Varsity Head Coach/Program Director
Head coach Mike Wadley enters his twenty-sixth year at Lakewood High School and seventeenth overall as its head coach. Over the last sixteen years he has had 24 All-CIF, 11 All-Americans and 5 Fab-Fifty players suite up in a Lancer uniform. There have been 39 student/athletes signing to 4-year universities during this time and some have signed at: UCLA, Long Beach State (8), University of Arizona, UCI, ASU, Cal State Fullerton (4), Hampton (2), U of Texas-Kingsville, Pepperdine, UNLV, University of Miami, University of Illinois, University of Great Falls, Wyoming, Utah, Missouri State, Coppin State (2), NYACK, University of Redlands (2) and CSUDH (3) respectively. Last season saw Makayla Sorenson (Redlands) , Mercy-Marie Eleasaro with University of Antelope Valley and Alwen Pila at St. Peter's University respectively.
Eleven out of fifteen teams, during Coach Wadley’s tenure, have advanced to the CIF SS-IAA Quarterfinals with four of those teams advancing to the Semi-Finals. Those teams have an overall record of 413-130. The 2007 team finished with a ranking of #21 out of roughly 5,000 from Prep Volleyball and a #9 National Ranking from Max Preps and the Division I California State Championship. The 2008 team started off the year being ranked as the #1 team in the nation by ESPN Rise magazine. Each of the last ten of fourteen years Coach Wadley’s Lancers has ranked in the top 100 in the country.
Coach Wadley has been married for 26 years to his lovely wife Jessica and has two sons Adam and Jared. In his spare time he enjoys golf, cooking and hanging out with his wife. Adam is a Dominguez Hills Kinesiology Graduate and the current JV Girls coach. Jared is a 12th grade student at Lakewood High School and also helps with the program. Coach Wadley is a Long Beach native attending Wilson High School graduating in 1989 where he ran Track, Cross Country and played Volleyball. Coach Wadley has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from National University and has a Master’s of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration from Concordia University and a credential in Health and Medical Technology from University of San Diego. Coach Wadley is the Athletic Director at Lakewood and oversees all 25 sports on campus and also serves on the CIF-SS Girls Volleyball Advisory Committee.