NNJ is very excited to welcome Ray Batalon back home to Northern Nevada! Batalon will immediately assume the duties as the Director of Coach and Player Development at NNJ. Batalon will implement and oversee training techniques while also aiding in furthering coaching education and knowledge throughout the club.
Batalon returns to NNJ after spending four seasons at the helm of Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Over the course of Batalon's stint with Academy of Art, the team had an All-PacWest Team selection each season, set numerous career records, and collected a total of 28 Academic All-PacWest honors.
Prior to beginning with Art U, Batalon spent the 2014 club season coaching at Northern Nevada Juniors after coming off of a five-year stint as the associate head women's volleyball coach at University of the Pacific. An integral part of Pacific's recruiting, Batalon handled the Tigers' scouting and video database while the team collectively went 89-60 since 2009 without having a losing season.
Before joining Pacific, Batalon spent seven seasons on the bench at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was named the Wolf Pack's top assistant prior to the 2007 season. Batalon was primarily responsible for Nevada's recruiting as the team's recruiting coordinator while managing the team's volleyball database and serving as the primary evaluator. Leading the way on the recruiting effort, Batalon helped land the nation's 23rd-ranked recruiting class in 2006.
Prior to coaching at Nevada, Batalon was a staple in the Nevada high school ranks as he was the head coach at Reno High School from 1995-99 and an assistant at Bishop Manogue High School in 2000 and North Valleys High School in 2001.
Before beginning his coaching career, Batalon played men's volleyball at Nevada from 1991-95. He earned his bachelor's degree in general studies from Nevada in 2003.
If you see Ray around the facility, please welcome him back as we are thrilled to have him rejoin the staff!