Coaching Staff

Head Coach - Dede Bodnar

Professional Background:
B.S. in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Plant Facilities Management
M.S. Kinesiology
Has coached for 25 years in all levels from Professional to Jr. High...coached Professional Beach team of Liz Masakayan & Elaine Youngs, Olympic Team, Collegiate, Club, High School and Junior High.

Professional Volleyball Player
"Developmental Coach of the Year,"1996 from USA Olympic Committee
"Outstanding Female Coach of the year," 1996 from USA Volleyball Professional Volleyball Player 1985-1990
"Coach of the Year," 1996 from the Pacific Coast Conference

Collegiate Classes:
Intercollegiate Volleyball  - Phye 224 & 225 Techniques of Exercise Leadership - Phye 286 Health and Lifestyle Heal 101
Volleyball- Phye 161
Beach Volleyball - Phye 161
Step Aerobics - Phye 104
Aerobics - Phye 103
Golf - Phye 126
Spinning - Phye 123
Yoga/Pillates - Phye 168
Cardio Kickboxing - Phye 133

Teaching Style:
I believe my teaching style is motivational, encouraging, educational and fun! I want to help my student-athletes become the best at their position. So, if they are willing to put in the work they will rep great benefits in their game.  Most of all, I love to teach and coach.  Teaching/coaching is my passion and when I see my players improve I get re-energized to work harder at staying the best I can be as a teacher/coach.

My goal is to encourage students not only to excel in academics, but also to encourage them to get involved with activities on campus.  I want to make City College a home away from home, a place where people enjoy themselves and look forward to returning. San Diego City College is a great place to receive an educational experience from.

 Contact Information
Head Coach: Dede Bodnar
Phone: (619) 388-3544
Office: P3-203

Co-head Coach - kevin pratte

Kevin Pratte begins his first season as Co-Head Coach of the women's volleyball team. Pratte, who is also the head coach of the men's volleyball team, was the women's volleyball head coach at Mt. San Jacinto College prior to arriving at SDCC. In Pratte's first season as head coach, the Eagles went from a 3-23 record in 2012 to 15-9 in 2013 and a fifth place finish in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. Prior to the 2013 season, Pratte recruited Taylor Kushner who was named to the All-PCAC First Team and was the leading point scorer in the conference.

Two years prior to coaching at MSJC, Pratte served as the Athletic Director, varsity girls' volleyball coach and physical education teacher at Langston Hughes Academy in Stockton, Calif. Pratte led Langston Hughes Academy to its first ever CIF playoff appearance and was named the 2012 Mountain Valley League Coach of the Year.

Prior to his stint at Langston Hughes, Pratte was an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team at the University of Pacific in 2010 and 2011. During the 2009 season, Pratte was a graduate assistant coach with the University of Nebraska women's volleyball team.

Pratte, a native of Hemet, Calif., was a standout player at Hemet High where he lettered in volleyball all four years. He was named to the First Team All-Conference in each of his four seasons, and was named the Press Enterprise's Inland Empire Player of the Year in his senior year. Pratte was selected to the First Team All-CIF in his junior and senior years.

Following his career at Hemet High, Pratte went on to play at the University of Pacific where his team was ranked as high as No. 7 in the country during his sophomore season. As a senior, Pratte was a starting outside hitter for the Tigers.

Coach Pratte holds a bachelor's degree in Sports Pedagogy from the University of Pacific, a California State Single Subject K-12 Teaching Credential in Physical Education, and a master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Pacific. Pratte is currently working on earning his second master's in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific.

Pratte: "I am thrilled to be co-head coaching with Coach Bodnar. With two head coaching running the program, I believe SDCC women's volleyball will reach greater heights. At this time in my coaching career it will be valuable to watch Coach Bodnar run drills. I know I can learn a lot from her."

Assistant Coach -  shelly morton

Shelly Morton is in her second year as an assistant with the San Diego City College Knights. She attended Fallbrook High School where she was earned MVP (2007), Coaches Award (2006), 1st Team All-League (2006 & 2007), and 2nd Team All-League (2004 & 2005). Morton was named All-Conference volleyball player for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference while competing for two years at Palomar College. In 2009, she was named MVP for Palomar and for the PCAC.  Morton continued her volleyball career at the University of North Texas where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology (2012). While playing at North Texas, she earned two All-Tournament awards in 2010 and, in 2011, she received an All-Tournament selection and Athlete of the Week award for the university.

Morton refers to her style of coaching as motivational and loves hard work as she believes it pays off. She's always looking for ways to improve her game so she can bring something new to her team and help them be better. Morton has a great deal of passion for the game and transfers that into her coaching style. Morton inspires her team every day in practice with her incredible ability to command the game.

Morton was an assistant coach for Tsunami from 2009-10 and still continues to play volleyball every chance she gets. She's looking forward to a great season and hopes to inspire this year's team to be the best they can be. Winning conference is just the beginning of what Morton thinks the Knights can achieve this year!

Assistant Coach -  Nicole Morton

The 2013 season is Nicole Morton's third year coaching with the SDCC Knights. She not only helps motivate the team with her incredible ability on the court, but also with her knowledge in the weight room as the Knights' Strength and Conditioning Coach. Morton attended Arizona State University where she received a full-ride volleyball scholarship out of Fallbrook High School. She was named All-PAC 10 in three of her years at ASU and was named Most Valuable Player. After her collegiate career ended, Morton was offered the opportunity to play professionally in Cyprus, Greece where she competed for two seasons. 

Morton refers to her coaching style as inspirational. She trained with the USA Olympic Weightlifting Coach, Mike Bergner, so she knows that working out in the weight room can elevate your game. Her work with weights helped her achieve an incredible vertical reach to 10'2" during her career.

Morton was a head coach for Tsunami in 2009-10 and continues to play every chance she gets. She has stated in practice everyday that she is already inspired by the incredible hard work of all our athletes and looks forward to a great season.