USAV Hires Corso to Further Strengthen Beach Department

Jan. 30, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
B.J. Evans
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 30, 2008) - USA Volleyball has announced that it has hired Danalee Corso to serve as technical coordinator and master coach for its growing beach volleyball program.

Corso, whose first day will be Feb. 1, will work closely with Ali Wood, USAV's director of beach programs. She will serve as the junior national team coach as well as provide technical assistance to the elite athletes who represent the United States in international competition.

Among her duties will be organizing youth and junior beach volleyball performance camps and coordinating the selection and training of youth and junior athletes for international tournaments. Corso will be called upon to begin developing an education program to certify and train beach volleyball coaches, similar to USA Volleyball's already successful Coaching Accreditation Program for indoor coaches. Wood, Corso and an administrative assistant still to be hired will work out of USAV's new beach volleyball office in El Segundo, Calif.

"Danalee's addition to the USAV family illustrates our commitment to grow the beach game by creating new programming and enhancing support," Wood said. "In addition to her strong volleyball experience, Danalee has a successful entrepreneurial background that will stimulate program development."

Corso added: "I am very excited about this opportunity to work with USA Volleyball. USAV has made an obvious commitment to the sport of beach volleyball and it's an incredible opportunity to be a part of a new and growing program."

Corso is the owner of the Aloha Ball Beach Volleyball School along with her husband Brian. She has been coaching beach volleyball since 1993 and has worked with teams that have competed both on the AVP Tour and represented the United States internationally including Rachel Wacholder/Tyra Turner, Suzanne Stonebarger/Michelle More and Nicole Branagh/Angie Akers among others.

"We are happy to be adding Danalee's experience and enthusiasm to our staff," said USA Volleyball CEO Doug Beal. "We will look for her to support our current senior-level national players as well as our future world champions and Olympians. We also look for her to have a major impact on beach volleyball education and the identification and training of beach volleyball coaches."

Corso has had an accomplished volleyball playing career. She played collegiately at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles from 1989-93, where she also attained a bachelor's degree in marketing/entrepreneurship. She has played beach volleyball on the FIVB, AVP and WPVA tours. She also played indoor volleyball professionally in France.