New U.S. Beach Coach has Brazilian Background

April 06, 2009, 5:11 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800       

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 6, 2009) – USA Volleyball has announced that it has signed a contract with Eduardo “Anjinho” Bacil to serve as its 2009 Men’s Youth, Junior, and A2 Beach National Team Coach.

Bacil will work closely with Danalee Corso, USAV’s head coach of youth and junior beach national teams.

Bacil will work at the beach high performance tryouts in Southern California and Michigan; lead team training, and travel as the head coach with the U.S. U19 and U21 teams that attend the FIVB World Championships in Alanya, Turkey and Monterrey, Mexico. For information on how to try out for the 2009 Youth, Junior, and U26 Beach National Teams, go to

“I’m really excited. It’s a good position to represent the U.S,” Bacil said. “I’m looking forward to winning. That’s the only way to make history.”

The United States has never won a medal at either the men’s or women’s junior beach world championships or at the girls’ youth worlds. It has won silver medals twice at the boys’ youth world championship.

“We are thrilled to have Anjinho join our Beach High Performance Program,” said Ali Wood Lamberson, USA Volleyball’s director of beach programs. “He possesses an exceptional blend of experience and philosophies from both the American and Brazilian beach volleyball traditions. His ability to improve his teams’ ball control and strategy is unparalleled.”

Bacil has coached both indoor and beach volleyball in the United States and Brazil for more than 10 years. Among the players he has worked with are Jen Boss, April Ross, Matt Fuerbringer, Sean Scott, Jose Loiola, Pedro Brazao, Nancy Mason and Jenny Kropp.

Bacil is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and by age 10 was already winning tournaments in that country.

He has played on both indoor and beach national teams in Brazil and was a two–time Brazilian beach volleyball champion (1990-91).

In 1993 Bacil started playing on the AVP Tour and won his first AVP title with Jose Loiola in 1995 indoors at Washington, DC. It was the first AVP tournament won by foreign players.

Bacil reached the podium in AVP events 29 times and earned $546,233. He also finished second in two FIVB World Tour events and has earned $33,850 in international events.