Episode #43: How to Become a Professional Volleyball Player - Coach Pri Piantadosi-Lima of OPTIMUM BEACH

Dreaming of making it “Big Time”?

Professional volleyball players train for years and put forth a lot of effort to become what they are. So now, coaches Pri Lima and Mark Burik will give some coaching advice in today's episode to help you advance to the professional level. Check this out!





  • 00:30 - Introduction
  • 10:11 - Do you think women are more likely to grab a coach than men?
  • 23:45 - What technique do you think people get wrong the most?
  • 49:44 - What programs do Optimum run that adults and juniors partake in?
  • 01:03:20 - 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.

Priscilla (aka Pri) started playing volleyball at the age of 15 in Rio. She played three more tournaments and qualified in them all, in 2005 after her 4th tournament she was already in the main draw. With that performance she got the Most Improved Player Award from the AVP. Also from 2009-2013 Pri played in the Banco do Brasil Tour, finishing every year amongst the top 5 teams. From time to time, she represented Brazil playing in the South American Tour being a 4x Champion. She also played the very first edition of the Continental Cup and got the victory for Brazil.

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