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COACH PROFILE

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2019 ENCORE TEAMS

JILLIAN LONTAYAO

CO-HEAD COACH

GET TO KNOW 

-2019-20 Encore 18 Lontayao: Far Western Qualifier / USA Bid to GJNC / Top 9 in Gold PL
-2018-19 Encore 13 Lontayao: Won Bronze Medal American Div GJNC/Top 8 in Gold PL
-2017-18 Encore 15 Navy: 2nd Far Western Qualifier/USA Bid to GJNC/ Top 6 in Gold PL
-2016-17 Encore 14 Navy: American Bid to GJNC / Top 6 in Gold PL
-2015-16 Encore 14 Navy: Won Pacific Northwest Qualifier/USA Bid to GJNC/ Top 5 in Gold PL
-2015-16 Encore 16 Navy: Won Bronze Medal USA Div. GJNC/Won Far Western Qualifier/Top 5 in Gold PL
-2014-15 Encore 15 Navy: American Bid to GJNC/Top 8 in Gold PL
-2013-14 Encore 14 Navy: Won Northwest Qualifier/USA Bid to Jr. Nationals / Top 6 in Gold PL

Jillian was born and raised in Woodland, CA. She has a love for sports and a passion for training players to become better overall athletes (Skills, Physically and Mentally). With her wide range of knowledge in Volleyball, she is no stranger to the basketball and softball game. She began her sports life with Gymnastics at 3 years old, to move on to baseball/softball. She then began to play volleyball at age 8. Volleyball has always been Jillian’s favorite sport but she could never get enough of playing all 3 sports all year around and most of the time playing 2 sports during a season.

While a freshman in High School, Jillian began to be recruited to numerous Universities for Volleyball. These Universities include: University of Oregon, CAL, University of Washington, Northern Arizona University, Ohio State, Gonzaga University, University of Memphis, University of Alabama and more. She played for various volleyball clubs throughout the Sacramento area earning Open Division bids to the Girl’s Jr. National Championships.

While she was excelling in Softball, she began to get recruited to Universities for softball and decided to accept a Full-Ride Softball Scholarship to Division I Sacramento State University where she was a 2nd team All-American & All Conference Player.

She began coaching volleyball in 2003 and always looks forward to being involved with the sport. Jillian wanted to not only be involved with volleyball coaching but also wanted to learn from her big sister who was already a volleyball coach. Jillian and her sister both coached together for several years in club volleyball, summer camps and programs. During her coaching years, she also taught hitting and pitching lessons at the Kelly Jackson’s All-American Softball School. Jillian graduated from Sacramento State with her bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and Multimedia and a minor in Marketing.

Following graduation, she was hired as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Community Relations Director at Sacramento State in the Athletics Department. She also spent time as the Director of Ticket Operations with the California Sunbirds Professional Softball Organization during the summer months of College.

In 2004, she decided to enhance her knowledge and education by enrolling in the University of San Francisco to pursue a master’s degree in Sports Management. During, her master’s degree she was hired at the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) in 2005 as the Executive Assistant/Office Manager and League/Tournament Coordinator. Jillian has widespread of knowledge in running big qualifiers, league tournaments and day-to-day operations at the NCVA. She was with the organization for 5 + years before deciding she wanted to return to coaching. Jillian graduated with her master’s degree in 2007.

In 2010, Jillian was hired as the Program/Operations Director at The Foundry Sports Facility and also has coached/helped run the club teams for 10 years. She has also coached volleyball at College of San Mateo for 2 seasons. She is currently working for Stanford University and continuing to Encore to be a part of the leadership team as the Director of Volleyball Operations.

COLLEGE:

Sacramento State University

FAVORITE FOOD:

Doritos

LION OR BEAR:

Bear

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”

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