Coaches – Volleyball

Academy Director

Volleyball Coach - Albert Hannemann - www.clubmedacademies.comAlbert “AL-B” Hannemann


Leading our team of Volleyball Coaches is U.S. Olympic Festival Gold Medalist, winner of the prestigious Hermosa Beach Open and a U.S. Open Champion Albert “AL-B” Hannemann. Hannemann played professional beach volleyball for 18 years and retired in 2010 to found the National Volleyball League (NVL), which has become the premier domestic pro beach volleyball league.

Equally important for Hannemann, was a new focus on the sport’s development and building a pipeline of future stars of the sport. This focus would lead junior athletes into college, professional tours, and ultimately the Olympics. With that vision he forged a groundbreaking partnership with Club Med Academies, establishing the country’s first and only beach volleyball academy. Based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the NVL Academy provides private education and world-class instruction to players from the U.S. and around the world.

In 2011, Hannemann and the NVL established a national grassroots amateur beach series, NVL RIZE, establishing a unifying platform to develop junior and amateur athletes, and creating a pipeline into the existing NVL Professional Tour. The junior season culminates with one of the most college recruited events in the U.S. the Global Challenge Junior Championships hosted at the Club Med NVL Volleyball Academies in Sandpiper Bay, Florida every July.

Hannemann invests a tremendous amount of energy promoting the sport to children across the country. In 2012, he founded the PlayFIT Foundation, which benefits children from undeserved communities with sports and volleyball equipment, health and nutrition seminars and college scholarships with the goal to fight obesity and “Grow the Game.”

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