2018 sTAFF information


Joe Ripp (Club Director)

Joe is both the founder and director of Vision Volleyball Club. This year, Joe will coach the 15 Gold team after leading the 17 Gold team to the JNC's and prior to that, four seasons coaching 16's and 15's. His 2012 team finished 5th at the Junior Nationals in Ohio. In 2009, the team also earned a fifth place finish at the JNC's in Miami. Previously, he coached the 18 Blue team for two seasons. His 2007 team won a Bronze Medal in the 18 Club Division of the Junior Nationals. In 2005, Joe guided the Vision 17 Gold team to the silver medal in the 17 Open Division of the Junior Nationals.  Joe retired from Los Gatos High School after a 14-year coaching career, but returned in 2012. His high school teams won four CCS championships, three Nor-Cal championships and one California State Championship.


18 Gold
Tyler Taylor (Head Coach)

Tyler is in his third year with Vision having coached the 14 Blue, 17 Gold, and 18 Gold teams the past two years. He is in his first season as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara University after spending two seasons as an Assistant Coach at Stanford University. Last collegiate season he helped Stanford to the NCAA Division I National Championship. Tyler has a solid coaching background including as the Men’s Assistant at Golden West, and stints at the University of Nevada and Central Arizona College. After graduating from the University of Arizona, he coached club for Zona Volleyball Club, Arizona Premier, and Huntington Beach. He graduated in history with a minor in psychology, and earned a master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia in Irvine.


Iris Tolenada (Assistant Coach)

Iris returns this season after assisting the 18 Gold team in 2014-2017, assisting the 17 Blue team in 2017, and serving as Head Coach of the 16 Blue team in 2016, leading them to the JNC's in Indianapolis. Iris was a 4-year captain and setter at San Francisco State University where she is currently an Assistant Coach with Vision 17 Blue Head Coach Matt Hoffman. She earned several honors including the California Collegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player in 2012-2013. She began her coaching career in San Francisco with Slainte Volleyball Club, and coached camp at Stanford University and San Francisco State. She is currently the top Assistant Coach at San Francisco State University, having coached last year with Santa Clara University. Iris played all her volleyball in the Bay Area for Deer Valley High School, and for Club at Diablo Valley and Golden Bear. She just returned from a season playing professionally in the Philippines.


Will Yuen (Assistant Coach)

Will returns to the 16's after leading the 2017 Vision 16 Gold team to a Gold Medal at the JNC's in Minneapolis. Including last season, Will has lead teams to the JNC's in 14 consecutive seasons. He coached the 17 Gold team for eight consecutive seasons before moving to 16's in 2017. The 2011 team finished in 5th place at the Junior Nationals, after his 2010 and 2009 Vision teams won Bronze Medals. Prior to coaching at the 17's level, he coached the Vision 16 Gold team, and has coached several age levels. He has been involved locally in junior volleyball for sixteen seasons, and is coaching boys club volleyball and the boys at Archbishop Mitty, where they won the CCS and Norcal Championships in 2013. Will coached for seven seasons as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara University. He helped lead Santa Clara to the NCAA Final Four in 2005.

17 Gold
Ron Whitmill (Head Coach)
Ron moves back to the 17's this season after coaching the 15's and 16's teams over the past three seasons. His teams have qualified for the JNC's in each of the past 8 seasons. In 2013, his 15 Gold team won two qualifiers and finished fifth at the JNC's. In 2012, he helped lead the 16 Gold team to a 5th place finish at the JNC's in Ohio. In 2011, he coached both the 16 Gold and 15 Gold teams to JNC Bids. Previously he coached the 18 Blue team for three seasons. His 2010 and 2009 teams earned bids to the JO's, with the 2009 squad earning an Open bid, giving Vision two teams in the division. This was the first time in the 28-team format that a club has sent two teams to 18 Open. He has a lengthy coaching and playing resume. He spent seven years with City Beach as a Head Coach, and was the Head Coach for the San Jose State Men's program. He is currently the Head Varsity Coach at Valley Christian High School.

Cassidy Lichtman (Assistant Coach)
Cass returns to Vision after assisting with the 18 Gold team in 2017 and previously coaching with the 18 Gold team in 2011, before taking a break to compete with the USAV program. Her resume in volleyball is extraordinary. Most recently, she served as an Assistant Coach, helping Stanford University win the NCAA National Championship in December. This added to her collegiate resume, which as a player included earning First Team All-American honors in 2009 and 2010. Her start into collegiate coaching followed a successful stretch competing with the USA National Team. During that time she earned multiple medals in helping her teams in international competition. Cass was elected to the San Diego Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. This honor illustrates the fact that she also had an outstanding junior career, recognized as one of the top players in the country. Cass graduated from Stanford in 2011 with a degree in Political Science.


17 Blue

Matt Hoffman (Head Coach)

Matt returned to Vision in 2017 to lead the 18 Gold team after spending three years as an Assistant at Wichita State. He returned to the Bay Area to take over as the Head Coach at San Francisco State. Prior to Wichita State, he served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Stanford from 2010-2012.  While at Stanford, he helped the Cardinal to three NCAA Tournaments and two Elite Eight appearances and two conference championships. He also coached five All-Americans, a Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, and 11 All Pac-12 honorees. While at Vision, Matt coached two teams. He was the Head Coach of Vision's 13 Gold team, and an Assistant on Vision's 18 Gold team. He was on the 18's staff for their Bronze medal teams in both 2011 and 2012. He helped the 2012 team finish the season with only two losses the entire season.


Tony Holland (Assistant Coach)
Tony is in his 7th season coaching club volleyball in the Bay Area, and returns to coach the 18 Blue team after helping lead them to the JNC's in Indianapolis in 2016. As both a head coach and an assistant coach for Power Teams from ages 12 to 18 he has helped lead his teams to Top 3 Finishes at Far Westerns, the Pacific Northwest Qualifier and qualify for the Junior National Championships in 2013 and 2015. Tony is currently the Assistant Coach with the Menlo School Girls Varsity where he has helped lead teams to back to back WBAL Championships, the CCS Championship, the Nor Cal Championship and the 2013 CIF Division IV State Championship match. Tony works as a Global Markets Investment Advisor and resides in San Mateo with his wife Whitney and their daughters, Quinn and Riley.

16 Gold

Will Yuen (Head Coach)

Will returns to the 16's after leading the 2017 Vision 16 Gold team to a Gold Medal at the JNC's in Minneapolis. Including last season, Will has lead teams to the JNC's in 14 consecutive seasons. He coached the 17 Gold team for eight consecutive seasons before moving to 16's in 2017. The 2011 team finished in 5th place at the Junior Nationals, after his 2010 and 2009 Vision teams won Bronze Medals. Prior to coaching at the 17's level, he coached the Vision 16 Gold team, and has coached several age levels. He has been involved locally in junior volleyball for sixteen seasons, and is coaching boys club volleyball and the boys at Archbishop Mitty, where they won the CCS and Norcal Championships in 2013. Will coached for seven seasons as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara University. He helped lead Santa Clara to the NCAA Final Four in 2005.


Jesse Ebner (Assistant Coach)

Jesse returns to Vision for a second season, after helping lead the 16 Gold team to a Gold medal in the 2017 JNC's in Minnesota. Prior to coaching with Vision, Jesse finished her playing career at Yale University. As a junior player, she was a member of one of the best 18's teams in the history of the club. She helped lead the 2012 18 Gold team to an Open Medal finish, after completing a season losing only 2 matches the entire season. In doing so they won major national tournaments in Las Vegas, Colorado, Los Angeles and Reno. She also had an outstanding high school career at Sacred Heart Prep, and is regarded as one of the hardest working players. She is currently the Director of Operations for the Santa Clara University volleyball team.

16 Blue

Iris Tolenada (Head Coach)

Iris returns this season after assisting the 18 Gold team in 2014-2016, and serving as Head Coach of the 16 Blue team in 2016, leading them to the JNC's in Indianapolis. Iris was a 4-year captain and setter at San Francisco State University. She earned several honors including the California Collegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player in 2012-2013. She began her coaching career in San Francisco with Slainte Volleyball Club, and coached camp at Stanford University and San Francisco State. She is currently the top Assistant Coach at San Francisco State University, having coached last year with Santa Clara University. Iris played all her volleyball in the Bay Area for Deer Valley High School, and for Club at Diablo Valley and Golden Bear. Last season she played professionally in the Phillipines.


Fletcher Anderson (Assistant Coach)

Fletcher returns to Vision after helping lead the 16 Blue team to a Gold medal in Minneapolis. in 105 he assisted with the 17 Blue team. Previously he coached with the 18 Blue and 17 Blue teams for five seasons. He is a former player at Long Beach State where he was First Team All-Conference in 2005. As a junior player at Los Gatos High School, he was First Team All-League three consecutive seasons from 2002-2004. In 2004, he was named the San Jose Mercury News Player-of-the-Year, and was named as a Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" recruit. He competed on the USA Junior National Training Team in 2005. Fletcher is now a strength and conditioning coach at Courtside Club in Los Gatos and NorCal Functional Fitness in Campbell.


15 Gold

Joe Ripp (Head Coach)
Joe returns to the 15's level after leading the 17 Gold team in 2017 and 2016. Each of his teams has earned a spot in the JNC's while coaching at the 15's, 16's and 17's levels. His 2012 team finished 5th at the Junior Nationals in Ohio. In 2009, the team also earned a fifth place finish at the JNC's in Miami. Previously, he coached the 18 Blue team for two seasons. His 2007 team won a Bronze Medal in the 18 Club Division of the Junior Nationals. In 2005, Joe guided the Vision 17 Gold team to the silver medal in the 17 Open Division of the Junior Nationals.  Joe retired from Los Gatos High School after a 14-year coaching career, but returned in 2012. His high school teams won four CCS championships, three Nor-Cal championships, and one California State Championship. He is the founder of Vision Volleyball Club.

Oscar Crespo (Assistant Coach)
Oscar joins Joe for a fourth season after helping lead the 17 Gold and 15 Gold teams to bids at the JNC's. Prior to joining Vision, Oscar was most recently the Head Coach of the Women Volleyball Team at San Jose State University where he spent seven seasons. Prior to accepting the Spartan position, Crespo spent seven years as a member of the University of Nevada volleyball coaching staff, as an Assistant Coach and Associate Head Coach. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, USA Volleyball, and the Northern California Volleyball Association. Crespo is an accomplished coach with international experience. He coached the BIP/USA Selection team in 2001 in Seblini, Italy. He spent the spring of 2002 coaching a USA College All-Star team in France, Holland and Belgium, and in 2007 was on the USA/BIP staff coaching the USA selection which competed on a six city tour in Argentina vs the Argentinian National Team. Crespo's coaching experience also includes stints at the University of California, Berkeley (1995-98), Saint Mary's College (1993-94) and De Anza College. Crespo and his wife, Lisa Ice-Crespo, a three-time All-American at San José State, reside in Los Gatos with their three children: Ryan, Rachel and Karly.


Matt Hoffman (Assistant Coach)

Matt returned to Vision in 2017 to lead the 18 Gold team after spending three years as an Assistant at Wichita State. He returned to the Bay Area to take over as the Head Coach at San Francisco State. Prior to Wichita State, he served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at Stanford from 2010-2012.  While at Stanford, he helped the Cardinal to three NCAA Tournaments and two Elite Eight appearances and two conference championships. He also coached five All-Americans, a Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, and 11 All Pac-12 honorees. While at Vision, Matt coached two teams. He was the Head Coach of Vision's 13 Gold team, and an Assistant on Vision's 18 Gold team. He was on the 18's staff for their Bronze medal teams in both 2011 and 2012. He helped the 2012 team finish the season with only two losses the entire season.


15 Blue

Jeanine Haldi (Head Coach)

Jeanine returns to the 15 Blue team for a second season after coaching the 12’s program for two seasons. Prior to working with 12's program, she coached the 16 Blue team for the previous four seasons. She is currently the Head Coach at Soquel High School after completing eight seasons as an Assistant Coach with San Jose State. She is into her eleventh season coaching junior volleyball. As a junior player, she played her senior season for Vision's 18 Gold Head Coach, Jason Mansfield and was an All-American at the Junior Nationals. She played for SJSU from 1999-2002, and finished her career ranking sixth all-time in digs. She was a three-time Scholar-Athlete, and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Kinesiology. She earned her Masters Degree in Sport Management from USF in 2006. For more information see Jeanine's SJSU bio.

Jacob Haldi (Assistant Coach)
Jacob is in his third year with Vision and came on board with 15 years of coaching experience. His coaching resume includes 10 years with Club Levile of Tracy, a club he Co-founded. He as also coached boys volleyball for Heritage High School, Main Beach Volleyball Club and currently with Soquel High School's Varsity where he is the Head Coach. At Soquel he also serves as the Girls JV Coach and as an Assistant to the Varsity team with its Head Coach, Jeanine Haldi (Vision's 12 Gold Head Coach). He has a Culinary Arts Degree from Corden Bleu in San Francisco.


14 Gold

Bret Almazan-Cezar (Head Coach)
Bret is in his 18th season as Head Varsity Coach for Archbishop Mitty High School. His teams won the CIF State Championship in 2014 and 2015 for their 10th state title, then again in 2016 and 2017. In 2013, his team matched the 2009 season in completing it undefeated. In 2014 he was named PrepVolleyball.com's National Coach-of-the-Year, and in 2009 he was named the AVCA National Coach-of-the-Year. His Monarch teams have won ten state championships and made seventeen appearances in the NorCal Championship match. Bret is also in his 16th season with Vision. At the Junior Nationals in 2007, his team earned a Bronze medal. In 2006, his Vision 14 Gold team finished fifth, and in 2002, his 14 Gold team won the Silver medal. Prior to joining Vision, in 2000, Bret led Delta Valley to a Gold Medal Championship in the 18 Open Junior National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.


BJ Prudencio (Assistant Coach)
BJ returns to Vision to coach with the 14 Gold team for a second season, after previously coaching at the 16's level. He has a long resume of coaching in club and high school volleyball. Currently he is on the staff of Valley Christian High School, and previously coached at Canada College, as well as Los Gatos and Evergreen High Schools, and Stingray and Bay-to-Bay volleyball clubs. When not coaching volleyball he has maintained a career in education as an Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher.

14 Blue

Chi Chu (Head Coach)
Chi returns to Vision where he has been on the staff for a majority of his more than 22-year coaching career. He has coached all levels in his lengthy career, and most recently with the 13's level. In 2012 he helped lead Vision's 14 Gold to the Junior National Championships in Ohio. Chi is in his 19th season as an Assistant Coach at Archbishop Mitty. He has coached teams that have achieved the highest levels in winning state championships and Junior National medals. In 2007, he helped lead his 14 Gold team to a Bronze medal at the Junior Olympics. In 2003 he help Archbishop Mitty High School win the Division II state championship. In 2002, he helped guide the Vision 14 Gold to a Silver Medal at the Junior National Championships.


TBA(Assistant Coach)

13 Gold

Kyra Pelayo (Co-Head Coach)
Kyra returns to Vision Volleyball Club for a fourth season after competing for Vision as a junior player. She also competed at Saint Francis High School before attending Hawaii Pacific University. She was an outstanding Libero, earning PacWest Conference Libero-of-the-Year honors, as well as All-PacWest First-Team honors. She started her coaching career in Hawaii with HI-Intensity Volleyball Club, and with Chaminade University, where she was a Volunteer Assistant.

Lacey Gera (Co-Head Coach)
Lacey returns for a fourth season with Vision and is a former Vision player who competed collegiately at Fresno State, and locally for Head Coach Bret Almazan-Cezar at Archbishop Mitty. She previously coached for 3 seasons with Sports Shack Volleyball Club, and is currently an Assistant coach at Archbishop Mitty High School. As a player with Vision, she is a two-time Medal winner at the 14's and 16's level. In high school she helped lead the 2005 Archbishop Mitty team to a 41-1 overall record, and was a two-time All-State Selection in 2004 and 2005. At Fresno State she was named the WAC Freshman-of-the-Year and WAC All-Freshman Team in 2006. She finished her playing career at Fresno State ranking 10th in total attempts, and tied for tenth in matches played.


13 Blue
Danny Chan (Head Coach)

Danny returns to Vision after taking a couple of years off of a lengthy club and high school coaching career. Prior to his break, he had coached with various younger ages at Vision, and also Assisted teams at the older age levels. He coached several of Vision's most successful players, while taking his Vision 13’s teams to the JNC’s on several occasions. This included earning medals in 2009 (Bronze), 2012 (Bronze) and 2013 (Silver). He has a lengthy career coaching in the Bay Area at both the high school and collegiate level, dating back to his start in 2010 at Sobrato High School.  Danny also coached at Homestead HS and Archbishop Mitty HS and spent two years at West Valley College. He is currently the Head Coach at Cupertino High School where he is also a teacher. Danny is married to former Vision coach Brooke Chan.


TBA (Assistant Coach)


12 Gold

Jon Wallace (Head Coach)

Jon is in his 19th season as the Head Coach at Santa Clara University, after spending 7 seasons as an Assistant at Pepperdine University. In 2015, his SCU team finished with a 22-9 record and the fourth best winning percentage in program history. They have made trips to the NCAA tournament in 3 of the past 4 years, and reached the NCAA Final Four in 2007. His 2016 team has started the season with several wins including victories over Pac-12 opponents USC and Cal. Vision's 16 Blue coach Lauryn Anderson, and 12 Gold coach Emily Burke, both played for Coach Wallace. He was a player himself at UCSB where his junior season included a run to the NCAA Championship. Jon currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife Nancy and three kids.


Tait Rafat (Assistant Coach)

Tait returns to Vision where he coached the 17’s age level, leading several teams to the JNC’s. He spent the past two seasons coaching indoor and sand for Rush VBC. Tait spent several seasons as the Head Coach at San Jose City College, which followed an Assistant role with University of Nevada-Reno, where he helped lead the team to the NCAA tournament. He is CAP level 2 accredited by USA Volleyball as well as being a certified volleyball conditioning specialist. He is also a member of the American Volleyball Coach's Association, USA Volleyball, Northern California Volleyball Association, and the California Beach Volleyball Association.


12 Blue
Alia Casino (Head Coach)

Alia is a former Vision player who continued her collegiate career at the Cal State Northridge. As a junior player, she competed for Vision Volleyball Club and at St Francis High School. Alia was a libero in 2012 for one of Vision's best 18's teams ever. She helped that team to a near perfect record on the season with only two losses, and a Bronze Medal at the JNC's. She had a solid career at Northridge, including her senior season where she appeared in a team-leading 103 sets.


Ekavir Casino (Assistant Coach)

Ekavir returns to Vision and continues his coaching career which started in 2001 in both high school and club. He was the recipient of Positive Coaching Alliance National Double-Goal Coach Award in 2004. He holds a USAV Coaching Alliance Program Level II Certification. As a head coach, he has qualified Vision’s 13 Blue teams for the Jr. Nationals while his high school teams have finished in the top four in every season. Taking a brief hiatus from coaching, he has been a certified USAV Volleyball Referee for the last two seasons. He still enjoys playing volleyball recreationally and is looking forward to coaching with his youngest (out of six!) daughters. Ekavir works as a Systems Engineer and has recently taken up paddle boarding when he’s not playing volleyball.


11 and under
Michelle Gajdka
(Co-Head Coach)

Michelle is a Vision alum, and a very solid 6-rotation player. She competed at the 16’s-18’s level helping lead each of her teams to the Open Division at the JNC’s. And in each of her younger seasons, helped lead her teams to the tournament having started playing at the age of 12. Michelle is currently a sophomore on the Santa Clara University team, where she is one of their primary hitters, and a 6-rotation starter. She is a fierce competitor but understands the balance in enjoying the experience as well. She is currently in the College of Arts and Sciences, while working toward her goal of ‘being happy in whatever she is doing” – as she notes on her SCU bio.


Erin Reineking (Co-Head Coach)

Erin is a Bay Area native having grown up in Salinas. She is a senior setter and defensive player on the Santa Clara University team, which she joined after spending a season at TCU. She had a stellar junior career in the Monterey Peninsula, having helped lead her Salinas High School team to a perfect 36-0 Tri-County League record during her three years on Varsity. She dished out over 1900 assists as a 3-year starter. In her senior season she was her team MVP and the Monterey County MVP. Erin had a successful club career playing for Main Beach in Santa Cruz. She is a Psychology major at Santa Clara, a member of the National honors Society and National Charity League.


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Oscar Crespo (College Recruiting Coordinator)


Oscar provides a wealth of knowledge in recruiting, with over 25 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level.  Prior to joining Vision, Oscar was most recently the Head Coach of the Women Volleyball Team at San Jose State University where he spent seven seasons. Prior to accepting the Spartan position, Crespo spent seven years as a member of the University of Nevada volleyball coaching staff, as an Assistant Coach and Associate Head Coach. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, USA Volleyball, and the Northern California Volleyball Association. Crespo is an accomplished coach with international experience. He coached the BIP/USA Selection team in 2001 in Seblini, Italy. He spent the spring of 2002 coaching a USA College All-Star team in France, Holland and Belgium, and in 2007 was on the USA/BIP staff coaching the USA selection which competed on a six city tour in Argentina vs the Argentinian National Team. Crespo's coaching experience also includes stints at the University of California, Berkeley (1995-98), Saint Mary's College (1993-94) and De Anza College. Crespo and his wife, Lisa Ice-Crespo, a three-time All-American at San José State, reside in Los Gatos with their three children: Ryan, Rachel and Karly.