JOSH LUI

Club Director and Coach

435 Volleyball Director

12 years of coaching Volleyball experience

  • 21 years of Volleyball experience

  • 2013-2015 Lanikai Volleyball Club Director and Coach

  • 2016 Dixie HS - Utah

  • 2016 435 ELITE 15's Coach

  • 2017 435 ELITE 16's Coach

  • 2017  Desert Hills HS - Utah

  • 2018  Dixie HS - JV Head Coach

  • 2018 435 ELITE 17's Coach

  • 2019  Snow Canyon JV Head Varsity Asst. Coach

  • 2019 Art of Coaching Clinic - Las Vegas 

  • Coached at Kailua HS - Hawaii

  • Coached Woodbridge HS - California

PLAYING EXPERIENCE​​​

  • Kailua High School(1995)

  • first team honorable mention (1996)

  • first team all-state OIA (1997)

  • Won the 1997 Haili Men's Volleyball

  • Orange Coast College CA, in (1999)

  • Irvine Valley City College CA, (2000)

  • Won the 2002 AVP sponsored 2on2 Open division grass tournament 

  • Won the 2007 Haili Men's Adult volleyball tournament in Hawaii,

  • 2007 awarded MVP of the tournament

  • Played 3 years of USVBA adult volleyball in the open division (03, 04, 05), and

  • 4 years in the A division (97, 98, 06, 07)

  • Played in the 2013 Adult Nationals in Phoenix Arizona in the BB division

  • Won 2013 Utah Summer Games

  • Won 2016 Utah Summer Games

KELLEY RIFILATO

18's Coach

• CLUB GSL HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH 18’S
• FORT LEWIS COLLEGE HEAD WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL COACH
• ATHLETIC DIRECTOR ST. COLUMBIA SCHOOL
• PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR ST. COLUMBIA SCHOOL
• DURANGO PARKS & REC YOUTH VOLLEYBALL COORDINATOR
• 970 ELITE VBC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/HEAD COACH 18’S
• FOUR CORNERS VBC HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH 18’S
• MID-AMERICA VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH
• MOSCOW VOLLEYBALL CLUB HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH 18’S
• NEW MEXICO HIGHLANDS INTERIM WOMEN’S HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• 39 – 9 CLUB GSL RECORD 2019
• 4th PLACE UTAH 4A DIVISION DIXIE HS
• 2019 8 RMAC ALL CONFERENCE SELECTIONS/27 RMAC ALL ACADEMIC
SELECTIONS 2013 – 2018 FORT LEWIS COLLEGE
• 49 – 1 INTERMOUNTAIN LEAGUE RECORD BAYFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
• 135 – 29 VARSITY HEAD COACH RECORD BAYFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
• 2010 FIESTA CLASSIC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS USAV - FOUR CORNERS
VBC PHOENIX, AZ
• 2009 DENVER POST 3A COACH OF THE YEAR
• 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 IML COACH OF THE YEAR
• 2011 HORIZON AWARD NOMINEE (CO STATE UP & COMING COACH)

• 3rd PLACE COLORADO 3A DIVISION 2009 & 2011
• 5th PLACE COLORADO 3A DIVISION 2012
• 7th PLACE COLORADO 3A DIVISION 2010
• 2006 SAN JUAN MIDDLE SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR MILLER MS
• 2005 USAV NATIONAL BID QUALIFIER TEAM FOR JUNIOR OLYMPICS
• 1997 RECOGNITION “ALL TIME VANDAL GREAT” AT UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
• 1984 – 1985 BIG SKY ALL CONFERENCE SELECTION (2 YEARS)
• 1983 – 1985 BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK (MULTIPLE HIGHLIGHTS)
• 4,744 CAREER ASSISTS UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO (2ND OVERALL)
• 255 CAREER ACES UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO (1ST OVERALL)

 

PLAYING EXPERIENCE
• 4 YEAR STARTER UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO NCAA
• UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO TEAM CAPTAIN 1983-85
• 3rd PLACE FINISH CANADIAN AMERICAN GAMES
COLUMBIA EMPIRE REGION CALGARY, ALBERTA
• 5th PLACE FINISH AT JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS
PORTLAND VOLLEYBALL CLUB

IMPACT CERTIFICATION
CAP 1 INDOOR
ASEP CERTIFICATION
CPR/FIRST AID/AED
ART OF COACHING
GOLD MEDAL SQUARED

JANNA STERN WATERS

17's COACH

Coach Janna Waters will be coaching our 17’s team with Coach Remo Gaogao. Janna grew up in Central California. She played as a setter and outside hitter at University of California Riverside. She was named All-Conference 1st team and recorded 750 kills and 780 assists in her career at UCR. Waters earned a BA in Mathematics with a minor in Education from UCR in 1999. After graduation, she started her coaching career as a graduate assistant at UCR, continued coaching as an assistant at CSU San Bernardino the following year and moved to Phoenix in 2001. While the head coach at Corona del Sol High School she received four consecutive Region Coach of the Year honors as their team won four consecutive Region Conference Championships and was 5A-1 Arizona State Runner-up in 2005. Moving to Chandler High School to build their program, she also earned Region Conference Champion and the school’s first appearance in the 5A-1 Arizona State Final Four. In 2009, Janna moved to San Diego, California and continued her coaching career at Torrey Pines High School as the assistant varsity coach. Torrey Pines has been ranked nationally by Prep Volleyball. While at Torrey Pines, she has won many prestigious tournaments, as well as have won five Avocado League titles and four San Diego Open Division titles. Janna most recently Coached East High school in Sioux City, Iowa. She brings 18 years of coaching experience (high school and competitive club) and 16 years of teaching high school math experience. 

REMO GAOGAO

17's Coach

2015 | Sophomore Season

  • Finished second for the Thunderbirds in defensive digs with 322, averaging 3.19 per set

  • Gaogao was fourth on the team in kills with 187 at 1.85 kills per set

  • Finished sixth on the team for blocks with 40 total blocks at 0.40 blocks per set

  • Tallied 15 service aces

2014 | Freshman Season

  • Big Sky 2014 all-Conference second team

  • Led the team with 337 kills, averaging 3.06 per set

  • Finished the season with 1,115 total attacks

  • Finished third on the team with 343 digs, averaging 3.12 per set

  • Set a personal record of 22 digs against Sac St. (9/25/14)

Prep: 

  • Four-year varsity-letter winner at Punahou HS, helping the Buffanblu open the season with a perfect 8-0 record at the Ann Kang Invitational and finish the season as the runner-up at state

  • Helped PHS to back-to-back state titles during her junior and sophomore campaigns

  • Played club with Ka Ulukoa under head coach Lee Lamb, earning all-tournament honors at the 2011 USAV Junior Nationals

 

ROGER RAMPTON

435 Elite Academy Director and 16's Coach

ROGER RAMPTON

 

Inglewood High School Graduate (1980)

*Four-Year Varsity Letterman in Volleyball for CBVA Hall of

Fame Coach Gene Popko

*All South Bay 1st Team – Outside Hitter

*All Ocean League 1st Team – Outside Hitter

*1980 High School Boys Basketball National Championship Team

& CIF Champions (29-0)

*Senior Class Valedictorian

USC Volleyball Team – Outside Hitter (1981)

LMU Volleyball Team – Outside Hitter (1984-1985)

LMU Graduate, Bachelor of Business Administration (1986)

California Police Summer Games – LAPD Volleyball Team

*6-Man Volleyball Gold Medals (1993-1996, 1998, 1999)

*6-Man Volleyball Silver Medals (1997, 2000)

World Police & Fire Games, Colorado Springs, CO

*6-Man Volleyball Bronze Medal (1993)

International Police & Fire Games, Salt Lake City, UT

*6-Man Volleyball Bronze Medal (1995)

Royal High School Boys JV Basketball Head Coach (2007-08)

Royal High School Boys Varsity Volleyball Assistant Coach (2014, 2015)

BYU Boys Volleyball Camp Coach (2010)

Spectrum Volleyball Club Assistant Coach (2009-2014)

*USAV BJNC Bronze Medal 2010 Boys’ 18U Club

*USAV BJNC Gold Medal 2011 Boys’ 18U Club

*USAV BJNC Bronze Medal 2013 Boys’ 14U Open

*USAV BJNC 5th Place 2014 Boys’ 15U Open

Attended Gold Medal Squared Coaching Clinics (2014 & 2015)

Huntsman World Senior Games Volleyball Silver Medal (2017)

Married to wife Lori in 1988 and have 3 children

ERIC BROWN

CLUB OPERATIONS DIRECTOR 16's Coach

  • 2017 12U Head Coach 

  • 2017 Jr. Elite Volleyball Coach

  • 2017 Snow Canyon HS Boy's Volleyball 

  • 2018 435 ELITE 12U and 14U Head Coach

  • 2018 Desert Hills HS Boy's Volleyball Coach

  • 2019 Desert Hills HS Boy's Volleyball Coach 

  • 2019  Art of Coaching Volleyball Clinic - Las Vegas

  • 2019 Boys GSL National Team Asst Coach

  • 2019 Desert Hills HS Freshman - Sophomore Coach

EDWARD AND BROOKE WADSWORTH

16's Coaches

Ed and Brooke come as a package deal!  Together they have coached various levels and ages of teams at Legacy Volleyball Club and Unified Volleyball Club in Michigan.  Brooke played NJCAA Division I volleyball for the College of Southern Idaho, where she won a National Championship in 2012. She then transferred to NCAA Division I Oakland University where she helped lead her team to their first Horizon League Championship & NCAA tournament berth in 2014. Brooke graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelors in accounting, and currently works as a CPA for Vantage Advisors.  Edward also graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelors in economics and finance. He currently works for Guild Mortgage. They have two little boys, Trition and Heilyx, who will be the girls' favorite coaches! 

AMY CHRISTIANSEN

16's Coach

  • Played High School for Delta High School

  • Played Setter for Snow College

  • Played Setter for Western New Mexico

  • Coached High School in New Mexico and Utah​

  • Coached 435 Elite Volleyball Club 

ERIN WEDEMEYER

15's Coach

  • 2 year Oregon all-state player in high school

  • The University of Wyoming 4-year starter

  • Helped lead Wyoming to 2 NCAA appearances including an Elite finish, upsetting Washington and Stanford.

  • MVP and Most Inspirational player senior year

  • On team inducted into Wyoming Hall of Fame class of 2005

  • Competed in Nationals tournament in Phoenix taking 4th place

  • 5 Years Coaching Club Volleyball

  • Dixie High school for JV and Assistant Varsity

  • Volleyball has been such a big part of my life and I am looking forward to advancing the programs here in Saint George and getting my youngest daughter into it as much as I have been.

 

JAMES STANDLEY

CLUB LIASON and 15's Coach

  • 2014-2015 LAC 15U coach

  • 2017 435 Elite Volleyball Coach

  • 2018 435 Elite Volleyball Coach 

  • Educational background in psychology and coaching

  • 30 years experience in strength training and plyometrics

  • Played volleyball at Salt Lake Community College and University of Utah (club)

  • 25 years OF volleyball experience

  • 12 years coaching experience

  • Volleyball fanatic, both indoor and outdoor

TRUDI WILSON

14's Coach

Trudi Wilson grew up in St. George and played at Pine View High School where her team took 2nd at State.  She was an All State athlete in 3 sports.  She played for Dixie College for a year before she got married and moved away. She has coached 4 years as an assistant coach at Grantsville High and 1 year as a head coach before she moved back to Southern Utah. She has also coached club volleyball.  2 years for TVC ,2 years for CVC, and a year at Hurricane. She loves the game of volleyball and loves helping girls learn the sport that she loves so much.  She is excited to coach for 435 Elite Volleyball Club.

CAMILLA HAFOKA

14's Coach

Coaching Experience

2019: Dixie State Volleyball Assistant Coach
2018: Washington State University Volleyball Camp
Skills & and; Individual- Team camp
2016: Washington State University Volleyball Camp
Skills & Camp Individual- Team camp
2013-2016: Brigham Young University- Hawai’i Women’s Volleyball
1 st Assistant Coach
2010-2017 North Shore Volleyball Club
Head Coach 14s (2010-2012)
Head Coach 18s: (2012-2017)
2012-2013: Kahuku High School Girls Volleyball
Head Coach
2010-2012: Brigham Young University- Hawaii Women’s Volleyball
Volunteer Assistant
2006-2010: Oregon State University Volleyball Camp
Skills and Team Camp
Playing Experience
2006-2010: Oregon State University Women’s Volleyball
-Starting setter 2006-2010; Team Captain 2009-2010
-Helped OSU to its best record since 2001
-Two-time All-Conference Academic Honoree (2009, 2010)
-UNLV Invitational MVP
2002-2006: Kahuku High School Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
-Global Challenge MVP; Two-time All-State Selection; Nissan Hall of Fame Award
Recipient; OIA 2006 Player of the Year;
2002-2006: Kahuku High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball

 

Coaching Highlights
Helped BYU-Hawai’i to win 2013 Regional Championship
Helped BYU-Hawai’i to the 2013 NCAA DII National Championship Game

 As offensive coach over setters at BYU-Hawai’i:
o Worked with Michelle Chen, who received PAC West Conference setter (2013,
2015); Daktronics NCAA DII Second Team All-American.
o Worked with Stella Chen: All- American Honors (2013-2015).
 As Assistant Coach at BYU-H, Pac West Conference Championship in 2013
As Head Coach at Kahuku High School, HI
 OIA Championship Winner (2012)
o Coached Penina Snuka (All-American @ University of Arizona)
o Coached Adora Anae (All-American @ University of Utah)
 As North Shore Volleyball Coach 14U Team,

Finished top 10 in Florida AAU tournament
(2012)
SCVA Summer Soiree Open Champions- Gold (2014)

 

MARKAY THORKELSON

13's Coach

  • Played volleyball for Richfield High School

  • Played at Utah Valley State College

  • Coached Lightning Peak Volleyball Club 18u team for two years

  • Coached Orem High School Assistant Coach

  • Coached Richfield High School Assistant Coach

  • Coached Lanikai Volleyball Club

  • Coached 435 Elite Volleyball Club 2017-2019

  • Head Coach Snow Canyon High School 2019

MIAHNA WATERS

13's Coach

​2019 Southern Utah Volleyball 

  • Second all-time in single season digs

  • Tallied 512 digs

  • Appeared in 112 sets 

  • Prep:

  • Named All-State Twice

  • Named All-League Three Times

  • Named MVP for Three Seasons

  • Holds Seven Volleyball Records Spokane Washington

  • Also Named All-State in Basketball and Track

  • Played Club Volleyball for Rivals

WHITNEE TUPE

12's Coach

2011-2015 - Dixie State Volleyball Assistant Coach
2015- 2018 - Snow College Volleyball Assistant Coach


While at Snow, she helped guide the Badgers to their first Scenic West Conference in 31 years in 2017, and to the program’s first NJCAA national tournament appearance in 38 years in 2018. In addition, she mentored the 2018 Region 18 Defensive Player of the Year Sydnie Martindale, and 2017 Region 18 Player of the Year, and AVCA and NJCAA All-American Riley Lyman.

During her first stint at Dixie State (2011-15), Tupe helped lead DSU to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2013-15) and to the 2015 Pacific West Conference championship. In addition, Tupe also coached five players to all-PacWest honors during the 2015 season.

A native of Santa Clara, Utah, Tupe graduated from Snow Canyon High School in 2005. She went on to play volleyball at Dixie State for two seasons, where she earned her Associates Degree in Science. Whitnee and her husband Misi, who is an assistant coach on the DSU Football coaching staff, are the parents of two daughters and two sons.
 

EMILY GEORGE

Back Office and Finance

DONOVAN MARTINEZ

SUVL TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

College Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:
2018, 2019 BYU Men's Volleyball Camp

  • All Skills Camp Coach, Gym Lead

2018, 2019 Iowa State Women's Volleyball Camp

  • Setter/Libero Training Camp Coach

  • All Skills Camp Coach

2019 Dixie State Women's Volleyball Camp

  • Team Camp Gym Lead

2014 SUU Women’s Volleyball Volunteer Assistant Coach

  • Helped place 7th in the Big Sky Conference, qualifying for the BSC Tournament

  • Trained, coached two Big Sky 2nd Team All-Conference performers


Club Coaching Experience/Accomplishments:

2018-2019 Snow Canyon Men's Volleyball Club-Club Director, 14u & 18u Head Coach

  • 1st Place-Silver II Division (UBVA Week #2)

2017-2018 Snow Canyon Men's Volleyball Club-Club Director, 14u & 18u Head Coach

  • 1st Place-Bronze Division (UBVA Week #1)

  • 1st Place-Bronze Division (UBVA Week #2)

  • UBVA State Tournament Participant

2016-2017 Snow Canyon Men's Volleyball Club-Club Director, 14u & 18u Head Coach

  • 1st Place-Bronze Division (UBVA Week #1)

  • 2nd Place-Silver Division (UBVA Week #3)

  • 2nd Place-Silver Division (UBVA Week #4)

2014-2015 Lanikai Athletic Club-Utah 14u Head Coach, Co-Director
2007-14 Jammers Volleyball Club (Honolulu, HI) Head Coach-13u, 14u, 16u, 17u
2nd/144, Silver Medalist, at the 2014 Summer Soiree National Tournament (Anaheim, CA)-14u Division
9th/24- 2014 Pacific Northwest Qualifier (Spokane, WA)- 14u Open Division
5th/109- 2012 Summer Soiree National Tournament (Anaheim, CA)-14u Division
1st Place (Qualified)- 2011 Aloha Region National Bid Tournament (Honolulu, HI)- 17u Division
5th/48- 2010 USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships (Reno, NV)- 13u Division
2nd/48, Silver Medalist, 2010 USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships (Reno, NV)- 16u Division
2nd/24, Silver Medalist- 2010 Pacific Northwest Qualifier (Spokane, WA)-13u Division
1st Place- 2010 Aloha Regional Tournament (Honolulu, HI)- 13u Division
1st Place (Qualified)- 2010 Aloha Region National Bid Tournament (Honolulu, HI)- 13u Division
24th Place- 2009 USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships (Miami, FL)- 14u Open Division
1st Place- 2009 Aloha Regional Tournament (Honolulu, HI)- 14u
1st Place (Qualified)- 2009 Aloha Region National Bid Tournament (Honolulu, HI)- 13u Division
3rd/24, Bronze Medalist (Qualified)- 2009 Pacific Northwest Qualifier (Spokane, WA)- 14u Open Division 
5th/150- 2008 JVDA National Championships (Louisville, KY)- 14u Division
1st Place- 2008 Aloha Regional Tournament (Honolulu, HI)- 14u
2nd Place- 2008 Aloha Region National Bid Tournament (Honolulu, HI)- 14u Division
5th/24- 2008 Pacific Northwest Qualifier (Spokane, WA)- 14u Open Division

Trained, coached PrepVolleyball.com 2016 National Freshman of the Year
Trained, coached 4 Hawaii State Gatorade Players of the Year (2016, 2014, 2012, 2011)
Trained, coached 2 USAV Junior National Championship All-Tournament Team selections
Selected as Assistant Coach with the 2012 Aloha Region High Performance Girls’ National Select Team  

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OHANA

We lost our dear brother and coach Vince Tauanuu to his battle of cancer this year.  He is the co-founder of 435 Elite Volleyball Club and we deeply miss his servant leadership, big presence and most of all his humor.

 

Of the many things he was passionate about was that our coaching staff should ensure that each and every athlete gets full opportunity to develop. He really meant this and lived it by example.

The word Ohana means "Nobody gets left behind".  His values truly reflect this and we will honor his memory by fulfilling this valuable lesson.  

 

Talofa mo le taimi nei VINCE!

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