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In 2014, Coach Lou Panzella and Assistant Coach Tyler Trolson enter their 3rd season at LMC. Coach Lou has been coaching volleyball in East County for 26 years, beginning at Antioch High School in 1988, then moving over to start the men's and women's programs at Deer Valley High School in 1995.
Coach Lou is a special education teacher at Deer Valley High and continues as coach of the men's volleyball team there. His team record for high school women's volleyball is 430-224. At Deer Valley his women's team record is 373-172. In men's volleyball his teams have a record of 554-121. Coach Lou was named North Coast Section Honor Coach for women's volleyball in 2010 and NCS boys Honor Coach in 1997. He coached teams that won NCS section titles in 1995 and 1996 at Antioch High and in 2013 and 2014 at Deer Valley High School. At LMC, in 2012 the women's team record was 4-17. In 2013 that improved to 11-13 . We look to improve on that in 2014.
Assistant Coach Tyler Trolson is a social studies teacher and also the head men's volleyball coach at Pittsburg High School. He has been coaching both high school and club volleyball for the past 7 years. Coach Trolson started his coaching career after a successful playing career, beginning at Deer Valley High School and then continuing at Sacramento State. Coach Trolson enters his 3rd year as an assistant coach at LMC. Coach Trolson is responsible for recruiting, training and conditioning along with his other coaching duties.
Assistant Coach Patrick Rockenbaugh is well known as a coach in East County, having been an assistant coach at Liberty High School and then at Heritage High. He also has many years of experience coaching club volleyball. Coach Rockenbaugh is a technology teacher in the Liberty school district and will specialize in video analysis along with his other coaching responsibilities at LMC.
Sandra Foster, an alumni of Deer Valley High School. Sandra played three years of varsity volleyball for Coach Lou at Deer Valley and played two years at Diablo Valley College, completing her college career at Ontario College in Kansas.
Head Coach Panzella says, "We want to keep East County high school players in East County playing volleyball for LMC. We want the high school players that plan to attend community college to become part of the Mustang family! We are always looking for players with athletic ability and a great work ethic, who want to improve and help our team be the best we can be. We want recruits who want to be volleyball players, not just play volleyball!"