5th in the 16 Club Division at Boys Junior Nationals
• 2018 Sonoma State NCVF National Champions - Division II

Coaching Experience:
• 2023-2024 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 16 Premier Head Coach)
• 2023-2024 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Boys 18 Power Head Coach)
• 2022-2023 Acalanes High School (Boys JV Head Coach)
• 2022-2023 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 13 Power Head Coach)
• 2022-2023 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Boys 17 Power Head Coach)
• 2021-2022 San Ramon Valley High School (Boys Varsity Assistant Coach)
• 2021-2022 San Ramon Valley High School (Boys JV Assistant Coach)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Boys 12 Power Head Coach)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 16 Premier Head Coach)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Boys 16 Power Head Coach)
• 2020-2021 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (14 Premier Head Coach)
• 2019-2020 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 16 Premier Assistant Coach)
• 2019-2020 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 15 Power Assistant Coach)
• 2017-2018 NOMAR Volleyball Club (Girls 14 Premier Head Coach)
• 2017-2018 Casa Grande High School (Girls Varsity Assistant Coach)
• 2017-2018 Casa Grande High School (Girls JV Head Coach)
• 2017-2018 Casa Grande High School (Girls Freshman Head Coach)
Sean Stratton

Sean Stratton

Coaching Philosophy

My main goals for the players that I coach are that they improve in the game of volleyball, build confidence, and gain strong communication skills.

CAP I – Certified

I have been involved in coaching sports since I was 14 years old when I was helping my dad coach my older sister’s softball team. I have always had the passion to be a coach and share my experience with others. I have been coaching volleyball for over 30 years. I have coached all levels and I have coached players from 8 to 60 years old.

I have had lots of successes in coaching and not all have come from winning a game. Just the idea that players finally get what I am asking them to do is the greatest gift I can receive. The player will look over towards me with a big smile, and we both know what has just happened.

I have my degree in Physical Education from California State University Long Beach. I’ve taken many things that I learned from my degree and incorporated them into my coaching.

I have always liked this quote that I share with all my teams. ”There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit”

Most Recent Coaching Highlights:
(All of the successes below came from dedicated athletes with the support of their parents. I thank all of you for these great years)
• 2018 - NorCal High Performance Coach (March-April 2018 in Pordenone, Italy) - Cornacchia World Cup
• 2017 - NorCal High Performance Coach (July 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, FL) - USA HP Championships
• 2016 - San Ramon Valley High School - 5th Place in NCS
• 2014 - USAV Junior Nationals - 17th Place in 14 Open Division
• 2016 - San Ramon Valley High School Men’s Varsity - 13 Seasons
• 2014 - Diablo 14 Black - Power League
• 2013 - Diablo 16 You Know - Undefeated in All Leagues
• 2012 - Diablo 18 Green
• 2012 - San Ramon Valley High School - Frosh Team
• 2012 - Diablo 16 Fury - Undefeated in All Leagues (Lost in the finals at Regionals)
• 2012 - San Ramon Valley High School - 5th Place in NCS
• 2011 - Diablo 16 Black - 26th at USAV Junior Nationals
• 2010 - USA Boys High Performance Camp - WI Dells, WI
• 2010 - Diablo 16 Black - 29th at Junior Olympics
• 2008 - USA Boys High Performance Camp - Long Beach, CA
• 2007 - NCVA Boys High Performance 18 and Under Coach (Traveled to Europe)
• 2006 - San Ramon Valley High School Varsity Boys - 3rd Place in NCS
• 2006 - NCVA Boys High Performance - 3rd Place (Sacramento, CA)
• 2005 - NCVA Boys High Performance - 5th Place (Salt Lake City, UT)
• 2005 - San Ramon Valley High School Varsity Boys - NCS Champions (36-0)
• 2005 - Awarded Tri-Valley Herald All Sports Coach of the Year
• 2004 - Awarded Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year
• 2004 - San Ramon Valley High School Varsity Boys - NCS Champions
• 2003 - Diablo 18 Stratton - 5th at Junior Olympics in the 18 Open Division
• 2001 - Diablo 18 Stratton - 11th at Junior Olympics in the 18 Open Division
• 2000 - Diablo 18 Stratton - Undefeated Season in NCVA
• 1999 - Diablo 18 Stratton - 9th at Junior Olympics
Vicky Souza

Vicky Souza

I have been playing volleyball since I was in 7th grade. Although I never had an inspiration for playing I was persuaded to try out for the school team in 7th grade. Since that day it’s been my passion. After playing for so many years and meeting new coaches, I knew coaching was my next route. My goal as a coach is to help improve players to have confidence in their skills.

Playing Experience:
• 2015-2020 Club (Outside, Setter, Opposite, and Middle)
• 2017-2021 High School (Opposite, Middle, and Outside)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Valley College (Middle and Opposite)

Coaching Experience:
• 2022-2023 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 14 Green Assistant Coach)
• 2023- 2024 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Boys 18 Black Assistant Coach)
Hayden Zollars

Hayden Zollars

I started playing volleyball in 2008 on a 14’s team with Diablo Valley. I played six years of club with Diablo from 2008-2013 and always had such a great experience with all my teams and coaches. I also played at Deer Valley High School and was awarded BVAL 1st Team All-League and Team MVP my senior year. I played four years of club volleyball at Sonoma State University while earning my degree in Computer Science. I took on the roles of Women’s Volleyball Club President and Team Captain to help lead our team to win the 2018 Division II NCVF National Championship.

Since graduating, I have been involved with Diablo, coaching and assisting various teams and helping players of all ages and skill levels at camps and clinics. My goal as a coach is to help players develop their volleyball skills and knowledge of the game to their fullest potential in a fun and positive environment. I am excited to continue coaching as it has proven to be such a rewarding experience to help players reach their goals and realize their love for the game just as I have!

Coaching Experience:
• 2024 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Head Coach
• 2023 Diablo Boys 16 Black - Assistant Coach
• 2023 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Head Coach
• 2023 Diablo Boys 17 Black - Assistant Coach
• 2022 Diablo Boys 16 Black - Assistant Coach
• 2022 Diablo Girls 15 Black - Head Coach
• 2021 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Head Coach
• 2020 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Head Coach
• 2019 Diablo Girls 13 Green - Head Coach
• 2018 Diablo Girls 14 Green - Assistant Coach

Playing Experience:
• 2014-2018 - Sonoma State University Club Volleyball - President and Team Captain
 • 2018 - NCVF National Championship, Division II- 1st Place
 • 2017 - NCVF National Championship, Division II - 3rd Place
 • 2016 - NCVF National Championship, Division II - 5th Place
 • 2015 - NCVF National Championship, Division II - 3rd Place
• 2011-2013 - Deer Valley High School Varsity
 • 2013 - BVAL 1st Team All-League
 • 2013 - Team MVP
• 2010 - Deer Valley High School Junior Varsity
• 2008-2013 - Diablo Valley Volleyball
 • 2013 - Girls 18 Green
 • 2012 - Girls 18 Green
 • 2011 - Girls 16 East Power
 • 2010 - Girls 16 United
 • 2009 - Girls 14 Dynamite
 • 2008 - Girls 14 East Premier
Mike Rizarri

Mike Rizarri

I’ve been coaching since I was very young. One of the first things I learned as a player and coach is that if you have a strong base of fundamentals, you will have every tool you need in order to succeed in whatever sport you play.

My coaching philosophy is very simple and that is to make the growth and development of the game my number one concern each and every day. The athletes will learn what it takes to be a team player and develop each and every skill it takes to play this wonderful game of volleyball. As a coach, I will work hard each and every day to improve and expect every player on my team to do the same. My team motto is to always be better than we were yesterday!

2017-2018 Assistant Coach 15/16 Girl’s Premier at Diablo Volleyball Club
2017-2018 Assistant Varsity Coach Benicia High School Girls Volleyball
2017-2018 Head Coach J.V. Benicia High School Girls Volleyball
2016-2017 Assistant Varsity Coach Benicia High School Girls Volleyball
Jeany Cave

Jeany Cave

Hi, my name is Jeany Cave and I have been coaching volleyball for over 25 years and this is my second year coaching with Diablo. I first developed my love for the sport when I played in school. Since that time I have coached various age levels from 13’s - 18’s, junior high, high school, and club.

I had the great opportunity to coach both of my daughters and now they too are coaching their own teams up in Oregon where they now live. I took a brief break from coaching during my youngest’s senior year of high school so I could enjoy her last year. Once I retired from the Fire Service I decided it was the right time to return to coaching and Diablo is my perfect fit.

Boys Coaches 2024-2025 - Brentwood

Annaliesse Rivera

Annaliesse Rivera

I tried many different sports growing up but I eventually discovered volleyball and fell deeply in love with the sport. I had watched my older sister play in high school and really didn’t get to try it until I got to middle school. It became something I knew I was good at but strived to be even better at every day. Once I got to high school I discovered club and began to play and grow stronger as a player but also as a person. I played club for four seasons, 3 being played with Diablo and 1 with Hercules Dynamite. After graduating high school I went on to play 1 season at Los Medanos College. Playing volleyball has taught me self-discipline, teamwork, mental toughness, effective communication on and off the court, and commitment. Learning these not only helped me deal with situations on the court but also off the court. After finishing my season at Los Medanos I knew I wouldn’t be able to live without volleyball and knew I wanted to give back to our youth. Since then I have assistant coached 4 teams and head coached 1 team for Diablo.

Coaching Goals
As a coach, I strive to give my players the best opportunity to thrive under any circumstances on or off the court. I want to give my players a positive experience while also helping them gain confidence, learn how to work together and communicate effectively.

School:
• Los Medanos College (2021) • Freedom High School
 • Varsity (Captain, 2020-2021)
  • BVAL Honorable Mention
  • Most Inspirational Award
 • Varsity (2019)
  • BVAL Honorable Mention
  • BVAL Sportsmanship Award
  • Lady Falcon Award
  • Athlete of the Week (The Press)
• Inderkum High School
 • JV (2018)
  • MVP Award
• Freedom High School
 • JV (2017)
• O’Hara Park Middle School

Club:
• Diablo 18 Black - 2021 (Outside/Libero)
• Diablo 17 Black - 2019 (Outside/DS)
• Hercules Dynamite 16 - 2018
• Diablo 16’s - 2017

Coaching History:
• Diablo 17 Black (Boys) - Assistant Coach (2023)
• Diablo 14 Brentwood - Head Coach (2023)
• Diablo 16-3 White - Assistant Coach (2023)
• Diablo 18 Black - Assistant Coach (2022)
• Diablo 13-2 Green - Assistant Coach (2022)
• Boys Clinics (2022)
Leila Caralos

Leila Caralos

Throughout my experience, volleyball has offered me a hopeful escape from everyday life. I started my volleyball career in 7th grade and fell in love with the sport. After high school, I had the passion to teach and share new skills with others. My hope is to teach others valuable life lessons and give positive memories on and off the court. I believe the players I had the honor to coach have brought me valuable lessons as well. This opportunity has allowed me to share my love, experience, and knowledge of a sport that can be played for a lifetime, promote teamwork, and build character.

I look forward to seeing what this club will bring each year!

Volleyball Player Career:
• Los Medanos College
• Diablo Volleyball Club 18 Black
• Xceleration Volleyball Club 16 White
• Red Rock Volleyball Club Beach Program
• Red Rock Volleyball Club 15-1
• Liberty High School
• Edna Hill Middle School

Coaching Experience:
• Diablo Volleyball Club 16 Brentwood
• Diablo Volleyball Club 14 Brentwood
• Diablo Volleyball Club 13-2

Achievements:
• BVAL Sportsmanship Award
• Most Consistent Player Award
• JV: MVP

Beach Coaches 2024

Kenna Moran

Kenna Moran

Volleyball has always been a significant part of my life. I started playing when I was 10 years old and have not put a volleyball down since. Playing volleyball quickly taught me how a coach could make me love or hate the sport. I want to create a positive and productive environment where players can experience all that the sport has to offer. My overall goal is to help players better themselves and gain a forever love of the sport.

Indoor Playing Experience:
• 2023 Diablo Valley Community College (Setter, Libero)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Volleyball Club (Outside, Middle)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Volleyball Club (Outside, Middle)
• 2018-2022 Clayton Valley Charter High School Volleyball (Setter, Libero, Outside)
• 2018-2020 Xceleration Volleyball Club (Opposite, Outside, DS, Middle)
• 2014-2017 Bay Area Volleyball Club (Opposite, Outside, DS)

Beach Playing Experience:
• 2021-2022 Clayton Valley Beach Volleyball Club
• 2020-2022 Kleos Year-Round Beach Volleyball Club
• 2019 Vibe Volleyball Club

Coaching Experience:
• 2023-2024 Diablo Girls 13 Black (Head Coach) • 2023-2024 Diablo Boys 16 Green (Head Coach)
• 2023 Diablo Middle School & High School Beach Program (Head Coach)
• 2022-2023 Diablo Girls 12 Black (Head Coach)
• 2022-2023 Diablo Boys 14 Black (Assistant Coach)
• 2022 Diablo Middle School Beach Program (Head Coach)
• 2022 Diablo High School Beach Program (Assistant Coach)
• 2022 Diablo Boys Youth League (Assistant Coach)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Girls 16 White (Assistant Coach)

Past Seasons

Jackie Ponciano-Babb

Jackie Ponciano-Babb

For as long as I can remember, volleyball has been a part of my life. Growing up in Hawaii, I’ve played multiple sports but volleyball was the one that I knew would always be with me throughout my journey of life. I played all throughout high school and was fortunate enough to play one year of club volleyball. My experience playing at Kamehameha Volleyball Club was the best time that I ever had. I learned more about volleyball in the four months that I played there than I did in the four years that I played at my high school. I am grateful for that opportunity which pushed me in the direction of becoming a physical educator and coach at the collegiate level.

Having played volleyball at multiple levels (high school, club, junior college, and university) gave me valuable experience as a student-athlete but also as a future collegiate coach. Upon completing my playing career, I transitioned into coaching where I've spent 34 years of sharing my passion for volleyball. Providing players an opportunity to learn, grow, play at a high level, and understand what is expected of them to do their best is what gives me joy to continue to coach volleyball.
Maci Babb

Maci Babb

I have been playing volleyball since I was 9 years old. Volleyball has always been part of my life since my mom is a coach. She is what got me into coaching. I liked the way she coached and I wanted to be just like her. My goal is to help players enjoy playing and still work hard to get the outcome they want.

Playing Experience:
• 2021-2022 Diablo Valley College (Setter)
 • 2022 Team MVP
 • 2021 Big 8 All-Conference & Coaches Award
• 2016-2020 College Park High School (Outside, Setter)
 • 2018 2nd Team All-League
 • 2016 Team MVP
• 2014-2020 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Outside, Libero, Setter)

Coaching Experience:
• 2023-2024 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 15 Black Assistant Coach)
• 2023-2024 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Boys 16 Green Assistant Coach)
• 2022-2023 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 15 Black Assistant Coach)
• 2021-2022 Diablo Valley Volleyball Club (Girls 12 Black Assistant Coach)
Coach

Storee Lute

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Taylor Pitts

Taylor Pitts

I grew up in Lincoln, NE surrounded by fantastic opportunities to watch and participate in sports. I grew up watching and attending volleyball camps at the University of Nebraska (I'm sad I couldn't attend the game at Memorial Stadium this year, but it was amazing to see so many people that I know in attendance!). Having watched and learned from great athletes and coaches, fueled my passion to continue to learn and develop as a player. I started playing volleyball in 5th grade, and for the most part, haven't stopped since. I was a four-year letter winner on the Lincoln North Star Varsity volleyball team (2003-2006). I contributed as a setter, defensive specialist, and libero, and helped us go to state my sophomore through senior seasons. I carried the momentum from my school seasons into club play. In college, I was a part of the University of Tulsa's All Girl Cheerleading Squad (2007-2009). I also participated in a work-study job with our media relations department that allowed me to work on all of the sports in the office, and when I wasn't cheering, I was working the games. I used my experience playing volleyball to help the other student workers learn the game and understand how to document the statistics required.

This will be my first season coaching for Diablo. Previously I have coached co-ed teams ages 7-14 in Arizona from 2017-2021. I love seeing the progress of every player's skills from the beginning of the season til the end. I like to focus and build upon the fundamental skills of volleyball as well as preach effort, energy, and enthusiasm! I'm looking forward to this season, and getting back into coaching the sport that I love!
Daniella Walker

Daniella Walker

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Will Chin

Will Chin

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Gillian Seguerre

Gillian Seguerre

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Alexis Hammer

Alexis Hammer

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Sam Schmidt

Samantha Schmidt

Volleyball has always been a big part of my life. My mom was a player and a coach and got me hooked. I was a player for about 13 years, starting when I was young and through high school, club, and college. I have been coaching since 2010 and have coached many teams from 5th grade through 12th grade.

I expect hard work and commitment from all of my teams. We focus on improvement of skills and knowledge of the game and having fun while learning. I believe in positive reinforcement to help my players be the best they can be. I am excited to be a part of the Diablo Volleyball Club family!
Carson Zollars

Carson Zollars

I began playing volleyball when I was 13 with Diablo and continued with the club all the way through my 18’s year. I attended Deer Valley High School where I helped win two NCS championships and three BVAL titles. I was also awarded two team MVP’s and league MVP in my senior year. I went on to the University of Nevada, Reno where I played for the club team and eventually became the club president in my final two years of play. Throughout my volleyball career, I predominantly played outside hitter and libero. This is my first season taking a team with Diablo, however my coaching experience includes the Diablo summer clinics for the past five years as well as coaching a JV team for Wooster High School in Reno during my senior year of college.

My goal as a coach is to help players develop both individually and as a team in order to compete at the highest level of play they’re capable of, while also maintaining a fun environment!
Coach

Ruthie Ignacio

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Coach

Jessica Stratton

Coaching Philosophy:
Make a difference in the lives of young athletes to ensure they build passion and compete to their highest potential.

Playing Experience:
• 13 years for Diablo Valley Volleyball Club
• 4 Year starter at Clayton Valley Charter
• 1 year starter at San Francisco State
I have played all positions (except middle). My main position is Libero.

Coaching Experience:
• 2015 14 Green - Assistant Coach
• Diablo Summer Clinics Since 2012

Coaching Opportunities

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