New Coach Mynor Mendoza is in the process of building the fledgling Los Angeles City College women’s volleyball team into a top-notch community college program. The Cubs are got off to a good start under their new mentor with five victories in their first nine matches. Pretty impressive when you consider that City teams won only six matches in their first two seasons of existence.
Mynor Mendoza said the goal is to win at least 12, finish no lower than third or fourth in the rugged South Coast Conference and qualify for the state playoffs. But more than anything, he wants to send a message to the rest of the conference. "We’re going to let the conference know that we’re not going to be a door step anymore. Teams are going to have to work hard to beat us," he said. Mendoza is looking for players that are willing to work hard. "If you’re willing to play hard, regardless of whether you’re tall or short, I’ll give you a chance to play on my team," he says.
Mendoza is only 23 years old and is still working toward his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at Cal State Dominguez Hills. He would like to become a physical education instructor and teach and coach at the high school or college level. Mendoza coached the volleyball club team at City for two years before the college fielded an intercollegiate program.
He also coaches the girls’ volleyball team at Manual Arts, where he began his coaching career at the age of 18 as an assistant under Trenton Cornelius, the man he says was his mentor. They led Manual Arts to consecutive Coliseum League titles in 2003 and 2004. After the 2004 season, Mendoza became the head coach and the tradition of league titles continues at Manual as he has guided the Toilers to league titles each of his three seasons as head coach, and this year’s team is off to a 7-0 start. "Coach Cornelius left me an awesome program," Mendoza recalled. "We wanted to bring some volleyball spirit into the inner-city." Mendoza said he didn’t know anything about volleyball until he tried out for the Manual Arts boys’ team his senior year. He played football, tennis and ran track at Manual, but when an injury cut short his football season his senior year, he decided to give volleyball a try. It turned out to be a good move because he starred as an outside hitter and was named all-league.