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Justin Hertlein
Head Coach 17 National and 16 National Girls

Coaching Experience:

Justin began his coaching career at the age of thirteen as an assistant coach for two of his local junior high teams as well as one travel club program in his home town of Castro Valley, California. During high school, Justin became head coach for the two junior high programs, head coached two travel club teams a year, and ran open gyms twice a week for players looking to further develop their game. He was also a volunteer practice coach at Chabot College and Cal State East Bay. In 2009 he moved to Santa Barbara, California and helped run the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club boys program for six years, then became the SBVC youth director in 2015. In addition to coaching club volleyball, Justin was also a volunteer assistant for the women’s volleyball program at the University of California Santa Barbara. This is Justin’s fifteenth year coaching volleyball competitively.

Playing Experience:

Justin was a four-year, starting outside for Castro Valley High School. He was named first team all league his sophomore, junior, and senior year, while also leading the league in kills, blocks, and aces his junior and senior year. After two car accidents, Justin played two years for Santa Barbara City College before calling it quits to focus on coaching. He still competes in sand volleyball and high level adult national tournaments.

Coaching Education:

USA Volleyball IMPACT Certified
SafeSport Certified

Years with Team Colorado:

1st year!

Coaching Philosophy:

The foundation of my coaching philosophy is comprised of a combination of confidence, discipline, focus, and growth. To be successful, as an athlete and productive part of the community, players must be willing to work hard day in and day out while remaining mindful of their goals. This promotes a more specific use of their energy while nurturing a sense of confidence and drive to succeed. Success is not owned, it’s leased. An athlete must “pay rent” to achieve success and be willing to pay more than their own share of rent for a teammate in need. When a player can achieve this level of focus, and let go of their fear of failure, they can become great. Simply put: Be mindful, let go of fear, make mistakes, grow from those mistakes, and treat every day like a new opportunity to pay off your lease on success.

Personal Background:

Justin moved to Colorado Springs in March and is currently a full time coach. He lives with his Girlfriend Lizzy, who is also a volley nerd, and their new puppy, Kona