HP Coaches

Bios for current and past High Performance coaches are included below. For more information on becoming a High Performance Coach, please review the coaching information below and email [email protected]


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.

Peter Crowley

First Season with NCVA HP: 2016

Peter has been a player and coach for over 30 years.
Men’s Head Coach, Miramonte HS, Orinda, 1995-2000.
Coach, Northern California Club Volleyball, 2011 to Present.
Developmental Director, Northern California Club Volleyball, 2013 to Present.
Men’s Head Coach, Alhambra HS, Martinez, 2015 to Present.

Glenn Cruz

First Season with NCVA HP: 2003


First Season with NCVA HP: 2007

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).

Roger Hauk

First Season with NCVA HP: 2014

James Hayes

First Season with NCVA HP: 2016

Coach James “JD” Hayes has been playing and coaching volleyball since the mid 90’s. His playing experience includes playing middle and opposite for Sacramento State. He helped the Hornets to a national runner up finish in 2002. He continues to play indoors, grass sand volleyball. JD is finishing up his third season with club in Northern California and coming off a Sac Joaquin Section Championship coaching at Granite Bay High School.

Tyler Hinz

First Season with NCVA HP: 2016

Tyler Hinz played collegiate volleyball at Cal Baptist and UCSC. He was part of two national championship teams, one final four team and was a two time all collegiate club all american while attending grad school. As a club coach he has been part of two teams that earned bronze medals at Junior Nationals. He is the current coach at Bellarmine High School in San Jose.

Mason Humes

First Season with NCVA HP: 2016

Played club in Northern California. Currently playing for the NCVA PVL team NorCal Wildfire. Assistant Coach at Del Oro High School.

Brandon Lapointe

First Season with NCVA HP: 2015

COACH BRANDON was born and raised in Auburn, CA where he began his volleyball career at E.V. Cain middle school and then went to play at Placer High School. As a Hillman at Placer High, Coach Lapointe played four years of varsity volleyball winning four consecutive league championships. In addition to playing volleyball in school, Brandon played club volleyball throughout his high school years, ending with a 3rd place finish in Northern California as a member of the Placer VBC 18-1’s. Coach Brandon went to attend San Diego State University, playing three years for the SDSU Men’s Volleyball club team, competing against D-I colleges in the Southern California Collegiate Volleyball League.

Coming off a Gold Division season as an assistant coach, Coach Lapointe enters his 9th season of coaching both high school and/or club volleyball. He spent five years as the assistant varsity coach with his wife Tamara at West Campus High School and then two years at Casa Roble. The dynamic husband and wife duo of Brandon and Tamara have had nine successful years of club volleyball coaching.

Brandon has worked at UC Davis for over ten years and has been recognized for multiple staff awards including the “Distinguished Citation of Excellence” in 2007. He currently serves as the UC Davis Director of IT for the athletic department. Coach Brandon earned his Bachelor of Sciences degree from San Diego State University in 2011 and holds multiple sports related certifications including Positive Coaching Alliance, NFHS Concussion in Sports, NFSH Fundamentals of Coaching and IMPACT. Coach Brandon resides in Sacramento with his wife Tamara and daughter Trinity.

Tamara Lapointe

First Season with NCVA HP: 2015

I was introduced to volleyball in the 6th grade, fell in love, and have been playing ever since.  My high school alma mater is Placer in Auburn, CA. Started as a setter and moved into an outside hitter position where we won league championships under Randy Ittner, former National Team player.  Started my college career at Sacramento City College and then went onto San Diego State University, a NCAA Division I program for three years.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  Later I earned a Masters in Business Administration from National University.

Throughout the years I have coached a variety of volleyball teams at different competitive levels and ages.  In 2013 I was a part of the European Exposure Tour and had the privilege of playing alongside Lucy Charuk, a Canadian National Player.  I keep myself busy by playing as much volleyball as possible, participating in a variety of outdoor activities, and spending time with family & friends.  One of my favorite recent experiences was to be a member and assistant coach of the 2014, 2015 & 2016 NCVA Dream Team (Wildfire).

I would like to thank my husband, daughter, coaches, family, and friends that have supported me throughout this process.

Aquiles Montoya

First Season with NCVA HP: 2013


First Season with NCVA HP: 2007

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.

Dipen Patel

First Season with NCVA HP: 2015

This will be Dipen’s second year with the NCVA HP Team. He has been coaching club in Northern California and was on staff for both 1st Place finishes at Nationals (17/18 Open). As a head coach he has led multiple teams to Gold Division finishes. In addition to coaching club, Dipen was the former Volunteer Assistant Coach for San Francisco State University Women’s program. He also served as the Head Coach for the Men’s club team. During the SF Men’s club season he was awarded “Men’s Division II Coach of the Year” by the NCVVL. Lastly, Dipen currently serves as an Assistant Coach with USA Volleyball HP program for the last four years. He has been involved with every level ranging from Middle/High School, club, college, and in the High Performance program.

Played for College Park High school where was awarded “Player of the Year” in 2011, and received an “Honorable Mention” in 2012.

Dipen is USA Volleyball CAP 1, USA Volleyball Impact, NFHS Coaches Principles, NFHS Concussion and CPR/first aid training.