This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features Derek Olson, a longtime player on the AVP and FIVB tours. He was an assistant coach at the University of California, Berkeley for two years before being promoted to interim head coach for the previous two. This off-season, he had the strangest of calls: Would he like to coach the Moroccan National Team as they prepared for the Continental Cup, which could secure them a bid for the 2021 Olympic Games?

Yes. Yes he did. On this podcast, we chat about:

– How Olson wound up getting the call from Morocco to coach the National Team

– How, in just five weeks, he was able to take over a program and lead it to its first Olympic bid in history

– The African Continental Cup, and the wild ride that the tournament was

– His future prospects at Cal, and internationally

And, as always, much, much more.



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