Joseph Mayer Added To Beach Volleyball Staff
BERKELEY – Cal Beach Volleyball head coach Meagan Owusu announced the completion of her staff for the 2022 beach volleyball season on Wednesday. Joseph Mayer will join the Bears as an assistant coach for the coming season while Dancer Styles will remain with the program for a second season and serve as a volunteer assistant.
"We are thrilled to welcome Joseph to the Cal beach volleyball family," Owusu said. "He is a student of the game and has played a key role with many successful programs. I respect the way that Joseph teaches the game and I think he can bring a lot of value to our training. We are excited to get to work!"
Mayer comes to Cal after serving as the volunteer assistant for the Loyola Marymount beach volleyball and indoor volleyball teams for the past two years. With the beach program, he coached primarily with the team's third and sixth pair. The third pair was one of the nation's best, as they finished with a 33-5 record in 2021 and won two matches at the NCAA Championship. The LMU squad posted a 31-8 record last year, won their second straight WCC Championship, and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. The Lions recorded 17 ranked wins in Mayer's two seasons with the program.
"I would like to thank the Cal Athletic Department and Meagan Owusu for the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the top student-athletes and coaches in the country," Mayer said. "I would also like to express my gratitude to John Mayer, Betsi Flint, Karissa Cook, Aaron Mansfield and the rest of the LMU team and staff. I am honored to be a part of the Cal Family and am extremely excited to build upon the history of excellence here in Berkeley."
Prior to working at LMU, Mayer was a volunteer assistant at USC for the 2019 season when the Trojans finished in second place at the NCAA Championship. He also helped USC secure a Pac-12 Championship in his lone season with the Trojans.
Mayer has also spent time coaching with Surfside Volleyball Club and Manhattan Beach Surf Volleyball Club. With Surfside, he has coached girls in the MB 14, MB 15 and MB 16 age groups. He helped the MB 16 squad win a silver medal in the American Division at Junior Nationals.
He led his 14 1's boys team at Manhattan Beach Surf Volleyball Club to a silver medal in the open division at Junior Nationals. He also assisted with the 18 1's team that took bronze at the SCVA Boys Invitational in the open division.
Mayer has a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management from Lindenwood University in Missouri. He was a setter on their indoor team. Prior to Lindenwood he earned his Associates Degree from Santa Monica College as he helped lead SMC to a CCCAA State Championship in 2015. He won the General Advisory Board's Men's Volleyball Athlete of the Year award in 2016.
Styles returns to Cal for a second season as the volunteer assistant coach after working with the Bears during the 2021 season. Styles helped the Bears to a 16-13 record and a No. 11 ranking in the final AVCA Coaches Poll of the season.
Styles is an accomplished beach volleyball player and coach. At the age of 17, he became the youngest player in AVP history to qualify for the main draw in Manhattan Beach, California. He has spent many years playing on and off the AVP tour.
In 2011, Styles returned to coaching and began consulting for several youth organizations and high schools. In 2013, he became the assistant coach for the Branson School girl's varsity squad. The team won the CIF Division V State Championship in 2015 and was the runner-up in 2013 and 2014. Styles is the head coach of Branson's varsity squad and has led the team to three Nor-Cal Championships.
In 2013, Styles founded Golden Gate Volleyball, a beach club based in Sausalito, California. As part of the club he worked with Cal graduate Caroline Schafer and current Cal senior Katie Smoot.