James Couch :: Women's Basketball
James Couch took over as head coach of Pierce's outstanding women's basketball team in 1997 after 16 years as head coach of the girls' basketball team at Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank. While at Bellarmine-Jefferson, the Los Angeles Times selected Couch as its "Coach of the Year" in 1993 and 1997. In addition, Couch has been a cross-country and track and field coach at the high school level for 27 years. Couch attends several clinics each year, including the Nike Basketball Coaches Clinic and the Southern California All-Sports Clinics. Each year, Couch assists with Youth American Round Ball Leagues.
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Rajeev Datt :: Men's Tennis
Coach Rajeev Datt is an alumnus of LA Pierce College, who played for the recently deceased Paul J. Xanthos, on one of many of Xanthos' championship teams. After playing for Xanthos, he secured a tennis scholarship for himself at California State University Los Angeles. Coach Datt has been involved in teaching tennis for eighteen years now and has had the opportunity to work with such coaches as: Robert Lansdorp, Bil McClain (former coach at SMU), Anand Amritraj, and Billy Martin (current coach at UCLA), amongst others. Due to being exposed to such great tennis minds from varying generations, Coach Datt is bringing a fresh approach to coaching tennis at LA Pierce College. His intention is to mesh tradition with the newer coaching techniques in training student athletes, not only to excel on the court, but in the classroom as well.
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Kelly Moore:: Softball Coach
|Nabil Mardini :: Women's Volleyball
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 squad win the CCCAA California State Championship for the first time in school history, with the added bonus of his being named AVCA 2010 National Two-Year College Coach of the Year. As current Club Director of LAVA Girls as well as Co-Director of SMBC Boys, 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. Nabil handles much of the day-to-day operational side of LAVA, including content for coaches, correspondence with players and parents, and scheduling, in addition to myriad other duties. He also coaches the top team for the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy, the North 18-1’s.
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Jason Sabolic, ABA, M.S:: FOOTBALL
Alma Mater: Occidental College
As an educator it is my passion to educate and mold young men into viable commodities within our future society. This requires attention to detail within every aspect of the lives of these student athletes, on and off of the field. Prioritization of family, school, work, and extracurricular activities must constantly be at the forefront of the student athletes mind. There must also be an unfaltering understanding moving forward that there is nothing without education, and it starts in the classroom. My student athletes will be given a “map” that will guide them toward success on the field and in the classroom, and it will be left up to them to learn to take responsibility for where they go from there. They will be put in the position to succeed, and not only told how to do things but why. I look to team up with my fellow instructors, administrators, and other assets on campus in order to make Pierce the “BEST” institution to attend. While doing so I get to build lifelong relationships with my players, hoping each takes at least one lesson along with them. The attitude of a successful program must be a “do whatever it takes,” attitude with coaches who understand how to reach each and every student within the population.
2002 – John F. Kennedy High School (Granada Hills) – Assistant Offensive Line Coach
2002-2004 – El Camino Real High School – Offensive Line Coach
2004-2006 – L.A. Pierce College – Offensive Line/Running Backs Coach
2006-2007 – L.A. Valley College – Running Backs Coach
2008-2012 – L.A. Pierce College – Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator/Running Backs
2012-2014 – L.A. Pierce College – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Coach Sabolic is entering his seventh season (second stint) with LAPC, and will assume the role of Head Coach. Along with his coaching responsibilities, Coach Sabolic is also an Instructor on campus teaching classes in realms of Health and Kinesiology. On top of that he is currently a Chemistry/Physiology teacher at El Camino Real high school. Coach Sabolic is a hard worker who has helped develop quality student-athletes at the junior college level on and off the field. At the end of the 2007 season Coach Sabolic ventured back to Pierce where he has been ever since helping build the best 5 year run in school history which included 4 bowl game appearances (3 victories), 2 conference championships, and helping over 250 student athletes who were ushered on to the next level of play.
Coach Sabolic graduated from El Camino Real high school where he obtained All-Conference and All-City awards in football, also lettering in baseball. In those years he was an integral player on three LA City Championships teams. Sabolic then went on to obtain his ABA (Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree) in Pre-Med Kinesiology from Occidental College in Eagle Rock. At Occidental, Jason lettered in both football, as a center and fullback, and baseball as a catcher. Also during that time Coach Sabolic got to travel to Europe as a part of the Croatian National baseball team for Olympic training and the 2001 European Championships, which the team barely missed qualifying for the Sydney Olympics. After Occidental, Coach Sabolic went on to continue his education by receiving his Master’s Degree (M.S) in Kinesiology from California State University, Northridge. He lives with wife Teri, daughter Riley, and son Parker in West Hills.
|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.
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Judi Terhar :: Women's Swim
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.
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Moriah Van Norman :: Women's Water Polo
Men's Swim Coach
Former USC and USA Olympic team member Moriah Van Norman joined the Brahmas in 2012. She was the starting center for the USA Olympic Water Polo team (coached by Guy Baker and Kyle Kopp), this Division 1 athlete earned a Silver Medal in the 2008 Olympic Games , as well as three World Championship medals (2005,2007, 2009) 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.
During her collegiate years, Van Norman competed at USC under legendary Coach Jovan Vavic. There she won the Peter J. Cutino Award given given annually to the nation's top player (2004) and was named a 4X All-American.
She also played professionally in Greece for Vouligemeni (2008) where her team won the European Championship.
With a burning passion for the game, Van Norman has taken the natural leap into coaching where she looks forward to sharing the many valuable fundamentals imparted to her through years of international coaching. Her vision includes developing strong women both in the pool and in the classroom, so that they may pursue personal goals after their time at Pierce College. By creating a structured program, Van Norman is confident her athletes will move forward to do great things.
Van Norman is a graduate of the University of Southern California(2006) with a B.A. degree in English and more recently, earned her M.A. in TESOL. She is a full-time instructor at Pierce College and loves teaching as much as coaching! She feels blessed to work with such passionate people to serve the wonderful and diverse student population at Pierce College. She resides in Northridge with her husband and two daughters.
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. "
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