Armen Zakarian has been the head coach of Viking indoor and beach volleyball since 2015. Prior to his current position at West Valley, Zakarian spent two years as the top assistant with Division 1 men’s volleyball powerhouse, UC Irvine. While at UCI, he coached 5 AVCA All-Americans and helped guide the Anteaters to the MPSF Conference regular season and tournament championship, as well as a birth in the NCAA Final Four in 2015.
Zakarian came to UC Irvine after serving as men's volleyball Head Coach at Santa Barbara City College from 2010-2013. In 2011, he was voted Western State Conference Coach of the Year. In just 3 years with the program, Zakarian helped 11 players earn All-Conference distinction and eight players transfer to Division I-II programs.
He also served as Associate Head Coach for the SBCC women's volleyball team. In three years with the Lady Vaqueros, the squad earned three consecutive state playoff births and captured two WSC-North titles, an overall league mark of 27-3, and a perfect 10-0 record in 2012.
Zakarian played collegiately for the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara. He graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Communication, and then went on to earn his M.S. in Kinesiology from Sacramento State University in 2013, completing his thesis project on beach volleyball. An avid beach volleyball player, he has earned his AAA beach rating on several occasions on the beaches of California, and has played competitively for over 10 years.
Armen is currently a certified Sports Performance Coach with USA Weightlifting, and has worked with USA Volleyball since 2010 as a High Performance Coach for youth athletes.