SF Elite 2018-19 Coaches

 

Saga Vae

Saga Vae is the Club Director for SF Elite VBC. Saga has been coaching college, high school, and club volleyball for close to two decades. He has coached all ages from 14s to 18s Division and qualified countless teams to Junior Olympics and Junior National Championships. Coach Saga's influence on the volleyball community across the Bay Area and beyond is unparalleled, with many of his former players and assistants going on to notable volleyball careers themselves.

As the Head Coach of the City College of San Francisco Women's Volleyball team for the past 8 years, Coach Saga has led his team to three straight second place finishes in the Coast Conference and appearances in the State Playoffs. He has also secured athletic scholarships for his players from NCAA Division 1, 2, and NAIA schools each year he has coached. Coach Saga also coached at SF Tremors Volleyball Club for 17 years, earning numerous first place finishes in NCVA's Power League Gold Division, championships at multiple Junior National Qualifiers, and earning bids to several Junior National Championships. Coach Saga also spent 5 years as Head Coach of the South San Francisco High School Girls Varsity volleyball team, earning first or second place finishes in the PAL Conference each year, as well as securing college athletic scholarships for his players each year.


Mikey Brogonia 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Head Coach, 14-Mikey

Mills High School
- Current Varsity Head Coach

650 Xtreme Volleyball Club
- Former Head Coach

SF Tremors Volleyball Club
- Former Head Coach

Slainte Volleyball Club
- Former Head Coach

1st String Volleyball Club
- Former Head Coach
- Former Club Administrator

Prime Volleyball Club
- Former Head Coach

SF Juniors Volleyball Club
- Former Head Coach
- Former Club Administrator

UC Irvine Athletics
- Former Business Operations Manager

Skyline College
- Former Assistant Coach 

UC Irvine Club Volleyball
- Former Head Coach

University High School, Irvine
- Former  Head Coach 

Washington High School, San Francisco
- Former Head Coach

Lowell High School, San Francisco
- Former Head Coach

A.P. Giannini Middle School 
- Former Head Coach

 

Roschelle Buenaflor 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Head Coach, 13-Roschelle
- Future Elite Program Coach

Burton High School
- Current Head Coach Boys’ Varsity
- Current Assistant Coach Girls’ JV/Varsity

SF Tremors Volleyball Club
- Former Coach
- Assistant Coach 13s, JNC appearance 2014
- Assistant Coach 12s, JNC appearance 2012, 2013
- DPS Coach
 
 

Christian Carreon

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- 16-Benny, Assistant Coach

Bay Area Volleyball Club
- Former Coach

Xceleratioan Volleyball Club
- Former Coach

 

Felix Fauatea

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- 12-Karen, Assistant Coach

City College of San Francisco
- Current Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach
- Former Student Helper

Thurgood Marshall High School
- Former Girls' Volleyball Head Coach
         -13-1 Record

 

Tacks Feliciano

SF Elite Volleyball Club
-Future Elite Program Director
-13-Roschelle, Co-Coach

El Camino High School
- Boys Volleyball Head Coach

Drew High School
-Former Girls Varsity Volleyball Head Coach

Terra Nova High School
-Former Girls Varsity Volleyball Head Coach

SF Tremors Volleyball Club
- 13-3 Falcons Head Coach
- 14-2 Falcons Head Coach
- 13-3 Falcons Head Coach
- 14-2 Tigers Assistant Coach
- 13-3 Mustangs Assistant Coach
- 16-1 Titans Assistant-Coach
- 14-2 Mustangs Assistant Coach
- DPS Coach
 

 

Manono Hunkin


SF Elite Volleyball Club
- 11-Rete, Assistant Coach
- Future Elite Program Coach

City College of San Francisco
Former Volunteer Student Coach

 

Tristi Laeha 


SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Assistant Coach, 13-Samantha


 

Shannon Lee 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Assistant Coach, 16-Saga
- Assistant Coach, 15-Saga,  National Bid for Junior Nationals in Detroit, MI.  

Xceleration VBC
- Former Coach

Las Lomas High School
- Former Coach

Acalanes High School 
- Former Coach
 
 

Christina Lopez

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- 12-Christina, Head Coach
- 2018 2nd Place Gold Div. Red Rock Rave Qualifier; bid to JNC

SF Tremors Volleyball Club
Former Coach
- Coached ages 12-17 during tenure
- 12-2 Head Coach, 2nd Place American Div, Far Western Qualifier
- 14-1, Head Coach 1st Place American Div. PNQ; bid to JNC

Saint Gabriel School
Former Coach
- 8-2 Assistant Coach
- 7-2 Assistant Coach

South San Francisco High School
- Former Volunteer Assistant Coach
 
 

Nicko Matau 

SF Elite VBC
- Head Coach, 15-Nicko
- Assistant Coach, 14-Saga, 2018 SCVA Red Rock Rave, (Qualified JNC)

International High School
- Current JV Head Coach

City College of San Francisco
- Former Assistant/Setting Coach (under coach Saga Vae)

SF Tremors Volleyball
- Former Coach
   14-1 Cobra Head Coach, JNC double qualified  
   15-1 Cobra Head Coach, JNC qualified
 
650 Xtreme Volleyball Club
- Former Coach
  16 Navy Head Coach 
  14 Navy Head Coach 

1st String Volleyball Club
- Former Coach
  15-1 Head Coach, JNC qualified team 
  16-1 Head Coach


 

Symone Mackiewicz 

SF Elite Volleyball
- Assistant Coach, 15-Nicko

Frisco Bay Volleyball Club
- Former Coach
  Qualified for JNC 2015

International High School, San Francisco
- Current Varsity Head Coach
  Placed third in league past three years
  Three NCS appearances

Terra Nova High School, Pacifica
- Former Varsity Head Coach
  Undefeated season
  League Champs
  NCS semi-finals appearance
 
 

Bria Morgan 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Head Coach, 15-Bria

Drew School
- Current Girls’ Varsity Head Coach

Soquel High School 
- Former Boys’ JV Head Coach
 
 

Michelle McCarthy 

SF Elite Volleyball Club

- Assistant Coach, 17-Eric

International High School
- Current Girls Varsity Assistant Coach

Frisco Bay Volleyball Club
- Former 15-1 Assistant Coach
- Former 17-1 Clinic Coach

Mizuno Long Beach
- Former Assistant Coach, 15-Runbird

Prime Athletes/Surfside Volleyball
- Former Clinic Coach

Colgate University
- Former Clinic Coach

 

 

Teddy Niemera 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Head Coach, 15-Teddy

Saint Ignatius High School
- Current Head Coach, Girls’ Freshman Team 

Menlo College
- Current Men's Volleyball Assistant Coach

University of San Francisco
- Current Volunteer Sand Program Coach 

Los Angeles Pierce College
- Former Assistant Coach
  3 conference titles (two men’s and one women’s season)
  2018 Men’s Volleyball State Champion
  Coach of the year in the Western State Conference (youngest person and only assistant to win the award)

UC Santa Barbara
- Former Volunteer Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach

 
 

Benny Nguyen 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Head Coach, 16-Benny
 

 

Tony Nguyen 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Assistant Coach, 14-Saga
- Assistant Coach, 14-Saga, USA Bid Junior Nationals in Detroit, MI
- Assistant Coach, 15-Saga, National Bid Junior Nationals in Detroit, MI 
 

 

Rete Palega 

SF Elite Volleyball Club 
- Head Coach, 11-Rete



 

Nino Rebancos 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Assistant Coach, 15-Bria 

Drew School
- Current Varsity Assistant Coach
 

 

Eric Salazar 

SF Elite Volleyball Club

- 17-Eric, Head Coach

Frisco Bay Volleyball Club, 2009 - 2018 (Qualified for JNC for 7 out of 9 times)
- 16 Power 2018, Head Coach - JNC Detroit
- 15 Power 2017, Head Coach - JNC Minnesota
- 14 Power 2016, Head Coach - JNC Indianapolis
- 13 Power 2015, Head Coach - Top 12 in 13s Power League
- 12 Power 2014, Head Coach - Top 8 in 12s Power League
- 15 Power 2013, Head Coach - JNC Dallas
- 14 Power 2011, Head Coach - JNC Atlanta
- 14 Power 2010, Co-Head Coach - JNC Reno
- 13 Power 2009, Co-Head Coach - JNC Miami

South San Francisco High School, 2011 2014
- Head Coach - Girls Varsity Volleyball
2014 - Varsity - Peninsula Athletic League, Bay Division. CCS Playoffs
2013 - Varsity - 2nd Place Peninsula Athletic League, Ocean Division

- Head Coach - Girls JV Volleyball
2012 JV - 2nd Place Peninsula Athletic League, Ocean Division
2011 JV - Undefeated Champs Peninsula Athletic League, Ocean Division


 

 

Kelly Sung  

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Head Coach, 13-Kelly
- Head Coach 2018, 16-Kelly
   Adidas Windy City National Qualifier Silver Division Champions
- Head Coach 2018, 13-Velvet
  1st Place Far Westerns - Open DivisionQualified for Girls Junior Nationals Open Division
  1st Place Regional Champions

Lowell High School 
- Current Girls’ Varsity Head Coach
  2017 AAA Champions
  2017 2nd Round CIF State Girls Volleyball Championships - Division II
   Furthest in school history
  2017 Carmichael Tournament Champions
  2016 1st Round of CIF State NorCal
  2016 2nd Place AAA League   
  2016 Carmichael Tournament Champions

San Francisco Juniors Volleyball Club
- Former Assistant Coach
  16 Black
  15 Black
  14 White
  16 Roshambo
  15 Roshambo
  11 Developmental
 

Tony Nguyen 

SF Elite Volleyball Club 
- Assistant Coach, 13-Kelly 

NCVC 
- Former Head Coach
  14-1 Girls Head Coach, Silver Medal USA JNCs 14 National - (4th) NCVA
  15-2 Girls Head Coach
  15-1 Girls Assistant Coach, 27th Place - 15 National, 4th Place NCVA Power League

Delta Valley Volleyball Club
- Former Head Coach  

Force Volleyball Club
- Former Coach
 16-1 Head Coach
 14-1 Head Coach
 16-1 Co-Head Coach 
 15-1 Assistant Coach
 14-2 Assistant Coach 
 
Pleasant Grove High School
- Current Varsity Assistant Coach

Monterey Trail High School
- Former Varsity Head Coach

Bradshaw Christian School
- Former Varsity Assistant Coach

Sheldon High School
- Former Varsity Assistant Coach
 

 

Stephanie Wong   

SF Elite Volleyball Club
        12-Christina, Assistant Coach
            2018 JNC Detroit, American Division
            SCVA Red Rock Rave, 2nd Place

St. Cecilia School
- Former Coach        
   2016 7th Grade CYO Division 1 Runner Up
   2017 8th Grade CYO Division 1

St. Gabriel School
- Former Coach
   2014 8th Grade CYO Division 1 Winner
   2013 7th Grade CYO Division 1 Winner
   2013 8th Grade CYO Division 2
   2012 7th Grade CYO Division 2

SF Tremors Volleyball Club
 - Former Coach
    12-2 Assistant Coach, 2015-2016 - Far Western Gold Division American, 2nd Place
    14-1 Assistant Coach, 2013-2014 - Pacific Northwest Qualifier American Champions (qualified JNC) 
12-3 Head Coach, 2012-2013 - NCVA Area League Runner Up

South San Francisco High School
- Former Varsity Volunteer Assistant Coach
 

Samantha Woo 

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- Head Coach, 13-Samantha

Lowell High School
- Current Girls' JV Head Coach
- Former Girls' JV Assistant Coach
- Boys Varsity Head Coach

Frisco Bay Volleyball Club
- Former Coach
 13s Head Coach
 17s Head Coach
 

Karen Yip

SF Elite Volleyball Club
- 12-Karen, Head Coach

SF Tremors Volleyball Club
- 13-2 Mustangs, Head Coach
      - Gold Division, 5th Place, JNC Indianapolis
- 12-2 Mustangs, Assistant Coach
      - Gold Division, 4th Place, JNC New Orleans
- 14-2 Cobras, Assistant Coach
      - Silver Division
- 12-2 Mustangs, Assistant coach

Slainte Volleyball Club
Former Coach
- Boys 18-2, Assistant Coach
      - 3rd in Bronze

International High School
Girls' Junior Varsity, Assistant Coach
     - League Champions