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Director Nga Tran, the esteemed co-founder of Sláinte Volleyball Club, is a visionary leader with an unbridled passion for volleyball and an unwavering commitment to nurturing young talent. Her exceptional coaching prowess and dedication to excellence have propelled her teams to remarkable achievements, making her a revered figure in the volleyball community. As the head boy’s volleyball coach at Sacred Heart Cathedral and a highly accomplished high school coach, Nga’s impact extends far beyond the club level, shaping the lives of aspiring athletes.
With a remarkable track record spanning several years, Nga has consistently guided her Sláinte girls’ teams to extraordinary heights. Her relentless pursuit of excellence has led to top-five finishes in their age region and coveted qualifications for Girls Junior Nationals and Boys Junior Nationals. The exceptional achievements of her teams at the National Championships stand as a testament to her unwavering commitment to their development:
In the 2021 season, 18-1 Black qualified for GJNC, showcasing Nga’s ability to mold talented individuals into a formidable team. Her coaching prowess was recognized in 2019 when she was named the Coaches Association 15s Club Coach of the Year, a testament to her exceptional leadership and dedication to her players.
Throughout the 2017-2018 season, Nga’s coaching brilliance shone brightly as the 18-1 Black team (assistant) claimed an impressive 1st place in the bronze division at GJNC. Simultaneously, the 18-1 Platinum (Boys) team secured a remarkable 2nd place in the bronze division at BJNC. Furthermore, the 17-1 Black team (assistant) finished an impressive 5th at the AAU Championships in the gold division, solidifying Nga’s ability to coach teams to success across various tournaments.
During the 2016-2017 season, Nga’s coaching prowess was evident as the 18-1 Black team (assistant) secured a silver division finish at GJNC in the USA division. The 17-1 Black team (head) triumphed at the Far Western tournament and secured an exceptional 2nd place in the silver division of the American division, showcasing Nga’s ability to guide teams through challenging competitions.
Nga’s coaching achievements during the 2015-2016 season included leading the 17-1 Black team (head) to a silver division finish at GJNC and the 14-1 Black team (head) to a gold division finish. Notably, the teams achieved a remarkable 2nd place at the Far Western in the USA division and secured a commendable silver division finish at GJNC.
In the 2014-2015 season, Nga’s coaching prowess guided the 17-1 Black team (head) to an impressive bronze division finish at the AAU Championships, further underscoring her ability to lead teams to success on multiple platforms.
In 2019 Nga was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association 15s Club Coach of the Year!
Nga’s passion for the sport extends to her role as the head boy’s volleyball coach at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Her impact on the team has been profound, leading them to their first CCS championship, WCAL championship, and Academic State Championship, CCS title in 2012. Nga’s consistent qualifications for sectional playoffs and her commitment to fostering a winning culture have earned her respect and admiration throughout the volleyball community.
Prior to her role at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Nga demonstrated her coaching prowess at Mercy HS in San Francisco, where she served as the varsity coach. Additionally, she held several coaching positions, including assistant varsity coach at SHC, head JV coach at SHC, and head varsity coach for Mercy HS in Burlingame. Her coaching acumen and leadership skills shone through as she clinched numerous league titles as head JV coach and secured the WBAL championship in 2010 with Mercy Burlingame. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the sport, Nga was honored as the 2011 Central Coast Section Honor Coach for Men’s Volleyball.
Hailing from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, and a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, Nga’s love for sports and games stems from her upbringing in a family of ten children. Her personal experiences, combined with her extensive coaching career, have shaped her into an exceptional leader and mentor, dedicated to guiding young athletes on their journey to success.
As the co-founder and Director of Sláinte Volleyball Club, Nga Tran’s impact on the sport and the lives of countless aspiring athletes is immeasurable. Her dynamic leadership, unwavering dedication, and remarkable coaching achievements position her as a driving force behind the club’s success, making her an invaluable asset to the volleyball community.