2020/2021 will be Filip Tomicic's 3rd season as the Associate Head Coach for Fullerton College, as well as his 6th season as the Head Coach at Rosary Academy.
Filip Tomicic was born and raised in Osijek, Croatia where he graduated from business high school. While in Croatia, Filip played professionally for multiple clubs in Croatia and represented his National team, winning Gold in the European League as well as two national championships. He then left Croatia in hopes to earn a college degree and play volleyball at the collegiate level. Filip received a scholarship to attend and play for the men’s volleyball team at California Baptist University, where his team went on to win the 2010 National Championship. The following year, Filip went on to play at Cal State Northridge, finishing this season in the playoffs of the MPSF conference championship. Filip finished his volleyball career at Hope International University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Biblical studies. While playing for Hope, Filip was named setter of the year and first team All-conference, this concludes Filip’s success as a professional and collegiate athlete.
Filip began his coaching career in learning from elite coaches, as he had the opportunity of assisting the Women’s National Team in Croatia. During college, Filip coached both club volleyball and was a volunteer assistant at Cal State Fullerton. Upon graduation, Filip set forth in opening a volleyball club of his own. Filip opened ProPlay Volleyball Club in 2013 and is currently running and directing 16 teams and over 200 athletes. In addition to ProPlay Volleyball Club, Filip was also named the Head Women’s Varsity Volleyball Coach at Rosary Academy and Associate Head Coach at Fullerton College where he is currently running successful programs of his own.
2020/2021 will be Megan Tomicic's 3rd season as the head coach for both Fullerton College and Troy High School Women's Volleyball program.
Megan Tomicic was born and raised in Southern California and attended California Baptist University on a volleyball scholarship. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from CBU, where she played as a libero on the women’s indoor volleyball team. After her indoor volleyball season, she decided to pursue beach volleyball. In her first month of competition she earned her AA ranking and received a scholarship to obtain her MBA and play for the Division I Sand Volleyball team at Grand Canyon University. She played two seasons for the Lopes and earned her Master’s in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Leadership. During her senior year for the Lopes (2015) GCU finished 15th in the nation in the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Association. Personally, Megan went on to earn her AAA in beach volleyball.
Megan has coached on and off for over 8 years. She began her coaching career in 2010, helping run summer camps and clinics every year for California Baptist University upon graduation in 2013. During this time, Megan coached at both the club volleyball level and Gold Medal Squared where she ran camps with college coaches all around the US. In 2015, Megan was named the Volleyball Director at Pacifica Christian High School. As the Director, Megan was the head coach of the women’s indoor and sand volleyball program, while also directing/assisting the men’s indoor program.
Currently, Megan is the club Director at ProPlay Volleyball Club where she both coaches and directs 15 teams alongside her husband, Filip Tomicic. In addition to directing and coaching at ProPlay, Megan was named the head coach of Fullerton College, where she set forth in coaching both the indoor and sand volleyball team this past season. In her first season at Fullerton College, the hornets made a playoff appearance and finished ranked 23rd overall in the state. Along with coaching at Fullerton College, Megan will set forth in her second season as the head Women’s Varsity Volleyball Coach at Troy High School.
2020/2021 will be Mariana Montes 9th season as the head coach for Brea Olinda High School Girls Volleyball program.
Mariana Montes is a graduate of James A. Garfield High school where she played both JV and Varsity volleyball. After high school, Mariana continued to play volleyball for Whittier College and Cypress College. While in high school she played club volleyball for Seal Beach Volleyball Club and Ichiban Volleyball Club.
Mariana began coaching at the club level for Smack VBC as well as for Club So-Cal Elite in the 15’s/16’s Division. In 2009 and 2010, Mariana was the Boys Varsity Head Coach at San Marino High School and the JV/FS Head Coach at La Habra High School from 2008-2010, where she brought home a League Title.
In 2012, Mariana was the Assistant Coach of BVA’s 16-Black. From 2013-2015 Mariana coached at Top Gun Volleyball Club where she was a head coach and assistant coach for the 14’s-18’s age group. In 2015, Mariana assisted Vinh Nguyen, current Associate Head Coach at the University of North Texas, on the 16-1/18-1 teams.
Mariana is the current Varsity Head Coach for the Girls/Boys volleyball program at Brea Olinda High School. In the Fall of 2014, her 2nd season at Brea, Mariana guided her team to a North Hills League Championship. Not only was this the programs 1st league championship in 10 years but the team also made a long run in the CIF-SS 2AA division playoffs, making it all the way to the Semi-Finals.
Coach Terry attended Orangewood Academy in Garden Grove, where he was a 4-year Varsity Basketball & Volleyball player. In his senior year of basketball, he helped win the school’s first Boys Basketball League title.
After graduating high school, Terry helped start the first-ever Volleyball club team at La Sierra University, where he played four years as a middle blocker & outside hitter against local colleges/universities. In 2009, Terry earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from La Sierra University.
Terry returned to Orangewood Academy, where he was the Head Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach for five years. Coach Terry helped Orangewood Academy win their only Volleyball CIF-SS title in 2012 & was named CIF-SS Coach of the Year. During his time at Orangewood Academy, Terry was also the Boys Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach for four years & Boys Varsity Volleyball Head Coach for one year.
Terry just finished his 10th year coaching high school volleyball. He coached two years at Troy HS as the Girls Varsity Assistant & is currently coaching at Rosary Academy as the Girls JV Head Coach & Varsity Assistant. He is now the Troy HS Boys Varsity Volleyball Head Coach as they compete in their inaugural CIF season in the Freeway League.
Before joining ProPlay Volleyball Club, Terry coached at all levels as the Head Coach & Assistant Coach for Top Gun Volleyball Club. He is now entering his 8th year of coaching club volleyball & 6th year with ProPlay. He will continue to strive to make kids better athletes both on & off the floor. GO PROPLAY!!!
2020 will be Zoe Herrera's 2nd season as the assistant coach for Cal Poly Pomona Women's Volleyball Team.
Prior to coaching at Cal Poly Pomona. Zoe Herrera played at the high school, club, and collegiate level earning various accolades. Zoe played as a libero at South Hills High School and 8 years at the club volleyball level, making an appearance at Nationals. Zoe then got recruited to play at Cal Poly Pomona and earned the starting spot as libero all four years. During her time at Cal Poly, Herrera earned best defensive player 3 years in a row, named CCAA Second Team Honoree, ranked #1 CPP - School Career Record and Individual record, and ranked #4 CPP - Individual Match record.
After Zoe's volleyball career concluded, she went on to coach first at the high school level and now at the college level for Cal Poly Pomona. She coached at Troy High School as the JV head coach and Varsity assistant. As her coaching resume continued to grow, Zoe was named the assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona. She offers a high level of coaching and developing student-athletes both on and off the court. Zoe has a colorful resume both as a player and coach. This will be Zoe's 4th year at ProPlay as a head coach for both our 14's and 16's.
I started playing volleyball when I was ten years old in my home country, where I was born and raised in Brazil. I played club volleyball at a young age. I made varsity in all four years of high school, and for five years (13 - 18), I was representing my state in the National Brazilian States Championship. After I graduated from High School in Brazil, I received a full-ride scholarship to come to the U.S. I was the starting setter for all four years of my college career at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), an NCAA D1 school in Richmond, Virginia. I earned twice VaSID All-State Team Award, one as a freshman and one as a senior. I am ranked 3rd in school history career assists (3,932) and 4th in total blocks (370). I coached VCU's summer camps and summer clinics at local clubs every year while in college. I graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health Education and took off to play professional volleyball in Europe. I was the starting setter in all three seasons abroad. I played European Champions League in my first professional season in Slovenia (15'-16'), then played in the French League A (16'-17'), and I finished my season playing in League A in Switzerland (17'-18'). I decided to stop my career as a player and focus on coaching.
I'm currently the first assistant coach for Fullerton College women's volleyball team, working with Filip and Megan Tomicic. I was also currently named the Varsity assistant at Rosary Academy. This will be my third year coaching at ProPlay. ProPlay has welcomed me, and I'm so excited to be part of this club.
Gracee Teague joined Head Coach Aaron Seltzer's staff beginning with the 2015 season. She was elevated to first assistant coach in 2017. She has been involved with Proplay for the past two years in a limited capacity, but this is her first season taking on a team of her own. Having coached club in the past, she has been looking forward to the opportunity to pour into some local high school athletes again!
As an athlete, Teague played for Biola from 2010-13 and earned a pair of NAIA All-American honors during her junior and senior seasons. She finished her career with 3,617 assists, which is top-5 in program history. She was the starting setter on the 2013 team that made it all the way to the NAIA Championship Match in Sioux City, Iowa. The Eagles' runner-up finish that season is the best in program history.
2020/2021 will be Sam Neely's 2nd season as the head coach for Mt. Sac Women's Volleyball program.
Neely brings extensive knowledge of the game and passion for the sport. Out of Whittier (CA), Neely prepped at La Serna High School. She continued her education and volleyball career at Westmont College where she was a NAIA Second Team All-American (2018), NAIA All-American Honorable Mention (2017) and GSAC/NAIA Scholar-Athlete (2018 & 2019). During her senior season, she was named team captain and was the GSAC Player of the Year at right side hitter/middle blocker.
In July of 2019, Neely played in the Global Challenge Tournament for Senri Kinran University, one of 26 teams from 13 countries, that played in the tournament which was held in Pula, Croatia. After her collegiate indoor career ended, Neely became a standout member of the inaugural Mt. SAC Beach Volleyball Team in 2019.
Prior to coming to Mt. SAC, she assisted with the La Serna High School Volleyball Program and has also worked with local volleyball clubs Campfire Volleyball (Whittier, CA) and SoCal Juniors (Cypress, CA). She is currently the head coach at MT. SAC women’s indoor and beach volleyball program! Neely is very excited to work with our 14 and under age groups and join the ProPlay Family!
Andrea Lopez was born and raised in Santa Ana, CA. She attended at a little private school, St. Anne Parish School, where she first started to play volleyball at the age of 10. She loved this sport so much she wanted to play competitively. She then played club volleyball at the age of 11. Every year she had an opportunity to travel with the her travel team. “One thing i remembered about club was definitely being able to travel and being able to be exposed to play against really good teams”. She then continued to play volleyball at Mater Dei High School where she made the JV team as a freshman. She continued to play for another year. She continued to play club volleyball at the age of 18.
The next thing on her list was to play in the next level. Andrea attended for two years and played both indoor and beach volleyball at Fullerton College. GO HORNETS! Her first year playing beach volleyball her and her partner receive 1st team for OEC. Andrea loved her years at Fullerton and would not change a thing! She is now hung up her knee pads and attended Concordia University of Irvine to study nursing.
Of course Andrea is not done with volleyball yet! With the help of her two mentors Megan and Filip Tomicic, she is now coaching volleyball! Andrea first year coaching was assisting Filip with his 14 travel team (2018 season). She then was hired to coach at Troy High School where she coached the FROSH SOPH team. The warriors ended up being undefeated and won league!
Andrea’s coaching helps the girls not only to learn volleyball but also to understand it. “I am so happy I get to teach the sport that I love and grew up with!”. Andrea’s favorite quote that she was given to her before her first club volleyball tournament, “A goal without a plan is only a wish” (John Wooden). She will not only wish for your girls to become the best volleyball players, that is her goal and she will achieve it as much as she can!
Meet Coach Jose Ceja, he has been coaching for 10 years and has managed to coach two successful teams that have won championship titles, one for boys in 2018 and one for the girls last season. Coach Jose also took teams to the CIF semi-finals twice in his coaching career. He was awarded Coach of the Year for two consecutive years and transformed two teams' previous records from 0-20 to 21-3.
Coach Jose played varsity volleyball all 4 years in high school as a defensive specialist and setter. In 2015, he volunteered to coach at Chapman University where the men's team made the top 5.
Coach Landon is entering his third year with ProPlay Volleyball Club. He was born and raised in Santa Clarita, where he played Varsity Volleyball for Canyon High School all three years. Landon's senior year in high school, his volleyball team managed to break multiple school records, including most wins by a men’s volleyball team, and the deepest playoff run all while placing 2nd in the Foothill League and 5th in CIF Division 2.
Landon's coaching career began at his alma mater, Canyon High School. There he found his passion for coaching the sport of volleyball and has continued to coach high school and club teams alike five years later. Landon is the Head Varsity Coach at Glen A. Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights. Landon Is currently attending Arizona State University online, where he is studying Dietary Nutrition and Kinesiology and is striving to one day become a big name in the volleyball coaching community.
Niloofar Mojab was born in Shiraz, Iran, and was raised in Tehran the capital of Iran, where she started her journey as an athlete with High Jump when she was nine. At age of 14, she was the youngest athlete in the history of Iran Track & Field to make it to Iran National Track & Field Team. She was among the top 5 High Jump Athletes in the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships and number two in Middle East when she was only 15.
She started playing volleyball when she was 17 by signing a contract to play for Azad University. And competed at the Women’s Premier League for over eight years as a middle blocker and opposite hitter. At the age of 18 she immigrated to the USA with her entire family, but she had to go back to Iran because of her obligations and commitments to her team and to finish her University. It didn’t take her too long to get invited to Iran’s National Volleyball Team when she was 20.
She attended 4-year university with receiving a full-scholarship for her accomplishments as a member of Iran National Track & Field Team. She completed her education by receiving a bachelor in Social Communication Science right before coming back to the US in 2014.
She started her career as a certified volleyball official here in Southern California with SCVA in 2017. She is now continuing to officiate Volleyball at clubs, high schools and collegiate levels. She is also a Zonal Beach Volleyball Official.
This will be her first season coaching with ProPlay and in the US in general. She has some experiences coaching juniors back in her birth country (Iran) while she was playing volleyball professionally herself.
“I believe coaching is a great way to give back and help other young athletes to improve their physical and mental abilities” she says “playing a sport is more than winning or losing; it’s more than physical benefits of it. Being an athlete has a direct effect on players' personality and how they could apply what they learn from being an athlete in their personal lives.“
Before coming to ProPlay this season, Tyler was the owner and director of Over The Top Volleyball Club in Yorba Linda for 6 years before merging with ProPlay this past summer. This has been a great decision to see so many players come to the ProPlay family and have a great experience!
With a teaching credential in Health Science and a Masters in Education, coach Tyler is passionate about educating and coaching youth to be their healthiest and best self. Tyler teaches Health/Medical Careers courses and College and Career Readiness/Health at Esperanza High School. He has been coaching at Esperanza for the past eight years - Boys Varsity head coach (2019-2020 - current) and head coach for JV and Varsity assistant coach (2013-2019). Tyler is also the JV head coach for the EHS women’s volleyball program and Varsity assistant.
Tyler graduated from Esperanza in 2003 and helped lead the Aztecs to a CIF Division 1 Championship in 2002. He was also named CIF Player of the Year. Tyler went on to play at Irvine Valley College and helped lead the Lasers to a State Championship in 2007. There, he was named California State Player of the Year for California Community College Athletic Association.
In addition to teaching and coaching, Tyler and his wife (Amy) have two sons Rockwell (6) and Truman (2). The Rex family lives in Yorba Linda and plans on being part of this great community to raise their children.
Before college, Liz played beach volleyball and club at Goldenwest VBC. She went on to receive a Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration. While in college, Liz played as a setter at Concordia University Irvine from 2009-2013. Some of her accomplishments there were 3rd place NAIA (2009), 2nd place NAIA (2011), National Champions (2012), and 3rd place NAIA (2013)
Her college coach career has been with Riverside City College. This is her 6th year coaching with their beach program and 3rd year as their Head Coach. She has been with their indoor program for 5 years, and this is her 2nd year as Associate Head Coach.
Coach Liz has coached club for 10 years, head coaching and assisting teams aging from 14-18. We are so glad to have her as part of our ProFam!
Brinley Beresford has been coaching club volleyball for 5 years and this is her first season with Pro-Play, joining after the merge with Over The Top. She is the Frosh/Soph coach for men's volleyball at Esperanza High School and has acted as a volunteer assistant for Hope International University. Brinley attended Esperanza High School where she played on varsity as a setter for 3 years, qualifying for CIF each season, making a run to quarterfinals her Junior year, and receiving several all-league and all-CIF awards. She also played 5 years of club volleyball, qualifying for Nationals the final 3 years of her career. She was recruited to Regis University in Colorado for her freshman year of college and played as a setter, taking her team to an NCAA tournament appearance in Texas. She then transferred to Biola University to continue her career, where she was able to break the single-season assists record and received a degree in Human Biology with a minor in Biblical Studies. While at Biola, her team made an appearance at the NAIA National Tournament and won the NCCAA National Tournament two times where Brinley made first team-all tournament. She is currently working for CHOC Children's Hospital and is enrolled at Marshall B Ketchum where she will obtain her degree to become an orthopedic PA.
Coach Todd Morrison joins the staff at ProPlay Volleyball Club for the 2021-2022 season. He brings with him a wealth of experience, starting his 30th year overall in the coaching ranks at the high school level while continuing to instill an attitude of hard work, passion for the sport, and training at a high level of skill.
Currently, he coaches at Whittier Christian High School, completing his 10th year at the school and starting his 8th year overall as the girls' head coach. He was the boys' head coach the last 2 seasons and helped assist at different levels before that. Just recently, Coach Morrison coached for Pulse Athletics at the 16 and 17s levels for boys.
Todd has been in education for 25 years, teaching and coaching at four different high schools. He teaches AP Government, U.S. Government, and Economics at Whittier Christian HS. He has a B.A. in Social Science from BIOLA University, where he played collegiate basketball, and in 2006 he earned his M.A., Ed. from Lesley University.
Coach Morrison has been married for 29 years to his high school sweetheart, and they have three amazing kids. Twin boys - Eric, who will be attending CSUSB to play baseball, Hunter, will be attending Arizona Christian University to play Men's Volleyball. And Makena, who will be a senior at WCHS and attending UC Davis to play volleyball in 2022.
Coach Oscar played volleyball all 4 years in high school. He was an all-around player, but his fortes were setting, oppo hitter, and DS. He played a year on a coed team in Fullerton at his JC.
His coaching career started at a Catholic School Academy, Saint Pius, where he coached them to their first championship. Later, Coach Oscar became part of Savanna High School Girls Volleyball staff for 3 years, leading the varsity team into CIF all 3 years and being a quarter-finalist his last year. He then volunteered to coach at Chapman University, where the mens' team made the top 5. He currently coaches at Anaheim High School, where he assists in the boys and girls programs. Coach Oscar had the honor to assisted in many historic victories; Boys' League Championships 2018 and 2021, Girls' League Championship 2019 and CIF Quarterfinalist.
Coach Lopez started coaching high school, club, and sand volleyball in 2010. He coached with SCVC and BCHS as he continued his education and playing career. He began head coaching when he was hired at Pacifica Christian OC High School to coach their first Boys Volleyball team in 2016. After an inaugural freelance season, he led them to the CIF playoffs in their second season. During this time, he completed his studies to become a teacher. He was offered an opportunity to teach and lead the girls' program at Fairmont Prep High School in 2017, where he took them to the CIF playoffs. In the Spring of 2019, Coach Lopez started the first Boys Volleyball program at Fairmont Prep. After a successful inaugural season making it to the CIF playoffs, followed by the shortened COVID season, the Huskies won an undefeated league title in 2021 and returned to the playoffs. Coach Lopez has been honored by conference colleagues with Coach of the Year awards and by his administrators with an OCADA Coaches of Character nomination.
As a player, Phil had a successful career, earning multiple championships and honors. While on varsity at Mater Dei High School, the team won the school’s first Boys Volleyball Championship in 2009. He continued his volleyball career playing at Golden West College. There he led the Rustlers to a State Championship title in 2013 and was awarded First Team All-State and All-League honors. Following this success, Phil accepted a scholarship to play Men’s Volleyball at HIU. He led the Royals to an NAIA Conference Championship in 2015, earning First Team All-Conference honors. Phil turned down the opportunity to continue playing overseas to further his teaching career at Fairmont Prep, where he currently teaches in the Social Sciences and Business programs. “I love the sport of volleyball and all that it has to offer. From the leadership and teamwork skills to the competitive drive, it builds character that serves athletes well on the court and in the classroom. It provides an avenue to higher education and professional opportunities beyond the court for those who put in the work.”
Tony Reyes is an Orange County native who graduated from UCI twice, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and a Master of Arts in Teaching, Social Sciences. Tony was a tri-sport athlete in high school, having played basketball, soccer, and volleyball. After high school, Tony stuck to coaching since he was passionate about learning and empowering young athletes.
Tony’s experience as a volleyball coach dates back to 2010 where he started as a varsity assistant and freshman coach at his alma mater. In 2015, Tony transitioned to Rosary Academy, where he was also the varsity assistant and freshman coach. In 2016, he transitioned to Brea Olinda High School, where he coached at levels and helped the Wildcats win a league title in 2018. Tony began coaching at the club level in the 17s and 14s divisions in 2015. Since then has coached across various age levels and has taken multiple roles within ProPlay Volleyball Club.
As a Coach, Tony focuses on developing a complete athlete in tune with the physical and mental components of competing. He hopes to instill a passion for growth in every athlete and to help them recognize that greatness comes from consistency and determination. In his spare time, Coach Tony enjoys staying active, reading, and playing with his cats.
KJ is a former USA Mens National team player for both indoor and beach Volleyball and played overseas in over 10 countries. We are so excited to have him join our ProPlay Staff.
Henry Valiente Jr. enters his fourth year at the helm of the Men’s Volleyball program. Valiente Jr. joined the Royals coaching staff midway through the 2015 season along with head coach Noah Casaquit. After the departure of Coach Casaquit following the 2016 season, Valiente Jr. was named the Head Coach.
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