Our CITY Story
CITY Volleyball is an elite volleyball club in the valley of Southern California, committed to the development and empowerment of the next generation of young female athletes and leaders in volleyball. CITY is driven by a set of unique core values called the Stay Gold 5C’s that brings out the best in every player. CITY measures it success not simply in wins, but also in the confidence , character and leadership skills their players develop and exhibit in life beyond just the game.
CITY Volleyball was founded by two of the top volleyball coaches in the country, Robe Roberson and Stef Wigfall. Their understanding of the game of volleyball is unparalleled with 49 years of combined coaching, 59 combined championships, 25 medals won in National tournaments and 5 coaching awards. CITY’S powerful duo have merged minds and philosophies to create a club with the highest level of training that focuses on skills, health and wellness to best prepare female volleyball athletes. Robe and Stef see the bigger picture in youth sports and know what it takes to really win. They want to empower young women by evoking a CITY GOLD mindset to live by—a set of readily accessible, measurable tools to govern themselves as goddesses for the future health and balance of the world.
“Our young women don’t just sit at the table, they OWN the table.”– Robe Roberson
“After their days in the gym end, we want our girls walking out with a set of life skills that will take them wherever they want to go.” – Stef Wigfall
Meet Co Founder Stefanie Wigfall
Founder Stefanie Wigfall grew up in Southern California where she fell in love with Volleyball at a young age. She spent her prep years playing varsity and club volleyball and developed a fascination in the strategy and game planning aspects of the sport.
After graduating Valedictorian of her high school class, Stefanie attended UCLA. It was there, at 19 years old that she began her coaching career across the street from UCLA at the volleyball powerhouse Marymount High School. She graduated from UCLA in 2005 and obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2010.
After college, Stefanie’s coaching career took off. She spent the next 18 years solidifying her reputation as one of the best coaches in the nation. In 2003 and 2004, she won her first national silver medals, and in 2013 and 2014 she earned two more Open division Silver Medals at Junior Nationals all while coaching and directing her North Division of Sunshine Volleyball Club. In 2018, Stefanie won the illusive Gold medal at Nationals with her Sunshine 14 and Under team.
Since 2013, Stefanie has been the Head Girls Volleyball Coach at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California. Stefanie is credited for bringing the Trailblazer volleyball program to national attention. During her first 6 years at Sierra Canyon, she has won 5 league championships, back to back CIF Southern Section Championships and Sierra Canyon Volleyball’s first CIF California Division 2 State Championship.
Stefanie has received many awards and recognition for her coaching success. She was named National 14s Coach of the year in 2017 by the AVCA, and was named Cal-Hi Coach of the Year the same year. She was twice named Daily News Coach of the year, and twice was named CIF -SS Coach of the year (Div 2 and 3) Sierra Canyon is now a division 1 volleyball program and competing in the OPEN division playoffs this last year.
Through all of her winning and successes, Stefanie’s true passion is developing the youth and empowerment of young women both on and off the court. Stefanie sees the bigger picture, that volleyball and sports can be used as a vehicle through a girl’s developing years to instill the importance of commitment, character, work ethic and handling adversity. She understands that after volleyball, these young girls will be career women, CEOS, mothers and wives. She believes that through volleyball girls can unlock the unlimited potential which lives inside each of them.
Stefanie and Robe combined forces and created CITY Volleyball club in 2019. Within one season, CITY’s 14’s won a National title at the Las Vegas Classic in the 15 year old division. Stefanie and Robe have a vision to create one of the most unique female sports academy in the country that not only focuses on the game but building strong, empowered young woman who live by the 5 C’s which are Confidence, Commitment, Character, Compassion and Community.
Stefanie resides in Granada Hills, CA with her fiance Darrin Phillips, who is her partner in coaching and father to their young son, Carter. In her off time, she enjoys nature and looking for the best restaurants in every city she visits. She is an avid baker and lover of all things sports. When she is not coaching, she is also a teacher at Sierra Canyon school and Sports Psychologist and Children’s Therapist. She loves working with kids, and watching them grow and succeed!
Meet Co Founder Robe Roberson
Robe’s career started in the world of basketball before entering the volleyball arena. Robe spent multiple seasons coaching club volleyball teams in and around Seattle, Washington and the Northwest area. He became a successful figure in the Puget Sound regions where he was the founder of Yakima Volleyball Club and Island Thunder Volleyball Club. He also coached the clubs 15’s and 16’s teams where they competed in the Junior National’s Open Divisions.
Robe was the Head Varsity coach at Eisenhower High School and University Prep School in Washington where he had championship teams at both. He was the Assistant Coach at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. He worked at collegiate camps with coaching mentors from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and internationally with the national team of Grenada. He worked in travel camps in Italy, and did clinician work in Vancouver, BC.
Robe currently serves as the Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Volleyball coach at Campbell Hall School in Studio City where he also has made contributions to both the tennis and basketball teams. Prior to CITY, Robe co directed Sunshine North Volleyball Club. He coached the bid-seeking 16’s, and won the gold medal in the 2019 Denver qualifier and the bronze medal in the 2019 Reno qualifier with his Sunshine North 13’s team.
In summer of 2019, Robe merged minds with Stefanie Wigfall and other visionaries to create CITY Volleyball Club. In his inaugural season, Robe built a 14’s team that won a National title at the Las Vegas Classic in the 15 year old division. Robe and Stefanie have a vision to create one of the most unique female sports academy in the country that not only focuses on the game but building strong, empowered young woman who live by the 5 C’s which are Confidence, Commitment, Character, Compassion and Community.
When not coaching, Robe is busy thinking of the next non-profit to create, drawing up plans to make his backyard a Palm Springs-like mid-century getaway, frequenting local sporting events, and traveling to beachy hideouts he finds in travel magazines. Someday he wants to be a DJ ninja in Croatia.