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.
Kai Ayoso was born and raised on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. Kai started his athletic career playing a lot of division I sports including Football, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball & his favorite VOLLEYBALL. Following High School, he attended the University of Hawaii playing on the Volleyball Team as an outside hitter/setter, as well as on the Baseball team as a catcher. Shortly after, he decided to join the United States Air Force and played on the Air Force Team traveling the globe looking for his next match.
Now, as a seasoned athlete, he spends his days coaching and developing young talent in multiple sports. The beliefs of hard work, putting in effort, and being coachable have brought him much success! Developing the proper skills to succeed on and off the court is his overall goal for any athlete he trains. So be ready to be at the top of your game!
On the days hes not coaching, you can find him building custom homes with his crew and just enjoying life with his family. If you love what you do and you do what you love then its not work but a gift!
Roschelle Buenaflor started playing volleyball at the age of 7 years old for St. Elizabeth School. She started club at the age of 12 for Slainte and continued at SF Tremors. She played for Burton High Schools Varsity Girls Volleyball all 4 years as the starting Setter. During her years at Burton she has made the 1st and 2nd All City League Team, was MVP for 2 years, and led her team to Playoffs her senior year. She continued her playing career at City College of San Francisco as a Setter for Coach Saga. While playing at CCSF she received a Coast Conference Award for All Conference Team- Honorable Mention and MVP Award. She continues to play in leagues all over California.
Coach Ro has been coaching for 8 years. This is her second season with SF Elite as a Head Coach and FEP Coach. She has made 3 JNC appearances with SF Tremors in 2012 and 2013 for the 12s Division, also in 2014 for the 13s Division as an assistant coach. While coaching teams at SF Tremors, she was also a DPS Coach. From 2016 to present, she helps out with the Burton High school Girls Volleyball team. In 2017, she began coaching for Burton High Schools Boys Volleyball Team. In 2018, she has led the Boys Volleyball team to their 1st playoff appearance with 3 players making 1st Team, 2nd Team, and Honorable Mention for the AAA/CIF SF All League Team. This year, she has led Burton to their 2nd consecutive playoff appearance, 1st Championship appearance, and 1st CIF NorCal Boys Volleyball Championship appearance. This season also includes players making the 1st Team, Honorable Mention, and receiving the Peter K. Yan Award for AAA/CIF SF All League Team.
William Huang first started playing volleyball competitively back in high school. He remembers entering Burton's gym as a little kid and saw large crowds cheering and shouting. He entered the gym to watch his older cousin play alongside Roschelle Buenaflor in an intense game of volleyball. Years later, he attended Burton High School and decided to join the Boys Volleyball coached by Roschelle. William played under Coach Ro for Burton High School Boys Varsity Volleyball for all 4 years as an outside/opposite. He also played club for a year under Slainte 18-1s. Throughout the years, he found a passion for the sport and created strong bonds with coaches and players. During Williams high school season in 2018-2019, he would find time to coach at Frisco Bay and helped run drills/activities during practice.
William brought his team to their 1st playoff appearance in Burton's school history in 2018. The following year, he led Burton to their second consecutive playoff appearance, first Championship appearance, as well as their first CIF Norcal Boys Volleyball Championship appearance. William earned many awards over the years, from Honorable Mention 2x and finished off his senior year with First Team for the AAA/CIF SF All League Team. William is currently a student at San Jose State University studying Business and Marketing. Coach Will still continues his volleyball career playing for the SJSU Men's Club volleyball; D1AA in NCVF and DII in NCCVL South. He also plays in many other tournaments throughout the year including outdoors and 9-MAN.
William is very excited to have the opportunity to coach alongside Head Coach, Roshelle Buenaflor. From watching Coach Ro play to being coached by her in high school and now a chance to coach with her, he's eager to be a coach for the SF Elite Boys season.
Coach Manono (Nono) started his volleyball career playing on the varsity men's volleyball team at Phillip and Sala Burton High school. He developed his passion for this sport because of his Uncle Saga. After high school, Nono was a student coach for the womens City College of San Francisco volleyball team for two years.
Last year, was Nono's first year coaching club. He was the assistant for SF Elite's 11's team. This year he will resume his position as the 11's assistant.
Michael Manalo holds a wide range of experience coaching volleyball in the Bay Area. Currently, he is the Boys Volleyball Head Coach at Academy High School. In addition to this, Manalo is also the Girls Volleyball assistant coach at Washington High School, in San Francisco, California.
Prior to these coaching positions, he has volunteered coaching volleyball for over 9 years. Specifically speaking, during that time he has worked with both boys and girls for San Franciscos Park & Recreation Department.
Here at SF Elite, last season Manalo coached the girls 12's Premier Team. At this time, he will be one of the boys volleyball coaches as he enters his first season.
During his time away from coaching, some of Manalo's hobbies include watching, filming and photographing volleyball games as he travels across the country. He has a designated Instagram account (@MANALOVBALL) specifically allocated to volleyball related content such as drills, game clips, and player highlights.
One quote that Manalo lives by is: It's not a vacation without volleyball.
Brandon has been surrounded by volleyball his whole life growing up, but did not start playing competitively until his junior year of high school. Growing up, he began playing in his recreational church league and slowly developed his skills through multiple coaches throughout his life. He's now an active player participating in multiple local adult tournaments as well as in NAGVA tournaments. He also plays 9-man every summer with his Dragons family.
Brandon started his coaching career as the head coach for Wallenberg High School's boys volleyball team in the Spring of 2016, later that year he began coaching for Galileo High School's girls varsity volleyball team. In 2017, he became assistant coach to his sister, Samantha, at Frisco Bay coaching their 13's team. Brandon is now the assistant coach for Lowell High School's Varsity boys team alongside his sister. He's excited to coaching this season with SF ELITE this year!
Samantha started playing competitively after high school at Skyline college. She played mostly recreational church leagues throughout high school. She now plays 9-man every summer and travels every Labor Day weekend all over the country.
Samantha started coaching in the Spring of 2016 at Wallenberg High School for the boys. Her club coaching career began at Frisco Bay in 2017. Since 2016, she has been coaching Lowell High School JV girls. As of 2017, she is also coaching the Lowell High School Varsity boys team since. She helped bring her JV girls' team to championships 4 years in a row, winning the a total of 3 years. She has also brought her boys to two consecutive playoff appearances, with a championship run in 2019. She started coaching at SF Elite in 2019 and is currently coaching the girls. Shes very excited for this upcoming first season with the boys!