College Development Program

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Do you want to play in college?

Core Volleyball club is expanding its college educational recruiting program. Free college and recruiting seminars will be provided for Core Volleyball players.  The seminars will explain the recruiting process in detail and we will help players get started in exploring their academic and athletic opportunities in college. This process should be started in the sophomore year!! However, there is always an opportunity to explore college options for Juniors and Seniors

Can I play in college?

  • Location, times and dates for the college seminars will be available after November 15th
    Check the website for information
  • One on One Meetings Available- Email us at for an appointment

College coaches will be available for one on one questions and answers to some of the following questions:

  •  What about college scholarships for volleyball?
  •  What do I do next?
  •  How do I start?

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Jack Cowden

College Development Director
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.
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Prima Elam

Assistant Director of College Development

Prima Elam has 19 years of coaching experience ranging from high school, club and college. Combine that with over 27 years of playing experience, and 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 Elam spent two years as the First Assistant at Menlo College in Atherton, CA. Prima was the first assistant at Diablo Valley College in 2006, and Skyline College in 2009. Prima  spent five years as Chairman of the Board/ Board Member for Renegades Boys Volleyball Club, and she also coached the Renegades 18-1 Boys that finished in Silver, and competed in at the USA Volleyball Junior Nationals.  In 2010 she was the assistant for 18-1 Boys Team, which finished 11th in Gold, and 4th at Far Westerns
Prima  has been involved in the 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 represented the Northern California Region as the Head Coach of the Boys Regional High Performance Team. The team competed at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships where they earned back to back silver medals and competed in the International Division with a 4th place finish. This past summer the Regional High Performance Team won Gold. Nine years ago she founded Core Volleyball Club and in the first year the club had six teams and last season the club has eighteen teams.  .
Prima’s certifications include USA CAP II, Gold Medal Squared, Impact, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Champions of Character (NAIA).