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Our Coaches


The People of NOMAR

Led by club director Tim Hawkins, our coaches, assistant coaches, student coaches and volunteers all share a talent, love and passion for the game of volleyball. These are traits that we demonstrate and teach to each and every player in our program. Our staff consists of experienced high school coaches, current and former collegiate players, club coaches, current high school players and athletes that love to share their knowledge of the game. Every coach is charged with and embraces the responsibility of player development and improvement!


Directors

Timothy Hawkins

Club Director

Tim is the founder and director of the NOMAR Volleyball Club. Tim brings decades of coaching experience guiding our Club. He was the Varsity coach/program director at San Marin (2002-2006) and after taking a year off came back to coach the Freshman program (2008-2013), and recently coached the Varsity team at Terra Linda HS (2016/17).  Tim’s extensive coaching career also includes over 17 years of club VB head coaching experience, multiple clinics and skill specific private lesson training. Tim is IMPACT and SafeSport certified through USA Volleyball.


Tim began the NVC to fill a volleyball club void in Northern Marin in 2002.  Since its inception, NOMAR has steadily garnered a reputation of having excellent player skill development, high quality coaches, parents and players while providing a positive and fun learning environment for its members.  Tim couldn’t be prouder!


When not coaching volleyball (or playing sand), Tim can be found at his “day job” training clients at the Rolling Hills Club in Novato, running “soldiers” around the hills of Miwok Park at his boot camp, or on any golf course around.  He and wife Bethany are SoCal transplants who have lived in Novato for 20 years.

Mike Mann

Assistant Club Director & Head Coach

Mike is the Varsity Head Coach and program director at San Marin and enters his fifth year as a head coach with NOMAR. Mike’s volleyball career started at age 8, tagging along to older sister (and NOMAR Coach Alumni) Katy’s practices and games.  Mike played 4 years at San Marin, 2 with NOMAR Director Tim as an assistant coach, receiving 2 MVP and 2 All-MCAL Team honors.  He also played boys’ club with the I DIG VBC in the East Bay.  Mike has been a regular with NOMAR from year one as a practice player, assistant coach, and “guest coach” during college breaks, in addition to coaching the JV team at Crescent Valley HS in Corvallis, Oregon.  Mike has coached at the 12, 14, 16, and 18 Club levels, most recently with the 14 Power (Far Westerns American Division Bronze Champions!) and 18 Premier (League Top 20 Finisher!) teams. Mike is IMPACT and SafeSport certified through USA Volleyball, and is a National Federation of High School (NFHS) Certified Interscholastic Coach.
Mike’s holistic coaching approach centers on the “whole person, whole player, whole team” philosophy to develop the skills and mindset for fun, competitive volleyball.  He hopes that every girl learns the game and learns to love the game just like him. Mike earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Educational Administration, and works at UC Berkeley.


Coaches

Katy Mann McKnight

Head Coach

Tim recruited Katy to coach and help develop the club after she graduated college and returned to her Marin roots.  During her 10+ years with NOMAR, Katy has spent seasons coaching each age level  in NOMAR.  Katy also has coached at Our Lady of Loretto  CYO, San Marin, Piner High School, and  Piner-Olivet in Sonoma County.  Katy played club and high school volleyball at San Marin, and continued to play on a club team in college.  She enjoys promoting volleyball to girls at a young age, and takes pride in developing the U12 & U13 programs for NOMAR. Katy is IMPACT and SafeSport certified through USA Volleyball. Katy lives in San Francisco and works for the SF-Marin Food Bank.

Jordan Falk

Head Coach

Jordan is a senior at Sonoma State and is a member of their National Champion SSU Club team.  At the 2019 National Championship event, Jordan earned an All-American player award. She enters her fourth season coaching with NOMAR.  Jordan was a stand-out Outside Hitter, in club and high school, receiving numerous individual and team accolades including MVP and All-League honors and a club team bid to Junior Nationals the past two seasons.

Chris Fillinger

Head Coach

Chris Fillinger is a native of Marin County, growing up in Corte Madera.  He developed a love for Volleyball while attending Redwood High School.  He has played grass, sand and indoor Volleyball (NCVA Men’s League).
He elevated his knowledge of the game while earning a Bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State.  In 1992, his official coaching career began:

  • 1992 – 2002 REDWOOD, BRANSON, MARIN CATHLOTIC & MARIN ACADEMY
  • 1993 - 2003 MARIN JUNIORS
  •  2018 – 2019 CYO ST. ANTHONY

He got married in 2004 to his beautiful wife and is the father of three girls (age 12 & Twins ages 11).  Coach Chris’s philosophy is simple. Have Fun. Instill a love for the game of Volleyball in all the players. Teach teamwork and cooperation as a member of a team. Improve volleyball skills and individual athleticism.  Build a solid foundation of fundamental and technical skills to help participants develop as athletes and individuals.

Karis O'Sullivan

HEAD COACH

Eugene Lang

Special Assistant

Eugene Lang is Physical Education teacher at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael and he can’t believe he’s writing a bio on himself.
Eugene has coached volleyball on and off since 1986.  He’s coached at Redwood High School (Boy’s and Girl’s Frosh/Soph and Varsity starting in 1986), Novato High School (Girl’s Jr. Varsity, 2010 -2012), and Terra Linda High School (Girl’s Freshman and Jr. Varsity 2014-2016).  In 1986, Eugene also coached for Marin Jrs. (1986 – 1993).  He coached for NOMAR from 2009 – 2014.
Eugene believes that every player needs to have time on the court in order to learn the game.  He began coaching for NOMAR when his twin girls, Alyssa and Christina expressed an interest in playing when they were in 8th grade.  Eugene then offered to coach a team with her daughters and 10 other girls so they could experience the mental and physical aspects of the game.  He was very proud when during the next year, 11 girls made their school teams.  two made varsity, eight made Jr. varsity, and one made their freshman teams.  Even with that large gap between coaching years, Eugene still could coach well!  Eugene retired from coaching in 2016, but he keeps getting coaching offers and really loves to coach. He has expressed an interest in advising the younger coaches of the NOMAR program and will work with all of the NOMAR teams in a variety of roles.  We welcome Euey back to NOMAR VBC!!!
Eugene spends his time these days playing basketball, tennis, cycling, golf, volleyball, etc., basically just trying to stay in shape.  Eugene has an A.A. in Behavioral Sciences (College of Marin), a B.A. in Psychology (U.C. Santa Cruz), a Professional Clear Teaching Credential in Physical Education (Dominican College), and a M.A.  in Educational Administration (San Francisco State).

Hannah White

Junior Coach

Hannah is a senior at San Marin High School, where she has been on Varsity for three years helping her team earn MCAL and North Coast section playoff bids, as well as winning the 2017 Northern California Regional Championship.  Hannah has been playing for NOMAR for 5 years, and is excited to work with younger girls new to the sport!