Hi, I’m Ryan Petrie, and I’m the club director. I’ve been playing volleyball for my entire adult life. I learned volleyball on the sand in high school and fell in love with the indoor game as an adult. I still play in leagues and tournaments as often as I can manage. I started coaching about ten years ago, and I’ve coached boys and girls of all ages in both club and high school. As a coach, my goal is to make volleyball so rewarding that my players want to play for the rest of their lives. My philosophy is that personal improvement drives that enjoyment, and improving as a team is one of the most bonding and rewarding experiences one can have in sports.
I am from a little beach town by Santa Barbara, California. I started playing volleyball when I was 12 because of my older sister. I had played different sports, but really loved volleyball because of the team aspect…. and it didn’t hurt that I was tall! From then on I played club at Reef Volleyball Club and California Heat Volleyball Club. I also played high school volleyball at Adolfo Camarillo High School. Since I am from California, beach volleyball is a huge sport so I enjoyed many pickup games of beach volleyball at Zuma Beach. Being a coach means so much to me because I get to see these boys grow! I love being able to teach a sport that has been a part of my life for so long,
Favorite drill: Dead fish.
Fun fact: Plays the ukulele.
I was born in California and split time between there and Hawaii while growing up. The first exposure I had to volleyball was watching my father play on a travel volleyball team in California and loved to pepper with him after games. In college at UVU, my love for volleyball reignited when my roommate (and future brother-in-law) played on the BYU men's volleyball team. I learned much about the game while watching him play at Smith Field House. Upon moving to Idaho, I started playing in the Coed Volleyball League at Club Apple. I have learned that a love of the sport, respect for both teammates and coaches and FUN are the foundations for every great team! Favorite drill: Playing Doubles
Fun fact: Played football growing up (no Boys Volleyball offered) and joined the Army when he was 17
Coach Ryan walks us through the "why" behind the various volleyball positions and rotations.