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

Arin Dadiw

First Season with NCVA HP: 2018

Arin has been playing and coaching volleyball for the majority of his life; finding his passion for the game 18 years ago. He has experience coaching various levels of women’s club volleyball from 12’s to the 18’s elite level along with several years running a Middle School program. He has also assisted several Northern California High School Women’s programs and head-coached the Cal JV Men’s program for multiple years.

Arin is a very experienced OH, Libero and Middle, lettering all years of High School, playing out his club career at Diablo Valley Volleyball club with several trips to the Boys Nationals and Junior Olympics with top 15 finishes. He played college club at San Jose State University with three finishes in the top 15 at Club Nationals. He currently competes at the adult level as a Setter, OH and Libero in various leagues and travelling tournaments around the country. Arin’s certifications include Gold Medal Squared, Impact and Positive Coaching Alliance.

Oliver Dofiles

First Season with NCVA HP: 2017


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.

Ashia Joseph

First Season with NCVA HP: 2017

Ashia is originally from Hilo, Hawaii. She was a member of Waikea High School volleyball, canoe paddling, and water polo programs. She played two years at College of Southern Idaho, helping her team to a NJCAA Division 1 National Championship her sophomore year. After Idaho she transferred to California State University East Bay to finish up her collegiate career. Ashia graduated with BS in Kinesiology. She now coaches at Mills College and Core Volleyball Club.

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.

John Kozak

First Season with NCVA HP: 2018

Current head coach, MVVC 16-black
Current varsity coach, Washington HS
2017 BJNC Bronze medal, MVVC 14-Black
2016 BJNC Bronze medal, MVVC 13-Red
Former NCAA Division 1 Athlete, Track and Basketball
Big fan of the A’s, Warriors and Sharks

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.

Paris Kidd

First Season with NCVA HP: 2014

Paris has been with the NorCal High Performance program for 4 years. She is currently a Club Director for Legends VBC, the head coach at West Campus High school in Sacramento, Ca for both the men’s and women’s program. She has been named Coach of the Year 4 Years with the GEL league. She has been coaching volleyball for 17 years.

Polo Lopez

First Season with NCVA HP: 2018

Polo has been coaching both girls and boys volleyball since 2011. Starting at Rancho Cordova High School for girls volleyball then moving to Christian Brothers High School for girls and boys volleyball. He is currently the Boys Varsity Head Coach at Christian Brothers and has won two Division III Section titles, one for the girls program in 2015 and one for the boys in 2017. For Legends, Polo coaches the 16s-1 Boys team and lead Legends in their first ever appearance at Nationals for the 18-1s team last year.

​As a player, Polo played at Christian Brothers High School as both a libero and outside hitter. He also played two years of club volleyball for Sac Sideout and plays currently for the club team at Sacramento State.

Aquiles Montoya

First Season with NCVA HP: 2013

Bailey Mundy

First Season with NCVA HP: 2018

I am a junior in college, playing volleyball at Concordia University Irvine. I played my first two years of college at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and before that played club volleyball for one year at Bay to Bay Volleyball club, and five years at Diablo Valley Volleyball club. I played on the Norcal High-performance team for 4 years, earning 2 first place finishes, a third place finish, and a fourth place finish. I have been coaching and teaching volleyball off and on for the past three years.

WInston Prather

First Season with NCVA HP: 2018

Coach Prather has over 20 years of coaching experience. He founded the South Valley/Mizuno Boys Volleyball club in San Jose CA in the 1986 and was the Club Director and Head Coach until 2002. During this time Winston also played AA indoor and beach volleyball. After retiring from a 25 year career in management in Silicon Valley in 2014, he returned to coaching boys volleyball as Boys Director and Coach for SynergyForce Volleyball in the Sacramento Area. He has been the Head Coach for the Granite Bay High School Boys Volleyball program since 2014 where he was named Coach of the year in 2016 when the team took 2nd in the NORCAL State Championship and was ranked 13th in the USA. He also currently coaches for the Northern California Volleyball Club (NCVC), coaching their 18-1s team. Coach Prather also spent time on the NCVA board of directors leading the Junior Boys Division in the mid-1990’s.

Vaega (Pete) Ulufatu

First Season with NCVA HP: 2018

Pete Ulufatu coached at SF Tremors from 2015-2017. He had another successful season in 2017 assisting with leading the 15-1 Cobras to a Gold division finish and the 12-1 Wolverines to three National Qualifier Championship titles (Colorado Crossroads, SCVA NQ, and Far Westerns), NCVA Regional Championship title, and a 9th place finish in the nation at the 2017 USA Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, MN. Pete also assisted Coach Church with the 2017 13-1 Wolverines, in which he helped lead the team to a Gold division finish and qualification to the 2017 USA Junior National Championships. Prior to last season, Pete assisted Coach Church with the 2016 12-1 Wolverines and helped lead the Wolverines to the 2016 Junior National Championships in Indiana, IN.

Pete has been playing volleyball since his high school years and comes from a very sports oriented family. When he moved to California from Hawaii, he played with Brother’s Only Men’s Volleyball Club (Adult Men’s League) from 1997-1999 as an outside hitter. When Pete is not coaching or playing volleyball, he is either training for outrigger canoe paddling competitions all over the west coast or the Pacific Islands or competing in Polynesian dance competitions. He also enjoys teaching Polynesian dance in his free time.


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.

Sean Stratton

First Season with NCVA HP: 2005

Coaching Philosophy

My main goals for the players that I coach is that they improve in the game of volleyball, build confidence and gain a strong skill of communication

CAP I – Certified

I have been involved in coaching sports since I was 14 years old when I was helping my dad coach my older sister’s softball team. I have always had the passion to be a coach and share my experience with others. I have been coaching volleyball for over 30 years. I have coached all levels and I have coached players from 8 to 60 years old.

I have had lots of successes in coaching and not all have come from winning a game. Just the idea that players finally get what I am asking me to do is the greatest gift I can receive. The player will look over towards me with a big smile, and we both know what has just happened.

I have my degree in Physical Education from California State University Long Beach. I took many things that I learned from my degree and incorporate into my coaching.

I have always liked this quote that I share with all my teams.”There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit”

Most recent Coaching Highlights: (All of the successes below came from dedicated athletes and the support of their parents. I thank all of you for these great years)


1999-Diablo 18 Stratton-9th at Junior Olympics
2000 Diablo 18-Stratton- Undefeated Season in NCVA
2001 Diablo 18 Stratton- 11th at Junior Olympics-18 Open
2003 Diablo 18 Stratton-5th at Junior Olympics-18 Open
2004 San Ramon High School Varsity Boys-NCS Champions
2004 Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year
2005 Tri-Valley Herald All Sports Coach of the Year
2005 San Ramon High School Varsity Boys-NCS Champions (36-0)
2005 NCVA Boys High Performance – 5th Place (Salt Lake City, UT)
2006 NCVA Boys High Performance – 3rd Place (Sacramento, CA)
2006 San Ramon High School Varsity Boys-3rd NCS
2007 NCVA Boys High Performance 18 and Under Coach (Traveled to Europe)
2008 USA Boys High Performance Camp – Long Beach, CA
2010 Diablo 16 Black – 29th at Junior Olympics
2010 USA Boys High Performance Camp – WI Dells, WI
2011 Diablo 16 Black – 26th at Junior Nationals
2012 San Ramon High School – 5th place NCS
2012 16 Fury – undefeated in all leagues (lost in the finals of Regionals)
2012 San Ramon Frosh Team
2012 18 Green with Diablo
2013 16 You Know – undefeated in all leagues
2014 14 Black – Power League
2016 San Ramon Men’s Varsity (13 Seasons)
2014 – Junior Nationals – 17th place (14 Open Division)
2016 – San Ramon – 5th place – NCS
2017 – NorCal High Performance Coach (July 2017 – Ft Lauderdale, FL) – USA HP Championships
2018 – NorCal High Performance Coach (March/April 2018 Pordenone, Italy) – Cornacchia World Cu

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.

Cole Williams

First Season with NCVA HP: 2018

Playing Experience:
2015-2017 played at Golden West College, Huntington Beach CA
2011-2015 played at Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley CA
2014-2015 played for Synergy Force 18-1’s, Rocklin CA
2013-2014 played for NCVC 18-1’s, Sacramento CA
2012-2013 played for Pacific Rim 18-1’s, Pleasant Hill CA
2010-2012 played for NCVC 14-1’s and 16-2’s, Sacramento CA

Coaching Experience:
2018-present Head Varsity Boys coach at Roseville High School, Roseville CA (went undefeated in league play and took 2nd place in Sac-Joaquin Section)
2018-present Head Coach of Synergy Force 13 Green girls premier team, Rocklin CA
2017-2018 Head Coach of Synergy Force 18-1’s boys power league team, Rocklin CA
2016-2017 Assistant Coach of Ohana Athletics 16-2’s boys team, Fountain Valley CA

Zevan Williams

First Season with NCVA HP: 2018

Zevan Williams 19 years old
Double Major: Criminology and Psychology
position: Outside
UCI Division 1 Men’s Volleyball
avid adventurist