Tait Rafat is the head coach for the San Jose City College women's volleyball team. His coaching duties will include athlete training and development, opponent scouting and evaluation, recruiting, team travel, equipment ordering and distribution, and summer camps.
Rafat comes to San Jose City College after having coached as an assistant with the University of Nevada, Reno Volleyball team during the 2005-2006 season during which they made the NCAA tournament. Prior to UNR, Tait taught Physical Education, Health, and Adapted Physical Education for eight years, six years teaching in the Denali Borough and Anchorage School Districts in Alaska and two years in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. While teaching he coached track, both boy's and girl's high school volleyball, basketball, and girl's club volleyball.
He spent twenty five years living primarily in Alaska but splitting time between being home schooled in Strelna, Alaska and the public schools in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A 1989 graduate of Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he served as the manager for the Rebels men's basketball team for three seasons. He received a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from UNLV in 1996 and a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Sports Management from NOVA Southeastern University in 2006.
He is CAP level 2 accredited by USA Volleyball as well as being a certified volleyball conditioning specialist. He is also a member of the American Volleyball Coach's Association, USA Volleyball, Northern California Volleyball Association, and the California Beach Volleyball Association.
On the local club scene, Tait coaches for perennial powerhouse, Vision Volleyball Club, in the 17's age division where his teams consistently rank in the top 36 teams of the Northern California Volleyball Association's age bracket. His club team has gone to the Junior Olympics in 4 of the last 6 years.
In his free time he enjoys playing sand volleyball, hunting with his chocolate labs, fishing and riding snowmobiles in the mountains of Tahoe and Alaska.
Tait resides in San Martin, California with his lovely wife Shannon and their two beautiful daughters, Aleah and Maya.