Ventura College Athletics

Sand Volleyball

Brad Lyans
Brad Lyans
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 805-289-6000 x51310
Years at VC: 5th Year
Associate's Degree: A.A. Los Angeles Pierce College, 2000
Bachelor's Degree: B.A., Cal State Northridge, 2002
Master's Degree: M.S. California University (PA), 2016

Brad Lyans is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Pirates' beach volleyball program. He has directed the Pirates to an overall mark of 52-23 (.693 winning pct.) while posting a 32-5 (.865) Western State Conference record. He led the Pirates to the WSC championship in 2019 and 2017 and runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2018. The Pirates qualified for the Southern California Regional Playoffs in 2016, 2017 and 2019, finisheing second in VC's first two appearances in the three-team regional field. 

Lyans just completed his seventh season directing the VC indoor volleyball team in the fall. He led VC to its first conference title in 13 years in 2018.  He has directed the Pirates to four post-season berths in his seven years, advancing to the second round of the playoffs in 2018, VC's first playoff victory since 2003.  In 2014 he directed the Pirates to their first playoff berth in seven seasons. He has been named WSC Coach of the Year in 2014, 2019 and 2019. The long-time Southern California coach brings along an extensive coaching resume, coupled with an excellent understanding of the two-year college volleyball community in California.

Brad is no stranger to success on the junior college stage: he spent multiple years as first assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s volleyball programs at Los Angeles Pierce College, reaching the CCCAA Final Four with the former (2006) and winning three Western State Conference titles (2006-2008) and reaching another CCCAA Final Four with the latter.  He was mentored by two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year and Pierce women’s head coach Nabil Mardini. He has also logged two seasons with the NCAA Division I Cal State Northridge women’s volleyball team under the direction of head coach and World Volleyball Hall of Famer Jeff Stork, helping that squad to a pair of third place finishes in the competitive Big West Conference.

As a teacher and trainer at the high school level, Brad has one of the most impeccable backgrounds one is likely to find. A Gold Medal Squared Certified Coach, he is a fixture on the GMS summer coaching circuit and one of the senior clinicians with the organization. Brad is also Head Clinician and one of the highest ranking coaches for the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy, one of the premier junior club volleyball organizations in the country with ten locations in Southern California and over 150 coaches. His club coaching experience is vast, with nearly a decade on the sidelines as his teams at the 15’s and 18’s levels went on to find great success, including a Volleyball Festival Championship in 2007 and a Junior National Championships appearance in 2012.

A two-sport high school athlete for Crescenta Valley High School Class of 1996 in the La Crescenta area of Southern California, Brad went on to earn All-Conference honors as a celebrated player for the 1999 CCCAA state runner-up Pierce College men’s volleyball team. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the College of Humanities at Cal State University, Northridge.