Steven returns to ITVC for his 5th year with the club having coached 13, 15, and 17s and for Thunder Beach. Steven has a total of 17 years of playing and coaching experience. In addition to teaching volleyball players the necessary foundational skills to becoming successful players, Steven focuses on increasing the volleyball “IQ” of players by thinking through decision making opportunities, learning to adjust on the court, and effectively communicating with teammates. Steven seeks to develop well rounded players that have control over their physical, mental, and social skills on and off the court.
Steven started playing volleyball for his college’s club team, the Claremont Colleges, as both a libero and setter. He continued playing through graduate school at Cornell University where he first started coaching for both the men’s and women’s club teams. Steven serves on boards for both the Puget Sound Region of USAV as well as for Greater Seattle Volleyball Officials (which referee high school volleyball). When Steven is not coaching, reffing, or playing volleyball he tries to put his analytical skills and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry to good use by attempting to cure cancer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Assistant Coach: Blissa Tanaka
Blissa is excited to start her third year coaching with ITVC. She has coached at the High School level for 3 years, 2 years at Nathan Hale and one year at Mountlake Terrace. She has experience coaching Junior Varsity and assisting with the Varsity Team. She also has experience at the middle school level, coaching 8th graders at St. John's. As a coach, Blissa has a passion for defense and passing and believes that those are the two most important skills of volleyball.
Blissa was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where she started playing volleyball in the 5th grade. In high school, she lettered in Varsity volleyball for 3 years mainly playing middle blocker (at a commanding 5’6’’ she is considered pretty tall in Hawaii). She also played club volleyball and traveled to “the mainland” to compete. After high school, she moved to the middle of the United States to attend Creighton University in Omaha, NE and focus on her education. She was a founding member of Creighton's Collegiate Volleyball Club Men’s and Women’s Teams. The Creighton Club Teams traveled around the Midwest competing against other colleges as well as to the National Collegiate Club Volleyball Tournament every year. Blissa continues to play volleyball on grass, sand, and indoors while working as a Clinical Pharmacist at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System.