Viper Volleyball Since 2016
Fun Fact: Coach Leanna has six chickens.
Coach Leanna is married, the mom of two grown boys, a fifth grade teacher, and presently the Temecula Valley High School varsity head coach. Prior to joining TVHS, she and her husband, Randy, coached at Rancho Christian High School. Shortly after college Leanna also coached club for Santa Barbara Volleyball Club and Orange County Volleyball Club.
Coach Leanna enjoys all aspects of coaching from teaching young girls the fundamentals and helping expand their volleyball IQ to training more seasoned athletes to compete at the highest levels. Of course, the best part of coaching is building relationships with young athletes and helping to foster or continue their love of this amazing game.
Leanna started her collegiate career at Grossmont Community College where she helped the Griffins win a state championship and earned All-State and All-American honors, as well as a scholarship to U.C. Santa Barbara. After graduating with a BA in Communications, Leanna played professionally in Italy’s A1 professional league and then for the Orange County Diggers. She then continued to play on several international all-star teams in countries like Australia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and the Bahamas. Even today, she enjoys playing in a women’s 4-person league and at Nationals.
In her free time, Leanna spends her time watching her son play basketball and volleyball for GOHS, as well as camping, fishing, and hiking with her family, or simply chilling poolside with a good book. Favorite books include Harry Potter, Divergent, Aragon, and Nicholas Sparks novels. She also loves going to the movies and eating popcorn and Mike and Ikes (Yeah, she knows – really bad, but oh so yummy).
Favorite Memory as a Player: She has many exhilarating memories as a player, but the best moments, were those seriously hard-fought matches, that went on for hours (days of side-out scoring) that left her feeling like she might collapse, and came out victorious. Those were the most memorable because there was no doubt that she had left it all on the court. The other best memories were times bonding with teammates and coaches playing Charades and Pictionary, or simply hanging out together.
Favorite Memory as a Coach: Coaching a group of young ladies that knew little about the game of volleyball and within the second season taking them to the second round of 5A CIF. The sheer excitement and pride the girls felt at their accomplishment was awesome. And, of course, another very recent best memory is going undefeated in league this high school season with a really special group of ladies she feels genuinely privileged to have gotten to know at TVHS.
Fun Fact: Coach Leanna has six chickens (Ester, Dotty, Betty, Red, Pepper, and Lucy), and is a new beekeeper.