Coach Featherstone on volleyball : “I have no regrets. . .I was fortunate to grow up four blocks from the ‘Wimbledon’ of beach volleyball – the Manhattan Beach Open. . .I followed my dreams and it allowed me to compete in, and coach volleyball, as a profession that fit my lifestyle and fueled my passion for promoting the game along the way. . . This is what kids do on the west coast. . .Ride waves and spike volleyballs. . .I’m here to push that process along. . .What could be better than that !. . I do know this : I will always be there to support Seaside Boy’s Volleyball for as long as I live. . .it’s in the genes now.”
FRED FEATHERSTONE: 1990 - 2012
1964: Founded and coached the first boys volleyball program at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California.
1973-74: Head Boy’s Volleyball Coach at La Jolla High School. Finished 2nd in CIF in ’74.
1976-77: Head Men’s Volleyball Coach at Southwestern College. Finished 2nd in the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) in ’77.
1980-86: Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at United States International University (USIU) in San Diego. Co-Champs with Pepperdine in the West Coast Athletic Conference (WCAC) in ’86. Qualifier, NCAA DI Tournament in ’86. Lost to University of Hawaii – ranked #1 in nation at the time.
1987-89: Head Boy’s and Girl’s Coach at both the 16 & 18 under levels with the San Diego Volleyball Club. Helped SDVBC start boys club volleyball in ’87.
1989-2010: Founded and directed the Seaside Boy’s Volleyball Club in San Diego. Club highlights :
2008- Present: Founder, Co-Director – Seaside Next Level Summer Camp.
1995: Head Women’s Coach at Grossmont College. Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) Champs. Selected Coach of the Year. Lost to Santa Monica City College in the quarter-finals of the State Tournament, 15-13, in the tiebreaker.
1990- 2011: Head Men’s Volleyball Coach at Grossmont College.
Selected Conference Coach of the Year in ’94, ’99, and 2000 and Pacific Coast Athletic Conference All Sports Coach of the Year in 2007.
2010: Entered the California Community College Men’s Volleyball Hall of Fame.
1991: Head Men’s Volleyball Coach – West Team – Los Angeles Summer Olympic Festival. Team lost in finals, in five games, to the South Team.
Coached numerous former and present US Olympic players including Erik Sullivan, Richard Lambourne, Reid Priddy, David Lee, Ben Bodipo, and James Hammerstrand and current AVP Beach Stars John Hyden, Matt Olson, and Matt Prosser.
Total cumulative college victories : 340
Three-sport athlete at San Diego State University (football, track and field, volleyball). AA rated beach player and California Master’s Beach Doubles Champion – 2006, ’07.