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Beach Volleyball

The Beach Volleyball program is coming off of a successful 2021 Spring season, where they were crowned IBVL Westside Division Champions.

Facilities:

Beach Volleyball trains at Playa del Rey beach courts and plays matches at the North Santa Monica Beach.

Evaluations:

The Beach Volleyball program conducts evaluations for all those that would like to participate in early January for the upcoming spring season. Pending skill and experience, you will be placed on the appropriate squad to set you up for success.

Contact:

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the sport, please email Director of Athletics Aileen Nasypany.

UPCOMING MATCHES

Helen Reale, Head Varsity Coach

 

Coach Helen

SPORT: Indoor Volleyball

TITLE:  Head Varsity Coach

TENURE AT NDASLA: 10th Season

EDUCATION: Columbia University

Playing Career:

 Coach Helen's indoor volleyball playing experience began at Columbia University where she was captain of the Varsity Volleyball team. Her adult club volleyball team, Paine Webber Volleyball Club, took 5th at Nationals.

Coach Helen’s beach volleyball career has spanned over 20 years.  She was a top ten finisher on the AVP, top five finisher on the WPVA, and a participant in the top 12 team tournament in Las Vegas.  She was the winner of the Jose Cuervo Tournaments in Honolulu and in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and the winner of the California State Championship Cal Cup in Manhattan Beach two years in a row.  She won a televised EVP tour stop in Hermosa Beach.   Coach Helen’s Masters Team has won the Manhattan Beach Surf Festival Six-Man Tournament 4 out of the past 5 years.  She still competes in CBVA tournaments when able.

 

Coaching Career:

Coach Helen has coached the Frosh/Soph Indoor Volleyball Team since 2014.  Her passion is teaching fundamentals and strategy to developing players.  In addition, she has been the director of Beach Volleyball at Notre Dame Academy since 2014.  In 2021, the team won the Westside Division in 2021 and went on to finish fourth in the IBVL Playoffs under her direction.  Two of NDA’s Varsity teams won Gold & Silver in the 2021 IBVL Pairs Championships. 

Coach Helen brings more than 18 years of coaching experience with clubs including Club Troy, Oaks Volleyball Club, and Culver City Volleyball Club.  As an assistant coach, she helped lead the Culver City Volleyball Club 16s to the finals of the SCVA Soiree in 2010.

Coached club volleyball 14s and 16s at Oaks VBC, Culver and Club Troy at USC. Coached all levels indoor volleyball at St. Martin of Tours for 9 years. Ran my own Summer Beach Camps for over 10 years. Managed Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos' Beach Volleyball Camp at Will Rogers State Beach. Coached at Crescent Beach Volleyball Club. Assistant Coach at Pierce College Beach Volleyball.

In addition to serving as head coach of the varsity volleyball teams at St. Martin of Tours School in Brentwood from 2003 - 2011, Coach Helen has run beach volleyball clinics and given private lessons for various age groups for over 20 years.   Along with Oaks Volleyball Club Director Carrie Wright, she has run a summer beach volleyball skills camp for girls and boys ages 8 - 16 for 10 years.   Coach Helen has been on the Crescent Volleyball Club’s Beach Coaching Staff under Sinjin Smith and Tom Slaughterbeck for several years.

 

Favorite Quote:

"Never leave the net before you see the set!" -  Coach Steve Anderson