Laguna Beach VBC is pleased welcome back Coach Darren Utterback this year. Coach Darren brings with him 35 years of experience coaching at every level of both club and high school. Throughout his coaching career, Coach Darren has remained focused on providing opportunities for young people to improve at the sport that he is so passionate about.
Coach Darren began his career coaching at a younger age than most. As a 16 year old senior at Capistrano Valley High School he was asked to coach the newly added girls frosh team while earning P.E. credit for doing so. Coach Darren found that he enjoyed the experience and, after receiving positive feedback from players and parents, he was encouraged to pursue coaching. The rest as they say is history.
Following his high school career, Coach Darren moved out to Missouri where he set for William Woods University and was a 2 time Academic All-American. Upon moving back to South Orange County he jumped back into coaching. Since then Coach Darren has coached 43 seasons (boys and girls) of high school volleyball and 40 seasons (boys and girls) of club volleyball. Most recently, he was named the Head Coach of the boys volleyball team at Laguna Beach High School in 2014 and continues to serve in that role. In his time at Laguna Beach High School Coach Darren has led his teams to two State Regional Championships and a place in the CIF Finals. Along with coaching the boys indoor team, Coach Darren also serves as Head Coach of the boys beach volleyball team. In its three year existence, the program has already claimed its first championship title and is looking to add even more.