2019 sTAFF information


Joe Ripp (Club Director)

Joe is both the founder (1997) and director of Vision Volleyball Club. During that 21 year span, the teams Joe has coached have qualified for the JNC’s every year and won multiple NCVA Regional Championships. He has coached at every age level, from 14's through 18's. Joe will return to coach 15 Gold for the second straight year. In 2017 he coach 17 Gold, a team that won the region and finished 5th at Nationals. In 2016 his 15 Gold team went undefeated in the region and qualified for the Open division at Nationals. From 2016 – 2009 his teams all qualified for the Open division. 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 had two stints as head coach at Los Gatos High School and spent a total of 20-year coaching at LGHS.  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 fourth year with Vision. Last year, Tyler’s Vision 18 Gold team double qualified for the Open division at Nationals and medaled in 3 National Qualifiers; the Ohio Valley, the Golden State and Colorado Crossroads. He is in his second season as an Assistant Coach at Santa Clara University after spending two seasons as an Assistant Coach at Stanford University. Tyler’s last season at Stanford, he helped lead the team 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.

Nicki Hess (Assistant Coach)

Nikki grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and started playing club volleyball at the age of 9. She attended Horizon High School and won 3 state championships and 1 runner-up. After graduating from Horizon, she then attended Santa Clara University. She was awarded WCC All-Freshmen team in 2013, WCC All-Conference team in 2014, 2015, and 2016, a First Team AVCA All-Pacific North Region and an AVCA All-American Honorable mention both in 2015. She also played Beach Volleyball at Santa Clara and was voted on the inaugural WCC All-Conference team. In 2017 Nikki served as an assistant for 11 gold at Vision. After graduating from SCU, she joined a team overseas in Switzerland and played professionally for Genève Volley where she also coached boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 18. She is now back with vision for her second year, assisting with 12 gold and 18 gold.

Tatiana San Juan (Assistant Coach)

Tatiana is currently in her senior season at Santa Clara University, where is plays both on the indoor team and beach teams. She grew up in the Bay Area and began her volleyball career in 8th grade. She attended St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. and played for head coach Leahi Hall. After graduating high school, she coached for City Beach VBC.  Tatiana is currently finishing out her final year at Santa Clara and working toward a bachelor of science in mathematics. 


18 Blue
Bret Almazan-Cezar (Head Coach)

Bret is in his 19th season as Head Varsity Coach for Archbishop Mitty High School. His teams won 11 CIF State Championship including 6 in a row from 2012 - 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.


Katy Ripp (Assistant Coach)
Katy Ripp is a full time instructor and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Foothill College since 2004.   Her Foothill teams have won 11 league titles, and in the 2015 season, finished 4th in the state. Prior to her arrival at Foothill, Katy served as an assistant women's volleyball coach at Stanford University (2002 – 2004); at Santa Clara University (2001 -2002); and at CSU Sonoma (1999 - 2001.) Before her coaching career, she played professionally on the Bud Light Professional Beach Volleyball Tour from 1993 to 1997; played in professional indoor leagues in Italy from 1996 to 1997; as well as for the National Volleyball Association's Orange County Diggers in 1996. She played in the Associated Volleyball Professional Beach Volleyball Doubles League from 1998 to 2002 with partner Stephanie Cox. Coach Ripp played collegiate volleyball at the University of the Pacific from 1989 to 1993. Katy and her husband Joe live in Los Gatos, California and have two boys.


Jami Maffei (Assistant Coach)
This is Jami’s first season coaching at Vision. She is an experienced club coach and currently an assistant coach at Foothill College. Jami has also coached at her alma mater, Hillsdale High School. She played collegiately at Foothill College, where she was a libero and team captain. Jami helped her team win a conference championship and qualifying for the State Championship. At Hillsdale High School, Jami played four years on the varsity team as an outside hitter. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at San Francisco State University.



17 Gold
Ron Whitmill (Head Coach)
Ron returns to the 17's team this season after winning the region and double qualifying for the open division with 17 Gold in 2018. His teams have now won the region 3 years in a row and qualified for the JNC's in each of the past 11 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. All three seasons his 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 previously was the head coach at Menlo-Atherton High School (2012-2014) where he won 2 CCS D1 championships and was a Mercury News Coach of the Year. He is currently the Head Varsity Coach at Valley Christian High School (2015-present) where his teams have won 2 CCS titles as well as 2 NorCal championships and a CIF State championship.

​Michelle Gajdka (Assistant 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. Michelle is currently a senior 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.

Joe Ripp (Assistant Coach)
Joe is both the founder (1997) and director of Vision Volleyball Club. During that 21 year span, the teams  Joe has coached have qualified for the JNC’s every year and won multiple NCVA Regional Championships. He has coached at every age level, from 14's through 18's. Joe will return to coach 15 Gold for the second straight year. In 2017 he coach 17 Gold, a team that won the region and finished 5th at Nationals. In 2016 his 15 Gold team went undefeated in the region and qualified for the Open division at Nationals. From 2016 – 2009 his teams all qualified for the Open division. 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 had two stints as head coach at Los Gatos High School and spent a total of 20-year coaching at LGHS.  His high school teams won four CCS championships, three Nor-Cal championships and one California State Championship.


17 Blue

Matt Hoffman (Head Coach)

Matt is currently in his third year as the Head Volleyball Coach at San Francisco State.  In 2018 at Vision he coached 17 Blue and assisted 15 Gold, having helped both teams qualify for Nationals.  Matt returned to Vision in 2017 to lead the 18 Gold team after spending three years as an Assistant at Wichita State where he helped the Shockers win two Missouri Valley Conference Championships and appeared in two NCAA tournaments. 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 Pac-12 Conference championships. He also coached five All-Americans, a Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year, and 11 All Pac-12 honorees. In 2011 and 2012, 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.


Vanessa Ditz (Assistant Coach)
Vanessa is the currently a senior on the San Francisco State volleyball team. In 2017 she appeared in all 26 matches for the Gators… Was third on the team with 198 digs. Prior to SF State, Vanessa at Cabrillo College and helped guide her squad to a 2015 State Championship. Vanessa played locally at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz. She helped lead her team to three-straight SCCAL League Championships from 2013-15 and earned All-Conference honors in her junior and senior season. 


16 Gold

Iris Tolenada (Head Coach)
Iris returns this season after assisting the 18 Gold team 2014-2018, and serving as Head Coach of the 16 Blue team in 2016 & 2018, leading them to the JNC's both years. Iris played professionally in the Philippines and was named Best Setter in the two seasons she played. Additionally, she served as vice captain of the Philippine Senior National Team as they competed in the 2015 AVC Championships. She is now the top Assistant Coach at her alma mater San Francisco State University, where she was a 4-year captain, a four-time All-CCAA honoree, and the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Player in 2012-2013. Tolenada is just the second student-athlete in SF State history to earn CCAA MVP and SF State's only volleyball player to do so. She is the career record holder for assists & sets played, and she is second all-time in digs & third all-time in aces. She began her coaching career in San Francisco with Slainte Volleyball Club, coached camp at Stanford University and San Francisco State, and has assisted at 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.


Ron Whitmill (Assistant Coach)

Ron returns to the 17's team this season after winning the region and double qualifying for the open division with 17 Gold in 2018. His teams have now won the region 3 years in a row and qualified for the JNC's in each of the past 11 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. All three seasons his 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 previously was the head coach at Menlo-Atherton High School (2012-2014) where he won 2 CCS D1 championships and was a Mercury News Coach of the Year. He is currently the Head Varsity Coach at Valley Christian High School (2015-present) where his teams have won 2 CCS titles as well as 2 NorCal championships and a CIF State championship.


Eden Fukushima - (Assistant Coach)
Eden is the currently a senior on the San Francisco State volleyball team. In 2017 she led the team with 496 assists, and her 7.87 per-set ranked eighth in the CCAA. Prior to SF State she played two years at Cabrillo College and helped guide her team to a 2015 State Championships; earning her First Team Coast Conference and First Team All-State NorCal Region accolades. Eden attended Benicia High School and was named back-to-back Team MVP in 2013 and 2014 and earned all-conference honors in both 2013 and 2014.


16 Blue

Tony Holland (Head Coach)
Tony is in his 9th season coaching club volleyball in the Bay Area. Since joining Vision in 2016, Tony has head coached 18 Blue and assisted Matt Hoffman with 17 Blue. His teams have won the Pacific Northwest Qualifier (‘16), a bronze medal at Colorado Crossroads (‘17) and each has qualified for JNC’s. Prior to joining Vision, Tony served 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, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Tony is currently in his 6th season as the First Assistant Coach with the Menlo School Girls Varsity where he has helped lead them to 4 WBAL Championships, a CCS Championship, 2 Nor Cal Championships, the 2013 CIF Division IV State Championship match and the 2016 Division IV State Championship. The first in Menlo School history. Tony works as a Global Markets Investment Advisor and resides in San Mateo with his wife Whitney and their daughters, Quinn and Riley.


Tait Rafat (Assistant Coach)
Tait Rafat is a full-time instructor at San Jose City College and runs the Adapted PE program.  Tait is an experienced collegiate coach, having spent 8 seasons as the Head Coach at San Jose City and prior to that, was an assistant coach at University of Nevada, Reno.  Tait is CAP level II accredited by USA Volleyball, is a member of the AVCA, and is a volleyball conditioning specialist. Tait is in his 10th season with Vision and had spent 8 seasons coaching 17 Blue. During that time his teams qualified for Nationals five times, and have won both the PNQ in Spokane and the Las Vegas Invitational. He has also spent a season coaching Vison 18 Blue. Last year Tait helped his Vision 12 Gold team qualified for the JNC’s in Detroit. He and his wife Shannon, reside in Morgan Hill will their two daughters, Aleah and Maya, who both play volleyball for their schools and for club. 


Jade Gillespie - (Assistant Coach)
Jade is a former longtime Vision player and a current player at San Francisco State College. Jade played locally at Valley Christian High School, where she helped lead the team to a State Championship in 2015. After high school played at Hawaii-Pacific (2017), before transferring to SF State. 



15 Gold

Joe Ripp (Head Coach)
Joe is both the founder (1997) and director of Vision Volleyball Club. During that 21 year span, the teams  Joe has coached have qualified for the JNC’s every year and won multiple NCVA Regional Championships. He has coached at every age level, from 14's through 18's. Joe will return to coach 15 Gold for the second straight year. In 2017 he coach 17 Gold, a team that won the region and finished 5th at Nationals. In 2016 his 15 Gold team went undefeated in the region and qualified for the Open division at Nationals. From 2016 – 2009 his teams all qualified for the Open division. 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 had two stints as head coach at Los Gatos High School and spent a total of 20-year coaching at LGHS.  His high school teams won four CCS championships, three Nor-Cal championships and one California State Championship.

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.


Shelby Edwards (Assistant Coach)

Shelby returns to Vision, having coached multiple seasons, at every age level, from 11's through 18's.  She was an assistant coach with the 2012 18 Gold Team that won a JNC bronze medal and also the 2004 18 Gold Team that won a JNC silver medal.  She has also coached at the middle school, high school, and community college level.  Shelby played high school volleyball at Los Gatos High School where she was coached by Joe Ripp, winning a CCS, Northern California, and State Championship.  She also played club volleyball for Oscar Crespo.  She played collegiate volleyball at the University of Oregon.  She loves “the opportunity to coach young athletes, in a sport that has given so much to her and her family.”


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

Lacey Gera (Co-Head Coach)
Lacey returns for a sixth 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 for the women’s program and the Head Coach for the men’s program. 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.


Kyra Pelayo (Co-Head Coach)
Kyra returns to Vision Volleyball Club for a fifth 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.


14 Blue
Kevin Corral (Head Coach)
Kevin returns to Vision after assisting the 13 Blue team last year. He has over 15 years of coaching experience,  including coaching various age groups at the club level for Vision, Stingray and Yahoo volleyball clubs. He also has been the head coach for several Bay Area high school programs, including Santa Teresa HS, Fremont HS and the Archbishop Mitty Men’s programs. He played collegiately at San Jose State for the Men’s club team and earned a first team All-American honor at the 2003 NIRSA Collegiate Volleyball Championships. He currently works as a land surveyor in San Jose and enjoys spending his time away from coaching golfing and playing grass volleyball.

Fiona Green (Assistant Coach)​
This is Fiona’s first season coaching with Vision Volleyball Club. She grew up in Palo Alto, and played her 18s season at Vision. Fiona plays indoor and beach volleyball collegiately at Foothill College, and is a captain for the indoor team. At Palo Alto High School, Fiona played on the varsity team as an outside hitter. She is currently working on her Anthropology for Transfer Degree at Foothill College.​


13 Gold

Emily Burke (Co - Head Coach)
Emily returns for her seventh season with Vision. Previously she was the head coach of Vision 13 Gold in 2016 she was as an Assistant with the 17 Gold team for four seasons. She helped lead the 2011 17 Gold team to a fifth place, and the 2010 and 2009 teams to Bronze Medals at the Junior Nationals. She completed her second season in 2011 as a setter at Santa Clara University. She was the setter for the Vision 18 Gold team in 2007 and helped lead that team to a fifth place finish at the Junior Nationals. Her club career included six seasons with Vision, and her high school career included two trips to the CA State Championship with Archbishop Mitty.

Jon Wallace (Head Coach)

Jon Wallace is in his 20th year at the helm of the Santa Clara University program in 2018. Wallace has solidified the Broncos as an annual top 25 program nationally and a regular participant in the NCAA Tournament. The program has reached 16 NCAA Tournaments (13 under Wallace), including a 2005 Final Four berth. Wallace has produced 10 All-Americans and 12 AVCA All-Region selections and 92 All-West Coast Conference honorees, including three WCC Players of the Year and five WCC Freshmen of the Year. 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.


13 Blue
Alia Casino (Co-Head Coach)

Alia returns to Vision after head coaching the 12 Blue team in 2017 and 2016. She is also a former Vision player who continued her collegiate career playing indoor and beach volleyball at California State University, Northridge. Alia appeared in 103 sets and earned a Big West Championship her junior year. Alia attended St. Francis High School prior to college and was a libero for one of Vision's best 18's teams ever in 2012. She helped that team to a near perfect record on the season with only two losses, won major national qualifiers in Las Vegas, Reno, Colorado, and Southern California, and finished the season with a Bronze Medal at the JNC's. She also earned a Bronze Medal her 17s year with Vision. This will be Alia's third season coaching for Vision.

Ekavir Casino (Co- Head Coach)

This will be Ekavir's 5th season with Vision and 15th year coaching club and high school volleyball. He is a USAV Coaching Alliance Program Level II certified. Ekavir received the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) National Double-Goal Coach Award in 2004. His Vision teams have reached USAV Junior Olympics (now referred to as Girls' National Championship).  He's a retired Systems Engineer from IBM and Ricoh with eight children and soon-to-be 7 grandchildren. His two youngest daughters both played for NCAA Division 1 universities. He still plays recreationally and has of late, taken up golf.


12 Gold
Erin Reineking (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.


Nicki Hess (Assistant Coach)
Nikki grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and started playing club volleyball at the age of 9. She attended Horizon High School and won 3 state championships and 1 runner-up. After graduating from Horizon, she then attended Santa Clara University. She was awarded WCC All-Freshmen team in 2013, WCC All-Conference team in 2014, 2015, and 2016, a First Team AVCA All-Pacific North Region and an AVCA All-American Honorable mention both in 2015. She also played Beach Volleyball at Santa Clara and was voted on the inaugural WCC All-Conference team. In 2017 Nikki served as an assistant for 11 gold at Vision. After graduating from SCU, she joined a team overseas in Switzerland and played professionally for Genève Volley where she also coached boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 18. She is now back with vision for her second year, assisting with 12 gold and 18 gold.



12 Blue
Mileah Hugins (Head Coach)
This is Mileah’s first season coaching with Vision. She is the current JV Head Coach at Los Gatos High School. Mileah is from Southern California, played at Yorba Linda High School and club for both Golden West, Impact and a boy’s season at Pulse Athletics in Anaheim. She is currently at student at San Jose State University.


Taylor Fleming (Assistant Coach)​
This will be Taylor’s first season coaching with Vision. Taylor is a Vision Alumni and played her entire club career for the club. She is currently a starting middle blocker for the varsity volleyball team at Valley Christian High School, where she is completely her senior year. 



11 Gold
Christa Cook - (Head Coach)

Christa is a local product from Los Altos and played collegiality at San Jose State University. She earned a Conference MVP award, went to the Final Four, and the Spartans were ranked in the Top 10 in the country her sophomore, junior and senior years. After college, she continued her career playing professionally both indoor & beach. She represented USA Volleyball on the Olympic B team at the World University Games in Yugoslavia, and as part of the USA All-Star Team Tour of Egypt. Christa has over 25 years experience coaching at the club, high school, and college levels.


Tara Conrad (Assistant Coach)
Tara has over 10 years of volleyball coaching experience including stops at City Beach and Southern California Volleyball Clubs. Tara most recently coached for Vision from 2007-2009 where she coached 18 Blue and 16 Gold alongside Joe Ripp. In 2007,Tara helped coached the 18 Blue team to a bronze medal in the American Division. Tara played volleyball at Stanford from 1998 - 2001, where she won a National Championship during her senior season.


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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.


Cassidy Lichtman (Club Assistant)
Cass will be helping across all high school age Vision teams this season after assisting with the 17 Gold team in 2018. She returned to Vision to assist with the 18 Gold team in 2017, after taking a break to compete with USA Volleyball. Her resume in volleyball is extraordinary. Most recently, she served as an Assistant Coach, helping Stanford University win the NCAA National Championship in 2016. 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, including five golds. Cass also had an outstanding junior career, recognized as one of the top players in the country. She graduated from Stanford in 2011 with a degree in Political Science and a master's in History.