HEAD COACH: SARA JOHNSON
Coach Sara Johnson has been playing and coaching sports for nearly as long as she's been drawing breath. An Orange County native, Johnson got her start playing various Southern California sports before focusing her attention on her two favorite sports: long distance running and volleyball. She earned a spot on La Habra High's varsity Cross Country, Volleyball and Track & Field squad, where she was elected team captain her senior year and eventually qualified for Junior National Championships in volleyball. At each track meet, she would race as much as possible (3200, 1600, 800, 4x4 relay). Educational aspirations brought Sara to the Bay, where she has earned a BS in Kinesiology from SFSU, as well as a Master's in Sports Management from USF. In the fall of 2012, Sara Johnson joined IHS as Assistant Athletic Director andVolleyball coach, whose student-athletes have benefitted from her tremendous technical knowledge, love of the sport and years of experience ever since.
Coach Sara's kindness and infectious enthusiasm have made her a perennial favorite with International student-athletes, but behind her ever-present smile lies a no-nonsense approach to coaching. Johnson describes her sideline demeanor as strict and highly organized. She requires three things of her players: energy, effort and communication, and harbors little patience for anyone not willing to give their best. Coach Sara also believes in making every practice fun, however, and encourages her students to take risks and define their own goals. Since 2008, She has coached various levels of athletes, from elementary-aged beginners, Varsity Athletes, Junior National Championship-calliber players and every skill level in between.
"Interscholastic athletics are about providing another avenue for players to learn how to be better people, apply valuable life lessons and have fun!"
Outside of coaching, Sara likes to keep busy by training for half marathons, hanging out with her puppy and managing her fantasy football teams.
ASSISTANT COACH: JELANI CLYBURN
Coach Lani is a Maryland native and former track and field athlete who has specializes in sports performance. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science at Delaware State University with a minor in Coaching. During his time in undergrad, he spent time interning with the football and track & field team.
-NSCA CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach)
ASSISTANT COACH: MARCUS PORCHIA
Marcus Porchia, a Bay Area native that started playing sports as soon as he could walk. Attended FAIS and IHS, graduated in 2013 and is proud to hold the "lifer" title. Throughout his academic career, he was a part of many sports (Cross Country, Basketball, Track & Field, Baseball) that were provided, but being a leader was his calling.