I started playing volleyball when I was around 12 years old. I would go with my older sisters onto the King Salmon Airforce Base (closed several years ago) where we had access to and played co-ed with some of the Airmen who were stationed there. I went on to play through Junior and Senior High School, mostly as a setter. I played intramural volleyball through college and still play whenever I can.
I have coached my girls since they were in 3rd grade (now 9th and 6th graders), at the Boys & Girls Club. Last year I had the opportunity to be the assistant coach for the U14s for the Blue Royals and loved it.
My 9th grader plays JV this year for Kamiak High School.
I love working with the younger ages because of the eagerness they have and how fast you can see improvements. I always told my B&GC teams that I didn’t care if we won, (not always the truth because I am competitive) but that I always expect them to play their best and always try to improve; and that led to more successful seasons.
I am married to Marcelo and we have 3 children: Noah, Anatalia and McKenna. I work at Columbia Elementary as a ParaEducator in the Special Ed. Life Skills classrooms. Although it can be tough at times, I love working with the children in that program and as a bonus I have the same school schedule as my kids, so I have more time with them.