Episode #39: How Phil Excelled Both as a Player and a Coach in Beach Volleyball?


Any sport has a limit to how far technique and skill can take you. In order to perform at your peak as a beach volleyball player or coach, it's important to also enjoy the process and have fun. In today's podcast episode with Coach Mark Burik, discover more from Phil Dalhausser on how to succeed in beach volleyball as both a player and a coach!



  • 00:31 - Introduction
  • 12:20 - Switching Up The Calls to Stop Certain Things
  • 22:18 - Depth of Phil's Block
  • 31:32 - A Mantra
  • 40:33 - Nutrition Wise
  • 58:59 - Footwork Balanced
  • 01:04:02 - Struggles in Partnership
  • 01:10:17 - Blocking Line
  • 01:18:34 - The Rover
  • 01:22:39 - Better at Beach Announcements

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.

Phil Dalhausser, aka “The Thin Beast”, attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, FL, but did not start playing volleyball until his senior year. He attended the University of Central Florida where he played club volleyball where he was named MVP. Phil made his AVP debut in 2003 in Ft. Lauderdale with Nick Lucena. Since his 2003 debut, Phil Dalhausser has become one of the most decorated and successful players in beach volleyball history. His awards are too numerous to name, but they include Blocking, Serving, Offense, Setting, Most Outstanding, MVP – basically everything besides digging.

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Mark Burik

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Brandon Joyner

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Phil Dalhausser

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Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-dalhausser-a350246/

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