Clay Timmons begins his third season as head coach at College of the Canyons, and his 14th season overall with the women’s volleyball program.
Prior to taking over head coach responsibilities, Timmons served as an assistant for 11 seasons under longtime head coach Lisa Hooper. During that span he helped guide the Lady Cougars to three straight Western State Conference (WSC), South titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In 2017, Timmons led the Cougars to a co-WSC championship after finsihing the regular season tied with Bakersfield College in the conference standings. The Cougars then won their first two postseason matches to advance to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championship tournament for just the third time in program history. Timmons was also an assistant coach during the Cougars' state tourney appearances in 2007 and 2015.
Canyons swept Feather River College 3-0 (25-16, 26-24, 25-20) in its opening match at the 2018 state tourney. However, COC finished just short of reaching its first state tourney championship game when the Cougars lost to the eventual state champs Irvine Valley College in a heartbreaking 3-2 (19-25, 25-13, 26-28, 25-23, 14-16) final result.
Timmons also coaches club volleyball with the Los Angeles Volleyball Academy (LAVA), North division in Santa Clarita. His team, which competes in the 18’s age division both regionally and nationally, has also enjoyed tremendous success in recent years, including a fifth place finish at the Junior National Championships in 2015.
A graduate of Valencia High School, Timmons was a member of the school’s first California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship men’s volleyball team in 2003, having played alongside fellow COC assistant coach Nathan Sparks.
Timmons later played on the men’s volleyball team at Santa Monica College, helping his team reach the state semi-finals in 2006.
He then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from California State University, Northridge in 2009.
Timmons is also an adjunct faculty member in the college’s physical education and kinesiology department.
In his free time, Timmons enjoys playing tennis and beach volleyball, eating sushi, hiking, going to the beach and being outdoors.
He resides in Valencia.
—Bio current as of Aug. 2018