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TMC Insider: Allan Vince named TMC V-ball head coach

Posted: May 4, 2014 9:01 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2014 9:01 p.m.
The Master’s College named Allan Vince as its new women’s volleyball head coach last week. The Master’s College named Allan Vince as its new women’s volleyball head coach last week.
The Master’s College named Allan Vince as its new women’s volleyball head coach last week.

The Master’s College hired Allan Vince as the next women’s volleyball head coach, while the men’s baseball team faced a bittersweet week by being sent home early from the conference tournament, but earning a trove of All-conference honors along the way.

Women’s Volleyball

TMC has brought aboard Vince as the next head coach for its women’s volleyball program, replacing Bobby Blanken after four years at the helm.

Blanken resigned in March after accepting an assistant coaching job at Metropolitan State University in Denver.

Vince, a native of South Pasadena, was previously and assistant coach for California Baptist University’s men’s volleyball program.

Well trained in the sport, Vince’s resume is highlighted by being a first assistant coach for the United States Men’s National Volleyball Team for the Pan Am Games (2013 and 2014), the head volleyball coach for San Marino High School’s girls varsity program (2009-11), first assistant coach for Pasadena City College women’s program (2006), and a UCLA Bruin Volleyball Camp Coach and Counselor (2003-11).

As a student-athlete, Vince refined his volleyball skills at Golden West College. In 2002, Vince transferred to UCLA where, as a student-athlete, he led the men’s volleyball team to a second-place finish in the NCAA in 2005. In his final year as a Bruin, Vince earned NCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors in 2005.

After earning his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from UCLA, Vince produced an impressive career as a professional athlete by being a member of the US Men’s National Volleyball Team, where he a member of the training team leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. From 2006-08, Vince was also a member of various professional teams in Puerto Rico, Argentina and Latvia.

Vince currently resides in Riverside with his wife, Solveiga, their son, Christian, and daughter, Sabrina.

“Allan possesses a dynamic, varied and high level volleyball experience,” said third-year TMC Athletic Director Steve Waldeck. “Combined with his deep-rooted faith in Jesus Christ, Allan is passionate about the opportunity to serve alongside us at The Master’s College. We are thrilled that he is joining our team, and we believe he is a wonderful fit for our department and our institution.”


On the eve of the Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament, three members of The Master’s College baseball team were recognized with all-conference honors.

Headlining the trio of Mustangs are outfielder/pitcher Steve Karkenny and shortstop Jonathan Popadics, both of whom earned All-GSAC kudos for the second consecutive year. TMC infielder Ryan Shackelford earned his first all-conference honor.

Karkenny was named twice on the All-GSAC team, both as a hitter and a relief pitcher.

He led the club in eight offensive categories, including batting average (.366), hits (63), home runs (6), RBIs (44) and stolen bases (25).

The junior also distinguished himself on the mound this spring, developing into the conference’s best closers, notching seven saves and going 3-2 with a 1.21 ERA.

Meanwhile, Popadics enjoyed another outstanding season at the plate and in the field. The junior tied Karkenny for the team lead in batting average and hits, and paced the club in runs scored (48), walks, (30), and on-base percentage (.481). He finished second in the GSAC in doubles, third in runs scored and stolen bases, and sixth in batting average.

Shackelford’s selection was a fitting honor for the most versatile player on the team who found his niche at third base in 2014.

Unfortunately, the Mustangs headed home early from the 2014 GSAC Tournament Thursday evening after losing 1-0 in 11 innings to No. 18 Vanguard and 6-3 Westmont on the first day of the tournament. The disappointing losses dropped the second-seeded Mustangs to 37-16.

However, all is not lost and the NAIA 12th-ranked Mustangs will play another day after being awarded a host site and the automatic bid that comes with it in the NAIA’s National Championship Opening Round that starts May 12 on Reese Field.

Now, the Mustangs play a waiting game that will end on May 9 when they find out who will be coming to town for the Opening Round three days later.


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