PolyAthletics

Boys’ Volleyball

2021-2022 APPLICATION OPENS September 8, 2020

Program Overview

Head Coach Ben Diaz launched the program in 2018, immediately leading the team to compete for NYSAIS championships. As the Director of Poly Volleyball, Diaz has already achieved tremendous success with the Poly Girls’ Volleyball program, and has the boys headed in the right direction with a combined 14-4 record over two seasons, the latter culminating in a loss to Fieldston in the NYSAIS championship match. Stressing a team-first mentality, Diaz ensures his players are well-versed in fundamentals before assigning them to their ideal positions. With his high standards for hard work, accountability, and sportsmanship, it’s only a matter of time before the Poly boys rise  to become one of the premier prep programs in the city.

Can’t make it to the match? Families and friends can stream Blue Devil volleyball action via Locallive.tv and On-Demand video. 

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Boys’ Volleyball Highlights

2018 Inaugural season for Poly Boys’ Volleyball
2018 Reached the NYSAIS semifinals
2019 Reached the NYSAIS finals
14-4 Combined record for years 2018 and 2019
Boys’ Volleyball Coaches

Ben Diaz
Head Coach

Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 6050
Education: La Sierra University, BS

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Diaz showcased his athleticism as a four-year member of the varsity volleyball and basketball programs at Glendale Academy, earning school athlete of the year honors as a junior and a senior. He became a personal trainer after earning his BS in Kinesiology from La Sierra University, but eventually found his passion as a volleyball coach, leading La Salle High School to a league title in his first season. Diaz had winning stints at South Pasadena High School and Notre Dame High School. He also coached highly successful programs from the SG Elite Volleyball Club, earning bronze medals at the USA Junior Championships in 2014 and 2017. Upon his arrival in New York, Diaz co-founded the Brooklyn Elite Volleyball Club and joined the Poly coaching staff in 2017, quickly making his mark with back-to-back NYSAIS titles for the girls’ team. With high expectations built on years of success, Diaz is confident that he can maintain winning programs in Brooklyn. Diaz says, “I feel Poly has the talent to be good not only in New York, but also at the national level.”

Career Highlights

  • California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) 2010 Del Rey League Champion and CIF Semi-Finalist
  • CIF Back to Back Champions 2013 and 2014
  • CIF Coach of the Year 2013
  • CIF Semi-Finalist 2015
  • CIF Sunshine League Champions 2016 and 2017
  • Undefeated Ivy Prep League Champions 2018 and  2019
  • NYSAIS Girls Champions 2018 and  2019

Club Volleyball

  • 2012 Silver Medal National Volleyball Festival
  • 4 Top 5 Finishes at USA Junior National Championships
  • 2014 Bronze Medal USA Junior Championships
  • 2017 Bronze Medal USA Junior Championships
  • Nominee for Prep Volleyball’s Coach of the Year 2017
  • 4 Bronze Medals USA Volleyball Open Qualifier Championships
Volleyball Facilities

Poly Prep Boys’ Volleyball trains and competes in the Novogratz Center for Athletics. 

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Volleyball Facilities
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Featured Athletes

Rimas Barzdukas ’20

A national club level player, Rimas brought his experience, skills, work ethic and dedication to Poly’s newest sports program. His leadership and court vision helped propel Poly to compete for NYSAIS championships during the program's first two seasons.

Harry Sankey ’20

Harry's athleticism in soccer has transferred onto the volleyball court. His jumping and hitting abilities quickly developed to make him an asset to the team on defense and offense.
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