2019/20 Coaches

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We take pride in our coaching staff, their professionalism and their knowledge of volleyball. We have top coaches from UCSC, CSUMB, Cabrillo and local high schools.

Gabrielle Houston Neville – Director and 18 Elite Travel

Gabrielle is currently the new head coach for the women’s volleyball team at UC Santa Cruz. This is her first year as head coach for the Banana Slugs. Prior to UCSC Gabrielle coached for 9 seasons at Cabrillo College where she lead the Seahawks to 9 Coast Conference Championships, five final-four appearances, 2 State Championships and a State Runner -Up. Gabrielle was voted the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Coast Conference Coach of the Year and the 2010,2014 and 2017  Northern California Coach of the Year. In the 2013  she lead the Seahawks to a first ever undefeated California State title for a Northern California team in the 36 year history of the CCCAA.  Her record when she left Cabrillo was 239-31.

Gabrielle has received her B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara and her master’s degree from Arizona State University in Exercise Science where she was also a volleyball instructor for two years. Prior to Cabrillo, Gabby coached at Mt. Madonna High School for four seasons where she led her team to two CCS Championships and a California state title.

Gabrielle has coached for Main Beach for 16 seasons. Gabrielle has over 20 years experience as a head coach, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a certified Sports Performance coach through the USA Weightlifting Federation. When she is not in the gym teaching volleyball, she is in the weight room helping athletes to prepare physically for their upcoming seasons or playing on the beach.

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, teaching and coaching volleyball is her passion and with growing up on the beach, the sport has always been an integral part of her life.

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Natalie Picone – 18 Elite Travel

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PK McDonald – 17 Travel

Starting at the ripe young age of 7, PK started playing volleyball by going to his older brothers Team Santa Cruz practices. His love of volleyball, competition and of teamwork grew steadily from that point.

PK attended UCLA looking to be a walk on because it was a great school and the best program around. Though he never played for the team, PK had the opportunity to work and learn the game as a student manager for four years under legendary Coach Al Scates and many amazing assistant coaches.

The highlight of his volleyball experience was being on the bench to win the 2006 NCAA National Championship. The team won 13 consecutive matches to win the championship. This experience taught him to always keep faith in the team.

PK began coaching in 2005 for his high school’s Summit Volleyball Club and led the team to Junior Nationals. Since then PK has been involved in many areas of the volleyball community, coaching several boys/girls club and high school volleyball teams. Along the way, PK has had the chance to learn from many collegiate head coaches and has picked up invaluable knowledge from them all.

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Amber Provost – 17 Travel

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Yelena A. Skazka – 16 Travel

Yelena earned her Bachelor of Physical Education & Sports from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Culture & Sports in Jul 2008. There, she competed on the Azerbaijan Women’s National Team as a “Spiker” for both indoor and sand volleyball, as well as leading as the captain for the Junior National Volleyball Team. She was selected as a National Olympic Qualifier in 2003, lead the Azerbaijan Women’s National Team to 1st place in the Azerbaijan Sand Volleyball Championship in 2005, and lead her team again during the World Championship in 2008. She has 5-years of competitive international experience as well, playing for Russian, Serbian, Turkish Clubs, as well as playing in the FIVB (Fédération Internationale de Volleyball) World Tournaments.

She is very familiar with and not afraid of hard work, nor long hours with her inner drive that has allowed for her success in coaching both at the professional ( i.e. Indoor & Sand for the Azerbaijan Women’s National Team), college levels (i.e. UCLA, USC, CSUDH, Stanford), as well as varsity high school and local club circuits in Southern California.

Recently, she assisted the Junior Olympics New Orleans Team in 2015 and trained teams to reach the CIF Champions (Division III), CIF State Final (Division II), and achieve 1st Place in the Del Rey League in 2016. Today, Yelena is a member of the prestiges Gold Medal Squared organization, a recent hire as the Associate Head Coach at Cabrillo College located in Aptos, California, and working on completion of her second Bachelor of Divinity, at the Moscow Soul Academy.

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Jerry Woodward – 16 Travel

Volunteer Assistant Coach UCSC Women’s 2016 – 2017
Santa Cruz JV and Frosh Head coach 2017
Scotts Valley Boys Middle School Head Coach
Mission Hills Girls- 6th grade Head Coach
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Derek Wolf – 16 Power

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Justin Bates – 16 Power

Justin has been playing the game for over a decade. While growing up in Northridge, Ca, he started his volley career during his sophomore year of high school. His junior and senior year he was voted varsity captain, leading his team to two CIF: LA championship games, winning his senior year. He played 3 seasons at Santa Monica Beach Club as an outside hitter and middle. He played at UCSC as a middle, while earning a degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He has been living and coaching in Santa Cruz ever since graduating in 2016. He started coaching with Main Beach in 2018. He spends his free time programming and working on his beach game.
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Morgan Ehritt – 15 Travel

Morgan is in her 5th season with the Main Beach coaching staff.  Her playing experience includes Cabrillo College for two years where she was instrumental in helping the Seahawks to win 2 Conference Championships in both seasons. Morgan graduated from Cabrillo and futhered her education as well as played volleyball for UCSC. At UCSC she was the starting right side hitter and led her team to history, making their first appearance at the NCAA National Championships. Morgan brings multiple years of coaching experience at the college level and at the juniors level. She was the assistant coach at UCSC for 3 seasons and finished the season as interim head coach when she also joined Main Beach as an assistant coach at the 16s level.

Morgan is from Ventura where she played varsity volleyball for three years and was MVP of the league her senior year. She was the recipient of ‘Athlete of the Year’ of the senior class. Morgan is currently the Assistant Women’s  Volleyball Coach at Cabrillo College.

When Morgan is not coaching you can find her at the beach playing ball, gardening or at home baking! Morgan says, ‘I love volleyball! It has given me so many memories, experiences and friendships and I would like to share this beautiful and challenging game with younger athletes.’ Welcome Morgan!

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Dane Holmgren – 15 Travel

Dane is from Del Mar California where he played for Wave Volleyball Club and Seaside VBC. His parents met at a beach volleyball tournament. He enjoys surfing, fishing, and beach volleyball in his free time. Dan is currently in the Masters of Coaching and Athletic Administration program at CU Irvine.

  • CSUMB Volunteer Assistant- 2011-2014
  • CSUMB Top Assistant- 2015-Present
  • Santa Catalina JV Head Coach 2011-2013
  • Central Coast Volleyball Club Head Coach 2011-2018 (12s, 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s)
  • CBVA Monterey Director 2017-Present
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Carly Craig – 14 Travel

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Jordan Siskious – 14 Travel

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Jan Furman – 13 Travel

Jan Furman began her teaching and coaching career in Davis Ca. where she founded and directed the Davis Volleyball Club for 10 years. While at Davis High School, Jan led her teams to 7 straight league titles, 7 Nor Cal Championships, and 9 State Championship playoffs. She left Davis with a 77-0 winning steak. Jan was awarded the National High School Volleyball coach of the Year and in 1998, Jan was inducted into the Chico State Hall of Fame for volleyball and swimming. Jan came to Santa Cruz in 1988 to teach and coach at Cabrillo College. With 10 seasons at Cabrillo, Jan led her teams to 4 Conference Championships and 9 State Playoffs. She was inducted into the Calif. Community College Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2004. Jan has coached multiple athletes receiving full-ride scholarships to Stanford, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Barbara, UOP, San Diego State and many more. Jan retired from full time teaching and coaching at Cabrillo in 2009 but continues to teach Kinesiology and Philosophy of Physical Education classes. She founded Main Beach Volleyball Club in 2002 and in only it’s 2nd season sent 2 of 5 teams to the Junior National Championships. Jan takes pride in the growth of the Main Beach Volleyball Club. Starting in 2002 with 5 girls teams to a club in 2016 of 9 girls teams, 6 boys teams, a beach program with over 50 players and a youth program for 4th thru 8th graders in both the fall and the spring. Jan’s passions are volleyball, photography and mentoring coaches. If she is not in the gym improving an arm swing, or meeting with a player about colleges you will probably find her working out in the yard at her home or with her family in the Napa Valley.
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Kelsee Montagna- 13 Travel

Kelsee Montagna is currently the head coach for the Cabrillo Women’s team. She recently returned from Great Falls, Montana where she assisted the University of Providence volleyball program as a Graduate Assistant and Recruiting Coordinator. In her short two years there, Montagna proved her ability to recruit and develop top athletes. While development of the whole team was her goal, her main focus was on blocking and working with the middles along with offensive plays. Montagna, as a club director, spearheaded the development of Great Falls Zootown Volleyball Club, branching out from the parent program in Missoula, Montana in the fall of 2017.

As a player, Montagna earned First Team All-Conference honors in the Frontier Conference for her performance as a six-rotation right side. As a two year starter and captain, she led the Argos to a 26-10 record her senior year and earned national team rankings throughout the season. Before her time at UGF, Montagna was team captain of the Cabrillo Seahawks volleyball program in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In the 2013 season, Montagna was a part of the first Northern California team to win a State Championship and go undefeated in the regular and postseason.

During her time at Cabrillo, Montanga coached the Main Beach Blender’s program and assisted the U15 gold program. She also was president of the Cabrillo Beach Volleyball Club before it became in official sport in the CCCAA. Montagna has earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership with honors. She was named the Most Outstanding Student in both her undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Matt Schutz – 12/13 Premier

Matt comes from Southern Calif. and a volleyball family. He as well as his siblings played volleyball in high school, club, college and on the beach. He set at UCSC before earning his dgree in Marine Biology and eventually a teaching credential with a masters in teaching from UC Irvine. While in Southern California Matt assisted at Newport Harbor High School where the Sailors earned two state titles, four Southern Section Titles and numberous league title with both the boys and girls teams. Matt returned to Santa Cruz in 2008 to teach and coach at Harbor High School. He is pesently the Head Coach for the girls. He has guided the Pirates to three league titles and many trips to the CCS playoffs. Matt was the motivation and energy behind starting the Main Beach Boys program in 2011. He is the current director of that program. Matt is passionate about providing volleyball experiences for youth. When he is not thinking of ways to make that happen he is in the classroom teaching chemistry, on a bike tearing around town with one of his kids on the back and one on the front! Matt is married to Kate and they have two beautiful and very active little girls.
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Ben Meyer – 17 Travel

Ben’s first year as a coach at Main Beach was 2015. He started playing volleyball at Harbor High School, where he earned “Pirate of the Year” and joined Main Beach as a player after that season. He finished his high school years at Main Beach, and as a proud alum, has joined the staff. Ben attends Cabrillo College and is the junior varsity and assistant varsity coach for both the boys and girls programs at Harbor High. His love for the game and eagerness to become a better coach makes him a great addition to the staff!

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Ala Olson – 16 Travel

Ala has coached club for the past three seasons. Ala is currently in her senior season as a defensive specialist at CSUMB. While playing at MB she earned her bachelors degree in kinesiology and is working towards becoming a physicians assistant. Ala has played volleyball since she was 11 years old, playing her first season of club at age 14. She played for Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington.

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Maddy Underwood – 16 Travel

Maddy played and redshirted a year at Grand Canyon University as a Right Side. She transferred to CSUMB to complete her last 3 years of eligibility where she played Outside. She’s coached at Carmel Beach 14’s (assistant coach) , Central coast (coasters) 16-18’s, and was Head Varsity Volleyball coach at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach.

Her future plans include graduating with a degree in Mathematics and becoming a High School Math teacher.

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Jolie Samuelson – 15 Travel

Jolie is approaching her third year as a coach but this will be her first season with Main Beach. She began playing volleyball when she was 10 years old. Currently, Jolie is playing for the indoor and beach volleyball teams at Cabrillo College. In 2017, she contributed as an outside hitter. She helped the Seahawks finish 4th at the CCCAA State Championships. She was also apart of earning the State Championship title for beach volleyball in the spring of 2018.

Jolie is from the Coachella Valley in Southern California. She started coaching in 2016 as the assistant coach for the 14’s national team at Desert Sports Volleyball Club. Last Spring she coached the 6th and 8th grade teams at Branciforte Middle School. She also contributes to Main Beach and Santa Cruz Beach Volleyball Club clinics. Alongside playing and coaching, Jolie is working towards earning a degree in communications.

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Erin Mitchell – 15 Power

 

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Paige Saperstein – 15 Power

 

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Diana Inman – 14 Travel

Diana returns for her 3rd season with Main Beach.  After coaching the 18s team over the past two seasons, Diana will now be coaching the 15 Travel Team.  With the 18s, Diana helped her teams to Nationals in 2016 and medal at a National Qualifier. She’s gearing up to make another national bid with her new team. A former NCAA DII outside hitter, Diana has her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology. Her coaching focus is on player mindset and drawing peak effort from every action. Players success on her team are measured by two questions: did you work your hardest and are you getting better each day?
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Rachel Svelvan – 14 Travel

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Alexandria Everett – 14 Travel

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Lina Fiso – 12 Premier

Lina is currently playing volleyball for Cabrillo College as a middle blocker on the indoor team. In 2017, she helped the indoor team win the coast north conference and make an appearance at the CCCAA State Championships. In the spring of 2018, she helped to clench the beach volleyball State Championship title for the Seahawks.

This will be Lina’s first year coaching club for Main Beach. She is originally from Vallejo, California where she played for Solano Volleyball Club and Xceleration Volleyball Club. She is currently studying psychology and plans to specifically go into the sports psychology field. In early 2018, Lina coached for Main Beach clinics. She is excited to be coaching club volleyball and has a focused and competitive spirit.

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