Claire will enter her 12th year coaching for Golden Bear. A former Golden Bear player, Claire has been involved with the club for 16 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.
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).
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.
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!
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.