With combined coaching experience of 15 years and playing experience of 30 years in the national, international, amateur, and professional levels, our coaches posses a wealth of knowledge, and are excited to impart it to the younger generation.
Sivan Leoni - Head Coach
Sivan Leoni (Coach Sivan) has 10 years of coaching experience ranging from beginners to college level. During his coaching years at Kalaheo High School he lead the Mustangs to two consecutive OIA championships and four appearances at the State tournament. Sivan is IMPACT certified.
Coach Sivan has played volleyball with the Israeli Junior National Team in his high school days and on the Israeli National team for a couple of years afterwards. Sivan has graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in Photography and Marketing. At UH he played volleyball for 4 years (95-98), and was a student assistant coach for one year. He has two appearances at the NCAA Final Four tournaments. He is in the top 10 career leaders list in multiple categories of the UH's records book.
Sivan has a 10 year old daughter on the team.
Edwin Chun - Club Director/Head Coach
Ed Chun (Coach Ed) has had success coaching youth to collegiate athletes in baseball, volleyball as well as strength & conditioning. Throughout his coaching career, Coach Ed has been a part of multiple championship teams. He is IMPACT certified.
In 2004, Coach Ed led Kailua High School to an OIA baseball title and Kalaheo High School to an OIA volleyball title. In 2005, Coach Ed took over the strength & conditioning program for St. Louis High School's baseball program which advanced to the HHSAA state championship title game. Coach Ed later moved to California to pursue his banking career and assist with the women's volleyball program at Orange Coast College. Currently, he is the head coach for the Kalaheo High School boys volleyball program.
Ed started playing in his junior year at Kailua High School. At Orange Coast College, Ed earned freshman of the year honors, most valuable player honors as a sophomore, and his team finished as runnerup at the Junior College State Tournament. He still holds the OCC single-season dig record set in 2001. He then went on to play one year in Germany. Ed travels annually to the Chinese 9-man volleyball tournament where this year, they placed second out of 53 teams in Montreal, Canada.
Heavily involved in volleyball, he currently organizes two tournaments a year, The Hawaii Beach Classic and the Lanikai Open. Coach Ed's website is www.yessahinternational.com. He also manages and trains the Lanikai Athletic Club adult programs, which currently have A, B & Open teams.
Jessica Simmons (Coach J) gained a love for volleyball ever since she started playing in elementary school. She's competed in the sport for 15 years and also has 7 years of coaching experience. She is a passionate player who is always perfecting her skills and has recently earned the accomplishment of being a championship coach within the past year.
Immediately following high school, Coach J started her career taking the head coaching position for the Junior Varsity volleyball team at La Pietra High School for Girls. She then went on to assist the Varsity team at Christian Academy before accepting a coaching position at Saint Francis High School. As head coach for Junior Varsity, Jessica led her team to the Junior Varsity Championship finals in 2009. She then advanced as assistant coach of the St. Francis Varsity team where they went on to compete in the State championships in 2010 and finally taking the 2011 Varsity Division II State Championship title.
In addition to high school volleyball, Jessica also coached at Magic Volleyball Club where her team finished in the top 10 of the gold bracket at the Summer Solstice Volleyball Tournament in Anaheim, California. Her career wins also include taking the championship title in the Women's A Division at the 2012 Haili Volleyball tournament.
While actively engaged in the success of her players, Coach J's approach to training and building skills is motivational, encouraging and inspiring! Her love for volleyball and for her students is evident in the well earned accomplishments of the teams she's had the privilege of coaching. She currently teaches pre-school at St. Francis.
James Todd (Coach James) has been coaching youth in the Kailua area for about 20 years. He head coached AYSO soccer, Windward PAL Volleyball, Kailua Basketball Association teams, Kailua Mustang Football, National Junior Basketball and more recently assisted daughter Kaui Todd with Le Jardin ladies Junior Varsity in which they became ILH Division II Champs with an 11-1 record. He currently is a Administrative Fire Captain at the Honolulu Fire Department Training Center.
Coach Kaui has been playing volleyball for 13 years. She enjoys the sport and the competitiveness that it offers. She began her career in the Kailua PAL league. Coach Kaui then went to play club ball for Kilohana, OVC, Impact, Jammers and North shore. She also played for the Hawaii high performance team which went to Utah and played against teams from China, Russia, Japan and Canada. She graduated from Kamehameha Schools where her J.V. team was the 2002 runner ups and the 2003 ILH champions. Then her varsity team was the 2004 runners up and the 2005 DI ILH and State Champions. She then went on to pursue her interest in volleyball at Hawaii Pacific University.
Coach Kaui has 4 years of Coaching expierance. She is currently the head coach of the girls Junior Varsity team at Le Jardin Academy where she lead her 2012 team to the DII ILH Championship.
Coach Kaui has a passion for the sport where she encourages everyone to always try their best. Her philosophy is to always strive to make the player better at the end than when they started.
Shawn Ah Mow
Since 2003, Shawn has been using his gift of teaching and is currently working at Trinity Christian School. He played volleyball for Kalaheo High School and was excited to get back on the court and coach volleyball last season with Lanikai Athletic Club. In his free time he enjoys learning more about the crafts of his ancestors especially carving.
Sheri Sagayaga (Coach Sheri) has 24 years of coaching experience ranging from Elementary Intermediate, Junior Varsity, Varsity, National and Collegiate levels. Mentored by great coaches like Pedro Velasco, Dan Kitashima, Dave Shoji and Charlie Wade, she was able to utilize techniques/skills/strategies learned and apply her knowledge by empowering individuals to recognize their abilities to perform at a higher level.
Coach Sheri has experience in coaching competitively in both the ILH and OIA leagues achieving titles at the Intermediate level while at Kamehameha Schools and the Varsity level holding OIA Titles in both the Division I (Red) with Moanalua High School and Division II (White) Radford High School as well as State appearances. Presently she is coaching at Kaimuki High School
She also has extensive Club experience placing Nationally while at Kamehameha Volleyball (girls) and Quicksets Volleyball (boys and girls) Clubs. As the Founder/Club Director of Quicksets Volleyball club, she was able to obtain scholarships for 98% of her players within her club as well as earning spots on Division I, II and community college teams. She also has coached for ASICS (under Dave Shoji) and Pakela Volleyball Clubs.
Over the years she was also was involved with Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Camps and was also an assistant coach for the 2012 High Performance International Team.
Coach Sheri's goal is to empower athletes by teaching her players "Life Lessons" by being balanced, fundamentally sound, competitive and to "Live life with no regrets!"