Director/Head Coach - Madison Sano
Madison Sano returns taking the reigns of Ocean’s Elite after growing up with volleyball coaches for parents. She played volleyball for Coastal Christian School for four years, and throughout her high school years played for Ocean’s Elite Volleyball Club. After one collegiate season she turned to coaching and being a referee, gaining experience in all aspects of the sport.
She’s had experience with great success at junior high and high school JV levels as a head coach as well as assisting varsity teams. This is her 5th season as a coach for Ocean’s Elite and she is excited to share her passion for the sport with these young athletes.
Co-Head Coach - Melanie Mayes
Melanie Hathaway Mayes has been playing volleyball for more than 25 years and wanted to pass on her passion for the game by coaching. She started playing volleyball at the club level when she was in sixth grade. She played for Central Coast Volleyball Club in Santa Maria then for SLO Jrs.Volleyball Club in San Luis Obispo. She was a Volleyball Magazine "Fab 50" selection and decided to play college at Cal Poly under Steve Schlick and Marlon Sano. She helped with the resurgence of the Mustang volleyball program with three berths into the NCAA Tournament, and her senior year was an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention. Melanie is still among the leaders in a number of statistical categories for the Mustangs including, kills per set, career total kills, aces per set, digs per set, and career total digs.
After her collegiate career was finished, she was asked to join the U.S. National Women's Volleyball Team where she played under coach Toshi Yoshida.
Melanie graduated from Cal Poly in 2001, married her husband Jeremiah Mayes and has two children, Lucas, and Ali. Melanie seeks to teach her athletes a passion for the game and how to play it with integrity. She also wants to teach them the importance of teamwork and how to build relationships that will last a lifetime.