Jon Alvarez is the founder and CEO of Volleyball Life, the leading tournament software in all of beach volleyball, running more than 3,000 events in 2023 alone – a 70 percent increase from 2022. But Volleyball Life is more than that – much more. It’s one of the top resources for college coaches to scout juniors, as it has an extensive database of nearly every junior player in the country, his or her results, rankings, points, and anything else you’d want to know. It has been fun to watch Volleyball Life take over, expand, and build a virtual monopoly in the business. The conversation extends to far more than that, however, as we chat about:

  • Alvarez’s career as a player, which spanned more than 30 years, and why he always looked at it as a way to make connections, not main draws
  • How Volleyball Life has been a vision of his since 1993, when he literally handwrote the logo he’d be using 30 years later
  • How Casey Patterson saved beach volleyball in 2010
  • The explosion of grassroots volleyball around the USA – and the numbers to prove it

And much, much more.



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