2019 Boy's Core Coaches
Looking for great coaches that will take you to the next level? Whether that is from making the high school team or obtaining a scholarship to college, the Core Volleyball Club coaches are here to help you obtain your goals. Our Head Coaches have either college coaching or playing experience or have played at the D1 level and Pro Levels. Below is the Core Volleyball Club Coaching Lineup for the 2019 Season.
18 Elite Assistant Coach
Joey has 15 years of coaching experience ranging from middle school, high school, and club. Joey has coached with Mizuno Nor Cal, Mendenhall Middle School, Granada High School, and Renegades Volleyball Club and Pacific Rim Volleyball Academy. He is also an alumni of the Granada High School Men’s Volleyball program, and Los Medanos College Men’s program. Joey is excited to join the fun, excitement, and competition that Core VBC offers. With a handful of former players either currently playing in college or have finished up careers playing at the college level, Joey brings knowledge, passion, and commitment to teaching the game of volleyball.
Director of College Development Program
Jack Cowden has been involved with Women’s and Men’s youth sports for over 25 years. He was an NCAA athlete in college and has also coached multiple sports at all levels and ages. He has assisted many athletes over the years in reaching their goal of “playing at the next level”.
For the past 12 years Jack has focused his athletic associations primarily with women’s volleyball. He has helped train his two daughters from a recreational to a highly competitive level. Both his daughters were division 1 volleyball scholarship athletes at top universities. Both Jacqueline and Gabrielle played four (4) years respectively.
He has coached all ages of athletes. Presently, he coaches girl’s youth volleyball at the club level and at a four year NCAA Division 2 University. Previously, he was the first assistant at Foothill College where they won conference championships from 2009 -2011. He coached in the regional girl’s High Performance program for four years. Recently, he assisted in the start up of the national women’s professional league (PVL) through USA volleyball and the NCVA in 2012 and had a final four finish in the National Championships, Louisville, Kentucky 2013 as head coach. He is closely associated with many collegiate coaches and has participated in numerous training and coaching seminars. Jack has been trained in the Gold Medal Squared System and has multiple coaching certifications. He is CAP lll certified as well as holding an impact Instructor certification from USA volleyball.
Jack brings a great understanding of the “trinity of coaching” (the balance of mind, body and spirit.) He has a great ability to incorporate sports with life skill lessons. His long term experience with youth sports and knowledge of the game is invaluable in teaching and coaching volleyball.
Kaitlin Ecabert (Kai)
2019 17 Elite Assistant Coach
2018 Season Coach Of The Year
Junior National Bronze Medalist
Kaitlin has eight years of playing and coaching experience which includes middle school, high school and club. Kaitlin returns for her 5th season with Core and will be coaching the 17 Elite Team. Last season her 12 Elite team finished 6th overall. Kaitlin looks to continue the success of the 12’s age group by developing players and instill the love of the game. Kaitlin’s certifications include Safesport and Impact.
Club Director 18 Elite Head Coach
Prima has 22 years of coaching experience ranging from high school, club, college, and the Men’s Professional Volleyball League. Prima has been involved in volleyball almost her entire life. Her playing experience includes Sacramento City College. As a member of the Sacramento City College team, she played opposite and helped the team finish 4th in the State of California. Prima then went on to finish her playing and academic career at Cal State Hayward.
Prima has been involved in the NCVA Regional High-Performance Program since 2007. She is also a USA High-Performance Volleyball Camp Coach, and has worked with the top A1 athletes in the country. Prima also represents the Northern California Region as the Head Coach of the Boys International High Performance Team. The team competes at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships every summer where they earned back to back silver medals and competed in the International Division with two 4th place finishes. In 2016 the Regional High Performance Team won a Bronze Medal in the International Division, and the year before that the team earned a Gold Medal in the International Division. Prima is currently the First Assistant at Menlo College Mens Volleyball Program. Thirteen years ago she founded Core Volleyball Club to give opportunities to female and male athletes to have a safe, fun, and competitive environment to achieve their goals.
Prima’s certifications include USA CAP II, Gold Medal Squared, Impact, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Champions of Character (NAIA). Prima resides in Dublin with her husband Justin and her two beautiful daughters Kiana and Gabriela.
14 Elite Head Coach
Roger Hauk has a Masters Degree in Kinesiology and is USAV Cap, Impact and Gold Medal Squared certified. He has been coaching for three decades and continues his passion for learning and continuing to develop new skills and methods for teaching the great game of volleyball. He has coached College Men’s, Women’s, boys and girls High School Varsity, Freshman and JV, and Middle School for many years. He has also coached at a wide variety of Club programs. He is currently in his fifth season as a Girls’ Coach at CORE Volleyball. Roger is also a coach for the NCVA High Performance Program. He was named the Head Coach of the Northern CA Regional High Performance Team and led his team to not only a perfect record, but also won Gold at the 2014 USA High Performance Championships in Tulsa, OK. He will be the head coach for the Regional Team for the 2015 HP Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
16 Elite Head Coach
Jon Specht has over 20 years of Volleyball experience as a player and coach. He has coached boys, girls, and beach volleyball in middle school, high school, and club settings. He is USAV SafeSport, Beach Impact/Safesport, and CAP certified and has worked in the USAV High Performance pipeline assisting with team tryouts and camps. Jon has a B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus in clinical exercise science.
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Kathleen "Nene" Suarez
2019 14 Elite Assistant
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2019 16 Elite Head Coach
Brenda Woodsmall is returning for her seventh season at Core VBC. Brenda has 20 years of coaching experience including both club and high school, combined with over 20 years of playing experience including her campaign at North West College. Brenda has two passions, teaching and coaching volleyball. Brenda is a Special Education Teacher at Granada High School. She is passionate about volleyball and helping girl’s achieve their potential. Brenda believes that volleyball is about working hard and having a ton of fun while you’re doing it. She is looking to lead the 16 Elite team to Nationals.