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Alex Griffiths

Head Coach

Alex is entering her first year as Head Volleyball Coach at Santiago Canyon College. Alex played on elite club teams during her high school club volleyball career, even earning a silver medal in the 18 open. Her senior year she helped the Griffins earn the Division 1 State champions title for Los Alamitos High. She received defensive player of the year as well as Honorable Mention for Sunset League. During her senior year and freshman year of college, she was able to play on two volleyball tours. She competed against professional and junior national teams for Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Italy. She earned a full ride to play for Vanguard University. Alex started and lead the team in digs and aces as libero for Vanguard her freshman and sophomore year. In 2009, Alex transferred to the Division 1 University of Hawaii. At Hawaii, she helped her team reach 3rd, top 12, and sweet 16 in the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. All 3 years of her career there, she helped the team earn the WAC Conference Title. During her senior year, Alex was able to participate and play in the first-ever Sand Volleyball conference for Collegiate Beach Volleyball. Alex graduated from the University of Hawaii with her double major in Psychology and Sociology. 

Since she began her collegiate career, she has coached elite teams for multiple SoCal and Hawaii Volleyball Clubs helping players to excel to the next level. She was formally the LBSU Women's Volleyball Director of Volleyball Operations Alex is currently the head coach for the current empire league champions' boys and girls volleyball program at Cypress High. Alex Griffiths helped her boys' team win 2017 Div. III CIF Championship and lead them to become a Div. II State Semifinalist. Alex recently won 2017 CIF Coach of the Year as well as OC Register Boys Coach of the Year. Alex is also the Director/Owner of Apex1 Volleyball Club in Cypress, California.  

Candace Nicholson

​​​Assistant Coach

Candace begins her first year with the Hawks coaching staff. Candace Nicholson was a four-year letter-winner at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach (2006-2010) where she was named three-time Defensive Player of the Year, member of The Dream Team her senior year (2009) and helped Wilson to four league titles and a CIF semifinal run. Candace played club for Mizuno Long Beach where her team played in three Junior Olympic Championships, winning gold in 2009. 

After high school, she attended the University of Arizona (2010-2013) where she was a four-year starting libero and two-year captain. Nicholson earned numerous accolades and currently holds five school records including All-Time Digs Leader. Nicholson graduated with a double major in Sports Administration and Economy and Industry with a minor in  Arts, Media, and Entertainment and Sociology.  After completing her career, Nicholson signed to play professionally in the Czech Republic. 

Candace is going on her fourth-year coaching club volleyball at Mizuno Long Beach City where she is the Assistant Director. 

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