Coaching career

2016 - Current

Head Coach Cal State LA University Women’s Volleyball, Head Coach A4 15 Purple and 17 Purple

  • Gold USAV Junior National Championships - American Division
  • Cover USA Volleyball Magazine - 15 Purple
  • Bronze AAU Junior National Championships - Premier Division

2015 - 2016

1st Assistant Coach Cal State LA University Women’s Volleyball Team, Head Coach A4 18Purple and 15Black

  • Top 8 in final SCVA Regional Rankings
  • Top 16 Finish at AAU National Championships - 18s Open Division  

2014 - 2015

Head Coach A4 14Black and 16Black

  • Top 10 finish at Volleyball Festival - Phoenix, AZ

Prior Coaching Experience 

  • Assistant coach to Bill Ferguson at SCVC with 16’s team that won Gold medal at Jr. Nationals
  • Coached free clinics for low-income girls volleyball program - Club Nitrosas de Naranjito
  • Director of Juanchi’s Volleyball clinics in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and Dickinson, North Dakota

 

Playing Career

NCAA

  • Outside hitter at University of Southern California (USC) from 2005-2008
  • Two time All-American

Professional Indoor League

  • Member of Puerto Rican Professional Indoor Volleyball league since 2008. 
  • Rookie of the Year award and league championship with Plataneros de Corozal team (2008)
  • Runner-up in MVP voting (2011), All Star Team (2011)
  • Top Point Scorer and Attacks Patriotas de Lares team (2012)
  • German Bundesliga – VC Franken team (2010)
  • German Bundesliga – Moers team (2011)
  • Greek League – Club Olimpiakos (2012)

Puerto Rican National Indoor Volleyball Team

  • Member of PR National Indoor team since 2007
  • Silver Medal in Panamerican Cup (2007 – Santo Domingo)
  • Best Libero award at Panamerican Cup (2008)
  • Best Attacker award and 3rd Place finishing in Panamerican Cup (2009 – Chiapas, Mexico)
  • 1st Place in Central American Games (2010)
  • Qualified for World League (2010), Played at World League – first time ever for PR (2011)
  • 4th Place finishing in Pre-Olympics qualifiers (2012)
  • Selected as Volleyball Player of the Year award by the PR Olympic Committee (2012)

 

As an accomplished athlete and coach with an extensive background in athletics, Juan Figueroa is eager to pass along his knowledge and experience to help today’s youth excel in the sport of volleyball. Juan came from a family of athletes – his parents met while playing on the Puertorrican Track & Field National teams, his sister played volleyball at Dickinson State University and is currently a volleyball coach in North Dakota, and his Dad is the Sub-Secretary of Sports and Recreations in Puerto Rico as well as an international referee for basketball. Early on, Juan’s background in sports combined with his passion for volleyball laid the foundations for his future success as an athlete and coach.

In college, Juan’s coach (Turhan Douglas) was criticized for offering him a full scholarship to USC because of his limited height as an outside hitter. During his time at USC, Juan worked extra hard to earn his coaches’ trust and used the criticism of others as motivation to become a better player. He also participated in track & field during his junior year and won the long jump event with a jump of 25ft (the 5th best in the nation that year) and automatically qualified for nationals after only 2 days of practice. Juan is married to Eva Figueroa who he met at USC and has 2 children: Jayden (3) and Mia (7 months).