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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2017/2018 Coaching Staff

Club-Wide Staff:

PWPaula 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.

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Ron Larsen
Co-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.

Prime_150223_168Jessica Papell
Co-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.

Kelsie Groot
Assistant Coach

Kelsie is an Irvine, CA. native who attended Northwood HS and was a four-year letterwinner while helping the Timberwolves to the CIF playoffs each season as a middle blocker and outside hitter. She holds the Northwood record with 41 kills in a single match vs Trabuco Hills, was named the 2010 Irvine World News All-City MVP, named the Pacific Coast League Co-MVP her senior season, and finished he prep career as a 2012 Prep Volleyball Senior Ace.

Kelsie graduated from the University of Miami (Fla.) with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a double minor in Sports Medicine and Sports Administration. She made her first collegiate start her freshman season at the “U” helping the Hurricanes beat #6 ranked Florida St. in Miami; she also registered her first career double-double in the same season vs #12 ranked Louisville, and helped the Canes reach the post-season each year while on the court. For her redshirt 5th year, she played a season at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received All-Horizon League Honors and also earned a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership. Throughout her time at each school as a six-rotation player she amassed 1,124 kills, 967 digs, 194 blocks, and 36 double-doubles during her collegiate career.

During her time off at both schools she was giving back to the communities in Miami and Chicago coaching for Miami Elite 14-1’s and Chicago Elite 13’s short season. Kelsie is very excited to be back in Southern California with family and friends with an immediate goal to help each individual at Prime VC to be well-rounded players themselves.

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Christy Stoekel
Head Coach

Christy Stoeckel is entering her 25th year of coaching club volleyball. Christy began coaching while still a student-athlete in college at Oregon State University. Her club coaching background includes stints at Mid-Valley VBC (OR), Team Tulsa (OK), Momentous VBC, Mission Gold VBC and 17 years at Saddleback Valley VBC. Perhaps the biggest highlight of her club coaching career is winning a Gold Medal at the 2013 Junior National Championships. She coached three players who earned All-American honors at the event including one player who was named as the tournament MVP.

Other club coaching highlights include a 4th place finish at the So Cal JO Qualifier (2015), a 9th place finish at the Reno JO Qualifier (2013), Volleyball Festival finishes of 6th (2008), 9th (2009), 11th (2010), 14th (2011)  and finishing 2nd at the prestigious Las Vegas Classic (2007). Christy was honored to be presented with the annual “Distinguished Service to Junior Volleyball” award at the 2011 Volleyball Festival.

In addition to coaching club, Christy has experience coaching high school. She spent time coaching for Laguna Beach HS, Woodbridge HS and Corona del Mar HS. She has also worked at numerous clinics and camps including the Texas Tech University Advanced camp (2013, 2014).

Christy grew up in Laguna Hills, CA and enjoyed a successful career as a player. She played at Laguna Hills HS and set school records for the most kills, blocks and aces in a game, season and career. She was named to the All-League team for three years. As a senior she was selected to play in the annual “Orange County All-Star” game. In addition to volleyball, she competed for her school’s swimming and soccer teams. As a senior, she was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year. She played club volleyball for Mission Valley for four years. The team was consistently regarded as one of the best teams in the nation. As a senior she was named to Volleyball magazine’s annual “Fab 50” list which recognizes the top 50 seniors in the country. After her prep career, she accepted a full-ride scholarship to Oregon State University and was a four-year letter winner for the Beavers.

Christy graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology.

After undergraduate school, she attended grad school at the University of Tulsa. She earned a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Christy works as an Account Manager at an insurance company. When not working or coaching, she enjoys doing volunteer work. She spent 14 years as a Big Sister with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. She was matched with her last Little Sister for 10 years and is very proud of her high school graduation last Spring. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, going to the beach and traveling.

Brice Fristed
Assistant Coach

Growing up a Setter/Small Forward in a linebacker’s body Brice has often been mistaken as a visiting football coach or professional wrestler when coaching over the last 25 years at the middle school, high school, club and collegiate levels.

Brice is an Oregon State University graduate with post graduate degrees and a Masters from National University.  During Brice’s time at Oregon State he served 2 years as an undergrad assistant coach with the Women’s Volleyball team.

For the last 11 years Brice has been an Athletic Director and Teacher in Southern Orange County.  Brice has spent those 11 years introducing, teaching and coaching volleyball to the athletes under his watch in the gym and on the beach.

As an athlete, Brice is a brokendownsuperhero from years as a basketball player at the AAU/club level and club volleyball player for No Dinx Volleyball. Injuries derailed his collegiate athletic career but also helped the inevitable turn towards coaching.  Brice is excited to join Prime VC this season and work with our wonderful athletes!

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Rich Parris
Head Coach

Abandoned in the jungle after a tiger slew his parents, Rich was found and raised by a local wolf pack. Growing up within the pack he learned a lot about teamwork and a family environment. As he got older the wolves knew that he must return to the world of man, so along with his two best friends, a bear and a panther, Rich began the long journey back to the human world.

When he returned Rich was raised then in the Huntington Beach area, and attended Marina High School where he was an all CIF volleyball and basketball player. Next going to Long Beach City College winning 2 state championships and finished his college experience at California Baptist University winning a national championship and being ranked the #1 team in the country.

He began coaching at Highline vbc in Long Beach CA, coaching 18s and 14s and winning a couple of JO medals along the way. Next he assisted at Santa Margarita Catholic High School reaching the CIF finals and state semis in his first season. From there he became the head coach at Rosary Girls Catholic High School, improving the program every season for 5 years with 3 cif appearances and wins over many SoCal powers. He coached at SVVC for 7 years, every team from 12-2s to 18-1s, qualifying for USA volleyball nationals in the Open and USA divisions multiple times. In 2015 Rich was a finalist for Prep Volleyball coach of the year, with the SVVC 17-1s winning a bronze medal at the SoCal Qualifier and finishing 5th place (up from 26th) at Junior Nationals in Indianapolis, and the boys OCVC 18-1s winning the gold medal at Junior Nationals in Dallas.

Rich is often in the gym, but spends time on the sand playing volleyball, in the Sierra Nevada mountains climbing rocks or snowboarding down them, and returning to the jungle to howl at the moon with his family.

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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 served 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.

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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.

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Kelsie Groot
Head Coach

Kelsie is an Irvine, CA. native who attended Northwood HS and was a four-year letterwinner while helping the Timberwolves to the CIF playoffs each season as a middle blocker and outside hitter. She holds the Northwood record with 41 kills in a single match vs Trabuco Hills, was named the 2010 Irvine World News All-City MVP, named the Pacific Coast League Co-MVP her senior season, and finished he prep career as a 2012 Prep Volleyball Senior Ace.

Kelsie graduated from the University of Miami (Fla.) with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a double minor in Sports Medicine and Sports Administration. She made her first collegiate start her freshman season at the “U” helping the Hurricanes beat #6 ranked Florida St. in Miami; she also registered her first career double-double in the same season vs #12 ranked Louisville, and helped the Canes reach the post-season each year while on the court. For her redshirt 5th year, she played a season at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received All-Horizon League Honors and also earned a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership. Throughout her time at each school as a six-rotation player she amassed 1,124 kills, 967 digs, 194 blocks, and 36 double-doubles during her collegiate career.

During her time off at both schools she was giving back to the communities in Miami and Chicago coaching for Miami Elite 14-1’s and Chicago Elite 13’s short season. Kelsie is very excited to be back in Southern California with family and friends with an immediate goal to help each individual at Prime VC to be well-rounded players themselves.

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Dan ThomassenDan Thomassen
Head Coach

Dan Thomassen is the current Sage Hill School Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Coach. In his 14 years leading the girls’ program, the Lightning have won six Academy League titles and four CIF SS Division-IV Championships. He was named the 2013 Orange County Coach of the Year and is a 3-time CIF Coach of the Year. He has also led the boys team to three Academy League titles in six years. In 2011 he was named the “Volleyball Now” Coach of the Year for Southern California. In 2010/2011, he started the Newport Lightning Volleyball Club and led the 14-1’s team to the Junior Olympics in Atlanta that same year.

Dan played basketball and volleyball at Newport Harbor High School before attending UC San Diego and playing four years for the Tritons Mens’ Volleyball Team. While also teaching Chemistry, Physics, and Forensics at Sage Hill, Dan is an accomplished beach volleyball player and is an avid surfer, golfer, and boarder.

Merin Kolte
Assistant Coach

Merin is currently a sophomore outside hitter for the UC Irvine Anteaters.  She played on the Archbishop Mitty Division II State Championship teams in 2014 and 2015.  Merin was named All-West Catholic Athletic League and All-Central Coast Section honorable mention during her high school career.

She competed for Vision Volleyball Club and played in the Open Division with Vision at Junior Nationals every year and placed in top 13 each season since 12s.

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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 fifth season with Prime.

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Shelley Anderson
Head 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.

Shelley recently graduated from UC Irvine after competing her fourth 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 graduated with a degree in Public Health Policy at UCI.

This will be her fourth year coaching at Prime Volleyball and is looking forward to coaching two teams this season!


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.

Boys Coaches

Darren Tsai
Boys Co-Director and Head Coach

Darren graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in business economics. He was a 4 year member of the Division III men’s team as a libero. In 3 out of his 4 years with the team, they made the Div III final four. He was named AVCA 2012 1st team All-American, CVC conference all-tournament team and CVC all-academic team.

Darren has 9 years of club coaching experience. He started his first 4 years with Main Beach Santa Cruz while he was attending UC Santa Cruz. He coached clinics and head coached the 14s, 16’s and 18’s age groups over his 4 years with the club. The program grew from 2 to 8 teams in Darren’s time at the club. After he returned home to Southern California, he coached 1 year at Balboa Bay and his 16’s team had a top 20 finish at the Boy’s Classic. Most recently, he coached 3 years at Orange Coast, where he coached 15’s and 16’s. His 16’s team finished 5th at Junior Olympics in 2016. In addition to coaching boys club, Darren coached 1 season for Orange County Girls as an assistant with a team that finished in the top 10 of the Open Division at Junior Olympics

His high school coaching experience includes 3 years at Edison High School as the Boys Varsity Assistant, Head JV coach for 2 seasons, and Head Freshman coach for 1 season. He also helped out with the Girls program serving as a Varsity Assistant and Head JV Coach for 1 season. Darren is currently the Head Boys Varsity Coach at Northwood High School in Irvine.

Darren’s is excited to grow the boys program and help each Prime player achieve their goals and reach their full potential, as both an individual and an athlete. He fully believes in Prime’s Philosophy: “We focus on the process over outcomes; in other words our top priority is always striving to improve and giving each athlete the feedback and tools to help them improve as a volleyball athlete and person every day.”

Darren is currently a certified public accountant and in his free time enjoys traveling, playing beach volleyball, basketball, and golf.

Prime_150223_360Curt Mahle
Boys Co-Director and Head Coach

Curt is entering his 10th year coaching volleyball. Through the years Curt has coached girls club for every age group 12’s -18’s. He is entering his 4rd year with Prime where he has head coached 15’s, 16’s and most recently 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 recently completed his 4th season 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 5th 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 coached for 5 years with Edison High School in Huntington Beach where he was the Varsity Assistant each year and head coached either Junior Varsity or Frosh Soph. Curt is currently the Head Boys Varsity Coach at University High School in Irvine where he led the Trojans to the playoffs for the first time in many years.  He is also the Head JV Girls Coach at San Juan Hills High School.

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.