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Meet the Staff & Coaches

Meet the Staff & Coaches

  Candy DeSpain
Athletic Director

Being able to work in a sports environment with children has always been a dream of mine. To me sports was an outlet and I have been playing multiple sports since the age of six. In high school I started to coach kids from 2-16 years of age in multiple sports camps and clinics. I played all levels of High School Varsity and college sports and then went onto being an area manager who was responsible for running productive sports camps throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. Now I have the opportunity to work with high schoolers at YULA High School as their athletic director, Physical Education teacher, and as a coach. As many would tell you I am a strict coach who demands results but one who always believes anything they do is possible. 

 

Casey Wilson
Varsity Volleyball

Growing up in Oregon I loved the outdoors and playing every sport I could from soccer and softball to ski racing and snowboarding. I fell in love with volleyball when my mom put me on my first team nearly 20 years ago, when I was just 11 years old. It quickly immerged as my favorite sport and a huge passion in my life. In high school, I honed my skills as a defensive specialist and backup setter. As a freshman in college, I helped start my school’s first women’s club volleyball team, traveling and competing across California as my team’s starting Libero. My passion for sports led to my desire to graduate with a degree in Kinesiology, specializing in teaching and coaching. In addition to playing, I’ve been coaching youth of all ages in various sports since I was in high school. Coaching is as much a passion for me as playing, and coaching volleyball is what I love more than anything. As the girls volleyball coach, I’m looking forward to developing skill, building a great team, and helping each player find their own passions. I couldn’t be more excited to be coaching for the YULA Lady Panthers!

 

Rachel Pittock
JV Volleyball Coach

I have been playing volleyball since I was 11 years old. I was a setter for my high school and continued to play intramural volleyball through college. I have experience working with different school's volleyball clinics and am currently working on my Masters degree in Coaching & Athletic Administration.

So with that said, I look forward to the JV Volleyball program and being able to coach your girls! I hope our team receives as much support from the parents as possible.  It's the only way our program can continue to grow. 

 

Juan Carlos
Varsity Tennis Coach

I am from Uruguay, South America and have been playing tennis for over 3 decades. I hope to benefit the team with my lifetime dedicated to Competitive Junior Tennis Player Development.
Southern California is one of the world's top tennis capitals. I ran my Junior Tennis Academy at the Rancho Valencia Resort and a few other fine locations in San Diego, where I helped develop many top ranked players, including an NCAA champion.  A back injury kept me off the courts for 15 years, but I am happy to be coming back and really look forward to improving your daughters growth in tennis.
 
Corey Walker
Cross Country Coach
 
I have been an athlete and have been playing sports since I was a child. I have 23 years of experience competing and throughout my years of competition I have learned what it means to be a team player and how to play with the utmost ethics. I have received the honor of being all-state and all-conference in my sports, receiving many awards such as most valuable player and winning many championships. Since my days as a student athlete, I have also competed in several triathlons around the country. I placed third for my age range in my first race. I look forward in having the chance to instill the same ethics and passion for sports to your girls. It is a pleasure to be coaching the YULA girls team!


Carla Corbit
Varsity Fencing Coach

Coaching/Personal Highlights
• National Champions, World Cup Medalists, Junior Olympians, NCAA Competitors
• Pan American Youth Gold Medalists
• US National Youth medalists
• US National Women's Team Epee Medalists
• 2004 US National Champion Women's Veterans Point holder
• 2004 Gold Medalist & Silver Medalist NAC Women's Veterans
• Student rated most popular High School Coach

  Brandi Michel
Varsity Swim Coach

Brandi is a swimming enthusiast! 
I am a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, a California Interscholastic Federation coach, and have completed coursework through the National Federation of State High School Associations. I also Lifeguard, CPR, and First Aid certified.
I have been teaching swimming lessons & lifeguarding for over 10 years, from children to triathletes and everyone in between. I have a spirited drive for swimming and love coaching all age groups.
I have been swimming since I was 5, and have swam on several teams, including the USS Junior Olympic Team, with mentorship from Olympians such as Penny Heyns and Peter Williams. 
I have coached YMCA, Club Teams, and High School swim teams throughout my life and I believe I have a fun and efficient approach to coaching as I think that swimming with confidence is a great way to learn. 
My degree is in Psychology and I am organized, thorough, and respectful.
My techniques have taught hundreds of people how to swim, and I'm happy to be the YULA Swim Coach!!

 

Dayvon Ross

Varsity Track Coach & Flag Football Coach

I am a current NFL player who strides to be the best at what I do, I have experience with running track in high school I completed in the 100 yard dash and also the 200 I also train all year around with track and field coaches because personally I believe it's the world best training. Football is my passion and I am currently a player for the Tennessee Titans. In high school I was ALL STATE and in 2013-2014 I was awarded Wide Receiver of the Year.