Familiar face returns to coach volleyball at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s has a new, old volleyball coach

Franco Maccia has been named to replace Sean Douglas who left after seven years to take the women’s volleyball position at Life Pacific College in nearby San Dimas which is reviving its program.

Macchia most recently served as head coach at Los Osos. But he preceded Douglas at St. Lucy’s coaching there from 2005 to 2007.

“He really was the best fit,” Regents Athletic Director Valarie Pentolino said. “He had success when he was here the first time and we think he’’l do the same again and be able to pick up where Sean left off.”

Macchia led St. Lucy’s to two Sierra League tenures his first tenure there, his team’s going 36-7 overall and 17-1 in league play.

Macchia will remain a physical education teacher at Colony but actually lives in walking distance of St. Lucy’s.

He was the offical “head” of the program at Los Osos but let his assistant Damien Reyes handle more of the responsibilities last year. Reyes will be going with him oiver to St. Lucy’s.

Ironically, old coaches coming back to a former school is the trend this year in the Baseline League. Scott Robertson is back at Upland and Aaron Flores is back at Rancho Cucamonga. Chino Hills will be the only school in the league that starts next year with the same coach it had last year.

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Sean Douglas moves from St. Lucy’s to Life Pacific for volleyball

Sean Douglas helped the St. Lucy’s volleyball program to CIF prominence in his seven years there. But now he’s taking on an entirely new challenge to too far away.

Douglas is the coach at Life Pacific College in nearby San Dimas which is trying to resurrect its sports programs which were cut in 2007.

The first programs to be brought back will be women’s volleyball and men’s basketball which make their return in the fall.

The decision came down to family as the schedule Douglas can keep will be more conducive to spending quality time with wife Mallory and their children, ages 3 and 6.

“I really love St. Lucy’s and I am going to miss it,” he said. “I loved the school and the girls. It was just about having more quality time with my kids. I can always go back and coach high school volleyball but I can’t get back all these moments with the kids.”

Douglas led the Regents to six straight league titles, that run ending the past fall when the school moved into the tougher Baseline League. He also directed the team to CIF titles in 2010 and 2011.

Douglas also serves as owner and club director for Pacific Juniors which remains his main source of income. The position at Life Pacific is a part-time one for now.

His familiarity with high school and club volleyball should serve him well when it comes to recruiting.

“My schedule is very flexible right now,” he said. “Once we start practice can schedule it for noon or whatever. With high school you pretty much have to have it a certain time and I was spending a lot of time with the lower levels too. I was getting home late and my kids were already in bed.”

Life Pacific will compete in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association. Plans eventually call for the school to move to NAIA where it will go into the Golden State Athletic Conference which has had several schools lately for Division II.

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Sierra League volleyball honors

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Team champion – St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills
MVP – Meghan Buzzerio, Jr., Chino Hills

First team
Sydney Bast, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Mallory Beard, Sr., Chino Hills
Samanatha Bozoian, Jr., Ayala
Loryn Carter, Soph., St. Lucy’s
Erin Clark, Sr., Ayala
Janie Feldsher, Sr., Claremont
Cherise Hennigan, Jr., Chino Hills
Veronica La Pierre, Sr., St. Lucy’s
Gina Valvo, Sr., Claremont

Second team
Denise Brittain, Jr., Claremont
Annalyese Fasuel, Sr., Claremont
Alexa Lister, Soph., Chino Hills
Juliet McClure, Jr., St. Lucy’s
Alisa McKissick, Sr., South Hills
Darby Minton, Jr., Chino Hills
Stephanie Morioka, Sr., South Hills
Cheyanne Patin, Jr., Ayala
Casey Wagner, Charter Oak

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