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ABOUT US

WHAT WE BELIEVE

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MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

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ALI MAGNER

Ali brings over 15 years of experience as a volleyball player, coach and administrator. A native of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Ali played NCAA Division I volleyball first at North Carolina State and later at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Ali graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and a minor in International Business. In 2004, Ali became an assistant coach at UAB and later interim head coach. Ali was the second-youngest head coach in NCAA Division I volleyball and led the UAB Blazers to a 14-13 record in 2005, snapping an eight-year slide of sub-.500 finishes. After receiving a Masters in Business Administration from UAB in 2006, Ali ended her coaching tenure at UAB.  She coached for 2 years as an assistant at Western Carolina University before she accepted a leadership role at the Academy of Art University, the only art school that is a member of the prestigious NCAA. Ali was a founding member of the university’s NCAA Division II athletic department and served as head coach of the volleyball program and Assistant Athletic Director.

 

Ali is a co-founder of the LEMO Foundation and currently the Head Volleyball Coach at Sacred Heart Prep - Atherton. 

TORIKA BALEILEKUTU

Following Torika’s first year as Director of Activated Sports Performance Volleyball, Torika Baleilekutu was promoted to her current role as the Assistant Director of Encore Volleyball Club.

 

A native of California, Torika grew up in the Bay Area where she actively played volleyball, soccer, and track and field growing up. Baleilekutu played NJCAA Division I volleyball first at Missouri State University - West Plains, then finished her DI playing career at the University of Memphis. Torika graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Sociology and Business. During Torika’s collegiate career, she  earned Academic All-American honors, All-League Honors, 2 NJCAA National Tournament appearances (finishing top 10 in the country), and being a 4-year captain. 

 

Currently - Torika is an alumni, coach, and now Assistant Director for Encore

Volleyball Club who brings a fresh perspective on leadership, women empowerment, and social impact. Torika is also the Director of Playmaker Alumni at the LEMO Foundation, Assistant Volleyball Coach  at Sacred Heart Prep - Atherton, and the Volleyball/Track & Field Coach at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

KATIE GOLDHAHN

Katie was a member of the Stanford women's volleyball team from 2002-2006 where she won a national championship in 2004, was runner-up in 2002, and captained her team in 2005. She received Pac-10 All-Academic Women's Honorable Mention in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005. 

 

She is currently the head coach for College of San Mateo indoor and beach volleyball programs. Former assistant coach for San Jose State University, and co-founded Pacific Coast Volleyball Club.

 

Katie has achieved great success coaching at the club level most recently taking the Encore 15 Navy team to the USAV Junior National Championships.

JILLIAN LONTAYAO

Jillian is the former Program/Operations Director at The Foundry Sports Facility and currently works for Stanford University in the Student Affairs/Dean of Students Office. In addition, she coaches for Encore Volleyball Club and for the College of San Mateo.

 

Jillian 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. Additionally, 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. Jillian graduated from Sacramento State with her Bachelors degree in Telecommunications and Multimedia and a minor in Marketing. 

 

In 2007, she earned her Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of San Francisco.  While working on her Masters she worked as the Executive Assistant/Office Manager League/Tournament Coordinator for the Northern California Volleyball Association (NCVA) 

 

In the past 5 seasons coaching with Encore her teams have earned a bid to Nationals 3 times, and have finished in the top 6 in multiple tournaments at multiple age levels.

DENISE CORLETT 

RECRUITING DIRECTOR

Denise Corlett, one of the most respected coaches in the collegiate game, is joining Encore in a leadership role this season as the Recruiting Coordinator. Corlett spent 31 years on the Stanford sidelines, winning 9 National Titles plus 3 years on the Stanford Beach staff. Beyond her honorable contributions to the collegiate game, Denise has a wealth of experience with USAV, working for the National Team in various roles: working with the Pan Am Games, Junior World Championships, Junior National Team, and USA A2 Team. She was involved in the 80's and 90's with SCVA and NCVA, and currently serves on a number of advisory boards for both club and college alike, and serves as an executive board member at the JVRA . Corlett has been inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame as well as the Southern California Indoor Hall of Fame. This year, Denise is being inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame. A 3-sport student-athlete at UCLA, Corlett has been a part of success on the court, on the coaching sidelines, and once again in the club arena.

 

The Cardinal was 875-146 (.857) during her association with the program, having won an unprecedented nine NCAA Championships and 18 Pac-12 Championships (formerly Pac-10). The Cardinal twice won three NCAA titles in a four-year span during her tenure (1994,1996-97 and 2016, 2018-19). The conference titles included six in a row between 1994 and 1999, and more recently, 10 out of the past 14 years. At Stanford, she coached in 14 national championship matches, helped lead the team to 17 Final Fours and guided 38 players to 93 AVCA All-America awards.

Following the Cardinal’s national title victory in 1996, Corlett was promoted to associate head coach.

Corlett also made a name for herself at the national level. She spent the summer of 1993 serving as an assistant coach for the silver medalist U.S. National Team at the World University Games in Buffalo, New York, which included former Stanford All-American Cary Wendell. Corlett also spent time with the 1997 World University Games squad, which featured Stanford products Eileen Murfee and Lisa Sharpley.

Corlett was tabbed an assistant coach for the 2003 Pan American Games team, which claimed the bronze medal with help from former Stanford All-Americans Ogonna Nnamani and Cynthia Barboza. Additionally, she was an assistant coach for the USA A2 Team that went to Montreux, Switzerland in 2005, was the Head of Delegation for the Junior World Championship Team in 2007 and served again as theHead of Delegation for the Junior NORCECA Team in 2008. In June 2008, she was the Head of Delegation for Team USA at the Pan Am Cup in Mexicali, Mexico, a squad which included former standouts Barboza, Alix Klineman and Kristin Richards.

During the summer of 2009, she served as the Head of Delegation for the Junior National Team at the World Championships in Mexico and then again in 2011 in Peru with Stanford standout Carly Wopat. In 2013, she was again Head of Delegation for the U.S. Junior National Team, which featured Jordan Burgess, Kelsey Humphreys and Merete Lutz in the Czech Republic.

Prior to coming to The Farm, Corlett served as an assistant at San Jose State during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. During that time, the Spartans went 42-24 and reached the NCAA Tournament twice. Before her tenure at San Jose State, Corlett spent five years assisting at UCLA, her alma mater. Corlett served as a graduate assistant for two years and a volunteer assistant for three seasons, helping the Bruins to the 1985 Final Four. She also spent time as the business manager for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

After getting injured with the USA National team, Denise was a software engineer for Futjitsu America from 1984-87.

From 1990-96, Corlett founded and coached the Griffin Volleyball Club and immediately established it as one of the nation’s top programs. Her 1994 18-and-under team took third place at the Junior Olympics and featured future Stanford great Lisa Sharpley, as well as several other top collegiate players. In recognition, USA Volleyball named Corlett the Outstanding Female Junior Olympic Coach for 1994. Corlett also helped start Vision Volleyball Club and Club Yahoo.

Corlett received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UCLA in 1981. At UCLA, Corlett played three varsity sports and was named the All-University Athlete of the Year in 1979. She was the national badminton champion in 1977 and won the Broderick Award in that sport. She was a three-time All-American in volleyball and played on the Bruins’ national championship women’s basketball team. She led her USVBA team to national championships in both 1978 and 1979, played for the USA in the 1979 University Games in Mexico City and played for the U.S. National Team in 1982 and 1983. Denise also played for an AAU Basketball team that won AAU’s in 1977-79. In 1997, she was selected as one of the top 25 players in UCLA women’s volleyball history and, in 1999, was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame for volleyball, basketball and badminton. Her class included track and field great Gail Devers and football quarterback Troy Aikman. In 2005, Corlett was named to the Cal-Hi Sports Top 100 Female Athletes list. 

Corlett’s grandfather, Bruce Alexander Russell, was the editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times for 33 years, and won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons in 1946.

 

MISSION

ENCORE’s mission is to develop leaders through the sport of volleyball.

To achieve this, we instill core values and our experienced coaches provide focused instruction to help you develop your physical skills and mental IQ in a supportive, team-nurturing environment.

At ENCORE our goal is to help you become a complete player, a great teammate and a leader on and off the court. Some athletes will achieve the highest levels of the game, but we strive to help ALL individuals reach their potential and become strong, confident young athletes.

Philosophy of ENCORE: We are all students of the game with the intent of developing a well rounded student-athletes both on and off the court.  

As the leadership team, we pledge to support and educate our coaches, foster the family driven atmosphere, and provide the most competitive gym in the bay area.

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