U.S. Beach Volleyball Update: Stoklos Goes Indoors
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 3, 2013) – Volleyball Hall of Fame member Randy Stoklos will return to his roots this winter and spring as the head coach of the boys’ indoor volleyball team at Palisades Charter High School in California.
Stoklos (center in photo at left) is an alumnus of “Pali High,” where he won two city championships with its boys’ volleyball team. He also served as an assistant coach for its boys’ team last season, when it won a City Section championship.
While most people recognize Stoklos for his beach volleyball success as an athlete, including winning four FIVB World Tour championships with Sinjin Smith (1989-92) along with four Manhattan Beach Open titles, he has experience on the hard court as well.
After playing at Pali High, Stoklos was on the U.S. Boys’ Junior National Team that won the Pacific Rim Championship. He went on to play setter at Santa Monica City College, where he was named Most Valuable Player, and then at UCLA. He also played indoors professionally in Italy.
“Needless to say, the game has changed quite a bit,” Stoklos said. “But I’ve been around it in roundabout ways in last 10 years.
“I have understood the game in a very deep way. I sat down with Karch (Kiraly) for a couple hours last week and talked about indoor game. I am very confident in my ability. This is really truly a stepping stone.”
For the last 12 years, Stoklos has run beach volleyball camps in Southern California, serving as CEO and president of the non-profit company.
Stoklos has two children of his own, ages 16 and 18. His son Shane, a sophomore at Pali, is expected to try out for the team.
“I have indirectly jumped into something where expectations are high, but that is nothing new for me as a player and coach,” Stoklos said. “My goal for the team is to meet and exceed those expectations.”
Olympic silver medalists Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) visited the Bakersfield Condors minor league hockey team on Dec. 15. The pair signed autographs, posed for photos and even played volleyball on ice. Photos from the event are posted in the photo gallery above.
IT’S A GIRL
Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and husband Casey Jennings (Las Vegas, Nev.) found out that Walsh Jennings is pregnant with a girl on the Today Show on Dec. 24. To view the video, click here.
HILTON HHONORS BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHALLENGE
Hilton HHonors has posted a behind-the-scenes video from the beach volleyball event it hosted at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in October. The tournament saw the U.S. beach volleyball teams of Kessy and Ross along with Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) take on teams from China. To view the video, click here.