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My Journey Through The Beach Volleyball World

From the Mountains to the Beach

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My Summer Internship With Casey and Chase

On April 20th, 2019 I got a call from Ryan Mariano. He asked me if I wanted to, again, be his assistant. He was taking a job working with former Olympian Casey Patterson, and former NBA player and NBA dunk contest participant Chase Budinger. They were partnering up for the AVP season as well as some international events and needed a coach. Of course I jumped at the chance! Are you kidding me? It started with a practice in Arizona at Grand Canyon University. We got out for a c


Over the last 7 years (2013-2020) RPM Sand has sent over 60 players on to play division 1 in college. The schools these players have gone to are a pretty impressive list: Abeline Christian University American University Arizona State University Boise State University Cal Poly State University Cal State Bakersfield Cal State University Northridge Colorado Mesa University Concordia University Irvine Florida Atlantic University Georgia State University Grand Canyon University Ho

Working with Sarah Sponcil

One day Ryan called me up and said, "hey buddy, any interest in being my assistant coach with one of the pro teams? Wait, what am I saying, I'm your boss, you have no choice." I just kind of laughed. He knew that my dreams as a coach have always been to see how far I can go with it. To see how the skills I have learned would translate to the higher levels of the game. What I haven't mentioned yet is that I am fluent in Spanish and that my day job is to teach high school Spani

Juniors Coaching

Juniors coaching is an art. For any of you who have attempted it, you know that there are so many moving parts it will make your head spin. The biggest key to success, in my eyes, is the environment you create within your program. Having coached for multiple clubs and schools under the leadership of different club directors and athletic directors, I never found a place that allowed me to be myself as much as I can at RPM Sand. Ryan Mariano has done a fantastic job of creating

My Background

My background as a player is not as extensive as many. I never had a coach. I never played on an organized indoor team like most players. I didn't grow up on the beach. Much the opposite. I grew up playing soccer in a mountain town. I played rec leagues and then began tournaments. I worked my way up to finally playing in a few AVP qualifiers along with, while the AVP tour was re-orging, a few of the Jose Cuervo Beach Tour qualifiers. Along the way I met a guy by the name of R

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