High Performance Coaches
Bios for current and past High Performance coaches are included below. For more information on becoming a High Performance Coach, please review Coaching Information below and email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in becoming part of the High Performance program, these are the recommended requirements for head or assistant coaches:
- Good organizational skills.
- Willingness to adapt skill-training philosophy to coincide with that used by USA Volleyball National Teams and the USA High Performance Program.
- Willingness and ability to evaluate talent without bias to an athlete’s previous experience or organizational affiliation.
- At least three years of experience as head coach of a high level high school, club, or college program.
- At minimum, be IMPACT-certified (assistant coach) with a Cap 1 or Cap 2 Level preferred (head coach).
Once involved in the program, coach’s requirements are as follows:
- Agreement to submit to a background check.
- Must be available for all scheduled events (see list of events) including all tryout dates, practices as scheduled and the dates of the tournament.
- Agreement to coach a team selected by the Athlete Selection Committee.
- Agreement to follow all NCVA procedures and policies.
- Willingness to set aside other affiliations in order to provide the players and the program with an unbiased coaching experience.
- Act as a representative of the NCVA and all Northern California Volleyball Clubs, Coaches and Players
If this interests you, please send your resume by mail, fax, or email to the NCVA office. Coaches will be selected on the basis of how well they will represent the NCVA, what attributes/qualities they have to give to the program and how well they will work with the players. Coaches of the High Performance program are to act professional at all times and represent the NCVA in the best manner possible.
First Season with NCVA HP: 2007
Gilad Doron continues as the Head Coach at University of San Francisco looking to build on a solid debut in 2007 and continue the success of a record-breaking 2008 season. Doron was introduced as the ninth head coach in program history on March 14, 2007. This is the second Division I head coaching assignment for Doron, who spent three years (2004-06) as the head coach at Villanova, guiding the Wildcats to back-to-back winning seasons in the Big East. During his tenure on the Hilltop, Doron has posted a 52-35 (.597) overall record, including 24 WCC victories. His league win mark is the highest total in the USF coaching ranks.
Dons Set Program Records, Advance to NCAA Tournament
In 2008, Doron guided the Dons to one of the most prolific seasons in USF history. The season was highlighted by USF's highest West Coast Conference finish in history and a second all-time bid to the NCAA Tournament.
After starting the season with a strong 10-4 non-conference record, San Francsico rolled through the opening half of league play with an undefeated a program-best 7-0 record. The Dons continued to play strong, earning spots in the national top-25 for four weeks, including an all-time high rank of No. 22.
USF finished WCC play with an 11-3 record, falling just one win short of the league title. Highlights of the conference season included five All-WCC honors, a four-match sweep of Bay Area rivals Saint Mary's and Santa Clara, setting a school record for WCC victories and three-straight weeks in which the Dons' defeated nationally ranked opponents, including Pepperdine and San Diego, both of which were ranked in the top-15.
The season ended with San Francisco's second all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Dons were selected to travel to Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA to face off against perenial ACC powerhouse Duke. After a hard battle, USF fell 3-2 to the Blue Devils, finishing the season with a 22-3 record. The 22 wins marked the third best win total in program history.
Ready To Guide The Dons
Doron helped USF to 17 victories in 2007, highlighted by home sweeps of defending West Coast Conference champion No. 12 San Diego and Santa Clara - the Dons first win against the Broncos since 1989.
Under Doron's guidance in 2007, three Dons earned all-conference honors, headlined by sophomore libero Haley Carroll who was named the WCC Defender of the Year. Junior middle Alix Gombos and freshman opposite Sarah Mandala earned WCC Honorable Mention accolades.
An experienced and well-respected coach, Doron compiled a 46-44 overall record on the Main Line and catapulted Villanova to its first 20-plus win season since 1997 with a 21-11 mark in 2005, capped by a berth in the Big East Tournament. The Wildcats posted a 12-win improvement from 2004 to 2005, the second best turnaround in Big East history. Villanova got out of the gate quickly in 2005, matching the best start in program history with 10 consecutive wins to start the season. Along the way, the 'Cats defeated Pittsburgh for the first time since 1998 and started Big East play at 2-0 for the first time since 2002 after registering a road sweep against the Panthers and West Virginia.
Doron coached a pair of All-Big East Second Team performers during his tenure on the Main Line. Middle blocker Kacy Sellers (2005) and Adrian Semrau (2006) captured accolades for their 'Cat exploits. Six student-athletes earned Big East weekly honors during Doron's watch.
Doron demanded excellence in the classroom and his student-athletes responded. In just three seasons, 30 Villanova volleyball players were selected to the Big East Honor Roll. Semrau earned ESPN/CoSIDA District II Academic Team honors in 2006. Villanova earned two AVCA Academic Team Awards from 2004-06. In his first seasons at USF, setter Darcy Carroll was named to the WCC All-Academic Team.
Having A Hoot at Temple
Prior to his stint at Villanova, Doron served as an assistant coach at Temple University from 1996-1999. In four seasons in Philadelphia, Doron helped the Owls post a 101-28 (.783) overall record and a remarkable 70-11 (.864) slate in Atlantic-10 action. In four seasons, Temple averaged 25.3 wins a season and 17.5 league wins and ran the table in A-10 play in 1997, posting a 22-0 mark.
As an assistant under head coach Bob Bertucci, Doron helped guide the Owls to the most successful three-year run in program history, capped by back-to-back-to-back Atlantic 10 titles and three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Doron worked with two-time Asics All-American Honorable Mention Alma Kovacci, six AVCA All-District selections and six Atlantic-10 First Team picks.
The Philadelphia Volleyball Academy
In between his time at Temple and taking over the helm at Villanova, Doron founded the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy. The nationally ranked volleyball club fields five teams comprised of players aged 14-18. Doron supervised a coaching staff of eight and provided guidance on implementing strategies and team goals.
Doron also spent three years as the head girls' volleyball coach for Synergy Volleyball Club in Philadelphia. He worked with U-18 players on a nationally ranked club squad that qualified for the national championships in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, his U-18 team earned a No. 12 national ranking, and compiled an overall record of 100-27.
Israeli National Team Member
Doron began his coaching career in Israel as the head men's volleyball coach for the Mate Asher Professional Volleyball Club, where he mentored national team players from Israel, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Croatia. Doron led his teams to the 1994 Israeli championship and the finals of the 1995 Israel Cup. Mate Asher was also a qualifier in the European League in 1996.
An accomplished player, Doron competed for the Israeli National team for 10 years and was part of the squad that placed fourth in the World University Games in Japan in 1995. He played 12 seasons with Mate Asher, helping lead the club to four Israeli League titles and two Israeli Cup championships.
The Personal File
A 2000 graduate of Temple University with a degree in Business Administration, Doron and his wife Jennifer have a son, Kai Jonathon (5). The Doron family lives in San Francisco.
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Prima Elam has 18 years of coaching experience ranging from high school, club and college. Combine that with over 20 years of playing experience, and Prima has been involved in volleyball almost her entire life. Her playing experience includes Sacramento City College. As a member of the Sacramento City College team, she played opposite and helped the team finish 4th in the State of California. Prima then went on to finish her playing and academic career at Cal State Hayward. Prima Elam spent two years as the First Assistant at Menlo College in Atherton, CA. Prima also represented the Northern California Region as the Head Coach of the Boys Regional Team. The team competed at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships where they earned back to back silver medals. Eight years ago she founded Core Volleyball Club and in the first year the club had six teams and currently the club has sixteen teams. Prior to Core, she was the Club Director for California Volleyball Academy and assisted in developing California Volleyball Academy from a startup club its first year only offering camps and clinics to six teams its second season and CVA finished with eight teams in the third year. Prima was the first assistant at Diablo Valley College in 2006. Prima was the Setting/Defensive coach at Skyline College in San Bruno, and she also coached the Renegades 18-Prima Boys that finished in Silver, and competed in at the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals. In 2010 she was the assistant for 18-Wutang Boys Team, which finished 11th in Gold, and 4th at Far Westerns . Prima’s certifications include USA CAP II, Gold Medal Squared, Impact, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Champions of Character (NAIA).
First Season with NCVA HP: 2011
University of San Francisco volleyball coach Gilad Doron announced the addition of Ken Ko to his staff as an assistant coach on September 17, 2010.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Ko, who began his collegiate coaching career at USF in 2000 as a volunteer assistant coach. Ko is a Bay Area native and attended Skyline High School in Oakland.
“I’ve pretty much been out of the Bay Area for the last 10 years, so it’s great to be home,” Ko said. “Then on the professional side of it, I have the opportunity to work with Gilad. His staff has worked so hard to accomplish what they have here. The direction the program is heading looks really good.”
Ko replaces Scott Wong, who was with the Dons for one season before becoming the associate head coach at the University of Hawaii.
A 15-year coaching veteran, Ko comes to the Hilltop after a two-year stint at the University of Florida. During both seasons, the Gators advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament and finished 25-6 last season and 27-4 in 2008. Florida won the Southeastern Conference Championship in 2008.
Ko’s responsibilities at Florida included assisting with offensive coordination and opponent scouting, while also acting as the recruiting coordinator for the Gators.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Ken,” Doron said. “I think he brings a wealth of experience from different programs and conferences. Mostly, his personality and his approach on how to train are very compatible to mine and Melissa [Walbridge]’s attitudes. He has great passion for the game and is very competitive.”
Before moving to Gainesville, Ko spent three seasons at Washington State University from 2005-07. He served as the associate head coach during his final two seasons in Pullman. Ko’s responsibilities included coordinating the team’s defensive and blocking schemes. During his time with the Cougars, his team won a Pac-10 conference blocking title and finished in the top 10 in blocking in the country in 2005.
With seven new players on the Dons’ roster this year, Ko’s experience working with young players will be advantageous for USF.
In his first year at Florida, Kristy Jaeckel and Colleen Ward were both named to the SEC All-Freshman team, with Kelly Murphy earning Freshman-of-the Year honors. Four of his players were named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman team in Ko’s three years at Washington State.
“I think with the experience of working with young teams, you understand what a lot of these young players are going through and the unique dynamics of a new group forming,” Ko said. “Just knowing the things we can do as a team and a staff to be proactive and get through the adjustment period and build a strong foundation for success will help.”
Ko spent three years at California State Fullerton from 2002-04, where he helped guide the Titans to a school-record 11 home wins in 2004. Before heading to Fullerton, Ko was an assistant coach for one season at Colgate University.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Ko has significant experience working with the USA Volleyball program. He was an assistant coach for the Junior National Select A1 Team in Fort Lauderdale in 2008, along with being an assistant coach for the Junior National Select A2 Team in both 2005 and 2006.
Ko began his coaching career at Miramonte High School in Orinda, Calif. as head coach and program director for the girl’s program in 1995. In six seasons, his teams went 151-24 and won four league titles. His 1996 Miramonte team won a California Interscholastic Federation section title and advanced to the state semifinals. Ko was named Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year in 1998. In 2001, Ko took over the boy’s program at Miramonte for one season.
While at Miramonte, Ko coached Nicole Branagh, who went on to become a two-time All-American at Minnesota and the 2005 AVP Tour Rookie of the Year. Branagh was also a member of the United States’ No. 2 beach volleyball team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games.
Ko received his bachelor of science degree in Physical Education (Biomechanics) from the University of California-Davis in 1993. He played volleyball for the Aggies for three seasons as an outside hitter. After graduation he worked in the physical therapy field until 2000.
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Michele is currently the Head Coach for the Junior Varsity Girls Team at Ripon Christian High School in Ripon, Calif. In 2007, Michelle co-founded Ripon Christian Volleyball Club (RCVC). RCVC 12-1 went on to qualify for the 2008 USA Volleyball Junior Olympics. Since then, she has been with Delta Valley Volleyball Club. In 2010 she assisted Richard Chan and the Delta Valley 13-1 Team as they made their way to winning 1st place in the Gold Division of 14 Open at the 2010 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships.
Michele is the proud mother of two children. Her oldest daughter participated in the USAV National High Performance A2 program in 2010 representing the National HP Program at the USA High Performance Championships in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Tiger has been coaching volleyball now for over 26 years. He has coached both Girls and Boys High School throughout Southern California, Northern California and North Carolina. Tiger also has vast experience coaching club volleyball for clubs such as Muzuno South of Rock Hill, South Carolina, North Charlotte VBC of Charlotte, North Carolina, Delta Valley VBC and now Ripon Christian VBC (Team Elon). Tiger was the founder of Carolina Juniors Volleyball and Ripon Christian VBC along with playing an important role in the development of Salinas Valley VBC. Tiger is also CAP II Certified. In addition to his experience coaching various teams, Tiger has helped run summer camps at the University of North Carolina, Furman University and Winthrop University. Tiger is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) where he serves on the ACVA High School All-American selection committee.
Tiger is currently the Athletic Director for Ripon Christian High School and the Head Coach for the Ripon Christian High School Varsity Girls team. Tiger also coaches at Delta Valley Volleyball Club during the Girls Club Season in the Spring.
Volleyball coaching experience: 1980 – Present
• 1980-1984 Hoover HS, San Diego Ca. Asst Varsity Coach
• 1989-1991 Strathmore HS, Strathmore Ca, Asst Varsity Coach
• 1992-1994 Meyers Park High School, Charlotte NC. Assistant Varsity Coach
• 1992- 1994 Charlotte North Volleyball Club, Charlotte NC. Assistant Coach 18s
• 1995-1999 Charlotte Latin, Charlotte NC. Assistant Varsity Coach, State Runner-up 1996, State Champ. 1997
• 1995- 1996Mizuno South Volleyball Club, Charlotte NC. Head Coach and Director of Club.
• 1995 Impact Certified, University of North Carolina, Tom Tait
• 1995- 1997 Furman University, South Carolina, Camp Coach, under Cole Talmon, Furman Head Coach
• 1996- 1999 Mizuno South became Carolina Jr. VB (CJV) Director of Coaching, Head Coach - Girls 16s.
• 1996 Cap 1 Certified, University of North Carolina, Tom Tait
• 1997 Cap 2 Certified, Colorado Springs (Critical Thinking on Blocking) Jim Coleman
• 1998, 1999, 2003 University of North Carolina Camp Coach, under Joe Sagula, UNC Head Coach.
• 2001-2004 Delta Valley Volleyball. Head Coach 18-1, 17-1. Open National Championships 2001 - 2004.
• Head Coach for Delta Valley Summer Camps 2001-2003
• 2004-Present Ripon Christian School - Head Varsity Coach - Reg. playoffs 2004-07, Section Champ. 2007
• Director of Ripon Christian Summer Camps
• 2006 to Present Northern California High Performance Coach
• 2008 to Present Delta Valley Volleyball Head Coach
Eddie Chen has been coaching volleyball for over ten years. He is the Varsity Women's Volleyball Coach at St Joseph Notre Dame High School who recently finished 2nd place for CIF Northern California Division 5. He is also the director of Sky Volleyball Club and his coaching experience includes NCVA Indoor High Performance, Varsity Boys High School Volleyball at St Joseph Notre Dame and Head Royce, Golden Bear Volleyball Club, Peninsula Juniors Volleyball Club and much more. His high school players train in the sand and he has had beach camps for Sky Volleyball Club. He is an avid beach volleyball player and is excited about growing the sport of beach volleyball.
Greg Gibbons enters his fourth season at the helm of the Pacific women's volleyball program after being named the seventh head coach in program history.
After two seasons of pushing the Tigers back on track, Gibbons led Pacific to its first 20+ win season in over a decade as the Tigers went 20-11 in 2012. Among those 20 wins was a 12-1 non-conference record that marked Pacific's best non-conference record since the 1999 season, the last season the Tigers' were ranked No. 1 in the country. Throughout the year, the Tigers showed brilliance and resilience as Pacific won three of four pre-conference tournaments and also set an NCAA record for five-set matches with 14, in which the Tigers were 9-5 on the year.
Prior to the Tigers' 2012 season, Gibbons led the Tigers to a 37-23 overall record in his first two seasons of work. Overall, Gibbons has led Pacific to three straight Bankers Classic titles as the Tigers are undefeated under Gibbons at their home tournament.
Individually, Gibbons helped guide the Tigers to eight all-conference awards with Pacific placing a pair on the All-Big West postseason teams in 2012. Additionally, Gibbons guided Svenja Engelhardt to her finest collegiate season in 2010, her senior season, as the Tigers' top hitter earned all-region and all-conference honors in her final year.
Prior to Pacific, Gibbons spent four seasons at UC Santa Barbara, including his final two as associate head coach. He was the primary recruiter for the Gauchos and was involved in all facets of running the program.
With extensive experience at the collegiate, club, and USA Volleyball levels, Gibbons will bring an outstanding coaching background to the Tiger program.
In two of his four years at UC Santa Barbara, Gibbons helped lead the program to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and 66 victories. The Gauchos were 19-12 in his first season and had a 22-win season in 2009. In his time at UCSB, he coached two All-Americans, three All-Region players, 10 All-Big West players and six All-Freshman players.
Gibbons went 41-29 as the head coach at Cal Lutheran University from 2003-05, leading the Regales to an 18-3 mark, a conference championship and a final NCAA Division III national ranking of No. 18 his final season. He guided CLU to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2005, while mentoring a First Team AVCA All-American, Mo Coverdale. In 2004, Cal Lutheran finished with a West Region ranking of 7th and was ranked as high as No. 25 in the national poll.
In 2008, Gibbons took over the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club as director and head coach. In 2009 Gibbons took the SBVC to the bronze medal at the Junior Olympics and a No. 3 national ranking. Prior to his time in Santa Barbara, Gibbons emerged as an outstanding club coach. He was the co-director and coach of the Los Angeles-based Sports Shack Volleyball Club from 2004-07. In the 2005 season he was named Club Coach of the Year while leading the under-15 team to a fifth-place finish at Nationals while his under-18 team won the Volleyball Festival National Championship. In 2006, his under-16 team captured the regional title.
From 2004-06 Gibbons also served as head coach of the Southern California Volleyball Association Youth National Team based in Anaheim, coaching the region's top girls players that placed third at the Global World Championships in Salt Lake City in 2005.
In addition, Gibbons was Coordinator of Volleyball Affairs with the Pepperdine University men's program from 2003-05, analyzing game film and handling administrative responsibilities for the perennially-powerful Waves. In his time in Malibu (2003-06) Gibbons was part of a program that won a national title (2005), was the national title runner-up (2003) and also played in a Final Four (2004).
Previously, Gibbons served as head boys and girls volleyball coach at both Westlake High School (2000-03) and was the head boys coach at Moorpark High School (1997-99) while also gaining experience with several Ventura County-based club programs.
Gibbons is a 1997 graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned a B.S. in psychology and in 2009 earned his Master's degree in adult education from the University of Phoenix. At Iowa State he played on the Cyclones' nationally ranked club volleyball team, ranking as high as third in 1997.
He married Emily Cochran in December of 2005, and the couple has two sons, Max and Ryan.
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