Episode #37: This is What You Need to Become a Champion! - Dain Blanton


In today's episode, Olympic Gold Medalist and National Champion Coach Dain Blanton and Coach Mark Burik share their knowledge of beach volleyball and how to show up for every game in all circumstances. Check this out to learn more!




  • 00:33 - Introduction
  • 04:12 - How do you teach your players to handle heckling?
  • 14:32 - How did you approach going into a match with different body fields?
  • 19:58 - Is there a space for somebody to be a full hitter or a full shooter?
  • 31:18 - How much are we catering nonstop to bring more people into the sport?
  • 1:09:01 - What advice would you give to those players that are trying to upgrade their courts?
  • 1:21:07 - How do you define that champion and how do you see them and separate them from the rest?
  • 1:29:35 - Better at Beach Announcement

Head Coach Mark Burik has been coaching sports for 16 years and has over a decade of playing and coaching experience in volleyball. Burik has been a mainstay on the AVP Tour and also competes regularly on the FIVB World Tour. Recognized as one of the top beach volleyball players in the country, he has numerous championships under his belt and has won the legendary Pottstown Rumble three times. He has been a part of the Gold Medal Squared staff, which promotes a system of teaching designed by national team coaches.

Brandon started playing volleyball in Chester, Virginia when he was 16 years old for his high school volleyball team. As a senior, Brandon was named Virginia State Player of the Year and has been a coach for more than 10 years. He found success in the National Volleyball League as high as third and also took home the “Most Improved” award in 2016.

Dain Blanton, an Olympic gold-medalist, is in his fourth season as head coach of the USC beach volleyball program. He led the Women of Troy to back-to-back NCAA championships in his second and third seasons at the helm. Under Blanton, the Trojans captured the 2022 Pac-12 crown and were runners up for the 2021 conference title. He is 73-10 (.880) overall as USC’s head coach.

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Mark Burik

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Brandon Joyner

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Daine Blanton

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Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/dainblanton

Twitter https://twitter.com/dainblanton



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