After a successful 25 season career, Victoria Elaine Samarin, the former coach at Clovis East High School has passed away.
Samarin was battling through mid-stage bone marrow cancer, on top of that, she was suffering from amyloidosis, a rare organ-attacking disease that is not curable. She was diagnosed back in November.
In her volleyball playing career, Samarin was a standout setter at Immanuel High School, graduating in 1979. She moved on to play volleyball in college at Cal Poly and Liberty Baptist in Virginia. Samarin coached a men’s club team while obtaining her Master’s degree from Baylor before moving back to her hometown.
Samarin launched her high school coaching career at Selma High in 1988 where she led the team to three league titles in six seasons. After her sixth year with Selma, Samarin moved onto Kerman High, there she guided the squad to eight league titles and consecutive section Division IV championships in 1998 and 1999 in nine seasons.
After the success, Samarin took a few years off from coaching. Samarin later took a position with Clovis East High School, where she helped the team to a Tri-River Athletic Conference championship in her 10 season with the team. Before the arrival of Samarin, Clovis East hadn’t won a single match in the Tri-River Athletic Conference.
Samarin stepped down as head coach after the 2015 season to spend more time watching her son Aaron Samarin play volleyball at Ohio State.