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Steve Astor named Corona del Mar girls' volleyball coach

He has coached the Newport Harbor boys' team the past two seasons.

June 01, 2013|By David Carrillo Penaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

On March 1, the day the Newport Harbor High boys' volleyball team opened the season, Coach Steve Astor said he applied for a few girls' jobs. At the time, there was an opening at rival Corona del Mar.

"I don't know about that yet," Astor said when asked back then whether he planned to apply for the girls' coaching position at CdM. "I haven't really thought that through yet.

"But I'd like to get my own girls' program."

Three months later, Astor found one on the other side of the Back Bay.

Astor said he's taking over as the CdM girls' volleyball coach and leaving his post with the Newport Harbor boys when the school year ends.

Astor's stint with the Sailors was short lived. His predecessor, Dan Glenn, who spent a quarter of a century in charge of Newport Harbor's boys, teased Astor about lasting just two years with the Sailors.

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"I wish him the best," said Glenn, the director of volleyball at Newport Harbor, after he learned one of his former assistants is replacing one of his former players.

Astor fills a CdM job that's been vacant since December, when Marissa Booker stepped down to spend more time with her family. She led the Sea Kings for two successful seasons, the first to the CIF Southern Section Division 1A title match.

Astor will be CdM's third coach in six years. The previous two coaches, Darryl Gan and Booker, led their respective CdM teams to section finals appearances, Gan in 2008 and '09 and Booker in '11, but their teams never won a section crown while at the helm.

Astor said he feels blessed to be in the position he's in at age 28. He's worked under legendary coaches like Glenn, served seven years as an assistant under former Laguna Beach girls' coach Lance Stewart, and one season with former UC Irvine head man John Speraw, who coached at the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club before taking over the UCLA men's volleyball program.

Astor's first head coaching job was with the Newport Harbor boys and second one will be with the CdM girls. Both are storied programs in Southern California.

With the high-profile job come high expectations. Astor said he's well aware of them.

"I like the challenge," said Astor, who guided the Sailors to Sunset League runner-up finishes and the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs in each of his two seasons. "I had a great time at Newport. Now, I get to run a girls' program. I'm looking forward to it. I want to focus on one place and give it all my attention."

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