Hedder Ilustre-Pascua grew up playing indoor and outdoor volleyball in sunny South Bay, CA with Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach as her backyard. She comes with 30 years of volleyball knowledge for both sports. Hedder has trained with some of the best coaches and players in the nation, having played indoor at the University of Hawaii and on the A2 USA Team. She's been under the wing of sand coaches such as Danalee Corso (first Beach Coach at FSU), Brian Corso, and Nancy Mason. She has trained with top AVP and FIVB players, including her sister Heidi Ilustre-Boatright and sister-in-law Diane Nelson. Hedder has had multiple top finishes in CBVA opens and has played in several AVP Volleyball tournaments. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and is excited to share it through Kōkua VBC.
Kady Forbes (Try)
Kady Forbes (Try) became a beach volleyball enthusiast after completing her indoor collegiate career in 2011. She started by playing in tournaments all over the PNW gathering first hand experience and knowledge. In 2016 she took a leap of faith and started competing in AVPNext and AVP Qualifier tournaments while training with some amazing beach professionals in Southern California. After winning the PNW AVPNext bid for the 2016 Manhattan Beach Open, Kady and her partner had an eye-opening experience of what it takes to properly train for the top level. While living in Portland, Oregon from 2016-2019, she continued her training and playing with a fantastic group of women dedicated to learning and developing their techniques and playing in competitive tournaments up and down the west coast. Kady has trained both juniors and collegiate athletes in both indoor as well as beach volleyball. She is extremely excited to teach and share her love of beach volleyball with Kōkua VBC!
Billy Allen grew up San Diego playing volleyball from a young age. He won his first doubles (grass) tournament with his dad at 10 years old. From there the path was clear, Billy went on to win the AAU Beach Jr Olympics at 16 and 18. Billy also played indoor in HS and College (Cal State Northridge) as a setter. He now plays professionally on the AVP and for the USA National Beach Team. Billy is a 2x AVP Seattle Open Champion.
Billy has coached for over 15 years and is the host of the volleyball coaching podcast “Coach Your Brains Out.”
Billy lived in Hermosa Beach before moving up to Post Falls last fall with his wife Janelle a former Eastern Eagle and AVP Pro from Post Falls.
Jacob grew up in San Diego playing beach volleyball from an early age. His love of the game led him to compete in high school and college. When he wasn't lacing up his court shoes, he could be found with his toes in the sand. After graduating from Grossmont Junior College, he played in numerous CBVA beach events for a higher level of competition. Jacob has evolved his volleyball career into coaching. He has dedicated years of developing high school, club, and collegiate athletes. We are proud to introduce Jacob Pruitt and welcome him to Kōkua Beach to develop the next generation of beach volleyball athletes.
As a California native, Drew grew up playing beach volleyball for fun but it became a passion of his during college when he moved to San Diego to play indoor for San Diego Mesa JC, and started to use beach volleyball as a method of cross training. After he finished his indoor career and graduated from Warner University with an exercise science degree, he moved back to San Diego to train for CBVA and AVP Qualifiers, while working for Velocity Sports Performance and training athletes in speed and agility.
Drew Pascua is now in his fifth year as an assistant volleyball coach at Gonzaga University and is still playing in as many indoor and beach volleyball tournaments in the Spokane area as he can get.
Pascua came to Gonzaga after two years at North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He helped lead the Cardinals to a 10th-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament and a 22-16 record in 2015.
Before joining NIC, Pascua coached the men's volleyball team at Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla., during the 2007 season. He led that program to a 10th-place national finish at the NAIA level.
He also has extensive experience in coaching at the club and high school levels. He guided Santa Fe Christian's girls' squad to the California state title in 2003, 2007, and 2008, and he also coached at Honolulu's Mid-Pacific Institute and `Imi `Ike VBC.
Pascua, his wife Hedder, and their three children (Samonte, Everdeen, and Dash) live in Spokane
Chris Kosty grew up in Huntington Beach, one of the most iconic beach volleyball locations in the country. Like many kids in California, Chis started playing volleyball from a young age, honing his skills in both indoor and beach volleyball. His college volleyball career started at Golden West College and later transferred to the University of Hawaii. After college, he traveled overseas to play in Germany, and Switzerland. Upon arrival back to the states Chris spent some time training with the U.S. men’s national team in Colorado Springs. Chris played on the AVP for 8 seasons with some top 20 finishes. Chris’s coaching experience has included being an assistant at Golden West College, Long Beach State, Oregon State, and Indiana University. He was also held the position of Assistant and Head coach at North Idaho College. Chris is excited to be with Kōkua Beach Volleyball Club.
Kylie Beckett is currently playing collegiate beach volleyball at College of the Desert in beautiful Palm Springs, CA. She has been playing sand volleyball and indoor volleyball for 6 years. Kylie has competed in Evergreen Region's junior sand volleyball league for the past 4 years and has placed 1st three out of the four years. She is now competing in adult sand tournaments and leagues where she regularly finishes in the top three. Kylie has placed 1st at Seaside Beach Tournament twice, and 2nd once. As a student of the game she is looking forward to coming home and sharing skills and experience with her ohana at Kōkua Beach VBC.
McKayla recently finished her first year as Volunteer Assistant Coach with Gonzaga University’s indoor volleyball program. Prior to joining the staff at Gonzaga, McKayla spent her fifth year of NCAA D1 volleyball eligibility competing on the top team for No. 12 ranked Loyola Marymount Beach Volleyball Team. While there, she received All-WCC First Team honors and nomination for the WCC Female Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Award. McKayla spent all four years of her indoor career as a six rotation outside hitter at Gonzaga University. Individually, she achieved the goal of surpassing 1,000 career kills while also being recognized for her commitment to academics as a two-time WCC All-Academic First Team member and two-time WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention.
Throughout her collegiate career she has participated in numerous ERVA beach events, several AVPnext tournaments, the 2016 USAV Beach HP Championships and the AVP tour. She had the opportunity to study under many FIVB and AVP legends including John Mayor, Betsi Flint, Diane Nelson, Billy Allen, Stafford Slick, Stanford Beach Head Coach, Andrew Fuller, and Hawaii Beach Associate Coach, Evan Silberstein. She is very excited to join the Kokua ohana and play a part in their mission to grow this amazing game!
Jacob has been playing competitive sports for most of his life, while he has only been playing beach volleyball for the past 4 years, he has played in several tournaments with some first-place finishes. For the most part Jacob is self-taught and has surrounded himself with some of the area’s best beach volleyball athletes to help him along the way. As a collegiate athlete at Central Washington University Jacob is no stranger to hard work. He understands that success requires a good work ethic and the ability to deliver relevant information. He has been coaching various sports over the past 8 years and volleyball for the past 3 years. Jacob is excited start his beach coaching career with Kōkua Beach Volleyball Club.
Kennedy is currenlty a senior, 6 rotation outside hitter, at Gonzaga University. Earned WCC All Conference Honorable mention last season. Played beach for Dakine throughout high school where she competed in AVP Next, CBVA, AAU and the Seaside Tournament! Placed 1st at Seaside twice and placed 2nd in the AVP Next Seattle invitational. Kennedy was Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Washington for indoor. She helped lead her HS team to dual state championships. Kennedy plans continue to learn and love the beach volleyball game, as she is hoping to play her 5th year for a beach program after her indoor career!
Sarah is currently an indoor player for Gonzaga University, going into her senior year as a six rotation rightside. So far she has been a two-time All-WCC honorable mention and was named to the WCC All-Freshman team in 2017. On the academic side, she has also been named WCC All-Academic honorable mention her last two seasons. She has plans to to transfer to University of Hawaii to complete her 5th year in the sand! Sarah grew up playing in the seaside beach tournament and still plays during the off-season at Brown’s Park. She has had experience coaching for Zag Volleyball Camps the past two summers and this is her second summer with Kōkua.
Amy first set foot on the sand court 4 years ago and beach volleyball has quickly become her passion. As a former collegiate right side from the University of Idaho, she is no stranger to hard work. Playing sand volleyball adds the challenge of finding the balance between mental toughness, strategy, and intention she hasn't encountered before.
Amy has been coaching camps, club, and private lessons over the past 15 years. She loves the challenge, camaraderie and competition of playing sports; and hopes that her experience and love for the game transfers over to our young athletes.
Collin started playing volleyball in California when he was 15 and has loved it ever since. He moved to Santa Barbara to play more beach and go to school. He did a lot of coaching and playing in regional CBVA sand tournaments. He played indoor in college at Purdue Fort Wayne and graduated with his degree. He left the states after he graduated and played Pro sand in Germany. Once he finished playing, he came back and received his Masters in English for Second Language Learners. He has been coaching for 6 years now and is trying to spread the game of volleyball to as many people as possible. He’s happy to be at Kōkua Beach VBC to help out!
Chan Esperas has over 28 years of experience in volleyball. While most of it is from the indoor scene, he has recently transitioned to coaching beach volleyball. With coaching beach as a new discipline, he spent endless hours analyzing the game. He studied core fundamentals, strategies, and tactics from multiple resources. Chan has established a network of coaches and attends clinics and formal coach training programs to develop his coaching style. As a member of USAV, JVA, AAU, AVPA, AOC, and AVCA he has access to a vast library of resources to help develop himself and his athletes. This commitment has lead his team to win multiple national bids over the past few years.
Kōkua Beach Volleyball Club was formed when he saw an opportunity to help (kōkua) the athletes of the beach community grow their game. We have gathered the greatest minds available to provide the best training and opportunities for our ohana to compete at the highest level they can achieve.