Derek Saenz - Program Director, F/S & Varsity Head Coach
Derek Saenz is the director of the girls volleyball program and the head coach for the varsity and frosh-soph teams. He joins Malibu High after spending the last 18 years coaching at the collegiate, club, and high school levels.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Granada Hills High, where he coached from 2000-2002. He coached club at Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club (2002-2005), then started Shock Volleyball Club in Thousand Oaks in 2006.
In 2008 Derek served as an assistant coach at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, eventually returning to Southern California in 2010 to coach and train at top-ranked club programs Mizuno Long Beach and Mizuno LB West. He most recently served as a coach for the 14 Elite and 16 North girls teams for Sunshine Volleyball Club.
Jon Minsberg - JV Head Coach/Varsity Assistant Coach
Jon Minsberg is a current red-shirt freshman on the Pepperdine University Men’s Volleyball team. Jon lettered all four years at Saddleback Valley Christian School and played his most formative years with powerhouse boys volleyball club, 949 Athletics. Additionally, his junior volleyball career included participation in the USAV SoCal Regional teams.
Benjamin Harmon - Varsity Assistant Coach
Sports and physical education have been my life passion since before college and my life work since graduation. I believe in taking responsibility for my own health as well as the health of students. I believe there is a link between the foods we eat, the activities we participate in and the quality of our lives.
Teaching physical education runs through my veins. My father has been an elementary and middle school PE teacher for over thirty years. We share a love of lifelong fitness, and alternative workouts. As a child, I would spend my weekends at the gym creating obstacle courses with anything I could find. As an adult, one of my favorite things to do is take my niece to the gym and watch her explore, play, and come up with new activities.
I grew up in the state of Washington in the small of city of Bellingham where I attended college at Western Washington University, home of the Vikings! During college I was the goalie for the soccer team. I also played for the men's volleyball team as a setter and opposite hitter. After I graduated from WWU, I moved to Seattle, WA where I continued to play volleyball competitively while teaching for LAUSD. The allure of sunny beaches and volleyball brought me to California where I now reside and hope to stay.
Spencer Wickens - Varsity Assistant Coach/JV Assistant Coach/Frosh-Soph Assistant Coach
A Pepperdine Student-Scholar, Spencer currently plays libero for the Pepperdine Waves. Played in 22-of-23 matches and 73 total sets as a true freshman … Averaged 0.51 digs/set, 0.16 assists/set and 0.07 aces/set … Posted five aces, 37 digs and 12 assists … Also put up 73 total serve receptions with four errors for a .945 reception percentage … amassed a season-best eight digs against Hawai’i (Mar. 18) and two aces at BYU (Mar. 1). Spencer graduated from high school in Rochester, NY where he racked up a variety of academic and athletic accolades as a four year varsity letterman. This is his first year on the coaching staff at Malibu High.