OUR ADMIN STAFF
The Los Angeles Volleyball Academy is the collaborative fruit of many respected volleyball personalities across Southern California and beyond. We have several full-time staff members, a host of significant part-time administrators, and a handful of parent volunteers, not to mention our army of excellent head and assistant coaches. We are very proud of all the people we have on staff at LAVA across our wide network of affiliates, people who care about volleyball and care about doing things the right way, and we are thrilled to have them with us. Our administration consists of several men and women of differing backgrounds and fields who’ve come together to orchestrate and operate the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy as a whole.
NABIL MARDINI – FOUNDING MEMBER & PRINCIPAL
LAVA DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, LAVA SOUTH DIRECTOR & LAVA ISLANDS DIRECTOR
Nabil Mardini is considered one of the finest volleyball minds in the region, if not the country. As Head Coach of the Pierce Women’s Volleyball Program, Nabil saw his 2010-2012 squads win back-to-back-to-back CCCAA California State Championships, with the added bonus of Nabil being named the AVCA National Two-Year College Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012. As the long-time director for both SMBC Boys (’01-present) and SMBC Girls (’00-’10), and now the current Club Director of LAVA Girls (’11-present), he has extensive knowledge of the operational and training aspects of the club volleyball world. His network of contacts is extensive, owing largely to his reputation as one of the most ethical and upstanding personalities in the coaching world today. All this, in addition to time spent training professionally as a young player himself in his home country of Lebanon, not to mention an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering. As Director of Operations and one of LAVA’s founding members, Nabil handles much of the day-to-day operations of LAVA, including content for coaches, correspondence with players and parents, and scheduling, in addition to myriad other duties as Club Director for LAVA Girls and Co-Director for LAVA Surf. For a more detailed biography on Nabil, please visit here. To email Nabil, please click here.
TREVOR JULIAN – FOUNDING MEMBER & PRINCIPAL
LAVA DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & LAVA WEST DIRECTOR
Trevor Julian brings a diverse skill-set to the table for the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy, LAVA Girls, and LAVA West. A long-time and immensely successful junior girls club volleyball coach — his 16-1’s teams over the years have consistently competed in Division One of the SCVA, his teams have finished Top Five multiple times at various national travel tournaments including two gold medals and a pair of bronze medals at Junior National Qualifiers, won a 16’s Division Championship at the Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, earned back-to-back-to-back qualification bids to Junior Nationals (2014-2016), and finished Top 10 at the actual Junior Nationals tournament itself — he has one of the most impeccable reputations in the region for dealing with players and parents in an honest and caring way. A former award-winning volleyball player himself — captain and four-year starter for the USC Trojans, USA Men’s Olympic Youth National and also Junior National Team member (and squad captain), inaugural class inductee into the Harvard-Westlake High School Hall of Fame — he transitioned degrees in English-Creative Writing and Business Administration into a successful career in commercial real estate; his decade-plus in the business has seen him work the acquisition, disposition, exchange, or evaluation of more than one billion dollars of southland property, and the marketing/brokerage skills he developed during time spent in the business trenches gives him a unique perspective on growing the LAVA brand. In addition to spearheading strategic planning, marketing, and creative content for LAVA and assisting Nabil with the operation of LAVA Girls, Trevor is the Director of LAVA West — in charge of day-to-day dealings for the West along with the education, oversight, and development of West players and coaches — and head coaches the West 16-1’s and West 18-1’s. For a more detailed biography on Trevor, please visit here. To email Trevor, please click here.
ANDRE LENNOX – RECRUITING DIRECTOR & DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGICAL SERVICES (WEBSITE/SOCIAL MEDIA)
Long-time and immensely successful coach André Lennox returns to LAVA 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, André spent five seasons alongside Trevor and Nabil at SMBC Girls before transitioning over to LAVA in 2011 as an inaugural member of the LAVA South coaching staff — and as one of LAVA’s most trusted administrators. A current resident of the inland empire, André has transitioned into a trio of roles with LAVA: he is the Recruiting Director for the whole of 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 is the club’s liaison to VolleyballRecruits.net, our recruiting platform partner; and he continues 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. For a more detailed biography on André , please visit here. To email André , please click here.
KRISTIN DOLAN – LAVA NORTH DIVISION DIRECTOR
Celebrated Santa Clarita Valley volleyball star Kristin Dolan is one of LAVA North’s most popular, celebrated coaches. An award-winning graduate of Hart High School, Kristin went on to star for Nabil Mardini at Pierce College, guiding that team as captain all the way to the State Finals in her second season. She quickly earned her coaching stripes and is the current Head Girl’s Varsity Coach for Notre Dame Sherman Oaks High School. Kristin also has a long club resumѐ; she spent a pair of seasons as an 18’s assistant coach, followed by three seasons with the 14′s, and most recently as multi-year coach of the North 17-1’s. Here 2014 squad won a bronze medal at the 2014 Far Western JNQ to earn a qualification bid to Junior Nationals in Minneapolis. Kristin brings infectious energy to her role as coach, enthusiasm which most certainly transfers over to her players as part of the LAVA North coaching staff, and as Division Director of LAVA North, the northern-most branch of LAVA’s flagship LAVA Girls program, Kristin is in charge of day-to-day dealings for the North along with the education, oversight, and development of North players and coaches. For a more detailed biography on Kristin, please visit here. To email Kristin, please click here.
SINJIN SMITH – LAVA SHACK DIVISION DIRECTOR
One of the most recognizable figures in the volleyball community today, beach legend and volleyball Hall of Famer Sinjin Smith is the inaugural Division Director of LAVA Shack. With limited space to list all Sinjin’s accomplishments, we will summarize a handful of highlights: the long-time AVP beach professional is one of the winningest players in history and one of only a handful of men who put beach volleyball on the national map; a former All-American indoor player who won multiple national championships at UCLA; an international professional with significant experience overseas; and a master class teacher and mentor of budding beach volleyball athletes as a partner of LAVA’s beach affiliate Crescent Beach, as well as the Sinjin Volleyball Academy. He brings the full breadth and depth of his experience to the table as Division Director for LAVA Shack, responsible for oversight of coaches and the development and training of Shack athletes. For a more detailed biography on Sinjin, please visit here. To email Sinjin, please click here.
DENNIS MARLOW – LAVA SHACK ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & FOUNDER OF CRESCENT BEACH VBC
As Founder of Crescent Volleyball Club and one of the first to enter the sand training arena as a college preparatory enterprise, Dennis Marlow has done much for the competitive beach game. As founder and operator of Crescent Indoor VBC, he gained invaluable experience in the organization and administration of club volleyball. As a head coach for Crescent, both beach and indoor, and at Crossroads School for many years, Dennis has the knowledge and experience required of top coaches for LAVA. He brings this wealth of experience in his dual role as a head coach and as Assistant Division Director for LAVA Shack, responsible for logistics and much of the interaction and communication with parents. For a more detailed biography on Dennis, please visit here. To email Dennis, please click here.
SHELDON SHEEHY – LOCALS CLUB DIRECTOR
As Club Director of Locals Volleyball Club (also known as LAVA Locals), Sheldon Sheehy is a man of the people who knows his players, his coaches, and their families well — and uses his knowledge to their benefit and the benefit of the program as a whole. Locals VBC is LAVA’s limited travel club volleyball program, offering a lower cost, less time-consuming option for female athletes looking for such an opportunity. Also the Head Girls Varsity Coach at Heritage Christian School, Sheldon has worked extensively within the LAVA system as both a coach and director, and brings exuberance, passion, and positivity to everything he does. He is Club Director of LAVA Locals as a whole, but mostly directly oversees the Locals South location based in the San Fernando Valley in tandem with his role as Head Coach of the Locals South 18-1’s. For a more detailed biography on Sheldon, please visit here. To email Sheldon, please click here.
JULIANNA HICKS – ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTORS & LAVA LITE PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Former standout setter Julianna Hicks has amassed an exceptional resume in a short period of time. An All-Conference player for Nabil Mardini at Pierce College, she went on to finish out her celebrated career at American University. Her coaching career began in earnest thereafter and included a multi-year run as Head Varsity Girls Coach at Chatsworth High School. She is currently Assistant Varsity and Head Junior Varsity Coach at Harvard-Westlake School for the Girls Volleyball Program, in addition to acting as Head Coach for the LAVA South 14-1’s and her primary LAVA role as Director of the popular, extensive LAVA Lite Program, LAVA’s official youth development program. She also assists LAVA Directors Nabil Mardini and Trevor Julian, as well as acts as primary point of contact for the many inquiries LAVA receives each day. For a more detailed biography on Julianna, please visit here. To email Julianna, please click here.
LAVA is far more than just a handful of Directors, however: our administrative staff is one of the best in the business, a group of committed, caring individuals with great passion for volleyball, great dedication, and great devotion to our players, parents, and families — the true bedrock of the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy. Here are a few of the administrative people making things happen for LAVA behind the scenes.
RON HAMILTON – FOUNDING MEMBER & PRINCIPAL
LAVA DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
Ron Hamilton brings efficiency and accuracy to his role as the primary fiscal figure for LAVA. Ron’s impressive background in the insurance world, combined with his knowledge of all things club volleyball after more than twenty years owning and operating clubs — primarily on the administrative side — not to mention an honest and impeccable character, makes him the perfect person to oversee the financial aspects, in all their myriad forms, of the Academy. Ron handles the accounts and much of the day-to-day monetary decision-making, leaving our Directors and coaches free to do what LAVA does best: educate and train. To email Ron, please click here.
ROSE RIEDEL – LEAD ADMINISTRATOR & TRAVEL LIAISON
Rose Reidel is one of those people working very hard behind the scenes. As a long-time travel coordinator for major motion picture studios in Hollywood, Rose has the experience necessary to negotiate contracts, lower fares and fees, and garner extra accommodations and benefits en masse for the benefit of our players, parents, and families. As a long-time volleyball mom, she knows all the ins and outs of the club volleyball world, and exactly what it means to travel a team, whether down to the Anaheim Sports Center for a one day local tournament or cross country on a multi-day national competition. Rose also runs point on uniform coordination and distribution, making her the best and most qualified person to help you get you where you need to go — and look good doing it. To email Rose with any travel or uniform questions, please click here.
CASEY RIEDEL – REGISTRATIONS MANAGER
Casey Reidel is another one of our staff members who wears many hats for LAVA. She is a long-time girls coach for LAVA Girls and a long-time boys coach for SMBC Boys, on top of assisting our own Nabil Mardini with the three-time State Champion Women’s Volleyball Program at Pierce College — and all this after having graduated from SMBC Girls in its heyday, when that club was directed by Nabil, and having played for the man himself for two seasons. It is as LAVA’s Registrations Manager, however, that Casey takes her role within LAVA to new heights: she is responsible for all data processing, tournament registration, team record-keeping, and general tournament and roster information for LAVA and its many affiliates, a daunting job considering there are more than 750 members in any given year. She also is the Head Coach of the LAVA North 14-1’s. To email Casey, please click here.
TERI LAVO – FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR, UNIFORMS ADMINISTRATOR, YOUTH LIAISON
Teri Lavo is a long-time administrator for LAVA and the Fundraising Coordinator for the organization, which sees her working for the LAVA Foundation raising funds for need-based financial aid distribution. Additionally she oversees uniform ordering and distribution, team and individual photos, is Lead Administrator for the annual high school Foothill Invitational Tournament, a youth team liaison, and a factor in marketing for LAVA compass points and affiliate school districts. Teri brings over 25 years of administrative experience to the table, the majority of her time spent in the entertainment, hospitality, and banking industries. Her responsibilities have included meeting planning and human resources management with recruiting requirements, employee relations, benefits, etc. Bottom line: Teri is an efficient, effective “people” person, the perfect blend of enthusiasm, industriousness, and extroversion— not to mention a background in sports. Her daughter Megan Lavo graduated from Norfolk State, a Division I school in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, having been a three-position athlete for the Lady Spartans in her final season of play. Megan is a product of the LAVA system before it was officially known as LAVA, having played for current LAVA South coach Andre Lennox as a sophomore, what is now known as the LAVA North program as a junior, and Revolution Volleyball Club (an affiliate of LAVA on current hiatus) as a senior. Megan is now a long-time coach for LAVA North and has coached locally for Hart High School and also at her alma mater Valencia High School—where Teri was President of the Booster program for four years. To email Teri, please click here.
MARY KEEN – LAVA NORTH DIVISION MANAGER
Born and raised in Santa Clarita, Mary Keen has been a significant force in the local volleyball community for nearly fifteen years. A graduate of Hart High School and College of the Canyons, Mary earned a slew of player accolades: in high school, multiple All-League and MVP awards and 1996 Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year; collegiately, 1999 Western State Conference Player of the Year and Daily News Player of the Year. In 2006 she joined her alma mater’s girls volleyball coaching staff and, soon after taking over as Head Coach — a post she holds with great success to this day — she quickly made her mark, winning the League Championship in her first season and earning Santa Clarita Signal “Coach of the Year” honors in the process. Club-wise, Mary is settled in at the 16’s level as Head Coach of the LAVA North 16-1, a post she returns to this coming season, and as Division Manager for LAVA North, in which she is responsible for all scheduling and logistics items for LAVA North, and assists Division Director Kristin Dolan as needed. For a more detailed biography on Mary, please visit here. To email Mary, please click here.
ROBERT HAAR – LAVA WEST DIVISION MANAGER
Long-time local coach Robert Haar has coached several programs to great success — the Cal Lutheran Men’s Volleyball Club Team, Newbury Park High School, Thousand Oaks High School, and Zuma Bay VBC, among others — winning league titles and qualifying multiple times for the CIF Southern Section Semifinals. Robert moonlights as an AP US History teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, not to mention Chair of the Social Studies Department, as well as serves as adviser to the award-winning yearbook staff. As Division Manager for LAVA West, Robert is responsible for all scheduling and logistics items for LAVA West, and assists Division Director Tim Jensen as needed. To email Robert, please click here.