Coaches: 

Jen Kessy
Player 

  •    Olympic Silver Medalist in the 2012 London Olympics - beach volleyball
  •    1998 All American at USC - indoor volleyball
  •    19 First Place finishes on the FIVB & AVP pro tours
  •    AVP Best of the Beach 2008, 2009
  •    Professional indoor volleyball with Chicago Thunder and Pinkin de Corozal

 Coach 

  • Currently coaching #1 US Team April Ross & Alix Klineman, who won the first FIVB tourney of 2018
  • 2017 & 2018 American Beach Winter Beach Elite Head Coach
  • Her high expectations naturally become the athlete's high expectations


Jen Fopma

Player

  •    AVP Beach Volleyball Pro - won Manhattan Open & Huntington Beach Open
  •    Pepperdine University - School record hitting percentage
  •    Cal State Northridge - All American
  •    Professional indoor volleyball with Chicago Thunder and Pinkin de Corozal

 Coach 

  • 2017 & 2018 American Beach Winter Beach Elite Head Coach
  • Strong on technical knowledge, teaching & encouraging


Ian Dyer
Player 

  •    President, United States Volleyball Professionals Players Association 1993
  •    Molson East Coast Pro Beach Volleyball Tour 1991-93
  •    Nescafe Australian Pro Beach Volleyball Tour 1989-1990
  •    Former “AAA” rated by California Beach Volleyball Association (currently rated “A” at age 48). 
  •    Starting outside hitter at Harvard University
  •    All-Ventura County high school basketball 
  •    Career Highlights: San Clemente City Basketball Champions with my dad, George Dyer 2002 & 2003;       Winning the Hermosa Beach “B” beach volleyball tournament with my 14 year old son Noah 2012 

 Coach 

  • Head Coach, Saddleback Valley Christian School Boys & Girls Beach Volleyball Teams, #2 in Southern California 2015,Orange County Champions 2016, (Boys Team & Girls Team)
  • Assistant Coach, Saddleback Valley Christian Boys Indoor Volleyball - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016  (2018 currently in the CIF Finals) CIF Champions 
  • USA Volleyball Beach CAP I & CAP II (Coaching Accreditation Program) & Impact certified
  • USA Volleyball indoor CAP I & CAP II training
  • 13 club & youth championship teams 


Ryan Van Rensselaer  
Player: 

  • Started playing volleyball at Laguna Beach High in 1987- Played Frosh Soph that year as starting setter and won league. 
  • Varsity Volleyball 2 years 1989-1990 (Setter) at El Toro High School. 
  • 4 years club for Laguna Beach Volleyball club – Won 1 Junior Olympic title, one runner up and one 3rd place.     Starting setter for Orange Coast College Volleyball team 1990-1st Place in Conference & State  Champions (All State 1st Team & All conference 1st Team).  
  • Starting Setter for OCC in 1991 – Won conference and took 3rd place in State (All conference/ All State 1st Team).  
  •  Former “AAA” rated by California Beach Volleyball Association (currently rated “A” at age 40). 
  • 1991 began training for AVP qualification tournaments.   Stopped actively pursuing AVP in 1992 to focus on education and commitments to Youth Ministry.  Picked up beach volleyball again in 2001 and still continue to play competitive tournaments 

Coach 

  • Head Boys Varsity Volleyball Coach for Saddleback Valley Christian School - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 CIF Champions. Currently in the 2018 CIF Finals. 
  • Co-Head Boys Beach Volleyball Coach, Saddleback Valley Christian, Orange County Champions 2016
  • Only volleyball coach in CIF-SS history to win CIF boys volleyball 4 years in a row
  • Head Coach of 949 Volleyball Club 14-1s, the #3 team in the USA 2012. 
  • Coached the Frosh-Soph boy’s team at El Toro high school in 1993 (League Champs) Also assisted head coach Mike Jagde with varsity team who lost in Semi-Finals of CIF that year.  
  • Assistant head coach/ helped out head coach Dave Crandall at Mission Viejo high school in 1994 (primarily working with setter).  
  • 2009 Began training high school and college athletes on the beach specifically to enhance their indoor game through sand plyometrics and jump training. 


Garry Harvey

  • Coach Garry is the favorite coach of many of our athletes. A retired California State Beach Lifeguard and grandfather of several American Beach athletes, Coach Garry has a wonderful balance of gentle encouragement and clear instruction while holding athletes accountable for giving him their best effort.

Kevin Beard

Ann Feiner Beard - "The Encourager"

Lynn Hopper

  • Son Brandon currently playing for UCSB Men's Volleyball team

Professor Matt Hunt

Spencer Alden

  • Undergraduate Assistant, Grand Canyon University Women's Beach Volleyball Team 2018
  • Assistant Coach, Irvine Valley College Women's Beach Volleyball Team 2017

Tommy Murphy 

Merritt Joujon-Roche

Heidi Dyer - NCAA & High School All-American, 3 year starter for Pepperdine Beach AND Indoor volleyball teams, with 1 year to go.  Open/AAA level beach player. JO's 18U Gold Medalist. CIF Player of the Year.

Noah Dyer - 2 year starter for Pepperdine Indoor volleyball team, with 2 years to go. US Junior National Team. JO's 18U Gold Medalist. Open/AAA level beach player. CIF Player of the Year.

Lily Dyer - All CIF, San Joaquin League Player of the Year. Open/AAA level beach player. Will set for Pepperdine 2018. 

George Dyer - Open/AAA level beach player

Zach Perry - Played at Cal Baptist & Laguna Hills High School. 

BELOVED FORMER AMERICAN BEACH COACHES:

Andrew Ashby

Katherine "Kat" Hart   
Player:

  •    Played professional volleyball for 1 season in Croatia. 
  •    University of North Carolina, Greensboro 
  •    USF (University of San Francisco) 2004-2007
  •    OCVBC 5yrs
  •    Dana Hills High School 2000-2004

Coach:

  •    Head Coach - Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club Girls 18-Kat
  •    Beach volleyball coach for 9 years
  •    Undergrad Assistant Coach at University of North Carolina Greensboro (1 yr) 
  •    Frosh-Soph Coach at Corona Del Mar High School (1 season)Shaun Ramsey 
  •    Founder, Dana Point Youth Beach Volleyball Club

Trevor Lund
Coach:

  •      2012: Coach (2 teams), Tstreet Volleyball Club.
  •      2011: Assistant Coach, OCVC Boys Volleyball Club
  •      2010-2011:
  •           Head Coach, Laguna Hills High School Boys JV Volleyball
  •           Assistant Coach, Laguna Hills High School Boys Varsity Volleyball
  •           Assistant Coach, Laguna Hills High School Girls Varsity Volleyball

 Player:
2009-2010: Assistant Coach, Laguna Hills High School Boys Frosh/Soph Volleyball    

Currently playing volleyball on scholarship to Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.
     Played two years at Irvine Valley College, winning a CCCAA championship in 2011, and losing in the semi-finals in 2012. Sophomore year was selected for “Most Improved Player” and “Second Team All Conference”.
     MVP & First Team All League at Laguna Hills High School