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Our Team. #RAKIFAM

Meet our team! We collaborate on a common goal and that is YOU! We want the whole process to be smooth, seamless, and tailored to you! 

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

Volleyball Career:

  • Long Beach State Volleyball 2007-2011

  • University of Hawaii Beach Volleyball 2011-2012

  • Professional NUC Switzerland 2013-2014

  • Mater Dei Volleyball Coach

Accolades:

  • Big West Champions 2007-2011

  • 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

  • One of five players to play in every game of every match as a freshman 2007

 

Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration 

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Holly Toliver

Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • Michigan State

  • Trained with the USA National Team

  • 4x Pro athlete (Peru and Italy)

Accolades:

  • USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team

  • Michigan State-All American

  • MVP USA Adult Nationals

  • Most Aces B1G 

  • Best opposite in Peruvian League 2017-2018

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Carly Richter

Coach

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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Brian Garcia

Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • University of California Irvine 

Accolades:

  • VolleyballMag.com Fab 50 selection

  • Back to back NorCal Championship Team

  • Bronze medal USA High Performance Team

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Matt Hilling

Seasonal Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • Mater Dei High School Coach & Athlete

  • USA National Team

  • 7x Pro athlete

Accolades:

  • Played in the Netherlands, Austria, Brazil, Sweden, China, Portugal

  • Golden West Championship Team

  • 2021 Top Scorer Israeli Premier League

Just returned from playing in India

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Krystal Lee

Seasonal Coach

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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Jordan Anderson

Seasonal Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • Northern Arizona University 

  • NAU Volleyball Athletics Staff

Accolades:

  • Third all-time in digs in program history with 1,475 digs

  • 2x Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week

  • 2x Big Sky All- Academic selection

  • Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award 

Mentality training/focused

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Tyler Kulakowski

Coach

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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Harlee Kekauoha

Seasonal Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • Professional Volleyball Player

    • Switzerland​

    • Austria

  • University of Hawaii Manoa

  • UC Irvine

Accolades:

  • MVP in 2023 Austria Cup

  • UCI 3x First Team All-Big West

  • Mobiliar Top Scorer in the Swiss League

  • Overseas Championship Finals

    • Super Cup

    • Cup

    • League Finals

    • Austrian Cup Final

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Abby Karich

Indoor Coach and Beach Coach

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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Hunter Thomas

Seasonal Coach

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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Maura Hayes

Coach

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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Patrick Paragas

Seasonal Coach

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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Brandon Hicks

Coach

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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Emily Reinking

Seasonal Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • Grand Canyon University

  • Irvine Valley College

  • Trained at RAKI before committing to college

Accolades:

  • First-ever CCCAA State Championship team (2014)

  • 27-0 winning record

  • Orange Empire Conference Title

  • First Team All-Conference

  • Notable wins: Beat Hawaii, Nebraska, South Carolina

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Shannon Scully

Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • Mater Dei Alum

  • University of Utah (2017-2018)

  • Pepperdine (2018-2021)

  • USC (2021-2022)

  • Professional Player (TFOC) France (2022-2023)

Accolades:

  • NCAA Beach VB National Champion

  • PAC 12 Beach VB Champion

  • 2x All-WCC First Team

  • AVCA All-American

  • 3x USA Collegiate National Team Member

  • Best Receiver in the French Cup

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Hayley McCluskey

Coach

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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Kendall Sonico

Seasonal Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • Kean University

  • Head Coach at Warner High School

  • Trained at RAKI before committing to college

Accolades:

  • NJAC Conference Champions after 30 years

  • Led the team in assists and aces

  • Dean's list 2015, 2017, 2018 

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Kelly Negron

Seasonal Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • University of California Irvine

  • University of North Florida

  • Puerto Rican National Team

Accolades:

  • Orange County Register First Team All-Southern Conference

  • 5th in Big West Conference for assists per set

  • Two-time first team All-Southern Conference honoree

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Bailey Darnell

Seasonal Coach

Volleyball Career:

  • University of California Irvine

  • San Diego State University

Accolades:

  • First team All-Hawaii 2018

  • Graduated as Summa Cum Laude

  • Medaled 3rd place in 18's open

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