As the anticipation builds for the upcoming volleyball season, Santa Fe Christian (SFC) announced Megan Lawley as the new Women’s Head Coach, accompanied by Rafael Asvolinsque as Assistant Head Coach.

“I am humbled and honored to be stepping into the role of Head Coach alongside Rafa. I am excited to continue to shape the culture with new and old traditions,” said Lawley.

Both Lawley and Asvolinsque bring an impressive volleyball IQ along with a passion for serving Christ.

“My goal is that by their senior year they go out into the world as strong, bold, Godly women—heavily influenced by the SFC Volleyball program,” said Lawley.

Lawley and Asvolinsque step into their roles, succeeding former head coach Jeff Sutherland. The women’s volleyball program at SFC holds a history of success and recognition locally in San Diego, as well as at the state and national levels. The program’s legacy emphasizes not only athletic achievement but also the essential values of mentoring and spiritual guidance, leading the team closer to Christ.

“Coach Sutherland leaves behind an incredible imprint on this program that I am excited to continue,” said Lawley. “Rafa is a sought after coach in San Diego county and I’m excited to work alongside him. Running this program has always been a dream of mine.”

About Megan Lawley
Megan Lawley, a Washington state native, boasts a decade of volleyball experience as an OH/DS. After two years of collegiate play in Washington, she transferred to San Diego Christian in 2015. Megan’s coaching journey includes three years at Kent Juniors Volleyball Club (now “NPJ”), eight years at Coast Volleyball Club, and her recent venture as the Co-Director for FCA Volleyball Club in San Diego.

Passionate about using volleyball as a platform to inspire girls to discover their God-given gifts, Megan aims to compete at the highest level while instilling confidence in her players’ unique identities.

About Rafael Asvolinsque
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rafael Asvolinsque’s journey in volleyball started at the age of 11. From playing alongside Olympic Medalists and World Champions to coaching high-level athletes, Rafael brings a wealth of experience to SFC.

Since his arrival in California in 2018, Rafael has coached athletes of all levels, demonstrating his dedication to instilling passion and love for the game. Holding a degree in Sports Coaching, he emphasizes the importance of proper technique and values such as teamwork, dedication, and respect.

Rafael’s approach to coaching aligns with his belief that every opportunity in life shapes us to be the best versions of ourselves. His commitment to developing both skill and character resonates with SFC’s ethos of holistic player development.

The SFC Athletics Department expresses gratitude to former head coach Jeff Sutherland and looks forward to a successful new era under the leadership of Lawley and Asvolinsque.