This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter features Dain Blanton, one of the most accomplished people in the sport of beach volleyball. As a player, Blanton won an Olympic gold medal, completing a Cinderella run in the 2000 Sydney Games with Eric Fonoimoana. As a broadcaster, you can hear Blanton’s voice on the AVP’s livestream, NBC – wherever volleyball needs commentary, Blanton’s there. As a coach, Blanton has led USC to two consecutive NCAA Championships and is gearing up for another run as the 2023 season approaches. We talked about ALL of that, as well as:

  • The incredible success of his USC players on the AVP this season, with Tina Graudina, Hailey Harward, and Julia Scoles all winning AVP titles
  • Should USA Volleyball have an Olympic trials system for the upcoming 2024 Paris Games?
  • Should USA select its pairs, as coaches do in college?
  • His Olympic run with Fonoimoana, and how it was a major dose of serendipitiy that put them back together again

And, as always, so much more. Love chatting with Dain anytime we can, and you’ll love to listen in.



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