PRO ATHLETE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Have young athletes that have dreams of being a professional beach volleyball player? Give the gift of mentorship by bringing a pro athlete into your beach club, high school, or household via a one-hour video conference call!
Discussions are tailored to fit your athlete(s) and guaranteed to build a vision for them of the pathway to get to the pro level. Previous topics have included the athlete's journey from juniors to the pro, their recruiting process, what a day in the life of a pro beach player looks like, partner selection, and more!
Learn about the Pro Beach Athletes here!
Questions on which athlete would be best for you? Reach out to [email protected] and we can discuss who would be most meaningful for your unique situation.
Hometown: Redondo Beach, CACollege: OCCPosition: DefenderYears on Tour: 2Topic Specialties: Defensive schemes, passing/setting rhythm and technique,
Hometown: Pittsford, NYCollege: USCPosition: BlockerYears on Tour: 1Topic Specialties: Transitioning from indoor to beach after growing up in an area with very limited beach volleyball, how to successfully transfer schools, balancing NCAA Division I athletics with a rigorous academic schedule, transition from college to professional athletics, representing team USA, overcoming adversity.
Hometown: Carmel, IndianaCollege: Harvard (indoor)Position: BlockerYears on Tour: 3Topic Specialties: Transitioning to beach, work/life balance, representing Team USA
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CACollege: Stanford (indoor), Hawaii (beach)Position: SplitYears on Tour: 3Topic Specialties: On court vision and strategy, 5th year experience, representing Team USA in beach, snow, and 4s.
Hometown: Redondo Beach, CACollege: Pepperdine Position: DefenderYears on Tour: 3Topic Specialties: Experience playing and traveling for USA beach as a junior, the recruiting process, transitioning from indoor to beach, transitioning from college to pro, traveling internationally for the FIVB, mindset, nutrition, healthy work/life balance.
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CACollege: UC Santa Barbara (indoor)Position: DefenderYears on Tour: 2Topic Specialties: Representing Team USA, coaching youth in indoor and beach,
Hometown: Los Alamitos, CACollege: Hawaii (indoor and beach)Position: BlockerYears on Tour: 2Topic Specialties: Competing internationally, transitioning to beach, representing Team USA, work/life balance.
Amanda Dowdy Lawson
Hometown: Austin, TXCollege: Texas Tech University (indoor)Position: BlockerYears on Tour: 6Topic Specialties: Experience playing both indoor and beach professionally overseas. Transitioning from indoor to beach. Experience living overseas for indoor as well as balancing competition and a heavy travel schedule for beach volleyball. Represented Team USA both indoor and beach. Dual sport athlete in college. How to persevere through adversity. Mental training and the important role it plays in competition. Time management. Balancing life and sport. The importance of taking care of your body and longevity as a professional. Reading the game at a high level. Communication and the important role it plays for your team. Handsetting, passing, blocking, vision, jump serving.
Hometown: Valencia, CACollege: PepperdinePosition: DefenderYears on Tour: 4Topic Specialties: Both played and coached at Pepperdine, top 10 finish on the AVP tour as both a blocker and defender, coaching specialties step close footwork and arm-swing technique.
Hometown: Baltimore, MarylandCollege: University of MarylandPosition: BlockerYears of Tour: 2Topic Specialties: As the author of now two beach volleyball books, and a co-host and founder of SANDCAST, the top beach volleyball podcast in five different countries, I'm exposed to the tips, habits, strategies and lifestyle components of all of the best beach players in the world. As someone who's only been playing beach volleyball for five years, I've been able to learn at an unusually high rate and expedite the growth process much quicker than the average player. I'd probably work best with individuals transitioning from different sports (it's what I did). In terms of specific skills, I'd consider myself to be expert at hand setting and jump serving, and the value of both.
Hometown: Hermosa Beach, CACollege: UCLA (indoor and beach)Position: DefenderYears on Tour: 1Topic Specialties: Duel sport collegiate athlete experience, representing Team USA as a junior, lessons learned from transitioning from college to pro, life balance, recruiting process, defense, dealing with adversity.
Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CACollege: Florida State UniversityPosition: DefenderYears on Tour: 3Topic Specialties: Court vision, Defensive IQ - reading and knowing hitters, Experience Representing Team USA both as a junior and pro, Maximizing height limitations for success as a split blocker both collegiately and professionally.
Hometown: Chicago, ILCollege: Northeastern Illinois UniversityPosition: DefenderYears on Tour: 7Topic Specialties: Working with different personalities, dealing with adversity, tournament prep, rehab, weight training for peak performance.
Hometown: Toronto, CACollege: Colorado State University (indoor) & USC (beach)Position: BlockerYears on Tour: 1 Year (FIVB)Topic Specialties: Experience being an international student, playing indoor and beach in the NCAA, being a grad transfer, and living and training in the US as a Canadian professionally. How to get recruited from a different country, how to make the switch from indoor, excelling academically in college (graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors), strength and conditioning, and overcoming/preventing injury.
Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, FLCollege: PepperdinePosition: DefenderYears on Tour: 1Topic Specialties: The mental side of the game, reading on defense, picking up tendencies during a game, and vision on offense
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CACollege: Hawaii Position: DefenderYears on Tour: 4Topic Specialties: Excelling as one of the smallest players on tour through hard work, analyzing the game, and playing creatively, collegiate academic/athletic balance, solo ball control drills, partner selection
Hometown: Colorado Springs, COCollege: Wichita State University (indoor)Position: DefenderYears on Tour: 6Topic Specialties: Technical skill training, defensive strategies, fitness/strength training, rehab/prehab
Hometown: Stuart, FLCollege: Florida State University, HawaiiPosition: SplitYears on Tour: 3Topic Specialties: Game prep/visualization, court vision and small ball, nutrition, college play and transferring, representing Team USA, how to "make the move" and transition to CA
Hometown: Naperville, ILCollege: Grand Canyon UniversityPosition: DefenderYears on Tour: 2Topic Specialties: Undersized player that has to creatively win matches and well as perfecting skills to make sure that I can play against the best of the best! I’ve always been “an underdog” and use this to fuel my fire.
Hometown: Saratoga, CACollege: USCPosition: BlockerYears on Tour: 3Topic Specialties: Experience as a collegiate coach, transitioning from high school to college, recruiting process, nutrition, strength and conditioning, time management as an athlete, dealing with adversity, and representing Team USA in beach volleyball, snow volleyball, and 4v4.
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CACollege: Stanford (indoor)Position: BlockerYears on Tour: 1Topic Specialties: Transitioning to beach from indoor, Team USA experience, strength & conditioning, nutrition, building mental strength, dealing with adversity, meditation & visualization, habit & routine.
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