Eclipse Volleyball Club

Staff Bio (click to expand view):


Head Coaches Tian-ren Zhang, Pei-lan Qu

tTianren Zhang and Peilan Qu
Co-Founders and Head coaches (to assist all teams in practice)

  • The Zhangs have both played on the Chinese National volleyball teams
  • Coach Zhang was an assistant coach at the University of Washington 1991-1993
  • Coach Zhang was an assistant coach at the Kalamazoo College, MI 1996-97
  • Coach Zhang was an assistant coach at Hillsdale College, MI 1994-1996
  • Coach Qu has coached the Chinese Junior National team for over 10 years in the 1980s
  • Coach Tian has coached Former USA and current Chinese National team coach Lang Ping (Jenny) . He converted her from middle blocker to outside hitter, a position where she later recieved the MVP/Best Hitter awards in Olympics and World Championships and gotten the "Iron Hammer" nickname.
  • Coaches Tian has coached Beijing Professional volleyball team in 1980s, where Lang Ping played during his tenure.
  • Furthermore, they both coached Club Teams placing 2nd and 5th place at US Junior National. In 1998, they coached the City Beach 15 Black, which finished 1st in the Northern California 15 Division and 5th at National.
  • They coached High and Middle School teams at Castilleja School (Palo Alto) 10+ years
  • IMPACT Certified
  • CIF/NFHS Coaching Certification

They are currently head coaches at Eclipse Volleyball Club. They will assist all teams in practices. The Zhangs currently reside in North Valley San Jose. They enjoy teaching young kids fundamentals of volleyball and watching them develop and grow into successful individuals. In their spare time, they enjoy gardening, sight-seeing and watching sports.


Director Dan Zhang

Dan Zhang, Director
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  • He is in his 17th year as club director.
  • Dan coached numerous camps and clinics at Stanford, and at various High schools in Michigan and California.
  • Dan has been coaching at Eclipse summer and fall clinics since 1999.
  • Dan holds a AA ranking in CBVA (CA Beach Vball Assoc.)
  • Dan competed on Stanford Univ Varsity Volleyball team.
  • He was selected by Volleyball Monthly Magazine's Fab 50 as the top high school players in the country in 1997.
  • He led team Nike to 18s 2nd place finish at the US Junior Nationals in 1997.

Dan enjoys watching most sports, and playing volleyball, basketball in his spare time. You can also find him on the Stanford sand courts when time permits, which is less often now since he is also busy teaching his 2 boys to be a future star athletes. He holds B.S and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering. Dan currently works at Google as a Technical Account Manager in Partner Engineering.

Dan is also an activist in a number of non-profit organizations where he thrives to make an significant impact by applying his passion for a more sustainable environment using technology.



Coaching Staff Bio (alphabetically, click on names to view details):

In addition to head coaches below, there are also junior assistant coaches from local elite high school club programs. Player to coach ratios is kept low at < 6:1

Coach Brian Posadas

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  • 2020 - 17s Head coach
  • Eclipse 2019 - 16s Head coach
  • Eclipse 2018 season 16s head coach, 3rd place NCVA Regionals
  • Eclipse 2017 season 18s head coach
  • Eclipse summer and fall clinics since 2016
  • Freshmen coach Kings Academy HS 2019
  • Coached for club Sky in Alameda for 3 seasons, 18's and 14's level. 
  • Head boys coach St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda), 2013 and 2015. Assistant varsity boys coach in 2011
  • Assistant varsity girls coach St. Joseph Notre Dame 2012 - 2013, advanced to the NCS Div 5 Championship back to back years.  
  • Played club team at San Jose State and continue to play in adult indoor and outdoor tournaments year round.
  • Played 4 years in high school (2004-2007, St. Joseph Notre Dame) in Alameda as a OH and S and we won 3 straight league titles, and winning MVP and 1st Team All League in 2006 and 2007.


Coach Heather Sangster

willHeather Sangster

  • 2019 15s head coach
  • Eclipse Summer/Fall clinics coach since 2015
  • 4 year varsity player at Pudget Sound Univ Seattle
  • Team captain Los Altos High School Volleyball team
  • Los Altos HS, Athlete of the Year Award
  • Played club at Eclipse from 13s-16s age level
  • Currently working in Real Estate


Coach Olivia Thomas

willOlivia Thomas

  • 2020 16s Head Coach
  • 2015 season Eclipse 15s and
  • 2014 14-Gold coach
  • Eclipse summer and fall clinics coach since 2013
  • 4 years letter-winner on the Sacramento State Univ varsity volleyball team
  • Competed in NCAA playoffs 2 times and won conference title 2 times at Sac St.
  • Played club volleyball at CityBeach and competed in Junior Nationals
  • 2 years teaching intern for kids 6 - 10 yrs about environmental development in Palo Alto
  • Majored in Pyschology and Environmental Studies













Recent highlights

Area League - Regionals
  • 16G, Start 19th, finish 13th
  • 16B, Start 1st, finish 2nd. District Champion!
  • 17, Start 9th, finish 3rd.
  • 18, Start 3rd, Regional champion.
  • 13s, Bronze Division Champion!
  • 14G, start 35th, finish 21st seed
  • 14B, Gold Division Regional Champion!







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