Coaches

Jay Felch

NorCal 17 Black

Jay Felch is entering his 14th year with NorCal Volleyball Club. He has been coaching volleyball since 1999 and youth sports since 1991. In 2009 he took his 14s team to JO's in the National division. He is IMPACT and Gold Medal Squared certified. In addition to coaching a team for NorCal, Jay also organizes the NorCal Doubles program, coaches Fall Ball, and provides private instruction. He is a 2 time NorCal Coach of the Year award winner. Outside the gym, Jay is a software engineer, is married, and has twin daughters. Jay is passionate about volleyball and coaching. He believes that through coaching volleyball, you teach life lessons - especially about our choices and decisions - and that the journey, not the destination, is what's most important. Jay believes that a positive team culture is critical to the success of a team. He works hard to instill confidence in his players so that they believe in themselves and their team.

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Ray Batalon

NorCal 17 Black

Ray Batalon will be in his first year with NorCal Volleyball Club. He comes to us from the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco where he has been the Head Coach for the past two seasons. Prior to his time at ART U, Batalon had a five-year stint as the associate head women's volleyball coach at University of the Pacific. An integral part of Pacific's recruiting, Batalon handled the Tigers' scouting and video database while the team collectively went 89-60 since 2009 without having a losing season. Among the Tigers' highlight campaigns were 2010, when Pacific went 19-11 overall and featured an offensive powerhouse in AVCA All-Region honoree Svenja Englehardt, and 2012, when the Tigers boasted a 20-11 overall record and won their final match in the Big West Conference prior to a transition to the West Coast Conference. Before joining Pacific, Batalon spent seven seasons on the bench at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was named the Wolf Pack's top assistant prior to the 2007 season. Prior to Nevada, Batalon was a staple in the Nevada high school ranks as he was the head coach at Reno High School from 1995-99 and an assistant at Bishop Manogue High School in 2000 and North Valleys High School in 2001. Before beginning his coaching career, Batalon played men's volleyball at Nevada from 1991-95. He earned his bachelor's degree in general studies from Nevada in 2003.

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Ernie Rodriguez

NorCal 17 Black

Ernie Rodriguez is in his 9th year as a Head Coach for NorCal VBC. Ernie is in his 21st year of coaching College, High School and club volleyball combined. He started coaching in 1995 at CS Maritime Academy in Vallejo before accepting the assistant coach position at Solano Community College. He previously coached at Tennyson High School, was the Co-Head Coach for Castro Valley, Cal High, Concord High School and currently the Head Coach at Acalanes High School. Ernie played club volleyball while growing up in Arizona. He also participated on a club volleyball team for the University of Arizona. In 2014 season he coached the 14 Black team to win the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier, finishing 4th in the Open division at Far Westerns and leading them to a 5th place finish in the USA Division at JO’s. In 2014 he was awarded with Co Head Coach of the Year, with his wife and Asst. Coach Shari Rodriguez. In 2015 season he coached the 15 Black team where his team earned a bid JO’s through NCVA point system and leading the team to a 5th place finish in the American Division at JO’s. He has also finished in the top10 NCVA Power League division in the last 4 seasons.

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Jamie Hadenfeldt

NorCal 16 Black

Bay Area native Jamie Hadenfeldt was born in Alameda, and grew up in Benicia. A standout three sport athlete, Jamie earned multiple All-league honors in basketball, softball, and volleyball. After high school, Jamie chose the University of Connecticut, where she earned a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. Jamie, an Outside Hitter, collected- Team MVP, All-Big East Team, AVCA All-Region Team, The Iron Husky Award, and Scholar-Athlete honors with the Huskies. Jamie returned to the Bay Area in 2007, and has since been coaching at her alma mater, Benicia High School. She enters her tenth season, seeking her 9th league title-tallying a remarkable 115 wins and just 13 losses leading the Panthers. Now in her 11th year as a club coach Jamie brings with her 9 Appearances at Nationals: 3 Open Division, 5 National-(1 Bronze Medal), & 1 American Division Appearance.

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Rachel Stier

NorCal 16 Black

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Linda Draper

NorCal 16 Blue

Linda is entering her 7th year of coaching for NorCal - although she has been with NorCal for over 12 years as a parent, cheerleader, fan. She comes to NorCal with over 25 years of coaching experience at the high school level - leading teams to league and North Coast section titles. Her NorCal teams have finished in the top 25 of Northern California and top 20 finishes in National Qualifiers. By far her greatest pleasure in coaching has been taking sub par programs and developing them into league contenders. Along with program development, Linda takes developing the individual athlete on the court, in the classroom, and within the community as a top priority (teams with league MVP's, college scholarships, and community service projects.) She works with individual athletes in private lessons as well as group lessons and camps. She is Gold Medal Squared and IMPACT certified. Linda is married to her husband Don for over 29 years and is a mom of 3 daughters.

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Jessica Xavier

NorCal 16 Blue

Jessica Xavier is entering her third year coaching at NorCal Volleyball Club. Last year, she was the assistant for NorCal 12 Blue and 15 Blue team. She has helped with NorCal camps and clinics as well as past NorCal Fall Ball programs. Jessica grew up in Livermore where she played as a libero for Granada High School. During high school she coached at Mendenhall Middle School and Altamont Volleyball Club. After high school, she went to Sonoma State and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Jessica enjoys seeing the players grow within the sport and find a true passion for it. She is extra excited to move up to the 16's age group!

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Ernie Rodriguez

NorCal 15 Black

Ernie Rodriguez is in his 9th year as a Head Coach for NorCal VBC. Ernie is in his 21st year of coaching College, High School and club volleyball combined. He started coaching in 1995 at CS Maritime Academy in Vallejo before accepting the assistant coach position at Solano Community College. He previously coached at Tennyson High School, was the Co-Head Coach for Castro Valley, Cal High, Concord High School and currently the Head Coach at Acalanes High School. Ernie played club volleyball while growing up in Arizona. He also participated on a club volleyball team for the University of Arizona. In 2014 season he coached the 14 Black team to win the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier, finishing 4th in the Open division at Far Westerns and leading them to a 5th place finish in the USA Division at JO’s. In 2014 he was awarded with Co Head Coach of the Year, with his wife and Asst. Coach Shari Rodriguez. In 2015 season he coached the 15 Black team where his team earned a bid JO’s through NCVA point system and leading the team to a 5th place finish in the American Division at JO’s. He has also finished in the top10 NCVA Power League division in the last 4 seasons.

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Shari Rodriguez

NorCal 15 Black

Shari Rodriguez is in her 10th year coaching with NorCal Volleyball Club. Shari played volleyball at Cal State Hayward for two years following her career at Napa Community College. Shari has been coaching for the past twenty nine years, starting at the high school level, then being a Grad Assistant at Cal State Hayward before moving on as a Head Coach at Solano College. Her high school coaching careers includes eleven years at Castro Valley High, two at Concord High and she is currently enjoying her first season at Acalanes High.

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Dusty Collins

NorCal 15 Blue

Beginning my 10th season coaching with NorCal where I’ve coached 14’s-17’s…3 teams have reached junior nationals. In the middle of my 24 th consecutive year of coaching volleyball at the middle school, high school, and/or club level. Currently in my 20 th school year at Foothill High School as Head Women’s/Men’s varsity volleyball coach and physical education teacher; and in my 5 th year as athletic director. Our Foothill volleyball teams have combined for 12 EBAL championships, 12 NCS final appearances including 6 NCS championships and 1 NorCal championship. My 20 years at Foothill have allowed me the priveledge of coaching countless outstanding student/athletes including 12 student/athletes that earned MVP honors. Coaching Awards: 2004 NCS Honor Coach Boys’ Volleyball 2005/06 Tri-Valley Prep Coach of the Year 2013 NCS Honor Coach Girls’ Volleyball 2016 NorCal Head Coach of the Year Over the summer celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my wife Leslie; and father to Emma (14) and Casey (11).

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Matt Souza

NorCal 15 Blue

Matt is entering his second year as an assistant coach at NorCal after coaching for Sacramento Country Day School and boy’s club volleyball at NCVC. He was the Student Volunteer Assistant for Sacramento State’s D1 Women’s NCAA indoor and beach programs, and was a Head Coach for Kamana Volleyball Club’s beach program. He played 2 years of varsity volleyball at California High School where he earned honorable mention his senior year as a captain and led his team to a second consecutive EBAL league title. After high school he went on to play four years of collegiate club volleyball at Sacramento State as a pin hitter, middle hitter, and DS. During his four years at Sac State he helped the Hornets win a bronze national title and three ninth place finishes at the NCVF Men’s D1 Championships. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks and Recreation Management and is currently working at an Auto Body Shop as the VP Production Manager for D&S Body Shop INC. in San Ramon.

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Joe Ballesteros

NorCal 15/16 AAU

Joe is entering his second year of coaching at NorCal. Born in Pleasanton and played as an outside hitter at Foothill High under Coach Dusty Collins. At Foothill, joined the varsity team his sophomore year and eventually end up winning Foothill’s first NCS title in 2006. During his career at Foothill he earned numerous individual titles including top 100 Athletes of Contra Costa and nominated 1st Team All-League his Junior and Senior year. After high school, he was offered a scholarship to play for a small private school out of Oakland at Holy Names University for 4 years and achieved his B.A. degree in Business Management. Joey previously coached at Miramonte high school as the assistant coach for their women’s varsity program from 2004-2006. He also coached his former high school and took up the role as the junior varsity head coach for 2 years. In addition to coaching high school, he has been coaching club volleyball and has been in the scene for 6 years. He believes that any player can become great through hard work and dedication.

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Stacey O'Connor

NorCal 14 Black

Stacey O'Connor is entering her eighth year coaching for NorCal. For the past four seasons Stacey has coached the 16s and 17s. Previous years she coached NorCal 12s in 2002/03, 18s in 2004/05 season and 14s in 2010/2011. From 2005-2012 Stacey played professionally in Europe. She played for St. Mary's College from 2001-2004 and graduated in 2005 receiving a BA in Communication. Stacey was part of the St. Mary's team that advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2004. The team finished the best in program history with a 25-4 record and ranked 10th in the Nation. She finished second in the West Coast Conference for hitting percentage with an average of 2.13 kills per game and second for blocks per game with 1.32. In 2002, O’Connor recorded 1.62 blocks per game, ranking her sixth in the nation for blocking, helping her become an Honorable Mention All-WCC selection. For five years Stacey competed internationally with the Great Britain Women’s Volleyball team. In addition to, Stacey has lived and played in Germany, Austria, France, Finland and England. Throughout her playing career, Stacey has coached St. Mary's camps, Gold Medal Squared camps, youth teams throughout Europe, and received her Level 1 coaching certification for England Volleyball. For four years Stacey helped develop volleyball in England and Northern Ireland, through Podium Projects, GoSpike and Adopt An Olympian.

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Sydney Kordic

NorCal 14 Black

Having played for NorCal from 12’s to 18’s, Sydney is entering her third year as an assistant coach at NorCal after coaching club at NCVC and Five Starz in Sacramento the past couple of years. She played 4 years of varsity volleyball at California High School where she was named EBAL MVP her senior year and all-league 3 years. After high school she went on to play four years of Division I volleyball at Sacramento State as a libero. During her senior year at Sacramento State, she earned all-league recognition. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and is currently a Digital Marketing Assistant for Abaxis in Union City.

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Molly Ratto

NorCal 14 Blue

Molly Ratto is entering her third 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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Caroline Counts

NorCal 14 Blue

Caroline Counts is entering her first year coaching at NorCal Volleyball Club. Caroline grew up in Oakland and played volleyball at Bishop O’Dowd High School and one season with NorCal (17Black - 2011). She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with bachelor’s degrees in economics and accounting and was captain of the Claremont Colleges club volleyball team. Caroline is currently the head coach of the Bishop O’Dowd JV volleyball team. When she is not coaching volleyball, Caroline works on the finance team at Clorox. Caroline loves seeing all the great friendships formed during volleyball and is excited to come back to NorCal.

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Jeff Cole

NorCal 13 Black

Jeff Cole is in his 13th year coaching with NorCal Volleyball Club. Jeff attended UCSB where he learned to play doubles volleyball with members of the Men’s team. He earned a Master’s degree in Geophysics from Stanford and retired from Chevron after 31 years in August, 2016. He has played doubles volleyball for 39 years. He has taken his NorCal 13s, 14s, & 15s teams to the Junior (Olympic) National tournament each of the past 11 seasons. Jeff has coached Freshman and JV Girls and Freshman Boys at San Ramon Valley high school. He also works at the NorCal Volleyball Facility each summer providing doubles lessons, private lessons, and clinics. He has also administered the NorCal Fall Ball program designed for middle school aged players to play volleyball in a 10-week long practice season for the last 9 years. He constructs the annual SF East Bay Club Volleyball Tryout Schedule in collaboration with the directors of clubs in the East Bay.

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Kathy Higbee

NorCal 13 Black

Kathy Higbee is in her 8th year with NorCal Volleyball Club, where she has coached at the 13's, 14's, or 15's age groups. Six out of the last seven years the teams have earned a bid to Junior Nationals. She has also coached Fall Ball for the last several years. She graduated from Campolindo High School. After high school Kathy played her collegiate career at Brigham Young University, under Coach Carl McGown, where they were ranked every year in the top 10 and as high as #1 in the country. She played outside hitter as well as defensive specialist. Upon returning to the Bay Area she helped coach at Campolindo when they went to the state finals. Kathy also coached for two years at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon. She is the resident substitute teacher at Dougherty Valley High School. Kathy lives in San Ramon with her husband, Cory, and is the mother of 4 children.

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Jasmine Frye

NorCal 13 Blue

My name is Jasmine Frye and this is my first year with NorCal and I am very excited. I attended St. Mary's College High School where I played 3 full years on Varsity, and was bumped up to Varsity during the playoffs as a freshman. I also played club volleyball since I was 12 until I graduated from St. Mary's. My St. Mary's Volleyball Team was #1 in our league, and #2 in the State of California DIV. IV where I played DS, at St. Mary's. After graduating from St. Mary's I was recruited to several D1 state schools in California, but I decided to play Libero/DS volleyball at a D1 University in Alabama. I was ranked #2 in digs in the league. I played in Alabama for 2 years, and decided to transfer to UC Davis where my dad previously was a professor. I really love and enjoy volleyball and academics. I graduated from Davis with B.A in Sociology emphasis in Social Services and a double minor in African Studies and Contemporary Leadership. I currently am a senior case manager and court advocate for a nonprofit called Bay Area Community Resources that provides resources to families and communities. My favorite part of my job is working with the public defenders office, which I am working towards. I really enjoy working with kids and families and get that trait from my mom who is a principal and my dad was a UC Berkeley Professor. While I was playing volleyball in college I also started coaching at some of the elite club teams in Alabama. Coaching volleyball in Alabama, made me want to continue not only coaching volleyball, but also furthering my education in Social Work. I have coached club since 2007 and am currently the Head Coach of Albany Frosh and JV team and I assist Varsity. Last year, I was the Head Coach of St. Mary's Freshman Volleyball and the Head Coach of an Xceleration Club team. I enjoy coaching young girls to give them the basic fundamentals and techniques they need in order to be successful as they further their volleyball careers.

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Jamie Hadenfeldt

NorCal 13 Blue

Bay Area native Jamie Hadenfeldt was born in Alameda, and grew up in Benicia. A standout three sport athlete, Jamie earned multiple All-league honors in basketball, softball, and volleyball. After high school, Jamie chose the University of Connecticut, where she earned a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. Jamie, an Outside Hitter, collected- Team MVP, All-Big East Team, AVCA All-Region Team, The Iron Husky Award, and Scholar-Athlete honors with the Huskies. Jamie returned to the Bay Area in 2007, and has since been coaching at her alma mater, Benicia High School. She enters her tenth season, seeking her 9th league title-tallying a remarkable 115 wins and just 13 losses leading the Panthers. Now in her 11th year as a club coach Jamie brings with her 9 Appearances at Nationals: 3 Open Division, 5 National-(1 Bronze Medal), & 1 American Division Appearance.

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Christa Ohia

NorCal 13/14 AAU

Sara Bungarz

NorCal 12 Black

Sara Bungarz is entering her 10th year coaching with NorCal Volleyball Club and has taken our 12 Black team to Junior Nationals the past two seasons. In 2015, she took NorCal's first ever 12's team to Nationals in New Orleans- not only did the 2015 12’s receive a National bid, they also placed 3rd in region and received a Bronze Medal at Far Westerns. This past year, our 12's competed at Nationals in Indianapolis and once again received a National bid and finished 3rd in region. Sara has coached a mix of 12’s and 13’s at NorCal for the past 9 seasons- taking her 2010 and 2012 13’s teams to Nationals. Sara is a Bay Area native, playing high school volleyball at Moreau Catholic and college volleyball at Chabot College and Menlo College. When she is not on the volleyball court, Sara spends her time working for AOL and cheering on all Bay Area sports teams. Go NorCal!

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Lindsey Herbert

NorCal 12 Black

Lindsey Herbert is entering her eighth year coaching with NorCal. Over her time with Norcal, Herbert has coached Juniors, 12 Black and 15 Black, assisting 3 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 12 Black again and looks forward to a fantastic season!

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Miranda Rodriguez

NorCal 12 Blue

Miranda is entering her fourth year coaching at NorCal. In the past she has coached ages ranging from 10-15 including juniors, assisting 15 blue, fall ball, camps and clinics here at NorCal. Miranda is a former NorCal player, playing here from age 15-18. She continued her volleyball career at Holy Names University in Oakland where she helped her team win a Cal Pac Championship. Miranda just moved back to the area and is very excited to be back with NorCal and coaching 12 blue.

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Jen Huynh

NorCal 12 Blue

Jennifer is entering her second year coaching with NorCal Volleyball Club. In the past she has coached players ages ranging from 11-16. She is a Bay Area native, playing volleyball throughout her middle and high school years. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Kineiosiology and currently a Physical Education Teacher. She truly loves and is very passionate to have an opportunity to educate kids on how to be healthy and physically fit through sports. Jennifer is excited to join the NorCal team and can't wait to see the players growth. "Aim to be the best you can be. When you have done it- you'll be a winner, always." Go Norcal!!

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Robin Enciso-Reeves

NorCal 12 AAU

Carrie Archer

NorCal Juniors- Tuesday

Carrie is in her second year coaching with NorCal. She was born and raised in Southern California, attended Cerritos High School, and played for Magnum Volleyball Club as an outside hitter and setter. After high school, Carrie went on to play on scholarship for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a setter. She graduated with a degree in Kinesiology, and is again very excited to be coaching at NorCal and working with the Juniors again this season. Carrie feels fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the younger age group, and introduce them to the sport that has taught and given her so much through the years. GO NORCAL!

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Shari Rodriguez

NorCal Juniors- Wednesday

Shari Rodriguez is in her 10th year coaching with NorCal Volleyball Club. Shari played volleyball at Cal State Hayward for two years following her career at Napa Community College. Shari has been coaching for the past twenty nine years, starting at the high school level, then being a Grad Assistant at Cal State Hayward before moving on as a Head Coach at Solano College. Her high school coaching careers includes eleven years at Castro Valley High, two at Concord High and she is currently enjoying her first season at Acalanes High.

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