Molly Ratto is entering her fifth year coaching at NorCal Volleyball Club after graduating from Chico State in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Communication Design. Before playing volleyball at Chico, Molly played at NorCal for her 12s, 16s, 17s, & 18s club seasons. In 2008, her 16s team took the Gold Medal (National Division) at the Junior Olympics with Coach Keegan Cook. In high school, Molly was a two-time First-Team All-League selection for Castro Valley High as an Outside Hitter. After many great seasons with NorCal, Chico, and Castro Valley, Molly began her coaching career at Castro Valley High School where she is the Varsity Head Coach. Molly is very excited to be back for another year with NorCal!
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Lindsey Herbert is entering her ninth year coaching with NorCal. Over her time with Norcal, Herbert has coached Juniors, 12 Black and 15 Black, assisting 4 teams to Junior Nationals. Prior to coaching, Lindsey grew up within the Norcal family where she started playing when she was 11 years old on our Norcal 12 Black team. Herbert’s entire club volleyball career was played at Norcal where she competed at the Junior Nationals three times and helped her team win the No Dinx Far Western National Qualifier in 2009. Herbert grew up in Livermore where she attended Granada High School and played three years of Varsity Volleyball. She recently graduated from San Jose State with a BS in Criminal Justice and minor in Human Rights. Herbert is excited to be coaching 13 Blue this season and looks forward to a fantastic season!
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Transplanted from Champaign, Illinois, Emerson played collegiate volleyball at the University of Illinois. He earned his B.A. in 1995 and his team won the BIG TEN Club Championship during that same year. During college, Emerson began coaching at his high school alma mater, Champaign Centennial HS and girls’ club volleyball at Twin City Volleyball Club and was the Head Coach for the University of Illinois, Women’s Club Volleyball team for two seasons.
After graduation, Emerson moved to Chicago and coached boy’s volleyball at Evanston Township High School in 1998. While there, he decided to turn coaching volleyball into a career and moved to California. In the high school ranks, Emerson coached at Ygnacio Valley HS, San Ramon Valley HS, and Arroyo HS. At the club level he began coaching for Lamorinda Volleyball Club 16-2 in 2000.
The next season Emerson began coaching at Golden Bear Volleyball Club from 2001-2017. Amongst his duties there, he assisted the 18-Forefront team under current University of Colorado Associate Head Coach, Lee Maes and won a Bronze Medal in the 18-Open Division in 2003. Emerson took over the 18s Head Coaching position from 2005-2011. While with Golden Bear 18-Forefront, Emerson’s teams qualified for the 18-Open Division 7 straight years and earned two 5th place finishes. In the club divisions, his teams earned two straight Silver Medals in 2009 and 2010. From 2006-2017, Emerson was the Director of Coaching for Golden Bear overseeing player development and coaches’ education. In addition, Emerson was the Lead Clinician for summer camps, Fall Ball, and position-specific clinics during the season.
In 2001, Emerson became involved in the USA Volleyball High Performance Programs as and Evaluator and Coach, 2001-2007. In 2002, he was a coach for the USA Volleyball Junior National Development Program and won a Silver Medal at the USA High Performance Championships, Junior Division in St. George UT. In 2006, he was the Training Coach for the USA Volleyball Junior Girl’s National Team that went on to win a Gold Medal that summer at the NORCECA Qualifying Tournament qualifying for the World Championships in 2017. The next year, Emerson was the Training Coach for the Youth National Team in 2007 preparing for the NORCECA Tournament in Mexicali, Mexico.
Collegiately, Emerson began coaching as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at University of California, Berkeley in 2003-2004. He then moved to Logan, UT as an Assistant Coach at Utah State University in 2004.
Since moving back to Pleasanton, Emerson has been a Physical Education Teacher for 13 years. He has taught at Fallon Middle School in Dublin since 2008 and is the Head Coach and Program Director for the Girl’s Volleyball Teams. In the last two seasons, his teams have earned back-to-back undefeated League Champions.
Emerson’s passion for coaching centers around training his players with the skills needed to advance to the next level. He takes pride in his players’ work ethic and discipline in developing solid fundamental techniques.
Emerson and Shelby live in Pleasanton with their children, Katie and Josh, and enjoy watching them grow and develop through the opportunities sports can provide.
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