Wildfire – Men’s Professional Volleyball

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What is PVL?

The USA PVL is a grass roots professional volleyball league that began in 2012. It is made up of teams from among of the forty (40) regional volleyball associations across North America. Sanctioned by USA Volleyball, USA PVL offers tournament play and a League Championship event each year. The stated mission of the PVL is to create a successful and sustainable indoor professional volleyball league for elite-level post-collegiate male and female athletes in the United States.

 

What is NorCal Premier?

NorCal Premier is the official PVL team of the Northern California Region (NCVA), which encompasses Northern California, Bakersfield to the Oregon Border, and Northern Nevada.

NorCal Premier seeks to embody a number of goals and objectives:

  1. To represent the region in national competition by developing the highest level teams possible.
  2. To contribute to the growth of a professional volleyball league in the United States.
  3. To influence and develop NCVA junior players through exhibition matches, clinics and other outreach activities.
  4. To provide further opportunities for top-level adult players in the region to continue playing volleyball at a high level.

 

Who plays on the NorCal Premier?

Tryouts for the team are held annually in September. The top former collegiate and pro players from the region will be selected to play for NorCal Premier.

Any male athlete that is not in high school or college may try out for NorCal Premier.

 

Where can I see NorCal Premier play?

NorCal Premier will participate in the President’s Day PVL Invitational, in San Jose, CA, and the Far Western PVL Invitational, in Reno, NV. All additional matches will be posted on the NorCal Premier page.

 

Who does NorCal Premier compete against?

Foremost, NorCal Premier competes against all other PVL teams in the Nation. The closest competitors are the teams from Arizona and North Texas. CLICK HERE for a list of other PVL teams.

 

Will NorCal Premier offer any outreach or training?

A central goal of the program is to contribute to the growth and development of volleyball in the NCVA region. Subsequently, NorCal Premier is working to organize events in the area to help juniors and adults improve in the sport. These events may include exhibition matches, clinics, and other volleyball events taught and run by NorCal Premier coaches and players. Stay tuned for more details!

 

I am interested in sponsoring or supporting NorCal Premier – how can I get involved?

NorCal Premier is actively looking for corporate and personal sponsors to contribute in any way they can – financial or non-financial. Funds given to the team go directly into the purchase of equipment and the subsidization of jerseys and travel costs. In exchange for sponsorship, corporate promotional material can be featured on jerseys and other marketing materials. Please contact NCVA for more information at [email protected].

 

Official Sponsors:

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Additional information can be found on USAPVL.com

 

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NCVA, a region of USA Volleyball, is looking for professional-level volleyball players to represent Northern California for the 2016 season of the USA Premier Volleyball League (USA PVL). NorCal Wildire will be holding tryouts for all players interested in participating. Information for tryouts is included below.

OFFICIAL TRYOUTS

NORCAL WILDFIRE – Professional Men’s Volleyball

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Tryout Fees include all tryouts. only register online for the first tryout you plan to attend.

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Player requirements and additional information can be found on USAPVL.com

 

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NCVA FAR WESTERN PVL INVITATIONAL
April 29, 2017
Reno, NV

PVL CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 26-31, 2017
Minneapolis, Minn.

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Eric has years of experience competing in volleyball at the Junior Olympic, NCAA D1 and professional levels.  He was a setter and opposite hitter for NCVC Volleyball Club, the University of Hawaii Warriors, the University of Pacific Tigers, and NorCal Premier Men’s Professional Volleyball.  His numerous years of coaching multiple sports (football, volleyball, & soccer) has led to state championships, all-league awards, and 1st place tournament finishes.  He currently coaches both boys and girls club teams.

Eric is also a prestigious, certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist who has trained numerous athletes, including World Series Champion Andrew Susac of the San Francisco Giants.

 

 

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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).

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Donna Donaghy, Executive Director ([email protected])

John Dunning, Executive Consultant

Tom Donaghy, Technical Coordinator ([email protected])

Melissa Walker, Media & Publications Coordinator ([email protected])

 

General Information: [email protected]

 

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Name Height Position College
Andrew Gealy 6′ 7″ Middle UC Berkeley
Brandt Ng 5′ 11″ Libero Pepperdinne University
Calvin Ross 6′ 9″ Middle UC San Diego
Clint Syftestad 6′ 5″ Opposite Hitter Sacramento State
Dan Stern 5′ 11″ Libero University of Oregon
James Owens 6′ 5″ Middle CSULB
Lev Girshfeld 6′ 3″ Outside Hitter UC Davis
Marcian Evans 6′ 6″ Opposite Hitter UOP
Michael Wilder 6′ 1″ Outside Hitter UC Irvine
Nick England 6′ 4″ Outside Hitter UC Irvine
Ryan Bridge 6′ 4″ Setter UC San Diego
Tien Le 6′ 2″ Setter UC San Diego
Zach Hopkins 6′ 4″ Opposite Hitter SJSU

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USA volleyball is hosting a premier volleyball tournament at the 2014 USAV Open Adult Championships. Competing Teams from 2013: Arizona Sizzle, Chesapeake Rising Tide, Team Florida Wave, Garden Empire Team GEVA, Great Lakes Region Great Lakes, Hoosier Team Pineapple, Iriquois Team IE,  Keystone Penn Blast, New England Team New England, and  Northern California NorCal Premier.

2014 NCVA Men’s NorCal Premier Traveling Roster – 2014 PVL Championships:

Head Coach: Jon Tolentino
First Assistant: Kevin Seeley
Second Assistant: Lucas Abbott

Name College Height Position Jersey #
Alex Kumar UC Santa Cruz 6-0 OH 17
Andrew Price Penn State 6-5 OP 9
Christopher Hughes CSU Fresno 6-7 MB/OP 14
Gary House University of Reno 6-4 MB 13
Donny Hui San Jose State 6-4 MB 10
Jesse Meredith Stanford 6-3 OH 1
JT Shaver CSU Fresno, Northridge 6-6 OH 2
Kit Maddox CSU Fresno 6-2 OH 6
Mario Ruiz Cal 6-0 S 8
Mauro Salinas UC Santa Cruz 6-2 L/S 7
Nick Manov Stanford 6-6 OH 5
Brandt Ng 5-11 L/S 10
Ryan Sullivan Irvine Valley College 6-5 MB 15
Samuel Laracuente University of PR, Mayagüez 6-3 OH 11
Simo Taoufik Mohammed 5th University, Rabat 6-4 S 12
Tyler Rigg West Valley 6-1 S 3
Vincent Tuminelli Princeton 6-4 OH 36
Beau Vandeweghe 6-5 OH 19

2014 Men’s NorCal Premier Team Members:

Roster

Mike Bongay (San Ramon, Diablo Valley)
Jake Dietrich (Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz)
Sean Farlin (Berkeley, UC Irvine)
Gary House (University of Reno)
Donald (Donny) Hui (Union City, San Jose State)
Chris Hughes (CSU Fresno)
Alex Kumar (UC Santa Cruz)
Samuel Laracuente (Campbell, University of Puerto Rico)
Kit Maddox (CSU Fresno)
Nick Manov (Palo Alto, Stanford)
Jesse Meredith (Stanford)
Andrew Price (Penn State)
Rob Reaugh (Pleasanton, UC Davis)
Tyler Rigg (San Jose, West Valley)
Mario Ruiz (Cal)
Mauro Salinas (UC Santa Cruz)
JT Shaver (CSU Fresno, Northridge)
Ryan Sullivan (San Jose, Irvine Valley)
Simo Taoufik (Mohammed 5th University, Rabat)
Vinny Tuminelli (Berkeley, Princeton)

 

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2013 Men’s NorCal Premier Team Members:

Lucas (Luke) Abbott (Concord, Humboldt State)
Rusty Barker (Santa Cruz, UC Davis)
Marco Bisio (Reno, San Diego Mesa)
Mike Bongay (San Ramon, Diablo Valley)
Joel Davidson (Berkeley, UC San Diego)
Ross Davidson (Walnut Creek, Long Beach State)
Jake Dietrich (Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz)
Danny Falcao (Santa Cruz, Mount Madonna)
Sean Farlin (Berkeley, UC Irvine)
Jayme Hanan (Oakland, Holy Names)
Aaron Harper (Livermore, San Diego State)
Donald (Donny) Hui (Union City, San Jose State)
Samuel Laracuente (Campbell, University of Puerto Rico)
Mike MacNeill (Clovis, California Baptist)
Nick Manov (Palo Alto, Stanford)
Steve Mengus (Walnut Creek, US Deaf National Team)
Trevor Parker (Oakland, Holy Names
Rob Reaugh (Pleasanton, UC Davis)
Tyler Rigg (San Jose, West Valley)
Ron Smith (Oakland, Newman)
Ryan Sullivan (San Jose, Irvine Valley)
Vinny Tuminelli (Berkeley, Princeton)
Steven Wesley (San Francisco, UC San Diego)

 

 

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