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Meet the Coaches

RAKI coaches take a lot of pride in what they do.  At RAKI, it is about the FULL ATHLETE!  RAKI coaches are not just coaches-- they are here for you to vent to, confide in, and build confidence with.  Every athlete  has a different skill set and we want to help you enhance your skills to shine. 

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Ashley Lee-Maldonado

RAKI Owner

  • Active

  • All Skills

Volleyball Career:

  • Long Beach State Volleyball 2007-2011

  • University of Hawaii Beach Volleyball 2011-2012

  • Professional NUC Switzerland 2013-2014

  • Mater Dei Volleyball Coach 2014-present

Accolades:

  • Big West Champions 2007-2011

  • Big West All Freshman

  • Quadruple Double 2010

    • 50 assists, 13 digs, 10 kills, 10 block assists

  • Over her career, she joined Misty May as the only 49er setter ever to have over 2,000 assists, 1,000 digs, and 500 kills

  • Ranked tenth all-time in school history with 1,404 career assists

  • USA Beach

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Carly Richter

RAKI Director

  • Active

  • All Skills

  • Passing Specialist

Volleyball Career:

  • University of California Irvine 

  • RAKI Senior Coach 

Accolades:

  • AAU National Championship All-Star Team 2017

  • 2x MVP of the Freeway League

  • 3x First Team All-League

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Hayley McCluskey

Coach

  • Active

  • All Skills

  • Hitting/Passing Specialist

Volleyball Career:

  • Tesoro High School

  • CSU Bakersfield (Indoor and Beach)

  • BA in Communications and Masters in Business

Accolades:

  • NCAA Woman of the Year Award

  • First Team All-League

  • Top 10 Hitters in CSUB History

  • Blue and Gold Award Recipient 

  • Heart of a Champion Award

  • President's Award

The community that has been brought into my life is something that I will forever be grateful for. As a little girl, it was my dream to play D1 Volleyball and to do it with pride and great character. I love volleyball with my whole entire heart. 

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JoJo Reyes

Coach

  • Active

  • All Skills

  • Mindset Training

Volleyball Career:

  • T-Street Volleyball Coach

  • Coached Middle School, High School, and Club

Accolades:

  • Coming Soon

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Kayla Joyce

Coach

  • Active

  • All Skills

Volleyball Career:

  • Pepperdine University

  • Chico State

Accolades:

  • Coming Soon

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Cassie Smits

Coach

  • Active

  • All Skills

  • Setting Specialist

Volleyball Career:

  • Coastal Carolina University

  • Played professionally for Hungary 

Accolades:

  • 1st time all conference (Las Vegas Nevada)

  • Honor Roll at Coastal Carolina

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Rachel Lim

Coach

  • Active

  • All Skills

  • Setting Specialist

Volleyball Career:

  • Vanguard University

  • RAKI Alum, trained under Ashley Maldonado

Accolades:

  • Coming Soon

I love volleyball and I am super excited to coach and share my ten years of experience with others! I hope that my passion for this sport will excite the next generation to want to reach the next level!

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Brandon Hicks

Coach

  • Active

  • All Skills

  • Blocking /Hitting Specialist

Volleyball Career:

  • Mater Dei Alum

  • UC Santa Barbara Men's Team 

  • 10 years of playing

Accolades:

  • AVCA All-American at UCSB

  • 5yr Starting Player at UCSB

I hope that I can pass down the knowledge I've learned from my 10 years of playing and showing the next generation of volleyball players the way the game is supposed to be played. That's what makes me passionate about coaching. Proud Gaucho!

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Tyler Kulakowski

Coach

  • Active

  • All Skills

  • Middle Specialist

Volleyball Career:

  • Long Beach State Men's Volleyball

  • Color commentator for Long Beach State Volleyball

  • UC Irvine Athletic Department

Accolades:

  • 2010 First Team All-American at Huntington Beach High School

  • 2 time Nationals winner with Balboa Bay Volleyball

  • State Champion at Goldenwest College

I want to give back to the game and help the next generation of players grow and achieve. Licensed CPA

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Abby Karich

Indoor Coach and Beach Coach

  • Active

  • All Skills

  • Hitting/Passing Specialist

Volleyball Career:

  • Utah University

  • Long Beach State

  • Indoor and Beach

Accolades:

  • Los Alamitos High School Athlete of the Year

  • CIF Southern Section Player of the Year

  • Long Beach Press Telegram Player of the Year 

  • Prep Volleyball Senior Ace

  • Sunset Conference All-Academic team

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Connor Hanks

Coach

  • Not Active

Volleyball Career:

  • University of California at Santa Barbara

  • Professional in Romania

  • NVL West Coast Brigades

Accolades:

  • 2017 1st Team All-American-Edison 

  • Sunset League block Leader

  • Champions of Romanian A2 League

Currently playing professionally in North Macedonia!

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Maura Hayes

Seasonal Coach

  • Not Active

Volleyball Career:

  • Long Beach State

  • A4 Volleyball Club

Accolades:

  • 3x Letterwinner at Dana Hills HS

  • Team leader for the 2018 CIF State Playoffs

  • All-League Second Team 

  • Qualified for USA Volleyball Junior National Championships while on the 16U and 17U teams

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Krystal Lee

Seasonal Coach

  • Not Active

Volleyball Career:

  • 20+ years coaching experience

  • Owner of multiple club teams for 15+ years

  • Worked with athletes from age 6 to collegiate and on

  • Director/Owner of Club Green and Gecko Volleyball

  • Assistant Coach at Cerritos College

  • Director for Sinjin Smith's Oceanside Beach Camps

  • USC Camp Clinician

Accolades:

  • Collegiate State Champion 2003

  • MVP and All League Honors

Fun Fact: Krystal is Ashley's sister and they have been coaching together since they were little!

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Hunter Thomas

Seasonal Coach

  • Not Active

Volleyball Career:

  • Idaho State University (2020-2022)

  • UC Riverside 

  • Eastern Idaho Volleyball Club 17s Coach

Accolades:

  • 2020 Student Athlete of the Year Award

  • 2018, 2019, 2020: All League Team

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Patrick Paragas

Seasonal Coach

  • Not Active

Volleyball Career:

  • UC Santa Barbara (2018-2022)

  • The Master's University (2023-2024)

Accolades:

  • 4x Nationals winner with 949

  • 3x MVP

  • 2022 All-American

I love the game of volleyball and teaching kids what it takes to level up their game. Currently pursuing an MBA and CFP. Financial Advisor

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