Athletes, Coaches Announced for Beach HP Camps

Nov. 30, 2011, 5:43 p.m. (ET)

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

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 30, 2011) – USA Volleyball has announced the coaches that will work with athletes at its three beach volleyball holiday high performance camps in December.

It has also released the lists of players who have been invited to the camps. This year, athletes from 14 states are scheduled to attend. To view the full list, click here.

"The demand for spots at these camps has been overwhelming," said Ali Wood Lamberson, USAV director of beach programs. "We opened up the Chula Vista camps to the most day campers we could manage, and we still we have a long waiting list. This reflects the growing popularity of beach volleyball among junior players.

"I think the future of the sport looks very bright."

Junior beach players are invited to high performance camps based on the results of high performance tryouts.

“This is the best coaching staff we have ever put together for our Beach HP program,” Lamberson added. “I am delighted with the eagerness and enthusiasm that each of these coaches brings to our program together with their years of elite level experience.  Our Beach HP athletes are going to have a very challenging and rewarding experience.” 

The first camp will be the Boys’ A1 Beach Holiday High Performance Camp on Dec. 20-23 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Chula Vista, Calif.

The head coach will be Jon Aharoni, a member of USAV’s Beach Coaching Accreditation Program (BCAP) cadre, an FIVB certified coach and head coach of the U.S. Beach Youth National Team, which included the gold medal team of Jane Croson and Summer Ross.

Aharoni will be assisted by 2000 Olympian Jose Loiola of Brazil (55 domestic and international titles; 1999 FIVB tour champion), Stafford Slick (2009-11 U.S. A2 Beach National Team member; fifth place at 2010 World University Championships) and Shannon Sneed (USAV BCAP Level  I).

The Girls’ A1 Beach Holiday High Performance Camp will be held Dec. 27-30 at the OTC in Chula Vista.

The head coach will be Tyra Turner, a nine-time medalist on the FIVB World Tour and a member of USAV’s BCAP cadre.

Turner will be assisted by Anna Collier, the women’s sand volleyball coach for the University of Southern California, a two-time Olympic beach volleyball coach and a member of the BCAP cadre;  April Ross, the 2009 FIVB world champion and 2012 Olympic hopeful; Ashley Ivy, an FIVB top-ranked beach pro and indoor NCAA champion with Stanford (BCAP Level I); Jeff Conover, head coach for the U.S. women’s beach team of Ross and Jen Kessy and Dillan Bennett a four-year member USAV U19 and U21 Beach National Teams.

There will be a Boys’ and Girls’ A2 Beach Holiday High Performance Camp held on Dec. 27-30 in Largo, Fla.

The head coach will be Patricia Daugherty (USAV BCAP Level I), who has served as lead coach for two-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor’s M2 Volleyball Camps and Clinics.

Daugherty will be assisted by Kristin Batt (USAV BCAP Level I), a NORCECA Circuit gold medalist; Tara Kuk (USAV BCAP Level I), a top-10 finisher on the defunct AVP Tour; Dave Carstenson (USAV BCAP Level I and certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine) and Joe Rohr (USAV BCAP Level I and certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine).