Valerie Townsend
Valerie Townsend
Title: Volleyball Coach
Phone: 909-607-6329
Previous College: B.S., Cal State Bakersfield; M.S., St. Mary's

Valerie (Cowan) Townsend joined Pomona-Pitzer as the Head Volleyball Coach in 2000 and is entering her 17th season at the helm in 2016. after recently guiding the Sagehens to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Townsend quickly built the Pomona-Pitzer program into a consistent winner after taking over the reigns. The Sagehens finished second in the SCIAC in 2003 at 9-5, beginning a streak of eight straight seasons without a losing record (seven winning seasons, and one .500 season in 2005). In 2008, Pomona-Pitzer reached the 20-win plateau, finishing with a 20-9 overall record.

In 2013, the Sagehens earned their first NCAA Tournament bid since 1997, matching the 20-9 final record of the 2008 squad. Under Townsend's tutelage, junior Allie Frappier was named a first-team AVCA Division III All-American after leading the nation in kills per set (all divisions), two feats that she repeated as a senior in 2015.

Prior to Pomona-Pitzer, Townsend served as an assistant coach at the University of Evansville (Ind.) during the 1999 season and was also the Head Volleyball Coach at Porterville College (Calif.) from 1995-1999. While she was at Porterville, Townsend's team qualified for the NorCal Regionals for the first time.

Before making the transition to coaching at the collegiate level, Townsend coached at North High School in Bakersfield, and at Canberra High School in Australia. She has also had coaching experience with the Vintage Volleyball Club and with the San Luis Obispo Juniors. In addition to her coaching experience, Cowan has worked several camps, including San Luis Obispo, U.C. Santa Barbara, C.S.U. Bakersfield, and West Texas State.

As a player at CSU Bakersfield, Townsend was an NCAA Division II Second Team All America Selection (her school's first) and helped her team to the NCAA Division II National title in 1989. Townsend was also named to All-Tournament teams in the National Championships and the Air Force Premiere Tournament. In addition, she was a three-time First Team All West Region selection, and earned four straight All-CCAA honors.

Townsend continued her playing career past college in the USA Volleyball Championships, where she was a Gold Medalist in the Women's Open Bronze Division and an All-America selection in 1997, a Bronze Medalist (1998) and a Silver Medalist (2001) in the Women's 30s Division and a Silver Medalist in the Women's A Silver Division in 2006. In 2008, Townsend captured a silver medal in the Women's A Gold Division.

Chris Hynes
Chris Hynes
Title: Assistant Volleyball Coach
Previous College: B.A., UC Riverside

Chris Hynes is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball team in 2017 after joining the program in the middle of the 2014 campaign. 

Hynes has previously served as an assistant coach with the Ontario Christian High School volleyball team and has been coaching club volleyball since 2006, beginning with Club West. He currently is a coach with the Assist Volleyball Club in his hometown of Upland. 

Hynes' younger sister, Caitlyn (Pomona '14), was a four-year member of the Pomona-Pitzer Softball team. He also works as a middle school teacher (English and language arts) at Hope Lutheran and is a racing cyclist. Hynes graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in English.

Dak Siverston
Title: Assistant Coach
Previous College: B.S., CSU Monterey Bay

Dak Siverston enters his first year as an assistant coach for the Sagehen Volleyball team.

Siverston most recently coached collegiately at UC Riverside as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons, helping the Highlanders to their best season in their NCAA Division I history.

Additionaly, he also spent a season coaching at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. Siverston currently coaches with the Forza Volleyball Club.

Siverston played collegiately at CSU Monterey Bay where he played outside hitter, leading the Otters in kills and kill percentage.

Siverston comes from a family of volleyball players. His daughter Devin plays setter and his other daughter Kelly is an outside hitter. His wife Dawna also played and loves volleyball.

Siverston earned a B.S. from CSU Monterey Bay with a degree in Earth Systems Science and Policy.

Earl Schultz
Earl Schultz
Title: Women's Volleyball Manager

Schultz enters his first season as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Manager.

At Pomona-Pitzer: Completed two seasons as a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Basketball team, where he played forward... He is co-captain of the men's Claremont Club Volleyball team and co-president of the Claremont Beach Volleyball Club. He has led the volleyball team to two 3rd place finishes (2015, 2017) and one 5th place finish (2016) at the NCVF Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships while earning an Honorable Mention (2015), 2nd Team All Tournament honors (2016), and 1st Team All Tournament honors (2017).

High School: Attended Walter Payton Prep in Chicago, where he was a member of the basketball, volleyball and track and field teams…Made all-state team in volleyball as a junior and senior, winning three city championships and attending states for three straight years…An all-city high jumper, qualifying for states…Also played for Powerhouse Volleyball Club (now Chicago Elite Volleyball Club) and the USA Volleyball Youth National Team.

Personal: Attends Pitzer College, where he majors in human biology…Interested in physical therapy...Sister, Michelle (Pomona ’16) was a member of the Sagehens Volleyball team (and is the person he most admires)…Lists Michael Jordan as his favorite athlete…Hobbies include indoor and beach volleyball, dancing, photography, listening to music, and 16-inch softball…Favorite book is Goodnight Moon and favorite movie is The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy…Volunteers every summer at C.A.M.P Chicago, a camp where children with adapted mobility get the opportunity to play.