board members

The United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) works with a highly effective board that maintains oversight, assists with development, and conducts their fiduciary duty.  

Gus Sampras

Gus Sampras-President

Gus Sampras has over 18 years of sports marketing experience, including 12 years at International Management Group (IMG) where he served as Vice-President of IMG Tennis.  At IMG, he managed professional ATP and WTA tour events, developed sponsorships for Olympic and Professional Volleyball, and handled charitable and community benefit programs.  In addition, he has worked in Minor League Baseball and for USYVL.  Gus is currently President of Pure Sports Management where he represents tennis legend Pete Sampras.

 

Randy Sapoznik

Randy Sapoznik-Secretary

Randy Sapoznik is the Executive Director of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) and co-founder of the USYVL, Sapoznik is credited with providing a natural pipeline tool for young children to experience the sport and to develop an appreciation for good sportsmanship and lifelong participation. Prior to founding the USYVL, Sapoznik was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Park & Sun Sports in Englewood, Colorado and owned his own sporting goods company called Beach Court, located in California. Sapoznik graduated from the California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in Geography. 

 

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Bill Martinez-Treasurer

William (Bill) Martinez has been a Volleyball Fan/player for well over 40 years. Bill is a former USYVL coach. Bill has been a USYVL Board member for 8 years and served as the Board President from 2006-2010. Bill and his family are still active players in the recreational volleyball leagues. Bill is an administrator at Pepperdine University with over 20 years of service.

Kurt Rambis

Kurt Rambis-At Large 

Kurt Rambis was named the ninth head coach in Minnesota Timberwolves history on Aug. 10, 2009. Rambis, 51, joined the T-Wolves after serving as an assistant coach on Phil Jackson's Los Angeles Lakers staff for seven seasons (2001-04, 2005-09).

As a player, Rambis played 14 seasons in the NBA. Rambis and his wife Linda have three children. Rambis became aware of the USYVL when his children participated in the league and developed an immediate love for the sport of volleyball.

Allen Adams

Allen Adams started playing volleyball at 12 years old, and played through High School and College.  He graduated in Engineering from BYU. Allen is President/Owner of Electronics Firm in Los Angeles. He coached Pony Baseball, AYSO, USYVL and Junior High Girls Volleyball. He also enjoys playing volleyball, currently playing in Senior Games. Allen enjoys working and coaching the youth.

Dain Blanton

Dain Blanton grew up in the volleyball community of Laguna Beach, California.  His extensive volleyball career can be highlighted by the 2000 Olympics where he won the gold medal in beach volleyball. 

In high school he received several awards such as Orange County Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast League and was a Volleyball Mag Fab 50 recruit.  At Pepperdine University in Malibu, Dain led the Pepperdine Waves to a National Championship.  

While playing on the AVP and FIVB, Dain became the first African American pro player in the history of beach volleyball to win a major title.  He also established Dain's Day in 1997 where he runs volleyball clinics to expose kids throughout the Los Angeles urban areas to the sport of beach volleyball. 

With a degree in public relations, Dain is successfully making a career in Sports Broadcasting.  He is working with Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, MLB, NCAA, AVP and FIVB. 

Marv Dunphy

Marv Dunphy is widely recognized as one of the best coaches in the sport of volleyball.  He is the Head Men’s Volleyball Coach at Pepperdine University.  This is his 29th season leading the Pepperdine Waves, with 12 of those seasons taking them to the NCAA Finals and four bringing home the NCAA Championship.

He was also the Head Men’s Volleyball Coach for the 1988 United States Men’s Olympic Gold Medal Team.  He was an assistant coach in the 2000 Olympics and has consulted for the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.  In 1994, Dunphy was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Every year, Dunphy runs the Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camp which just completed 34 years in operation.  It is one of the most successful and highly acclaimed camps in the United States. 

 

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