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OUR COACHES

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Jeff Alzina

JEFF ALZINA

Head Coach

Jeff Alzina is the Santa Clara Bronco’s Beach Head Coach. Jeff is the winningest coach in AVP Beach Volleyball history, with more than 1,000 match victories on tour. Some career highlights include:


-2004 Olympic Games in Athens

-NCAA National Championship with UCLA in 2018

-2015 Pan American Games

-more than 50 NCAA All -Americans

-more than 30 Olympians worldwide

-2017 U21 FIVB World Championships

-2018 U19 World Championships

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LEO TUNCER

Assistant Coach

Setter for UC Santa Cruz Men's Volleyball Team. Active AVP Men's Beach Volleyball player. CIF Playoffs with Santa Cruz High School. made Honor Roll. 2nd place at AAU National Championships with Bay to Bay VC.

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LANCE MURET

Assistant Coach

Lance Muret is joining us from San Diego where he coached at WAVE Beach for the past 4 years. He is the volunteer assistant coach at Santa Clara University for the beach volleyball team. Lance graduated from UC San Diego where he played club indoor and trained on the beach year-round. He is a AA rated player and won the annual King of Spring tournament in San Diego this past year. We are super excited to have him on our coaching staff.

 

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Claire Doud

CLAIRE DOUD

Assistant Coach

FRESHMAN Santa Clara University  (2019-20)

  • Participated in all 14 duals and went 5-9 (match-by-match results)

  • 0-6 on court three, 5-3 on court four

  • 3-7 with Brynn Paumen, 2-1 with Julia Sangiacomo, 0-1 with Kamaile Manol

  • Won in straight sets vs. Pacific (March 4) on court four alongside Brynn Paumen, helping the Broncos to a 3-2 dual victory, the first in program history on the Mission campus

  • Won in straight sets vs. Cal State Bakersfield (March 7) on court four alongside Brynn Paumen, helping the Broncos to a 3-2 dual victory at the Big West/WCC Challenge

  • Won a three-set match vs. Sacramento State (March 7) on court four alongside Brynn Paumen, helping the Broncos to a 4-1 dual victory at the Big West/WCC Challenge

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Graduated from Archbishop Murphy High School (Everett, Washington) in 2019

  • Four-letterwinner in volleyball for the Wildcats; team captain as a senior (2018)

  • inishes: 3rd place 2016/6th place 2015

  • Also played softball and ran track & field for the Wildcats

  • Helped break the school record in the 4x100-meter relay

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EMILY MATTOON

Head Coach

Coach Emily Mattoon is a Bay Area native having graduated from Bishop O'Dowd High School in 2018. Mattoon has 8 years of coaching experience and completed her collegiate career at Long Beach State in May, 2023. Alongside her studies, she led Millikan High School's JV volleyball team as head coach in 2021. During her time at Long Beach State, Mattoon was a 2022 AVCA Top Flight Award recipient, named to the 2022 All-Big West Second Team and earned 2023 All-Big West Honorable Mention. Mattoon concluded her career ranked number five in LBSU program history with 72 wins and 13th with a .720 career win percentage. Mattoon graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology, having majored in Sports Psychology and minored in General Psychology. She is so excited to be working at Mandala and helping to grow the sport in the Bay Area where she first learned to play. 

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ELENA RADEFF

Assistant Coach

Currently a senior at Santa Clara University in their D1 beach volleyball program. She is a 2x WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll Silver Honors (2020-21, 2021-22)
WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll Bronze Honors (2022-23)

AS A SOPHOMORE (2021-22): Had a 6-26 overall record ... played at all spots of the lineup except No. 1 ... went 1-8 at No. 2, 3-3 record at No. 3, 2-12 at No. 4 and 0-3 at No. 5 ... had the most wins while paired with Alexie Epstein with three winning a match at No. 2, 3 and 4.  

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RYAN LI

Assistant Coach

The recent grad of NYU was a starting setter for the #1 ranked Violets and averaged nearly 1 ace per set and was second on the team in assists. An avid beach player is also coaches for Bay to Bay. 

 

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AJ SLOJKOWSKI

Assistant Coach

AJ Slojkowski heralds from nearby El Dorado Hills, and boasts an impressive resume on the hard court, playing both basketball and indoor volleyball, as well as on the sand, where she won the 2022 Santa Cruz Juniors One Star Qualifier. She is currently playing D1 beach for St Mary's University and is a coach for us in Northgate.

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