Academic Program Director: Dianna
Graves (BA, Biology Claremont McKenna College; MA,
Education, Claremont Graduate University) Director of Academic
Planning, Claremont McKenna College; Former Head Coach, CMS
Volleyball (1999-2010); College Recruiting Coordinator, Club West
Dianna Graves is the Director of Academic Planning at Claremont
McKenna College. A credentialed teacher with 12 years of collegiate
coaching experience, Coach Graves is passionate about the
development of youth volleyball and in addition to her former
position as head coach for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges,
she was a member of the Club West Volleyball staff from
2000-2011. Her team captured a Junior Olympic Invitational
Championship title in 2005 and qualified for Junior Nationals in
2006. Coach Graves transitioned from her coaching role into
that of recruiting coordinator in 2006. She has helped dozens of
Club West student-athletes secure positions in college programs
across the country in NCAA Divisions I-III and NAIA. She is
currently pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education.
Coach Graves is married to Steve Graves, and they have a young
son and daughter. They reside in Claremont, California.
Athletic Program Director: Kurt
Vlasich (BA, Biology Pepperdine University) Head
Coach, CMS Volleyball; Director of Club West Volleyball
Kurt Vlasich is pleased to act as the Athletic Program Director
for this year’s camp. Formerly a player at Pepperdine
University, Coach Vlasich is one of the most highly regarded Club
volleyball coaches in southern CA. In 2002, after a successful
career as a men’s coach, Coach Vlasich began coaching women
at Club West Volleyball. Following an excellent first season,
Vlasich decided to make the move to coaching women’s
volleyball on a full-time basis and in 2003, he was named Club
Director for the organization. In addition to his role as
Director, Vlasich has served as Head Coach for the 18-1 Elite team
at Club West for the past 9 years. He has taken his
teams to Junior Olympics 8 of his 9 years, and finished
with a Bronze medal in 2005. Vlasich continues to develop
curriculum and technical training pedagogies for the entire Club
West Volleyball program. The Club recently sent seven teams
of varying age groups to Junior Olympics. In 2010, the 12-Elite
team took home a gold medal, while the 15-Elite finished with a
silver medal. Coach Vlasich is committed to junior player
development of all ages, and has helped Club West Volleyball become
one of the top rated clubs in Southern California, sending
over 100 student-athletes on to compete at the collegiate
Vlasich began coaching at CMS Volleyball in 2002 under Coach
Dianna Graves. In December of 2010, Vlasich was named head
coach for CMS Volleyball.
Coach Vlasich is
married to Cindi Vlasich, and they have a two young daughters. They
currently reside in Upland, California.
Additional Camp Staff Members:
The volleyball instructors at camp will include Coach Vlasich,
Coach Graves and current NCAA/NAIA collegiate players.
SAT prep classes will be overseen by Coach Graves.
College counseling sessions and other academic programming will
be coordinated by Coach Graves and fellow faculty/staff members of
the Claremont Colleges.