Coach Craig Pazanti
Club H is happy for the return of Coach Pazanti for his 5th year, after coming off back-to-back Junior National Medals, earning a Bronze Medal in 15's for 2015, and Silver medal in 16's for 2016.
After playing both volleyball and basketball at Huntington Beach High school, Craig began his coaching career at Huntington Beach in 1991, where he served as an assistant coach until 1996. As an assistant for both the boys and girls volleyball programs, Craig was a part of three CIF championships, one state championship, and one CIF runner up.
In 1997, Craig began his college coaching career at Baylor University. At Baylor Craig’s primary duties included the evaluation of prospective student athletes, match preparation, and the training of athletes on a day to day basis. Over the next two seasons Baylor went from last place in the Southwest Conference to a NCAA playoff bid as a member of the newly formed BIG 12 Conference.
Upon return to California, Craig became the head volleyball coach at Mater Dei High School from 1999-2004. During this five year period Craig earned five league championships, five CIF final appearances, and three consecutive CIF Championships.
The three CIF Championships were the first volleyball titles for Mater Dei in school history, and remain the only girls’ volleyball championships for Mater Dei to date. For his efforts Craig was named 1999 Orange County Volleyball coach of the year, 2002 CIF Coach of the Year, 2003 California State High School Coach of the Year, by Cal HI Sports.
Craig has also succeeded at the elite club level. He has acted as founder and owner, director, and head coach for some very successful orange county clubs. In 19 of the last 20 seasons, Craig has qualified 18 teams for the Junior National Championships.
In both 16’s and 18’s Craig’s teams have had eight top five finishes, three gold medals, two silver medals, and three bronze medals. During that time, Craig has helped 110 girls continue their playing careers at some of the most elite volleyball and academic universities in the nation.
Currently Craig is the head boys’ and girls’ volleyball coach & full time science teacher at Huntington Beach High School. Most recently, Craig’s boys program won CIF & first ever State Championships. Over the last 5 years, Huntington Beach has captured 5 league championships and has two appearances in the CIF finals and one State Final.