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Bill Sanchez
INTERIM HEAD COACH: Bill Sanchez, 15-10, 2nd season in 2014
COACH PHONE: 626-536-4151

BIO: Bill Sanchez completed a successful first season of coaching the Lancers in the 2013 season. PCC finished as the second place team in the South Coast Conference with a sparkling 12-2 league record. The team was 15-10 overall and the Cinderalla story of the 2013 Regional Playoffs. The Lancers finished as the state's No. 14-ranked team on the CCCWVCA Top 25.

Led by All-Southern California Region Selection and outside hitter Nora To'omalatai, the 12th-seeded Lancers upset No. 5 seed San Diego Mesa in a surprising first round sweep over the the state's No. 5 ranked team at the time. It was the first time a No. 12 seed beat a No. 5 seed since 1999. PCC then came up a few points short of No. 4 seed Santa Barbara City, losing to the Vaqueros in a hard-fought, 5-set match. The playoff run re-established PCC once again as a dangerous team to face in the postseason.

In the regular season, the Lancers scored victories over No. 13 El Camino, No. 18 Cypress, and No. 19 Bakersfield and battled to five sets before losing to No. 5 Golden West. To'omalatai finished as one of the state's top two hitters in kills as she set a new PCC school record with 414 kills. Her 668 career kills and two-year total of 94 aces makes her the Lancers all-time leader in both stat categories.

To'omalatai joined freshmen middle blockers Angela Banuelos and Kendra Logan on the All-South Coast Conference First Team while setter Tiffany Roesler (converted from outside hitter, led the SCC in assists) and outside hitter Thula Parks were All-SCC Second Team choices.

Sanchez is currently also the PCC women's badminton head coach, having a streak of four consecutive South Coast Conference championships.

He was a long-time girls volleyball coach at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and was once an All-Metropolitan Conference setter in men's volleyball as a student-athlete at Los Angeles Valley College. Sanchez has worked at PCC since 2008.

Sanchez's success in women's badminton, click this link

2014 ASSISTANT COACHES: Kari Post, Jerry Checinksi

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Head Coach: Tammy Silva, 6 seasons
(continues sabbatical from coaching in the 2014 season, continues as PCC full-time faculty instructor)

Current Career Record: 168-63, .727 win pct.

Career at PCC: 113-35, .764

SCC Record at PCC:
70-14, .833

2012 South Coast Conference Co-Champions

2009 South Coast Conference
Undefeated Champions

2009-2010 SCC All-Sports
Women's Coach of the Year

2009 AVCA Community College Coach of the Year

2012, 2009 SCC Coach of the Year

2009 Southern California Coach of the Year

2005 Western State Conference Coach of the Year

Tammy Silva brought the Pasadena City College volleyball program into previously unchartered territory as a state power and she has become one of California's most prominent coaches. Silva took a sabbatical from coaching for the 2013 season.

Pasadena advanced to as far as the second round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs in each of the last four seasons. She guided her Lancers teams to the postseason in five of her six seasons here, including trips to the regional finals in 2010 and 2012.

In the recently completed 2012 season, the Lancers won their second South Coast Conference crown, tying for the title with El Camino on 13-1 conference records. PCC recorded its third straight 20-win season, finishing 21-5. PCC featured Co-SCC MVP Jennifer Estrada, the first libero in conference history to be named a player of the year, and All-State middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta. Estrada, Valle-Acosta, setter Kailey Faust, middle blocker Megan Callen, opposite Yanise Joseph and outside hitter Viridiana Gallardo each were selected to the 2012 All-SCC Team.

In 2011, Silva directed PCC to a 20-5 overall record, a regular season No. 8 spot in the CCCWVCA State Top 25 poll, and a second place mark in the South Coast Conference at 11-3. The team earned the region's No. 6 seed and went on to sweep Bakersfield in the first round before being eliminated in four sets by No. 3 Grossmont in the second round. PCC was paced by All-Region selection and outside hitter Ella Moe. Defensive specialist Mallorie Hopkins earned an Elizabeth Jensen Transfer Scholarship and is headed to Mercy College, N.Y., on a playing scholarship.

In 2010, Silva's 22-5 Lancers advanced to the SoCal Regionals Finals, a round that would have placed them in the State Final Eight in nearly every other previous year. However, budget-related moves throughout all the California Community College sports changed the state championship tournament into a Final Four in 2010. PCC still won two regional playoff matches against Moorpark and Santa Barbara CC to mark the first time that the Lancers accomplished that feat since 1995. Coaching All-State selection and outside hitter Aliyyah Abdullah, Silva placed five players overall on the All-South Coast Conference team. PCC finished ranked No. 7 on the state poll.

In 2009, Silva received AVCA Coach of the Year, Southern California Coach of the Year and South Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Lancers to their first-ever SCC championship with an undefeated 16-0 conference record. In the regular season, PCC received its highest state ranking ever at No. 2 in the CCCWVCA Top 25 Poll, and was selected for the first time as the No. 1 seed for the postseason in the Southern California region.

The Lancers put together a school-record, 22-match winning streak, including 19 three-game sweeps. PCC also twice defeated two-time, defending state champion El Camino College during conference play. Pasadena came within five points of making it to the CCCAA State Championship Tournament, but was upset by Bakersfield in a 5-game thriller during the SoCal Regional Finals.

Silva saw two players recognized on the All-State Team in outside hitter Patti Blasco and setter Jessica Xu. Her entire '09 starting lineup (seven players) were picked All-South Coast Conference. Blasco, Xu, libero Marissa Rangel, middle blocker Miranda Doing, and outside hitter Nicole Holmes all were chosen to the All-SCC First Team. Rangel was a two-time First Team selection. Her coaching accomplishments were rewarded by the SCC as she was named the 2009-2010 South Coast Conference Women's Coach of the Year for all sports.

Besides her coaching accolades, Silva serves as president of the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association (CCCWVCA), a term that ends in December, 2012.

In 2008, Silva guided the No. 19-ranked team in the state, directing the Lancers to a 16-7 overall record and a tie for second place in the South Coast Conference at 11-3. She coached the team to its first Southern California Regional Playoff appearance in seven years. She was the site director for the December 2008 CCCAA Championship Tournament, an event that attracted more than 1,200 spectators at PCC’s home floor, Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. Silva guided the progress of PCC's first All-Southern California Region selection in eight years in outside hitter Candice Price.

In 2007, Silva turned around a Lancers' program that only won eight matches between 2004-2006. She coached PCC to an impressive 9-5 fourth place finish in the South Coast Conference and 11-11 overall record. The team also placed runner-up at the San Diego City College Tournament.


Silva is strong at moving her players to the next level. She placed a PCC program record four players at 4-year universities from the 2010 squad, including Abdullah (Grand Canyon, Arizona), Doing (Alaska-Anchorage), setter Danielle Stewart (CSU East Bay, Hayward), and outside hitter Markisha Richie (Hope International, Fullerton). In 2009, Blasco signed with Hawaii-Hilo while Rangel transferred to Texas-Wesleyan. From the 2008 squad, outside hitter Ashley Marshman advanced to Cal Poly Pomona while setter Vanessa Amran earned a scholarship at Whittier College.

At Citrus, she aided scholarship placement for All-State outside hitter Kelly Fink (UC Riverside), All-WSC middle blocker Jen Washington (CSU San Bernardino), and CCCWVCA Scholar-Athlete and outside hitter Lucero Vargas (Cal Poly Pomona). Fink was a two-time WSC Player of the Year.


From 2003-2006, Silva was the head coach at Citrus College, where she took a mediocre program and turned it into a state Top 10 team. In 2006, she directed Citrus to the second round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs before her team was beaten in a 5-game match by eventual state runner-up Los Angeles Pierce.

In 2005-2006, she coached Citrus to a 36-9 record and two trips to the SoCal Playoffs second round. Her teams were ranked No. 9 in the CCCWVCA Top 25 Poll in ’06 and No. 12 in ’05. Silva also coached the team to second place finishes both years in the powerful Western State Conference South Division. In ’06, her team went 8-2 in conference play and went 1-1 against WSC champion LA Pierce, handing that program its only conference defeat.

In 2005, Silva was named the WSC Coach of the Year as her team finished 17-5 overall. Her teams twice won the San Diego City College Tournament titles in ’05-06 and took second place both years at the Santa Ana Tourney.

Before coaching at Citrus, Silva spent one year as a graduate assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana University, a NCAA Division I school.

A three-sport star herself at Covina’s Gladstone High School, The 6-foot tall Silva (formerly Tammy Knott) was picked as the San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year for girls’ volleyball in 1995. In 1996-97, she was a two-time All-Foothill Conference selection at Citrus College, leading the state in kills as a freshman and earning conference MVP honors in ’96.

She earned an athletic scholarship at Southeastern Louisiana (1998-2000) and played both volleyball and basketball while earning her B.S. degree and then Master’s degree in Health/Kinesiology. She was an All-Southland Conference choice in volleyball, leading the team in kills and hitting percentage.

Silva is married to Shandon Silva, a football assistant coach who served as offensive coordinator in 2011-2012 at PCC after coaching at Citrus College. The couple has two children, daughter Savanna, and son Aidan Edward Kekoa, born in January, 2011.

Silva’s athletic coaching ties don’t end with her husband, as her older brother John Knott is the head baseball coach at Bonita High.





Assistant Coaches

Kari Post
Kari Post

Steven Sanchez
Jerry Checinski



Playing in the powerful South Coast Conference, the Lancers women's volleyball team each season faces several Top 25 state ranked teams in the likes of El Camino, Cerritos, Mt. San Antonio, and Long Beach City Colleges.

PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium was the host site of the CCCAA State Championship Tournament in 2008 after also being the host site in 1999 and 2001.

The PCC women's volleyball program has two inductees in the school's Sports Hall of Fame. Former Head Coach and student-athlete Lori Jepsen (1979-2002) entered the Hall in 2002, and All-State Tournament selection
Sarah Goodlaw (1995) entered the prestigious Hall in 2005. Jepsen also was inducted into the CCCWVCA Hall of Fame in 2008.

In 1989-90, middle blocker Cynthia King was an All-Conference player and was class valedectorian.

Pasadena's most successful year in volleyball was the '95 season when the Lancers placed No. 3 at the State Championship Tournament.

Pasadena also placed fifth in the state in 1987 and 1990.

PCC won its first-ever South Coast Conference title in 2009. Then captured title No. 2 in 2012. Twice, the program reached the Regional Finals in 2010 and 2012.

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