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The Los Angeles Volleyball Academy is the collaborative fruit of many respected volleyball personalities across Southern California and beyond. We have several full-time staff members, a host of significant part-time administrators, and a handful of parent volunteers, not to mention our army of excellent head and assistant coaches. We are very proud of all the people we have on staff at LAVA across our wide network of affiliates, people who care about volleyball and care about doing things the right way, and we are thrilled to have them with us. Our administration consists of several men and women of differing backgrounds and fields who’ve come together to orchestrate and operate the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy as a whole.


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 2010-2012 squads win back-to-back-to-back CCCAA California State Championships, with the added bonus of Nabil being named the 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 SMBC 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. As Director of Operations and one of LAVA’s founding members, 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 Co-Director for LAVA Surf. For a more detailed biography on Nabil, please visit here. To email Nabil, please click here.

Long-time and immensely successful coach André Lennox returns to LAVA as one of the organization’s top administrators. A northwest import who came to California as a highly recommended coach after stints on the coaching staffs of at Portland University and Nike Northwest Juniors in Oregon, André spent five seasons alongside Trevor and Nabil at SMBC Girls before transitioning over to LAVA in 2011 as an inaugural member of the LAVA South coaching staff — and as one of LAVA’s most trusted administrators. A current resident of the inland empire, André has transitioned into a trio of roles with LAVA: he is the Recruiting Coordinator for the club, overseeing much of the communication with players and parents and acting as the point of contact for college coaches looking for recruitable LAVA players; he has an active role in the establishment of LAVA East in Pomona, a fledgling LAVA program that will grow over time and for which André will eventually return to the sidelines as a Head Coach; and he returns in his role as a top line administrator responsible for much of the website and social media content for LAVA as Director of Social Media, as well as as-needed assistance provided to principals Trevor Julian and Nabil Mardini on strategic planning. This combination of significant roles puts André squarely on the front row and grants him great impact on how the club operates. For a more detailed biography on André , please visit here. To email André , please click here.


Trevor Julian brings a diverse skill-set to the table for the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy, LAVA Girls, and LAVA West. A long-time and immensely successful junior girls club volleyball coach — his 16-1’s teams over the years have consistently competed in Division One of the SCVA, his teams have finished Top Five multiple times at various national travel tournaments including a gold medal and a pair of bronze medals at Junior National Qualifiers, won a 16’s Division Championship at the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, earned qualification bids to Junior Nationals, and finished Top 10 at the actual Junior Nationals tournament itself — he has one of the most impeccable reputations in the region for dealing with players and parents in an honest and caring way. A former award-winning volleyball player himself — captain and four-year starter for the USC Trojans, USA Men’s Olympic Youth National and also Junior National Team member (and squad captain), inaugural class inductee into the Harvard-Westlake High School Hall of Fame — he transitioned degrees in English-Creative Writing and Business Administration into a successful career in commercial real estate; his decade-plus in the business has seen him work the acquisition, disposition, exchange, or evaluation of more than one billion dollars of southland property, and the marketing/brokerage skills he developed during time spent in the business trenches gives him a unique perspective on growing the LAVA brand. In addition to spearheading strategic planning, marketing, and creative content for LAVA and assisting Nabil with the operation of LAVA Girls, Trevor head coaches the 16-1’s for LAVA West. For a more detailed biography on Trevor, please visit here. To email Trevor, please click here.

Chris Reyes’ bio is coming soon. To email Chris, please click here.

Jeannie Brauninger’s bio is coming soon. To email Jeannie, please click here.

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Long-time SMBC Boys and LAVA coach Dhiraj Coats takes the reins as the first Director of SMBC West this coming season, retaining his excellent place as one of the most popular and respected coaches in the LAVA/SMBC arsenal. Dhiraj has found success at a number of different LAVA affiliates, but has found his lasting niche and made a significant mark as a valuable member of both the SMBC Boys and LAVA West girls coaching staff. Following a successful career playing that included significant accolades at both Pierce College and afterward at Pepperdine University, Dhiraj qualified for a handful of AVP professional beach volleyball events beginning in ‘09, even as he earned his degree in Physical Education. A Certified Personal Trainer, Dhiraj holds specializations in Sports Performance and Corrective Exercise, and as a master of mental training, places specific emphasis for his players on the mental aspects of athleticism. Dhiraj is currently the Head Varsity Girls Coach of powerhouse — and reigning league champion — Louisville High School, as well as the Head Boys Varsity Coach of Crespi High School. Dhiraj has many exceptional years of coaching experience working with high school and college athletes; he is the only coach to have won a Junior Nationals medal as coach of both girls and boys teams. To email Dhiraj, please click here.

Former standout setter Julianna Hicks has amassed an exceptional resume in a short period of time. An All-Conference player for Nabil Mardini at Pierce College, she went on to finish out her celebrated career at American University. Her coaching career began in earnest thereafter and included a multi-year run as Head Varsity Girls Coach at Chatsworth High School. She is currently Assistant Varsity and Head Junior Varsity Coach at Harvard-Westlake School for the Girls Volleyball Program, in addition to acting as Head Coach for the LAVA South 14-1’s and her primary LAVA role as Director of the popular, extensive LAVA Lite Program, LAVA’s official youth development program. She also assists LAVA Directors Nabil Mardini and Trevor Julian, as well as acts as primary point of contact for the many inquiries LAVA receives each day. For a more detailed biography on Julianna, please visit here. To email Julianna, please click here.

SMBC Boys is far more than just a handful of Directors, however: our administrative staff is one of the best in the business, a group of committed, caring individuals with great passion for volleyball, great dedication, and great devotion to our players, parents, and families — the true bedrock of the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy and SMBC Boys. Here are a few of the administrative people making things happen for us behind the scenes.


Ron Hamilton brings efficiency and accuracy to his role as the primary fiscal figure for LAVA. Ron’s impressive background in the insurance world, combined with his knowledge of all things club volleyball after more than twenty years owning and operating clubs — primarily on the administrative side — not to mention an honest and impeccable character, makes him the perfect person to oversee the financial aspects, in all their myriad forms, of the Academy. Ron handles the accounts and much of the day-to-day monetary decision-making, leaving our Directors and coaches free to do what LAVA does best: educate and train. To email Ron, please click here.

Rose Reidel is one of those people working very hard behind the scenes. As a long-time travel coordinator for major motion picture studios in Hollywood, Rose has the experience necessary to negotiate contracts, lower fares and fees, and garner extra accommodations and benefits en masse for the benefit of our players, parents, and families. As a long-time volleyball mom, she knows all the ins and outs of the club volleyball world, and exactly what it means to travel a team, whether down to the Anaheim Sports Center for a one day local tournament or cross country on a multi-day national competition. Rose also runs point on uniform coordination and distribution, making her the best and most qualified person to help you get you where you need to go — and look good doing it. To email Rose with any travel or uniform questions, please click here.

Casey Reidel is another one of our staff members who wears many hats for LAVA. She is a long-time girls coach for LAVA Girls and a long-time boys coach for SMBC Boys, on top of assisting our own Nabil Mardini with the three-time State Champion Women’s Volleyball Program at Pierce College — and all this after having graduated from SMBC Girls in its heyday, when that club was directed by Nabil, and having played for the man himself for two seasons. It is as LAVA’s Registrations Manager, however, that Casey takes her role within LAVA to new heights: she is responsible for all data processing, tournament registration, team record-keeping, and general tournament and roster information for LAVA and its many affiliates, a daunting job considering there are more than 750 members in any given year. She also is the Head Coach of the LAVA North 14-1’s. To email Casey, please click here.

Teri Lavo is a long-time administrator for LAVA and the Fundraising Coordinator for the organization, which sees her working for the LAVA Foundation raising funds for need-based financial aid distribution. Additionally she oversees uniform ordering and distribution, team and individual photos, is Lead Administrator for the annual high school Foothill Invitational Tournament, a youth team liaison, and a factor in marketing for LAVA compass points and affiliate school districts. Teri brings over 25 years of administrative experience to the table, the majority of her time spent in the entertainment, hospitality, and banking industries. Her responsibilities have included meeting planning and human resources management with recruiting requirements, employee relations, benefits, etc. Bottom line: Teri is an efficient, effective “people” person, the perfect blend of enthusiasm, industriousness, and extroversion— not to mention a background in sports. Her daughter Megan Lavo graduated from Norfolk State, a Division I school in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, having been a three-position athlete for the Lady Spartans in her final season of play. Megan is a product of the LAVA system before it was officially known as LAVA, having played for current LAVA South coach Andre Lennox as a sophomore, what is now known as the LAVA North program as a junior, and Revolution Volleyball Club (an affiliate of LAVA on current hiatus) as a senior. Megan is now a long-time coach for LAVA North and has coached locally for Hart High School and also at her alma mater Valencia High School—where Teri was President of the Booster program for four years. To email Teri, please click here.

On top of our excellent Directors and Administrators, we have scores of excellent coaches (click here for our list of coaches) and myriad parent volunteers all working in tandem to ensure SMBC Boys is such a special place to play, helping to make SMBC Boys as a whole the premier junior boys club volleyball organization in Southern California, and beyond.