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2014 – Present
Head Coach, Girls 16s & 18s
Kraken Volleyball Club
2011 – 2014
Men's Club Volleyball
University of Washington
2009 – 2010
University Of the Pacific
2010 – Present
Seattle Volleyball Club
Libero / Outside Hitter
Competing in USAV, NAGVA, and local leagues.
2006 – 2010
University Of the Pacific (UOP)
Division 1 Men's Volleyball
UOP competed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) against the likes of Stanford, UCLA, Cal State Northridge, BYU, Hawaii, among others.
Asics Rainbows Volleyball Club
Earned a bronze medal at the USAV Boys Junior Nationals in the 18 & Under Club Division
Varsity Boys Volleyball
Setter / Defensive Specialist
Competed in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH)
Honorable Mention All-League
Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH)
Setter / Defensive Specialist
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu where I lived in Kaneohe for most of my life. For the past four years I've been living in Seattle, WA.
What position do you like playing the most in volleyball?
Growing up I played every position except middle but I have two positions that I love playing the most, which is libero and setter. I enjoy these the most because in their own ways these two positions are the leaders on the court, the setter runs the offense and the libero runs the backcourt.
Who is one volleyball player (athlete) that you are inspired by and why?
That's a tough one. Growing up it was my big sister because she was such a stud at sports, basketball, soccer, softball, even baseball and football. It seemed like she could do anything and go anywhere with her skills and that really inspired me to be better. Now a days I'd have to say that Karch Kiraly and Misty May-Treanor are the two athletes that inspire me the most. Both of these players have been so successful on the court and in life. Both have played on the biggest stages in the world of volleyball, not only indoor but also on the sand. No matter how successful they had become they were never satisfied, always working on their game. It's that hard work, focus, and dedication to the game of volleyball and to life that really inspires me to better myself as a player, coach and as a person.
Why do you play volleyball?
I first started playing volleyball in the third grade, because all my friends would play during recess. Growing up volleyball also seemed to be the only sport that I was better than my sister at. It was like I finally got to feel how she feels about every other sport, it just came naturally to me. As I got older my friends and I continued to play volleyball, it was a big part of our lives. The older I got the more I fell in love with the game. I love the teamwork and the friends that I made and the life lessons I've learned. Today volleyball is still a big part of my life. My mother always said to do something you love, and for me that's volleyball.
Why do you coach? What excites you about coaching?
I coach because I feel that it's important to pass on the knowledge that was passed down to me by my coaches over the years. What excites me about coaching is seeing the players develop their skills on and off the court. Seeing a player grow and knowing that I played some part in their development makes me feel good. It's great to see them love volleyball as much as I do.
What do you value most in your players?
Respect. Learn it. Live it. Pass it on. Players not only need to respect their coaches, but also their parents, others, and themselves.
What is your most embarrassing volleyball moment?
I was playing libero and I couldn't pass a ball to save my life, so my team squeezed me out of the passing rotation! A libero's main job is passing and defense, so I was humiliated when I couldn't pass.
Headshot courtesy Nack Athens / Action Photos courtesy of Robin Thompson