Jets women's volleyball to debut Fall 2018; coaching staff announced
Oct 25, 2017

San Diego Miramar College is proud to announce the creation of a women's volleyball program. Riding the coattails of Miramar men's volleyball's breakout 2017 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship season this past Spring, Jets WVB is set to debut in the 2018 season. The Board of Trustees of the San Diego Community College District formally approved the program's creation, at its October 24th meeting.

Miramar WVB will also compete in the PCAC, and will compete in the conference's North division, with College of the Desert, Mira Costa, Mt. San Jacinto, Palomar, and San Bernardino Valley. PCAC-South programs Cuyamaca, Grossmont, Imperial Valley, San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, and Southwestern are also natural candidates to be on the Jets' 2018 schedule.

The Jets' WVB coaching staff brings some 75 combined of experience to the fledgling program. Mark Smith will serve as head coach, and Sally Cull & John Landicho will be the assistant coaches.

Miramar women's volleyball head coach Mark Smith provides the Jets with over twenty years' experience in the sport of volleyball. Smith is also the associate head coach for Miramar's men's volleyball team, and helped lead the Jets to the 2017 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) championship. He has also served as co-head coach for the Jets' women's soccer team, for the past two seasons. Smith has six seasons' experience with volleyball teams at UC San Diego, Palomar College, and San Diego City College, arming him with important experience at the NCAA and community college levels. Smith has logged substantial time at the club level, as the founder & director of the original Shorebreak VBC, where one of his squads captured a Club division silver medal at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic championships, and as a member of the coaching staff of Seaside VBC, where he helped teams to two gold, one silver, and one bronze JO's medals. He has been a clinician at Pepperdine and Stanford Universities, as well as for Seaside VBC. Smith has also been a successful high school coach, with 12 seasons' experience leading volleyball programs at Monte Vista, Serra, Santa Fe Christian, and San Diegueto Academy to multiple league titles and CIF playoff appearances, and a CIF Finals appearance as an asst. coach with University of San Diego HS in 1994. Among the student-athletes Smith has tutored are a trio of 2008 USA Olympic gold medalists: Reid Priddy, David Lee, and Rich Lambourne. He is also active in USA Volleyball's High Performance program.

Jets WVB first assistant coach Sally Cull has been coaching for some 25 years. The current 17-1 head coach for San Diego Volleyball Club, she has been with SDVBC for close to 20 years. Cull has extensive high school volleyball experience, having coached in the championship-winning programs at Francis Parker, Torrey Pines, Mt. Carmel and La Costa Canyon. Her collegiate coaching experience includes time with Alliant University and UC San Diego. Cull also brings experience from a sterling playing career. A four-year letter winner for San Diego State University, the former Sally Larsen led the Aztecs to a NCAA no. 1 national ranking in her senior year, as an outside hitter. At Torrey Pines HS, Cull earned All-CIF first team honors, and was MVP of the Palomar League her senior year.

Second asst. coach John Landicho brings over 25 years of award-winning experience to the Jets. Landicho currently serves as the head coach of Miramar's men's volleyball team, and led the Jets to the 2017 PCAC championship. He was named PCAC MVB Coach of the Year and Miramar College's Coach of the Year, for his efforts in the 2017 season. Landicho's experience on the women's side is vast. As an assistant coach, he helped teams at Grossmont and San Diego Mesa colleges to PCAC championships in 2001 and 2010, respectively. He is best known for his work in the Francis Parker HS programs, where his last stint in 2012 and 2013 as head GVB coach produced a 64-7 record and consecutive CIF Division IV State championships. He was named GVB Coach of the Year by both the CIF-San Diego Section and the High School Sports Assoc. of San Diego, in 2012. His five total CIF girls volleyball state championships, all won at Parker, is a San Diego county record. Landicho is also active as a clinician, tryout coordinator, and evaluator in USA Volleyball's High Performance program.

For more information on Jets WVB, please contact Coach Smith at masmith@sdccd.edu. Prospective recruits are encouraged to fill out our online recruit form; the link is in the menu bar near the top of this webpage.