Prime takes the responsibility of selecting our coaches very seriously.  Research has shown that coaches are the 2nd biggest influence in a young person’s life, behind their parents.  We only select coaches who have a high level of both volleyball and coaching knowledge, and whom we feel are positive role models, mentors, and teachers for Prime VC athletes.  Prime VC is the only volleyball club program in the nation with 2 of our current USA Olympic Team coaches on staff.  Ron Larsen (Prime’s Director of Training) and Nate Ngo, USA Men’s National Team Technical Coordinator and Assistant Coach (Prime Clinic and Training Coach) along with 3-time Olympian, Olympic MVP, and former Women’s Olympic team Assistant Coach Paula Weishoff (Prime Advisor and Coach).  Additionally Prime’s staff includes ten coaches with collegiate coaching experience, sixteen coaches with collegiate playing experience, and three current professional athletes competing on the AVP Pro Beach Tour, the Prime VC Coaching Staff is unparalleled in their experience, knowledge, and ability to help young athletes learn and develop into a highly skilled volleyball athlete.

Athletes who have the opportunity to train at Prime will receive outstanding coaching and will quickly notice the significant amount of constructive and positive feedback they receive from the Prime coaching staff.  Competitive athletes will find the very best volleyball training available at Prime.  Prime is a family in which all of our coaches work together and and care greatly for each other and our athletes and will always do everything with the best interests of our young athletes in mind.  We could not be more thrilled with the coaching staff we’ve assembled.

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2016/2017 Coaching Staff

Club-Wide Staff:

Paula Weishoff
Club Advisor and Coach

We are thrilled to have Paula Weishoff at Prime VC.  A three-time Olympian, Weishoff also served two seasons as an assistant coach with the U.S. Women’s National Team and helped Team USA capture a silver medal at the 2012 London Games. Team USA posted a 7-1 mark in tournament action and a 30-2 record that year. It was Weishoff’s first appearance at the Olympics as a coach but marked a continued involvement with the national team that has spanned three decades.

She competed for the Team USA at the 1984, 1992 and 1996 Games, earning the title of Most Valuable Player of the ’84 team in Los Angeles. Following a silver medal ’84, Weishoff was selected as the USOC Female Volleyball Athlete of the Year and her Olympic dreams continued in Barcelona, Spain, where she guided USA to a bronze medal and was voted the MVP of the ’92 Games.

Paula spent 6 years as the Head Women’s Coach at UC Irvine and has returned to Concordia University as their Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. This fall Paula led the Eagles to a PacWest Conference Championship and was named the PacWest Coach of the Year! Previous to her head coaching positions at UCI and Concordia, Paula was part of three Division I national titles at USC – one as a player in 1980 and two as an assistant coach (2002 and 2003). She began her coaching career at USC (1997-04), serving as the primary recruiting coordinator for seven years before being promoted to associate head coach in 2003. Weishoff was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2005.

Her playing career took her overseas to Japan, Brazil and Italy, where she continued to showcase her talent. Weishoff was named the MVP after leading the Daiei Volleyball Club (Japan) to the 1995 pro league championship. She was a four-time MVP in Italy (1986-89) and spent 10 years playing for various teams in the Italian First (A1) Division.

The former middle blocker has been involved with USA Volleyball as a coach for more than a decade (1998-present) and joined the organization in 1998 as an instructor for the USA High Performance Camp. She was an assistant on the youth national team that won the silver medal at the 2000 NORCECA Youth Tournament and captured gold as an assistant with the A2 training team in Atlanta in 2003. In 2008 Weishoff led the juniors team to gold at the NORCECA Women’s Junior Tournament.

Weishoff was inducted into the USA Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the All-Time Great Player Award that same year. She was also named to the USA Volleyball 75th Anniversary All-Era (1978-2002) Team in 2003.

Paula will be working with our Prime athletes at practices and clinics along with assisting at major tournaments throughout the season.  We are extremely lucky to have a coach and athlete of Paula’s caliber at Prime!

Prime_150222_43Sheila Shaw
Head Sand Volleyball Coach

Sheila was a four-year letterwinner for the Badgers from 2002-05, earning third-team All-America honors in 2005. The 6-1 middle blocker was a two-time AVCA All-Region honoree and two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick. Shaw tallied 1,313 kills in her career, which ranks seventh on the UW career list. A native of Muskego, Wis., she also ranks fourth in career hitting percentage (.308) and seventh in total blocks (489) and blocks per set (1.12).

Sheila was a member of the U.S. National Training Team in 2007 before traveling to Europe to compete. She served as the team captain of Stade Francais in Paris in 2007-08. In 2008-09, She competed with VC Wiesbaden professional volleyball club in Wiesbaden, Germany. She was also a member of the Rote Raben Vilsbiburg professional volleyball club in Vilsbiburg, Germany, in 2009-10, aiding her team to the league title and was named a German All-Star.

Sheila moved her game to the beach after her indoor career. In 2011, she became a member of the USA Beach Development Program. In her first season, playing on the Jose Cuervo tour, Sheila and her teammate Kathryn Babcock won the Pro Beach Volleyball tournament in Milwaukee in July 2011. In 2012, Shaw and Babcock became Jose Cuervo Poster Players. They competed in 5 events with a best finish of 3rd place in Hermosa Beach, CA and finished the season as the 6th ranked team overall.

Sheila was the co-owner and manager of Sports UP, conducting volleyball camps around the state of Wisconsin from 2009-2011. She also served an administrative assistant in the volleyball office at Oregon State in 2010.

A 2007 graduate of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare, Sheila was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and earned Academic All-District honors in 2005. In addition, she is currently working on her masters in Organizational Leadership-Higher Education, Student Services at Lewis University.  This season is her third season coaching at Prime where she coaches all of our teams and athletes out on the sand.

Prime_150223_398Nate Ngo
Clinic and Training Coach

Nate Ngo is starting his third year as the Technical Coordinator and Assistant Coach for our USA Men’s National Team where the USA Men recently won the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics!  Previously Nate spent the 2014 women’s collegiate season at the University of Portland (Ore.) where he served as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team. Prior to that, Ngo served as the graduate manager of the University of Nebraska women’s volleyball team while earning a Master’s of Science degree in statistics. While in Nebraska Nate coached club volleyball for VC Nebraska as the Head Coach of their top 13’s team.  He was also a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Calif.).

Ngo served as technical coordinator for the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in 2013 and 2014 and also for the SVS Post professional club team in Vienna, Austria in 2011.  Ngo is originally from San Francisco, Calif., and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2010.

Nate will be coaching Prime athletes at practices and clinics throughout the season and is very much looking forward to helping develop our young athletes at Prime.

ChrisChris Duenow
Club Administrator and Assistant Recruiting Director

Chris Duenow comes to Prime from Spiral Volleyball in Arizona where he served as their Assistant Club Director, Technical Advisor, Recruiting Coordinator, and Head Coach.  Chris spent the 2013 Girls’ season as an assistant coach with the nationally ranked 18 and 17 Black teams at Spiral.  He has since coached both the 16UA and 14UA girls in addition to his role as Technical Advisor and Recruiting Coordinator for both the Boys and Girls Programs at Spiral.  Chris is also joining the staff at Concordia University, Irvine as an assistant coach where he will work with Prime Coaches Paula Weishoff and Ron Larsen.

Over the past three years Duenow has also become very involved with the USAV High Performance program.  He was selected as the AZ Region Girls Youth High Performance Head Coach for 2013 and 2014 and, most recently, was invited to be on staff for the USAV Youth A2 Training Program in July based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Prior to arriving at Spiral Chris was the top assistant coach at Cornell University, a member of the Ivy League, from 2009-2012.  While he also had stints as an assistant at both the University of Virginia (’00-’02), Seattle University (2000) and the University of Washington (1999), the most significant stretch of his college coaching career was spent as the Head Coach at Concordia University(NAIA) in Portland, Oregon.  During his tenure with the Cavaliers he became Concordia’s all-time winningest volleyball coach, including the 2002 Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship.  That 2002 team posted a perfect 18-0 conference mark on its way to a 24-3 overall record and earned Duenow Cascade Conference Coach of the Year recognition.

From 1992-99, while teaching high school instrumental music, Duenow started and developed the Kitsap Juniors Volleyball Club out of Silverdale, Wash. During his two years at Virginia he was the program director and head coach of the Virginia Volleyball Academy and, most recently, he held the position of technical director for the Nike Northwest Volleyball Club based in Gresham, Oregon.

Duenow graduated from the University of Washington in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in music education.  He was a four-year starter for the men’s club volleyball program where he trained both as a middle hitter and as a setter.

Coaches by Team

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Ron Larsen
Head Coach

A two-time U.S. Olympic Team assistant coach, Ron completed his 17th year as an NCAA head coach in 2012, including his fourth as the Head Coach at UC Riverside.  He is currently an assistant coach at Concordia University where the Eagles recently won the PacWest Conference Championship!

Ron, an assistant for the U.S. Men’s Team in 2012, became a household name when he took over for Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon at the 2008 Olympic Games, coaching the U.S. Men’s Team in their first three contests. Formerly the head coach of the UC San Diego men’s volleyball team, Ron was hired as an assistant coach for the USA Men on April 13, 2005.  He coached the U.S. Men’s Team to three pool play victories against Venezuela (Aug. 10; 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 21-25, 15-10), Italy (Aug. 12; 24-26, 25-22, 25-15, 25-21) and Bulgaria (Aug. 14; 27-29, 25-21, 25-14, 26-24) before McCutcheon returned to the team, which went on to win the Olympic gold medal for the first time since 1988.

In his four seasons at UC Riverside, Ron coached nine All-Big West Conference performers, and the 2011 squad tied the program’s Division I record for most wins in league play.

The 2004 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Coach of the Year, Ron completed six seasons as the UCSD head coach prior to heading to the U.S. National Team. He came to UCSD in 2000–in the school’s final year of NCAA Division III affiliation–and led the Tritons to one of the most memorable seasons in the program’s history. UCSD won the Molten Division III Men’s Volleyball Invitational Championship that season and recorded the most wins (nine) for a Triton team in 10 seasons. That year he also led the team to its first MPSF victory in three seasons as UCSD competed as the only Division II team and the only non-scholarship program in the nation’s toughest men’s volleyball conference. The 2004 season included wins against No. 11 Penn State, No. 9 UC Irvine and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara. The win over the Gauchos marked two program firsts: defeating UCSB and giving the Tritons four victories in the MPSF, the most in school history.

Ron came to UCSD after seven seasons at the University of Rutgers-Newark where he was the head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs. He began his coaching career at the University of California, Berkeley, where he led the Bears’ men’s volleyball team to a record of 102-29 at the club level. He coached at Cal from 1980-84 and again from 1987-89. He also served as an assistant coach of the women’s volleyball team at St. Mary’s College from 1987-88 before moving on to UC Davis in 1989.  At Davis, he served as assistant coach of the women’s team for four seasons and as head coach of the men’s team from 1991-93, leading the Aggies to a 65-31 record and a fifth-place finish at the 1993 national club volleyball tournament.

Ron served as head men’s and women’s coach at Rutgers-Newark from 1993-99, compiling a record of 103-88 in men’s volleyball and 122-96 with the women’s team. The men’s team was consistently ranked in the nation’s top-15. He was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1998 and Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Coach of the Year in 1998.  Ron’s coaching experience also includes the 1995 USA Olympic Festival, where he served as head coach of the North Men’s Team and led his squad to a silver medal. He also coached the 1996 USA Boys Youth National Team, featuring the nation’s top 18 high school players.

Shelley Anderson
Assistant Coach

Shelley started her volleyball career at age 11 playing club at Club West Volleyball and continued there through her 18’s season. Throughout those years, she played in the JNC’s from her 13’s season throughout her 18’s season (three of those years in the Open Division). Along side club volleyball, Shelley was a 4 year starter at Chino Hills High School and was awarded MVP and All-American 2nd Team awards during her senior year. Her jersey number 11 is currently retired at CHHS. Currently Shelley is playing her third year as the starting setter at UCI after earning the Big West Freshman Team award her freshman season and Honorable Mention All Big West her sophomore year. She is studying for a degree in Public Health Policy at UCI.

This will be her third year coaching at Prime Volleyball and is looking forward to assisting our top 18’s team again this year.
Taylor Braun
Assistant Coach
Taylor began his career playing volleyball at the age of 10 for his grade school teams. He continued to play throughout high school where he was a 4 year starter as an outside hitter for Catholic Memorial. He helped lead his team to appearances in 3 state championship games in his 4 years. He was also awarded Conference Play of the Year and 1st Team All State Honors his senior year. After high school he attended the University of Wisconsin where he was a 5 year starter at the setting position. While on the team the Badgers were ranked 4th in the nation, the highest ranking in school history. His senior year he was also awarded with 1st team all Big Ten and 1st team all tournament at the Big Ten Championships.
During his time in college Taylor also began his coaching career on the boy’s side of the game. He was hired at Middleton High School as the Freshman boy’s volleyball coach. He spent 3 years coaching at Middleton leading the freshman team to 3 consecutive undefeated seasons and 3 conference titles. In addition to coaching at the high school level, Taylor also coached at the club level on the boy’s side. In 2010 he was the assistant coach for the West Allis Lighting 16’s team that went on to win a Gold Medal at Nationals. All 6 starters on that team went on to play Division 1 Volleyball. 3 of which won 2 National Championships at Loyola University in Chicago.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in History and Film Studies, Taylor took an assistant coaching position at Stony Brook University a division 1 program in New York. This was Taylor’s first exposure to working on the girls side of the game. In addition to his assistant coaching duties, he was also the setters coach.
After a year an a half of coaching at Stony Brook, Taylor decided to pursue his Masters Degree in Film Studies at Chapman University. During his first year at Chapman he played on the men’s club volleyball team as the starting setter. He helped lead the Panthers to an appearance in the National Championship game. He also garnered 1st Team All-American honors.
This will be Taylor’s second year coaching at Prime with the 18’s Asics team.

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Prime_150223_360Curt Mahle
Head Coach

 

Coach Curt is entering his 9th year coaching volleyball. Through the years Curt has coached girls club for every age group 12’s -18’s. He is entering his 3rd year with Prime where he has head coached the 15 molten and the 16 molten teams. This year Curt will be head coaching the 17 Asics team. Along with coaching girls club, Curt has also coached boys club for 8 years with OCVC. At OCVC he has coached the 16-2s, 18-2’s (assist), 15-1’s, 14-2s and is currently entering his 4th year as the 14-1s head coach. In 2015 Curt’s 14-1 OCVC team won a bronze medal at Junior Nationals in the Club division and in 2016 his 14-1s OCVC team won a bronze medal at the Boys Classic Tournament, that team also qualified for the Open division at Junior Nationals and took 5 th place. Along with head coaching the OCVC 14s in 2016, Curt assisted the 13-1s team and 15-1s team. The 13s won a Silver medal at Junior Nationals and the 15’s won a Bronze medal at the Junior National Tournament. Outside of club Curt has spent 6 seasons as a boys High School Coach. He worked 5 years with Edison High School in Huntington Beach where he was the Varsity assistant every year and head coached either Junior Varsity or Frosh Soph. His 6th year Curt coached at University High School in Irvine. Along with coaching boys High School, Curt has coached high school girls at Edison for the 5years. Much like his role with the Boys at Edison, Curt was a Girls Varsity assistant along with being either the JV head coach or Frosh/Soph head coach.

As an athlete, Curt was a setter at Edison. He was named Team Captain on three of the 4 high School teams and in his senior year he was on the OC Registers player to watch list and earned All- Sunset League honors. Curt played Club volleyball for 4 years and went to Junior Nationals for three years where his best finish was 5 th in the Nation. After High School Curt went on to set and play Libero/ Defensive specialist at Irvine Valley College. During his free time curt likes to snowboard, paintball, play beach volleyball, and hang out with good company.

Prime_150223_229Alissa Blevins
Assistant Coach

Coach and Artist Alissa Blevins was born 21 years ago in San Luis Obispo California. Her early years were spent in the gym with her Mom while she coached volleyball at local high schools and for SLO Jrs VBC. When she wasn’t in the gym, she was exploring with her parents and brother the rugged coastlines and luscious hillsides of the incredible central coast.  From San Luis Obispo, the family moved to the rich culture of Europe where Alissa lived for four years in Belgium.  She was exposed there to the fine art, castles and cathedrals of the Flemish lowlands and again, in the gym as her mother played and coached volleyball and her Dad James played Professional basketball.  Back to the west coast of California, Alissa then lived in Laguna Beach and attended art and volleyball filled LBUSD. Further expanding her world through her parent’s wanderlust, Alissa then moved with her family to Arizona, where she played club volleyball for AVA and Varsity volleyball and basketball at Paradise Valley High School. Then off to Texas where Alissa not only finished her high school volleyball career on the state sixth ranked volleyball team, but also found her palette.  It was in the latter years of high school where Alissa was first introduced to the art world when she was entered by an art teacher into a juried art show and received the highest evaluation and critical appraisal of her artwork.

A volleyball scholarship took her to Navarro College in Corsicana Texas.  She won a small art scholarship for one of her pieces of Mixed media.  Once again on the move Alissa finished volleyball and moved to eclectic art and music filled Austin Texas where she studied fine Art at Austin Community College. When the opportunity came to move back to the art colony of Laguna Beach, Alissa jumped at the chance.  Now a Fine Arts student at Saddleback College and interning with professional artist Vanessa Roth, Alissa is in her watercolor period with an intense love of painting the incredible coastline of Southern California. She has coached camps and clinics as well as club volleyball throughout all of her many adventures and is currently the Head JV Volleyball Coach at Sage Hill School.  This is her fourth season coaching at Prime.

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Prime_150222_118Nir Ofer
Head Coach

Nir Ofer has been coaching volleyball for over 15 years and at the Division I collegiate level since 2006. Most recently, in 2012, Ofer assisted in guiding Towson University to one of the best seasons in program history. Ofer’s leadership helped the Tigers post a 25-4 record, finish the CAA schedule with a perfect 12-0 record and record an 18 match win streak. In charge of the setters and offense, Towson led the CAA in every offensive category and with Ofer’s training, the starting setter was ranked 2nd in the nation in assists per set, and the starting middle blocker was 4th in the nation in hitting efficiency.

Ofer also serves as a lead coach for Gold Medal Squared Camps. He directs week-long volleyball camps at numerous high school across the country. He implements the system which has been used successfully with the USA Men’s and Women’s National teams. He is responsible for coaching the top team at the camps while supervising the other courts.

From 2006 to 2009, Ofer was a member of the coaching staff at the University of California Riverside, Serving as the first assistant and recruiting coordinator. At UC Riverside he was responsible for training the outside hitters, liberos and setters while implementing a fast, efficient offense. He was also in charge of the recruiting strategy while maintaining the scheduling and team travel. In January of 2009, Ofer was promoted to Interim Head Coach. While in that position, he oversaw all aspects of the program and operations.

Ofer has also serves as the owner, technical director and head coach for Performance Volleyball Academy in Southern California. He was in charge of hiring and training an assistant director with a staff of 8 coaches. Ofer helped grow the program from two teams to over 80+ athletes.

In 2005, Ofer served as the Chairman and coach of the Men’s and Women’s volleyball teams at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel. He recruited the coaches and players and planned the pre-camp training. His training allowed both teams to come home with a bronze medal in the international event. Ofer also served as an assistant coach for the Women’s team that competed in the Pan American Maccabi Games in Chile in 2003 and earned the silver medal.

Connor Metcalfe
Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!
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Prime_150223_274Brandon Directo
Head Coach 

Brandon Directo played volleyball at University High School and competed on the Varsity team for three years.  He was awarded Second Team All-League his junior year and First Team All-League his senior year. Brandon played volleyball at Irvine Valley College as an outside hitter for two years. He was league MVP the first year. The second year, Brandon and his team won State Championship, and he was awarded MVP of the State Tournament. In 2011, Brandon was ranked fourth in the state in kills at the community college level. Brandon has coached both club and high school boys and girls volleyball for 6 years. He is currently the Varsity Head Coach at University High School and he coached the top 13’s team at Prime last season.  Brandon is currently a volunteer with the USA Women’s National Team where he assists Head Coach Karch Kiraly and Prime’s Director of Training Jamie Morrison at USA’s practices by running drills and is often asked to jump in and play with the team to fill in at different positions.  Having the opportunity to learn from Olympic level coaches on a daily basis has been invaluable for Brandon and he continues to develop into a top young coach.

Brandon loves volleyball and wishes to share his love of the game with everyone he coaches. He believes that with the right coaching, anyone can be inspired to be a great volleyball player, an excellent teammate, and even better person. Beyond the athletic and fundamental aspects of volleyball, Brandon also likes to work on a player’s volleyball IQ. He believes when a player learns to become mentally aware of their capabilities, it helps them improve at an exponential rate.

In Brandon’s spare time, he enjoys playing volleyball open gym or at the beach, basketball and surfing. Brandon also loves being outdoors, especially road biking and snowboarding.  This is Brandon’s fifth season at Prime and he looks forward to being a role model for our young athletes at Prime VC.

Prime_150223_270Kenneth Lim
Assistant Coach 

Early in his coaching career (1991-1997), he coached 2 years at the Frosh/Soph level at Rowland HS, leading the team to league champions. He also coached Junior Varsity for a season leading the team as summer league champions and served as assistant coach for the Varsity team. He continued his coaching career at Bishop Amat HS, 3 seasons as the girls JV coach, 1 season as boys JV coach, and assistant coach for the Varsity teams.

More recently he is the current Frosh/Soph coach at San Juan Hills HS and will be in his 5th season with Prime. He has assisted 11’s, 12’s, 13’s, 14’s and 15’s.

Husband and father of 3 girls, two of which play for Prime VC (16, 13, and 6 years old, whew!), Kenneth has learned that patience and communication can lead to great things. His goals are simple: share his love for the sport and instilling that feeling with each player, and constant improvement. He believes with proper technique and positive encouragement, he can get the best out of each athlete. Great with kids, combined with his personality and coaching experience and style, makes him a perfect fit as a coach for our teams at Prime.

Kenneth is currently a Visual Scientist (graphic designer) at Jovenville, a leading creative agency in Newport Beach, and in his spare time loves to spend time with his family, playing a leisurely round of golf, and traveling.

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Mike Brunsting
Head Coach

Michael Brunsting, a San Diego native, graduated from Francis Parker in 2010 as an All-American. He continued his playing career at UCSD as a setter and opposite, starting all four years. His senior year he was a Team Captain and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led team in kills, aces and digs  Mike’s coaching career began when he was 19, coaching a 18/17’s combo team. For the next two years he assisted for two boy’s 16’s teams, helping one reach 4th in the nation. After leading Cathedral Catholic’s Freshmen team to an undefeated season in 2014, Mike decided to return to Francis Parker to assist the girls varsity program.  Mike is currently the Varsity Assistant Coach at San Juan Hills High School where the Stallions recently went undefeated in the South Coast League to win the League Championship!

In addition, Mike has ran several beach volleyball camps through La Jolla Volleyball. He is currently playing in AVP qualifiers around the nation and many local CBVA events. In just his second AVP event, Mike and his partner qualified for the main draw, finishing 13th.

Amber Rose
Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!

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Brandon Directo
Head Coach 

Brandon Directo played volleyball at University High School and competed on the Varsity team for three years.  He was awarded Second Team All-League his junior year and First Team All-League his senior year. Brandon played volleyball at Irvine Valley College as an outside hitter for two years. He was league MVP the first year. The second year, Brandon and his team won State Championship, and he was awarded MVP of the State Tournament. In 2011, Brandon was ranked fourth in the state in kills at the community college level. Brandon has coached both club and high school boys and girls volleyball for 6 years. He is currently the Varsity Head Coach at University High School and he coached the top 13’s team at Prime last season.  Brandon is currently a volunteer with the USA Women’s National Team where he assists Head Coach Karch Kiraly and Prime’s Director of Training Jamie Morrison at USA’s practices by running drills and is often asked to jump in and play with the team to fill in at different positions.  Having the opportunity to learn from Olympic level coaches on a daily basis has been invaluable for Brandon and he continues to develop into a top young coach.

Brandon loves volleyball and wishes to share his love of the game with everyone he coaches. He believes that with the right coaching, anyone can be inspired to be a great volleyball player, an excellent teammate, and even better person. Beyond the athletic and fundamental aspects of volleyball, Brandon also likes to work on a player’s volleyball IQ. He believes when a player learns to become mentally aware of their capabilities, it helps them improve at an exponential rate.

In Brandon’s spare time, he enjoys playing volleyball open gym or at the beach, basketball and surfing. Brandon also loves being outdoors, especially road biking and snowboarding.  This is Brandon’s third season at Prime and he looks forward to being a role model for our young athletes at Prime VC.

Bailey Carr
Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon!


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Prime_150223_168Jessica Papell
Head Coach 

Jessica began playing volleyball in 7th grade and quickly fell in love with the sport.  At the Windward School in Los Angeles her high school team won the CIF-SS Championship in 1994 and she was named the CIF-SS Player of the Year in 1994 and ’95.  She went on to play collegiately at Oregon State University from 1997-2001 where she was a 4 Year Letterwinner playing Outside Hitter and Defensive Specialist. She was selected to the Pac-10 All Academic team in 2000 and 2001 and was in the top 10 in the conference for digs and aces per set.

Her coaching career began at OSU where she coached and ran numerous camps and clinics for OSU Volleyball. She has since coached High School Varsity teams in both Southern California and the Seattle area for 10 seasons and spent a season as the Head Coach at Edmonds Community College before moving back down to Southern California.  At Edmonds CC she took a team that went 5-7 in conference and didn’t reach post-season play the previous season and led them to a conference record of 8-4 and a post-season NWAACC Tournament appearance.  While in Seattle she was the Head 17s and 18s Coach at Island Thunder Volleyball Club for 5 seasons and took on the role of Club Director after her second season with the club.  While at the helm of ITVC the club grew from 4 teams to 10 teams and the club had 4 teams qualify for the Junior National Championships, 2 in the Open Division, for the first time in club history.  She led her 2010 17s team to a 10th place finish in the Open Division at the prestigious Las Vegas Classic.  They went on to qualify for the Open Division of the Junior National Championships with a 5th place Open finish at the Far Western Qualifier.  Thirty-three of the players she coached and mentored at ITVC have gone on to play collegiate volleyball.  Former players are currently competing at Florida, University of Portland, Portland State, Columbia, Santa Clara, Yale, University of Idaho, Georgetown, Boston College, Western Washington, Westminster College, Cal Lutheran, Lynn University and many others.

While in Seattle Jessica was a Head Coach with the Puget Sound Region High Performance Program from 2007 to 2010.  She represented the Region at the Global Challenge in Salt Lake City in 2007 where the team won the tournament championship and then at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in 2008 and 2009.  Jessica currently works as a High Performance Program Coach for USA Volleyball where she evaluates athletes at USA High Performance Tryouts and trains top athletes from across the country at USA HP Camps over the summer.

Jessica made the move back to Southern California in the spring of 2011 to be closer to family and friends and is very excited about the outstanding club volleyball program she and all of the wonderful coaches at Prime continue to build and grow.  Jessica is currently the Head Girls Volleyball Coach at San Juan Hills HS where she led the varsity team to an undefeated South Coast League Championship this fall.  In her free time Jessica enjoys travelling, snowboarding, playing tennis, and getting outside in the sunshine.

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Rachel Flynn
Assistant Coach

Rachel played volleyball at Trabuco Hills High School and competed on the Varsity team for four years. She was awarded Second Team All-League her junior year. She was First Team All-League and team MVP her senior season as well as Athlete of the Year 2013. Rachel played for Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club for six years. In her senior season her team won a Silver Medal at Junior Nationals and she was named to the All- Tournament Team. Rachel loves working with kids and has coached many volleyball camps at Trabuco Hills.

Rachel is currently an outside hitter for Concordia University Irvine, and is studying to become an elementary school teacher. She had an outstanding freshman season at Concordia! She was named All-GSAC, to the NAIA All-American 2nd Team, and named GSAC Freshman of the Year! Rachel led the team with 375 kills averaging 3.07 K/Set and notched 182 digs, 56 blocks, 18 assists, and 25 aces.  This is her second season with Prime.

Morgan Nunley
Assistant Coach

Bio coming soon

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Prime_150223_211Lynn Kessler Blevins
Head Coach

Lynn Kessler Blevins brings many years of experience in playing, coaching, and scouting the game of volleyball, to Prime Volleyball Club. Lynn grew up in Laguna Beach CA., a graduate of Laguna Beach High School, and a product of Laguna Beach High School volleyball; Lynn spent her youth playing volleyball locally. Lynn played six years for Orange County Volleyball Club. Lynn Kessler (maiden name) earned a full ride scholarship to Div 1 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she was a four year starter for Mike Wilton from ’82-’85, and an Asics All American her senior year. 1987 she was drafted to play in the inaugural year of Women’s Major League Professional Volleyball.

Following this experience and many years of coaching club and high school Lynn was named the Head Women’s and Men’s Coach at Eastern Montana State College NCAA Div 2.  In 1994 Lynn and her husband James and the kids went off to Europe to play and coach Volleyball and Basketball in Belgium for four years. 2001 took Lynn and her family to Arizona where Lynn taught private school and was the Head Varsity Coach for six years at PVHS, and coached and co-directed club at AVA VBC. On the road again, The Blevins family moved to Texas in ’08 where Lynn began her collegiate recruiting career, coached, motivated and privately trained volleyball players throughout the Houston area and now full circle back to Laguna Beach Calif., and Prime Volleyball Club!  This season is Lynn’s fourth season with Prime.

Prime_150223_229Alissa Blevins
Assistant Coach

Coach and Artist Alissa Blevins was born 21 years ago in San Luis Obispo California. Her early years were spent in the gym with her Mom while she coached volleyball at local high schools and for SLO Jrs VBC. When she wasn’t in the gym, she was exploring with her parents and brother the rugged coastlines and luscious hillsides of the incredible central coast.  From San Luis Obispo, the family moved to the rich culture of Europe where Alissa lived for four years in Belgium.  She was exposed there to the fine art, castles and cathedrals of the Flemish lowlands and again, in the gym as her mother played and coached volleyball and her Dad James played Professional basketball.  Back to the west coast of California, Alissa then lived in Laguna Beach and attended art and volleyball filled LBUSD. Further expanding her world through her parent’s wanderlust, Alissa then moved with her family to Arizona, where she played club volleyball for AVA and Varsity volleyball and basketball at Paradise Valley High School. Then off to Texas where Alissa not only finished her high school volleyball career on the state sixth ranked volleyball team, but also found her palette.  It was in the latter years of high school where Alissa was first introduced to the art world when she was entered by an art teacher into a juried art show and received the highest evaluation and critical appraisal of her artwork.

A volleyball scholarship took her to Navarro College in Corsicana Texas.  She won a small art scholarship for one of her pieces of Mixed media.  Once again on the move Alissa finished volleyball and moved to eclectic art and music filled Austin Texas where she studied fine Art at Austin Community College. When the opportunity came to move back to the art colony of Laguna Beach, Alissa jumped at the chance.  Now a Fine Arts student at Saddleback College and interning with professional artist Vanessa Roth, Alissa is in her watercolor period with an intense love of painting the incredible coastline of Southern California. She has coached camps and clinics as well as club volleyball throughout all of her many adventures and is currently the Head JV Volleyball Coach at Sage Hill School.  This is her fourth season coaching at Prime.

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Prime_150222_79Nicole Bateham
Head Coach

Nicole began her coaching career at Thurston High School as the JV coach in 2006. In college, she coached a variety of camps at Portland State University as well as assisted during the club season with local club teams in Portland. She coached the Oregon State University Men’s Volleyball Club and in the 2014 season, they earned their way to D1AA National Champions. She has coached a variety of clinics (indoor and sand) for athletes at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as coaching with Misty May-Treanor for the Dream In Gold Clinics. She began coaching beach volleyball in 2011 and hopes to continue coaching both indoor and sand.

Nicole started playing beach volleyball with her family from a very early age. She began playing indoor volleyball her freshman year in high school. She played at Portland State University as their libero from 2007-2011. During her career there, they won three conference championships and made two appearances at the NCAA tournament. Since finishing at PSU, her plan is to continue playing beach volleyball.

Nicole strives to pass on her passion for the game of volleyball as well as help players realize and achieve their full potential both on and off of the court.

Haley DeSales
Assistant Coach

Haley DeSales started her volleyball career in third grade and started playing club in fifth. In her 12s and 13s club years, her team won a bronze and gold medal respectively. Haley also made the 15-Open and 17-Open all tournament teams at Junior Nationals.

She played at La Salle High School as a varsity starter all three years until an injury made her sit out senior season, earning All-American honors, two-time first team all league honors, and back to back CIF D1 Player of the Year awards along the way.  Haley played her freshman year of collegiate volleyball at Washington State

and is now playing at UC Irvine as an outside hitter.

Haley started coaching as an assistant at Forza1 West her senior year of high school and through part of her freshman year of college.