Volleyball Programmer @Metro Courts
Director Metro Volleyball Academy
I am a first generation American, born to Mexican immigrants. My four siblings and I all attended Roosevelt High School, where I proudly wore my black and gold playing varsity volleyball, basketball, golf and running track & field. A year after graduating, my high school varsity volleyball coach offered me the JV2 Head Coach position, so I returned to Roosevelt’s gym for another three years. I’ve been coaching recreation and club teams since, along with teaching skills classes and camps at various Portland schools and community centers. I am the Volleyball Programmer at Metro Courts, Inc., Club Director of Metro Volleyball Academy as well as Head Coach for the 16U MVA team.
I am an enrolled member of the Round Valley Tribe in Northern California. My sister and I were moved off the reservation at an early age and have grown up here in the heart of North Portland. I first gave volleyball a try at NAYA (Native American Youth Association) and from there it was something that became a huge part of my life and saved me in many ways. I am a recent graduate from Roosevelt High school where I played as a setter and primary passer for our varsity volleyball team. A dream of mine since I began to play was to one day be a coach. I was granted that opportunity when my high school coach offered me a spot to coach 8th graders in our cluster league and it’s been the best thing yet! I’ve experienced having multiple coaches who didn’t give up on me and seen skills in me that I didn’t see in myself. Volleyball and the skills it taught me didn’t just get applied on the court. I’ve taken skills and values from my many mentors and applied them to my life off the court. I know what it’s like to have a coach ride it out with players and always push them, and that’s what I want to do for my players. I want volleyball to have a positive impact on their lives both on and off the court.