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Mayer Named Thirty Under 30 Award Winner

Apr 27, 2022

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY Cal beach volleyball assistant coach Joseph Mayer was named as a 2021 American Volleyball Coaches Association Thirty Under 30 Award Winner the organization announced on Wednesday.
Mayer becomes the third beach volleyball coach to be honored with the award. Head coach Meagan Owusu was named to the AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award list in 2018 and former assistant coach Rachel Nieto earned the award last season.
The AVCA Thirty Under 30 Beach Award was created in 2021 to honor up-and-coming beach coaching talent at all levels of the sport. These rising stars are hard-working, passionate about teaching, and they demonstrate dedication to the fast-growing sport of beach volleyball.
Mayer, 27, is in his first season working with the Cal beach volleyball program. This year he has helped lead the Bears to their most regular season wins in school history with 23. Cal went 23-11 this year and recorded five wins over ranked opponents. He's also helped Lexi McKeown and Ella Dreibhiolz, two newcomers, to one of the best seasons by a pair in school history. They currently rank third for wins in a season with 21.
Mayer assists with training, recruiting and film breakdown. He's also helped bring mindfulness training with a focus on gratitude to the squad this year. As well as working with the team to train through game-like play using ecological dynamics.
Mayer came to Cal after serving as the volunteer assistant for the Loyola Marymount beach volleyball and indoor volleyball teams for 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.
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.
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