Played Beach and Indoor volleyball for Louisiana State University where she held starting and leadership roles while earning a Masters in Sports Management. She is currently competing on the professional beach circuit and her top finishes include a 5th place at the 2017 Long Beach NVL and a 9th place at the 2019 Austin AVP.
Recruiting & Event Coordinator, Head Coach
Angela "Benny" Bensend
Angela Bensend was a standout at LSU and continued her indoor career, playing professionally until 2013. Benny moved on to beach and found success on the AVP tour with multiple finals appearances. She has been coaching juniors for 8 years (most recently with MadSand) and was a recruiting coordinator for her previous indoor clubs.
Competed on the indoor and beach teams at Houston Baptist University. Originally from Houston, she moved to Austin in 2019 to coach and pursue a professional playing career on the AVP Tour!
Grew up in Santa Fe, near Galveston, and played his first sand tournament his senior year in High School. It didn't go well and he searched out some locals to teach him the game. He was fortunate enough to be trained by one of the top men's team in Texas. He has been playing competitively for the last 14 years and coached for Absolute Volleyball Academy in the Houston area. Coach Gately teaches Adapted PE in Austin Independent School District, so if you see him at your school say "hi"!
Started Silver Beach in her backyard as a place for her kids to train and learn to love the sport. She now oversees the direction of the club, is the best sub coach around, and her kids have set the standard for the type of play, attitude, and joy we hope every athlete who joins Silver Beach develops.
Played basketball originally and found a love for beach volleyball after college. He competes in tournaments all around Texas (and sometimes cool places like Seaside, OR!) but his favorite place to play is right in his own backyard. Home court advantage! Jack is a student of the game and loves sharing what he learns with others.