Yelena A. Skazka
Girls 17s Head Coach
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.