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Meet the Staff & Coaches

Meet the Staff & Coaches


Alexandra Novak

Director of Athletics

One of my goals is to increase the number of student-athletes each year while also creating a true student- athlete culture of connection felt by everyone involved throughout the journey. Increasing the fan support from students, parents and friends is something that I will strive towards as well. Creating greater school spirit towards athletics and implementing the idea of person before player, and where “we” makes, “me” stronger, is very important. Person before player and life over sport are both a reminder that YULA Girls Athletics will always place greater value on who the individual is off the court vs. what they can do on it. Trust, sacrifice, selflessness, team, accountability, responsibility, passion, and joy are just a handful of traits that we are hoping to instill in your daughter throughout their athletic experience at YULA. My vision is to turn YULA Girls Athletics into a destination where young Orthodox girls want to go, in order to compete on one or more of our 8 Varsity athletic programs.


Tyus Tillman

Basketball Coach

I started playing when I was 14 years old. I attended Los Angeles High School played Varsity my senior year. I then attended Santa Monica Junior College. I was able to receive a basketball scholarship from Northwest Christian University in Eugene Oregon. After graduation, I had the opportunity to play in Essen Germany in the summer of 2005. After my playing days, I still wanted to be around the sport, I continued to play in Venice Beach Basketball and Drew League. But I felt my passion wasn’t being met. My passion is deep with teaching the fundamentals of basketball. I have created. I have a concept that I would like to lead a team with. I want to stress the value footwork, fundamentals, and repetition to show what hard work and dedication to the detail will do for a team. I want our drills to be our offense so the game can be second nature. We participate in drills that are in game situations and fundamentally sound and drilled. Our Defense is what we pride our self on control the game. I want to be able to educate basketball players on making the game as simple and fun as possible.


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!!