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head Coach - kevin pratte
Kevin Pratte is in his second season as the San Diego City College men's volleyball head coach. The Knights had a successful offseason, earning a team 3.25 grade point average in the Fall 2014 semester. Pratte was also the co-head coach of the 2014 SDCC women's volleyball team that finished 8-6 in a tough Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and defeated rival Mesa for the first time in history.
Prior to arriving at SDCC, Pratte was the women's volleyball head coach at Mt. San Jacinto College. In Pratte's first season, 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. Before 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. He is also a member of the San Diego Rotary.
What Former Colleagues Say About Coach Pratte:
"In over 30 years as an Athletic Director, I have never met someone who is a more dedicated and caring leader than Kevin Pratte. I have no doubt he will make a significant impact on the student-athletes and staff at San Diego City College and their men¹s volleyball program"
- Dr. Ted Leland, Former Stanford Athletic Director and current University of Pacific Athletic Director
“Kevin Pratte is a motivated and highly organized up-and-coming coach. In his time at Nebraska and following his career since, he has always shown a drive to expand student-athletes’ experiences both on the court and in the class room.”
- John Cook, University of Nebraska Volleyball Head Coach
"Kevin is wiser and more mature than most his age. These attributes, combined with his dedication to serving others, contribute to his success on and off the playing field."
- Andy Prokop, President of United Way of San Joaquin County
"In the short time Kevin worked for us, he demonstrated tremendous growth in the areas of coaching, recruiting and program administration. As a first year Head Coach, Kevin demonstrated as much aptitude for teaching as any first year coach I have supervised. Our loss is San Diego City College"s gain!
- Patrick Springer Mt. San Jacinto Athletic Director
“Kevin is a good guy and a quality coach! What separates Kevin is the passion he brings to the gym every day! His positive outlook will infuse his players and SDCC is lucky to have him.”
- Dan Fisher, University of Pittsburgh women's volleyball head coach
"Kevin Pratte was a tremendous student of the game while competing as a player and then assisting as a coach at Pacific. It was clear that he would become an excellent coach. Kevin was a source of boundless energy for the team, a tremendous role model with his work ethic and dedication to his craft. Driven, resourceful and resilient are words that describe Kevin. He was always striving to learn and improve himself as a player, a teammate and then as a coach. Kevin was the epitome of a “student-athlete” as a Pacific Tiger. He gave us his all and left everything on the court day in and day out."
- Joe Wortmann, University of the Pacific men's volleyball head coach
Assistant Coach: Kevin Pratte
assistant Coach - paul araiza
Paul Araiza comes to San Diego City College from Cathedral Catholic, one of San Diego’s premier high school volleyball programs. Araiza coaches on both the men’s and women’s side of their respective Varsity programs, winning CIF titles with both programs in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
A San Diego native, Araiza started playing volleyball at the University of San Diego High School (Cathedral Catholic). He then went on to Grossmont College and then ended up playing on San Diego State's NCAA team. At SDSU, Araiza graduated with a BS in Psychology. He is currently a AAA-rated beach volleyball player who has participated in many Pro Beach events.
Pratte's Comments on Coach Araiza: "I met Paul quickly after I moved San Diego. I am impressed with his knowledge of the game and the passion he has to get players better at volleyball. Coach Paul is a former community college player so he is great at relating to our student-athletes. Also, the athletes can look up to him due to his success on the AVP Tour and his accomplishments academically. He is a graduate of San Diego State and currently working on his master's at Cal State San Marcos. We are fortunate to have him on our staff."
assistant Coach - meg chetwood
Coach Meg Chetwood moved to San Diego from her hometown of Dallas, Texas in 2013 to pursue her passion for beach volleyball. She trains year round to compete domestically and internationally in the AVP and FIVB tours.
Prior to competing on the beach, Chetwood graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Texas Woman’s University where she played for the volleyball team as a setter/right side hitter. She has six years of experience coaching club volleyball, three years coaching beach, and two years coaching high school.
Chetwood currently coaches for Cathedral Catholic High School and RPM Sand. As an athlete, coach, and mentor in this sport, Chetwood loves to share her experiences and give back to the community through her website
Pratte's comments: "We are lucky to have Coach Meg on staff. Her experience playing at the college level and currently playing on the AVP gives our student-athletes someone to look up to. Her six years of coaching volleyball have prepared her to be a valuable member of our coaching staff."
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