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Joe Amaral

I was first introduced to the sport of volleyball 16 years ago as a 6th grader growing up in San Jose, CA. Some accolades as a player include finishing 5th in the nation at the high school and college level while attending Bellarmine College Preparatory & Western Washington University. I began coaching in 2011 starting with Bellingham High School. I have since moved on to coach with Skagit Island Volleyball Academy (7 years) and lead Squalicum High School as the head coach (5 years). With SIVA, I have been lucky enough to coach the same group for the last 4 years, developing them into one of the top 5 teams in our region and reaching a #1 ranking in 2018. During my time with SQHS, we qualified for the State Tournament (3A) in 2016 for the 2nd time in school history advancing to the quarterfinals. In the summers, I enjoy spending my time working with Nike Volleyball Camps, Seattle U, and Guy Enriques Team Camps. Outside of coaching, I also work for Sunnyland Elementary in Bellingham as a Para-educator. I really enjoy working with kids and love seeing their confidence grow.”