Aaron Wexler

WestCoast VBC Founder & Beach Director

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  • Crossroads School Varsity Girls Head Coach 2013-2017
  • Crossroads 2016 CIF Champions, D3 State Regional Champions, D3 State Finalists
  • CIF 2016 D6 Coach of the Year
  • UCLA ’11 Volunteer Assistant for UCLA Women’s team under Mike Sealy WON D1 CHAMPIONSHIP
  • B. A. in Geography/Environmental Studies ’06
  • UCLA Libero for Mens team under Al Scates ’01-’05
  • SAMOHI ‘01, Setter/OH
  • Competitor on beach circuits: 10+ years of competing on the beach – 4 CBVA Open Titles, 2 AVP Main Draw appearances, 1 NVL Main Draw appearance
  • Maccabiah Games 2005 Silver Medalist, (Israel)
  • Gilberto Classic Champion x2, ’15 & ’17 (Venice CA)
  • 13 years of indoor girls club coaching: WestCoast VBC ’14-present, Sunshine VBC ’10-’14, Sinjin Smith Volleyball Academy ’08-’09, Palisades VBC ’06-’08
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. CPR/First Aid certified
  • Current private indoor & beach coach for clients for 8-30 years old

    Coaching Philosophy:

Commit to the process of becoming 1% better everyday, as a player and as a person. As you show up as the best version of yourself, others around you will be empowered to do the same. Be grateful for your opportunities, be fearless in your efforts, and always play with love for the game.”

Steph Waters

Little Spikers Beach Coach

  • Began playing indoor volleyball at age 12
  •  4 – year starter on high school team- P.K Yonge Developmental Research School (Gainesville, FL)
  • 2000 Florida 2A State Champions 
  • 2002 Florida 2A State Champions 
  • Outside hitter for the Gainesville Juniors Volleyball National club team from 2001-2006.
  • Defensive specialist at James Madison University from 2006-2008
  • Began playing beach volleyball in 2014, participating in CBVA tournaments – earned AA rating first season of playing competitive beach.
  • Reality television producer for shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, Dancing with the Stars, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders – Making the Team along with many other shows.

 Coaching Philosophy:
“I believe not everything comes to us naturally or easily. However, most things can be achieved through determination, focus and a genuine love for the game. Rather than thinking, “I could never do that” Start asking, “What would it take to do that?” Anything is possible with the right mindset as well as a plan of action.”

Travis Schoonover

WC Beach Director 

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  • Crossroads School Girls Varsity Volunteer Assistant (5th year)
  • Crossroads 2016 CIF Champions, D3 State Regional Champions, D3 State Finalists
  • Thousand Oaks ’01, Setter
  • Pierce College, SMC college, B.A. – Business (In progress)
  • Competitor on AVP, NVL, & CBVA tours: NVL Competitor & SmackSportswear Sponsored Athlete, NVL top 10 player ’14 & BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER ’15
  • CBVA 10x Open Champion, Gilberto Classic Champ ’17, Moonlight Beach Champ ’17
  • 13 years of club coaching: WestCoast ’14-present, Sunshine VBC Head Coach ’11-’14, Gene’s Team Head Coach ’08-’11, Reef VBC Head Coach ’06-’08, Spectrum VBC Head Coach ’05-’07, Mustangs VBC Head Coach ’03-’05, Zuma Bay Head Coach ’01-’03


    Coaching Philosophy:

I believe in proper preparation. This starts with mindset training for our athletes. I run progression-based practices sessions that focus on proper technique, fundamentals, and game preparedness.”

Ilan Goldstein

WC Beach Coach

  • 3 Year Starter NYU Volleyball (Setter), Team Captain (2009)
  • EIVA Semifinalist (2008) Best finish in program history. 
  • Set records for most assists in a game, season and career. 
  • 3 Year Starter for Brentwood School (Outside Hitter)
  • 2 Time CIF SS D4 Finalist (2003 & 2004)
  • 3 Time All-CIF Selection (2003, 2004, & 2005)
  • 3 Time All Olympic League Selection (2003, 2004, & 2005)
  • Beach
  • – 2003 Junior Olympics 16U Gold Medal
  • – 2005 Maccabiah Games Bronze Medal (2005)
  • – Junior Olympic 16U All tournament team selection (2003, SCVC)
  • – MA Sociology (2014) UCLA
  • – Private Music Teacher since 2011

 

 Coaching Philosophy:
 “I strive to help players become complete athletes; as prepared for success mentally as they are physically. By growing fundamentals into effortless familiarity with the game, we not only achieve more success on the sand, we also have more fun.”

Nate Yang

WC Beach Coach

  • B.S. Civil Environmental Engineering, UC Davis (2014)
  • M.S.  Civil Environmental Engineering, CU Boulder (2016)
  • Founder, WAVES Project www.lovewaves.us (2018)
  • 2014 UC Davis D1 Club MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and CCVC All-State Team
  • 2017 Qualified for AVP Manhattan Beach Open with Partner David Smith
  • 2x CBVA Open Winner
  • AVPNext Tournament Winner

 

 Coaching Philosophy:
A lesson that I’ve learned on the court is that deliberate practice is necessary to improve. Just showing up isn’t enough – I strive to make practices personal and based on the right fundamentals, with varied and quality repetition. As a coach, my job is to stretch the abilities of the players by helping them push the edge of their comfort zone – and provide feedback to help lock in improvements. I believe that practicing with purpose prepares players to show up and compete with confidence at tournaments!

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