How Coaches and Athletes Around the World Handle the Corona-Situation – Part I

IBVCA was interested to know how Coaches and Athletes around the world are handling the Corona-situation and what kind of restrictions they have to face right now. We asked them the following questions:

  1. How is the situation in general in your country? What are the restrictions for the people? And for the athletes?
  2. How are your athletes training at the moment? Are they still able to practice in the normal way?

Here are the first answers of some of our fellow coaches!

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Interview with Tyler Hildebrand on Beachvolleyball and Coaching in US



Tyler Hildebrand is Director of Coaching for the USA Beach National teams. Read here, what is behind this interesting title, how he fills the new position in a country with a history of independently working but very succesful teams and how he views the development of beachvolleyball in the US.


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Interview with Leticia Pessoa
Leticia is among the most successful coaches in the sport of beachvolleyball. She worked among others with such accomplished players as Emanuel, Alison, Ricardo, Carol, Agatha and Duda. Read here how she became a coach, what advice she gives female coaches and what pieca of advice was important for her own developoment.
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Coaches of Stoyanovskiy/Krasilnikov in the focus of FIVB-news article

In case you have missed it: Rivo Vesik and Slava Nyrka, coaches of 2019 World Championships Stoyanovskiy/Krasilnikov, played a major role when planning the 2019 season that led to the big title. Read the FIVB article here:—stoyanovskiy?id=90467


Interview with Marco Solustri – Part II

Marco Solustri is one of the most experienced Coaches of the World Tour. After playing in Italy and on the AVP he was among the first coaches to work on a professional level. In the meantime he has almost 30 years of experience under his belt. Here is the second part of his interview…

Let us continue by taking a closer look at the role of the coach within the team. What is the role of a coach in beachvolleyball today?

We are a team sport. BUT: in the other team sports, there is usually a club involved. The club chooses the coach, the players, the assistants, the physio etc.. This is very different in Beachvolleyball. I believe that in many cases, the coach him/herself is the “motor”, the “engine” of the team! In some cases, the coach is the one who has the idea, who starts the project, he sees two players, he thinks they could make a good team together, the coach brings them together, they try to find sponsors, they try to get the support of the Federation…In these cases the coach is the “promoter”, the “catalyser” of the team! This is a huge difference to other sports.

Interview with Marco Solustri – Part I

Marco Solustri is one of the most experienced Coaches of the World Tour. After playing in Italy and on the AVP he was among the first coaches to work on a professional level. In the meantime he has almost 30 years of experience under his belt. Read the interview, in which he talks about the evolution of the game and his view of Beachvolleyball.

Marco, you are one of the most renowned coaches on the World Tour and probably the most experienced one. We would like to talk with you about the evolution of the game -including coaching- at top level over the last 25-30 years… Let’s have a look at the general development first…The game has changed a lot over these years…

Many people say so but I’ll be a bit provocative and go against it: I don’t think the changes are that big. Kiraly/Steffes and Jacky/Sandra – the Gold medal winners of the first Olympic Games in Beachvolleyball in Atlanta 1996 – would still be competitive today…

Interview with Simon Nausch

The interview with Simon Nausch is the last in the series of interviews with the IBVCA Coaches of the year. The austrian coach works very succesful with a czech team (Hermannova/Slukova now, Kolocova/Slukova before) and talks among many topics about his philosophy of beachvolleyball and future developments in our sport.


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Interview with Reis Castro

Reis Castro qualified 4 times in a row with Brazilian women teams for the Olympics (Juliana/Larissa twice, Larissa/Talita and now Ana Patricia/Rebecca). That is a very difficult and quite amazing achievement. In this interview he talks about his coaching style and his development as a coach.

Let’s talk about your coaching style and philosophy first: What are the similarities and differences in leading Larissa/Juliana and now Ana Patricia/Rebecca to World Class top level?

I’m a big believer in respect. Respect is the foundation I build on.  Larissa/Juliana both have strong personalities, they learned quickly to make decisions both on and off the court making my work easier. My leadership role was focused on planning training sessions and strategy.
With Rebecca/Ana Patricia I keep in mind that they are young athletes and that they have a long career ahead.
Despite their differences, my philosophy and strategy for both teams is the same, always teaching them to have the mindset of a champion.

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Interview with Kare Mol
Kare Mol was voted IBVCA Coach of the year. In this interview he talks about his philosophy, about his team and about future developments.

You are coaching the best men’s team in the world. How would you describe your coaching style and your measurements to keep the team on top and to keep improving?

Style is something you build over long time together with the team you are working with. Style can be different from the team you coach and depends on what they need. In my coaching head I am looking for one thing. How can we do things better in every way, how can we improve the game. We always discuss this together within the coaches’ staff and the players. The first thing is building trust. Trust within our team, to speak honestly, not to blame, but to push our limits, always looking for improvement.

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