Mark Cruz became the Marauders' second volleyball head coach in 2013 after becoming a Marauder Assistant to the head coach in 2008 and assistant coach in 2011.
In 2015, he guided the inagural Sand Volleyball Marauder team, which had to play the entire season on the road because the sand courts had not yet been built.
A former player under Turhan Douglas, Cruz has high school and club coaching experience, including four years with the University of Southern California men’s volleyball program.
He spent two years as a team manager after spending the previous two seasons (2003-04) as an assistant coach.
Cruz went to USC in 2002 from Wm. S. Hart High where he coached the girls’ varsity in 2002, the boys’ freshmen in 2002 and the girls’ freshmen in 2000 and 2001. The Indians were Foothill League champions both of those seasons.
Before that, he was at Highland High School --his alma mater--where he was an assistant with the girls’ varsity for 4 seasons (1996-99). They won the Golden League title each year. He also assisted with the boys’ varsity in 2000.
In 1995, he guided Palmdale’s Juniper Intermediate School boys’ team to the league crown.
On the club level, he was the head coach of the girls’ 14 team for the Synergy Volleyball Club in 2003-04 and its girls’ 16 team in 2002, the girls’ 14 squads for the Santa Clarita Athletic Club in 2000 and 2001 and the boys’ 16 team for the Santa Monica Beach Club in 2000.
He played for Douglas at Pierce for two seasons (1998-99), leading the team in aces and digs as a defensive specialist. The Brahmas were the state runner-up in 1999.
He played volleyball for four years (1992-95) at Highland High. The 1994 Bulldog team was the CIF runner-up in 1994.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from The Master’s College in 2005.
He is the co-owner of the Revolution Volleyball Club and Athletic Director at Bethel Christian High School.