COACHING STAFF @ LAVA WEST

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 West and also our LAVA staff as a whole.

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TREVOR JULIAN
DIRECTOR - LAVA WEST

Long-time girls club volleyball coach Trevor Julian has an impeccable reputation locally and nationally for producing excellent and competitive teams, training and developing top athletes, and working with parents and families in an honest and caring way.

As a Head Coach, Trevor is easily the most decorated and successful girls club coach in the area, racking up a multitude of wins, bids, and medals in recent seasons spent in the Conejo Valley and over two decades in the coaching trenches. He is also the longest-running 16’s age division coach in all of Southern California, having coached that age division without break since 2002.

As Director, Trevor has orchestrated the rise of LAVA West from a quality local club to a regionally and nationally known entity; in recent seasons, West teams have won more than a dozen medals in national competition and more than a dozen qualification bids to Junior Nationals. Each season of his tenure, LAVA West has placed multiple teams in Division One of the SCVA or in the Premier Volleyball League, the new SCVA Power League.

Director - LAVA West
(email) trevorjulian@gmail.com
(cell) 818-631-7785

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SHELDON SHEEHY
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - LAVA WEST

Lava West Assistant Director and Lava Principal Member Sheldon Sheehy is one of the most successful and tenured coaches in all of LAVA. Sheldon is known for his technical prowess, his dedication to his athletes, his ability to connect with and motivate players, and his commitment to the craft of coaching. He has notched significant wins at the national level, with recent highlights including Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Sheldon is also the current Varsity Girls Head Coach at Viewpoint School.

(email) sheldon.sheehy@gmail.com
(cell) 818-419-1332

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ROBERT HAAR
DIVISION MANAGER - LAVA WEST

Robert Haar is one of the most experienced and decorated coaches at Lava West -- indeed, in all of LAVA as a whole. As one of the club's top assistant coaches, Robert has won multiple medals at prestigious national tournament events across several age divisions. As a career educator, Robert understands how teaching and coaching go hand-in-hand, and brings his extensive knowledge of the game and working with young athletes to the fore. Robert is also the Division Manager of Lava West, handling myriad logistical duties.

(email) boohaar@yahoo.com
(cell) 805-990-2332

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LAURA WALTER

Decorated international star volleyball player Laura Walter is a multi-year member of the LAVA West coaching staff. Laura was raised in her native Germany and was a successful volleyball player from a young age, rising so high as the German Women's National Team. At LAVA West, she has often coached one of the highest level teams, 17 Adidas or 18 Adidas.

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TODD FREYDER

Long-time Lava West coach Todd Freyder has deep roots to the volleyball community in the Conejo Valley, Simi Valley, and San Fernando Valley areas, having spent many, many seasons coaching with girls and boys varsity volleyball programs across the area. An immensely popular coach known for his positive attitude, volleyball coaching acumen, and skill developing and growing his athletes to their highest and best potential, Todd's dedication to his craft and his ability to bring out the best in his kids is his true calling card.

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GEORGIA MITCHELL

Long-time coach Georgia Mitchell brings her distinctive and successful coaching style to the athletes of Lava West. A medal-winning coach who has coached many seasons as Head Coach of Lava West 12 Adidas, not to mention 15's, 16's, and 17's teams as head or assistant coach, Georgia has put many of our youngest talented athletes on the road to success.

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BRITTANY MUKHAR

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HUNTER HORN

Hunter Horn has compiled an impressive array of coaching accomplishments in a relatively short amount of time as both a boys and girls club coach with Smbc West Boys and Lava West Girls. His high technical coaching skill, understanding of advanced volleyball concepts and systems, and enthusiastic approach to coaching has put him on the front lines of high level volleyball at Lava West.

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ERIC TAYLOR

Eric Taylor is one of the longest-tenured coaches in the Conejo Valley area for both boys and girls club volleyball. At LAVA West, his passion for youth volleyball is on ready display as one of our primary Youth Lite coaches and a consistent Head Coach for 11's or 12's teams, in addition to coaching camps and clinics all through the off-season alongside LAVA West Director Trevor Julian.

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MADISON DOMINGUEZ

Lava West coach Madison Dominguez is a homegrown talent from the Conejo Valley. Madison was one of the first players to join Lava West as a young athlete when the club launched in 2011 and soon returned to coach for her alma mater club.

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SCOTT CHRISTOPHER

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RACHEL GAM

FULL NAME: Rachel Gam
 
MY HOMETOWN: Oak Park, CA

BEFORE LAVA/SMBC: Has coached at LAVA/SMBC since graduating from UC San Diego in 2015. 
 
COACHING BACKGROUND: Coached a variety of ages and levels from 13s-18s, boys & girls, high school & club, beginners & elite, indoor & beach. Earned a Bronze medal at JOs in 2020 with SMBC West 18-Adidas. 
 
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Played at Oak Park High School. An All-Tri Valley League First Team selection in 2009 and 2010...Named Oak Park's MVP in 2009 & 2010 ... An All-CIF and All-Ventura County pick in 2009 & 2010. Went on to play indoor at UC San Diego from 2011-2014 and played beach volleyball at CSU Northridge in 2015-2016 while working on her masters in communication.
 
FUN FACT: Has been to 29 of the 30 MLB stadiums! Big Dodger fan.
 
GUILTY PLEASURE: Marvel Movies!
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JAKE JONES

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SAGE MCCLAIN

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CARLOS GRAY

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IAN CAFFERTY

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SCOTT WONG

FULL NAME: Scott Wong

HOMETOWN: Thousand Oaks, CA

BEFORE LAVA: Currently is the head coach of the nationally ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team

COACHING BACKGROUND: Scott has coached teams to success at every level. Scott's first coaching opportunity with the SMBC boy's 16s team in 2004 and led that team to a 5th place open finish at us nationals. he then co directed a club, Imi Ike Vbc in Hawaii, and led teams to 3 successful seasons all qualifying for open, at nationals, and consistently beating the top teams in the country. Scott has additionally coached us national teams, was the head beach coach at the university of Hawaii, and is currently the head coach of the nationally ranked Pepperdine women's volleyball team.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Scott has played at every level including our us men's national team, played professionally in Europe, competed at the top of the AVP tour, and was a 4 time all American at Pepperdine.

FUN FACT: loves spending time with his family and friends poolside, at a volleyball court with his daughter, or fishing with his son!

GUILTY PLEASURE: Loves enjoying great food with his wife Tamar!

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CHARMAYNE OLSWANG

FULL NAME: Charmayne Olswang

HOMETOWN: Newport Beach, CA

BEFORE LAVA/SMBC: Born and raised in Newport Beach. Previous careers included a stockbroker, residential counselor for addiction facility, health & life coach.

COACHING BACKGROUND: Charmayne began coaching club volleyball at 16 years old, continuing into her 20’s and picked it up again when her daughters and their middle school teammates showed interest in extending their volleyball experience. Charmayne coached for two years with Reef VBC before transitioning to Spectrum VBC in 2017 where she served as Head Coach to the 14’s & 16’s team. After taking a year off, she jumped back into the game coaching for LAVA’s 18’s Black and currently as Head Coach for the LAVA 12B, along with 3 assistant coaches, her two daughters, and a previous player of three years.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Charmayne began playing volleyball in 7th grade at Corona del Mar Middle and High School and immediately took to the sport. Charmayne was honored to earn a spot-on JV as a freshman and Varsity as a sophomore (unique to the culture and competitive nature of the community), winning the Sea View League title every year and taking home both the 1990 Division 1 CIF-SS and California State Championship banners. Charmayne’s club experience began in 8th grade when she joined Orange County Volleyball Club (OCVBC) where she would play for the entirety of her club career, including placing 8th her sophomore year and completing her club career winning first place in the 600 team, 1992 Nike Volleyball Festival Championships, her senior year.

FUN FACT: In 8th grade a VB coach pronounced Charmayne as “Chow Mein” and while starting off as a joke among the teammates, the nickname “Chow” stuck through high school where, by her senior year, everyone only referred to Charmayne as, “Chow”.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Anything involving Emotional Intelligence, Transformation and Spiritual “Woo-Woo” Awesomeness

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TRICIA MCKENNA

Tricia McKenna is a multi-year member of the LAVA West coaching staff. As an experienced Assistant Coach, Tricia helps her athletes achieve their goals with strong positive reinforcement and communication, and excellent technical feedback.

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ALEC BENNETT

FULL NAME: Alec Bennett

HOMETOWN: Simi Valley, CA

BEFORE LAVA/SMBC: I was helping out at local high school/college clinics and USYVL camps during the summer.

COACHING BACKGROUND: I am currently coaching high school boys and girls at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills. I am also the head coach for the JV women's program at California Lutheran University. I have been assistant coaching at LAVA since 2018, and am in my first year of assistant coaching at SMBC.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I played 4 years at Royal High School, before going on to compete at the collegiate level at California Lutheran University for another 5 years. During my time in club volleyball, I attended Spectrum Volleyball Club and Ventura County Volleyball Club.

FUN FACT: All of the coaches I have had during high school and club are now my fellow coaches at LAVA/SMBC!

GUILTY PLEASURE: Desserts of any kind.

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JADYN TAYLOR

FULL NAME: Jadyn Taylor

MY HOMETOWN: Oxnard, CA

BEFORE LAVA:  Before I joined Lava I was perusing my bachelors degree at Hawaii University.

COACHING BACKGROUND: This coming season will be my third year coaching club. I’ve had experience with both new and seasoned players. I truly enjoy helping young athletes learn the game.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I have also played volleyball for a number of years and have a true passion for the game. I started out with club and later joined school teams.

FUN FACT: Fun fact I love plants

GUILTY PLEASURE: A guilty pleasure of mine would be TV dramas

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ERIKA LILLEY

FULL NAME: Erika Lilley

HOMETOWN: Van Nuys CA

BEFORE LAVA/SMBC: GRADUATE ASSISTANT at North Dakota State University and then high school head coaching jobs after until I found LAVA! (17 years ago)

COACHING BACKGROUND: Coaching the game since 2001. All levels, from NCAA div 2 through college mens Club and then high school, club, and middle school/jrs. Indoor mostly and now beach

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College 4 years and now recreational.

FUN FACT: I can’t play musical instruments and I hate seafood! But I love all music and I swim in the ocean.

GUILTY PLEASURE: anything volleyball on IG.

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DARYNNE BICKERS

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SIERRA JOYNER

FULL NAME: Sierra Joyner

MY HOMETOWN: Oxnard, CA

BEFORE LAVA/SMBC: Before LAVA West I coached at LAVA Islands prior to moving out of state for school.

COACHING BACKGROUND: I’ve head coached, assisted and volunteered for over 10 teams since graduating high school. Age groups ranging from 12U-16U. I love being a part of the LAVA family and look forward to a fun season.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I started my collegiate volleyball career at Moorpark College. My junior year I transferred to Johnson and Wales University where I currently hold the record for most digs in a single game. I changed my major my senior year and transferred to Eastern New Mexico University, where I played in the Lone Star Conference and completed my bachelor’s degree.

FUN FACT: I love sports, not just volleyball. I spend a lot of free time watching my little brother play for his high school and travel teams.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Going out to eat with friends and family.

JASLEEN SCHEFRIN

FULL NAME: Jasleen Schefrin
BEFORE LAVA: Before I coached at LAVA I coached middle school teams and helped assist volleyball camps and clinics.
COACHING BACKGROUND: I started coaching my freshman year of high school when I helped co head coach the Colina 6th grade boys team. After that I focused on helping assist coaches where they needed me. I have helped coach many clinics and camps since then. I am currently coaching an 8th grade girls team and am excited to start the LAVA season!
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I played for LAVA for 5 years (not including Lites 🙂 ). I have been playing volleyball since I was 9 and this is my first year not playing volleyball.
FUN FACT: A fun fact is that I was born in London, England!
GUILTY PLEASURE: My guilty pleasure is setting!

CIERRA MERZ

FULL NAME: Cierra Imani Merz

MY HOMETOWN: Las Vegas, Nevada

BEFORE LAVA/SMBC: Full time student working on becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant
COACHING BACKGROUND: First started as a volunteer assistant coach at California Heat when I was 18 years old. Became apart of the VCVC family coaching both boys and girls when the club first began in 2014. Coached boys and girls at Rise Ventura for a couple of years while also head coaching boys JV and Varsity volleyball at Foothill Tech in Ventura. Currently coaching JV girls volleyball at Oaks Christian School. 
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Began playing competitive volleyball in 7th grade. Played indoor for four years at Oxnard High School during which I played for Channel Islands VC, SMBC, and Santa Barbara VC. Played two years at Moorpark College before transferring to William Woods University in Fulton, MO where I played my last two years.
FUN FACT: Batman is my favorite superhero
GUILTY PLEASURE: Cheesy dating shows

SYDNEY REEL

FULL NAME: Sydney Reel
MY HOMETOWN:  San Francisco, CA
BEFORE LAVA:   I graduated from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. in May 2021 with my  Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering. After graduation, I moved to the Los Angeles area and I have been working at a biotech company.
COACHING BACKGROUND:  I served as a camp counselor volleyball coach for middle school students at my high school for a couple of summers. In college, I also served in leadership positions for the women’s club volleyball team. As club president, I was responsible for many of the technical and logistical duties that a coach normally would perform since our organization was completely student run. Since joining the LAVA West staff, I’ve had the chance to help out at a couple of clinics prior to starting the 2021-2022 season.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE:  I started playing volleyball in 3rd grade and started playing competitive club volleyball in 5th grade. I had the opportunity to play at various clubs in the Bay Area and played on several teams that earned bids to the Girls’ Junior National Championship tournament. In college, I played on the women’s club team and we consistently placed within the top 5 teams in our division at the annual National Collegiate Volleyball Federation tournament.
FUN FACT:  My college graduation ceremony was held on the National Mall in between the Capitol and the Washington Monument!
GUILTY PLEASURE:  Watching Marvel movies and shows!

JADYN TAYLOR

FULL NAME: Jadyn Taylor

MY HOMETOWN: Oxnard, CA

BEFORE LAVA:  Before I joined Lava I was perusing my bachelors degree at Hawaii University.

COACHING BACKGROUND: This coming season will be my third year coaching club. I’ve had experience with both new and seasoned players. I truly enjoy helping young athletes learn the game.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I have also played volleyball for a number of years and have a true passion for the game. I started out with club and later joined both my school teams.

FUN FACT: I love plants

GUILTY PLEASURE: A guilty pleasure of mine would be TV dramas

CASANDRA AUGUR

FULL NAME: Cassandra Augur

HOMETOWN: Sylmar, CA 

BEFORE LAVA/SMBC: I have been home with my two children and now I am a kindergarten TA/ Substitute teacher since they are both in school now. 
 
COACHING BACKGROUND: I coached Frosh/Soph for 3 years at Los Angeles Baptist/ Heritage Christian. I also ran the middle school program for 2 years at Los Angeles Baptist/ Heritage Christian. 
 
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: I played all through High School. I have played in a few adult recreational leagues too. 
 
FUN FACT: I was a surrogate. 
 
GUILTY PLEASURE: Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.