WHAT: LA84 High School Volleyball Coaches Clinic
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
NOTE: This clinic is free of cost to all attendees



The agenda is tentative and subject to change

TimeSession TopicLocation
7:30am - 8:00amRegistrationTBA
8:00am - 8:15am Welcome and Introductions, Clinic Orientation & Announcements - Aaron Benditson, Site Coordinator and Bobbie Estes, Clinic Coordinator--
8:15am - 9:30amCourt Session: Serving as an Offensive Weapon - Eileen Hiss, Sunshine Volleyball Club--
9:35am - 10:45amLecture: Communication, the Mental Game and One Coach's Absolutes - John Landicho, Head Men’s Coach, Miramar College
10:50am - 12:00pmLecture: Rules and Refs - Jared Gibson, CIF Ref
12:00pm - 1:00pmLunch not provided
1:00pm - 2:15pmCourt Session: Volleysal - Nabil Mardini, Head Women’s Coach, Pierce College, Owner and Head Coach of LAVA Volleyball Club
2:20pm - 3:20pm Court Session: Attacking the Blocker - Branden Higa, Head Women’s Coach, California Baptist University


Address: 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 


Bobbie Estes

Bobbie coached high school volleyball for over 25 years, taking her teams to playoffs 20 of those years.  Currently, along with organizing the LA84 Foundation’s coaching education volleyball clinic, she is on the CIF volleyball advisory committee and runs both youth volleyball instructional classes and summer camps for the City of Santa Clarita.  She has two daughters who played NCAA D1 volleyball.

Jared Gibson

Jared Gibson has officiating volleyball and basketball at the collegiate and high school level for close to a decade. He started when he was in college at UCSD back in 2007 and he fell in love with officiating.  Jared has worked multiple CIF Section Finals in San Diego as well as one CIF State Final.  He has been officiating college volleyball for four years.  One officiating mantra he lives by came from a legendary San Diego basketball official who said:  “I just strive to be fair.”

Branden Higa

Branden Higa has been the head women’s volleyball coach at California Baptist University since 2012.

Over the past three years with Branden, CBU women’s volleyball has finished in the top half of the PacWest’s standings each season.

Prior to coming to California Baptist University, Branden spent three years as an assistant at NCAA Division I Mississippi State.  He has been head volleyball coach at West Los Angeles College (2008), an assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University, and spent the 2005 season as an assistant at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

Branden also has served as an assistant coach with USA Beach Volleyball in Los Angeles and has spent time coaching throughout the Southern California club system

Originally from Lancaster, California, Branden played three seasons at Pepperdine University in Malibu and won the 1994 California Junior College Most Outstanding Player award at Pierce College.

Eileen Hiss

Eileen Hiss has been a Sunshine Volleyball Club Head Coach for 16 years. Her teams have qualified for Junior Nationals in the 13’s, 14’s, 15’s, 16’s and 18’s.  Highlights include winning the 2010 Las Vegas Invitational in the 18’s Open Division, and the SCVA 15’s Regional Championship in 2009.

She was an assistant at Marymount High School from 2000 to 2006, participating in numerous CIF championship tournaments and five state championships.

Eileen was the head coach of the men’s and women’s programs at Santa Monica College in 1998-2000, and the head coach at Santa Monica High School from 1994-1997.

While playing at Cal State Northridge in 1984, Eileen was All-American honorable mention.

Nabil Mardini

Nabil is the head women’s coach at Pierce College where, in 2010-2011, he led his team to back to back CCCAA California State Championships.  In 2010, Nabil also was named AVCA National College Coach of the Year.

Nabil was the director of Santa Monica Beach Club men’s program from 2001-to present and the girls’ program from 2001 until 2010 when he began LAVA for the girls.  His 18-1’s team won the Festival in Phoenix and under his direction (and their coach Mary Keen) the 16-1s from LAVA North won Junior Nationals in Indiana this year.

Nabil is originally from Lebanon where he competed internationally with the Lebanese National Team and professionally with Club Relevement Social Knat.  After coming to the US, he earned all-conference and All-State honors at Santa Monica College.  He was also named the 1996 Athlete of the Year.

In 1997 he coached his SMBC boys to a gold medal at the Junior National Championships and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.

In 2000 he became the owner of SMBC boys club, was named Club Director of SMBC girls and was hired as head women’s coach at Pierce College, which had been consistently in last place in their conference until Nabil took over.

Nabil is well-known over the country, not only for being a talented coach, but also for his ethical and honest dealings.

John Landicho

John Landicho is the head men’s volleyball coach at San Diego Miramar College.  He was named the 2017 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men’s volleyball Coach of the Year after leading the Jets to a PCAC championship,

John started the Jets’ men’s volleyball program from scratch, taking just three months to form Miramar’s first MVB team before competing in the 2015 CCCAA season.

Before arriving at Miramar, John won two consecutive CIF California State Championships in 2012 and 2013, and was CIF-San Diego Section Coach of the Year in 2012, at Francis Parker HS. Parker volleyball teams won 5 CIF state championships and 16 CIF-SDS titles in his 10+ years there as a head or assistant coach.

He also is active in USA Volleyball’s High Performance program as a clinician, evaluator, and tryout coordinator.