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Head Coach 16 Black
Head Coach 11 Black

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A standout student-athlete out of Mater Dei High School, Dazé attended Irvine Valley College for two years before transferring to UC San Diego where he played outside hitter and ultimately graduated in 2006 with a degree in Human Development.  And in Spring 2015, he earned his M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at Pepperdine University. With over 20 years of volleyball coaching experience at the club, high school, collegiate and professional levels, Dazé is more excited than ever to continue to help grow the direction of Actyve!

Coaching Experience

Dazé has been part of Actyve since the beginning, and now has the honor to become a co-owner and director alongside Lainey Gera-Dazé and Marci Daly. Additionally, he has led his teams to two recent medals at USAV Junior National Championships: 2023 Silver Medal - 15 USA / 2022 Bronze Medal - 16 Liberty.

He will be the head coach of 16-Black as well as 11-Black this season.

Dazé is currently the girls volleyball program lead at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.


Other Career Highlights Include:

Assistant coach for Team USA Women's Beach Volleyball Team Kerri Walsh-Jennings and April Ross (2013-2016), winning Bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

Head Coach for April Ross and Lauren Frendrick (2016-2017), winning Silver Medal at World Champs in Vienna, Austria.

Head Coach for Billy Allen and Stafford Slick (2016-2017), winning 1st place in Seattle - 1st ever win for both players!


Dazé spent three and a half years at Pepperdine University as the volunteer assistant coach for the Women's Beach Volleyball Program.  Two of those seasons (2012-2014), he combined his efforts for both the women's indoor and beach teams winning the AVCA College Beach Volleyball National Championship in 2014. He would later become the assistant beach volleyball coach for the Waves from 2018-2021. 


During that time, Dazé was recognized on the “2014 AVCA Thirty Under 30” list, which honors emerging coaching talent younger than 30 years old at all levels of volleyball. He was the only volunteer assistant coach recognized on that year's list, and just the second in the history of the award.


Dazé spent 11 years at Laguna Beach Volleyball club (2001-2012) where he helped teams earn multiple medals at USAV Junior Nationals. 

Playing Experience

Professionally in Denmark - 3 time Champion (National Champion Danish League, Regional Nordic Cup Champions, Pokal National Tournament Champion).

UC San Diego - Coaches Award / Team Captain

Irvine Valley College - First Team All State / Team Captain

Mater Dei High School = Two - time CIF finalist / Team Captain (First Team All-CIF, Second Team All-State, Orange County All-Star MVP, Athletics Wall of Fame).


Not many people have the privilege to say they have had a coach their entire volleyball career. I met Dazé when I was ten years old and he coached my older sister in club. Later he became one of my club coaches. His positive attitude and passion for the game pushed all of us to win a bronze medal in 2008 junior nationals. That was when I got offered a scholarship to play college volleyball. He worked with me that entire year to get my game to the next level, always fixing the small stuff and mentoring me. He always talked strategy and provided on and off court advice about being the best player I could be. When I went to College at Concordia University, Dazé became one of my assistant coaches.  Being our strength and conditioning coach and working with all the attackers I was constantly able to learn from him.  I will always remember how much FUN it was to play for Dazé. He was able to coach us at the higher level, drive us to become better athletes, and still keep the passion for the game alive. He truly loves volleyball and is one of my biggest mentors and friends to this day. My accomplishments would have never been met without his hard work and dedication as a coach.  He will be around the game coaching athletes until he’s old and gray, and I cant wait to see his future accomplishments as a coach.


Brooke Marino, Concordia University, Irvine

2012 NAIA National Player of the Year

2012 NAIA National Champion

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