Angela Rock


Angela Rock is one of America’s most celebrated and decorated volleyball players. After a successful collegiate career at San Diego State, which culminated in her admittance to the school’s Hall of Fame, Angela joined the U.S. national beach volleyball team based in San Diego. During her five years as an outside hitter, Angela participated in the Goodwill Games and World Championships, the 1987 Pan American Games, and most notably, the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. 

From 1987 to 2000, Rock was dominant on both the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association (WPVA) and Federation de International Volleyball (FIVB) tours. Traveling the globe, Angela won 27 beach events, amassing 12 of those titles in her most successful year of 1991. That year, she was also named the WPVA Tour’s Best Hitter.

After nearly 30 years of playing, Angela finally retired in 2000. After retirement, she shifted her focus to coaching for both indoor and beach volleyball.  Angela coached at the Community College, Division 2 and Division 1 indoor level as both a head and assistant coach.  She worked on the development side of the game coaching juniors at Rancho Santa Fe Surf and Coast Volleyball Clubs, while also training elite level beach players, including Brooke Niles (current head sand coach at Florida State), April Ross (2016 beach Olympic team), and several up-and-coming Olympic hopefuls. Currently she is the head coach of the women’s beach team at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.

  • Author, Angela Rock’s Advanced Beach Volleyball Tactics , 2017
  • 27 Time Professional Beach Winner
  • 1990 US Champion
  • 1991 Grand Prix Money Winner
  • 1993 AVP Tour Champion
  • Three Time Service Ace leader—on two different professional sand tours
  • 1984 First Team All American
  • 2 Time NCAA Final Four Team Member at SDSU 1981 and 1982
  • SDSU MVP 1984
  • 1st Team All American 1984
  • SDSU Hall of Fame
  • USA Volleyball MVP 1985
  • Pan American Silver Medalist 1987
  • 1988 Olympian
  • 1992 Almeria Spain Beach Exhibition Olympics Silver Medalist
  • 1996 Beach Olympic Coach for Reno and McPeak
  • Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame