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2018 Coaching Staff

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Head Coach: Claire Veeninga

Claire will enter her 11th year coaching for Golden Bear. A former Golden Bear player, Claire has been involved with the club for 15 years. She has coached at the high school level at both Albany and Bishop O'Dowd, leading her teams to successful seasons including back-to-back BSAL Championships and numerous tournament wins. 

Claire attended UC Berkeley where she studied Public Health and competed on the Division I Women's Crew team. She helped found and played on the Berkeley Women's Club Volleyball team which placed ninth in the Nation in their opening season. Claire played for the NorCal Wildfire, the Women's Professional Team of the NCVA from 2014-2016.

E-mail: cveeninga@gmail.com

Assistant Coach: Colin Jindra

Colin is a sophmore at UC Berkeley, and is returning to Golden Bear for his second season. Colin played Division I high school volleyball in Southern California with Tesoro High School, starting as varsity setter for three years. Outside of school, he played four years of club volleyball with Orange Coast Volleyball Club. As a setter, Colin's focus is on offensive systems, leadership, and teamwork. In addition to setting, he has experience playing libero, defensive specialist, and outside hitter. Colin is a strong believer that hard work in practice pays off in games.

E-mail: colinjindra@gmail.com


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Head Coach: Zahra Jackson

Zahra is a graduate of Manhattan College, completing and earning a bachelors of science in Physical Education. She just received her Masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. Currently, she is teaching K-4th grade PE at Prospect Sierra School. Zahra has been playing volleyball since 6th grade. She moved up to the varsity team mid 8th grade year and started her freshman year. She was captain and MVP senior year in highschool. Although she really wanted to play in college she unfortunately could not because balancing academics and athletics would have been a challenge for her. Instead of playing in college she decided to start coaching her sophomore year. She has not looked back since. She has now been coaching volleyball for 7 years. She has plenty of knowledge of the sport both physically and mentally, and understands the skills and techniques used to be a great coach. She is very excited to be coaching with the Golden Bears again, and eager to train and get your daughter ready for the next level.  

E-mail: zahra.jackson12@gmail.com

Assistant Coach: TBD

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Head Coach: Laura Challis

A former Golden Bear, Laura also played on the team at St. Mary's College High School from 2003-2007. This will be her fifth year coaching with Golden Bear. She loves seeing how players develop and hone their skills, but also how the game helps build their character throughout the season. 

E-mail: lecchallis@gmail.com


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Head Coach: Mia Navellier

Mia enters her tenth season as a Golden Bear coach. Her knowledge, communication, and extensive experience with younger players make her an ideal coach for 13M. Mia has also coached volleyball and softball at Benicia High School and Benicia Middle School.

E-mail: mia.navellier@gmail.com

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Head Coach: Kingman Lim

Played for the Cal Men's club volleyball team during 1999 thru 2002, and has been coaching various club and high school teams for over fifteen years. He emphasizes health, respect, and teamwork, and constantly strives to improve his coaching style to provide a fun, yet challenging gym environment for his team(s).

E-mail: kingmanlim@gmail.com

Assistant Coach: Antzela Dempi

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Head Coach: Kim Ho

Kim has been with Golden Bear Volleyball for over 2 years. She first started playing volleyball in middle school as a setter. Originally from Sacramento, she played in middle/high school and at Force Volleyball Club for over 8 years. She recently moved to Berkeley and wanted to get more involved in the volleyball community in the East Bay. She first began her volleyball career as a setter but primarily played as a libero and defensive specialist in high school. She coached for Force Volleyball Club in high school and her early years of college for 4 years on and off. She's helped host skills training clinics for new players through Force and other volleyball clubs. 

Her focus as a coach is to ensure her team will build the fundamental skills and techniques to grow as a volleyball player and person. She's a huge advocate for being a student-athlete because it helps build character and perspective - through focus on teamwork, communication, and living a balanced life as an athlete and student, all while still having fun at the same time.

Email: kimthiho916@gmail.com

Assistant Coach: Ronnick Licudo

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Premier Coaches


18 Gold

Head Coach: Zahra Jackson


16 Gold

Head Coach: Frankie Arellano Vega


15 Gold

Head Coach: Monica Ann Payumo


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Head Coach: Sarah Neppl

Sarah was born and raised in Long Beach, California and has been a Golden Bear coach since 2015. She has played volleyball for over 12 years in various settings. Her volleyball career started at New Wave Volleyball Club where she played competitively for 5 seasons. She was primarily stationed at offense positions-- 2 seasons as a middle blocker, 2 seasons as an outside hitter and 1 season as an opposite.

Concurrently, she competed at Long Beach Millikan High School for 4 years. During summer breaks, Sarah volunteered as a coach for a Co-Ed after school volleyball program at her community park. Being involved in various volleyball families, Sarah co-created a self coached, competitive, double’s sand volleyball league in Belmont Shore where she competed for 3 summers with 16 of her fellow teammates. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for volleyball and is looking forward to helping eager athletes achieve their goals while having fun competing in such a well-rounded and team-oriented sport.

E-mail: sarahneppl@berkeley.edu


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Head Coach: Mia Navellier

Mia enters her tenth season as a Golden Bear coach. Her knowledge, communication, and extensive experience with younger players make her an ideal coach for 13M. Mia has also coached volleyball and softball at Benicia High School and Benicia Middle School.

E-mail: mia.navellier@gmail.com


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Head Coach: Kim Ho

Kim has been with Golden Bear Volleyball for over 2 years. She first started playing volleyball in middle school as a setter. Originally from Sacramento, she played in middle/high school and at Force Volleyball Club for over 8 years. She recently moved to Berkeley and wanted to get more involved in the volleyball community in the East Bay. She first began her volleyball career as a setter but primarily played as a libero and defensive specialist in high school. She coached for Force Volleyball Club in high school and her early years of college for 4 years on and off. She's helped host skills training clinics for new players through Force and other volleyball clubs. 

Her focus as a coach is to ensure her team will build the fundamental skills and techniques to grow as a volleyball player and person. She's a huge advocate for being a student-athlete because it helps build character and perspective - through focus on teamwork, communication, and living a balanced life as an athlete and student, all while still having fun at the same time.

Email: kimthiho916@gmail.com


Cubs

Head Coach: Phoebe Bautista


Sarah McClendon

Club Director

Sarah has been involved with volleyball at a high level since she was 12. She is from Santa Cruz and beach volleyball was a way of life. She continued her passion for the sport playing in college at Santa Barbara City College and practicing with the UCSB team her senior year. She has coached with SB Volleyball Club, Gold Cal in Sacramento and Golden Bear for the past 15 years. Sarah has also coached high school varsity volleyball at Albany High and Piedmont High.

Sarah owns and runs ProAction Athletics giving our volleyball club a huge advantage with access to our private training studio. 

Her sole goal is to lead Golden Bear as a professional club and support the values of hard work, teamwork, and accountability for all of our players. She also keeps in mind that volleyball is a game and should be fun as well!


Justin Caraway

Volleyball Training Director

Justin Caraway has been a Golden Bear coach since 1998. From 1998-2004, every team he coached qualified for JOs, the highlight being a 5th place Club division finish in 2003 with 16 Blue, an extraordinary finish for a "second" team. From 1998-2003, Justin was the head girls and boys coach at Berkeley High School, leading the girls team to three undefeated ACCAL titles (2000-2002) and the NCS DI championship in 2001. He was also the head coach at St. Mary's HS, Piedmont HS, Cache Valley Juniors, and the Baylor University Men's club team.