Cynthia Dimapan

Club Director 
Coach Cynthia Dimapan

Cynthia Dimapan is in her twelfth 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 is 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 has extensive coaching experience at the high school, middle school, and club levels. Since 2002, twelve teams under Dimapan's direction have made it to 3rd place or higher finishes at the Palmetto Regional State Championships. Her most common rivals have been Charleston Juniors, Carolina Islanders, and Club South.

In 2017, her team won 6 tournament championships.  Her 17U team was crowned Palmetto Region Champions and was awarding a bid to the 2017 USA Girls National Championships.  In 2014, Dimapan's 14 Elite 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 Elite 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.  In 2012, Dimapan's 13 Elite team eventually became the highest placing 13's team from the midlands of South Carolina.  This team went on to win their division in the AAU National Championships.  Additionally, her 14 Elite team from 2011 won a bid to Nationals at the 2011 Northeast National Qualifier in Baltimore, Maryland.  The team attended the 2011 USAV National Championships in Atlanta.  Dimapan’s 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 Reno (2010), Atlanta (2011), New Orleans (2014), Minneapolis (2015), Indianapolis (2016), and Minneapolis (2017).

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 TEN school 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.  Cynthia Dimapan coached players such as Keyairra Stevenson a Kennesaw State University standout, second in kills for her team in 2013; Cristina Nazario,a standout setter for Western Carolina; as well as a setter for the North Carolina State University Maggie Speaks who now plays in a Professional League in Greece.  

Dimapan teaches and coaches at Cardinal Newman School where she has posted an 8-0 Region record in both 2016 and 2017. Cynthia is married to Glen Dimapan, and they have two boys named Matthew and Christopher.
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