Sports Performance Training
Program Manager, Athletic Performance Training, and Skill Coach
Sydney Bast played indoor volleyball at St. Lucy’s Priory High School from 2010-2014 where she was named All-CIF, the team’s Defensive Player of the Year, and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year. She led the Regents to four league titles and back-to-back CIF Championships during her freshman and sophomore campaigns. In high school Sydney competed with the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club where she was a team captain for seven years and helped lead her teams to top 5 finishes every year at Junior Olympics, with a silver medal finish in 2010. Sydney was versatile in beach as well, as she won the AAU Beach National Championship with partner Zana Muno in 2012.
Sydney went on to play Division I indoor volleyball at the University of California, Santa Barbara as an outside hitter, defensive specialist, and libero for the Gauchos. There she battled injuries but was named team captain in her last two seasons and received accolades for Academic All-Big West, AD Honor Roll, and the “ChoGuts” team award for giving 100% day in and day out and inspiring her teammates to be the best player possible.
Sydney graduated from UCSB in 2018 with honors, receiving a degree in Communication and Psychology, and a Certificate in Health and Wellness and Personal Training. While at UCSB she was an intern in UCSB Sports Performance under the Director of Sports Performance, Eric Schmitt, where she developed a passion for sports performance training. She then pursued her own training certification becoming a Certified Functional Strength Coach through Mike Boyle’s Level-1 Functional Strength Coach Certification. She believes in evidence based training and developing sound movement patterns of athletes to enable them to excel in sport-specific environments. She has a passion for people and a desire to tap into every athlete’s abilities to enable them to reach their full potential. She plans to attend Occupational Therapy graduate school beginning in Fall of 2019 to become a Doctor of Occupational Therapy.