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Coach of the Month


Each month we recognize a coach that has demonstrated outstanding dedication to his or her students. This award is based on parent feedback, interaction with the students, parents, and other coaches, organizational skills and attention to lesson plans and administrative duties. If you would like to nominate your coach please contact us and tell us why!

May 2014

  • John Ford - CA - San Diego County

    Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Soccer

    John Ford is a Graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology. He has an Associate Degree in Exercise Sciences. His training includes exercise/fitness building programs.

    Coach John is a five year veteran member of the U.S. Navy as a ship Serviceman. As an athlete, he has played many sports with special emphasis in football, basketball, baseball and track and field.

    His goal for his students is to include sport skills development and child development/movement patterns into the lesson plans. Coach John enjoys working with students of all ages.

April 2014

  • Blake Ball -

    Swimming, Water Polo, Tennis, Baseball, Soccer

    Coach Ball has been in the water since childhood.  In high school, he was part of the varsity swimming and water polo teams at University High School in Irvine, CA.  In water polo, not only did his team reach the CIF finals, but he was also awarded Most Improved Player in his sophomore year.  Coach Ball also played on his high school tennis team for two years.  Furthermore, he has surfed his whole life.  

    Before high school, he played little league baseball and soccer during his youth.  Recently, he graduated from the ITEP Education/Liberal Studies program at Cal State University, Long Beach, in May 2012, where he was a student teacher for both kindergartners and upper grades.  He led and taught several physical education classes, and enjoys nothing more than teaching children the joys and benefits of sports.  He currently participates in his neighborhood baseball and basketball leagues.

March 2014

  • Marlene MacIsaac -

    Golf, Softball, Horseback Riding, Rodeo, Snow Skiing, Water Skiing, Curling and Ice Skating

    Coach Marlene MacIsaac is a very talented athlete from Canada and we are excited to have her as one of our coaches. She has an extensive background in the realm of softball and golf.  She played for her city league and took home a division championship. 

    Her educational background is in Engineering where she holds a degree in Piping and Instrumentation Design for oil and gas exploration.  As one of our outstanding instructors, her patience and caring attitude has made her one of the EMH favorites.  In her spare time Coach Marlene is an avid golfer and has 3 holes in one to her credit. She enjoys working with children of all ages.

February 2014

  • Brian Kozicki - CA - Santa Clara County

    Coach Brian has won Coach of the Month for February

January 2014

  • Deano Zappia - NV - Clark County

    Coach Zappia has won Coach of the Month for January

December 2013

  • Jeff Prupis - CA - Santa Barbara County

    Track, Skiing

    Coach Jeff Prupis has a BA Degree in Business Management. He grew up playing many sports including baseball, football, basketball, track and field, volleyball and snow skiing. He has participated at the high school and college level. He was on the Varsity Track Team at Sonoma State throwing the javelin and running a leg of the mile relay.

    One of his forte sports is ski racing where he won the Governor's Cup of New Mexico. Coach Prupis was chosen to represent Southern CA Far West Ski Association for five (5) straight years.

    In his spare time he continues his love of sports and is glad to be sharing his passion of coaching with EMH. 

November 2013

  • Jason Ramirez -

    Coach Jason Ramirez is a welcome addition to the EMH Sports Team. Coach Ramirez began his love of sports and nutrition as a young child from his mother. She owned and operated a small gym where she trained her clients to live healthy and strong lives.  

    Jason attended the Univeristy of Nevada in Las Vegas where he played baseball. Over the past 10 years, he has continued his personal knowledge of fitness and health working in the industry. In his spare time, he enjoys playing on an adult softball league, shooting hoops in the park, mountain biking, fishng and body boarding.  Coach Ramirez enjoys working with youth of all ages. 

October 2013

  • Chris Mallory -

    Coach Mallory has won coach of the month for the month of October!

September 2013

  • Tiffany Lobner - CA - Santa Clara County

    Santa Clara County

    Tiffany won our Coach of the Month award in Sept!

May 2013

  • Rolando Velasco -

    Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Judo, Boxing, Football, Track & Field

    Coach Rolando Velasco has been a competetive athlete since the age of nine. In high school, he excelled in football, track and field, and varsity wrestling. In his junior year, he trained in Brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing. Coach Velasco continued his wrestling at Modesto Junior College where he was rewarded all-conference. With wrestling as a passion, he became an assistant coach for the Oakdale Freestyle Wrestling Club and the Oakdale High School wrestling team.

    Coach Velasco has fought professionally in mixed martial arts and became a bantamweight world champion competing in the Palace Fighting and the Cage Combat Fighting Championships. Coach Velasco has continued his formal education at UC Davis majoring in genetics with a minor in philosophy. His joy for martial arts continued there where he learned Judo and became a collegiate national champion.

    When he is not instructing for EMH, he teaches jiu jitsu, mixed martial arts, and tae kwon do. He also continues to train and compete in martial arts tournaments. Coach Velasco enjoys working with youth of all ages helping them to build strength and self confidence.

March 2013

  • Shanda Venneau - CA - Orange County

    Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Ice Skating

    Coach Shanda Venneau is no novice to teaching or sports and EMH is excited to have her as an instructor. She started playing competitively at the age of 5 years old with ice skating. From the age of 8, she began playing softball and AYSO soccer.

    Coach Venneau was the starting second baseman for the varsity softball team her freshman year. She also played volleyball, soccer, and golf in high school. Her love of sports led her to work for the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA as a day leader, Itty-bitty tee-ball coach and swim instructor. She played softball for Golden West College and then continued her education at Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the School of Communications and emphasis in photo-communications and minor in political science.

    Coach Venneau is a member of the National Honors Society in Journalism and Mass Communication. She went on to University of Phoenix and received a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the State of California. Coach Venneau's love for golf and education led her to work at Pelican Hill Golf Resort and assist with the drills at the Glen Deck Golf Academy. She also coached golf for 1st-3rd grade at the Better Golf Academy, and tutored at the Get-A-Grip Foundation. Her photography career has led her on a path to photograph many sports, celebrities and athletes. She has worked with ESPN, The NBA, and in 2011 won the PGA sponsorship Conference Golf Tournament at the Sea Side Golf Course on Sea Island Georgia where the McGladrey is being held. Shanda also specializes in photographing corporate and charity golf tournaments.

February 2013

  • Ian Mascarenhas -

    Softball, Volleyball, Baseball, Soccer, Football, & Basketball

    Coach Mascarenhas brings an extensive and impressive background in softball to our sport’s lineup. He has managed softball teams for many years and has served as a Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner for softball leagues managing 62 different teams in the San Diego County area.

    Coach Mascarenhas has also coached youth volleyball and baseball for several years.

    When he is not coaching for EMH, he works for his church as a Director of Religious Education and a youth minister, overseeing programs for children/young adults in preschool through high school.  He has also worked in the banking industry and in computer network support roles.

    Coach Mascarenhas enjoys working with youth of all ages.