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2017 Women's Volleyball Coaches
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Jessica Walker
Head Coach - 6th Season
Alma Mater: Redlands '07
Phone: (714) 879-3901 x 1296

The 2017 season marks the sixth year that Jessica Walker has led the Hope International Women’s Volleyball team. Walker enters the sixth season of her coaching career at HIU with a strong base of senior leadership supported by talented returning players and incoming recruits.

After the success of 2016, the Royals took a step backward after the loss of their NAIA All-American middle Conley Kipp. Katie Landazuri had a standout season for HIU and was named All-GSAC for Coach Walker while leading the team in kills, and the Royals finished the season under .500 again. However, the outlook following the 2016 season was promising with several impressive performances from incoming freshmen during the year.

2015 was a breakout year for the Royals in GSAC play as the Royals played their way to an even .500 at 8-8 against conference opponents. The Royals still finished the year under .500 overall but were able to take a major step forward as a team in the conference slate.

During the first three years of Coach Walker’s tenure, injuries played a big role in the derailment of the success of the Royals on the court.  Sweeps against Arizona Christian and William Jessup at different points in GSAC play were the highlights of Walker's first three seasons.

Most of her coaching expertise comes from working with the 951 Elite Volleyball Club- one of the premier volleyball clubs in the Inland Empire.  After spending two and half years working with the 17-2 team including as the head coach for 7 months, Walker is currently the Head Coach of the 15-1 team while serving as the assistant on the 18-1 team.  Off the roster of her 17-2 team, five girls have gone on to play college volleyball including one at a NCAA Division I school.  Even with the head job at Hope International, she continues to coach with the 951 teams.

In the high school ranks, Walker coached two seasons as the varsity coach at her alma mater Redlands High School.  In her final year, she led the Terriers to a 14-10 record that included a trip to the CIF playoffs.  Her dad, Jim Walker, has been the head football coach at RHS since 1992.

Prior to coaching at RHS, Walker spent a year coaching varsity at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, CA.  The Wolves finished 13-12 while also advancing to the CIF playoffs under her care.

Walker spent her final three collegiate years playing for the University of Redlands.  She left her mark on the Bulldogs’ program as she finished fourth all-time in career assists with 1,363.  Her placement so high on the all-time list is made even more impressive knowing she split her first two years as an outside hitter and setter.  Her 722 assists as a Senior rank fourth all-time in a single season at UR.  With Walker running the offense, the Bulldogs advanced to the Regional Finals for the first time in school history in 2006.

She began her college playing days at Cal State San Bernardino.  As a member of the Coyotes, they reached the NCAA Division II National Semi-Finals.

Educationally, Walker earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Redlands in 2007.

Coach Walker resides in Buena Park, CA.

 
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Henry Valiente Jr.
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: Hope International '12
Phone: (714) 879-3901 x 1286

Henry Valiente Jr. joined the Royals coaching staff midway through the 2015 season along with head coach Noah Casaquit. After the departure of Coach Casaquit, Valiente Jr. took over the men's program for the 2017 season and began serving as an assistant for the women's program with Jessica Walker in the fall of 2017.

Valiente has a wealth of prior coaching experience and is an accomplished athlete in his own right. He has spent time on the coaching staffs of Iolani HS and Farrington HS and multiple club teams, including: Quicksets Volleyball Club, Team Sideout, Jammers and Imi Ike, Club Heights, Impact, and Rukkus Volleyball.

Valiente currently serves as the head coach of the boy’s volleyball team at El Dorado High School in Placentia, CA, and is also involved as a coach of the girl’s team at El Dorado.

Valiente began his playing career at Farrington HS and competed in several USA Junior Olympic tournaments. He was named the MVP of the 2002 18’s Division Tournament as he helped his team to victory in the 18’s Division.

Valiente served in the US Army for eight years after graduating high school and achieved the rank of an E5 Sergeant while serving tours in Kuwait, Iraq, Quatar, and Japan. He was a member of the US Armed Forces Volleyball team and competed at the World CSIM games in Germany and Brazil.

Valiente played four seasons for the Royals and helped HIU to three postseason appearances during his career, including three Nationals appearances, and was named All-Conference and Defensive Player of the Year during his career as a Royal.

Valiente graduated from HIU with a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working to complete his Master’s in education at HIU. He enjoys the opportunity to pass on knowledge and skills to all of his athletes as well as the opportunity to mentor those who play on his teams.

 
 
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Overall GSAC Streak
11-4 (.733) 4-1 (.800) Won 5
 
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