COACHING STAFF @ LAVA SOUTH

Our staff features exceptional people: teachers, educators, mentors, positive thinkers, and experienced volleyball minds. Our coaches share a deep passion for volleyball and view athletics as a vehicle by which many of life's lessons can be learned. We encourage you to read about our people, both here at LAVA South and also our LAVA staff as a whole.

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JOSH AUGUR
DIRECTOR - LAVA SOUTH

Popular homegrown coaching product Josh Augur is the Director of LAVA South. A native of the San Fernando Valley, Josh has has been a fixture on the LAVA sidelines since the club's inception, quietly and successfully rising through the ranks of LAVA as a valued coach and colleague, to reach the heights of directing his own location at LAVA South.

Director - LAVA South
(email) joshaugur.lava@gmail.com
(cell) 818-294-8341

FULL NAME: Joshua Augur

MY HOMETOWN: Northridge, CA

BEFORE LAVA: Coaching boys and girls volleyball at Los Angeles Baptist HS (now Heritage Christian)

COACHING BACKGROUND:  Started volunteering with the girls volleyball team at Trinity Classical Academy in Fall 2010. Hired as head JV boys volleyball coach at Los Angeles Baptist (LAB) in Spring 2011. Added head girls JV coach at LAB in Fall 2011. Started coaching at Lava in 2012 in the Developmental League. Head coached and assisted different age groups and skill levels. Became Varsity Boys & Girls coach at Heritage Christian School Fall 2016-Spring 2019. Currently Director of Lava South, and coaching 12s, 14s, 17s, & Director of Recruiting

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Played 4 years at Los Angeles Baptist High School & 4 years on San Diego State Mens’ club volleyball team.

FUN FACT: climbed to the top of Mt. Whitney

GUILTY PLEASURE: Sweet Tea

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CECE STINSON

FULL NAME: Cieana Stinson

MY HOMETOWN: Chatsworth, CA

BEFORE LAVA: I got introduced to LAVA back when it was SMBC and I played for them as a player. but more recently, coached after my senior collegiate season ended in 2015 at Supernova and coached with them until 2020. I also was an assistant coach at Alemany High School 2016-2019 until I got the Varsity Head Coaching Position at Heritage Christian in 2019.

COACHING BACKGROUND: started coaching after my senior collegiate season ended in 2015 at Supernova and coached with them until 2020. I also was an assistant coach at Alemany High School 2016-2019 until I got the Varsity Head Coaching Position at Heritage Christian in 2019.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: started playing volleyball in the 9th grade when I was 14. Started off my high school volleyball career at chatsworth high school and transferred to taft my junior year. I started playing club at SMBC my sophomore year of high school and I was on the 16-2s. I then received a full scholarship and played volleyball at CSUN for all 4 years as an OH/OPP.

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AMANDA WATKINS

FULL NAME: Amanda Watkins 

MY HOMETOWN: East Los Angeles, CA

BEFORE LAVA: I had been working with children and found a passion in the field of children with disabilities. I then went back to school for Occupational Therapy and continued her passion in this work. 

COACHING BACKGROUND: Amanda has been a coach in total for 3 years. She has experience coaching younger girls from ages 6-13 years old. 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE:  Amanda attended Arizona Western and earned All Conference and All Region Player her Freshman year and All American Middle her Sophomore year. She then transferred to Texas State University as a Middle Blocker and contributed to earning the Sunbelt COnference Championship. 

FUN FACT: Amanda has her own eyebrow business. 

GUILTY PLEASURE:  Amanda enjoys eating all kinds of foods.

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SILAVANA CASANAVE-MACCHIAVELLO

FULL NAME: Silvana Casanave-Macchiavello

MY HOMETOWN: Peru

BEFORE LAVA: LA Fitness cycling instructor

COACHING BACKGROUND: starting coaching with Lava, volunteering in the Juniors clinics back in 2019, and started assisting with travel teams in 2019/2020

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Started playing at 12years old for Bancoper Crystal in Lima, Peru.

FUN FACT: Practiced with the Peruvian National team at 15 years old

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DON PADILLA

FULL NAME: Don Padilla

MY HOMETOWN: Oxnard, CA

BEFORE LAVA: CFP® is CEO of MVP Sports & Entertainment Management, a Talent Manager, Certified Financial Planner™, public speaker, and published author of "Not Another Broke Athlete." Padilla was a former National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Registered Player Financial Advisor.

COACHING BACKGROUND: coached and trained kids over the last 25 years. Currently, he coached Reseda HS JV Girls to win the most games in history and will be Head Coach and running the Reseda HS Boys Volleyball team. His philosophy is “not only winning is important but winning in life is crucial.” He teaches about mindset, discipline, practice and execution.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Played in high school and participated in some grass tournaments many many years ago

FUN FACT: He has two children, Naiya (11) and Elijah (9), and enjoys being involved with his kids sports and events and coaching high school, recreation and club volleyball

GUILTY PLEASURE: Chocolate

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JEVONE CORTEZ

FULL NAME: Jevonne Cortez

MY HOMETOWN: Born in the Carolinas, raised in San Diego.

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COACHING BACKGROUND: I had my first coaching experience with Lava clinics in 2020.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Around volleyball since the age of 8, however, didn't start competitively until 14, summer going into my freshman year in high school. I played 3 years at Patrick Henry High School, San Diego, CA. 1 year, Fort Mill High School, Fort Mill SC. I played for San Diego Coast Volleyball Club, Carolina Juniors Volleyball Club, and then collegiately for North Carolina A & T State University. 

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JESSICA SWENNING

FULL NAME: Jessica Swenning

MY HOMETOWN: Kingsburg, CA

BEFORE LAVA: I’m a junior at The Master’s University, I play indoor volleyball here. I work on campus for athletics in photo editing and game management.  

COACHING BACKGROUND: I have helped with summer camps through high school and here at the university. 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I started playing in junior high, played on Varsity all through high school, and now I’m playing indoor in college, I also played beach for a season. I played club near my hometown through high school, except my senior year. 

FUN FACT: I like riding horses

GUILTY PLEASURE: Boba

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CJ TALLARA

FULL NAME: Christjan Tallara

MY HOMETOWN: Born in the Carolinas, raised in San Diego.

BEFORE LAVA: Full-time student at the Master’s University.

COACHING BACKGROUND: Started coaching youth volleyball in 2019. Today I am currently the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Master’s Men's Volleyball team.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Played at West Ranch High school class of 2015. After high school I played 1 year at Moorpark College then transferred to play at The Master’s University

FUN FACT: I can speak Tagalog

GUILTY PLEASURE: Video games

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KAITLYN SKAGGS

FULL NAME: Kaitlyn Skaggs

HOMETOWN: Tulsa, Oklahoma

BEFORE LAVA: Have been in sales for the past 7 years. Started as a kitchen and bath designer and then began working for Hilti. Moved to La in 2020 and have been an account manager for the past 2 years.

COACHING BACKGROUND: Coached 14's and 15's for a club back in Tulsa from 2016-2019.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Played for the same club I coached for, for 4 years. Along with playing in high school until my Senior year. Also played in many rec leagues for the past 8 years, including sand and court.

FUN FACT: I collect classic rock records and enjoy going to live music any chance I get.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Reality TV