By Cliff Robbins
Doug Kawa has been selected to coach the first girls volleyball team at Santiago Canyon College. Kawa played four years on the varsity volleyball team at Bishop Amat Memorial High School, receiving Del Rey All-League honors each of the four seasons.
Kawa graduated in 2001, and continued his education at Gonzaga University in Spokane, where he earned a degree in business administration in 2005. His first coaching job was at his alma mater Bishop Amat, where he was the JV head coach and varsity assistant. After coaching a season of boys volleyball at Crean Lutheran, Kawa took over the volleyball program at Sunny Hills High School. As the varsity head coach there, he took the Sunny Hills Lancers volleyball team to its first CIF playoff appearance in nearly a decade. He has coached volleyball at Goldenwest Volleyball Club for the past seven years, and is now the assistant club director.
In 2009, Kawa began at Fullerton College as a volunteer assistant for the womens program under head coach Eddie Rapp. Three years later, Kawa was hired as the assistant coach at Fullerton College. There, Kawa helped coach the team to the CCCAA playoffs all three seasons, while teaching classes in the kinesiology department.
Kawa has been recruiting, and landed Foothill High grad Sadie Kaufman, who, at 6 ft. 2 in., will be the tallest player on the inaugural team.
“We are still recruiting, and any athlete that wants the opportunity to play at Santiago Canyon College this upcoming season should contact me at (714) 628-5075, or Kawa_Doug@sccollege.edu,” he advises.