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Chad Given

Chad Given
16 MB Legends Assistant Coach

Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, Chad has grown to love the beach culture and it has become a huge part of his life. Chad attended Grand View Elementary school, MBMS, and then Mira Costa High School and played many different sports. His first sport was hockey, where he excelled at it at an early stage and fell in love with the game. After 7 years of playing hockey he started playing basketball and football. While at Mira Costa, Chad stopped playing hockey because they didn’t have a program in place and decided to play football. Chad didn’t have much experience but learned so much about teamwork, discipline, and humility. He shares that he learned humility because he was used to being the top athlete on the team for any sport that he played and it was an adjustment for him to not play as much. Experiencing this helped push Chad to learn more and become a better teammate and athlete. His last two years of high school, Chad started to play beach volleyball with friends and instantly became addicted to it.

The more he played, the better he got and he started to realize that this was the sport he’s always been looking for. From there he started entering tournaments with friends. After high school Chad transferred to El Camino Junior College and decided to try out for the indoor team. Chad realized quickly that beach and indoor where two very different games. Chad worked his way to becoming the starting middle blocker. He was short for middle but because of his beach experience he excelled in blocking and finished 2nd in the league in blocks and was top ten in hitting percentage. Chad transferred to Cal State University Northridge where he decided to stop playing indoor and started playing and coaching on the beach for the years to follow.

In 2016/2017 Chad had the privilege to coach at Surfside alongside Hayley and her sister Erika and learned so much. He had such a great team and couldn’t be more happy with the turnout. Chad really enjoys coaching for so many different reasons. He loves seeing the development of a player, the excitement in them when they start to get better and begin to see the game differently, and helping to encourage them not only on the court but off the court. Chad is a firm believer that you have to have the right mindset and keep a positive/next play mentality. Chad feels very blessed to be in a place where he can help build players up, so they can move onto the next stage in their volleyball career with confidence and assurance that they can accomplish anything they are willing to work hard for. He can’t wait for the great things in store for the 2017/2018 season.