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SMCHS Announces New Volleyball Coach
by: Amanda Coronado
Cottriel's history makes him a solid fit for SMCHS' talent.
Cottriel's history makes him a solid fit for SMCHS' talent.

Santa Margarita Catholic High School announces the selection of Bryan Cottriel as the boys’ and girls’ head volleyball coach.

Cottriel replaces topnotch coaches Jeff and Cristy Urhig who relocated to Kentucky. He takes over two teams with a long championship history. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams captured the league title during their past seasons.

“We had a solid number of excellent candidates and I am confident that he will continue the outstanding and excellent tradition of SM volleyball which coaches Cristy and Jeff developed over their years leading our programs,” said SMCHS Principal Ray Dunne.

In the school’s 22-year history, the girls’ volleyball program captured seven CIF titles, seven league championships and in 1999 the team won state. The boys’ volleyball program has garnered three CIF titles and seven league championships.

Cottriel has served as the head girls’ volleyball coach at Great Oak High School in Temecula since 2006. During his first season at Great Oak, he led the team to a 19-8 record which gave the girls’ volleyball program their first league title and a Division One CIF quarterfinal finish.

“I plan to continue the success that the previous coaches have established here,” Cottriel said.

Before working at Great Oak, Cottriel coached at Newport Harbor High School where he was the assistant varsity coach for nine seasons for both the girls’ and boys’ programs. While at Newport, he helped lead the girls’ team to two state championships, three CIF championships and three times the team was runner-up for the CIF Championship. Under his leadership, the boys’ team won a CIF championship and twice was a CIF finalist.

Cottriel has also coached volleyball at University High School in Irvine and Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta. He has been involved in club volleyball with the Orange County Club, Balboa Bay Club, TAR Club and the BIGGS Club. He helped guide a 16’s team with the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club to a Gold Medal in the Open Division at the Junior Olympics. His career also includes coaching the TAR Volleyball Club to a bronze medal in the 18 Club at the Junior Olympics.

“Because of his past experiences, he is a great fit,” SMCHS Athletic Director Richard Schaaf said. “He believes in what Santa Margarita Catholic is all about, making our kids not just better athletes, but better people on and off the court and field. Through our athletic programs our athletes learn lifelong skills such as being held accountable and how to handle successes and failures.”

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