Cabrillo Women's Volleyball Coaching Staff

 

KELSEE MONTAGNA

     

Kelsee Montagna joins the Cabrillo Seahawks after returning from Great Falls, Montana where she assisted the University of Providence volleyball program as a Graduate Assistant and Recruiting Coordinator. In her short two years there, Montagna proved her ability to recruit and develop top athletes. While development of the whole team was her goal, her main focus was on blocking and working with the middles along with offensive plays. Montagna, as a club director, spearheaded the development of Great Falls Zootown Volleyball Club, branching out from the parent program in Missoula, Montana in the fall of 2017.

As a player, Montagna earned First Team All-Conference honors in the Frontier Conference for her performance as a six-rotation right side. As a two year starter and captain, she led the Argos to a 26-10 record her senior year and earned national team rankings throughout the season. Before her time at UGF, Montagna was team captain of the Cabrillo Seahawks volleyball program in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In the 2013 season, Montagna was a part of the first Northern California team to win a State Championship and go undefeated in the regular and postseason.

During her time at Cabrillo, Montanga coached the Main Beach Blender's program and assisted the U15 gold program. She also was president of the Cabrillo Beach Volleyball Club before it became in official sport in the CCCAA.  Montagna has earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a master's degree in Organizational Mangement and Leadership with honors. She was named the Most Outstanding Student in both her undergraduate and graduate programs.

Kelsee couldn't be more excited to return to her California roots and rejoin the Cabrillo athletic community. As a former player of Gabrielle Houston Neville, she looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that Cabrillo volleyball is known for.

 

YELENA SKAZKA

Yelena Skazka joins the Cabrillo Seahawks after coaching for 5 years in Southern California with Cal State Dominguez Hills, Mizuno Long Beach and St. Joseph’s High School. Before moving to the U.S., Yelena competed for 5-years in the FIVB professional circuit playing both sand and indoor with the Azerbaijan Women’s National Team. In 2006 she helped lead her indoor team to a quarterfinal finish in the World Championship Games. In sand volleyball Yelena helped lead the Azerbaijan Women's National Team to 1st place in the Azerbaijan Sand Volleyball Championship in 2005, and again during the World Championship in 2008. Other experience in the FIVB includes playing for Russia, Serbia, and Turkey.

Yelena earned her Bachelor of Physical Education & Sports, from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Culture & Sports, in Jul 2008. She is not afraid of hard work, nor long hours with her inner drive that has allowed for her success in coaching both at the professional and college levels, as well as varsity high school and local club circuits in Southern California. Most recently she coached for St. Josephs High School where she helped her team to a D3 CIF section Championship and a CIF State Final. She also coached with Mizuno Long Beach volleyball club where she took her team to the Junior National Championships in 2015. Her St. Joseph’s High School team reached the CIF Championship (Division III), CIF State Final (Division II), and achieved 1st Place in the Del Rey League in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Physical Education & Sports, from the Azerbaijan State Academy of Physical Culture & Sports, in Jul 2008.

She is not afraid of hard work, nor long hours with her inner drive that has allowed for her success in coaching both at the professional level ( i.e. Indoor & Sand for the Azerbaijan Women’s National Team), and college summer camps (i.e. UCLA, USC, CSUDH, Stanford), as well as varsity high school and local club circuits in Southern California.