A Note from the Director of Athletics:

One of my goals is to increase the number of student-athletes each year while also creating a true student- athlete culture of connection felt by everyone involved throughout the journey. Increasing the fan support from students, parents and friends is something that I will strive towards as well. Creating greater school spirit towards athletics and implementing the idea of person before player, and where “we” makes, “me” stronger, is very important. Person before player and life over sport are both a reminder that YULA Girls Athletics will always place greater value on who the individual is off the court vs. what they can do on it. Trust, sacrifice, selflessness, team, accountability, responsibility, passion, and joy are just a handful of traits that we are hoping to instill in your daughter throughout their athletic experience at YULA Girls.

Sincerely,
Alexandra Novak

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Alexandra Novak

Director of Athletics

As an LA native, Ms. Novak grew up in Agoura Hills playing Volleyball, Basketball and Softball for Agoura High. She received her BA in Communications and Psychology from San Diego State University and her Masters Degree in Athletic Administration/Sports Management from Indiana University Bloomington. Novak was a Division 1 college athlete competing on the Women’s Rowing team at SDSU. She also spent some time studying in Israel at Neve Yerushalyim in Har Nof.

The Majority of her career has been spent in both college and professional athletics. She worked at UCLA in Recruiting and Special Events for athletics and at Pepperdine as the Manager of Sales and Service for their athletic department. Following her time in College Athletics she spent 5 years working with the LA Clippers in Sales and Service where she created Jewish Heritage Night. The 49ers was her next stop working with a professional team and the Super Bowl before she came back down to LA to be the Manager of Premium Sales for LAFC. For over a decade she has held many positions with the JCC Maccabi games from being a basketball and soccer coach to the delegation head, which is the position she currently holds. Competing in the games herself is why she wants to help recreate her experience with the games. Novak is also an adjunct professor teaching online course in Sports Management for Indiana University. Additionally, she is a Sports Consultant for Camp Moshava Alevy in Running Springs. Her vision is to make sure any girl who wants to compete on an athletic sports team has a chance to do so at YULA Girls High School.

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Liran Zamir

Varsity Volleyball Coach

Coach Liran Zamir moved to Los Angeles from Jerusalem in 2019. Last season he was the assistant men’s volleyball coach at Santa Monica College and will be a part of the SMC coaching staff this year as well. Prior to moving to LA, Zamir coached in the small city of Nili, Israel. He was a coach for the U16 club teams (boys and girls) and led the youth program to national championship (U12, 4X4) for boys and girls in 2018-19 season.

Prior to that, Coach Zamir spent two years with the Hapoel Jerusalem Volleyball Club, coaching the boys U16 and U20 teams leading the U16 team to promote to top division. In addition, Liran has a few achievements with high schools teams in Jerusalem and Modi’in.

Coach Zamir played for the Hapoel Jerusalem men’s volleyball team in the premier league of Israel. He is also certified as a personal gym trainer, and in the middle of his M.A. in sports management at the University of Kansas.

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Tiareh Cruz

JV Volleyball Coach
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Noga Wind

Women's Varsity Soccer Coach

I was born and raised in Jerusalem, and was a professional soccer player in the Women’s League and on Israel’s National Soccer Team. After suffering an injury I was forced to quit and decided to pursue my dreams as an actor and educator. I completed my national service as a counselor for homeless youth at risk in Tel Aviv, and then moved to the U.S to pursue my Bachelors in Theater at California Institute of the Arts. I am thrilled to join the YULA Girls family and to share my deep passion and love for soccer. As athletes we gain tools that will change our life, such as confidence building, team work, overcoming challenges, and developing a strong sense of self and responsibility. I build practices that focus on fitness, technique and strategy, using tools that simultaneously develop team building and healthy communication. My coaching technique is rooted in mutual respect. I believe that if a player enjoys their training, feels valued and respected, they will want to invest more in the sport and have a higher success rate. I am excited to build a powerful soccer team with YULA Girls, and to give each player the positive experience I believe every teenage athlete should have.

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Brandi Michel

JV & Varsity Head Swim Coach

Hi! I am a Mom of 2 with a passion for swimming. I have been teaching swimming lessons for over 17 years and a coach for more than 13 years. I remember learning to swim and those moments are invaluable to me as an adult. I’ve swam competitively and I currently compete in Olympic distance triathlons. I’ve been a swim coach for many different teams- YMCA, USA age group teams, k-8 private club teams, and this is my 10th year coaching YULA. I have designed swim programs in different areas of the country and my swim school, Revolution Swim School, is a leading school in the L.A. area. I love swimming-I teach a lot of fear based students as I have a degree in psychology & use therapeutic techniques to overcome fears to swim safely & effectively through the water. I also love coaching. It brings me joy to see individuals working hard and smashing their goals.