“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Personal Statement from Brandon: “As a coach, my goal is to create a healthy team environment that fosters growth, communication, and trust. I want my players to learn the skills of the game while also understanding it is okay to fail. I love the technical and strategical aspects of volleyball, and I hope to instill that passion into all of my players.”
High School & College Degrees:
I attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael, CA and the University of California Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz CA. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.
High School Playing Experience:
I played four years at Jesuit High School as an outside hitter and middle blocker. I served as varsity team captain for two years. Over my high school career, I was selected for a nomination for Sacramento’s All-City Team, Sacramento’s Optimist Club All-Star Team, Delta River All-League Team, and a Co-MVP for the Delta River League.
Club Playing Experience:
I played for the Northern California Volleyball Club as a middle blocker for several years. Led our team to an 11th place finish in the 2010 USA Junior Olympic Boys’ Volleyball Championships tournament in Austin, Texas.
College Playing Experience:
I played four years of volleyball for the University of California Santa Cruz as a middle blocker. I was nominated as a team captain for two years. During my collegiate career, my team attended three NCAA DIII championship tournaments. I was nominated for an Honorable Mention all-American my senior year.
Beach Playing Experience:
I occasionally grab a few games down at Main or by the harbor, however, I’m always looking for the right partner!
NCVC assistant coach in Rocklin, CA for two years. I am beginning my second season with Club Cruz.
Profession & Personal likes:
I teach a life skills special education class at Aptos High School. When I’m not teaching or coaching volleyball, I’m thinking of ways to be a better teacher and a better coach. I love going to the gym and going on long walks. I’ve just about watched every Lakers and Raiders game I can remember since 1999.
Why Club Cruz?
I want to coach for Club Cruz because I see an emerging club that is looking to take the next step. The players, coaching staff, and administration are on the brink of establishing a local volleyball powerhouse with a program philosophy focused on player growth and development.