Coach Nick Kalustian – Head Coach

First and foremost, volleyball and specifically Diablo Valley volleyball have provided me with numerous valuable life experiences and as a coach in this program my goal is to continue that tradition! My coaching philosophy centers around my mental training background in sport psychology and a passion for the game of volleyball. I am constantly striving to provide a positive, athlete-centered environment where the athletes come first.  Developing volleyball skills and an understanding of the game is crucial to the success of the season; my ultimate goal is to provide the athletes with opportunities to grow as young men and women, while developing life and mental skills to be successful on and off the court.


My coaching philosophy centers around what I call my 3 C’s:

Compete, Communicate, & Collaborate with yourself and others.


These 3 values shape any team I’m involved with and most specifically the beach volleyball program that is beginning it’s inaugural season this summer 2019!!! When athletes are able to compete against themselves to be at their personal best and thrive in competitive situations improvement becomes consistent. Communication skills and collaborating go hand in hand. Understanding how to communicate effectively with others and yourself allows you to collaborate and problem solve efficiently in adverse situations. By implementing these values it is my goal for the athletes to unlock their potential and find a passion for this wonderful game!


Educational background:

BA Psychology

Holy Names University (2012)


MA Sport Psychology, MBA

John F. Kennedy University (2018)


Playing Background:

-3 years at Diablo Valley Volleyball Club

-3 year varsity player at College Park High School

-3 year starter at Holy Names University (Oakland, CA)


-3 time NCS participant

-2 time All-league selection

-2008 NCS Champions College Park High School



Coaching Background:

-2009-10 Diablo 17 Cobra Kai (asst coach) 17 Open Bronze Division champions- Junior National Championships

-2010-11 Diablo 16 Black (asst coach) Club Division participant- Junior National Championships

-2013-14 Diablo 18 Black (asst coach) Club Division participant- Junior National Championships

-2017-18 Diablo 17 Black (asst coach)

-2018-19 Diablo 16 Black (Head coach)


Mental Training Experience:

-Saint Mary’s College Women’s Volleyball 2018 (NCAA Tournament participant)

-Campolindo Boy’s Varsity Volleyball 2018 (NCS Semifinalist)

-East Bay Soldiers AAU Basketball Program 2017

-Valley Vista Tennis Club 2016