In 2011 Matthew started coaching several indoor players on the beach. A year later Kristen Batt and Matthew founded Coastline Volleyball Club and began a more structured approach to coaching beach. In the first year we had over 35 players from Sarasota and Manatee Counties play for Coastline. In 2015 Kristen took the head beach position at Grand Canyon Univeristy in Pheonix. When Kristen left Matthew transitioned from Coastline to WAVE.
WAVE Beach has been offering beach volleyball training and teams for the past four years producing some of the top players in the state. Over the years, top pros from the area have coached with WAVE including Megan Wallin, Niel Macklin, and Chara Harris. Collegiate Beach Players have coached with us including LSU’s Ashley Allmer, Kaylee York, and Mercer’s Demi-Shay Watchorn. Our coaches have all played beach which helps them train players so they can adapt to the style and strategies the beach game demands. Our two main training coaches are Matthew McElhiney and Nathan Pickett who still compete competitively on the beach.