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The game of volleyball has always had a presence on the beach. Lately that presence has found its way to the Olympics, and even more recently to college campuses all around the country. As organized beach competitions for our youth has evolved we at Fresno Heat have evolved with it and now have a competitive beach program.
Beach volleyball is an all inclusive game. With only 2 players per team, each player is required to perform ALL volleyball skills at a proficient level. Opponents regularly expose and accentuate flaws in certain aspects of an individuals game, thus requiring constant work on an athletes weakest assets. All of this leads to the overall improvement of the individual skills rapidly.
The place to begin. Heat primary is stage 1 in the Beach process. The main goal in this stage is to instruct in the basic of doubles volleyball, the difference in beach volleyball rules and strategies, and the importance of a complimentary partner.
Once the basics are covered, stage 2 consists of advanced strategies, net play and blocking along with advanced play calling. The development of advanced, multiple shots and purposeful placements.
Finally the 3rd stage is the elite physical, mental, and emotional combination of all Beach volleyball skills repeated and perfected. Advanced strategies focused for the individual athlete and specific team for tournament play.
The little Fall season will run for one month. Practice will be two evenings per week and contain nine sessions the total cost for a little fall season is only $250 and will include a heat T-shirt.
The partial Fall season will run for your choice of two months either August - September or September - October practice will be two evenings per week and contain 17 sessions the total cost for partial fall season is only $450 and will we include a heat T-shirt.
The full Fall season will run all three months beginning August 5th practice will be two evenings per week and contain 25 sessions. The total cost for full fall session is only $650 and will include a heat T-shirt and a long sleeve shirt as well.
Martina was born in Slovakia and came to the US at the age of 19, due to being recruited to play NCAA Division I Volleyball at Mississippi State. In her first year playing Division I Volleyball, she was named Player of the Week multiple times and made the TOP 8 Freshman honors by the end of the year. As a Sophomore, She transferred to Fresno Pacific University and in three seasons with the team, was named All-GSAC three times, First team NAIA All American twice and NAIA National Tournament MVP twice. She was also named GSAC player of the year while leading the Sunbirds to two NAIA national championships.
AWARDS & HONORS:
Women's Volleyball Champion, 2009- 2010 (MVP of 2 tournaments);
Most outstanding player of Golden State Athletic Conference, 2010:
All-American NAIA First Team, 2009,20210,2011;
FPU Captain’ Award 2011:
Eight grade boys, Clark Intermediate, Fresno, California, 2012-2013
(Results: League Champion 2013)
JV Clovis High School Girls, Clovis, California, 2012 (Results: Area Champions 2012)
Varsity assistant head coach Clovis High School, Clovis, California,2013-2014 (Results:2014 TRAC and Valley championship)
Varsity head coach Bullard High School, Fresno, California 2015-2017
Varsity head coach SJM, Fresno 2017-Present (Results 2019 DIV III Valley Champ)
CLUB VOLLEYBALL EXPERIENCE
18 ,14 & 12’s Girl Head Club Coach and club co-director , Clovis, California 2010-2014
14’s Boys Head Club Coach, Clovis, California 2012-2014
(Results: North region Champions 2012 qualified to Junior Olympics in Summer 2013,finished 5th)
Club director, Fresno, California 2015-2017
Fresno heat volleyball club
Club Director 2017-present
Beach volleyball played in Europe during her college years and played for Slovak national team.
Gene started his coaching/playing career in the mid 80’s and has been coaching/playing volleyball at various levels for the past thirty five years. Gene started his volleyball coaching career as a student assistant coach at Western Oregon State College. WOSC was a successful NAIA program in Monmouth Oregon and nationally ranked. He then traveled to Memphis State University and was hired as the assistant women’s head coach for the lady Tigers. This was an up in coming, Div I program. Gene was in charge of recruiting, conditioning and day to day practices. During his tenure at MSU the team was ranked in the top 25 nationally, they made the NCAA playoffs and lost in the 1993 NIT championship match.
After coaching at MSU he trained with the USA National B team for several years. After playing indoor volleyball Gene made the switch to beach volleyball. He competed in various beach tournaments throughout the nation. During his time playing beach volleyball, Gene also traveled and put on volleyball camps around the United States for indoor and beach volleyball.
He has recently been involved in coaching at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Gene has coached both boys and girls volleyball during this time. He has been fortunate to have had great athletes who were able to win multiple Fresno Unified and CIF championships. I currently Gene is the head Junior Varsity coach at San Joaquin Memorial High School and the head coach for the U14 Gold Fresno Heat girls’ team.