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Matt Olson

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Beach Program Director

Matt Grew up in Cardiff and attended La Costa Canyon High School. After earning league MVP honors at Grossmont Junior College in San Diego, Matt then played 3 years at the University of Arizona. He was The Mountain region MVP in 2002 and won National Collegiate Club Championships in 2002 (All-Tournament 1st team) and 2003. Matt was the co-head coach (2001-2003) for the Arizona Women’s Club Team. In his senior year at Arizona, Matt was a manager for Dave Rubio’s University of Arizona Women’s Division One Volleyball team during the 2003/2004 season. Matt graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona in 2004, earning a BS in Physical Education.

Matt was a Head coach for the Wave 13’s in 2006. He assisted Ed Machado for two seasons (2006/2007) at LCC where the team won back-to-back CIF championships and finished 3rd in the state in their 2007 Season. Matt directed/coordinated the Wave Boys program for 3 seasons (2006-2009) before taking a year off to pursue his professional beach volleyball career. The 2011 AVP season marked Matt’s 8th season as a pro beach volleyball player. Some of Matt’s AVP highlights include finishing 2nd in the Hermosa Beach Open in 2007, Matt and partner Kevin Wong won the 2008 Belmar, NJ Open and the duo finished 2nd last year in the 2009 Manhattan Beach Open. In addition to traveling around the US on the domestic AVP tour Matt has competed professionally in multiple countries including Mexico, Australia, China, New Caledonia and Columbia.

Coaching Highlights:
2001-2003 University of Arizona Women’s Club Team Co-Head Coach
2003-2004 University of Arizona Div. I Team Manager (Dave Rubio – Head Coach)
2005-2006 WAVE Volleyball’s 13’s Head Coach
2005-2007 La Costa Canyon Women’s Varsity Assistant Coach (Ed Machado – Head Coach)
Back to back CIF Championships
3rd in the state in 2007
2006-2009 WAVE Volleyball’s Boys Director/Coordinator
2010-2014 WAVE Volleyball Associate Director & Director of Operations
2012-Present WAVE Beach Executive Director

Playing Highlights:
2000-Present Beach Volleyball Professional (AVP Tour)
National top 40 individual ranking or better from 2004-Present!
Competed in 134 professional domestic events with:
83 top 10 finishes
34 top 5 finishes
2008 AVP Belmar Open Champion (Partner Kevin Wong)
2011 AVP Championships Huntington Beach Champion (Partner Matt Prosser)
50th all time prize money earner with $271,305.00 to date
Cover of Volleyball Magazine: August 2009
Cover of DIG Magazine: 2011 #5
Competed professionally in Mexico, New Caledonia, Australia and China

Indoor Player Highlights:
1997 CIF Champion (La Costa Canyon)
1998 CIF Champion (La Costa Canyon)
League MVP and Team Captain
2002 NIRSA National Champion (University of Arizona)
All Tournament 1st Team honors
2003 NIRSA National Champion (University of Arizona)

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