Place of Birth . . . Washington, PA
Date of Birth . . . May 14
High School . . . Emmaus High School
College . . . Portland College
My First Memory Was . . . Flying on a plane to California when I was 5. Guess I was meant to end up in Cali someday.
You Might Not Know . . . I am literally a Red Headed Step Child. I think the phrase came about because of me.
The Last Thing I Purchased . . . Shoes for both myself and my son, Kinnon.
Favorites . . . Films-Star Wars, Shawshank Redemption, Ocean’s Eleven, Bourne Identity, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Jurassic Park; Books-Sacred Hoops, Wooden, Outliers; Teams-Dallas Cowboys, Penn State, Oregon; Historical Figures-Yoda, Phil Jackson, Phil Knight, Abraham Lincoln, Zeus; Color-Red.
I Hope That . . . I am able to give back to the sport of volleyball as a coach as much as the sport has given me as a player. All my best friends I have met through volleyball and look forward to helping my players create those same types of friendships with their teammates.
I Think That . . . Volleyball is the greatest team sport. Without all six players working towards a common goal, nothing good will ever happen. But when everyone is working together it is a beautiful sport to watch.
Long-time and immensely successful coach André Lennox returns to the LAVA Girls coaching staff, in addition to his role as one of the organization’s top administrators. A northwest import who came to California as a highly recommended coach after stints on the coaching staffs of at Portland University and Nike Northwest Juniors in Oregon, the premier volleyball club in that region at the time, André joined the SMBC Girls program where he spent five seasons coaching 16-2’s alongside Trevor Julian and Nabil Mardini. His impact on that club was immediate: he logged the club’s best finish ever by a 16-2’s team, placing in Division Two of the SCVA and Top Twenty-Five at the Volleyball Festival; Top Six and Top Ten finishes at the Fiesta Classic in Phoenix; Top Twenty finishes in JNQ Open Division qualifiers; and strong performances at the Festival every season he was at the helm of the team.
Transitioning over to LAVA Girls in 2011 as an inaugural member of the LAVA South coaching staff and as one of LAVA’s most trusted administrators, André spent several years at the helm of the South 16 Black squad — continuing his winning ways with teams that have logged significant time in the SCVA 16’s Gold Division and traveled cross country to compete at the prestigious AAU National Championships in Orlando and the Junior National Championships in New Orleans. Players from his 16’s teams routinely went on to success in the 17’s and 18’s age divisions, and later then again collegiately, where many are now playing with full athletic scholarships.
A resident of the inland empire, André has transitioned into a trio of roles with LAVA: he is the Recruiting Coordinator for the club, overseeing much of the communication with players and parents and acting as the point of contact for college coaches looking for recruitable LAVA players; he has an active role in the establishment of LAVA East in Pomona, a fledgling LAVA program that will grow over time and for which André will eventually return to the sidelines as a Head Coach; and he returns in his role as a top line administrator responsible for much of the website and social media content for LAVA as Director of Social Media, as well as as-needed assistance provided to principals Trevor Julian and Nabil Mardini on strategic planning. This combination of significant roles puts André squarely on the front row and grants him great impact on how the club operates.
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who’ll argue with you.”