Meet the Coaches

Girls Division Coaches

Natalie Livermore

Varsity Volleyball Coach

Natalie Livermore is a passionate kinesiologist, coach, and teacher with over eight years experience guiding athletes of all ages to achieve their goals on and off the court. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and has a  comprehensive understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, sports performance, and injury prevention/rehabilitation. When Natalie isn’t busy coaching and teaching she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and traveling to new places.

Noga Wind

Varsity Soccer Coach

I was born and raised in Jerusalem, and was a professional soccer player in the Women’s League and on Israel’s National Soccer Team. After suffering an injury I was forced to quit and decided to pursue my dreams as an actor and educator. I completed my national service as a counselor for homeless youth at risk in Tel Aviv, and then moved to the U.S to pursue my Bachelors in Theater at California Institute of the Arts. I am thrilled to join the YULA Girls family and to share my deep passion and love for soccer. As athletes we gain tools that will change our life, such as confidence building, team work, overcoming challenges, and developing a strong sense of self and responsibility. I build practices that focus on fitness, technique and strategy, using tools that simultaneously develop team building and healthy communication. My coaching technique is rooted in mutual respect. I believe that if a player enjoys their training, feels valued and respected, they will want to invest more in the sport and have a higher success rate. I am excited to build a powerful soccer team with YULA Girls, and to give each player the positive experience I believe every teenage athlete should have.

Tyus Edney

Varsity Basketball Coach

Tyus Edney is an American former basketball player and coach.He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins from 1991 to 1995, leading them to the 1995 NCAA national championship. His game-winning shot for UCLA, in the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament, is considered to be one of the most famous plays in NCAA Tournament history. A two-time All-EuroLeague First Team selection, he led Žalgiris Kaunas to the 1999 EuroLeague title and was named the EuroLeague Final Four MVP. Besides coaching at YULA, Tyus is an assistant coach and Director of Operations at UCLA .

Matthew Manasse

Varsity Tennis Coach

I grew up in Erie, PA but attended Evert Tennis Academy/Boca Raton Prep in Florida for high school. I played college tennis at Purdue University and was also a founding father of the Alpha Alpha Chapter of ZBT. Upon graduation in 2011, I worked for Babolat USA as a Marketing and Promotions Coordinator before getting into the coaching profession. From 2013-2019, I was a collegiate coach at Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, and most recently Duke University. While at Oklahoma State, we won back to back Big 12 Titles along with an NCAA Team Final and Elite 8 appearance. While at Duke University, we won an ACC Title and made back to back Final Fours. I was lucky enough to coach 9 All-Americans.

I also had two short stints on the pro tour with Alison Riske in 2016 (WTA top 25) and Shelby Rogers (WTA 50) from Dec. 2019 to March 2020.

Treci Horowitz

JV & Varsity Head Swim Coach

I have been in love with the water since I was 4 years old, and I was a competitive swimmer for many years. I swam all the way through college, earning a scholarship to UCLA which afforded me many opportunities. I worked as a Senior Training Officer/Lifeguard for LA County for 17 years. I retired with a full captain status from the county to pursue additional avenues. Through my many mentors and former coaches, I learned I not only loved to compete in the water, but I had a true passion for educating others. I continued my education earning a Master’s in Adaptive Physical Education. After my time with the county, I finally retired and opened a swim school teaching the basics of water safety. This swim school is now known as Aquatic Safety Instruction, LLC founded in 1978. On an average we run 700 students of all ages through our instructional programs and over 1800 campers through our Aquatic Management partnership with local camps. Also, I speak at the United States Swim School Association on the subject of adult drowning prevention in addition to sitting on many cases in the capacity of an expert witness.

Forrest MacDougall

Fencing Coach

Forrest MacDougall has been involved in the sport of fencing for over 2 decades, having started when he was only 8 years old. He is a professionally accredited coach, holding the title “Prévôt de Fleuret”, certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association, and Acadamie Internationale d'Armes. Forrest's students frequently medal locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Having shown successful results with his own students, Forrest was appointed as the designated National Coach for the USA Cadet/Junior teams at various World Cups. He has served as the National Coach for the Cadet/Junior Pan American Championships twice (2018 Costa Rica & 2020 El Salvador), where he led the American foil squads to a total of 18 medals, 9 of which were gold. As a competitor, Forrest was one of the top fencers in the country. He medaled many times at North American Cups & National Championships. He also competed at Senior World Cups & Grand Prix events while representing Team USA. Coach MacDougall is also a highly rated referee in the United States. He has refereed finals at various levels of national & international events representing Team USA.

Emily Ricketson

Varsity Cross Country & Varsity Track & Field

Running track in high school left a huge impact on my life - from graduating from The University of Texas with honors to my current position in YULA's administration, running competitively not only taught me the importance of physical health, but it also improved my confidence, sense of self-worth, work ethic, and gave me the grit and determination to see things through. I can't wait to share my love of these sports with the student-athletes that come my way at YULA.

Gerryleo “Gigi” Sarmiento

Varsity Swim Coach

I earned my B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and I hope to receive a Master's in Sport Psychology in the next year. Before joining YULA girls, I have been coaching swim for LAUSD at East Valley, The Science Academy STEM Magnet, and Wise School. Apart from my athletic background – playing water polo and swimming for 3 years at Pierce College – I have been coaching and offering instructional swim lessons. Working with YULA has been a wonderful experience. I am proud of the girl’s accomplishments and am enthusiastic about all the memories we will make for years to come.

Boys Division Coaches

Vince Oliver

Varsity Basketball Head Coach

Vince Oliver is entering his 4th year as the head boys varsity basketball coach. Coach Oliver has an overall record of 35-26 as the head coach at YULA. He has guided the program to its first ever CIF Southern Section State Playoff berth (2019), and the Division 4AA Section Semi-Finals (2019). Under his guidance, Yula won the 2019 DeToledo Holiday Tournament. Prior to coming to YULA, Coach Oliver served as the head boys basketball coach at Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks) from 2012-2017. Coach Oliver played his prep ball at Loyola High School (Los Angeles) where his team won back to back CIF Div. 1A championships (2002&2003), and played his college ball at UC Davis, where he finished as the school’s 3rd all-time leading scorer (1623 points). Coach Oliver received his B.A. in African American Studies(2009) from UC Davis. Along with coaching, Coach Oliver currently works in education and strives to make an impact in the lives of his students.

Michael Pollack

JV Basketball Head Coach

Michael Pollack is one the few alumni (if not only?) on our staff who graduated from the YULA class of 2003. He's coming on close to 10 years of coaching experience within our program. Mike played collegiate basketball at Yeshiva University where he studied Finance and Accounting and when moved back from NY, Coach David Winik immediately brought him on to the program. He coaches the JV Boys Basketball and has been a Varsity Assistant under Coach Dave Winik, Coach Eli Hami and now Coach Vince Oliver. He played under Coach Ed Gelb and Coach Winik and was part of the last Liberty League basketball championship in 2003. Mike's passion for being part of the program helps connect the past YULA basketball family into the present.

Rafael Meghnagi

Varsity Soccer Head Coach

Rafael Meghnagi started playing soccer at six years old and fortunately my body has let me continue on playing until today. I began coaching at age 16, volunteering to coach AYSO youth teams. I then founded an adult soccer club in Los Angeles in 2007 called Dogtown Athletic. I oversee all three teams within that club, managing over 60 players year round. I started the YULA Boy's soccer program in 2008 and we've just completed our 14th season.

Paul G. Walmsley

Varsity Soccer Assistant Coach

United Soccer Coaches Premier Diploma • United States Soccer Federation A License • English Football Association Prelim • Scottish Football Assocation Team Manager Course • AYSO Advanced Coach • AYSO Advanced Referee • NCAA Head Men’s Soccer Coach -Whittier College • NAIA Head Men’s Soccer Cosch - Cal State Maritime Academy • AYSO United B2005 & B2007 Head Coach

Forrest MacDougall

Fencing Coach

Forrest MacDougall has been involved in the sport of fencing for over 2 decades, having started when he was only 8 years old. He is a professionally accredited coach, holding the title “Prévôt de Fleuret”, certified by the United States Fencing Coaches Association, and Acadamie Internationale d'Armes. Forrest's students frequently medal locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Having shown successful results with his own students, Forrest was appointed as the designated National Coach for the USA Cadet/Junior teams at various World Cups. He has served as the National Coach for the Cadet/Junior Pan American Championships twice (2018 Costa Rica & 2020 El Salvador), where he led the American foil squads to a total of 18 medals, 9 of which were gold. As a competitor, Forrest was one of the top fencers in the country. He medaled many times at North American Cups & National Championships. He also competed at Senior World Cups & Grand Prix events while representing Team USA. Coach MacDougall is also a highly rated referee in the United States. He has refereed finals at various levels of national & international events representing Team USA.

Yitzy Frankel

Fencing Coach

Yitzy Frankel was a member of the Yeshiva University Fencing Team from 2009 through 2014, where he served as Captain and the leading scorer in his final year and qualified for NCAA Regional Championships every year. Yitzy has been a United States Fencing Association (USFA) Rated Fencer for the past 7 years and have qualified for and competed in National Championships the past 5 years. Yitzy's fencing career has taken him to competitions in California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Texas, Utah, Missouri, Arizona, Maryland, Georgia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, Ohio, and Washington DC. Yitzy also previously worked for 2x National Champion, 3x Olympian and Silver Medalist, Tim Morehouse, as the Marketing and Operations Manager for Fencing in the Schools (FITS)

Joey Rosenblum

Varsity Baseball

Joey Rosenblum, in his third season with YULA, and second season as Head Coach, is excited to continue building a winning culture in 2022. Growing up in nearby Santa Monica, Joey played youth baseball for Santa Monica P.O.N.Y. and Little League (Senior, Big League divisions), attending baseball camps at Los Angeles Urban Youth Academy (RBI), IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL), UCLA and Pepperdine. He played for the Santa Monica American Legion (Post 123) A team at Jackie Robinson Stadium in 2013. He attended Santa Monica High School, earning Baseball All-Academic Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Coach’s Award (2011, 2012, 2013), and SAMOHI Baseball Scholarship (2013).

While taking classes at UCSB to pursue his Psychology degree and Sport Management Certificate, Rosenblum played his summer baseball in the Premier Collegiate (Wood Bat) Baseball League for the Santa Barbara Grizzlies (2015) and Coastal Cubs (2016). Joey was ecstatic to win the PCBL Championship in July, 2016. As a senior, Joey earned the UCSB Sport Management Award, for academic excellence and evidence of future promise. Joey is grateful to play on the same team as his dad annually in the MSBL Father/Son World Series. Playing on MLB fields in Arizona, the Rosenblums were World Series Champs (2019) and World Series Runner-Ups (2020) as part of the SoCal Quakes.

Corey Soriano

Varsity Volleyball

Corey Soriano started his coaching career coaching basketball at a recreation park at 15 years old. He is an alum of El Camino Real High School, where he played basketball and volleyball. During his senior year in high school, Corey was a Division 1 first team all-city, first time all-league, captain and MVP. He led his team as the runner-up in the 2008 CIF Division 1 volleyball championship. He also played volleyball for Santa Monica Beach Club,winning a Bronze Medal during the 2006 Junior Olympics. While training in the off-seasons, Corey had the opportunity to work directly with former Chinese national coach Professor Lian Lu running volleyball camps at schools throughout Southern California.

While studying Finance at CSUN, Corey accepted a Head Coaching position to take on the girls and boys volleyball program at De Toledo High School (formerly known as New Community Jewish) in 2010. He immediately made an impact on the girls and boys program as both qualified for playoffs during his first year. This was the first time in school history the boys team qualified for playoffs and achieved this level of success. At De Toledo High School, Corey was named CIF Westside League's Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014.

Corey accepted the position of Head Volleyball Coach at Yula in 2016. The volleyball team had a rough start but the boys team had their first playoff appearance in school history in 2018. Since then, Corey supports the Yula volleyball program as an assistant coach.

Dayvon Ross

Varsity Flag Football

Dayvon Ross, a Los Angeles native, played in the NFL player for the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Titans for 3 years when retired after being diagnosed with Blood Cancer and given a 30% chance of living. In college he won The Unanimous All-American, Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-GLVC and Ohio Sports Net Offensive Player of the Year.