COACHES

Nicole Marang
Club Director | U15 National

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
U11 Coach | 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!

Yannick Ting
U14-1 Head Coach

BIO: 

My philosophy: Coaching itself is complex, but yet it remains the best and the most enjoyable challenge I have found for myself. I believe playing sports as a child help builds character, confidence, and gives them a sense of accomplishment; but the most important, it prepares children for life by teaching them to work as a team. I want to change and shape lives with a sport that I feel has shaped me into the women that I am today, I strive to enhance the volleyball talents of my players, while developing their leadership skills, self-discipline, and work ethic to create well rounded individuals on and off the court.

In the past, I have coached U14 teams, along with some youth rec leagues, most recently I was the JV coach at A.C. Davis High School. Volleyball has been a major part of my life in many capacities. I was first introduced to volleyball in 7h grade, “trying out” just for fun because my friends played. But I quickly fell in love with the sport and began my volleyball journey. I mostly played defensive specialist positions, but also trained as a setter. 

Danielle Cockey
U14-1 Ast. Coach

BIO: 

Hi! My name is Danielle Cockey and I am from Baltimore, Maryland. I first fell in love with the sport in the 7th grade and played on various club teams throughout high school as an outside hitter. After graduating from Elizabethtown College with my degree in Accounting. I’ve continued to play in womens and co-ed leagues and am excited to be a coach at Yakima Elite this season!

Samantha Dexter
U17 Head Coach

BIO: 

Hi, My name is Samantha Dexter. I started club volleyball when I was 9 years old and played all the way through high school, at Selah until I graduated in 2018. Throughout high school, my main position was the setter where I received All-League recognition and made three state appearances. This is my first year coaching at Yakima Elite Volleyball Cub. I previously coached U12 for Club Selah. I have helped coach at many volleyball camps for younger children and I am so excited to continue to share my love of volleyball with your athletes.

Hannah Thompson
U13 Co-Coach

BIO: 

Hello! My name is Hannah Thompson and I am currently a Junior at Central Washington University.I started playing volleyball when I was seven and fell in love with the sport. I played competitively for five years then played for the CWU Women’s Club team for two years. I coached previously for two years in my home town of Mead, Colorado. I love working with children and helping further their passion for the sport of volleyball. I believe in encouraging my players to always play at their best through a fun but hard working environment.

Jac Hixssen
U13 Co-Coach

BIO: 

Hi! I am from Anchorage, Alaska and I am currently a third year at Central Washington
University. I played competitive volleyball starting in middle school until I graduated high
school. I coached 11s/12s/13s for my club team my sophomore through senior year, and coached
13/14s for boys and girls club my junior and senior year. I strive to have an energetic and
hardworking team who gains from their team’s accomplishments.

Litzy Carillo
U11 Ast. Coach