Saga Vae

Club Director | 17 Saga, HC

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.


Brittany Chan

12 Zahra, AC

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Kenneth Cheung

12 Manalo, AC

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Devon Elisara

10 Little Elite, AC

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Jason Erdenbaatar

15 Jason, HC

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Leo Fung

13 Leo, HC

Leo Fung has been playing volleyball for many years. He started playing at Northgate High School in 2000. His senior year at SF State, he tore his ACL, while also coaching club at the same time. He currently plays in various adult leagues and also beach and grass every weekend.

Leo first started coaching at Concord High School in 2005. He later was an assistant coach at University High School, where they made league play-offs multiple times and even qualified for state playoffs. Leo has also coached at various clubs throughout the years, including SF juniors, Beach Vibes, and Pacific Rim, earning bids to Junior National Championship. Currently, Leo is coaching middle school varsity at French American School in San Francisco for the past two years.


Will Huang

18 Symone, AC

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.


Nono Hunkin

11 Nono, HC | 13 Nono, HC

Coach Manono (Nono) started his volleyball career playing on the varsity mens 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.


Zahra Jackson

12 Zahra, HC

Zahra is a graduate of Manhattan College, completing and earning a bachelors of science in Physical Education. She received her Masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. Currently, she is teaching 5-8th grade PE and the Asst. Athletic Director at The Hamlin School. Zahra has been playing volleyball since 6th grade. She moved up to the varsity team mid 8th grade and started her freshman year. She was captain and MVP senior year in high school. Although she really wanted to play in college she unfortunately could not because balancing academics and athletics would have been a challenge for her. Instead of playing in college she decided to start coaching her sophomore year. She has not looked back since. She has now been coaching volleyball for 11 years. She has plenty of knowledge of the sport both physically and mentally, and understands the skills and techniques used to be a great coach


Vanessa Kung

13 Leo, AC

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Crissy Lang

17 Saga, AC

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Shannon Lee

16 Shannon, HC

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Symone Mackiewicz

18 Symone, HC
13 Nono, AC

Symone started her volleyball career at the age of nine playing CYO and club volleyball. She attended Sacred Heart Cathedral and as a sophomore played on Varsity as a middle blocker and outside hitter. At the age of fourteen she made XLVB 18s open only participating in qualifiers. Her senior year she played for SF Juniors 18s open.

She started her club coaching career at Frisco Bay Volleyball in 2014 earning a bid to JNC. In addition to coaching club she has also coached at the high school level for Terra Nova leading them to CCS and having an undefeated season. She also coached at International high school. She now coaches CYO volleyball for OLV.


Michael Manalo

12 Manalo, HC

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.

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.


Nicko Mata'u

17 Nicko, HC

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Suli Mata'u

17 Nicko, AC

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Lynn Niemira

10 Little Elites, HC
15 Niemira, AC

Lynn began coaching back in 2002 as a volunteer for the Youth League at San Bruno Recreation. From 2004-2018, she coached Varsity Volleyball at three different local high schools. For 13 of those years, she also coached for three different local middle schools.


Teddy Niemira

15 Niemira, HC

A San Bruno native, Thadeus "Teddy" Niemira started playing volleyball in August 1998, accompanying his mother to the San Bruno park on Sundays where they would set up a net together.

Between 2005 and 2012 for Bay to Bay and Slainte volleyball clubs, he attended Junior Nationals (then known as "Junior Olympics") every year, three in the club division and four in open including four in a row at the 18s level, tied for 5th in Open in 2007 Atlanta.

Four year Varsity starter at Saint Ignatius College Prep, one at outside hitter, three at setter. 2010- WCAL Honorable Mention, SI's first ever CCS tournament win. 2011- WCAL First team, WCAL Champion, CCS Champion, Gold Division at Best of the West tournament in San Diego, 3rd Place Bellarmine Invitational and named All-Tournament team. SI achieved it's only national ranking (50) to end the season, also defeating Bellarmine Prep (5) in the WCAL Finals. 2012- WCAL First Team, SI achieved it's highest ever national ranking (44) during the season. Would depart SI having played in every match 4 years in a row.

At UCSB played briefly with men's team before becoming a student volunteer assistant coach with women's team and playing beach volleyball, as well as serving as the president of the UCSB club volleyball program.

Upon graduating UCSB, served as an assistant Coach for Lance Walker (men) and Nabil Mardini (women) at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California. In his two seasons with the men, they would win two conference titles and a state championship. During the state championship season, he was honored as the Western State Conference Coach of the Year, the youngest person and only assistant coach to win the award. In the interim season with the Pierce women they would win an undefeated conference title and finish fifth in the state tournament.

Currently Coach Teddy works at Menlo College with the men's program, USF assisting their sand volleyball team, at Saint Ignatius as the head girls' JV coach and assisting the Varsity women's team. As a AAA beach player and an AVP member since 2016 he also continues to train and play professional beach volleyball year-round. Lists his proudest sports moments as "any time one of my players does something they didn't think they could" he also cheekily mentions this happens often.


Gilvin Paniza

16 Samantha, AC

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Serah Pele

16 Shannon, AC

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Cris Pessin

14 Cris, HC

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Eric Salazar

14 Cris, AC

Eric Salazar has been coaching club and high school volleyball for over a decade. He has coached teams aged 12-17s, many of which (8 out of 11) earned bids for the USAV Junior National Championships. Many of his players have gone on to play in college at different divisions; some of them have even become coaches in other clubs. This is Erics 2nd year with SF Elite having previously coached for Frisco Bay since their inception in 2008. Eric also coached both South San Francisco High Schools JV and Varsity teams from 2011-2014. They went undefeated in the Peninsula Athletic League in JV in his first year, followed by a Top 2 finish for his Varsity team in 2013. The Varsity team also qualified for the 2014 CCS Playoffs the next year.. Most recently, Erics Elite 17s team finished 11th last year in the 2019 NCVA Power League and Top 24 at AAU Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Eric works as Network Operations Engineer in a high tech company in Redwood City and spends a lot of his time with his family watching stand up comedies and -- of course -- keeps up with a lot of professional volleyball highlights on Youtube :).


Gaea Salazar

14 Salazar, HC

Coach Gaea's volleyball career started in 2008 with SF Tremors 12-1 and continued with Frisco Bay Sports Club 13-1s to 17-1s. Her teams qualified for the Girls Junior National Championship in 2008, 2009, and 2010. As for her school career, Coach Gaea played 4 years of varsity at South San Francisco High School and made CCS playoffs in 2013. She continued to play at City College of San Francisco where she was awarded 1st Team All Conference 2013 and 2014 as well as Player of the Year 2013 and 2014. Coach Gaea transferred to University of Hawaii at Mnoa where she continued to play intramural league.

Coach Gaea started coaching in 2013 with Frisco Bay Sports Club and qualified for the Girls Junior National Championships in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. She had the opportunity to coach SF Elite 17s Eric at the AAU championships in the summer of 2019. AAU 2019 was the best national coaching experience shes had yet and shes excited for more.

Coach Gaea graduated magnum cum laude from University of Hawaii at Mnoa with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science with an emphasis in Health and Exercise Science. She is currently preparing for graduate school in pursuit of her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree. During her free time, Coach Gaea enjoys weight lifting, bouldering, and visiting her sisters in Las Vegas and Hawaii. Feel free to say hi at the gym!


Sarina Salazar

14 Salazar, AC

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Joe Simmons

15 Joe, HC

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Samantha Woo

16 Samantha, HC

Samantha started playing competitively after high school at Skyline college. She played mostly recreational church leagues throughout high school. She now plays 9man every summer and travels every Labor Day weekend all over the country.

Samantha started coaching high school spring of 2016 at Wallenberg high school for the boys and coaching Frisco Bay club in 2017. She started and is still currently coaching Lowell high school JV girls since Fall 2016 and Varsity boys spring 2017-2019. She helped bring her jv girls to championships 4 years in a row winning in 2016, 2017 and 2019. She also brought her boys in appearance to championships in 2018 and getting into playoffs in 2019. She started coaching at SF Elite in 2019 and is currently still coaching the girls. Shes very excited for this upcoming season!