So, why should you let us assist you in becoming the very best beach volleyball player you
what to do or how I play, is VERY different than training YOU how to physically, mentally and emotionally learn how
to maximize YOUR unique abilities.
(please read that again!)
Triple A rating or playing in AVP or FIVB events, or even winning a Gold medal does NOT make anyone a
good coach, it just means they were a good player - THAT'S IT!
beach volleyball is a VERY different skill than being a successful beach volleyball
I have one goal in mind: to maximize the unique abilities of a player or a coach, so they
can become their very best!
expertise is not limited to only training one to master the skills of beach
important is our focus on exercising the mind and spirit of a person so that the physical skills and
strategies, and the mental and emotional disciplines of beach volleyball, become normal and natural
- To be a high performance beach volleyball player the physical skills and mental
disciplines must be a habit that one is fully committed to practice daily / it is a 100% committed life
- Effort, Attitude and Execution is the primary focus that can be controlled with
motivated self-discipline, while results have many uncontrollable variables. Learning from the “journey”
of each play is more important than any one win or loss result of a play.
- See more
in a player than they see in themself and inspire them to “compete against themself" so they can
maximize their unique abilities and become their very best (in relation to themself first, not
- Each player is a unique individual and should be treated
and communicated with that in that in mind, in context of the training environment and
- Train the hows, whys, whats and whens of all
the physical, mental and emotional skills of the game so the player functionally understands the principles
of what they are doing so they then can continuously adapt to the flow of the game /
diet, and on and off the beach training, is specific to each athlete and must practically correlate to on
the court performance.
players to give consistent focused effort with positive and fun energy all while teaching the physical,
mental and emotional skills and principles of the game in a manner that makes functional sense for
their way of learning – and get consistent results.
- Preparing the player for the entire game and all the
games within the game including strategically adapting mentally and physically to their self, partner and
opponent, and the referee, environment and specific game situation.
- I have a lot
of fun and am very encouraging while also being extremely observant and detailed – my continual aim is for
each player to perform every play with maximum effort, precise skill execution and
- Giving full
effort and energy to a session and want the player to get more out of it than they expected so that at the end of a
session the player is challenged, smiling and energized from what they experienced and
- Continuing to learn and develop as a coach by
studying the game, players, human behavior, and, exercise and nutrition that is specific to beach
For over 10 years it was a true pleasure to have learned how to play beach
volleyball by daily studying, playing against, and practicing with some of the greatest beach players of the 1970’s
and 80’s - Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, Jim Menges, Ron Von Hagen, Kent Steffes and Karch Kiraly, to name just a
Intently focusing in on only the commonalities of what, how and why the very best beach
volleyball players performed (along with countless hours of training and practice) is what developed the foundation
of how I performed as a player, but more importantly, the physical, mental and emotional skills I teach
My playing experience included 2
years as a full time player on the AVP tour and playing internationally until health challenges changed my focus
from being a player to a coach.
It is an honor that what and how I teach beach volleyball is recognized and
supported by the FIVB and, has influenced players, coaches and beach volleyball federations around the world,
including recent Olympic medal winning players and coaches.
1996 – Present (20 years)
Advisor to coaches
domestically and internationally, including Olympic medalists
Individual and group training of
players from around the world.
U of Beach Volleyball was created in 2008 to help players and coaches of all levels,
in any country be their very best.
Notable Recent Achievements
FIVB Beach Volleyball eBook video and text – Author – “How To Play
Beach Volleyball – Skills: Techniques, Tactics, Strategy”
Triton Beach Volleyball Club coach
City of Manhattan Beach Adult coach
Director, Sinjin Smith & Randy Stoklos Beach Volleyball Camp,
Hermosa Beach, CA
2014 USABV BCAP 1 coaching certification
USABV coach volunteer
1983 – 1995
- Achieved Top 40
Player 1989 – 1991
- Achieved Top 10
Finishes: 1st (3
Domestic Semi-Pro Tournaments
Beach Volleyball Association - Amateur)