Beach Coach of the Year: Joe Deimeke (High Performance St. Louis)
You don’t need to be on the beach to make an impact in beach volleyball, and no one better exemplifies that than the High Performance STL Outdoor Director Joe Deimeke. Through his Outdoor Extension Program, Advanced Sand Program, and free open play at the club, he has been responsible for introducing the beach game to over 500 athletes. He utilizes outdoor volleyball to make the indoor players better all-around athletes, and they have a separate training program for those that have shown a commitment to beach. One of his crowning accomplishments this year was playing an instrumental role in bringing the Gateway Open, St. Louis’ first ever beach qualifier, to the region where there were over 80 teams in attendance.
“I am blessed to have a genuine love for the sport,” Deimeke said. “I believe my love was fostered by the coaches I had in third grade up through high school and college. My decision to coach beach volleyball gives me a daily opportunity to echo my love for the game. It allows me to share: successes, failures, good experiences, bad experiences, and life-lessons - as subtle or harsh as they may come, giving an opportunity to learn, and maybe fall in love with volleyball as I did.”