Eastlake Starlings Director Ron Reyes was named the City of Chula Vista’s, “Citizen of the Month” for the month of May 2018. In a short ceremony at practice on April 22nd, Reyes was presented with a “Citizen of the Month” proclamation by Chula Vista City Councilman John McCann. “Coach Ron”, as he is affectionately known around the gym, was nominated by fellow Starlings coach, Brant Burington.
Coach Ron was recognized for his community service work with the Eastlake Starlings, a non-profit volleyball club which he founded in 2005. Looking for a place for his teenage daughters to play and spread his passion for the sport of volleyball, Reyes took it upon himself to begin his journey that has lasted 13 years. The club started out with three volleyball teams (two 16-year old teams and one 14-year old team), but since then has added teams for 12-year olds and 18-year olds. The volleyball club currently has grown to over 100 registered players that hail from various parts of Chula Vista and the South Bay.
Starlings Volleyball Clubs USA was founded in 1996 by U.S. Olympic Team member Byron Shewman, who wanted to provide equal opportunity for girls from diverse socioeconomic environments to compete in the sport of volleyball. Shewman started with one inner-city volleyball club in San Diego, which has grown into the nation’s largest junior volleyball club with over 2,500 players participating in over 50 cities across the United States.
Coach Ron has lived in the Eastlake area for 26 years with his wife Elsa and has two grown daughters, Brianne and Kelsey, both who played on Eastlake High School’s Varsity volleyball teams. When he’s not on the volleyball court teaching or coaching, Coach Ron works in the Information Technology Services Department at UC San Diego.
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Digital Archive: May 2018, Page 26