As a first generation Hmong American I started playing volleyball as a fourth grader on my older sister’s 6th grade volleyball team for the Salvation Army. It was from that moment that my love for volleyball ignited. Living in two cultures I struggled balancing and honoring my cultural background yet went against the formalities of a Hmong daughter by being active in loving and playing sports. It wasn’t until my junior year in high school when I was finally able to break through the barrier and became reunited with my love for the game of volleyball. From that moment on I have played on Roosevelt High School’s Varsity Volleyball team (alongside Director Gloria Garcia), Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Tennis. After high school I continued playing in adult leagues and during Hmong community events. In addition to coaching, I am also a doctoral student at Seattle University, am an adjunct instructor for higher education, and am currently an Associate Director of the biggest child development program in the state of Oregon. Teaching, coaching, and advocating for young children – adults has been my passion and by being the 12U Assistant Coach, I am able to continue doing what I love doing by teaching the sport I am most passionate about. I am excited and I hope you are too!
Born and raised in the wonderful PNW, a 1998 graduate of Reynolds High School, I found my love of volleyball in middle school and played throughout high school as well as participated in club volleyball. As a sports enthusiast, I also enjoyed playing softball in high school. My passion for volleyball continues as I participate in adult volleyball leagues. I not only love the sport, but I cherish the friendships that I have formed over the years. I’ve managed to pass the love of volleyball on to my husband and two girls (age 10 and 13) who all participate in league volleyball! I have been an Educational Assistant and most recently, a Para Educator Substitute, for Portland Public Schools for five years. I look forward to coaching for MVA and being able to pass my passion for the game on to young girls and assist in their development.