Steve Conti is in his 22nd season as head boys’ varsity volleyball coach at CdM. He is in his seventh year on the CdM faculty as a middle school physical education instructor. It’s also his third year coaching the CdM Surf Team.
Coach Conti has led the CdM boys’ team to CIF Championships in 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007 and 2011 and the CdM girls’ team to the CIF Championship in 1997. His boys’ teams finished runner up in the CIF Championships in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
In 2014 and 2015, the boys won the Division 2 State Regional Championship. The 2011 season was memorable, as the Sea Kings won the 2011 CIFSS and CIF Southern California Regional Championships and was awarded the National Championship by ESPN Rise and Powerade. Before coming to CdM, Coach Conti was head boys’ and girls’ coach at The Bishop’s School and Foothill High School and was men’s assistant coach at Golden West College.
Coach Conti played volleyball at Estancia High school, and his team made it to the CIF finals in 1983 and 1984. He then played at Golden West College, and his team made it to the junior college state finals in 1985 and 1986.
Coach Conti is a graduate of San Diego State University. He received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in June 2009. He is currently teaching middle school physical education at CdM. Coach Conti and his wife Kerrie are proud parents of 15 year-old Braden and 14 year-old Alexa.
Sam Stafford has been with the CdM volleyball program for the past nine years. He has coached both Frosh/Soph and JV teams and has led them all to league championships and tournament titles. This is his fifth year as Assistant Varsity Coach. Sam has also coached for the Newport Harbor High School girls’ volleyball program with Coach Dan Glenn. Recently Sam coached the CdM Girls’s Volleyball program with Coach Steve Astor.
While a student at CdM, Coach Stafford played all four years as setter, and played on the teams that won the CIF Championships in 2005 and 2007.
Coach Stafford is excited to join his alma mater as a Physical Education teacher.
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Coach Miller is entering his 20th year as a high school teacher and coach. He grew up in Newport Beach, playing in Balboa Bay Club leagues and at Big Corona, developing a lifelong love for the sport. As an alumni of CdM, Billy contributed to both the Corona Del Mar Beach Club 1982 Junior Olympics 16’s and 1985 CdM High School CIF Championship teams. Since completing his undergraduate degree in Finance from San Diego State and Masters in Education at Pepperdine, he’s coached high school and club teams from Southern California to Aspen, Colorado and still loves both the indoor and outdoor game at every level. Billy is proud to join this year’s CdM coaching staff and carry on the Sea King tradition.
Frosh/Soph Head Coach
Coach Astor just completed his 4th season at the helm of the CdM Girls’ Volleyball program. The CdM Girls captured the Pacific Coast League title and advanced to the second round in CIF D1AA this past fall. This is also Coach Astor’s 4th season as a part of the Boys’ program, having coached the Boys’ Frosh-Soph teams in 2014 and 2015. The FS squad went 24-0 in 2015, while not dropping a set. Coach Astor came to CdM from Newport Harbor where he led the boys program for two years, following coach Dan Glenn. He led the Sailors to a tournament title at the prestigious Dave Mohs OC Championships in 2012. Prior to Newport Harbor, he spent the previous 7 years at Laguna Beach High School. While at Laguna Beach coaching for Lance Stewart, Coach Astor helped the girls to CIFSS Championships in 2006 and 2007, and the Boys to a CIF Championship in 2010 and State Championships in 2009 and 2010. He has coached at Balboa Bay Volleyball Club for 11 years. This is his 18th year in coaching, and he has also coached football (6 years) and basketball (3 years) in previous years.
Brennan went to Corona Del Mar Middle School and High School, graduating in 2011. His first time playing volleyball was on the 7th grade middle school team, and he began playing club at Balboa Bay the following year. Having played setter on the Frosh/Soph and JV teams, Coach Conti transitioned Brennan into an outside hitter/libero for the Varsity team. He was an outside hitter on the 2011 champion team. He went on to play libero at Ohio State University for his freshman and sophomore year. After a record sophomore year, Brennan was invited to play on the USA U21 National team. Going into his junior year; Brennan transferred to finish his last two years playing for Marv Dunphy at Pepperdine University, graduating in 2015. Currently, he works full time in sales for Youngs Market Company. Whenever he can, Brennan enjoys giving back to the program and sharing his experience with the up-and-coming players.
Cassidy Filpi, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Hello CdM friends and family! My name is Cassidy Filpi, I recently joined the CdM staff as Head Athletic Trainer in January 2017. In winter of 2016 I graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. At Fullerton I had the opportunity to work with men’s soccer, along with men and women’s basketball and baseball. I also had the pleasure of working with the team of Athletic Trainers at Walnut, and Esperanza High School. Post-graduation I became a Board Certified Athletic Trainer. I am extremely passionate about sports medicine and am so excited to work with the Sea King student athletes.