The field for the second NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships have been set, with all eight teams to make the tournament having a dedicated coaching staff and (besides LSU and Pepperdine) facilities on campus to practice at.
All 8 schools going to 'Bama have a dedicated coaching staff, on campus sand facilities (except Pepperdine) and athlestes on scholarship.
— College Beach Fan (@CollegeBeachFan) May 1, 2017
Teams and Coaches
- USC – head coach, Anna Collier (fifth season)
- UCLA – head coach, Stein Metzger (fifth season)
- Pepperdine – head coach, Nina Matthies (sixth season)
- Florida State – head coach, Brooke Niles (second season)
- Hawaii – head coach, Jeff Hall (third season)
- Long Beach State – head coach, Mike Campbell (third season)
- LSU – head coach, Russel Brock (first season)
- South Carolina – head coach, Moritz Moritz (fourth season)
Beach volleyball is a new sport being added to more and more collegiate programs every year. It is now in it’s second season as a recognized sport by the NCAA. Programs are taking on beach volleyball as a program because it can fill up a quota sport for the school without having to spend extra money. With that in mind, it means that schools with a smaller budget allotted for beach volleyball are not able to hand out scholarships to their players, specifically for beach play. Many of these school (even budgeted schools) take their indoor players and transition them to beach in the off-season.
The programs in the NCAA Beach Championship they have a designated coaching staff for just beach volleyball, while some other smaller school have their indoor coach as their beach coach. The eight teams in the championships are all top-tier Division I programs that are able to fund two separate coaching staffs.