Derek Saenz - Program Director, F/S & Varsity Head Coach


In his first year, 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.

Max States - JV Head Coach, Varsity Assistant Coach


Max States is an alum of the Pepperdine University Men’s Volleyball team where he was an outside hitter and serving specialist from 2014 to 2017. He came to Pepperdine after six years with Santa Monica Beach Club and played with USA at High Performance Championships in 2011.

He’s also an experienced beach volleyball player.

Max has coached a wide range of ages and experience levels, from being a volunteer assistant for USC’s Women’s Volleyball to head coaching SMBC’s 15s team during the 2017-2018 season. He’s also served as an assistant for Santa Monica College’s Men’s Team and the  Mayfield Senior School’s Girl’s team.  Max currently coaches club volleyball at Forza and has been a counselor at former USC head coach, Marv's Dunphy's summer volleyball camp.  Max will be assisting on all teams at Malibu High during the 2018-2019 season.

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.

Max Chamberlain - Float Assistant Coach


Currently a Senior for the Pepperdine Waves Men's VB TeamHas started in 23-25 matches played for the Waves in three seasons on the squad … In 87 sets played, has posted 1.18 kills/set and 103 kills … Totaled 1.08 blocks/set and 94 total blocks and led the team in blocks on 17 occasions … Amassed a career-best 10 blocks at BYU (3/1/18), nine kills at Grand Canyon (2/8/18) and a .636 hitting percentage (7-0-11) against USC (2/17/18).