Brandon Directo: Head Varsity Coach
Brandon Directo is an alumni of University High School who competed on the Varsity team for three years. He was awarded Second Team All-League his junior year and First Team All-League his senior year. Brandon played volleyball at Irvine Valley College as an outside hitter for two years. He was named league MVP the first year. The second year, Brandon and his team won State Championship, and he was awarded MVP of the State Tournament. During that season, Brandon was ranked fourth in the state in kills at the community college level. Brandon has coached both club and high school boys and girls volleyball for 8 years. He helped to build Cal Christian Volleyball Club and coached a 14s & 17s team at Prime Volleyball Club last season. Brandon has worked with athletes aged 12 to 18. Brandon also coached the JV boy’s basketball at University High School from 2011 – 2014. Brandon currently volunteers with the USA Women’s National Team where he assists Head Coach Karch Kiraly & Assistant Coach Jamie Morrison at USA practices by running drills. Brandon’s played overseas in China with his club team and has competed annually in the USAV Men’s Nationals Open Division medaling silver the last two years and bringing home the gold this year!
Brandon loves volleyball and wishes to share his love of the game with everyone he coaches. He believes that with the right coaching, anyone can be inspired to be a great volleyball player, an excellent teammate, and even better person. Beyond the athletic and fundamental aspects of volleyball, Brandon also likes to work on a player’s volleyball IQ. He believes when a player learns to become mentally aware of their capabilities, it helps them improve at an exponential rate.
In Brandon’s spare time, he enjoys many hobbies!! He plays volleyball open gym, basketball and bowling. Brandon also loves being outdoors, especially road biking, snowboarding, SUPing, and jet skiing! Brandon looks forward to being a role model for Uni volleyball athletes.
Jamie Goto: Junior Varsity Coach
Jamie Goto has been around volleyball since she was an infant. Both her parents played competitive volleyball for years. Her mother took 2nd in Coed Nationals. Jamie played club at Laguna Beach Volleyball Club for 5 years and is an alumni of University High School. In her junior year, Jamie and her team won Uni’s first Volleyball CIF Championship. She continued to play at IVC, pick up volleyball, as well as a couple of different competitive leagues.
She assistant coached JV and Varsity Volleyball at Uni in 2006 and 2007. She also coached a few years of Girls 14’s at Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club.
Jamie graduated from CSU Long Beach with a BFA in Photography and works as a behind the scenes photographer as well as various freelance work. Along with volleyball and photography, she enjoys basketball, food, travel, movies, adventures, animals and just whatever.
Volleyball is a good sport to learn life lessons. This sport is not about just one individual but about working together as a team toward reaching a goal. It encapsulates discipline, responsibility, supporting one another, pushing each other, working well with others and communication. It allows for mental and physical strength and abilities as well as handling pressures. Most of all, it’s about enjoying the sport and having fun. Volleyball is a love that will never die, even if you don’t continue to play, it is something worth remembering/experiencing. Jamie looks forward to coaching back at Uni!
Kayla Tinker: Assistant Varsity Coach
A 2015 graduate of San Juan Hills High School… who was coached by Mitzi Kincaid…served as team captain and was named team MVP as a senior…also a second team All-League selection in the high jump…was a member of the school’s prinicipal honor roll each of her four years.
Alma Entesari: Co – Frosh/Soph Coach
I started volleyball my freshman year and fell in love with the sport immediately. Playing for University was a great experience, I loved my teammates and the coaches. After school season had ended I began playing club volleyball for Prime. I started out playing with my age level and eventually started to play up. My junior and senior year I was lucky enough to have Ron Larson as a head coach. My junior year I was 16 years old playing on the 18’1s team. Being able to play with such skilled players pushed me to work harder and become a more competitive player. I am now going to attend Irvine Valley College as a freshman where I will be continuing to play volleyball! Volleyball has been a huge part of my life, it has taught me various skills, not only for volleyball but for life in general, it has made me both mentally and physically stronger. I’m grateful to have the chance to coach girls volleyball and hopefully impact their lives as much as volleyball has impacted mine!
Erisa Pooee: Co – Frosh/Soph Coach
I’m a Uni graduate, played for Uni for three years and Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club (SVVC) for four years. I have a great passion for volleyball and it has not been easy to get where I am today. I currently play at Santiago Canyon College and hopefully will continue playing for the time that I’m there. I am majoring in Nursing and would like to become a Nurse Practitioner. I love helping and being around people which is why I chose to start coaching this year. I hope to be a positive role model to our Uni athletes!