Ali Wood Lamberson


Ali Wood Lamberson has had a full and varied career in the sport of beach volleyball. She was the Assistant Coach to the 2016 and 2017 USC NCAA National Championship Beach Volleyball teams while concurrently leading the USA U-19 and U-15 Girls’ Beach National Teams to back-to-back USAV Beach High Performance Championships titles. Lamberson spent the 2015 collegiate sand season serving as the Assistant Coach for Tulane University, helping the Green Wave to their most team wins in program history.

From 2013-2015 Lamberson served as the Head Coach of the USA U-17 Beach National Team, guiding her pairs to a historic gold and silver medal finish at the inaugural 2014 FIVB U-17 World Championships while also winning three consecutive USAV Beach High Performance Championship titles. Since 2007 Lamberson has served as a lead cadre member for USA Volleyball’s Beach Coaching Accreditation Program, teaching national BCAP and B-IMPACT courses and collaborating on curriculum development for future programs.

In 2006 Lamberson became USA Volleyball’s first full-time beach staff, serving as the Director of International and High Performance Beach Programs from 2006 to 2013. She managed support and development of USAV’s Olympic, Pan Am, and Junior Beach athletes.  She created elite athlete funding, sports medicine, and video scouting programs and served as the Team Leader for numerous international events, including the double gold medal 2008 Olympic Games.

In 2008 Lamberson launched USAV’s Beach High Performance Program comprised of the USA Youth and Junior Beach National Teams, the Beach High Performance tryouts and national camps, and the USAV Beach High Performance Championships, the premiere elite beach event for athletes ages 12-25.  Under Lamberson’s direction the USA Youth and Junior teams won more than six international medals.

Lamberson took the lead representing USAV’s support of adding sand volleyball to the NCAA Emerging Sports List.  Providing guidance on topics as diverse as court construction, talent identification, and competition formatting, to hosting the annual USAV Beach Collegiate Challenge, Lamberson helped forge the relationship between the AVCA, NCAA, and USAV. She served on the AVCA Collegiate Championship Selection Committee from 2012 - 2014 and the event’s Seeding Committee in 2013 and 2014.

Lamberson played on the AVP, FIVB, BVA and WPVA pro beach volleyball tours from 1992-2005, competing in 178 career tournaments. She earned a fifth-place finish at the 2001 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Austria with Danalee Bragado-Corso and was voted the BVA’s Top Server in 2000.  She has four pro beach final four appearances to her credit, and since her retirement continues to play for fun.

Lamberson was an outside hitter at UC Irvine (1986-89) where she was a 1989 First Team All-Region Selection and lead the Anteaters to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and top 20 ranking in 1988. A three-time Scholar Athlete award winner and the 1990 Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she graduated from UCI in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in English, and spent one season with Vfl. Oythe in Germany’s Bundesliga and one season with the PVL’s San Jose Stars.

She earned her master's degree in behavioral science: negotiation and conflict resolution, from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2003, where she also taught a graduate level course in Dispute Resolution for Sports. In 2005 Lamberson was certified as a mediator by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. 

Currently Lamberson continues to work with USA Volleyball’s Beach High Performance and Coaching Education Department, and is preparing to launch Bazooka Beach, a beach volleyball school and resource center for athletes ages 5-105. Lamberson has been married to John Lamberson since 2008. She has one daughter, Josephine and two large and lazy dogs.