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Moriah Van Norman, Athletic Director
Moriah Van Norman is a former University of Southern California All-American, two-time World Champion, Olympic Silver medalist, and tenured ESL Instructor.
Van Norman was born and raised in San Diego, California where she began her athletic career. She was a standout athlete and earned a full-ride athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California. During her collegiate years, Van Norman competed at USC under legendary coach Jovan Vavic. There, she won the Peter J. Cutino Award, annually given to the nation's top player (2004), won a national championship (2004), and was named a 4x All-American.
After her tenure at USC, Van Norman dedicated her time to competing with Team USA. She played under famed coaches Guy Baker and Kyle Kopp. Van Norman competed for Team USA and earned a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as well as three World Championship medals (2005-silver, 2007-gold, 2009-gold) when the United States was widely recognized as the most dominant team in the world. Van Norman credits much of her success to the dedication and passion generated by Baker and Kopp.
Following her Olympic stint, Van Norman moved to Vouligemeni, Greece to play professionally. Her team won the European Championship in 2009.
Van Norman is a graduate of the University of Southern California (2006) with a B.A. degree in English and an M.A. in TESOL . She is a tenured ESL Instructor at Pierce College and has spent many years working with student-athletes in and out of the classroom. Van Norman has also worked at SMC, LATTC and LAVC. She came to Pierce College in 2012 and started the women's water polo program. That same season, the water polo team won the Conference Championship in their first year. Van Norman has coached men and women in both water polo and swimming while in the community college system.
Moriah credits her success to her family, coaches and educators who instilled a love of learning and passion for excellence. She looks forward to sharing the many valuable lessons imparted to her over the years. Her hopes are to foster an environment in which student-athletes can thrive both academically and athletically. Moriah is excited about helping student-athletes attain their personal and professional goals while at Pierce College.
Moriah is honored to accept this position and is eager to start. She resides in Northridge with her husband and three daughters.
Casey Weitzel, Men's Basketball Coach
Casey Weitzel has been tabbed the next head men’s basketball coach at Pierce College. Noted for his dedication and passion to the game, he arrives at Pierce with ties from coast to coast in the United States as well as wide-ranging international connections from his extensive prior coaching experience. Weitzel has also provided coaching at a number of high-profile camps. He brings a high degree of enthusiasm for helping student-athletes become better on and off the court.
During his time with Azusa Pacific, Weitzel was an integral figure for a coaching staff which successfully navigated the university's transition to Division II membership. The Cougars claimed back-to-back Pacific West Conference regular-season championships (2015, 2016) and advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament in three of the first four years the program became an active member of Division II.
Weitzel oversees the organization of team travel, supervision of team managers, and is involved extensively with player development. He contributes in all areas of coaching, including recruiting, scouting, game preparation, strength and conditioning, practice planning, fundraising, video evaluation, and on-court coaching. During his time at Azusa Pacific, he recruited several All-PacWest players including the conference’s all-time rebounding leader Petar Kutlesic, and 2018 All-PacWest point guard Darien McClain, in addition to many other key contributors.
Prior to joining Azusa Pacific, Weitzel spent two years as an assistant coach at Shepherd University, an NCAA Division II program in West Virginia, helping turn a streak of three losing seasons around in 2012 when the Rams finished 14-14. While there, he helped develop forward Chad Moore into Shepherd's first All-Atlantic Region representative in over a decade, as Moore earned second team recognition along with earning All-WVIAC first team honors.
Prior to Shepherd, Weitzel served as a graduate assistant for two years under head coach Bob Huggins at West Virginia University, where he was part of the coaching staff that guided the Mountaineers to a school-record 31 wins in 2010. After winning four consecutive games in the Big East Tournament by a combined margin of nine points for the program's first-ever Big East conference championship, the Mountaineers won four more as a No. 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament to get West Virginia back to the Final Four for the first time in 51 years. The Mountaineers finished the year ranked No. 3 in the final USA Today Coaches Poll.
In addition to winning the Big East Tournament championship in 2010, the Mountaineers were also recognized as the conference's top academic team, claiming the Big East Academic Excellence Award which recognized the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport. In Weitzel's first year at West Virginia, the Mountaineers posted a 23-12 record and earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Among the players Weitzel helped coach at West Virginia were Da'Sean Butler, an Associated Press All-American, and Devin Ebanks, who were both selected in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Weitzel also coached at Grand Canyon University for three years (2005-08), helping guide the Antelopes to the 2007 Pacific West Conference championship along with an appearance in the NCAA West Regional semifinals. Some of the players Weitzel coached there included two-time All-PacWest Rudy Bogan, who led the conference in three-pointers and three-point shooting percentage in 2008, along with 2007 All-PacWest first team selections Bryan Lee and Rich Davis, the latter who led the nation in three-point percentage in 2007. The 2007 season saw Grand Canyon head coach Scott Mossman claim conference coach of the year honors as the Antelopes won the PacWest regular-season championship as a first-year league member.
Weitzel graduated from Grand Canyon University, receiving his bachelor's degree in 2007 with a major in physical education and a minor in athletic coaching. In 2010, he completed his master's degree in athletic coaching education at West Virginia.
Weitzel and his wife Emily reside in Pasadena California
Bill Picketts, Baseball Coach
Bill begins his first year as the head coach at Pierce College after being an assistant at the Junior College level for 15 years. Bill graduated from John F. Kennedy High School where he won a city championship and moved on to have a successful career at College of the Canyons. He then received a scholarship from Long Beach State where he was a member of the Original "Dirtbags". That 1989 team went on to play in the College World Series and was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. After being drafted and playing in the Oakland Athletics organization for 3 years, Bill went back to school and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from CSUN. He has been married to his amazing wife Eden for 22 years and has 2 sons, Will 16 and Jacob 5.
Michelle Chevalier, Women's Basketball
Michelle Chevalier was named Los Angeles Pierce College Head Women’s Basketball Coach on July 15, 2018. She is the devoted mother to Kimberly Brandon, Gennifer Brandon, Andre Chevalier II, and Ashley Chevalier. She admits her world revolves around her family and loves spending time with them. Kimberly and Gennifer played basketball for their mom at Chatsworth High School and for her BBG Sports Club Basketball Team. Kimberly played Division I basketball at Arizona State University where she earned a degree in Sociology, Gennifer played Division I basketball at Cal Berkeley and was later drafted by the Chicago Sky, WNBA. Andre plays football at College of The Holy Cross in Massachusetts and will graduate with a degree in English. Ashley plays varsity basketball at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, Ca. and aspires to play Division I basketball. With her children all grown up now, Chevalier is ready to dive into coaching women’s college basketball at Pierce College.
Chevalier brings 18 years of Head Coach experience to Pierce College. Chevalier began her coaching career at Sylmar High School in 2000. She is the first coach to lead two different Los Angeles City-Section girls’ varsity basketball programs to the L.A City-Section Championship. Chevalier lead Sylmar High School to its first ever championship appearance in 2002-2003, losing to the eventual State Champions Narbonne High School by one point. Chevalier was then invited to team up with her mentor and friend, then Narbonne H.S. Head Girls Basketball Coach James Anderson. Chevalier served as an assistant coach for the 2002-2003 McDonald’s All-American Game at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the youngest coach to earn the honor at age 29. Chevalier’s Sylmar teams continued to excel remaining undefeated in the Valley Mission League the next 4 seasons and traveled all over the country to compete in high profile national high school tournaments.
In 2006 Chevalier accepted the head girls’ basketball position at Chatsworth High School. Chevalier’s teams continued to flourish under her leadership, after only one transition year and a second-place finish, Chatsworth won the next three league championships in a row. In 2009 Chatsworth Girls’ Basketball captured the LA City Section Championship, the first in 40-year school history.
In 2005 Chevalier Founded BBG Sports Foundation a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for girls to hone their basketball skills in addition to developing many life-skills through sport. BBG which stands for Blessed By God, continues to provide opportunities for girls to develop and showcase their basketball skills while aspiring to further their basketball career beyond high school.
As a player, Michelle (Esparza) Chevalier made an immediate impact at Cal State Northridge in 1992. She earned a starting position as a freshman and finished second in scoring averaging 10.0 points per game and second in steals as well. Sophomore year, she led the team in scoring with 15.7 points per game and lead the team in steals. Esparza-Chevalier also earned Independent All-American honors in 1994. Summer 1994 Esparza-Chevalier transferred to Long Beach State, she was a Redshirt and sat out 1994-1995 season. The following season she made earned a starting spot and earned the Big West Conference “New Comer of The Year” Award and Long Beach State Defensive Player of The Year Award while serving as a team captain. After giving birth to her son Andre in September 1996, Michelle (Esparza) Chevalier elected to take a Medical Redshirt 1996-1997. She returned for her senior campaign in 1997-1998 as the Team Captain and finished as second leading scorer. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in 1998, she became a Physical Education Teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2000.
Michelle Chevalier is dedicated to teaching and coaching, Chevalier earned a Master of Arts Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration at Concordia University, Irvine. She is passionate about coaching at a high level and attends college basketball practices at CSUN, UCLA and USC to observe and absorb knowledge from highly respected and successful coaches in Los Angeles. Chevalier has a great reputation for developing highly skilled players, she inspires her student-athletes to reach their full potential both and off the basketball court. She has a proven record for making an immediate impact. Chevalier is looking forward to the opportunity to make a positive impact here at Los Angeles Pierce College and intends to instill an exciting brand of basketball while creating a winning culture for Pierce Women’s Basketball.
Coaching Awards: CIF LA City Section Runner-up 2003, Daily News Coach Of The Year 2003, LA Times Coach Of The Year 2003, McDonald's All-American Assistant Coach 2003, 4-time Valley Mission League Champions, Daily News Coach Of The Year 2008, 2009, LA Times Coach Of The Year 2009, CIF LA City-Section Runner-up 2008, CIF LA City-Section Champions and State Quarter-Finalist 2009, L.A. Sparks Team of The Year 2009, 3-time Valley Sports All-Star Game Coach, 3 time West Valley League Champions - Chatsworth H.S., Mentored over 150 Division I Basketball Scholarship Athletes. 1 McDonald's All-American and 5 Honorable Mention McDonald’s All-Americans, 2 LA City Player of the Year, 11 All -City Players, 11 All-Daily News Selections from Sylmar and Chatsworth H.S. and dozens more from BBG.
Long Dao, Men's Tennis
Long Q. Dao brings over 10+ years of coaching experience to Pierce College. Coach Dao began his career at Pierce in 2004 as a student, and played for Hall of Fame Coach Paul Xanthos and Coach Rajeev Datt. After Pierce, Coach Dao transferred to University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned his bachelors in Kinesiological Sciences. He returned to Pierce in the spring of 2010 to be the Assistant Coach of the Men's team. During this time he attended graduate school at California State University, Long Beach. In the spring of 2016, he earned his Masters of Science in Kinesiology, Sports Medicine and Injury Studies. Currently a certified coach from the United States Professional Tennis Association, he earned the USPTA U30 award for Excellence in 2016. "When I first attended Pierce as a student, I couldn't imagine where this school and team got me to. Pierce gave me a direction in life, and that is something I wish to do for future Brahmas. This team has been such a large part of my life where I will do my best to make it as successful as I possibly could."
Breanne Parr, Softball Coach
Mark Cooley, Assistant Softball Coach
Breanne Parr took over as Head Coach at Pierce College after coaching at Malibu High School with assistant coach, Mark Cooley, for the past 2 years. She currently coaches with a local softball travel ball organization, A.C.E.S as a head coach for the 16u team and has been committed to developing student athletes for the past 5 years.
Prior to starting her coaching career she played Division 1 collegiate softball at Delaware State University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. With her personal experience and passion in the sports field, she furthered her education and earned a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Breanne grew up locally in Moorpark, Ca and competed at the Varsity level at Moorpark High School.
Carlos Woods, Football Head Coach
With 13 years of coaching experience, Carlos Woods joined LA Pierce College in 2018 as the team's head football coach. He finished his 13th season coaching football in 2015, which includes previous stops with the Cincinnati Bengals (2009-11) and Indianapolis Colts (2006-2008). In 2006, he was an intern for the Colts en route to the team's 29-17 win over the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI. Woods' helped the Colts defense in 2008 set an NFL record for fewest passing touchdowns allowed with six, the lowest number ever surrendered in a 16-game season. Woods began his NFL coaching career with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006 as an intern under Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, where he worked with All-Pro players in the likes of Bob Sanders (Defensive Player of the Year '07) Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Antoine Bethea and Gary Brackett. During Woods’ tenure in Cincinnati (2009-11), the 2009 Bengals were the 4th ranked defense in the league. A former standout Linebacker/Defensive End at Delaware State from 1998-02, Woods later returned to his alma mater where he coached the defensive backs for one season (2012). Woods' impact on the Hornets secondary was evident as freshman Terrick Colston (Jerry Rice Award Finalist) was tied for the team lead with walk-on Devon Moore-4 interceptions. Delaware State ranked 3rd overall in the NCAA in turnover ratio.His first coaching stint was as an assistant coach at Landstown (VA) High School where he kindled his craft for working with running backs and defensive line from 2003-04. Woods is a native of Virginia Beach, VA.
Adolfo Perez, Women's Soccer
Adolfo Perez is a graduate of Birmingham High School and Cal State Northridge. At CSUN he earned his mark as an aggressive midfielder, a trait still reflected in his coaching style. After college he played professionally in Guadalajara, Mexico while earning his "A" coaching license. Upon his return to Southern California he coached in the Junior College (Mission College - 1995/96) and high school (El Camino Real - 1994) systems. He has coached extensively at the highest levels of club soccer. His LA Force Girls U19 team, which played in the Premier Division of Coast Soccer League, won the State Championship in 2000, and his current LA Force Girls U17 team (also CSL Premier) won the State Cup Open Championship in 1998. Adolfo's teams play with great intensity, a reflection of his work ethic and dedication. With his experience and expertise he has developed a Pierce College Women's team that can compete at the highest level.
In 2010 under Coach Perez leadership; Pierce was Western State Conference Southern Division Champion with a record of 21-1-2 advancing to the Southern California Regional Playoff for the 10th year in a row earning the #1 seed. His team has won 6 straight WSC championships in a row and 8 in 10 years. He has accomplished an incredible overall record of 181-27-30 in 10 years, since the program's inception in 2001 and He was named the Western State Conference (South) Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2010.
His team finished 13th in the Nation, making this the 4th time Pierce is ranked in the Adidas College Top 15th at the end of the season.
Judi Terhar, Swim & Water Polo Coach
Judi Terhar began her swimming career in Seattle Washington in 1966 on a swim team featuring two Olympians. Her coaches attention to detail and swimmers model of excellence had a profound impact on her. After moving to California she was again fortunate to have a coach who excelled, and he guided her to a top ten time in the United States in the 200 fly. In High School she was an All American in the 100 fly and 200 IM, qualifying third for each race in the CIF Finals. She was offered a full scholarship to CSUN where she swam for Peter Accardy. Judi set four school records at CSUN as a freshman and was a four time All American in the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM. Some of her records lasted for over 20 years. She was awarded the Most Valuable Swimmer in 1977, and the Most Inspirational Swimmer in 1978, as surgery ended her swimming career that year. Although it was difficult to be unable to compete, Judi went back to her high school in 1978 to coach the team she started in 1974. The team had grown from a few swimmers to over 40. Having been impacted by so many coaches who helped her to be successful, it became her desire to do the same. In 1979 Judi began lifeguarding at Pierce College and helping Steve Schofield with the Master's Swim Program. In 1984 she was a chaperon for the college team on a three week trip to Australia where she also competed. The following year she became the Women's Head Swim Coach at Pierce College. Many of the women she coached set school records and qualified for the State Championships. She coached until 1990 and left to begin working as a Therapist at Simi Valley Hospital in Acute Rehabilitation. In 2000, Judi returned to CSUN to get a Master's Degree in Counseling and going back to school afforded the opportunity to coach at the High School, Club, and Master's level again. After graduating from CSUN with her Master's Degree, Fred Shaw invited her to coach as his assistant at Pierce College where she has coached for the past 7 years. Judi is looking forward to being the Pierce College Women's Head Swim Coach this yearof 2012.
Lance Walker, Men's Volleyball Coach
Lance is in his first year as Head Coach at Pierce College. Lance was also a part of the 2000 State Championship Team, where he was named State MVP. After graduating Pierce College, Lance transferred to Pepperdine University. He helped the Waves get to the NCAA Finals in 2002 where he was awarded Final Four Tournament Honors. After receiving his BA in Psychology from Pepperdine University, he traveled to Europe to start a career playing volleyball. Lance played for the USA National Team and 7 seasons of Pro Volleyball. He played in Belgium,Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Puerto Rico, Japan, and South Korea.
After graduation from Pepperdine, he has been involved coaching for a number of volleyball businesses and clinics. The past 10 years he has worked with Gold Medal Squared Volleyball, Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camps, Nina Matthies VB Camps, Sports Shack, and SMBC. Lance is also the Owner/Partner for Brahma Sports. He has helped build this company with the help of Aaron Wong for the past 5 years.