Coaching Staff

 

To match our level of athletes, we have assembled and continue to train an excellent coaching staff. Our returning coaches and new to Vibe coaches are both proud and excited to be part of Club Vibe. This dedicated coaching staff, our ongoing commitment to improvement, our convenient facilities, and our philosophies are all part of the program for overall player development and excellence.

 

Kris Keller, Club Director and Head Coach 14’s and multiple team trainer

Kris Keller was “born” into volleyball. His father, Val, was the U.S. National Women’s and Men’s team coach, the National Technical Director of Canada, the National Technical Director of the USVBA, the author of one of the first books on volleyball, the author of the National Technical Journal, and traveled the world running coaching clinics for the IVBF (International Federation of Volleyball). Kris played high school volleyball in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and club ball for the Onion Patch Volleyball Club winning the Canadian Jr. National Championships two years in a row. After moving to Huntington Beach, CA, Kris joined the Tiger Volleyball Club, winning the U.S. Junior championship that year. Kris received a VB scholarship to the Division 1 University, SDSU, playing setter for three years, then moving to outside hitter during their rebuilding program his senior year. Kris has been coaching both Soccer and Volleyball for 15 years with eleven years in Volleyball starting with work at MVHS’s JV program in 2005. In 2005-2006, the volleyball club Vibe was established with its first 15-1 Power team. In the Fall of 2006, Kris accepted the position of JV coach at Bentley School in Lafayette. In 2007, he took over their women’s varsity program and has coached there year for six years. Currently, Kris was busy with running Vibe’s fall ball program with over 175 players ages 9-14.

Kris now runs club Vibe, coaches a couple of teams, runs many of the practices, organizes clinics, cheers for everyone, and just loves the game. And just a side note, during the day, he works in a lab developing new technologies in free-electron generation for some tbd application and in a external heat engine design to change the world’s power generation methodology.


David Browne, Head Coach, 15’s/16’s Orinda

Dave has more than 35 years experience playing volleyball, and started coaching youth volleyball in 2010. He has coached U11, U12, U13, U14 & U16 girls Power and Premier club and youth league teams, and U13, U14 & U15 boys club Power and middle school JV and Varsity teams. He is USAV IMPACT and CAP I certified, has attended Gold Medal Squared coaches training, and is Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED certified.  He has volunteered as the Director of the LMYA (Lafayette-Moraga Youth Association) Select and Juniors ‘All-Star’ league since 2014.  In his free time, he plays volleyball open gym at Oakwood Athletic Club in Lafayette, and sand volleyball doubles at Larkey Park in Walnut Creek.

Dave’s coaching philosophy when working with young athletes is to develop both the physical and mental aspects of their game. In practices he builds on what girls have learned in clinics and their prior playing experience to develop their technique, point-winning strategies, and how to ‘play smart’, anticipate, and ‘read’ the game. He teaches systems and approaches that will benefit athletes as they progress through their club and school sports programs, encouraging them to think and understand why they are doing what they are doing. He focuses on teamwork and sportsmanship, teaching athletes the importance of communication, support for each other, and respect for teammates, officials, and opponents. He stresses the importance of putting forth your best effort at all times and playing to win, along with the perspectives that winning isn’t everything and failure is an opportunity for learning and improving. Beyond pure skill and team development, his ultimate goals are to help athletes further develop their love for the game and have fun along the way!


Maureen Wright, Head Coach and Connie Cheung, Assistant Coach, 14’s-2 Power

Maureen Wright has been involved in Volleyball for the past 20 years. Her interest in volleyball started as a kid watching her dad play and she has been hooked ever since.  Returning to Vibe after a one year leave, this will be her sixth year coaching with us and hopes to instill the love of volleyball to the players while teaching them the fundamentals of the game.

Maureen comes from a Military family and is originally from the East Coast. She moved to California in 1983 and graduated from Independence High School in San Jose. She then attended San Jose City College where she played Volleyball for the Jaguars. Maureen then Transferred to San Jose State University and Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development.

Over the years Maureen has been involved in Volleyball at various levels. After playing College Volleyball she continued to play on a variety of adult league teams. She has taught adult volleyball classes and coached High School as well as assisting at a Summer US Olympic Development camp.

Maureen began her High School coaching career as the Head Varsity coach at St. Lawrence Academy in Santa Clara. After a 2 year stint, she took her talents to Wilcox High School in Santa Clara. She is currently the Head JV Coach and the Assistance Varsity Coach at Valley Christian High School where she helped guide the Vikings to a JV League Championship and a Varsity appearance in the North Coast Section playoffs quarter-finals.

Connie Cheung is returning to Vibe as the Assistant Coach for the 13-2 Power team with Head Coach Maureen Wright.  With over seven years of coaching experience, Connie previously led 14s and 15s Power teams at Vibe from 2011 to 2014 and coached Power and Premier 13s and 14s from 2008 to 2011 with XLVB, Tandem and EBVA in San Francisco and the East Bay. Passing on her love of the sport and everything that one learns from participating in team sports, Connie stresses team work, playing hard and having fun for her players and teams and has helped many girls make the transition from intermediate to high school players. Connie began her love of volleyball when she started playing as a freshman in high school.  From there she went on to play four years at Swarthmore College as an outside hitter and back row defensive player.


Ben Deane, Head Coach 16’s at Athenian

Ben was reintroduced to volleyball when his daughter was in Middle School. He was an Assistant Coach for team 3 years winning the age-group league tournament each year. When she moved on to Monte Vista in 2009, Ben was an unpaid Assistant Coach her Freshman year. After that season Ben got more involved in the Strength & Conditioning side of the sport, developing and implementing a program for High School and Club players. In 2011 Ben was offered the opportunity to get back into coaching as the Women’s Junior Varsity coach at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill. With a head coaching transition the following year, Ben stayed out of coaching and concentrated on supporting his daughter in her Senior season at Monte Vista and coaching youth lacrosse in the spring. Ben returned again to coaching, this time at The Athenian school, first as the Women’s Junior Varsity coach and, as of 2014, the Head Women’s Varsity coach.

Ben’s coaching philosophy can be summed up in one word – Respect. Respect for each other, the game and those that coach and administer it. He strives to create a family atmosphere with all of his teams and believes nurturing this “Team First” attitude is ultimately more important than wins & losses (tho his teams certainly play to WIN!). Ben believes that it is critical for every player to see substantial playing time as only in this way can they become better, more accomplished players.

Ben is a NFHS, USAV Impact and USAV CAP I Certified Volleyball Coach, as well as US Lacrosse Level 1 Certified Coach. He is also certified in the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) program and is Red Cross CPR & AED certified. Ben grew up in Danville, attended San Ramon Valley High School and coached his first youth sports team the summer of 1981.


Mary Brennen, Training Support

I have been coaching both girls and boys volleyball for the last eleven years at the Middle School and High School level, as well as Club. I have been coaching for Vibe since 2008. I developed a love for the game playing two-man beach volleyball in Manhattan Beach in the Los Angeles area. I recognize that new and better techniques are constantly being developed in this sport and do my best to stay abreast of any changes in philosophy or teaching methods by attending coaching clinics and seminars. I am certified in Impact, the Art of Coaching Volleyball, Gold-Medal Squared, and CAP I through USA Volleyball. In addition, I am also a certified referee. I believe in teaching the rules, proper techniques, and offense/defense strategies in the game of volleyball while developing each player specifically to reach their greatest potential in the position that best them. In addition, I hope to instill a spirit of team effort and camaraderie. I believe if our players end the season with a strong knowledge of the game, an understanding and skill set of proper techniques, a boosted confidence, and an overall good experience, I have accomplished my coaching goals.


Caroline McConnell, Head Coach, 15’s & 12’s, Danville


Caroline started playing volleyball in the 6th grade and has loved the sport ever since. She played locally at Monte Vista, then down in Southern California, and spent most of her volleyball career as a middle blocker. Caroline is currently the Co-Head Coach of the Monte Vista HS JV team. Prior to that, she was the Varsity Assistant Coach and Freshman Head Coach at The Athenian School in Danville. Caroline has been a part of the Vibe family since her high school years. She has coached every age from 12's and under to 17/18's. 

Caroline enjoys seeing the players grow within the sport and find a true passion for it. She believes in developing her teams on and off the court. Caroline is very fond of strength and conditioning training in addition to skill work and active play. She currently works in the fitness industry and uses her knowledge to help empower her players to live healthy lifestyles. She is a strong believer in team bonding. From sleepovers, to tie dye parties, workouts, movie nights and everything in between. She knows that creating a family atmosphere helps develop players both in volleyball and in life. Caroline is looking forward to another awesome season with Vibe! 


Derick Canchola

Derick started playing volleyball at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco. He started as a Libero his first year but found his true calling as a Setter. Aside from high school ball, he played club for Sláinte throughout high school as well. His favorite memory is when his team both swept his rival school Saint Ignatius College Prep in the regular season and made it to CCS DII playoff semifinals his Junior year.

Derick’s passion for coaching sparked early in high school when he was the manager of the JV Girls Volleyball Team at Sacred Heart Cathedral for 3 years. He helped the girls at practices and also took stats during their games. Now at Saint Mary’s College as a Junior, he is thrilled to be going into his third year coaching for club Vibe while still playing volleyball for the Saint Mary’s Men’s Club team.

Derick is also the Campolindo Girls JV Head Coach. Before coaching high school, he coached at the middle school level for OIS and Joaquin Moraga.


Coach G

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Kevin Ishizu Head Coach, 14’s Power in Orinda

Coach Kevin has coached many sports including basketball, volleyball, and soccer. He coached LMYA teams and was the assistant coach for Vibe Vision in 2018. Vision moved up 18 seeds during the season - the most of any local team.  His son has been a varsity starter since freshman year and is the current setter for Miramonte High School. Kevin was an avid volleyball player that set for Men’s NCVA Open Division teams. He was coached and heavily influenced to appreciate the technical side of the sport by Lian Kang Lu, founder of a volleyball training facility that produced women's teams that won World Cup titles in 1981 and '85, the Olympic Games in 1984 and the World Championships in 1982 and '86.


Mark Passalaequa

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Patricia McConnell

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Cody Howard

Volleyball first caught Cody’s interest when he was in 7th grade as he used to watch his sister and his cousin play in middle school. He mostly taught himself the basic skills of the game over time and tried out for his high school team his freshman year at Las Lomas High School. Making the JV, Cody played as a libero his first season on JV. He played club that year and made varsity the following year as a sophomore and got the starting job at the libero position. His team went all the way to the NCS championships that year and made it the first round of state. Being one of the captains his junior and senior year on varsity, Cody learned what it meant to be a leader on and off the court. Cody was named second team all-league his junior year and first team all-league his senior year on varsity.

His senior year of high school, he assistant coached the JV girls’ team at Las Lomas and helped out with the varsity team as well which is where he found his passion for coaching. He loves to watch players improve and likes to transfer his knowledge of the game to other players which is why he hopes to coach for many years to come.  


Kat DeSimone

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Lauren Sloan

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Eva Soria

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Adam Slattery

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Kym Deguzman, 13’s Premier/AAU

Kym started playing volleyball in the 7th grade, played 4 years in high school at College Park High School, and 2 years at Diablo Valley College. She started off her volleyball career as a setter and transitioned into the libero role. She previously was the Head Freshman coach at College Park High School for two years, assisted a 15’s team her first season coaching for Vibe and took on her own 11’s/12’s team last year. Kym’s approach to coaching consists of repetition (with proper technique!) and keeping a positive, encouraging atmosphere for the girls to be able to grow as players and off the court as well. One thing Kym likes to promote is having a strong team bond. She feels it is important to not only have good skills but to also have a good and close relationship with your teammates. Some of her favorite memories from her volleyball career include team dinners, making t-shirts/socks/etc., and tons of fun with each other during tournaments. She says her favorite thing about coaching is seeing the development of the girls and their skills from the beginning to the end of the season, and being able to share her love for the game.

In her spare time Kym loves to spend time with her 3 year old son Carter, cook, and spends a lot of time in the gym! She can't wait to continue to share her knowledge and contribute to the growth of this amazing club.


Chanel Farago

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Maya Nebres

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Press Maycock, 12’s Power

Press Maycock fell in love with the game of volleyball as a young man in southern California, and he continues to play competitively 35+ years later. His passion for the game helped fuel his play, leading to a CIF Championship in 1996, Junior Olympics victories in club volleyball, a scholarship to UCLA in 1987, and a member of UCLA's NCAA National Championship in 1989. After graduation he became a member of the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) playing beach volleyball competitively from 1990-1996 and on the Italian beach tour. He's played against and trained with some of the best volleyball players to have ever played the game, including multiple Olympians and Gold Medalists like Karch Kiraly.

Now that Press has two daughters of his own playing this incredible game, he is converting his passion of the game to coaching and developing young athletes. His goal is to have his players not only become solid volleyball players, but also to become great people, who are passionate, self-driven, and resilient sportswomen. Having coached for LMYA for the last 4 years, he's seen undeveloped athletes progress to playing in high school and club and that feeling is very rewarding. His coaching philosophy at the U12 level will be on establishing strong foundational skills and the mental aspects of the game. An emphasis will also be on having a good time and enjoying the game, because that's what will determine their long-term success with volleyball more than any single victory or defeat.


Alicia Nicks, Head Coach 13’s/14’s

This will be Alicia’s sixth season coaching, the fifth with Vibe. With Vibe she has coached U-12, U-13 & U-14 and before that she was the assistant coach for Eclipse 13s. Alicia enjoys learning new and better ways to coach developing players and she really loves watching the players take to the court!


Alicia started playing volleyball at school in 6th grade, then both club and school teams through middle school and two years at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose. She played four years of club volleyball at Quicksilver, Vision for two seasons and Aloha.


Alicia is excited to be working with the Vibe family again and looking forward to an amazing season!


Greg Gratteau, Coach 13’s-1, Danville

Greg Gratteau is one of the newest members of our coaching staff. He started playing competitive club Volleyball in the seventh grade in southern California. He was a four year member of his high school’s varsity volleyball team and then awarded a scholarship to play at UCLA. Greg won numerous awards throughout his career including being named First Team ALL American his senior year in high school, was named to his high school’s Hall of Fame, and was a member of UCLA’s 1995 National Championship Team. His family relocated to Northern California late in 2015.


Dave Rodrigues, Skills Trainer

avid Rodriguez started playing two person beach volleyball at the age of 13, and spent the next 7 years working his way up to advanced rankings in both sand and grass tournaments. 

David began playing indoor volleyball at Las Lomas High School, where he petitioned the school board to start a men's volleyball program, as it was the only school in the district without one. As team captain, he was a first team all league setter throughout his career, and Las Lomas went on the win the division championship only 3 years after the programs' inception. 

David was also the starting setter for a number of club teams including Diablo Valley, Berkeley Volleyball Club, and finally Team Reebok, where he refined his indoor game with coach Steve Suttich, a former UCLA National Champion and 9 time USA Volleyball All American setter. During his club volleyball career, he went on to play in Junior National and Junior Olympic tournaments. 

As a coach, David is particularly interested in helping players develop their own styles of play, while teaching proper body mechanics, form and footwork.

David is the proud parent of teenage twin girls and a puppy parent of two loving Labs. When he's not coaching, he works at Genentech and volunteers as a crisis line counselor.