Renee Horton Rizzuto’s Biography
Renee has been with Forza1 from the start and continues to make a great impact on and off the court. In 2018 she was the head coach for the 13UA team who ranked 11th in all of SCVA. In 2019/2020 she coached our 14UA team. Congratulations to Renee on her recent marriage to Gabe Rizzuto!
Renee began her coaching career as an assistant coach to her mom Kim at Elsinore High School. In 2013, Renee took over the program as Head Varsity Coach and is headed into her fourth season with the Tigers. Renee has been coaching club for many years. In the 2015 season she was the assistant coach on Forza1 16-1s. Prior to that she worked with mostly older age group teams including 17-1s and 16-1s teams, but also 14s teams. In 2016 Renee was the head coach of the 17-1 team. In 2017, Renee head coached our 13UA team withe Coach Landi where they finished 10th in SCVA! Renee continues to run volleyball school classes at Forza1. In 2018 Renee coached on our 16UA team that won a bronze medal in USA at USA Nationals in Indianapolis.
Renee is a very good technical coach and is terrific with helping to develop young female athletes. She comes from a strong lineage of great coaches starting with her mom Kim and continuing on through college. Renee is looking forward to giving back to the great community of players we have in this area.
Renee started her volleyball career playing at the young age of nine and quickly found passion for the sport while playing under her mom, Kim Horton. As a young athlete Renee spent time in the middle and outside positions, then while playing on her 16’s team she began setting and never looked back. Renee was a part of many successful club teams; including festival champions in both her 14 and 16 years.
Renee graduated from Elsinore High School in 2007 after playing Varsity all four seasons. While at Elsinore, her team won league all four years and was CIF runner-up her senior season. Renee was an All-League selection all four seasons, and was named to the All-Area team in her sophomore, junior and senior years. In her senior season, she was Athlete of the Year at Elsinore, league MVP and she earned an All CIF selection.
In college, Renee played as a setter at Loyola Marymount University. While playing she was named All-WCC honorable mention twice and was named to All-WCC Freshman team. Renee left LMU ranked third in all-time assists after just two seasons. At that time she transferred to Concordia University in Irvine where she led her teams to 4th and 8th place finishes at NAIA Nationals. In 2011, she graduated with her degree in Liberal Studies and later earned her Teaching Credential in Special Education.