Meet the Coach
Coach Normelita Imamoto entered her first year, Jan. 8th, 2018 as the Head Volleyball Coach for the Mount Saint Mary’s University Women’s Volleyball Club. Her players lovingly call her “Coach M”, and she is in charge of all volleyball club functions (overall player development, recruiting, scouting, team budget, academics and social media).
Prior to working at MSMU, Coach Imamoto has coached for SCVA, AAU with Exult Volleyball Club in the San Fernando Valley, Wildwood Private School in Los Angeles, and Mamanet a Jewish Cachibol for ages 35 and above.
Coach Imamoto started playing volleyball as a young girl at the age of five in the Philippines. Coming to the U.S. was a life changing experience. Coach Imamoto believes that “an athlete’s success comes to those who work hard.” Her advice for all athletes are “you have to work hard, be coachable, be a team player and have a good attitude towards your coach and have good sportsmanship in order to become successful toward your goals as an athlete.” She also says, that “teamwork is the key to success in playing good volleyball.”
Coach Imamoto’s story began in the Philippines, where she played volleyball for fun and to compete. Her goals were to overcome her fears of the game and strengthen herself to be a better player. She entered her first volleyball tournament in elementary school and won the championship match. As her expectations grew, she continued to play not only for fun, but as a way to help her parents pay for her school through sports scholarships.
Her passion led her to try out for high school indoor volleyball. She was accepted at Laguna College of Business and Arts (LCBA) with a full scholarship and became a team captain. She later received Athlete of the Year and MVP awards during her high school years.
Coach Imamoto’s love for volleyball continued into college, as she attended Lyceum University of Manila, which plays in the Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA). She received a full academic scholarship for all 4 years. She was an all-around player (hitter, blocker, and defender) and finished her volleyball career earning 4 gold medals with the record of back to back Grand Slams, and named as one of the best Top 6 Player’s award (Mythical Six) in WNCAA League.
Coach Imamoto earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service-Major International Trade. She was then given an offer to play for the National Philippine Team. After beginning her training, she instead decided to pursue outdoor beach volleyball. She was approached by the De La Salle University Head Coach Das Marinas to play for the school. Coach Imamoto took the offer and played for the university for 2 consecutive years. She helped her team earn the championship title in their regional tournament, as she was named MVP and received another top six player award. She also joined the Asian Tour of Beach Volleyball, finishing as a semifinalist. Coach Imamoto then immigrated to the United States, where she has worked in the travel industry, played amateur golf, and coaches volleyball.