Coaches

 
At Prep Stars we hire the most qualified of coaching candidates.  We choose our coaches carefully and even require game footage of their playing careers for us to view as part of the application process!  All of our coaches have playing experience on the collegiate or professional level. We've assembled a quality coaching staff that knows how to play the game, and more importantly knows how to "teach!" At Prep Stars the level of sports instruction is second-to-none!

 
Volleyball: 
 
Christian Sellers
Christian is a renowned coach who is well-established as one of the top teachers of fundamental volleyball skills in all of Orange County.  A graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, Christian was a star player on the team there excelling as an outside hitter.  In the professional ranks, Christian earned a "AAA-Level Rating" competing in the Beach Volleyball "Pro-Circuit" during the 1990's participating in the AVP in Manhattan Beach.  For over ten years Christian has coached volleyball at Laguna Beach Volleyball Club, CSUF, Saddleback Volleyball Club, Irvine Valley College, Crean Lutheran High School, and now with Prep Stars.  "I'm really excited to be named head coach at Prep Stars." Christian says.  "I'm eager to work with these young girls, and make sure everyone is motivated and improves!"  Christian is in charge of the Prep Stars "advanced U14 group" and coaches our travel players in tournaments.
Burleigh Hutchins
Burleigh is an expert at teaching volleyball fundmantals and brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to every practice. After a stellar high school career, Burleigh excelled as a player in beach volleyball tournments all over the west coast. Burleigh is a master motivator and a coach who communicates well with his players.  He is currently in charge of the Prep Stars U12&U14 (beginning and intermediate players).

 


 

Basketball: 

Sassan Panah


Sassan is the head basketball coach at Prep Stars, and is one of the top ball-handling and shooting coaches in Orange County.  Sassan’s athletic prowess was evident at an early age as he won the Oakland County Easter Seals Charity basketball shooting-contest despite being just twelve years old!  During his teenage years, Sassan frequently trained during summers with Detroit Pistons' players including NBA Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas. Sassan played basketball collegiately at the University of Michigan (Dearborn), and was a three-year varsity player for Cranbrook where led the team in scoring and rebounding.  During his playing career, Sassan earned All-Conference First-Team honors, won team MVP awards, and won several championships in semi-professional leagues and tournaments.   Sassan earned a bachlor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. 

Kirt Goines

Kirt has been playing basketball since the tender age of five, and developed a passion for the game at the Boys and Girls Club of Pittsfield Massachusetts, where he spent a great deal of his childhood.  Kirt was captain of Taconic High School’s varsity basketball team, and his stellar play earned a spot in the Western Massachusetts All-Star Game.   Kirt also participated in numerous Boston summer camps where he competed with “NBA caliber” players and won numerous awards including the “All Berkshire County player” and “Best Defender” two years in-a-row.   Kirt’s passion has now turned to coaching the fundamentals of basketball and he’s committed to teaching through Patience, Perseverance and Positivity.

 

 


 

Soccer:  

Ali Pourmiri

Ali has been the head soccer coach at Prep Stars for three years.  As a player, Ali is a veteran of the professional ranks playing two seasons in Mexico's second most presigious league and he also played a professional season locally for the Orange County Blues (the only pro team in Orange County).  Ali is a superb teacher of basic and advanced soccer skills, and he implements challenging strength and conditioning drills into his daily training routines, making our young players prepared to dominate youth soccer!