Nighthawk Coaching Staff
Head Coach- Kara Hanes
Varsity Assistant- Julie Lichtman
JV Head Coach- Mia Mazon
Freshman Head Coach- Megan Volger
Head Coach Kara Hanes
The 2021 season was Coach Hanes’s first season with the Del Norte Nighthawks. Coach Hanes has been a teacher and volleyball coach in Poway Unified School District since 2000. She has her Master’s in Education from National University and a B.A. from UCLA.
Coach Hanes coached the Varsity Volleyball Team at Rancho Bernardo High School for 5 years and made it to the state championship in 2017. She coached for 15 years at San Diego Volleyball Club and is now coaching in her fourth year at WAVE Volleyball Club.
Coach Hanes is a Poway High School graduate and played both volleyball and basketball for Poway. She was a Paul Mitchell High School All-American, USA Today High School All American, MVP of the Palomar League and a 3 time CIF Player of the Year. In basketball, she had 1st team CIF and All-league honors. Coach Hanes was the Union Tribune Female Athlete of the year and the Poway High Female Athlete of the Year.
At UCLA, Hanes was a 4 year starter for the Bruins. She earned Second Team All-American honors, First Team All Pac-10 honors, Pac-10 All Freshman Team, and was the Team Captain during her senior year.
Hanes was also a USA National Team Member and played in the Pan-American games and World University Games.