The International Beachvolleyball Coaches Association is a non-profit association commited to help the growth of beach volleyball through a unified, transparent and professional platform. We are commited to elevatong the beach vollyball coaching profession through collaboration and networking with all stakeholders involved in the sport.


  • establish an internal code of conduct for all coaches
  • form a set of best standards & practices to guide what it means to be a beach volleyball coach
  • create an enviromnet for all coaches to seek and share knowledge
  • designate members to cooperate directly with the IBVPA (International Beacholleyball Players Association), the FIVB and the network of tournament promotors.

Board Members


Danny Wood



Nationality: ESP

Date of birth: 25.36.1974

Languages: Spanish, English (high level), French (medium)

Current Team(s)/Federations: ESP/NED

Position: Headcoach



phone: +34 626 344 334


Coach at FIVB Level since: 2005

Podiums at FIVB Level: 13, (+4 CEV)

Coaching Education: Level 3 (max) National Coach in Spain Volleyball, Level 2 (max) National Coach Beachvolleyball, 

Other Education: University Studies in Sport Science, Computing Diploma

Accomplishments: Bronze Medal WCH 2013 (Erdmann/Matysik), Silver Medal European CH 2013, Bronze Medal European CH 2012 (Lili/Elsa), Bronze Medal Asian CH 2013 (KZH)


Angie Akers

Vice President


Nationality: USA

Date of birth: 30.6.1976

Languages: English, a little Dutch

Current Team(s)/Federations: Beach Team Nederland

Position: Coach



phone: +1 310 709 29 56


Coach at FIVB Level since: 2015

Podiums at FIVB Level: 5

Coachin Education: USA BCAP

Other Education: Bacherlors of arts, Sociology (University of Notre Dame)

Accomplishments: 2009 FIVB Rookie of the Year (playing for USA)

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Christoph Dieckmann



Nationality: GER

Date of birth: 7.1.1976

Languages: German, English, French, Greek

Current Team(s)/Federations: SUI (mostly Betschart/Hüberli and Heidrich/Verge-Depre)

Position: Coach



phone: +30 694 1630 376


Coach at FIVB Level since: 2009

Podiums at FIVB Level: +/- 25

Coachin Education: A-Level Indoor/Beach (Germany)

Other Education: Master PoliticalScience/History

Accomplishments: 2x Coach of FIVB most improved player, Founding Member of IBVCA

Board Members


Nationality: ITA

Date of birth: 14.9.1959

Languages: Italian, English


Current Team(s)/Federations: Hasegawa/Futami (JPN)

Position: Headcoach




Coach at FIVB Level since: 1995

Podiums at FIVB Level: +/- 40

Goldmedlas at FIVB Level: +/- 10

Other Coaching Experience: First in Europe to coach, Instructor in many seminars around the world

Other Education: Philosophy (University of Rome)


Nationality: AUT

Date of birth: 6.3.1978

Languages: German, English, basic Czech


Current Team(s)/Federations: Hermannova/Slukova (CZE)

Position: Headcoach



phone: -


Coach at FIVB Level since: 2010

Podiums at FIVB Level: 16

Gold medals at FIVB Level: 5

Accomplishments: first Austrian Coach winning Gold at FIVB Level, first coach winning gold at FIVB Level for CZE

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Kai Liukkonen

Board Member


Nationality: FIN

Date of birth: 15.1.1974

Languages: Finnish, English


Current Team(s)/Federations: Lahti/Parkkinen (FIN)

Position: Headcoach



phone: +35 850 094 57 62


Coach at FIVB Level since: 2015

Podiums at FIVB Level: 2

Coachin Education: 2011 Pajulahti Sports Institute

Other Education: Bachelor of Buisness Administration

Accomplishments: 9th WCH (2017) Lahti/Lehtonen, 5th ECH (2017) Lahti/Parkkinen, Silver 3* Tokio (Lahti/Parkkinen) 2018

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Gijs Ronnes

Board Member


Nationality: NED

Date of birth: 10.6.1977

Languages: Dutch, English, German


Current Team(s)/Federations: National Team Men Netherlands

Position: Headcoach



phone: +31 624 61 22 13


Coach at FIVB Level since: 2009

Podiums at FIVB Level: 22

Gold medals at FIVB Level: 9

Coaching Education: Degree of honour

Other Education: Master in Law

Accomplishments: World Champion 2013 (Brouwer/Meeuwsen), Vice World Champion 2015 (Nummerdor/Varenhorst), Olympic bronze 2016 (Brouwer/Meeuwsen)

Ricardo Freitas

Board Member

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Nationality: BRA

Date of birth:

Languages: Portuguese, English


Current Team(s)/Federations:






Coach at FIVB Level since:

Podiums at FIVB Level:

Coaching Education:

Other Education:




Alex Prietzel

Board Member


Nationality: AUT

Date of birth: 16.11.1987

Languages: German, English


Current Team(s)/Federations: GER

Position: Coach Youth



phone: +43 699 181 49 790


Coach at FIVB Level since: 2015

Podiums at FIVB Level: 6

Gold medals at FIVB Level: 1

Coaching Education: Indoor & Beach Volleyball Instructor (Austria), Course for Trainings- and Sportmanagement

Other Education: Technical High School for Engineer & Cars

Accomplishments: Gold Medal Mersin 2018, Gold Medal Continental Cup Men 2016 (= Qualification Rio 2016)

Statement: "A lot of energy and motivation help me to work with players every day. I also want to use these properties to make beachvolleyball in general bigger and find daily solutions for solving problems."