From Team Player to Team Coach


From Team Player to Team Coach

Volleyball :New Coach, Same Goal

Devin Tse and Lauren Woolsey
March 1,2018

A new chapter begins in the Boys Volleyball Program, as Omri Azarly takes the helm as the new Head Coach.

Inspired by his brother and the USA Men’s Volleyball Team in the 2012 Olympics, Azarly has made volleyball a lifestyle for himself.

Throughout his career as a student at VNHS he has played at every single position.

Possessing talent and skills with every facet of the game, his teammates considered him an all-around player. His skill on the court earned him a spot on the 2016 CIF LA All City List in his senior year.

After his successful high school career, Azarly yearned to become a coach and his affinity to VNHS compelled him to stay here. He became the Varsity Assistant Coach, as well as the Head J.V. Coach for the Boys and Girls volleyball teams. Azarly led his Boys Junior Varsity team to a 2017 league championship, with a league record of 11-1. He continued to be successful as his Girls J.V. Team also claimed a league championship in Oct. 2017.

With the departure of Head Coach Michael Del Homme, Azarly seized the opportunity to become the new Head Coach for Boys Volleyball. According to Azarly, the decision to take the coaching job was relatively easy for him.

After just graduating from VNHS two years ago, Azarly is now the man in charge. From star libero to now-head coach, he has gained the respect and trust of his players. Now-captain Daron Excel strongly supports the hiring of his former teammate and is confident in his abilities.

“The team is really glad to have him.” said Excel. “Although he is still young, we believe he can guide us to success and lift the program to new heights.”

Aiding Azarly in his pursuit of a Division 1 ring in the upcoming season starting Feb. 23 are team captains Excel, a senior, and Jacob Lee, a junior, who have shown tremendous skill in the previous years.

“The current roster has bought into my system and are willing to learn,” he said. “They display hard work on and off the court and have the potential to become a special team.”

Leading the outside and rightside attacks are Leobardo Brambila and Ethan Quiambao as their heavy hitting will generate points for the team. Azarly firmly believes that development in the fundamentals and creating a team culture will be essential for the success of the program; whether in practice or a highly staked playoff game, extreme work ethic and preparation is required on a daily basis.

“Our ultimate goal is to win a championship for Van Nuys, with that said hard work and dedication on and off the court is essential,” said Azarly.

Devin Tse is the Sports Editor for The Mirror. He is a junior and a second-year member at the Van Nuys High School journalism class.

Devin enjoys watching and participating in sporting events. He is currently on the Boys Varsity Volleyball Team. Besides covering sports for The Mirror, he is also interested in the other activities occurring at Van Nuys High School.

Lauren Woolsey is currently a Staff Sports Writer for The Mirror. She joined during her freshman year and is currently in her third year as a junior.

Lauren enjoys trying and enjoying new foods, staying active, and playing volleyball. She also enjoys watching other sports such as figure skating or swimming. She is currently on the Girls Varsity Volleyball team and is a volunteer of three years at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. When Lauren isn’t doing anything school related, she enjoys relaxing while rewatching her favorite TV shows.

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