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Meet The Coaches

Breezy Ambort

Varsity Head Coach (2010-present)


Breezy has been with Poway's program since 2010 taking over as head coach during the 2011 season. She is also a social science teacher at Poway, currently teaching AP Psychology and Intro to Psychology. Under her 1st year as head coach, Poway was able to make it to the Division 1 CIF Semifinals and then they went to back-to-back Division 1 CIF Championships in 2012 and 2013. Most recently, in the 2017 season, Poway won Palomar League (a title that hasn't been achieved since 2009) and made it to the State Quarterfinals (with Poway not having gone that far in State playoffs to the 3rd round since 2003).


Her coaching experience began in the Summer of 2004, where she was the Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at Grossmont College for two years. In the same year, she also began coaching at Epic Volleyball Club. From 2004-2009, she coached in the 16s and 17s age groups and then from 2010-2017, she was Epic's 15-1s coach. 

As only the 3rd Poway coach since 1980, she is honored to be a part of such a rich tradition and continues to honor that tradition by using Poway Unified's 6 Pillars of Character as an underlying foundation for the program. She has expectations that all players build character on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.

Our program has an excellent history with 11 CIF titles and we are very eager to keep working hard to obtain more for the school!

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David White

Freshmen Head Coach (2000-present)


Dave's experience as a coach started with Rancho Bernardo High School as their Girls JV coach in 1993 and 1994, and in 1993, he was also the Boys Varsity coach.


In 1994, Dave moved over to his alma mater, here at Poway High, where he was the Boys Varsity coach for 7 years. While there, his teams were Palomar League Champions 3 times, CIF Finalists 3 times, and won the Boys CIF Championship in 1999. In 1999, Dave was named San Diego Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year.


After the 2000 boys season, Dave resigned to pursue a Master's degree in Education and is currently a social science teacher at Poway teaching Economics and U.S. History. He has been apart of Poway's coaching staff for the past 21 years as a coach in both the boys and girls volleyball programs.

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Katie Barton

JV Head Coach (2017-present)


Katie is an alumni of Poway High School graduating in 2016. Her Sophomore year she helped her team to a CIF Division 1 Finals appearance and was Captain of the program her Senior year. She earned a scholarship to Lewis Clark State College and after playing for a year in their program, transferred to Grossmont College to play in their Beach Volleyball Program.

After playing at Grossmont, she transferred to Cal State San Marcos where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She is currently on the path to earning her teaching credential in order to become a Kindergarten teacher.

Katie's club experience was with Epic Volleyball Club from 2011-2016. She also began coaching in their locals program in 2017 for the middle school ages and began coaching one of their 16s teams in the 2019-2020 season.


This is her 6th year coaching in the program. Her first year was as a program assistant helping all 3 teams when needed and then became the Freshman coach for the next 3 years. Now Katie runs our JV team.

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Program Assistant Coach (2021-present)


Coach D’Arbra is happily married with 3 young children and enjoys them as much as possible. She has been involved in the Poway School District since 2005 as a Special Education Substitute Teacher. She has coached women from the age of 8 to the age of 78 and has done so for over 25 years.

Working with some of the most experienced coaches in the county, D’Arbra says she continues to learn from them and the players she gets the privilege of working with each season.

D’Arbra loves all sports but is passionate about volleyball and the life lessons being part of a team will instill in our youth. Playing at the collegiate level taught her how to be a better athlete and person, and she places high value on both.

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