2017 STAFF


Joe Ripp (Club Director)

Joe is both the founder of Vision Volleyball Club and a participating coach. This year, Joe will coach the 17 Gold team after three seasons coaching 16 Gold and last year with the 15 Gold. Each season his teams qualified for the JNC Open Division each year. 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 three CCS championships, three Nor-Cal championships and one California State Championship.


18 Gold

Matt Hoffman (Head Coach)

Matt returns to Vision after spending three years as an Assistant at Wichita State. He returns to the Bay Area 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.



Iris Tolenada (Assistant 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. She just returned from a season playing professionally in the Phillipines.

18 Blue

Tony Holland (Head 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.


Alexis Pinson (Assistant Coach)

Alexis played in Arizona at Xavier College Prep where she won two state titles. After high school, Alexis went on to Arizona State University for three seasons. She was twice named as an honorable mention to the Pac-12 All-Academic team. After earning her BA in Business from ASU, she moved to Athens, OH to complete her final year of eligibility as a grad student at Ohio University. At OU, she was a 4-time MAC Defensive Player of the Week, First Team All-Conference selection, and MAC Conference season leader in blocks per set and hitting percentage. Her team that year also captured the regular season and tournament MAC Conference titles. Alexis coached three seasons at Arizona Storm at the 14’s level and one season at Red Rock at the 15's level. Alexis resides in Santa Clara, and works for the San Francisco 49ers.


17 Gold

Joe Ripp (Head Coach)

Joe returns to coach the 17 Gold team in 2016. Most recently, he coached the 15 Gold team for four seasons, and prior to that, five years with the 16 Gold team. Each of his teams earned a spot in the Open Division of the JNC'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 three CCS championships, three Nor-Cal championships and one California State Championship. He is the founder of Vision Volleyball Club.

Oscar Crespo (Co-Head Coach)

Oscar joins Joe for a second season after helping lead the 15 Gold team to a JNC Open bid in 2016. Prior to joining Vision, Oscar was most recently the Head Coach of the Women Volleyball Team at San Jose State University where he spent eight 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 spent the spring of 2002 coaching a USA College All-Star team in France, Holland and Belgium. Crespo's vast 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 volleyball player at San José State, reside in Los Gatos with their three children: Ryan, Rachel and Karly Nicole.



17 Blue

Dan Hoefer (Assistant Coach)

Dan moves to the 17 Blue team this season after helping lead the 13 Gold team in 2016. His team earned a bid to the JNC's in Indianapolis. Last season he returned to Vision where he had previously led his 2009 15 Blue team to a Gold Medal at the JNC’s in Miami. Dan played college at UOP and had a solid junior career. His coaching resume includes stints with Bay-to-Bay VBC, Los Gatos High School, Mountain View VBC, and Vision. With Vision he has been both an indoor and sand coach. He is married to former Vision player Amy Grabill Hoefer and lives in Los Gatos with their two sons, Owen and Davis.​

Patrick Largo (Assistant Coach)


Patrick joins Vision for his first season, having a lengthy coaching resume in the area. He has coached at the junior club level, the community college level, and for San Jose State Men's program. He has over a decade of experience, starting his coaching career in 2003. His junior coaching experience includes Gilroy High School, and clubs in the South Bay. He also coached Community College at Foothill for Head Coach Katy Ripp, wife of Vision Club Director Joe Ripp. Prior to coaching, Patrick played at Gilroy High School, and for San Jose State's Men's team. Patrick serves as a seasonal firefighter in the San Mateo/Santa Cruz unit, and a volunteer in the Morgan Hill and Gilroy.




16 Gold


Will Yuen (Head Coach)

Will returns to the 16's after leading the 2016 Vision 17 Gold team to the JNC's in Indianapolis. Including last season, Will has lead 12 consecutive teams to the Junior National Open Division. He coached the 17 Gold team for eight consecutive seasons. 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.

Ronni Lewis (Assistant Coach)

Ronni returns to Vision for a second season after helping lead the 2016 17 Gold team to the JNC Open Division in Indianapolis. She came to Vision as a coach after a successful junior career with Vision as a player. She then headed to the University of Arizona. At U of A, Ronni also had a solid career as a starting libero and defensive specialist. As a junior player, she helped lead her 18 Gold team to a Bronze Medal at the JNC’s in Atlanta, and was an All-WCAL First Team member during her time at Archbishop Mitty High School. She also helped lead Archbishop Mitty to two State and two National Championships.



16 Blue


Lauryn Anderson (Co-Head Coach)

Lauryn returns to Vision after leading the 17 Blue team in 2016 and the 16 Blue team in 2015. Her 2015 team won a championship at the Far Westerns and a bid to the JNC’s in New Orleans. This followed several years of coaching after a successful playing career. She started her coaching career with the Vision 17 Gold staff where she was an Assistant Coach for two seasons, and in 2008. In 2011 she was an Assistant for the Vision 17 Blue team, which qualified for the JNC's in Ohio. As a player she competed at Santa Clara University as an opposite hitter and middle blocker. She earned All-Academic honors her sophomore season and helped SCU to the WCC Championship. As a high school junior, Lauryn helped lead the Vision 17 Gold team to a Silver medal, playing for Vision Club Director Joe Ripp. She completed her junior career as a starter on Vision's 18 Gold team and in just three years of club volleyball, earned a full scholarship to Santa Clara.

Fletcher Anderson (Co-Head Coach)

Fletcher returns to Vision after helping lead the 17 Blue team in 2016. 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.


16 White

Ryan Cooling (Head Coach)


Ryan returns for his third consecutive season to coach with Roz, after helping lead the 16 White team in 2016, and the 17 White team in 2015. He has been coaching in the Bay Area for two decades with Vision and City Beach, as well as in high school at Archbishop Mitty and Presentation. He furthered his coaching career at the college level at Texas-Arlington. As a coach in the juniors, he earned a Silver and four Bronze medals, with his overall coaching career spanning 25 years. In 2009, Ryan was named California State-Coach-of-the-Year by the National Federation of High School.


​TBD (Assistant Coach)

15 Gold


Ron Whitmill (Head Coach)

Ron returns to the 15's level after coaching the 16's team for the past three seasons where he led his team to the JNC Open Division. 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.

Hillary Ford (Assistant Coach)

Hillary returns to Vision to coach with Ron after helping lead the 16 Gold team in 2016. She is a former Vision player who continued her career at Princeton University. As a junior player she was a 4-year starter at Palo Alto High School where she played outside hitter, setter, and defensive specialist. She was a 3-time team MVP, and was the league MVP as a senior. For two seasons she competed as a two-sport athlete, competing in track and field in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. At Princeton she was a 4-year starter at libero, where she had several matches recording more than 20 digs. Hillary is currently an Assistant Coach at Palo Alto High School.



15 Blue

Jeanine Haldi (Head Coach)

Jeanine leads the 15 Blue team 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 second 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 17th 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. 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, 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

Tyler Taylor (Co-Head Coach)

Tyler is in his second year with Vision having coached the 14 Blue and 18 Gold teams the past two years. He is in his second season as an Assistant Coach at Stanford University. Tyler has a solid background coaching 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.

Dan Lee (Co-Head Coach)

Dan is in his fourth year with Vision Volleyball Club after coaching with the 14 Blue team the past two seasons and the 13 Gold and 12 Area teams in 2013. He previously coached locally with Palo Alto High School and at Jordan Middle School. He has a lengthy coaching resume and in addition to his focus in volleyball, he has coached youth sports in Little League Baseball and Soccer. In volleyball, Dan had a collegiate playing career as part of the UPENN Men's Club Team, and still competes with NCVA events and IVL. He and his wife and family reside in Palo Alto.

13 Gold


Kyra Pelayo (Co-Head Coach)

Kyra returns to Vision Volleyball Club for a third 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 third 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

Chi Chui (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

Tori Carroll (Assistant Coach)

Tori returns to Vision for a fifth season and second with the 13 Blue team after coaching at the 12's and 14's levels the previous two years. Tori is a former player from the Bay Area. She was a 4-year member of the Homestead High School Varsity team, and was the team captain and team MVP her senior year. She played eight years of club volleyball for City Beach, and qualified for the Junior National Championships five times. She played collegiately at Biola for one season before returning to the Bay Area. In addition to coaching club, she helps Assist at Homestead High School.

12 Gold


Lisa Becerra (Head Coach)

Lisa returns to Vision and to the 12's program after helping lead the 14 Gold team in 2016. Prior to starting her coaching career, she played club for Vision in her 17’s and 18’s seasons, and continued her career on a full scholarship to Georgia State University. Since graduating, she has built her coaching resume with 12 years in club volleyball, including being the Director/Head Coach of PAC Performance VBC. She also spent 5 years coaching at St Ignatius, where her 2010 team won the school’s first CCS Championship. She has also provided private lessons for a decade. As a player, Lisa was a 4-year Varsity starter, was the Santa Cruz Sentinel Sophomore-of-the-Year, the SCCAL Junior-of-the-Year, and SCCAL MVP.



Emily Burke (Assistant Coach)

Emily returns to coach for Vision for a third season after completing a season playing professionally overseas. She is currently a full-time Assistant Coach at Santa Clara University where she completed her collegiate playing career. She competed locally for Archbishop Mitty High School, and as a junior player for Vision. She earned All-Tournament at the Junior National Championships in her senior season. She started her coaching career at Archbishop Mitty and coached from 2008-2012 for Vision. She then moved on to Santa Clara where she began her collegiate coaching career.



12 Blue
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Mckenzie Pallosou (Head Coach)

McKenzie is in her third season with Vision after helping with the 12’s program in 2015 and 2016. She played collegiately at San Jose State University on the sand team after attending Monterey Peninsula College. Locally she competed at Salinas High School. While at Salinas she was a 3-sport athlete competing in soccer and track and field. She is currently at San Jose State completing her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Movement Science.


Alia Casino (Assistant 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.


11 Gold


Jon Wallace (Head Coach) - Contact Joe Ripp for more information on this team.


​Jon is in his 18th 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.


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Dan Kaplan (College Recruiting Coordinator)

Dan has been with Vision Volleyball Club since its inception, and has worked in the junior volleyball community since 1994. As Recruiting Coordinator, his primary focus is to assist athletes in their effort to play collegiate volleyball. In his two decades as a part of the volleyball community, he has established personal relationships with many collegiate coaches at all levels. In doing so, he has gained a thorough understanding of the dynamics of the recruiting process. With Vision, he has played some role in assisting a majority of Vision's College-Bound Athletes.