Date of Birth . . . April 23
Middle Name . . . Marcel
High School . . . College Des Freres La Salle
College . . . UCLA
Major Degree . . . Electrical Engineering
Minor Degree . . . Volleyball Engineering
I Need To Have . . . Chocolate.
I Hope That . . . We don’t post all this information on the website. 🙂
Favorite Films . . . Shawshank Redemption, Princess Bride
Favorite Books . . . Leadership by John Wooden
Favorite Sports Teams . . . Los Angeles Clippers
Favorite Historical Figures . . . El Cid
I Believe . . . Human beings should never compare. Rather, they should become.
I Respect . . . The fact that some people are talented. However, this is God given. I respect those who work that talent to become the best they can become in whatever they choose to pursue.
Nabil Mardini is considered one of the finest volleyball minds in the region, if not the country. As Head Coach of the Pierce Women’s Volleyball Program, Nabil saw his 2010, 2011, and 2012 squads win back-to-back-to-back CCCAA California State Championships, with the added bonus of Nabil being named AVCA National Two-Year College Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. As the long-time director for both SMBC Boys (’01-present) and Girls (’00-’10), and now the current Club Director of LAVA Girls (’11-present), he has extensive knowledge of the operational and training aspects of the club volleyball world. His network of contacts is extensive, owing largely to his reputation as one of the most ethical and upstanding personalities in the coaching world today. All this, in addition to time spent training professionally as a young player himself in his home country of Lebanon, not to mention an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. Nabil handles much of the day-to-day operations of LAVA, including content for coaches, correspondence with players and parents, and scheduling, in addition to myriad other duties as Club Director for LAVA Girls and as Division Director for LAVA South.
Nabil’s playing career spans the globe: he competed internationally with the Lebanese National Team and professionally with regional power Club Relevement Social Knat before coming to the United States, where he earned All-Conference and All-State honors at Santa Monica College, including recognition as the school’s 1996 “Athlete of the Year.” He moved into coaching shortly after the completion of his playing days and swiftly made a mark for himself, earning a Gold Medal in 1997 at the Junior National Championships as a coach with the Santa Monica Beach Club Boys program—while in the same year earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Nabil continued to coach for both the SMBC Boys and Girls programs until the year 2000, when a series of events changed the course of his life and brought coaching firmly to the forefront: he gained ownership of SMBC Boys, was named Club Director of SMBC Girls, and was hired as the Head Coach for Women’s Volleyball at Pierce College—and under his tenure, all three organizations flourished.
Nabil revitalized a flagging program at Pierce College and, in his first two seasons, took the Lady Brahmas from last place in the Western State Conference to its first Conference Title in more than 20 years. The next eight seasons saw significant successes: seven more conference titles, multiple Top Five rankings, and three State Championship Final Four appearances. Prior to 2010, Nabil had collected an impressive 217-50 record and been named the Western State Conference (South) Coach of the Year in ’02, ’04, ’06, ’07, and ’08. It was the back-to-back-to-back seasons of ‘10, ‘11, and ‘12, however, that took the Lady Brahmas to their greatest and most glorious heights—heights from which they have not yet descended. In 2010, the team posted a 29-3 overall record, earned yet another WSC Title, and captured the first California State Championship in school history. Nabil, too, was honored for these achievements, winning the Southern California 2010 Coach of the Year, the AVCA 2010 Two-Year College Southwest Regional Coach of the Year, and the AVCA 2010 Two Year College National Coach of the Year, receiving the last award at a ceremony held annually in Kansas City before an audience of his peers. Then came 2011 and 2012: back-to-back perfect 33-0 records, two more Western State Conference Titles, two more Regional Titles, and the second and third of back-to-back-to-back California State Championships, one of the few times in CCCAA history a team has accomplished either a perfect record (much less twice in a row) or consecutive championships (much less a three-peat).
These recent accomplishments have vaulted the Pierce Program into historic status, as one of the most successful teams ever, in any sport, for Pierce College. The program’s record under Nabil is an excellent 377-76 (151-16 in conference). This past 2015 collegiate season has seen Nabil’s Lady Brahmas compile a 31-2, ranked #1 for the majority of the year. The team won another WSC title and finished the season as the State Runner-Up. For his efforts Nabil was named his Conference’s Co-Coach of the Year and the Southern California Regional Coach of the Year. It is worth noting that in the past fifteen years, the program is winner of three State Titles (2010, 2011, 2012), Two State Runner Ups (2006 & 2015) & 13 Times Conference Champs. The Lady Brahmas are an undisputed force, one of the top Two-Year College programs in the country.
Nabil is also credited as one of the driving forces behind the rise of Santa Monica Beach Club as a national club volleyball powerhouse. Under his leadership as Club Director for both the Boys and Girls Programs, several hundred SMBC athletes, male and female, went on to play collegiate volleyball, the vast majority on scholarship of some kind. Nabil revolutionized the SMBC training systems, worked tirelessly to train one of the finest coaching staffs in the region, and oversaw the installation of swing blocking, up-tempo offensive systems, and other emerging concepts at top age levels. As Head Coach of the SMBC Girls 18-1’s team for nearly a decade, his teams were consistently competitive in the SCVA region and beyond at national travel tournaments like the Volleyball Festival, where he led the squad to consecutive Top Four finishes. As Co-Director of SMBC Boys, Nabil has helped guide the club to gold, silver, and bronze medals galore over the past decade.
With all that said, however, Nabil is perhaps best known within the volleyball community for his excellent reputation for honest and ethical dealings. His network of loyal contacts is extensive, owing largely to his upstanding personality and outstanding character, and a great many of those contacts, for this very reason, joined him as one of the four co-founding principals who launched the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA), an affiliation of junior club volleyball organizations in Southern California. Subscribing to the notion of Volleyball Done Differently, LAVA strives to do differently, to do better, in every single aspect of its enterprise—a philosophy by which Nabil himself has been living for some time, and worked to impart to all those working with him.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
“You can develop so many ways to teach a skill, a system, etc. However, there is only one way to play the game and that is HARD.”