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Timberwolves Beach Boys Volleyball Club Leads the Growth of Boys Beach Volleyball in California

Timberwolves Beach Boys Volleyball Club Leads the Growth of Boys Beach Volleyball in California

Unlike girls high school beach volleyball, boys beach volleyball is not currently a sanctioned sport in California. In 2013, regional coaches from high schools throughout San Diego County got together to bring the sport of boys’ beach volleyball to the high school level. Presently, the association of coaches is running the program as a club sport through JVA, but each “club” team consists of students from each of the respective schools, with conference and CIF sanctioning as the ultimate goal.

In the inaugural 2013 season, 13 schools participated in the program. By 2022, approximately 500 student athletes were playing on Varsity and JV teams at 26 participating schools in 4 leagues (Northern, Southern, Eastern & Western), with another three to four schools already planning to join in fall of 2023. Timberwolves Beach Boys Volleyball Club was one of those new programs, forming out of Mission Vista High School a few months ago. In its first season, the program had nineteen athletes of all skill levels from beginner to open level players and was able to field five pairs for Varsity and five pairs for JV. Naturally, most of the players from the high school boys indoor team wanted to join and compete in the San Diego High School Boys Volleyball Beach League.

“The parents, coaches, student athletes and our athletic director have been instrumental in making our inaugural season a success,” stated Co-Director Julie Gibbs-Koleszar.  “Also, the other league teams and coaches with many years of experience were helpful and supportive.”

Timberwolves Beach Boys Volleyball Club is led by Head Coach Ryan McDevitt. He runs the training with another coach andparent, Garrett Koleszar. Ryan grew up playing beach volleyball in Encinitas followed by CBVA tournaments around Southern California. About 9 years ago he started coaching at Tamarack Beach Volleyball Club, a JVA member beach club in Carlsbad, California.  The program has two parent Co-Directors, Michele Krohn and Julie Gibbs-Koleszar, who handle all of the paperwork, management of competition/scheduling, court permits and communication with the League Director and other coaches.

Oceanside Parks and Recreation supported the program with access to great beach courts where the Timberwolves practice twice per week. Competition consists of two matches per week against the other teams in the San Diego High School Boys League. The season runs from August through the first week of November, and then the top…

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