Volleyball pro headed to CI

The Cayman Islands is getting good use of its beaches these days.

Just last week professional beach volleyball player, Albert Hannemann, brought his Volleyball Vacations here for a full week of beach volleyball and site seeing. This week, the Cayman Islands Beach Volleyball Federation will have the pleasure of hosting Danalee Corso for a week to coach local talent.

Carl Brenton, director of the Beach Volleyball Committee, is excited to have such a high level coach come to the Cayman Islands.

‘It is a great pleasure to have Mrs. Corso come and work with our local beach volleyball athletes,’ he said. ‘In Danalee’s future role she will be responsible for shaping the future of USA Beach Volleyball. She will be working closely with the future stars of the sport, gold medalists, world champions and their coaches.’

Corso coached the No.4 ranked team on the Association of Volleyball Professionals Tour last season. She recently accepted a new position with USA Volleyball as the head coach for the Junior National Team as well as taking on the role of technical coaching coordinator for the US National Team for beach volleyball.

This is a brand new position for beach volleyball where she will be selecting, training, and coaching the Under 19 Champs, Under 21 Champs and World University Games. She is no longer able to train any AVP players, youth players or international, FIVB players. She had to get special permission to do this camp here, but USAV was happy to hear that she was doing this for the Cayman Islands because they want to help the NORCECA countries.

Corso will be working with local beach volleyball players, ranging from recreational players who play in the co-ed 4’s league every Sunday to the more serious players, in particular, Wanda Brenton – Carl’s wife – and Jennifer Bily. This woman’s duo is training in hopes of making it to a main draw in the AVP.

Carl added: ‘Danalee has a world of knowledge being an ex beach volleyball player herself. She has coached on a very high level for a number of years and I am very excited for our woman’s duo to work with her. Breaking into the main draw is a huge goal and I think we can do it with her help coaching us.’ Corso’s husband Brian will also be working with Brenton and Bily. Brian is completing his Masters in Sport Science and competes on the AVP Tour. Brian recently began training such celebrities as Toby Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Downey Jr. for upcoming movie roles. His expertise will be used to help design a physical training programme that complements the skill development program.

The team of Brenton and Bily will be doing a number of fundraising activities in the coming months. They have a goal of not only making a main draw in the AVP but also to gain exposure for Cayman, that has not been known as a beach volleyball centre. They look forward to helping their sponsors get international and local exposure as well as motivate local players to strive to make it on the international playground. They plan on attending 12 – 15 tournaments though out various cities in the USA in 2008. Sponsors looking to show their support can contact the CI Beach Volleyball Committee at [email protected].