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 Aspiring Collegiate Athlete Volleyball Camp - Thursday July 7-Monday July 11, 2016




     Kurt Vlasich/Dianna Graves



Resident Camp
$695.00 includes all instruction, room/board, choice of SAT prep classes or college admission essay workshop, individual and group college counseling sessions and  T-shirt.

Registration is currently open.


This resident camp is one of a kind. Limited to just 40 athletes, our program is a comprehensive college-prep volleyball camp. Participants will receive 5-6 hours of advanced court instruction each day. Students will participate in step by step instructional sessions in how to approach the college recruiting process, including putting together a player profile, Clearinghouse, how to communicate with and market to college coaches etc. Additionally, students will take part in their choice of either SAT testing prep classes or college admission essay writing workshops. Campers will also hear from members of the Claremont McKenna College admission office staff to learn more about the college search, and will have an opportunity to take part in a mock admission interview. Participation is limited to players entering their sophomore, junior and senior years of high school who have a significant interest in pursuing a collegiate volleyball position and/or scholarship. Students will be housed in the Claremont McKenna College dormitories

Staff Bios:

Athletic Program Director: Kurt Vlasich (BA, Biology Pepperdine University)  Head Coach, CMS Volleyball; Director of Club West Volleyball (2003-2011); Head Coach Club West 18 National; Coach and administrator for Forza 1 Volleyball Club

Born and raised in the heart of the inland empire, Kurt Vlasich attended Claremont High School where he was part of the charter program at CHS. Vlasich helped form a talented group of players at CHS, and started a men’s program with the Wolfpack in 1993. He played as a varsity middle blocker in 1993 and 1994 while helping the pack go into CIF both seasons. Vlasich went on to play for Pepperdine University from 1995-1998 under Marv Dunphy where he had successful seasons as both a training setter and a serving specialist during the 1997 season. He graduated from Pepperdine University in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Vlasich began his coaching experience when he came back to Claremont High in 1995, 1996, and 1997 as a volunteer assistant coach and setting coach with Don Braunecker. He helped train and develop setters for Claremont High School and worked with other players on a individual basis. Vlasich became JV Head Coach and Varsity assistant in 2001 for the Claremont Men’s program at CHS where he helped win 2 JV tournaments, and lead CHS varsity into the CIF playoffs.

After the 2001 season, Vlasich began coaching in the club ranks and coached the Foothill Volleyball Club Men’s 18-1 team. In the summer of 2001, Vlasich brought a team with below .500 average to over .500 and a substantial improvement at JO’s leading the 18-1 program to flight brackets. The following summer, Vlasich coached the Foothill Boys 18-1 program into the Bronze bracket at Junior Olympics, where his team captured first place in the bronze bracket (12th overall).

 In 2002, Vlasich began coaching for an upstart volleyball club in the Inland Empire called Club West Volleyball. From 2003 to 2011, Vlasich was the club director for Club West Volleyball, and also coached at the 17’s and 18’s age groups.  Vlasich has coached the Club West 18-1 and 17-1 teams for 11 seasons, and made Junior Olympic appearances in 10 of his 12 seasons. Most notably have been the past 4 seasons, where his 18-1 team has made 4 consecutive 18 Open appearances, and included a seventh place finish Nationally in 2011.  In 2014, Vlasich will be part of a team of coaches and administrators who formed a new volleyball club called "Forza 1 Volleyball Club" based in Temecula and Ontario.  Vlasich will coach and be an administrator for Forza 1, as well as assist in development and growth for the club in the Inland Empire at the new "Forza 1 Taraflex Complex" in Ontario. 

Vlasich began coaching at CMS Volleyball in 2002 under Coach Dianna Graves. He was a fixture as the head assistant coach for nearly a decade. Over the next nine seasons, Vlasich helped build a team that made significant improvements from year to year, and finished in 2010 with an overall record of 18-11 and a 3rd place finish in SCIAC. In 2011, Vlasich was named interim coach of the CMS Volleyball program, and guided the CMS Athenas to a 19-11 record overall with a 10-4 conference record helping CMS make the SCIAC conference playoffs. In 2012, Vlasich was named Head Coach for CMS and 2012 saw similar production for the CMS Volleyball program finishing with a 17-10 overall record and a tie for 4th place in the SCIAC conference with Occidental College. 2013 turned out to be historic for the Athenas, as Vlasich led the team to a 25-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA tournament.  Vlasich has been an important part of the CMS Volleyball Program and entered 2014 with a young and talented roster hoping to finish at the top of the SCIAC standings once again.   After a stellar 2013 season which accumulated 25 wins on the season, Vlasich led the Athenas to a 27-7  record in 2014 and a second place finish in the SCIAC. 2014 also saw a second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament for the Athenas.  In the 2014 NCAA tournament, CMS Volleyball won the NCAA Western Regional Championship and competed in the 2014 Volleyball Championships in Newport News, Virginia as one of the "Elite 8" teams.  The CMS Volleyball team finished the 2014 season ranked nationally at number nine by the AVCA. CMS also stayed in the AVCA top 25 national rankings for the duration of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, making it the longest streak of rankings in program history.  In 2013, Kurt Vlasich was named the AVCA Division III West Region Coach of the Year, and in 2014 was named SCIAC Coach of the Year. The 2015 season saw the Athenas win the program's third SCIAC Championship, the first in 22 years. CMS went on to win its first SCIAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row. The 2015 team tied the most wins in CMS history with a 27-7 record. Vlasich was named the West Region Coach of the Year again.

Coach Vlasich is married to Cindi Vlasich, and they have a 6 year old daughter named Rylan, and a 3 year old daughter named Arden. They currently reside in Upland, California.

Academic Program DirectorDianna Graves (BA, Biology Claremont McKenna College; MA, Education, Claremont Graduate University; Ph.D, Education, Claremont Graduate University) Director of Academic Planning, Claremont McKenna College; Former Head Coach, CMS Volleyball (1999-2010); College Recruiting Coordinator, Club West Volleyball (2000-2011)

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 recently completed a Ph.D. in higher education at Claremont Graduate University.

Coach Graves is married to Steve Graves, and they have a young son and daughter. They reside in Claremont, 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.