Del Sol Volleyball Club: Coaches

Wednesday, December 1
Chris Spalding - U-18 Head Coach / Club Director

Chris attended Aptos High School (Santa Cruz county) where he played football, basketball and baseball earning several All Monterey Bay League honors. After graduating in 1975, he played strong safety for Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA before transferring to Graceland College in Lamoni, IA. On a full football scholarship, he received All District honors in football as a free safety and kick returner. In 1980, Chris signed as an undrafted free agent with NFL powerhouse, the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in three preseason games. 

After red shirting his sophomore year at Graceland, Chris received a volleyball scholarship to compliment his football scholarship and played for the legendary volleyball Hall of Fame coach, L. Rod Schall, who devised and implemented the statistical system still used by the USA national team. In both his junior and senior seasons, Chris was an NAIA honorable mention selection as a setter and his squads won the NAIA national championships in 1979 and 1980.

Chris received his B.A. in Physical Education from Graceland and after graduating in 1980, played briefly for the U-23 (now known as A-3) Junior National team as setter. in 1981, he traveled to the Dominican Republic to participate in the NORCECA championships and saw action against Canada, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the eventual tournament champions Cuba. He also played in the 1979 National Sports Festival (now the US Olympic Festival) as a setter for the South men’s volleyball squad.

He was the youngest coach (at the time) in NCAA volleyball history to be named head coach for the NCAA D-III independent UC Santa Cruz men’s volleyball team in 1980. He coached the Banana Slugs to a 7th place finish in the All Cal tournament and 4th place in the California Collegiate League defeating the #9 nationally ranked Stanford Cardinal along the way, knocking them out of the national rankings.

Chris coached the Santa Cruz Falcons boy’s 17-1’s club team from '80-'82 and played on the beach for several years. He then left the game of volleyball behind and concentrated on pursuing his career of choice, Athletic Training.

From '82-'84, Chris traveled internationally with the USA men's national team's medical staff as ATC with the highlight being the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games where he was on the USA national team medical staff and was with the men's team which consisted of volleyball legends and luminaries Karch Kiraly, Craig Buck and Steve Timmons and where the USA captured their first ever Olympic gold medal defeating Brazil in three sets 3-0.

After returning to the coaching ranks in 2007, Chris co-coached the Mission Bay Starlings 14s and the Bridge 17-1s team. Chris has been at Hilltop High School in Chula Vista since the 2008 season. Chris is the current Head Varsity coach and was the Head JV coach during the 2009 season. Chris received his USVA IMPACT coaching certification in 2009 and his USVA CAP I certification in 2010.

When not playing and coaching, Chris is a certified Athletic Trainer. Receiving his NATA/BOC certification in 1983, he interned for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1983 season and was the head trainer at Menlo College from 1990-1994. He then moved to Stanford University serving as an ATC/PTA through 2001. As a Department of the Navy civilian, he currently directs the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation facility for Naval Special Warfare Group THREE – a branch of SOCOM and the Navy SEALs and SWCC community. Chris was the Chief Medical Officer for the Tongan National Olympic Committee from 1987-1995 and the American Samoan National Olympic Committee from 1997-2008 and attended the Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Olympiads. He also has been the Athletic Trainer for Chula Vista High School’s football team for the past 8 years and is also the Athletic Trainer for the San Diego Surge - a womens professional football team. 

In his free time, Chris enjoys eating sushi, Thai food, Hawai'ian plate lunch from L&L Drive-In, playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band (on medium) and playing flag football.

Wednesday, December 8
Chanel Aguiar - U-16s Head Coach

Chanel attended Hilltop High School where she played 4 years varsity soccer and 2 years varsity volleyball. She received several all-conference rewards for soccer and received honorable mention and MVP of her team her senior year. Chanel played for Bridge Volleyball Club and  Del Sol Volleyball Club, where she was coached by Chris Spalding on both teams.


After graduating in 2009 Chanel went to San Diego Mesa College where she played volleyball her freshman year as an OH for coach Kim Lester. Her second year at Mesa she decided to return back to playing soccer where she recieved captain her first year on the team and 1st team all-conference.


In her free time, Chanel enjoys going to the beach, playing beach volleyball, working out, riding her beach cruiser, hanging out with friends and family, going camping, and trying anything new and exciting.

Monday, November 1
Mia Morales - U-16s Assistant Coach


Mia graduated from Academy of Our Lady of Peace High School in 2008. Her senior year she was Most Inspirational Player and on 1st Team All Conference. At OLP she earned 3 varsity letters. Mia played for Coast Volleyball Club in San Diego for 6 years where she was coached by Olympians Karolyn Kirby and Mary Jo Peppler.


After high school she went to North Park University in Chicago, Illinois on scholarship and played for two years. She started her freshman year and was Academic All Conference team. She is an OH/RS or MB. Her college career was cut short due to a knee injury.


Mia now attends University of San Diego as a Psychology major. Her hope for the future is to work in developmental psychology and child behavior while traveling the world. She enjoys drinking iced coffee, going to dog beach, fall in Chicago and carving pumpkins.