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Our Coaches

Staff and Coaches

Curtis Gee - Club President

Curtis comes to SPVC with 30 years of high school coaching and club volleyball experience. He has dedicated his life to the development of volleyball in the Sacramento region. He has been the head varsity coach at Ponderosa HS where he won his first section title. From there, he served as the head coach of Rio Americano HS, Oakridge HS, Loretto HS and he currently serves as the program director of El Camino High School. In 2001 Curtis received the prestigious Gary Colberg Award for his contributions to youth volleyball. In 2002 he was inducted into the Evening Optimist High School Coaching Hall of Fame. Curtis continues to serve the Sacramento volleyball community and is well respected by all.

Martin Soyama - Club Director and ADIDAS Coach

Martin brings a wealth of experience to SPVC and has been involved in the greater Sacramento volleyball community since moving from San Jose, CA in 1991. He's successfully coached at a number of high schools (Encina, Rocklin, Loretto, and El Camino) and his teams have won Section titles in in 1996, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2008, Martin was inducted into the Evening Optimist High School Coaching Hall of Fame and in 2009 and 2012 was named Coach of the Year by the Sacramento Bee. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) recently announced Martin as the women's volleyball Section nominee for the NFHS California State Coach of the Year award for the 2019-20 school year. In club volleyball Martin's led multiple teams to Junior National/National bids and in 2015 was named California Coach's Association Volleyball Coach of the Year. 

Coaching Staff - Power Adidas

David Ly

David brings an unparalleled passion and talent for volleyball to SPVC. He started playing his senior year at Galileo High School and earned 2nd team all league honors as an outside hitter. He continued his playing career at CSU Sacramento as Libero and helped the team get to a top 20 national ranking and 3rd place finish in the NCCVL. David continues leading successful teams at SPVC and has established a great reputation for the club with his enthusiasm, big hops, bigger smile, and winning teams. We continue to hear each year how much his players appreciate his coaching. 

Mark Harrison

Mark began his coaching career in the 90’s as co-founder and coach River City Volleyball Club (94') and High Voltage Volleyball Club (96').  Mark's additional coaching experience includes stints with Sacramento State (Men’s Team), St Francis and Jesuit High Schools, and most recently Mark has coached with SPVC since 2013.  His duties at SPVC also include Director of SPVC’s Beach Volleyball Program.  As a player, Mark was a 3-Time All-American at Sacramento State. 

Tim Reilly

Tim has been coaching volleyball for 30+ years. He has coached all ages and skill levels building a winning mentality with every team and volleyball program he has been involved with. He will be honest with a player about their ability and push a player outside their volleyball comfort zone in a safe and positive manner to help a player reach her maximum ability. 

  • US Volleyball Impact Certification
  • Completed 2 levels of the USA Volleyball Coaches Accreditation (CAP) program (Now the National Team Development Program (NTDP) Academy).
  • USA Volleyball VTAC Training (volleyball conditioning)
  • Completed the Gold Medal Squared Volleyball Training 
  • Completed 7 Art of Coaching Modules focused on skill development, practices and team building.
  • Completed the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coach courses in: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons; Culture, Practice and Games; Developing the Triple-Impact Competitor. 

Tisha Dickens and Donald Horan

Tisha brings 20 plus years of coaching experience to SPVC, from 12’s-18’s  both girls and boys. She is the current Head Coach at West Campus High School in Sacramento where she has been coaching at all levels from Freshman, Junior Varsity to Varsity for the last 14 years. She has been undefeated in league since taking over the Varsity program in 2020 and was also named Coach of the Year for the 2022.

Previously, Tisha was a Co-Director of Legends VBC, running both girls and boys programs. As an athlete, Tisha competed collegiately at Dominican University of California, playing both basketball and volleyball on an athletic scholarship.

Her experience with all age groups makes her an amazing asset to any program. Tisha has trained in Positive Coaches Alliance, is Impact Certified and SafeSport Certified. Tisha also holds a Master in Social Work Degree from Sacramento State, and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Donald began his coaching career in 2010 at West Campus High School in Sacramento. He has been the Assistant Coach at West Campus High School at both the Junior Varsity and Varsity level for the last 13 years. Since then, he has coached 14’s-18’s, both girls and boys. 

Prior to coaching at West Campus, he placed for Sacramento State and Christian Brothers High School as a 4 year varsity setter. Donald holds a degree in Bachelors in Social Science from Sacramento State.

Donald was a Co-Director of Legends VBC, running both girls and boys programs. Donald has trained in Positive Coaches Alliance, is Impact Certified and SafeSport Certified.

Tisha and Donald have been coaching together for over the last 10 years. They have a personal coaching connection that has positively impacted the many girls and boys they have coached together over their many high school and club seasons together.

ShaLynn Lesniewski

With over five years of coaching experience at SPVC, I am dedicated to shaping young athletes into skilled volleyball players. Throughout my coaching journey, I have had the pleasure of working with girls ranging from 5 to 16 years old, guiding them to success both on and off the court.

Drawing from my own experiences as a libero, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my coaching style. During my time at Roseville High School, I achieved a record for digs that still stands today. Additionally, I gained valuable experience in beach volleyball, competing for five years in prestigious events such as AAU Nationals, p1440 Nationals, AVP Junior Nationals, and Junior Olympics where I consistently placed in the top 10.

As a coach, my utmost goal is to develop young athletes who possess strong fundamentals, a deep understanding of the game, and exemplary teamwork skills. I believe that by instilling these qualities in my players, not only will they excel as individuals, but they will also thrive as supportive teammates.

I am committed to creating a positive and enriching environment for my athletes, fostering growth, and nurturing their passion for the sport. I am excited to continue my coaching journey and help mold the next generation of outstanding volleyball players at SPVC.

Support Staff

Paul Giacomotto - Website

Paul's 10+ year coaching career began in 2008 with the El Camino High School volleyball program and learned from award winning coaches Martin Soyama, Dave Coad, and Kat Sullivan-Torrez. The program has been Section champions, made the Section playoffs numerous times, been Section champions, and made deep runs in State playoffs. Paul began coaching with SPVC in 2014 after his daughter, Gianna (L/DS), joined the SPVC family. Paul continues to share his philosophy to "build or reinforce confidence and skills in players, so they can perform beyond their own expectations in challenging situations".