Girls Coaches

2020 Girl's Volleyball 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 2020 Season.

Teri Banholzer

16 Black Head Coach

Teri Banholzer is returning for her third season at Core VBC. She was a three sport athlete in high school, earning all-league in both basketball and volleyball. She went on to be a defensive specialist on Delta College’s women’s volleyball team. Her love for the game of volleyball was rekindled when her daughter took up the sport a few years ago. She is passionate about youth volleyball and believes that the experiences in volleyball teach valuable life lessons beyond the game. Teri attributes her success in business and life to her involvement in athletics and wants to help young athletes have the same opportunity to not only master athletic skills but become better humans from their participation in this awesome sport.

Joey Benjamin

17 Elite Assistant Coach

Joey has 13 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. This is Joey’s second season with Core Volleyball Club, and he is excited to join the fun, excitement, and competition that Core Volleyball Club 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.

Gabby Cowden

14 Elite Assistant Coach

2019 Assistant Coach Of The Year

Gabrielle Cowden was a four-year starter for the University of the Pacific, an NCAA Division I program. She was named team captain in both her Junior and Senior seasons and led the Big West Conference in Aces in the 2012 season. As a starting middle blocker she consistently hit over .300 and shifted in her senior year to the outside hitter position where she was named MVP of the Idaho Invitational Tournament at the start of the year.

Gabrielle was an all-star club player and with her team qualified to compete in the elite Open division of the USA Junior Nationals at the 15s, 16s, 17s and 18s years. She ended her club play at 18s by winning a bronze medal at the Open Junior Nationals championship in Miami.

In addition to her club play, Gabrielle also participated in the regional and national USA High Performance programs. Her USA regional team won a bronze medal at the European junior championships in Maribor, Slovenia and as a rising junior she was invited to play middle blocker on the USA Youth National team (A2) and competed in the championships in Ft. Lauderdale.

Gabrielle has coached youth players throughout her playing years as both a club coach and instructor at college youth camps. Now a college graduate, Gabrielle has returned to the local area and is extremely pleased to join her former high school coach Prima Elam and become part of the Core Volleyball family. She brings a great deal of playing and coaching experience in addition to her boundless enthusiasm for the sport. She will be assisting her father Jack Cowden in coaching the 16-1s team during the 2014 season and will be an integral part of the training and developing of future college players.


Jack Cowden

Director of College Development Program

14 Elite Head Coach

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

13 Elite Head Coach

2018 Season Coach Of The Year

Kaitlin has eight years of playing and coaching experience which includes middle school, high school and club. Kaitlin returns for her 4th season with Core and will be coaching the 12 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.

Prima Glorioso

Club Director

17 Elite Head Coach

Prima has 23 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 represented the Northern California Region as the Head Coach of the Boys Regional 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.  Her Regional High Performance Team won a Bronze Medal in the International Division., the year before that the team earned a Gold Medal in the International Division. Thirteen years ago she founded Core Volleyball Club to give opportunities to female 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. 

Roger Hauk

12 Elite Head Coach 

2019 Coach Of The Year

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. 

Ashia Joseph

18 Elite Head Coach

Ashia returns for her fourth season at Core VBC. She is currently the First Assistant at Cal State East Bay, a NCAA Division II program located in Hayward, CA.  Ashia also spent two years as the First Assistant at Mills College, which competes in the NCAA Division III. A native of Hawaii, Joseph transferred to Cal State East Bay in 2013 after capturing the Junior College national championship at College of Southern Idaho. She competed for the Pioneers for two seasons, playing 57 matches as the starting setter. During that time she racked up 1,865 assists, which ranks fifth in program history. Ashia is excited for the opportunity to lead the 18 Elite Team this season and pass on her knowledge she has gained from her playing and coaching experience at the NCAA Division II level. 

Andrea Ramirez

14 Premier Head Coach

Andrea returns for her sixth season at Core VBC. Andrea was the Head of the Dublin High Girls Program, where she will lead them to their first EBAL Conference competition. Andrea has been focused on the development of our 2nd team players, and many of them have gone on to compete at our Elite Team levels, and make their middle school and high school teams. Andrea’s certifications include Gold Medal Squared, USA Volleyball Impact Certification, and Positive Coaching Alliance.

Brittney Sandy

Private Lessons Coach

Brittney attended Livermore High where she played Varsity Volleyball and Softball all four years, earning Team Captain and All-League honors. She later received a Volleyball Scholarship to Holy Names University a NCVAA Division II University in Oakland, CA. She was the starting setter who was named first team all league both years.  Brittney has always loved the competition and the fast pace of the game.  Nothing feels better than tricking the entire opposing team where the ball is going to be set. Brittney brings her knowledge and experience of setting and playing at a high level to the program.  Brittney has been coaching on and off for 8 years.  Those years include Livermore High, Nor Cal VBC, and East Bay VBC. She is very excited to be apart of Core VBC this season and looks forward to motivating and help girls reach their goals.

Lisa Shelton

Club Admin

Bio Coming Soon

Kathleen "Kat" Suarez

14 Black Head Coach

Kat has been playing volleyball for over 11 years and has 6 years of coaching experience. This will be Kat’s 4th season coaching with Core. She previously coached 13-14 Girls Premier teams. This is her first season coaching Boys’ and she’s very excited! Kathleen played 4 years on the San Lorenzo high school women’s volleyball team from 2008-2012. She played her freshman year at Allan Hancock college located in Santa Maria, California and finished off her junior college career at Las Positas College this past fall. In 2016 she was the assistant coach for the junior varsity girls’ team at San Lorenzo high school. She has recently taken over the varsity program at San Lorenzo High with her former high school teammate and will be going into their first year of coaching the varsity team this fall. Suarez enjoys the game and coaching the younger generations to help them with their game and develop their passion for the sport.

Brenda Woodsmall

15 Elite Head Coach 

Brenda Woodsmall is returning for her fifth season at Core VBC. Brenda has 19 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. 

Ami Schelin

16 Elite Head Coach

We are happy welcome Ami to the Core VBC Staff. Ami has 15 years of club coaching experience. She is currently the Head Coach at Dublin High School. Prior to Dublin, Ami was the Head Coach at Moreau Catholic for 10 years. Ami is passionate about growing the sport of volleyball and instilling the love of the game to her players. She has had great success with her teams and looking to continue that tradition at Core. 

Kamalei Clifton

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Celeste Barker

Celeste comes to us with 12+ years of volleyball experiences. Born and raised in San Francisco CA, she started her career in middle school with San Francisco Juniors Volleyball Club. She then went on to play for Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, where she was a Two-year volleyball letter-winner at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory and named Second Team All-City as a junior.  In the club season she was a member of Payes Performance 16-1/Red Rock VBC 17-1, 18-1 receiving open bids to compete at the national level every season, helping the team to fifth place at 2013 Junior Nationals 
After high school she went inn to play at the Division 1 Level at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. After an ACL injury put her out for sophomore and junior year, she came back senior year as starting middle blocker and senior co-captain; played in all 106 sets and started all 28 matches, finished fifth in the Patriot League with 104 total blocks added 141 kills (1.33/set) had five or more total blocks in eight matches, including a career-high eight in a 3-2 win over Iona and again in a 3-2 win over Lehigh, as well as earned a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll all 4 years.
After finishing her volleyball career, Celeste has taken interest intoners forms of fitness such as bodybuilding and powerlifting, however she is excited to get back to her first love as a coach and additionally is currently studying to become CSCS certified with the goal of getting back into team athletics as a sports performance trainer.”

Hannah Finnigan

16 Black Assistant Coach

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Jon Specht

17 Elite Assistant 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.

Afua Adih

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Elena Webster

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Jennie Bautista-boyd

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