Cynthia Dimapan

Club Director
National Team Head Coach
Cynthia Dimapan

Cynthia Dimapan is on her 14th year as director of South Carolina Midlands Volleyball, formerly South Carolina Juniors.  She has coached with the program since it started with two teams in a small church gym in 2002. With steady expansion of the program, the club moved to a multi-court facility in 2004.  Joining forces with former USC Gamecock Coaches and Midlands Volleyball Directors, Ben and Nancy Somera in 2010, Dimapan is now the director of what used to be two midlands clubs.  Dimapan has been IMPACT and CAP certified through USA Volleyball, certified through the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA), and a longtime member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).  

Dimapan’s club teams are often top contenders in their age divisions. Teams under her coaching and/or directorship have earned bids to the USA Junior National Championships in  Minneapolis (2017), Indianapolis (2016), Minneapolis (2015), New Orleans (2014), Atlanta (2011), and Reno (2010)In 2017, her team won 6 tournament championships.  Her 17U team was crowned Palmetto Region Champions and was awarded a bid to the 2017 USA Girls National Championships.  Other successes include a few years prior when Dimapan's 14 National team was a head-turning team in the state. Some accomplishments include: 1st in the State, National Bid Winners, Division Champions at Nationals, Gold finish at Big South, as well as a 1st and 2nd place finish in some 15U tournaments.  In 2013, Dimapan led her 14 National team to a 5th place finish out of 103 teams at the AAU National Championships.  At the Championships, one of Dimapan's players earned the title of 2013 AAU National Championship All-Star.  Peyton McDonald was the only 14U player from the state of South Carolina to earn this honor.  Additionally, her 14 National team in 2011 won a National Bid at the 2011 Northeast National Qualifier in Baltimore, Maryland.  The team attended the 2011 USAV National Championships in Atlanta. [Cynthia Dimapan has coached multiple players to compete at the collegiate level.  A few players include: Keyairra Stevenson, a Kennesaw State University standout, second in kills for her team; Cristina Nazario, a standout setter from Western Carolina; Conference Player of the Year Meredith Jones from Queens University; as well as a setter and now Professional Player from North Carolina State University Maggie Speaks.  Maggie now plays in a Professional League in Greece.] 

In terms of school ball, Dimapan has coached across the globe since 1999 winning various interscholastic championships in Guam, Texas, and South Carolina. Dimapan has accrued a total of seventeen school district and region championships in her career, several with undefeated seasons. One of her favorite coaching memories is a Cinderella story of taking a 1-7 down and out 7th-grade team and turning them around in just one season. As 8th graders, that team went on to win the El Paso Independent School District Championship.  They later attended the Middle School City Championships where they placed 2nd out of the top 36 teams.  

Dimapan currently teaches and coaches at Cardinal Newman School where in her first three years, Varsity has posted three straight 8-0 Region records, and has played in the Upper State and/or Lower State Championship each of those three years.  Cynthia is married to Glen Dimapan, and they have two boys named Matthew and Christopher.