Our mission is to change the game. To bring passionate, graceful, and powerful players together as one to become number one. It’s to transform the ambitious potential of volleyball players, from cramped-backyard dreamers to pros, into a nationwide network of celebrated champion athletes and leaders.

We know volleyball. We have seen and experienced firsthand how sports can change lives and build leaders. We are committed to broadening access to volleyball (youth clubs, recreational play, marginalized groups), and building a lifelong community.

Our mission is to facilitate the success of female athletes from every diverse corner of the country, through training, tournaments, and broader personal and professional development. We’re here to celebrate teamwork, resilience, vulnerability, and courage.

A better league. A changed game. A new kind of player.

Achieve more

Equips young women with self belief, confidence and resilience to become future leaders

Every body athletic

Celebrates more inclusive athletic ideals that embrace all genders, races, ages and body types, for the whole person

Celebrate feminine

Elevates feminine qualities of care, intuition, compassion and empathy in all interactions

We are tribe

Nurtures deep bonds of connection and acceptance, love and support to transform lives

League One Volleyball (LOVB) is reimagining women’s sports. Launched in 2019, our company is a mission-led sports performance, training and media enterprise that will change the game of volleyball in the USA and empower new generations of female athletes.

Volleyball is the largest sporting community of women in the US and the #1 most played girl’s youth sport. There are 38M current and former players today. Of major sports, it’s the only one that is women-first (~90% of players are female). But the volleyball market has been almost entirely missed by traditional sports investors, brands and media. Other sports markets have >$20-50B revenue, while volleyball has <$1B.

LOVB Clubs and League uniquely combine top ranked competitive programs with “whole athlete” development and college recruiting support, as well as inspiring events and experiences, to change the game for female athletes of all ages.

We are equal parts venture builders, growth evangelists, Olympians, coaching icons and pro atheletes, who are passionate about volleyball and female advancement.

working team

Ali Fakhari

DEVELOPMENT AND Media

Alum of USC, Harvard Business School, Bain & Company, World Series of Poker, and Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, Ali combines his business strategy expertise with his great network and entrepreneurial spirit.

Katlyn Gao

CEO

Alum of Northwestern, Harvard Business School, Bain & Company, Coach, Sephora, and Lululemon, Katlyn contributes her experience leading iconic female centric consumer brands and her passion for female advancement.

Pierre Gustavsson

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Alum of Stockholm School of Economics and Bain & Company, Pierre combines his personal European sporting experience with his professional M&A expertise.

Emily Hartong

CLUB MARKETING

Alum of University of Hawaii, Emily starting playing club volleyball at 10 and is still playing professionally in the US and internationally. Emily is developing her marketing career by contributing her volleyball social media expertise.

Peter Hirschmann

CHAIRMAN

Alum of Kellogg, Bain & Company, JP Morgan and Asurion, Peter has been a CEO for over 15 years and founded 10+ companies. Peter sparked the idea for LOVB and assembled an amazing team to bring it to life.

Larissa Pommeraud

OPERATING Platform

Alum of Harvard, INSEAD, Bain & Company, StubHub, and Art.com, Larissa contributes her expertise in strategy, operations, marketing and technology.

Rosie Spaulding

Pro League

Alum of University of Portsmith, Rosie contributes vast experience in the sports, media and entertainment industries, having planned and delivered global sporting events like the Super Bowl, Americas Cup, and Rugby World Cup in 14 countries.

Brendan Sullivan

finance

Alum of Fordham, Viacom, and the National Basketball Association, Brendan contributes his deep sports finance experience.

John Tawa

volleyball Content

Alum of UVA and a former lawyer and journalist, founder of PrepVolleyball.com (foremost source for girls volleyball), John contributes his broad network and punchy writing.

Erika Tsang

Operating Platform

Alum of City University in London, Ivey Business School, and Bain & Company, Erika contributes her strategy and marketing experience with her passion for startups.

Kevin Wong

Clubs

Alum of UCLA, Kevin contributes his extensive knowledge of volleyball as a long-time professional volleyball player and 2000 Olympian, an NBC Olympic Broadcaster, and founder of Hawaii’s top volleyball club, Spike and Serve.

Advisors

Hannah Brown

SPORTS MEDIA

Denise Corlett

Stanford Volleyball Coach

Denise contributes a wealth of coaching expertise, having coached Stanford volleyball for 31 years, leading the team to 9 NCAA national championships, and earning AVCA Hall of Fame.

Jon Hall

Sports Media

Jon brings a wealth of experience in sports, media and technology through his decades of experience at Blackstone and sports advisory for Formula 1 and W Series.

Malia Hirschmann

Clinical Health Psychology

Malia contributes over 20 years of experience in health research and wellness as a PhD in Clinical Health Psychology.

Jonathan Mandel

corporate finance

Jonathan contributes a wealth of corporate finance expertise from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Mckinsey, and lately as Founder and CEO of Tiro Capital, a privately held investment and advisory firm.

Jenny Ming

retail

Jenny contributes over 35 years of retail and consumer products leadership, including as former President of Gap Inc.   She is currently a board member at Levi Strauss, Paper Source, and Poshmark.

Sridhar Nallani

corporate technology

Sridhar contributes over 20 years of experience leading technology vision at startups and Fortune 500 companies, including Macy’s, Old Navy, and now Backcountry.com.

Tom Pestolesi

37-Year Volleyball Coach

Tom contributes 20+ years of volleyball coaching expertise at various levels, from leading Irvine Valley College in 5 state champions to earning 4x regional Coach of the Year and CCCAA Hall of Fame.

Danielle Scott

Volleyball 5x Olympian

Danielle contributes her elite athlete experience, holding 7 Volleyball Hall of Fame inductions as a 5-time Olympian and 2-time medalist.

Dave Shoji

University of Hawaii Volleyball Coach

Dave contributes a wealth of coaching expertise from over 40 years as Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball at the University of Hawai’i.  He was named NCAA’s Division 1 All-Time Winningest Coach.

Dennis Strand

Corporate Finance

Dennis contributes over 20 years of global finance expertise as former CFO at Motorola and Brightstar, and lately as Vice Chairman of Kingfisher Mobile.

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