Coach Bios


Jim Downey
Head Coach, Girls 16-Jim
JDowney@epicvb.com  [view roster]

Jim Downey has been a legendary fixture, and one of the most respected coaches in the Southern California club and high school volleyball scene for thirty years. For 28 seasons Jim has been a mainstay in the coaching ranks at Orange County Volleyball Club, where his teams have continually been amongst the best in the SCVA region. While at Orange County, Jim was the head coach of the 16's age group, where he supervised all of the coaches, coordinated practice instruction and monitored player progress club wide. In an era when the Volleyball Festival in Davis, California was the premier junior volleyball National Championship in the country, Jim's teams at Orange County won an impressive 8 national titles in various age divisions. Jim has received special recognition from Volleyball Festival for his contribution to the sport.

Jim also has left an impressive legacy in the high school ranks as the former head coach of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa. Jim led his program to four consecutive State Final appearances while capturing 2 State Titles and 4 CIF Titles along the way. Jim has accumulated numerous personal awards for his high school coaching achievement, as he has been previously been named the Los Angeles Times Coach of the Year, Orange County Register Coach of the Year, and CIF Coach of the year.

In Jim's first year at Epic, he headed up the 16-1 team, leading his team into Division One and top 5 finish at the SCVA Regional Tournament. Jim is looking forward to another great year of volleyball at Epic. In 2015, Jim headed up our 18-1 team, and is ready to take the helm of our 16-1 team again this year.

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