The United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) works with a highly effective and engaged board that provides guidance, assists with development, monitors strategic plans, and is tasked with fiduciary duties. The board is an independent body composed of a diverse group of advisors with specific roles based on their professional training, expertise, and varied backgrounds.
Allen Adams – President
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
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.
Leslie Martensen – Treasurer
Leslie Martensen started playing volleyball at age 12 and played through High School. She graduated from University of Bridgeport (CT) with a degree in Computer Science. Leslie worked in Silicon Valley for 20 Years. She is now semi-retired and living in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Leslie coached Darien HS JV Volleyball in 1989. She started as a USYVL clinician in San Jose in 2000 and continued as it grew to one of the largest sites in the US. Upon moving to South Lake Tahoe, she and her husband Steve started a new USYVL site there in the summer of 2016. She enjoys playing indoor, beach, and grass volleyball as well as many other winter and summer sports.
Lolita Lopez – Member at Large
Lolita Lopez has been a journalist for nearly two decades, in the two largest television markets in the U.S. Prior to joining NBC4 in Los Angeles, Lopez was a news reported and sports anchor at WPIX-TV where she also served as the on-field reporter for the NY Mets.
Lopez is a graduate of Harvard University where she played volleyball and ran track and field. She was a two time co-captain of her volleyball team and played both setter and outside hitter despite her short stature. Thank goodness for the high jump!
A life long lover of the sport of volleyball, she continues to play in co-ed leagues, in open gyms, on grass and on sand – anywhere she can. She coached her daughter’s youth volleyball team and loves to share her passion for the sport with young girls and boys. She credits the discipline and confidence she has had throughout her life and career with the physical mental skills she gained on the court.
Aside from serving on the Board of USYVL, Lolita is also a board member of Huntington Hospital and The Collegiate Women in Sports Award which annually chooses the top female collegiate athlete.
A breast cancer survivor, she lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter and two dogs.
Gene Rodrigues – Advisory Board Member
Gene Rodrigues is a lifelong volleyball enthusiast. He fell in love with the game 40 years ago as a player on his college club team and has remained connected to volleyball ever since. Today, Gene still competes indoors at national senior tournaments and with his friends on the sand courts of Manhattan Beach, where he lives. Gene volunteers his time with USYVL to share the game he loves with kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn this lifetime sport.
Gene’s other passion is for clean energy and a healthy environment, which is the focus of his practice as a vice president with ICF International. In recognition of his work on clean energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Gene its 2012 Climate Leadership Award for individual leadership.
Marv Dunphy – Advisory Board Member
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.