Girls Volleyball Club

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Club Culture

Our Volleyball Club, is committed to athletic excellence, positive team-spirit, and developing athletes for the next level. Our focus is both on and off the court, with the commitment to raising the spirits of each athlete individually and building team leaders throughout the club. We define success when athletes achieve optimal athletic performance and build strong leadership skills, establishing lasting relationships, and reach their goal of playing for the team, college or orginization of their choice.


Our Curriculum

Our volleyball program has an outstanding reputation for developing volleyball athletes from top to bottom in every aspect of the game. When training all our athletes our coaches use the same fundamental coaching techniques base on the Gold Medal Squared style of skill breakdown. What this means is that all of our staff are on the same page when it comes to training our athletes. As the player moves through our training program they receive the same skills and techniques from each of our coaches which speed up their individual skill advancement and minimize setbacks due to difference in coaching philosophy. When the coaching style and philosophy is the same it creates structure for the athlete which in turn will advance the athlete to their highest potential for volleyball growth.

Our Commitment

In our program we are dedicated to what is in the best interest for each and every player. What this means is that we strive to make the right decisions for all our athletes based on their current skill and their skill potential. Our desire is to help each and every girl to not only grow in her love of volleyball, but also help teach life lessons that will be carried with them as they grow into adulthood. Such skills that are taught through volleyball are skills like being competitive, confidence, decision making, dedication, integrity, passion, teamwork and success. There are many qualities and characteristics that are developed while playing sports and we work to use every facet of our sport to help teach these strong qualities in our young athletes.


Our Club Nutritionist has developed a comprehensive program for enhancing your body composition, improve strength & endurance, correct any nutrient deficiencies, and support muscular & skeletal growth and recovery. We identify the foods you enjoy eating, and create a balanced meal plan comprised of lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits & vegetables, whole grains & starchy vegetables, and sweets & treats. Our goal is to ensure each athlete builds a balanced whole foods sports diet, practice nutrient timing and hydration, and benefit of improved recovery.

Recruitment Assistance

Over the years our program has been able to assist  families by helping their athlete get recruited to play in college. Our program has helped many youth athletes get recruited to play in college at all levels from Div. I, Div. II, NAIA, Div. III and Junior College. Our coaching staff has a wonderful reputation with college recruiters and takes every opportunity to communicate with college coaches to assist in the recruitment process. We also, as a Club, take the time to educate our families on what it takes to get recruited to play at the collegiate level. As a team between the player, the parent and the club, we all work together to help our athletes achieve their personal goals through the sport of volleyball.


Through the years we have had many opportunities to help assist our players and families in the recruitment process as they strive to become a college athlete. We have coached players that go on to commit to Division I colleges such as Cal, Central Arkansas, Duke, Fordham, Pepperdine, UNLV and Yale. Recently we have had some of our athletes commit to schools locally like Azusa Pacific, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Los Angeles, Concordia, Hope and La Verne. We work together as a team between our club, parents and player to help achieve their dreams of attending and playing for the college of their dreams.

Player Performance Analytics

NLSC Volleyball Club has partnered with Blast Motion and Herbalife to capture, analyze, and improve athlete performance. Each athlete  will be provided their own Blast Motion sensor to use both during practice and anytime they’re training. The Blast Motion sensor and data will be used by coaches during practice and training to help improve overall athletic performance. In addition, Blast Motion helps parents capture key metrics and video to assist in the process of impressing High School coaches, and ultimately in the recruitment process for getting into the college of their choice.

SCVA Player Registration Forms

From individual player registration forms, to the play by play  handbook for volleyball parents. We have made it easy for you to stay up to date on all administration forms needed for this volleyball season and the next. We have the most current SCVA forms ready to download with just a click of your mouse. 

Our Coaches

Our coaching staff is special because of our genuine care of each and every girl in our program. By being a part of our volleyball club you will see a difference in how you daughter is treated not only by their own specific coach but also by the coaching staff as a whole. We encourage and inspire each of our athletes to perform at their peak potential. We want them to be excited to learn and to work hard to be their absolute best as we encourage them to work through challenges and adversities that in the end strengthen them in character and as people. Our job as a staff is to motivate each and every player, to help strengthen athletes both physically and mentally, to develop strong volleyball skills, teamwork and integrity into each of our athletes. By being part of our volleyball program our athletes develop into better teammates and positive qualities as strong young adults.

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Coach Scott Smyser

Executive Director

Coaching Credentials:

AVCA Member, CAP II Certified, GMS I Certified, VIRTUS Certified,NFHS Fundamentals

Scott Smyser is director and founder of Protégé Volleyball Club, a club
specializing in teaching elite volleyball skills for children and young athletes. Protégé was established in the Whittier area as a club to help teach kids the sport of volleyball along with life skills that they can learn and grow from. The Protégé organization started operating in a small church in the uptown Whittier area in 2004 and is looking forward to the 11th season. He also serves as head coach of our ProtégéCA 17-National team.
Smyser is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and is certified by the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP II) as well as Gold Medal Squared (GMS I). Smyser has also received his NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching, First Aid Health Safety for Coaches Certificate and VIRTUS Certificate. Smyser looks forward to returning to coach the 17-National team for the 2015 season. He has been coaching volleyball, both boys and girls, for the past 20 years. He began his coaching career at Downey High School, where he assisted the team as it finished the season second and eventually played in CIF. Smyser coached at Team Specift Volleyball club. While on the staff, Smyser taught 14’s, 16’s and 18’s. In 2000, Smyser led his 14 and under team to earn the No.1 seed in Southern California and attend Junior Olympics in Louisville, KY. The team finished eighth that year at the Junior Olympics in the Open Division.

In the past Smyser had been selected by SCVA to be a head coach for their High Performance Team, Select Division. He was the Select Red, head coach for five years from 2006 to 2010. Through the five years during Smyser’s tenure the teams he worked with were able to earn 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze. In 2009 Smyser lead the SCVA Select Red team to their best finish yet and best finish for SCVA ever. Not only did Smyser lead his Select Red team to finish winning a gold medal, but concluded with a record of 8-0 in matches and 24-0 in games, not to lose a single set.
Smyser is also certified as a Southern California Officials Volleyball Association and has officiated high school volleyball since 1998. In 2005, he furthered his refereeing career by being certified on the collegiate level. He has been able to officiate all levels of volleyball from high school to college, including PAC12 matches. He has also been selected to be a line judge at some FIVB matches.

Coach Torand Cheltenham

Director of Operations, NLSC Volleyball Club Powered by Protege Volleyball Club
Coaching Credentials: FIVB Level I Certified, Impact Certified Torand is from the island of Barbados and still currently plays for the Barbados National Team. He played at Long Beach City College for two years where he was a part of a state championship program in 2009 and two conference titles. While at Long Beach he received various awards for state and conference performances. He is a graduate of Hope International University where he also received various awards for his performances while being part of 2 conference title teams. Torand has coached for 4 years and has assisted with the youth programs in Barbados and also has a Level 1 coaching certification from the World Volleyball Federation the FIVB. He is also a volleyball official who officiates at the college, high school and club level. Torand believes in being disciplined and determined. "It's okay to make a mistake while taking a change but you tend to regret the mistakes you make when you act without thought."

Coach Giselle De Moura Odems

Assistant Coach
Coaching Credentials:
IMPACT Certified

Coach Giselle was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where she played 8 years of volleyball before she had the opportunity to come on a scholarship to the USA. She was part of a volunteer coaching program for 4 years while in Brazil, where she helped kids ages between 8 and 12 develop their volleyball skills. She also coached and assisted for 5 years at summer camps and clinics. Lastly, she was the student assistant coach for Barton CC for the 2012 season.

Coach Giselle believes in discipline, hard work, perseverance and working as a unit. "You may be better than the rest, but you are not a success until you have made the effort to become the best you can be." -John Wooden.

As a player:
She played two years as a libero at Barton Community College located in central Kansas, where they were back to back regional champions and had two appearances at the National Junior College national tournament. Giselle finished her career at Barton CC with total 768 digs and ranking number 24 in the nation in digs per set with 4.7 her sophomore year.

After Barton CC, Giselle transferred to Sterling College in Kansas, where she was the captain for 2 years. As a Junior she was named libero of the Year, first team all-conference, and team MVP. Her senior year she played half season as a libero and half as a hitter. She was named second team all-conference, Academic All-American, Team MVP, and Sterling College Warriors of Excellence. She finished her career with 181 kills, 142 assists, 120 service aces, 1007 digs and 22 block assist. She graduated with an Exercise Science degree.

Coach Duke Smith

Assistant Coach
Coaching Credentials:
IMPACT Certified,  NFHS Fundamentals

This is Duke’s third year coaching with Protégé Volleyball Club. His coaching experience includes coaching club at Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club for over 3 years. He assisted the 14-3s, 16-2s, 12-1s, and 15-2s. He was the Head Coach for the 16-Non Travel team. The 12-1s ended their season exceptionally well, ranking in the top 30 of the age group at the Phoenix Festival. Duke also has high school coaching experience for over 2 years at the following schools: JV and Frosh at Pomona Catholic High School (girls), JV and Frosh at Claremont High School (boys, total of 22 guys), JV at Diamond Ranch High School (girls).

As A Player:
Duke Picked up the ball at age 12, played first year of club on an 18s team so he had to learn quick. He has 5 Years of Club Volleyball experience (Position: Middle/Outside), 1 year JV, 3 years Varsity (Positions: Middle/Oppo). His Junior year his high school team won CIF with record 31-2 w/l junior year. Duke has traveled to State Regional’s both years, but knocked out in Semis. He was All League Team 1 and 2 as Middle and Opposite respectively. Duke played  at Hope International University on a scholarship. He did participate in regular season due to knee and back injuries. Left Hope International University after that year to pursue coaching.

Coach Paka Dutro

Assistant Coach

Coach Dutro was born and raised in Waimanalo on the island of Oahu.  Being brought up in a volleyball family, both sisters and brothers played volleyball at major universities.  He played under the tutelage of Coach Brian Poppinga, former University of Hawaii great.  At Kaimuki High School, Coach Dutro was a former OIA MVP, Team MVP, and second team All-State player.  

Coach Dutro started his coaching experience at Kaimuki High School under Coach Poppinga and was an assistant to Coach Darryl Loo. A year later, Coach Dutro coached at Kamalai’i Manoa Volleyball Club for two years.

Kamalai’i Manoa Volleyball Club 18s Head Coach,
Kamalai’i Manoa Volleyball Club 16s Head Coach,
Akamai Volleyball Club Head 18s Head Coach
Kaimuki High School Assistant Varsity Coach,
Kaimuki High School JV Coach,
Mayfair High School Varsity Head Coach

As a player
High School:Kaimuki High School,OIA MVP,Team All-State
Santa Monica City College, 2 Time All-Conference State Player

Coach Teila Robertson

Assistant Coach
Coaching Credentials:

IMPACT Certified,  NFHS Fundamentals

20 years of coaching experience with High School, Club and College Level.
High School Long Beach Jordan-7 years
Club-Long Beach Starlings VBC- Director and Head Coach 12’s & 18’s Medaled Gold, Silver at Starlings Nations, Long Beach Mizuno- Beach Babe Program, Quest Volleyball Club -15’s
Elite Gold Div. 2, AIGA Volleyball Club-12’s in 2014 Finished 19 won Gold at Soriee and in 2015, 13’s Finished 12th in SCVA and JO Bound 2015
College: Long Beach City College Assistant Coach 6yrs.
SCVA High Performance-2 years- 2005 14’s Jr. Select & 2015 Future Select

As a player: California Baptist University, Riverside, CA                        1991-1993
2nd Team All-American 1992, 1st Team All GSAC 1991-1992, 1st Team All District 1992-’93,
1st Team All Tournament 1992 Nationals.  MVP Grand Canyon Tournament District
Player of the Week 1992 and 1st Team All American by Volleyball Monthly Magazine 1992.
Korea Sister-City Team Representing Los Angeles Korea Town 1994
On 9 Women's USA Team-Korea Town from Los Angeles to participate in Seoul, Korea

Former Interim Assistant Athletic Director, Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach, Adjunct Faculty in Kinesiology Department. Current - Student Life Coordinator at Long Beach City College.

Favorite Color-Red & Black and I love to spend time with my family, husband Lucky- Daughters Doreen, Levila, Tylor, Danika and my son Lucky IV and our Rottie “Povi”.

Coach Daniel Hayashi

Assistant Coach
Coaching Credentials: IMPACT Certified,  NFHS Fundamentals Daniel "Jimmy" Hayashi has coached at Protege for 3 years and is going on his 4th. Jimmy has been coaching high school since 2009. He began at his Alma Mater La Serna High School as the Boys' Junior Varsity head coach and Varsity assistant coach. In 2011 he became the Boys' Varsity coach as well as the Girls' Frosh/Soph at Cypress High School until 2013. Currently Jimmy is assisting his lifelong friend and coworker Michael Ledford at Whittier High School. As a Player: Jimmy has been playing organized and recreation volleyball since 2002: 2 years Granada Middle School, Position: Setter 4 years La Serna High School, Position: Setter 1 year Protege Volleyball Club, Position: Libero, Setter, Outside Hitter 1 year Golden West College, Position: Libero/Defensive Specialist 4 years of beach volleyball Favorite Color: Navy and Grey Drink: Dr Pepper/ Strawberry Surf Rider from Jamba Juice Favorite Food: Italian/ Subway

Coach Rebecca Hicks

Assistant Coach
Coaching Credentials:
IMPACT Certified,  NFHS Fundamentals

Rebecca is her Third season as a member of the Protege volleyball coaching staff, Rebecca Hicks has also served as the head coach for Protégé Volleyball club team for two years working with all age groups.

As a Player:
Hicks played three-year at Hope International University,on scholarship and opted out of her fourth year to take on the role of assistant coach at Cerritos College. In her first season helped the falcons to a 2nd place conference finish and assisted 3 sophomores in transferring to 4-year Universities on scholarship.

A graduate of Victor Valley High, Hicks was a two-time All-Desert Sky League and All-Area as she guided her team to a league championship as a senior. During her career, she also received ESPN Athlete of the Week recognition. A three-sport athlete, Hicks also played on the softball and basketball teams. She was a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll for four years and was named her school’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Hicks earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with a minor in Biblical Studies in 2015y

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