Jay Van Vark joins the Aztec volleyball program as an assistant volunteer coach for the 2012-13 campaign. He arrives at SDSU with experience at both the high school and collegiate levels as well as with local club teams.
Van Vark began his coaching career as head coach for the Iowa State men's team for two seasons as well two seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Iowa State Women's team. After moving to San Diego, he became the head coach at Rancho Bernardo High School for boys and girls, a position that he held for 10 seasons before moving on a successful business career. While at RBHS, he led the Bronco girls to their only CIF volleyball title in 1994.
Van Vark took a break from volleyball to raise a family and establish a career in the software business, returning to coaching as his daughter took up the sport. He coached at Epic Volleyball Club in San Diego the past six years (2006-11) and resumed his role as head coach again at Rancho Bernardo High School from 2009-2011.
Van Vark played three years for the Iowa State Men's club team and was Club National MVP in 1985. During his last years in college he played semi-pro indoor with Budweiser for two seasons, followed by three seasons outdoor for East Beach as a AAA-rated beach and grass player. He has also played in five indoor USVBA Open National Championships. In the late 80s, he was a college referee and at one point was the youngest Head Official for the Big 8 (now the Big 12).
Van Vark is co-founder of a successful software firm called Kick Your Apps that develops iPad and iPhone applications, mostly for the dental industry. He is also the author of one of the most successful volleyball statistics packages, iVolleyStats.
An avid golfer, he has been married to his wife Linda for 21 years and they have a daughter, Audrey (18) and son, Jared (15).