Sports have been a core part of my life, beginning with little league baseball, sprinkled with some BMX bike racing, and a backdrop of skiing for over 10+ years to name a few. I'm not entirely sure what made volleyball my penultimate sport, but the memory of having the varsity girl middle blocker blast me in the chest in high school PE -- only for the ball to land on her side -- became an eternal favorite. My volleyball journey began later than most (in college) after years of watching Misty May and Kerri Walsh dominate the beach volleyball scene worldwide. As a Cal Poly student, I joined the beach volleyball club in its inaugural year and played as much as I could.
After I returned to the bay area to start my career, I continued to pursue volleyball but struggled to maintain a steady amount of the sandy variety. I made the transition to learn indoor with a popular adult league that ran year-round, and competed in various tournaments whenever I got a chance. My love for volleyball eventually lead me to assisting Coach T and the MSJ boys volleyball program in 2017 and the MSJ girls varsity team the following season. I'm always looking to improve my play through physical training, practice, playing, or coaching others to be the best version of themselves.
I was cut from the Boys Basketball team at Mission San Jose high school team during my Freshmen year. Even though I was pretty sad about being cut, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me because I decided to tryout for Boys Volleyball the following year and made the team! That was the beginning of my volleyball journey. After I graduated from MSJHS, I lived at home and attended a local university. The MSJHS boys volleyball coach asked me to play against his team during practice, and I was happy to oblige because I missed the glory days of high school volleyball. Some of the boys started asking me how to perform certain skills and I really had to think about it before teaching them. I realized how gratifying it was to help someone improve their abilities. Soon, I became a volleyball addict and obsessed with watching, playing, learning, and coaching volleyball. My favorite aspects about coaching are developing relationships with my players, instilling life long values in them, sharing and growing a passion for volleyball, being competitive, building a culture that people want to be a part of, and experiencing the challenge of trying to be a better coach every year. My goal each year is that whether we win or lose, we feel that we can be proud of what we've accomplished, and we leave the experience as better people. But, don't get me wrong, I still love to win =).