Say, “hello” to our coaches!
We hand pick our coaches not just for their technical skills but for their passion and love for the sport…
Head Coach – 16 Alpha
Coach PT Thilavahn’s full time job is a Principal Architect Consultant, specializing in Hybrid Cloud and DevOps Architect. PT has a beautiful 8 year old daughter named Bryn that is the center of his life, if he’s not with her then he’s either fishing, camping, golfing and of course play more volleyball. He brings 30+ years of playing experience, starting in high school and boys club and still actively plays both indoor and outdoor. PT started coaching his senior year as an assistant for the girls 8th grade volleyball team. He went down the academic path for college but took volleyball courses and curriculums during his time at Oregon State University. He has 20+ years of coaching experience and continues to run clinics, lessons, and tournaments for both youth and adult groups. PT coached the 16’s and 18’s at Athena for 2 years, 12’s, 14’s, 15’s, 16’s and 18’s at a Vancouver club for 9 years. He’s a very technical and strategic coach across all aspects of the game and positions for all age groups.
PT is also the co-founder of NWAS Volleyball since 2007 providing leagues, open play and fundraiser tournaments to help raise money for the community and the love of the game. He’s also the executive tournament director for the Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament (the worlds biggest amateur beach volleyball tournament in the world) for the past 5 years and continuing. PT can also be found helping tournament direct for CEVA when needed.
“I have a huge passion for the sport and supporting the community. I believe in truth and honesty through discipline, sportsmanship, teamwork and a competitive atmosphere. I will challenge our players mentally and physically as well as building that trust and relationship with the team and most importantly, their families.”
Assistant Coach – 16 Alpha
Coach Darith has lived in Vancouver for over 30yrs. Graduated from University of Washington with a double degree in Finance and Economics. He currently works as a Revenue Auditor for the State of WA for the past 12 years. Happily married to his long time best friend and partner for 21 years. Father to two beautiful girls who are the center of his life. His favorite hobbies are cycling, volleyball, working out, camping, fishing, and exploring nature. Coach Darith brings 16+ years and still actively playing adult tournaments, open gyms, and leagues. Darith also helps run volleyball fundraiser tournaments for NWAS for the past 12 years and Seaside Beach Volleyball tournament for the past 5 years.
His oldest daughter Araia, started her love for the sport which made him become more active in coaching. Darith helps with all age groups 12s, 14s, 16, 18s in skill developments clinic for various local volleyball clubs around town. During summer he runs outdoor clinics for his daughter and her friends/teammates.
Darith hopes to bring the best in each player and make them a better person on and off the court.
“I am excited to join the team and can’t wait for the season to start”.
Head Coach – 16 Beta
Coach Kaitlyn Cobb’s full time job is as Human Resource professional within the property restoration industry. During her free time she enjoys being outdoors visiting family, when she’s able, and enjoying the next best binge worth show on Netflix. Being born and raised in South Carolina, Kaitlyn has enjoyed learning the cultural and geographical differences that the pacific northwest has to offer for the past 6 years. She brings 20+ years of playing experience, starting at the age of 8 and getting the amazing opportunity to be a part of a division 1 NCAA volleyball program at UNC Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina. Kaitlyn really enjoyed coaching one on one and running clinics for juniors during her time in college. She received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and appreciates the ability to utilize that knowledge for her personal and professional growth. Through her many years of playing, her coaches have always taught technique first. She attributes her success in her volleyball career to learning and fine tuning technique and learning about the game. Currently Kaitlyn is a part of adult leagues at THPRD and through NWAS and PVA.
Kaitlyn is new to the coaching world, however, has a strong technical background and professional skill-set to teach, mentor and train proper volleyball and be a strong mentor to the next generation of women and men to love the sport.
“I have always had and will always have a huge passion for the game of volleyball. My biggest goal is to play with integrity, honesty and leave it all out on the floor. I strive to be positive and to continuously improve to be the best coach, person and mentor that I can be in my professional and person life. I am an extremely competitive individual that also provides grace along with challenge. I genuinely look forward to create lasting relationships with both players and parents that I adore to this day with my own previous coaches. My goal with a team, whether player or coach, is to have fun, play hard and learn the skill-sets that will launch you into a success for the years to come.”
Assistant Coach – 16 Beta
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