Superior Coaching Staff
One of the first things a parent should ask when choosing a youth sports program is "Who is going to coach my son or daughter and what are their qualifications?" Coaches come in all shapes and forms - and not all are equal. At the Desert Sports Center we start with the very best - and we make them even better. With more than 40 years of coaching experience at the college and high school levels, the staff at DSC can not be equalled in the Coachella Valley.
Detlev Rothe -Volleyball- 15/16 Elite Academy/16 National
In his seventh year coaching club volleyball in the desert, Detlev has taken club volleyball to the next level of player development and competitiveness. As the Director of DSVC and a CAP and IMPACT certified coach he will head our top National level team at the 18 divisions this year as well as continuing the Academy and Training program this season. His NCAA collegiate coaching experience at nationally ranked Cal State Hayward from 1996-2003 brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to local athletes. Detlev has coached club volleyball in Santa Barbara, Austin TX, the San Francisco bay area, and now here in the desert for over 20 years, including multiple trips to the Junior National Championships and a bronze medal as a player. A product of Laguna Beach High School and years of playing experience with Laguna Beach Volleyball Club and at UC Santa Barbara gives DSVC strong leadership and vision for what he believes to be an unlimited future for club volleyball in the Coachella Valley! Detlev also heads up our Coach Mentor Program and College Recruiting Program helping every athlete that seeks an opportunity to play at the collegiate level fulfill that goal. Detlev moved to the desert just over six years ago with his wife Marion. The couple welcomed their first child Juliette in 2007. Look for her on the sidelines already with a great arm swing!
Melissa Walker - Volleyball- 15 National
A DSVC alumni, Melissa is entering into her 10th year coaching at DSVC. A multi-sport collegiate athlete, Melissa has competed in both volleyball and basketball. A Palm Desert High School graduate, Melissa lettered in three sports and is a great role model for all she coaches. Melissa is the Varsity Coach at Shadow Hills High School. Only opening in 2009, and starting their first Varsity team in 2011, she took the Knights in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 to a 1st time ever '4-peat' season taking 1st in their League and went as far as Quater-Finals in CIF every year. Melissa was also named Coach of the Year for 4 years in a row. Melissa has also coached in the SCVA High Performance program for the past four years, representing Southern California at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships and finished in the final four in 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A true competitor, Melissa shows the girls what it means to play with heart, conviction, and confidence every time they step on the court.
Gary Wilhoite - Volleyball - 14 National
In his 9th year coaching with DSVC, Gary brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to our program. Last season he guided our 15 Elite team to the clubs highest League and Festival finish ever at that division. His impressive volleyball resume is chalked full of experience both as a player and a coach. His playing career started in Santa Barbara where he played high school ball with none other than Karch Kiraly as they earned a state championship. Later, Gary took his skills to SBCC where he earned all state honors paving the way for his added success at UCSB. After college, he competed professionally on the 4-man beach tour. Regarded as one of the finest coaches available in club volleyball, Gary has also led the Palm Springs Indians to four league titles and continuous CIF Playoff berths in the last nine years. Gary will hold the role of Coach Mentor in 2009/2010 as well.
Ashley Walker- Volleyball- 16 Regional
Ashley is a alumni for DSVC, An exceptional front row blocker as a player, Ashley will bring her love for the game back to the courts at the Desert Sports Center. A 17/18 National player, Ashley's strong work ethic makes her an excellent role model for our young athletes. A Palm Desert High graduate, Ashley played multiple sports all four years. This will be Ashley's 6th year coaching at DSVC. It is also her 5th year at Shadow Hills High School as the Junior Varsity coach. Ashley has developed incredible athletes and continues to share her love and passion for the game with the girls through her coaching.
Travis Yocimkus - Volleyball - 18 National
DSVC welcomes Travis to the program with great excitement from both players and coaches. As an integral part of the years of success and a player favorite at Palm Springs High School, Travis will make the jump back to club volleyball after years of coaching baseball when school volleyball season was over. A 3-sports collegiate athlete (football, baseball, volleyball) at NCAA Wisconsin-Stout University, Travis also brings additional college recruiting experience to the upperclassmen.
Dana Graham - Volleyball - 12 Elite / 16 Elite
Coach Graham is completing his first season as Head Coach at Desert Chrisitan Academy where he has lead the Conquerors back to the CIF championship in 2011. Prior to that he was with Palm Desert High School and enters his third season with DSVC this fall. His love and passion for the game are evident in the smile that breaks out whenever talking about volleyball technique and skills, and he enjoys competing in USAV and CBVA competition on the beaches of Southern California during as much of the year as possible.
Meagan Chafey- Volleyball- 13 National / 14 Regional
Meagan is a graduate from Beaumont High School, where she competed all four years, earning MVP. She is a DSVC alumni; competing with our 17’s and 18’s while playing the off seasons in Hawai’i under the state championship coach Ainsley Keawekane. Following graduation, she went on to play two years at College of the Desert, where she earned “1st Team All League.” She began her coaching career with us in 2011, first as an assistant with Detlev, taking our 14’s team to place in the top ten of the gold division. The following year, she became a head coach, coaching as many as three teams per season. For the 2013 and 2014 fall season, she led the Palm Desert Freshman Volleyball team to two winning seasons. For the 2015 fall season, she will be coaching Varsity at Indio High School. Meagan says she loves coaching young athletes and sharing her love of the game and that “watching them make great strides and learning to love the game is the greatest reward.”
Tammi Cavender- Volleyball- 17 National
Maygan Zink- Volleyball- Academy / 14 Regional
Elizabeth Dean- Volleyball- 13 Regional / 15 Regional
Shay Mesa- Volleyball - 13 Regional / 16 Regional
Brooke Greenup - Volleyball - 14 Regional