Sonny Perez
Sonny Perez

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
First Season

Alma Mater:
Cal Poly, 1992


08/24/2013

Blue scores 2-1 win

VB scrimmage in the books

Perez comes to Nevada for his first season under head coach Ruth Lawanson in 2013. A graduate of Cal Poly and former head coach at Fresno City College, he brings almost 30 years of coaching experience to the Nevada staff.

He has had a great deal of success at various developmental levels, most recently holding the girls head coaching position at Pacific Premier Volleyball Academy in Fresno, Calif. He coached the club to a 15-1 record and a Far Western Bronze Championship in 2013.

Prior to his time with Pacific Premier, Perez was the founder, director and head coach of the ASICS Sports City Volleyball Club in northern California. In 14 seasons, he coached the club as well as high school teams in the Fresno area, achieving a great deal of success in both arenas. His ASICS teams sent a total of 104 players to college and five to the professional ranks. Three players earned AVCA All-American honors, with one reaching Junior National All-American standing.

Perez held the girls and boys head coaching position simultaneously at Edison High School in Fresno from 2009-12. On the girls' side, Perez sent 10 players to various college programs in his four seasons, including Alaysia Brown of San Diego. In four years, he coached nine first-team all-conference players. Under his direction, Edison won its first ever CIF Championship and was a State finalist in 2009 and 2010.

He also led the boys' team to its first winning season in 10 years and coached three all-conference players.

Perez has previous head-coaching experience at the college level as well, as he was the top man at Fresno City College in 2003, leading the Rams to a second place finish in the Central Valley Conference. On staff from 2002-04, Perez was a part of two CVC Championship teams, both coming while he was an assistant coach in 2002 and 2004. He also coached at the College of the Sequoias as an assistant in 1986 and 1995. The '86 team was the state junior college runner up.

From 2000-2005, Perez was the head coach at San Joaquin memorial HS for both the boys and girls teams. Each group won four league championships while he was the head coach, with the girls garnering 17 first-team all-conference selections and the boys totaling 15.

Perez began his coaching career in the 1980's at the College of the Sequoias. In 1986 he was an assistant coach on a state runner-up squad. Almost a decade later, he returned to the school and was an assistant on a CVC Championship team.

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