Erikka Gulbranson

Director of Volleyball Operations

Erikka has spent 27+ years in the sport of volleyball with her experience ranging from playing, coaching, directing and managing youth, collegiate and international teams. Now a partner in Sports Academy, she has been instrumental in the development of sports programming, youth sports development and now leads SA Volleyball Club as the Director.


Graduate Assistant, Women’s Volleyball
Director of Southern California’s Largest Grass Tournament Series

Second Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator, Women’s Volleyball

First Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator, Women’s Volleyball

Director of Operations / First Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator, Women’s Volleyball Coach

Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Recruiting Coordinator & Associate Sports Science Professor


High School Coach, Thousand Oaks HS Boys | 1991
Porterville Volleyball Club – Coach | 1991-1993
Kern River Volleyball Club – Coach | 1993-1996
Sports Shack Volleyball Club – Coach & Assistant Director | 1999-2001
Nova Volleyball Club – Owner | 2001-2007
Texas Tornados Volleyball Club – Training & Camp Director, Coach | 2009-2014
Redwood Middle School – Assistant Coach | 2016–2017
Sports Academy Volleyball Club – Director | 2015-present


First Assistant Coach, USA Youth National Team, Poland | April 2003
First Assistant Coach, USA Junior National Team, Canada | January 2004
Head Volleyball Coach, USA Youth National Team – World Championships Macau, China | July 2005
First Assistant Coach, USA Junior National Team, Mexico | July 2006
First Assistant Coach, USA Youth National Team, Serbia | December 2007
USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program Level I, II, III | June 2005
USA Volleyball C.A.P. Impact Teaching Status | January 2006
USA CAP Level III – National Teams Coach | June 2006


Other USA & International Coaching Responsibilities:

  • Head Coach WJNTA2 Developmental Camp in Colorado Springs
  • Head Court Coach & Asst. Director & Evaluator for USA High Performance try-outs
  • Coaching experience at major international events such as: NORCECA, World Championships, USA Volleyball Nationals, Volleyball Festival and BringItUSA International Volleyball Tournaments.
  • Coordination of team training and match preparation with scouting and pre-match analysis
  • International team travel coordination and supervision

After serving as a Head Coach and Trainer for the Youth & Junior National Teams, Erikka developed a High Performance Coaches technical training manual, used to train all National Team program staff in the Nation. During this period her personal sports training business, Advanced Sports Training, was hired to travel throughout the nation to train coaches & players with the new USA Volleyball Training methodologies, all while teaming up with former Olympic Team Coach Toshiaki Yoshida in 2005 to write the book “Inside Out of Passing.” Recently in 2014, the “Inside Out of Passing,” was translated into Polish with the help of Grupa Codex and given to all Volleyball Trainers and Physical Education Coaches throughout Poland

US Embassy Sports Envoy Ambassador | 2008 Brazil & 2011 Peru
Traveling throughout each country training children and adults in the sport of volleyball, as well as meeting with government representatives to educate and compel them to include all ages, boys and girls in sport.

2006 Nigerian Volleyball Project – From May 16-25, 2006
Erikka joined six other American mentors in the Nigerian Volleyball Project (NVP) as they instructed a select group of Nigerian coaches and nearly 500 Nigerian athletes, both male and female, ages ranging from 12-19. The project, which was sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the Institute for International Sport, began with a one-day coaches clinic administered by the American mentors to the group of Nigerian coaches. After the clinic, the two groups of coaches joined forces in running two separate two-day instructional camps for the young athletes.

At the University of Southern California Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coodinator/Director of Operations
3x Consecutive National Champion – responsible for recruiting class (FAB 4 – April Ross Beach VB Olympian, Nicole Davis – 2x Indoor VB Olympian, Katie Olsovsky Indoor National Team, Keao Burdine AVP Player, and several All Americans.

She graduated from Cal State Bakersfield with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1995 and received her Master’s in education in 1997. She was a four-year letter-winner with the Roadrunners (1991-94), participated in 3 Elite 8’s, 2 National Championships and was named to the Elite Eight All-Tournament Team at the 1994 NCAA Division II National Championships. She holds the Cal State Bakersfield career record for service aces (193) and set the single-season mark with 70 aces in 1994, broken in 2015. She is now second on the career digs list with 1,437. Later, while coaching at Bakersfield, she helped coach the team to a California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship, an NCAA Division II Southwest Regional Championship and a berth in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight during both seasons.

Erikka grew up locally, is a volleyball & softball alumni of Thousand Oaks High School as well as So Cal VBC & Zuma Bay VBC.  She is married and holds an M.S. in Education, a B.S. in Physical Education, and a California Teaching Credential. She spent 10 years in several So Cal school districts teaching physical education and developing fitness & sports curriculum for elementary schools. She is also a USAV C.A.P. III certified teaching instructor and National Teams Master Coach.

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