GABRIELLE HOUSTON NEVILLE
Gabrielle Houston Neville became the Head Coach of Cabrillo in 2009. In 8 seasons she has led the Seahawks to 8 Coast Conference Championships and 2 California state titles. In just her 2nd season Gabrielle took the team from a 16th state finish and a 17-9 record to a #1 ranking (the first ever in Cabrillo College history) and a record of 28-3. That year they finished 4th in the state. She continued her success the following year with a 28-3 record and another final four finish. One of her most memorable years came in 2013, her 5th season, when she led the Seahawks to their first-ever CCCAA state championship title. Not only a first for Cabrillo College, but the Seahawks became the first Northern California team in the 36 year history of the CCCAA to win a state championship. She did so with an unprecedented 31-0 record. In her 6th season she continued her roll, maintaining the #1 ranking and entered the final four tournament with a 63 match winning streak. The longest winning streak in school history and in the Northern Region. In 2014, Cabrillo finished their season 30-2 overall and a state runner-up. In 2015 Cabrillo found their way back to the final four for a record setting 3rd consecutive year. They also did what no team had ever accomplished in state tournament history—win three regulation best-of-5 set matches in a single day to come up through the loser’s bracket. Cabrillo ended with a perfect 10 - 0 in one day capping off Cabrillo’s 2nd state title in 3 years with a record of 32-2.
In her 8 years, Gabrielle's program has amassed one of the best records in the CCCAA with a 209-29 overall and 85 -1 Coast Conference record. She was voted the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Coast Conference Coach of the Year and the 2010 and 2014 Northern California Coach of the Year. Gabrielle has coached 4 All Americans, 8 All State, 7 All Norcal and 7 Conference MVPs. In addition , 18 of her players have been named to the All Tournament Team of the state championship tournament.
In addition to coaching at Cabrillo College, Gabrielle is the head coach and assistant director for one of the top juniors volleyball clubs in Northern California. She is in her 13th season with Main Beach Volleyball Club where she has worked with 16s, 17s and 18s teams. In just her 2nd year as a head coach for Main Beach, Gabrielle led her team to the club’s first ever USAV Jr. Nationals in the 16s Division. Since 2005 she has had 6 more teams earn a bid to compete at USAV Junior Nationals. In 2010, her 16s team claimed the national title with an impressive 72 -8 overall record earning the gold medal in Reno, NV. In 2012 her 17s team placed 5th in Columbus, Ohio. In 2013 her 16s team took home the bronze medal in Dallas, Texas and in 2014, her 16s team took a 10th place finish in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Prior to Cabrillo (2006 - 2009) Gabrielle took over a struggling high school program 1 year after it was reinstated into it’s A-League conference, after having previously been suspended for being non-competitive. Mount Madonna High School is a Division 5 (< 500 student) school, with a coed student population of under 60. Although one of the smallest schools in the State, it competes in a conference of Division 2 and 3 schools with enrollment upwards of 1,400 students. In her first year, Gabrielle improved Mt. Madonna’s previous conference standing from last place (2-16 record) to 3rd place in the SCCAL Conference and a first ever berth into the CCS playoffs . The following season Gabrielle guided the tiny school to its first ever SCCAL conference title. With only 9 eligible players, Mt Madonna took the momentum of a conference championship into the CCS tournament winning the school's first Central Coast Section, Championship, Northern California Regional Championship, and a California State Championship. The first ever in school history and the first SCCAL team in over 10 years to win a State Title. Over the next 2 years Mount Madonna would continue to compete against and beat many of the larger schools in the region while barely fielding enough players from the small pool of 25 female students in the school. The Hawks would finish 2nd in the SCCAL conference in 2009 and win its second CCS title in 3 years. In that same year, the Hawks barely missed a shot at a second state title losing in 5 to the eventual state champions in the NorCal finals.
Gabrielle received her B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1989 and her Master's Degree from Arizona State University in Exercise Science in 1999. At Arizona State she was a teaching assistant for Motor Development, Learning and Control and a volleyball instructor for 2 years. Gabrielle has also been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for 20 years through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a certified Sports Performance coach through the USA Weightlifting Federation. In addition to indoor, Gabrielle was a competitive beach volleyball player with a AAA rating. She has been a competitive beach volleyball player since 1992. Beginning in 1996, Gabrielle was one of the leading beach volleyball instructors in Santa Cruz County. She ran private lessons and camps for juniors and adults alike through 2012. Currently, she spends most of her time focused on indoor. When she is not in the gym teaching volleyball, she is in the weight room helping athletes to prepare physically for their upcoming seasons. Although Gabrielle works with many athletes, she enjoys training people of all ages to excel in life and sport. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, teaching and coaching volleyball is her passion and with growing up on the beach, the sport has always been an integral part of her life.