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Coaches

Coaching Philosophy
Coaches with hcSynergy love the game of volleyball and want to share that love with the athletes they coach. They have all gone through an interview process and have played and/or coached in the high school, club or college level. All coaches must be cleared with a background check through the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA). We require our coaches to be certified in First Aid and Concussion, be IMPACT certified and have completed and passed the Coaching Principles course.The coaches incorporate the skills of the game and sportsmanship in the practices and game experience. They want to help develop the whole individual – mentally, physically, and emotionally.


Heather Cooper - 17s/18s

Heather has been the Club Director of hcSynergy since it began in 2008 and has coached every age group in both Premier and Power. Her volleyball career started at Pioneer High School where she played as a setter, 2 years on JV and  2 years on Varsity. During her first year at San Jose State University, she missed  being part of volleyball and asked if she could assist coaching the girls’ volleyball team at Pioneer.  They said yes and she hasn’t stopped since.  Her coaching experience continued at Pioneer High School as well as Oak Grove where she took the last place JV to first place in their division.  Not content with just coaching high school teams, Heather coached at NYC Volleyball Club and City Beach and finally started her own club.  Heather is also the Volleyball Program Director for both the Girls and Boys Volleyball Program at Branham High School.

Certifications: IMPACT, First Aid/CPR, Coaching Principles and Concussion Certification


Brenda Calara - 17s/18s
Brenda is starting her second season with hcSynergy!  She played at Piedmont Hills High School from 2005-2009 and continued to play at Ohlone College from 2009- 2012 as a Middle Blocker. She likes to watch athletes go on to do bigger and better things and share the love of the game. With hcSynergy, Brenda has coached 13 Black (13-1) and 16 Teal (16-3). Her previous coaching experience consists of: Sierramont Middle School Boys and Girls (2009-2014)Piedmont Hills JV Girls Head Coach (2014 to Present) and assisted Varsity (2014 to Present).  Also assisted with Branham HS boys volleyball (2014 to Present).

Brenda is also a student at De Anza studying Biology and would like to become a high school teacher. as well as, a volleyball high school coach.

Certifications: IMPACT, First Aid/CPR, Coaching Principles and Concussion Certification


Clay Llewellyn - 17s/18s
Coach Clay started coaching started ten years ago at Zia Athletic Club in Arizona while also playing volleyball for Arizona State University. He was an assistant coach for Zia’s boys 18-1s and girls 15-2s teams. 

Prior to college, Coach Clay played two seasons of varsity volleyball at Mountain Ridge High School as a middle blocker and outside hitter. He played four years at Arizona State University as an opposite/right side hitter and as a setter. 

In May of last year Clay took a position at a Bay Area property management firm which is where he spends most of his.  During his off hours, Coach Clay enjoys watching professional sports (I will openly root against Bay Area teams), playing volleyball and have travelling a bit more.  He is excited to get back into coaching and is looking forward to a great season ahead with hcSynergy!

Jennafer Lane - 13s /14s
Coach Jennafer started playing volleyball when she was in 3rd grade after finding out that her mom had played.  During her volleyball career she played middle but I has secretly always wanted to be a setter.

Jennafer began coaching when she was 15 by coaching her middle school volleyball team for 5th-8th graders. She was also an assistant coached at Point Break Volleyball Club coaching 14s and 18s.  She took some time off to finish her education and has earned a Bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz and her Master's degree from Loyola Marymount University.  She played intramural volleyball at UC Santa Cruz. This will be her 4th year coaching club volleyball.

During her off times, her favorite things to do other than volleyball are: reading, spending time with her dog, and sleeping.  This year she wants to ignite in her girls a love and passion for volleyball that will motivate them to work hard on and off the court.

Certifications: First Aid/CPR


Nicole Puckett - 13s/14s
Bio Coming Soon

Certifications: IMPACT, First Aid/CPR, Coaching Principles and Concussion Certification


Jess Taylor - 14s
Coach Jessica started playing volleyball in 6th grade has played virtually every position on the court.  She recently moved from Southern California where she coached for Prime Volleyball Club as well as played at UC Irvine. She is now attending San Jose State as a Liberal Studies major in hopes of becoming a teacher.

When she is not coaching, Jessica loves to watch Netflix, hangout with my puppies, and go to fun food places with her friends.  Her top priority this season is to develop her girls into young athletes as well as young ladies both on and off the court. 


Sydney Lindsey - 14s Assistant
Bio Coming Soon!

Certifications: TBD



Sarah Hewitt - 16s
Sarah Hewett has played volleyball for over 10 years.  As a proud lefty, she played setter and right side for hcSynergy and she also played at Santa Teresa High School as a setter.  Sarah continued playing both sand and indoor intermural volleyball at Oregon State University.
Having graduated from Oregon State with her Bachelor's Degree, she is now an athletic trainer at her alma mater - Santa Teresa High School.  This is her first full season coaching and she is looking forward to inspiring young athletes learn to play and love the sport of volleyball as much as she does.


Nick Rovetto - 16s
Nick has more than 10 years of coaching experience including work as an assistant with the US Men’s and Women’s National teams as well as the USAV High Performance Program. He has taught various city-organized volleyball classes for both adults and children throughout the South Bay and has acted as an assistant on various collegiate teams. In the 2015-16 club season, his 14 Power team had the highest jump of any NCVA team, moving from 77th to 29th, and his 15 Power team finished 1st at Far Westerns and qualified for the Girls’ Junior National Championship. Nick strives to coach players to compete at the next level and strongly believes that a large portion of success within the sport comes down to two key components: attitude and composure.

As a player, Nick played briefly with Santa Clara University’s Men’s Club team, which ranked 5th in the nation, and continues to play USAV at the BB/A level. In June of 2014, he graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in Psychology, Communication, and Political Science. He currently works with the San Jose Police Department.

Certifications: First Aid/CPR, Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), Increased Mastery & Professional Application of Coaching Theory (IMPACT), American Volleyball Coaches' Association (AVCA)


Katie Keller - 16s
Coach Kaitlyn, also known as Coach Katie, started playing volleyball in 2011 as a right side and setter.  She found a love for volleyball when she played in Middle School PE Class and realized she was a natural!

Coach Katie has coached for Del Mar High School, Tropical Touch Volleyball Club, Saint Andrews, and Campbell Middle School. She is currently going to De Anza College and is the starting Setter on the college volleyball team.  

During her down time, when she has any, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball and doing things with friends.  What she loves most about coaching is being able to see a difference in the girls from the start of the season to the end.

Coach Katie's goals for this season is to help our athletes develop their skills to get them to that higher level.  hcSynergy is excited to have her as a coach this year!


Natalie Hinson - 16s

Natalie is back to coach her second season with HcSynergy! She previously coached 14-Black for the 2010-2011 season, but then took a break earn her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly Pomona. While in college, she played intramurals to keep her passion alive. Before coaching, she played for HcSynergy and other various competitive teams as a libero. She also won HcSynergy Coaches Award in 2010.
Natalie played competitive club volleyball for 6 years and has extensive volleyball knowledge. She is passionate about teaching others the game and to love the sport as much as she does.Natalie is excited and motivated for the upcoming season!


Brooke Smith - 16s
Coach Brooke started playing volleyball during 6th grade at Moreland Middle. She played middle for majority of her volleyball career until her junior year of high school and then switched to outside hitter.  Currently Brooke is attending De Anza College and playing on the school team as an outside hitter.

Coach Brooke has assisted at Prospect High School for JV Boys and Girls Volleyball.  During her free time she enjoys going on hikes, going to the beach, and watching movies.

For her first season at hcSynergy, Coach Brooke wants to improve her player’s skills in volleyball while still having fun!  She hopes that all her girls walk away with a positive outlook on the season. 


Christie Henebry - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Christie Henebry has 17 years of experience working with athletes, teams, and individuals who want to get in shape. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and a Masters degree in Leadership, and is currently a Physical Education Teacher and Weight Training Instructor at Branham High School. She has developed and instructed a Sports Weight Training Program which combines sports specific training for each athlete with motivational tools for success in athletics and life. She has extensive experience as an athletic trainer, personal trainer, and head coach for Cross Country and Track and Field. Christie also works as a motivational speaker for coaches seeking successful programs. Christie can help you to see your dreams, create goals, and make your dreams a reality.


Delanie Becerra - Practice Coach
Bio Coming Soon!

Serena Chandler - Practice Coach
Coach Serena started playing volleyball in 7th grade as Middle Blocker and Right Side.  She has played for a variety of clubs in the bay area including hcSynergy. 

Serena is currently attending Gavilan College where she is playing on the College team as a Middle Blocker.  During her free time she loves working out, going shopping and watching movies.  She is looking forward to helping our hcSynergy girls grow to the best of their abilities as athletes and individuals.  

Sarah Hibbs - Practice Coach
Bio Coming Soon!