Our Staff

We believe in investing in our coaches across the central valley so that they can invest more into the athletes across the valley. We have some of the best coaches in California with vast experience from youth to high school to college to the USA National teams. They all have a passion to teach the game, help explore the athletes’ potential, and strive to coach in a way that fosters a love of the game for life.

Current Staff



Jonathan is one of only 13 four-time All-Americans in NCAA volleyball history, a National Player of the Year, and National Champion. He coached men’s volleyball at Pepperdine and women’s indoor and beach volleyball at the University of Washington, where he mentored more than a dozen All-Americans and won two Pac-12 Championships. He was the Head Coach at Fresno State from 2018-2022 where they had the best winning percentage in over 20 years. He is now the head men’s volleyball coach at Pepperdine University.


Executive Director

Heather Long served as the Director of Sport for Girls’ Basketball at Clovis North High School from 2012-2020, where she established a premier program in the Valley and the state. Heather earned a degree in Kinesiology – Exercise Science from Fresno State, along with a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University, while serving as a Graduate Assistant to the Men’s Basketball team.



Lauren Winslow is a Valley native who attended Clovis West. She started out her athletic playing career in 2009 at Fresno Pacific and was part of the teams third National Championship in as many years. In 2010, Lauren transferred to Fresno State where she finished her playing career in 2013 and found her love for coaching. She has been coaching since 2013 and has had the privilege of being part of volleyball programs at CVC, Clovis West, Clovis East & Central Cal



Kelsee Montagna served as the head coach at Cabrillo College for four years before returning home to the Central Valley. She played at Cabrillo College and at the University of Providence, a double master in Organizational Leadership, Management at Providence and Exercise Science and Coaching at Concordia Irvine. She has directed Zootown VB (Montana) and SC Beach Club (Santa Cruz). Her coaching passion is the development of the player as a whole.. mind & body. She is certified in sports nutrition, strength & conditioning and a wide variety of yoga. She currently serves as the associate head coach for both indoor and beach at Fresno City College.






Jeff serves as the current head coach at West Hills College. He has coached club and high school volleyball for over 3 decades, where he has won a national championship. He coached in college at San Jose State and Fresno State with immense success. For over 20 years, he has been involved with USA Volleyball as a coach, scout, and team leader from youth programs all the way up to the senior women’s national team, as a team leader in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League.



Chantal was the Buchanan Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach and a Central Cal VBC Co-Director from 2013-2021. She played intercollegiate volleyball at UC Davis, earned a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology at CSU Fullerton, and worked for USAV, UC Irvine, and Irvine Valley College Women’s Volleyball Programs.

Leadership Group

  • Michael DeRaffaele

  • Rhonda DeRuiter

  • Travis Herb

  • Kaycee King

  • Chantal Paschetta

  • Danny Samarin

  • Matt Terra

  • Jonathan Winder

  • Kelly Winter

Current coaches

  • Corinne Acosta

  • Justin Adams

  • Amy Armstrong

  • Rudy Barajas

  • Rhonda DeRuiter

  • Molly Eppright

  • Kevin Kaaz

  • Kaycee King

  • Sierra LeBeau

  • Kelsee Montagna

  • Matt Oliveira

  • Sarah Oskam

  • Justin Rita

  • Kieran Roblee

  • Lauren Sabbatini

  • Richard Saldivar

  • Aaron Samarin

  • Matt Terra

  • Amilya Thompson

  • Moana To'Oto'O

  • Courtney Thacker

  • Mikayla Weiss

  • David Wiechmann

  • Kelly Winter

We are always looking for great people who are passionate about the game and want to get involved. Whether you have a passion for the game, previous experience, or a child interested in the sport we’d love to have you join our tribe of coaches who are constantly searching to learn and improve as coaches so we can best support the young people of the Valley. For our vision to come to fruition we need more passionate people in our community coaching the sport. If you’re interested in joining us please email Jonathan at Jonathan@valleyvolleyballacademy.com.