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Darryl C. Smith - Co-Founder & Executive Director

Darryl C. SmithDarryl C. Smith Darryl Smith enjoyed a 27 year professional career as a High School Physical Education Teacher, Athletic Director, Boys and Girls Basketball Coach (eight years), and College Women’s Basketball Coach (19 years). As a Collegiate Coach, Smith served as a Head Coach at all levels, NCAA Division I, II, III, and Junior College. He has over 300 victories and over a 60 percent winning percentage. His collegiate teams won 20 Games nine times, they won seven Conference Championships, and participated in seven NCAA post season Tournaments. Coach Smith was The Colorado Athletic Conference “Coach of the Year” Twice in 1991 and 1994, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference “Coach of the Year” 1997, Missouri Valley Athletic Conference “Coach of the Year” 2000, and Kansas State Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” 2000. Smith coached 10 "All Americans", * eight "Conference Players of the Year”, and over 60 "All Conference Players”. Smith's coaching stops include Cal State San Bernardino, Metro State College of Denver, Wichita State, University of Nevada, Reno, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and Butler Community College. Smith was inducted to the Metro State "Hall of Fame” in 2003. He still ranks in the top 20 all-time in Division II by wins and winning percentage. Smith was a standout Basketball Player himself at Leland High School, San Jose, CA, '76 and represented the South Squad in the California North-South All Star game. Smith went on to play at The College of Great Falls, Great Falls, MT, '81 where he graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education.

Executive Director of The Wave Program, Darryl Smith, sits in a golf cart after making the rounds during summer camp at PGHSExecutive Director of The Wave Program, Darryl Smith, sits in a golf cart after making the rounds during summer camp at PGHSFrom 1991 to 1994 Smith was the Executive Director for NYSP, (at Metro State College, Denver) the National Youth Sports Program. NYSP was foundation funded by the NCAA and served underprivileged youth in urban areas. Smith over saw the charity which provided a six week summer sports program on the campus of Metro State. NYSP of Metro State served over 600 underprivileged youth in the Denver area. It was Smiths' experience with NYSP that hatched the Wave Program of Pacific Grove. “ All of us at “thewaveprogram" look forward to providing the youth of Pacific Grove with an outstanding opportunity to develop a healthy appreciation for physical activity and artistic expression. The Wave will benefit our entire Pacific Grove Community."

Darryl Smith is a master motivator and is still sought after as a public speaker. Smith is known for teaching a message of the importance of intangible and tangible qualities, motivation and preparation, which are important building blocks for success at all levels.

Smith is married to Donna O'Donnell-Smith, a Physical Education teacher at PGHS. They have three children, Trevor Smith, a Computer Animator, Jessica Smith, a Verizon Executive, and Tatum Madrid, who is the Dance Coach at PGHS. They also have three grandchildren, Jamar, Strider, and Slade.

Todd Buller - Activity Director

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Todd Buller has been a long-time coach, teacher and administrator at Pacific Grove High School (PGHS). Buller spent 33 years coaching The Breakers football and basketball teams, 28 years as a teacher and two decades guiding the PGHS athletic department as the school’s athletic director.

Activities Director Todd Buller talks to thewaveprogram campers about the schedule before the day's sessions beginActivities Director Todd Buller talks to thewaveprogram campers about the schedule before the day's sessions beginA graduate of San Jose State, Bulller has a BS in Physical Education and a Masters degree in Administration/Supervision. He lives in Pacific Grove with his wife Kathy and three children (Bo, Aaron and Alana).

John Barker Jr. - Webmaster/Registration Coordinator

John Barker, Jr.John Barker, Jr.John Barker, Jr., is from Colorado and has been in charge of website development for The Wave Program since it's inception in 2016. He is getting an opportunity to work again with his good friend and former colleague, Darryl Smith (Executive Director). Barker and Smith worked together in Kansas, at Wichita State University (WSU) from 1998-2004. Barker will be in charge of updating and expanding the website and also coordinating the online registration as The Wave Program moves forward.

John started his own company, Barker's Web Design Service (BWDS), in January, 2004. in his hometown of Pueblo, CO. He has put together several websites for well-known business in Pueblo such as the Runyon Field Sports Complex, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pueblo Greater Sports Hall of Fame, Pueblo Softball Hall of Fame, Dehesa Valley Classic, Crowley County Heritage Center, Ordway Building Supply and the St. Charles Mesa Water District to name a few.

Barker, who holds two college degrees (B.A. in Business Administration - Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO, and M.S. in Sports Management, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL) learned web design, HTML and CSS on his own from working 11 years in college athletic media relations (sports information).

Born in Denver and a native of Pueblo, CO for most of his life, Barker has worked in several athletic departments throughout the country: University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA),  Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS), University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo), and WSU.

Barker, who is single enjoy spending time with his parents, siblings and their families. In August 2014, Barker underwent a cochlear implant on his right ear and has regained some of the hearing he has lost since birth.

To report website problems or registration questions, e-mail Barker, click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


501 (c)(3) Status

“thewaveprogam” is a 501 (c) (3) public funded (charity) foundation. It was established in 2016, opening in the summer of 2017. The Wave was developed to encourage activity in athletics, the arts (art, dance, and music), and education in health, nutrition, and fitness. It is specific to the youth (10, 11, and 12 year old kids) of Pacific Grove, and in harmony with activities and classes with Pacific Grove High School (PGHS). The activities and classes offered to its participants are lead by the outstanding teachers and coaches of PGHS. The Wave Board promotes the value of this program with the goals of promoting healthy, fit and intelligent youth by providing this opportunity without cost to this age group. “the wave program” is a fantastic opportunity to accomplish these goals while incorporating the staff at PGHS, allowing the youth to interact with the future mentors, providing motivation and an introduction to the choices they will have in the future in the Pacific Grove Unified School District and just as important to HAVE FUN WITH THEIR PEERS.

In Pacific Grove, our youth is valued. “thewaveprogram” Board of Directors is proud to offer this two-week summer program at no cost…THE WAVE PROGRAM IS FREE!! Register your son or daughter now! All donations are appreciated!

Use this information to find us and also for your tax information if making a donation:

Employee ID Number (EIN): 81-3074590

Click the picture below to download a copy of The Wave Program 501 (c) (3) Letter (in pdf).

Donna O'Donnell Smith - Co-Founder & Secretary

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Virginia E. Howard - Lawyer

Virginia E. HowardVirginia E. HowardVirginia E. Howard joined the Horan Lloyd in February. As a senior business and real estate transactions attorney, Virginia has practiced law in the Monterey area for 20 years. She has extensive experience in both commercial and residential real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, and general corporate, partnership and limited liability company law. Virginia also practices in the area of nonprofit formation and legal compliance, and provides continuing legal education in this area of law.

Born in New York, New York, Virginia received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Amherst College. Prior to moving to the Monterey area, Virginia was an associate with Graham & James in Sacramento where she practiced in the area of start-up companies and venture capital finance.

Virginia is a former professor of Monterey College of Law where she taught Business Organizations and Start-Up Companies. She has served on the board of directors of Girls, Inc. of the Central Coast, Old Monterey Foundation and Give Me Hope, Inc. Virginia is also a former President of the Monterey County Women Lawyers Association.


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Wave Coaches/Teachers

Below are The Wave Program coaches and teachers who will be part of the two-week summer camp, July 8-19, 2019.  Click HERE to view past coaches, teachers and student aides who worked at summer camp.



Group Leaders



2022 Camp Activities

● Basketball ● Baseball/Softball ● Volleyball ● Football ● Soccer Lacrosse ● Tennis ● Wrestling ● Water Polo 

● Track & Field ● Swim Lessons ● Games● Dance ● Cheerleading  Backyard Games

Contact Information:    Copyright © 2016-2020 The Wave Program. All Rights Reserved 
Phone: (408) 960-5194   Content and Site Setup by Barker's Web Design     Website logo designed by Trevor Smith 
1160 Seaview Avenue    
Pacific Grove, CA 93950