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
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.
Justin Bates – Boy’s Director
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 (FÃ©dÃ©ration 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 Womenâ€™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.
Santa Cruz JV and Frosh Head coach 2017
Scotts Valley Boys Middle School Head Coach
Mission Hills Girls- 6th grade Head Coach
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 schoolâ€™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.
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.
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.
Branden has been playing volleyball since 2005. Growing up in Sacramento, he played club volleyball for Northern California Volleyball Club (NCVC). At NCVC, he played in three Junior National Championship tournaments. Branden attended Jesuit High School where he was a three year captain, co-league Most Valuable Player (2011), two time All-Delta River League, and Sacramento Optimist All-Star team member.
Branden attended the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Environmental Studies. He played for the UCSCmen’s volleyball program for four years. While at UCSC, he led three teams to the NCAA D3 National Championship Tournament. Branden was a team captain for two years and received recognition as an Honorable Mention All-American in 2015.
Branden has coached youth volleyball programs in Santa Cruz since 2015. He implements principles and philosophies from Gold Medal Squared and USA Volleyball. Branden is thankful for the knowledge his coaches, teammates, friends, and mentors have shared with him along his journey. He is excited to be a part of the Main Beach family.
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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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