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head Coach - kevin pratte
Kevin Pratte begins his first season as the San Diego City College men's volleyball head coach. Most recently, Pratte was the women's volleyball head coach at Mt. San Jacinto College. In Pratte's first season as head coach, the Eagles went from a 3-23 record in 2012 to 15-9 in 2013 and a fifth place finish in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. Prior to the 2013 season, Pratte recruited Taylor Kushner who was named to the All-PCAC First Team and was the leading point scorer in the conference.
Two years prior to coaching at MSJC, Pratte served as the Athletic Director, varsity girls' volleyball coach and physical education teacher at Langston Hughes Academy in Stockton, Calif. Pratte led Langston Hughes Academy to its first ever CIF playoff appearance and was named the 2012 Mountain Valley League Coach of the Year.
Prior to his stint at Langston Hughes, Pratte was an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team at the University of Pacific in 2010 and 2011. During the 2009 season, Pratte was a graduate assistant coach with the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team.
Pratte, a native of Hemet, Calif., was a standout player at Hemet High where he lettered in volleyball all four years. He was named to the First Team All-Conference in each of his four seasons, and was named the Press Enterprise's Inland Empire Player of the Year in his senior year. Pratte was selected to the First Team All-CIF in his junior and senior years.
Following his career at Hemet High, Pratte went on to play at the University of Pacific where his team was ranked as high as No. 7 in the country during his sophomore season. As a senior, Pratte was a starting outside hitter for the Tigers.
Coach Pratte holds a bachelor's degree in Sports Pedagogy from the University of Pacific, a California State Single Subject K-12 Teaching Credential in Physical Education, and a master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Pacific. Pratte is currently working on earning his second master's in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific.
Assistant Coach: Kevin Pratte
assistant Coach - mike stara
Mike Stara begins his first season as the San Diego City College men's assistant volleyball coach. Most recently, Stara was an assistant coach for legendary coach Gwen Egbert at Doane College in Crete, Neb. Prior this this year, Stara worked under Cindy Meyer, who compiled a 663-314 record in her time at Doane College. In 2011, Stara helped lead Doane Colege to a 28-9 record, a GPAC tournament championship, and a berth in the National Tournament.
Prior to his stint at Doane, Stara met and worked with SDCC men's volleyball head coach Kevin Pratte at the University of Nebraska, where he worked as a student manager during his undergraduate years. There, Stara began to learn the importance of hard work and fundamentals in the sport of volleyball.
Coach Stara has worked camps across the country, including camps at the University of Texas and the University of Nebraska. Stara worked as a head coach at the University of Texas volleyball camps and learned a great deal there from one of his original mentors, former Olympian and National Champion Erik Sullivan.
Coach Stara holds a degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Stara is currently completing his master's degree in Management, with an emphasis in International Business from Doane College. His anticipated graduation will be in April of 2014.
Stara really looks forward to working at San Diego City College with Coach Pratte and leading the team with a "Win Forever" motto. Winning forever does not only talk about winning on the court, but also about winning in the classroom and winning in life.
"I'm excited to continue my coaching career with Kevin Pratte," says Stara. "Working with Pratte will help me to become well-versed in San Diego."
Pratte's comments: "I had the pleasure of working with Mike at the University of Nebraska on Coach Cook's staff. Mike has a great work ethic and I truly believe he will bring San Diego City College men's volleyball to great heights. Most importantly, Mike has modeled excellent academic behavior for our student-athletes by having a 4.0 undergraduate grade point average and he will be earning his master's this spring in International Business Management from Doane College."
media producer - laurie white
Laurie Alison White begins her first season as the San Diego City College Men’s Volleyball Media Producer. White will be helping the men's volleyball team and other athletic programs in the department by producing video content for their respective websites.
Most recently, White was the Director of Marketing and Media at Langston Hughes Academy in Stockton, Calif. White’s role included producing videos and photographing athletic events, as well as running social media pages and the website. During her time at Langston Hughes, White also worked as a Video Producer for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of the Pacific.
Prior to San Diego City College, White interned for Barbra Daly in Stockton, Calif.. White assisted Daly Video Services and made videos for businesses all around the Stockton community. When she moved down to San Diego she interned for My SMN for six months and gained valuable experience with social media. “My experience working with one of my mentors, Barbra Daly, gave me valuable experience in the media field. My time at My SMN was amazing and I learned a lot of different strategies about incorporating social media into sports."
White’s coaching background included being an assistant varsity volleyball coach at Langston Hughes for two seasons. During White’s time on staff, the Langston Hughes girls’ volleyball team made their first playoff appearance in school history. Also, White was the varsity boys’ and girls’ swim coach at Langston Hughes for two seasons. White’s team compiled the highest grade point average out of all the Langston Hughes teams and she was awarded coach of the year in 2012. Her teams were constantly breaking school swim records under her guidance.
White grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. where she began her swimming career at The Bolles School. She continued as a student-athlete at the University of the Pacific where she was recruited to swim. White majored in Asian Languages and Literature and minored in Communications. She spent her time at Pacific swimming and anchoring on KPAC, the school's radio and television station. Laurie is excited to join the staff; "I am excited to use my social media skills and video production experience for the San Diego City College men's volleyball program. I believe these skills will attract recruits to play for this program."
Coach Pratte’s comments: “It is exciting to have Laurie White on staff as a media producer. Her media skills are impressive and this will help us with recruiting. I look forward to seeing videos all over the San Diego City College Athletic website that Laurie has created”.
student manager - eric gutierrez
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