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The people who make up the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy work hard to guide and inspire the athletes and families under their care — just as our staff itself was inspired by others who came before. On this page we honor a few of the select individuals who guided, inspired, encouraged, and supported our directors and principals in their earlier days. We thank you and appreciate you all.

Ken 'Big Daddy' Stanley

Ken Stanley is the godfather of volleyball at Pierce College, an inductee into the Pierce Hall of Fame. He launched the Men’s Program in 1976 and led the team to three state championships (1986, 1988, and 1992), nurturing the program from infancy into a powerhouse before his retirement in 2004. From his HOF bio: “It seems only fitting that a coach known as ‘Big Daddy’ would run a program that has served as a cradle for coaches.” Big Daddy Stanley has personally coached, mentored, and inspired several of LAVA’s coaches and directors, including LAVA Co-Founders Nabil Mardini and Beau Daniels. ‘Big Daddy’ is currently retired and living in the Thousand Oaks area.

'Stormin' Mike Normand

The story of SMBC Boys begins with renowned coach Mike Normand, who founded the Santa Monica Beach Club for Boys in 1982. It was not Mike’s first accomplishment, nor would it be his last as a coach or player: pro beach successes including a Hermosa Open title, indoor successes including All-American selections in ’73 & ’74, collegiate coaching stints at UCLA and LMU, and medals aplenty for his SMBC Boys program, just to scratch the surface. Mike’s impact on those around him in the volleyball community, including mentoring multiple future SMBC Boys (and LAVA) players and coaches, is immeasurable. Mike currently lives in Hawaii.

Mona Greenberg, Kathy Julian, Lynette Heydorff & Jan Uberstine

The founders and directors have had a great deal of administrative help over the years, but we honor, remember, and recognize the contributions of four wonderful women in particular: Mona Greenberg, Kathy Julian, Lynette Heydorff, and Jan Uberstine. Mona and Kathy were instrumental in Nabil’s earliest days with SMBC Boys and Girls, guiding him through an important phase of learning — and in the process laying in place some of the important building blocks that would make LAVA great many years later. Lynette was a big part of the later SMBC years and LAVA in its infancy, lending her financial expertise and overseeing modernization of the books and financial services. Jan has long been one of LAVA’s most enthusiastic supporters and was one of our hardest working administrators over the organization’s first three years, spreading the LAVA word far and wide with an amazing ebullience and ceaseless fervor. Together, this quartet of excellent women were vital in shaping what was to become or did become LAVA, and we thank them.

In Memoriam: Jesse 'Q' Quiroz

The founder of Santa Monica Beach Club Girls — an authorized spin-off of the SMBC Boys program — was an award-winning and a beloved varsity girls and boys coach first at Harvard-Westlake High School, then later at Campbell Hall High School. Many former and current LAVA coaches and players either coached with him or played for him, and were shaped in some ways by him. ‘Q’ had great impact on the lives of LAVA Co-Founders and Principals Nabil Mardini (who was long-time Director of SMBC Girls) and Trevor Julian (who played for Q and also coached with him). Jesse Quiroz passed away in 2011.

In Memoriam: Uvaldo Acosta

Former George Mason University Head Men’s Coach, three-time All-American, and USA Men’s National Team member, Uvaldo ‘UV’ Acosta had an infectious spirit and exuberance about him that his teammates, and later his players, loved most. His determination was legendary: after severely injuring his dominant right hand as a member of the US Men’s National Team, UV taught himself to play left-handed — and made the team again. His time spent as an Assistant Coach with the USA Junior National Team significantly impacted LAVA Co-Founder Trevor Julian. Uvaldo Acosta passed away in 1998.