“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Unknown
Personal Statement from Alison: “When working with a team I like to focus not only on the skills of volleyball but also skills for the real world. Volleyball and sports, in general, are great ways to have fun and exercise, but I think what is even more special and beneficial are the things that sports teach you that are applicable for your life. I would say the two things that prepared me for the real world were my parents and volleyball. Through volleyball, I learned valuable lessons like time management, cooperation, communication, and self-esteem. By the end of the year, I hope that players have not only developed as volleyball players but also as young adults who will be confident and capable once they leave the nest.
In addition, I have a zero tolerance policy for any sort of bullying or disrespectful behaviors. In order to flourish as a team it’s important that we create not only a safe environment, but hopefully, one that people look forward to coming to each week. Lastly, I’m all for having fun. If we’re not having fun, what’s the point? I’ve seen too many players including myself get burnt out on volleyball because of bad coaching. Your children are here because they’ve expressed some kind of passion or curiosity for volleyball and my goal is to keep that going if not make it even bigger.”
High School & College Degrees:
I graduated from Mount Madonna High School in 2012 and then went onto UCSC where I graduated in 2016 with a degree in psychology. I’m currently at CSUMB getting my single subject teaching credential.
High School Playing Experience:
I played outside hitter in high school.
Club Playing Experience:
I played for Main Beach volleyball club from 13s-18s. I qualified with my team for Junior Nationals my 15s, 16s, and 17s year. My 16s year we won a gold medal at Junior Nationals. I played outside and DS.
College Playing Experience:
I played all four years at UCSC. I started out as an outside hitter and gradually made the transition to DS/ libero my junior year. While at UCSC our team made history by making it to the DIII NCAA tournament twice. The women’s team had never qualified for the tournament before.
Beach Playing Experience:
I started playing beach off and on when I was 16, but have become more competitive with it within the last 2-3 years. I mostly play for fun, but enjoy a CBVA tournament every now and then.
In 2016 I assisted the 17s at Main Beach. After graduating I assisted Aptos High School’s girls’ varsity team where we made it all the way to Nor Cals. I also assisted the 14s boys Main Beach team and head coached my first team at Shoreline Middle School working with the 6th-grade girls there. Currently, I’m coaching the 15/16s Boys Main Beach team. Last year I also assisted the 14s team for Club Cruz and helped run the weekend academy clinics. I’m excited to be with Club Cruz for the second year and move up to the 17/18s team.
Right now I’m coaching for most of my time, but by next school year if everything goes according to the plan I will be employed as an elementary school teacher. When I’m not busy with coaching or school work I like to cook/bake and go for walk by Westcliff.
Why Club Cruz:
What has drawn me to Club Cruz is that I feel like it has been a safe and welcoming place for me to further develop my coaching experience. I also enjoy that there is less of an emphasis on winning at all costs and more focus on developing skills and creating a fun and focused environment.