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OUR ADMIN STAFF

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 – FOUNDING MEMBER & PRINCIPAL
LAVA DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & SMBC BOYS CO-DIRECTOR

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.

ANDRE LENNOX – RECRUITING DIRECTOR & DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGICAL SERVICES (WEBSITE/SOCIAL MEDIA)
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 – FOUNDING MEMBER & PRINCIPAL
LAVA DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & SMBC BOYS WEST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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 – SMBC BOYS SOUTH CO-DIRECTOR
Chris Reyes’ bio is coming soon. To email Chris, please click here.

NATE SPARKS – SMBC NORTH DIRECTOR
Nate Sparks’ bio is coming soon. To email Nate, please click here.

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DHIRAJ COATS – SMBC BOYS WEST DIRECTOR
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.

RON HAMILTON – FOUNDING MEMBER & PRINCIPAL
LAVA DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

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 RIEDEL – LEAD ADMINISTRATOR & TRAVEL LIAISON
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.