Chris was born and raised in Southern California, He grew up on the beach surfing and playing volleyball. He received a kinesiology degree from CSUSM. After which he got his personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise.
He ran his own personal training business for 8 years before he decided to retire the business in 2011 and put all his energy into his passion of coaching and eventually directing the San Diego Beach Volleyball Club. In the span of five years he directed and coached thousands of kids as the club grew from 20 kids to 110 players. During this time the sport skyrocket in popularity as it became an emerging NCAA sport. It was during these 6 years that Chris and his coaching staff, Marc Lomeli, Gail Malone, Kaui Salzman, Gustavo Rocha, and Majo Orellana applied and tested a holistic approach to volleyball which incorporated sports specific training, biomechanics for beach volleyball, yoga, and nutrition. They also created mantras for all the skills of the game and systems and strategies to enable players to win at the highest percentage. Within five years their athletes had won every national championship in the USA and had over seventeen athletes went on to play NCAA beach volleyball. And two of the assistant coaches went on to become NCAA beach volleyball assistant coaches; Gustavo Rocha assistant coach of USC, and Majo Orellana TCU.
In 2015 at the pinnacle of beach volleyball success and club domination in youth beach volleyball Chris suffered severe burnout from coaching 5-6 days a week for almost 6 years straight. And so he left the sport for a few years and tried out several other business ideas which eventually brought his enthusiasm for coaching back. And in 2019 he started Circles beach volleyball club. With a renewed fire, a wife, a new son, and a couple more years of experience under his belt he was very excited to come back to the sport he loved and implement some new ideas into club volleyball.
After two years of operating Circles as a boutique club on one court in Encinitas he realized the business model wasn’t working and so he decided to change the direction of the program by moving to Dogbeach Del Mar. It was a bittersweet homecoming to see that Del Mar’s first beach volleyball club , SD Beach, was now gone. Chris is very happy to be back at his home beach where he began coaching and put some of the first poles in the sand with his dad 11 years ago, And now he’s building an amazing club full of dedicated athletes who want more than the big club model of beach volleyball which is more interested in their system of making money than their system of coaching.
At Circles, Chris is bringing back to the Del Mar community a system of coaching beach volleyball which produces measurable growth in ALL of its athletes, NCAA players, and National Championships!. And for this reason alone Circles will take back the reins of the best beach volleyball club within the next 3 years!