Patricia Orozco knew Mike Dodd was serious the day he picked her up at UCLA in 1985.
She knew he was serious because, after taking her to Marine Street for a crash course in beach volleyball, he took her to The Kettle for lunch in Manhattan Beach.
“And it was like ‘Whoa!’ If you get taken to The Kettle for lunch then this he’s serious,” she said on SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter.
Serious enough that, a year later, they wed, and Patty took Dodd’s last name, and 33 years later they remain not only happily married, but business partners at MB Sand Volleyball Club, two of the most respected coaches in the game.
Well, Patty is, at least.
Mike is technically, and hilariously, the equipment manager at MB Sand, and he takes his job seriously enough that when Patty couldn’t make it one day, one of the 12-year-olds commented that MB Sand must be running terribly low on coaches because the equipment guy had to fill in.
She had no idea the equipment guy was a five-time Manhattan Beach Open champion and Olympic silver medalist.
“The mom just could not wait to call me, because she knows Mike’s background,” Patty said, laughing. “That’s what 12-year-olds can say. The janitor is going to run practice.”
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