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Family trees quite evident

September 07, 2009|By Charlie Brande

I hope that I can reflect on the history of volleyball in our area, discuss philosophically the nuances of the modern game, and discuss almost any pertinent question about our game. I feel fortunate to have been involved with the game for many years.

I played on the beach since the 60’s, been a part of the first indoor games in the early 70’s, coached boys and girls at both Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools, coached at Orange Coast College, coached men and women at UCI, as well as the University of Hawaii and UCLA, and coached boys (Balboa Bay Volleyball Club) and girls (Orange County Volleyball Club) club volleyball for over 30 years.

It has been my privilege to have aided many young players in their quest to play in college and beyond. I even watched Dan Glenn, Steve Conti and Darryl Gan (the CdM girls’ volleyball coach) play when they were in high school.

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Please let me know if you have questions that you think that I can answer. You can send e-mail to charliebrande@sbcglobal.net.

Oh and by the way, I will be gone over Thanksgiving weekend, Kristin Spataro is getting married in San Francisco. Kristin played at CdM in the early 90’s and went on to set at Princeton. She was recently voted the Ivy League Player-of-the-Decade for the 90’s.

Another one getting married!


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