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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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: 2005
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