2020-21 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.

Jan Furman – Executive Director

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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Gabrielle Houston Neville – Girl’s Director 

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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 Justin Bates – Boy’s Director 

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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Yelena A. Skazka 

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 

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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PK McDonald

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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Isabella Bush

 

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Connor Dunham

Connor started playing volleyball in 5th grade. During his Junior year of high school he was the starting 5-1 setter at Oak Ridge High School, which went undefeated in the Sac-Joaquin section. Connor was captain and setter for three clubs in the Sacramento area: PVC, NCVC, and GGVB. He made the Sacramento Optimist Club All-Star Team in 2011.

While attending Folsom Lake College, Connor officiated high school and club matches in the Sacramento area, and played volleyball whenever he could. He transferred to UC Santa Cruz in 2013, and graduated in 2015 with a Computer Science degree.

To round out his sometimes monotonous software development career, he volunteered as an assistant coach for the SLV Middle School 7th grade girls, and then the 6th-8th grade boys in 2018. Connor fell in love with the experience of helping young players learn the game of volleyball, a game he learned so many valuable lessons from. In 2019 he coached the JV girls at SLV High School, and then joined Main Beach to coach 15 Power.

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Christian Bouchard

This will be Christian’s 3rd season with Main Beach. He began his career at Santa Cruz High in 2015, where in his first year, he helped take the team to CCS for the first time in 14 years. He continues to coach for Santa Cruz High’s Varsity, JV, and Frosh teams where he has had success in taking the teams to CCS and winning league. Christian also coaches 8th grade girls at Mission Hill Junior High, each year winning the pre-season tournament and placing top three in the post-season tournament. Additional experience includes four years on the PCS High School Volleyball team, one year JV, three years Varsity, winning CCS in 2014. Volleyball is the first sport he really developed a passion for and that passion has evolved from the joy of playing the game to the joy of teaching the game.

 

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Brandon Torado 

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Hailey Naccarato

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Jessica Grigsby 

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Lindsay Heller

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Kelsee Montagna

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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Natalie Picone 

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Carly Craig 

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