HEAD COACH, LINDA THOMPSON
Linda Thompson has been the head coach of the College of Alameda women’s volleyball program since 2004. During the past seasons, many of Thompson players have been scholar-athletes, received all-conference nominations and awards as well as many have received their Associates degree, scholarships, or transferred on to four year colleges/universities.
Prior to being named the head women’s volleyball coach at the College of Alameda, Thompson was the head women’s softball coach at Laney College from 1994-2008, as well as the head women’s volleyball coach from 1997-2002. With over twenty years of coaching experience, Thompson’s goal is to build a competitive women’s volleyball program at the College of Alameda and continue to transfer student-athletes on to four-year colleges/universities.
In 2013, Thompson coached the Cougars women’s volleyball team to a second place Bay Valley Conference finish and its first ever California Community Colleges “Sweet Sixteen” appearance. Also in 2013, Thompson graduated four student-athletes and sent two volleyball players on to play in Division I and Division II volleyball programs.
In 1991, she was named head coach of the women’s varsity volleyball program at Skyline high School, where she coached the Lady Titans to four Oakland Athletic League volleyball championships and CIF appearances.
For over two decades, Thompson has served in her community, as well as founder/director of the Oakland Bobby Sox, the Lady Athletics girls’ fast-pitch travel teams and the founder of Attack Volleyball Club. She has received many community service awards, including KQED’s Unsung Hero Award in 1995.
Linda Thompson earned a Master’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Saint Mary’s College of California and she also holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Recreation from California State University at Hayward and played on the Pioneers women’s fast-pitch softball team, Division II . Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Education and Sports Management Program at Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. She is also the Department Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics.
TAYLOR ELLIOTT, ASSISTANT VOLLEYBALL COACH
Taylor Elliott became the Cougars women’s volleyball assistant coach in 2017. An alumnus of College of Alameda, Elliott played under head coach Linda Thompson during seasons 2013 and 2014. She helped lead the College of Alameda to its first second place finished in the Bay Valley Conference and clinched a spot in the NorCal Junior College “Sweet Sixteen” playoffs. Her second year at COA she was named to the Bay Valley All Conference-First Team.
After her two years at COA, she was recruited to play at San Jose State University as a middle blocker. For her senior collegiate year, she transferred to Cal State East Bay where she received a full ride to play under head coach Jim Spagle and helped lead her team to a spot in the CCAA playoffs. Throughout her career she has played outside hitter all the way around, right side hitter and mostly middle blocker. From 2011-2017, Taylor has coached all levels of club volleyball. In 2014, she was the head coach of the junior varsity team and the assistant coach of the varsity team at Encinal high school. Taylor earned her bachelors degree in psychology from CSUEB and now pursuing her master’s degree in sports psychology.
College of Alameda is looking for experienced players who are interested in playing on its intercollegiate women’s volleyball team. Cougar volleyball is student-centered and provides opportunities for student-athletes to build the necessary skills to reach their full potential. The student-athlete must have excellent work ethics, athletic, a team player and the willingness to put in the work. If you are interested, please contact Coach Thompson at (510) 388-6185.
PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES INFORMATION
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES:
SUMMER SEMESTER – RECOMMEND 3 ACADEMIC UNITS, INCLUDING WEIGHT TRAINING & VOLLEYBALL (Must be enrolled in KIN 60 and ATHL 72 or ATHL 73 or KIN 120)
FALL SEMESTER – MUST BE ENROLLED IN 12-15 ACADEMIC UNITS, INCLUDING INTERCOLLEGIATE VOLLEYBALL & CONDITIONING CLASSES. Recommend all academic courses be taken between the hours of 8:00am-12:00pm to not interfere with team travel. (Must be enrolled in KIN 60 & ATHL 71)
SPRING SEMESTER – MUST BE ENROLLED IN 12-15 ACADEMIC UNITS, INCLUDING WEIGHT TRAINING & VOLLEYBALL CLASSES. (Must be enrolled in KIN 60 and ATHL 72 or ATHL 73 or KIN 120)
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The College of Alameda abides by the provisions of the California Community College Athletic Code as well as the specifications imposed by the Bay Valley Conference (BVC) and the Calfornia Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The nature of these requirements are very exacting. Athletes are advised to become thoroughly familiar with the requirements to avoid loss of eligibility. A copy of the State Athletic Code is on file in the office of the Athletic Director.
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2018 Cougar Volleyball
2018 Cougar Volleyball Team
2018 PLAYER AWARDS (L to R)
MOST IMPROVED – CHIARA STIGER (Alameda HS ’18)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – JAYLAN CAMPBELL (San Leandro HS ’18)
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER – CAMILLE SELNA (Piedmont HS ’17)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – CAMILLE SELNA (Piedmont HS ‘17)
BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER – KALEENA UGAITAFA (Encinal HS ’16)
COACHES AWARD – DEYSI ARECHIGA (Holy Names HS ’2014)
WHERE ARE THEY GOING?
Deysi Arechiga – St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA (2018)
2018 Cougar Sophomores
(L to R):
Asst. Coach Taylor Elliott
Head Coach Linda Thompson
2017 Cougar Volleyball
2017 PLAYER AWARDS
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – CHARMAINE KEY (International Christian HS ’12)
SETTER’S AWARD – AMELEAH CERON (Skyline HS ’15)
BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER – TAELER WALKER (Emery HS ’15)
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER – DEYSI ARECHIGA (Holy Names HS ’14)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR – EMILIE DAVIS (Piedmont HS ‘14)
WHERE ARE THEY GOING?
AMELEAH CERON – Vetenarian School, Sacramento, CA (2019)