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Beach Coaching Staff

Coaching Staff

NW Juniors Beach Program & AVP Academy has several AVP Academy Certified coaches on staff to train our beach club members. We will also bring in additional guest coaches for our summer camps.

All beach club coaches will be AVP Academy and USAV Beach IMPACT certified coaches. Confirmed staff members include:


Co-Directors: Tony Miranda & Joe Tassia


Tony Miranda: Program Director, Administration, Lead Coach

Tony has experience playing and coaching indoors and outdoors. He has been involved on the indoor part of the club since 1989 and has been involved in the growth of junior beach volleyball here in the Northwest since before the very first USA Beach Tour "Western Open". His NW Juniors-sponsored beach tournaments at Alki Beach are where the junior beach movement here in the area started.  

 

Joe Tassia: Director of Instruction, Staff Director, Lead Coach

Joe has coached for our indoor club for four seasons and has been around volleyball all his life. His true love is for the beach game. He's been one of the top rated beach players in the Northwest for over a decade. Whether he is coaching indoors or on the beach, he consistently works to improve as a coach and to improve his athlete's overall volleyball IQ and technique. As an experienced player and coach, Joe will lead our beach staff and help to continuously strive to improve as well.  He's an AVP certified coach and has his USAV Beach CAP certification. His roots may be on the beach, but his overall knowledge of the game, his experience, and his passion for teaching give him the tools to be a successful coach on any surface. 

"Players will do what they’re told by a coach but they will only truly follow someone whom they believe in and who believes in them. Coaching is all about relationships. It doesn’t happen on chalkboards, with titles, or in newspaper articles. Transformational coaching occurs only when people believe in you and choose to follow  because they know that you believe in them, too."

-InsideOut Coaching


Haley Costa (Abbott): Lead Coach

Haley has been playing volleyball for 15 years. She started with indoor and played through college at Northwest Nazarene University. She has been playing beach volleyball since graduating college in 2012 and continues to play in Adult tournaments and leagues around the region. She earned her AVP coaching certification in 2018. She coached one season of club volleyball and was an assistant coach for the varsity team at Cedar Park Christian High School for five seasons.  One of her passions in coaching is helping youth gain confidence both on and off the court. Haley recently married another long-time Seattle area volleyball player, Christopher Costa.  In her inaugural season with Northwest's Beach program Haley made a significant impact, and was adored by the athletes she worked with.  One of the highlights of the 2018 season was when Haley and her husband Chris would team up to take on the juniors in queens-style competition. We welcome Haley (and Chris!) back to the Northwest Volleyball Beach Program and are excited to have her on staff for another season. 

Carlee Rowell: Lead Coach

Carlee Rowell has been playing volleyball for 8 years.  She currently plays at Bellevue College, contributing as a middle blocker this year to place second overall in their league.  As a freshman, she was selected as first team all-region and second team all-conference in the NWAC. Carlee is the head coach of a U14 team for NW Juniors' indoor program.

Carlee has competed in the annual Seaside Beach Volleyball tournament and attended High Performance beach tryouts for many years. Carlee earned her AVP beach coaching certification in 2018. Carlee is very excited to share her volleyball knowledge with youth around the region. 

"The fun is in the process."

Meng Bak: LEAD COACH

Coach Meng returns to Northwest Volleyball for his second season on staff. With a strong background in Health and Fitness and over 9 years experience in the sand.

Meng’s coaching extends to both disciplines of volleyball, both indoor and beach.  His career started at Sammamish High School, coaching for three seasons as varsity assistant and JV/C-Team coach.  He completed two years at Washington Volleyball Academy as head coach in the 15’s division, one season with 16’s Dakine Bellevue team and is going on his 4th year as Varsity/JV assistant for Bellevue High School coaching alongside Coach Joe.

​Coach Meng - and his many aliases such as "Mango" and "Mengzilla"  - is a club favorite among parents, athletes and his fellow coaches. NW Juniors is excited to have Meng back on staff for the 2019 beach season. 

Tony Little: Lead Coach

Tony has been playing, coaching, and thoroughly enjoying the sport of volleyball since the early 90's.  He is a proficient player and coach on both hard-court and sand, with coaching experience from complex collegiate systems to the wee ones just learning to serve.  Tony's coaching philosophy is that volleyball should be taught in a way that leads to a love for the game, healthy introspection, personal growth, and a focus on sportsmanship.  Tony has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, works in the healthcare technology field, and he and his family live only a few miles from Bottega Beach in beautiful Snohomish, WA

Sabry Hefny: Coach

Sabry is currently the head volleyball coach at Forest Ridge in Bellevue. He has over 15 years coaching experience.  He has coached in Egypt, Minnesota, and Seattle. In 2015 he coached our 13 Baden Blue team and did a fantastic job developing one of our younger teams. Over the years, he has proven to be a fantastic technical coach and is able to coach players of varying ages and skill levels. In 2018 Sabry earned his AVP coaching certification. 

Previous to coaching with NW Juniors, he was an area director and coach for Sabotage VBC. With Sabotage, he coached 12's, 15's, 16's and 18's.  His versatility as a coach and trainer allows him to be successful at varying age groups.  He has also served as assistant and JV coach at Jackson and Bellevue High Schools.  He also brings 10 years of professional playing experience.

His coaching training includes several clinics:

  • FIVB Technical Seminars
  • USAV CAP I Certification
  • Gold Medal Squared
  • The Art of Coaching Volleyball
  • Bill Neville's Coaching Seminar
  • Athletes and Children Psychology clinics

Ivan Maruta: Coach

This will be Ivan's third season coaching in our beach club and our indoor club.  Indoors, he has been coaching in local Seattle-area high schools since 2004. He has coached at Holy Names, Blanchet & Roosevelt High Schools.

He is also an avid player, having played in Middle and High School; he also played on the UW Men's Club team when he attended from 2002-2005. He still plays in various open gyms and leagues. 

Coaching Certifications and clinics:

  • AVP Academy certification
  • Gold Medal Squared Coaches Clinic
  • WIAA Coaches Certification

STUART CORNUTT: COACH


Coach Stu grew up near Alki beach and fell in love with the game of beach volleyball in high school. He has competed in many beach tournaments in Washington and California and has coached at Sammamish High School as well as the Falcon Volleyball Club. Stu just finished a season as assistant volleyball coach to the Boys high school team at Wildwood High school in Santa Monica, CA. He utilizes his experience teaching and competing along with his training in counseling psychology to provide a fun environment that encourages learning good skills as well as good sportsmanship. He is looking forward to getting athletes fired up about beach volleyball now that he is back in Pacific NW. Northwest Volleyball is excited to add Stuart to its coaching staff!
 

Sub/Part-Time Coaches:

Thomas Hoistad: Coach

Biography:

Thomas enters his fifth year assisting Ashley Snedeker, currently coaching a U17 National Team for NW Juniors. He was introduced to volleyball 7 years ago, and as a bystander, took great pride in the sport. While supporting Ashley, he picked up a lot in a short amount of time. He constantly wants to learn more to help grow the structure and confidence in the team. Thomas loves to be involved in the game and the intricacies of what makes a team successful, he does whatever it takes to support his head coach, which makes him a perfect assistant.
 
Philosophy:
Thomas isn't new to coaching, he used to coach a speed skating team out of Marysville and Seattle. While doing this, he learned how to handle, guide, build, and maintain a hardworking, motivated, and competitive team. He has great insight in areas others may oversee and will help push individuals and the team to greatness.
 

Chris Hui: Coach

Indoors, Chris is in his second season with NW Juniors and third as an assistant to Vettiar Chup. He started his club coaching career in 2015 at Lake Tapps VBC. Chris had been playing adult leagues and tournaments for several years and still plays despite a devastating ankle injury last summer.