About:

Yakima Elite Volleyball was established in 2017 when club director Nicole Marang learned about the growing sport of Beach Volleyball for Youth/Juniors.  We began with practices, camps and tournaments to help introduce beach volleyball to Yakima.  In 2020 amidst the covid-19 pandemic we decided to add Indoor Club Volleyball to our offerings as there was limited/no volleyball available for athletes during this team. We established ourselves as a USAV, AAU and JVA Club to allow for multiple insurance and tournament opportunities. What began as a drop in program outside has developed into a year around training program for outdoor and indoor volleyball.   We look forward to the continued development of our program with a long-term goal to purchase/own our very own indoor and outdoor facility. 

Location:

We are currently registered with Yakima Schools, East Valley School and West Valley Schools for our practices indoor and have various access to other facilities throughout the Yakima Valley. Due to COVID school usage for community groups is limited. 

Our sand program takes place in Selah, WA at the court next to the Elks Golf course. Additionally, we sometimes rent the court at the Yakima Athletic Club as well as the park in Moxee.  We hold grass practices and tournaments at the West Valley Park in Yakima 

If you are interested in joining our program, coaching, camps, tournaments or facility use please contact our Director at nicole@yakimaelite.com of call or text 509-302-0550

Seasons:

Indoor season generally have Tryouts in August and will start practice after the High school Season is completed in October and will run until April. Depending on the team level and age post season may occur in May & June. 

Outdoor training season will begin depending on the weather at the end up April and will practice, train, and participate in tournament though September. 

COACHES

Nicole Marang
Club Director | U14-1 Coach

BIO: 
Hi there! My name is Nicole and I have been in love with Volleyball since the first moment I played in 7th grade. I begin playing club volleyball in 8th grade and played for 5 years having played for Tri-City Juniors and Columbia Juniors.  I went on to finish my playing career at Columbia Basin College on scholarship. In 2007 I coached my first team of U14s with Team Yakima and fell in love with the sport in a whole new way.  I coached for Team Yakima for 6 seasons before I started my own beach volleyball club in 2017.

It has been an exciting adventure establishing my own volleyball club and adding indoor club as well. I look forward to many more season on the court and in the sand. My passion is U12/U14 as I believe that establishing a true love for volleyball as well as teaching players a strong foundation from the first time, they touch a ball is the MOST IMPORTANT influence you can have on a player.  

Tatum Marang
U12-1 Coach | Beginner Beach

BIO: 
Hi, my name is Tatum Marang. I have played 6 years of club volleyball for various competitive clubs and three years of competitive beach volleyball. I am currently a Junior at LaSalle Highschool and I look forward to pursuing my dreams of playing college volleyball and getting my major in education where I plan to become a kindergarten teach or work with challenged children in some way.

My passion is working with kids and I have helped coach beach and indoor with my mom for the last 3 years. Most recently I was the Assistant coach for the U12 and head coach of the U11 team when we split up at tournaments. I believe in being a fun active coach and love celebrating the little victories as players learn the game of volleyball. One of my greatest joys is when a player gets their first serve over the net in a game!