Head Coach, Kim Lester is in her eleventh year as the Women’s Volleyball coach at San Diego Mesa College. When Coach Lester took over the Olympians program in 2002, she didn’t hesitate in making Mesa Women’s Volleyball the strongest that it could be. She spent 2 years building her program and in 2004 she and her team made their mark that would become a tradition. Her 2004 squad earned a 22-5 overall record, won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship title, and competed in the State Tournament where they finished at 2nd Place in the State. That season marked the highest finish in the program’s history. In 2006, the Olympians would again, become the conference champions and win their way back to the State Tournament but this time they would finish as the number 4 team in the state.
Since her start Coach Lester has culminated an overall record of 201-69 giving her a .744 winning percentage and a conference record of 97-11 for an impressive .898 winning %. During the past 10 years, the Olympians have won the title of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Champions 5 times (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009) and had 4 undefeated seasons (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007). Coach Kim was also honored as the PCAC Coach of the Year 3 times (2004,2006,2007) as well as the PCACFemale Sport Coach of the Year in 2004.
Prior to coaching at SD Mesa, she has served at many prestigious colleges with competitive volleyball programs such as the University of Nevada, Las Vega, Idaho State University, and the University of Oklahoma. Before finding her home at Mesa, Coach Lester has worked with several community colleges including San Diego City College and Southwestern College and Saddleback College. It was at Saddleback that her team finished 2nd in the state and Coach Lester was named, “Coach of the Year.”
Coach Kim Lester has earned herself a reputation as someone who believes in the foundation of hard work in the classroom and on the court and has a established herself as a well respected coach. Her coaching style and philosophies have become a winning formula as she has consistently produced winning teams and good student-athletes.
Growing up, Kim was an outstanding athlete and concentrated on playing softball. But it was during her high school years, she became a 3 sport athlete and excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball. Upon her senior year, she had earned a full scholarship in both volleyball and softball and had to make a very difficult decision. The quick pace of volleyball met her passion to become more lead her to accept a scholarship in volleyball at San Diego State University. While playing 4 years of intercollegiate volleyball at SDSU Kim earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology. Following her graduation, she knew that she wanted to help the sport of Women’s Volleyball grow and so she earned her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. She currently resides in San Diego and is the proud parent of a daughter, Jayden.
Sarah Munoz brings a wealth of playing knowledge and a history of success as a volleyball player. As a volleyball standout at Santa Fe Christian High School, Coach Munoz played all four years on the Varsity squad and helped her team earn the title of State Champions in 2003, State Runners-Up in 2002 and 2004. She was named to the All-State Team in 2003 and again in 2004 as well as receiving the Sportsmanship Award in 2002. Coach Munoz was also elected, by the North County Times, as “Player of the Year” for the 2004 season. She was also a member of several local volleyball clubs including Solana Beach Volleyball Club for three years, Momentum Volleyball club for 1 year, and Epic Volleyball Club for 2 years. Her team also placed 3rd at Festival. Following her high school playing career, Coach Munoz continued on to play at, Division I, Virginia Tech for the next 4 seasons during 2005 to 2008. At Virginia Tech, she assisted in the coaching of volleyball camps while earning her Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and receiving her minor in 3 subjects which include, Psychology, Sociology and Humanities and the Arts.
After graduation, Coach Munoz decided to play professionally in Puerto Rico for Toa Baja during the Spring of 2009. Her team was named the Liga de Voleibol Superior Femenino (LVSF) Champions for the 2009 season. Currently, Coach Munoz has returned to her Alma Mater, Sante Fe Christian, and is the head coach for the Freshman girls volleyball team and has been named Technical Coaching Director at the high end Solana Beach Volleyball Club.
Fresh off a California state finals run with Grossmont College in 2011, Ikaika Lewis joins the Mesa MVB program in 2012 as second assistant coach. Lewis served as a volunteer assistant coach under Grossmont’s Hall of Fame coach Fred Featherstone, helping the Griffins to a state runner-up finish in 2011. As a player at Grossmont in 2009, he led the Griffins in ace percentage as a part-time starter at outside hitter, at the age of 30. Lewis was an All-Oahu Interscholastic Assn. first team selection in 1997 while playing volleyball for Kalani HS, where he was a three-sport athlete. A US Coast Guard veteran, Lewis was the recipient of a USCG Commendation Medal for a solo rescue of a 15 year old girl, and earned other service medals for law enforcement and search & rescue duties. Now retired from the service, he is the owner/operator of Lighthouse Industries, a contracting company specializing in the implementation of retail store interior design plans.