Sinan Cem Tanik has been named the head boys volleyball coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, the school announced today. Tanik will also join the school’s social studies department as a full-time faculty member teaching business and economics. Coach Tanik comes to Santa Margarita with years of coaching and professional playing experience. This past season, he served as the head JV boys volleyball coach and assistant varsity coach for the SMCHS Eagles.
“Coach Tanik had a great impact on the volleyball program this past season, and we are excited to see the program continue to excel under his leadership,” said SMCHS Athletic Director Annie Garrett. “His strong work ethic, professionalism, coaching style, and experience as both a head coach and professional athlete will help build upon the success of the program and develop our student-athletes as leaders on and off the court.”
Tanik is currently a head youth volleyball coach with 949 Volleyball Club in San Juan Capistrano. He previously coached at the college level serving as an assistant coach, interim head coach and recruiting coordinator for Concordia University Irvine. Prior to working at Concordia from 2019-2021, Tanik coached men’s volleyball professionally in Poland and Turkey where he was the director and manager of the Turkish Men's Senior National Team and the head coach of Poland’s PlusLiga team Effector Kielce and Pierwsze Liga team AZS Czestochowa. Tanik played professionally in Europe for 18 years, 13 of those on the Turkish National Team, which he captained for several years. As a professional athlete, he earned numerous national and international championships and awards. During his career, he captained teams in five different countries.
He holds a master’s degree in coaching and exercise science and a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University. He also holds a bachelor's degree in economics. Tanik is an adjunct professor at Stanton University. He and his wife moved to the United States from Poland three years ago. They have a 9-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter and love the Southern California lifestyle and people.
“I would like to thank the leadership at SMCHS and the Athletics Department for this amazing opportunity," Tanik said. "My passion for working in an interscholastic athletics setting and my desire to lead and educate respectable citizens through giving them the best possible student-athlete experience brought me here from overseas. I feel honored and blessed that I’ll be able to work with an organization and people, in a place where my passion, love, and experience for sports can be used efficiently and appreciated. I cannot wait to build and coach great teams with SMCHS!"
Coach Tanik succeeds Justin DeBlasio who resigned from the position in June.
"The school is grateful for Coach DeBlasio's 10 years of service and his efforts in leading our boys volleyball program," Garrett said. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his dedication to the program and our student athletes."