An Arizona native, Brian was a 3 year varsity starter in basketball and tennis and qualified for the state tournament in both sports.
His passion for beach volleyball began at the University of Arizona where he played in several AOVA and local Tucson events. He was also the Tournament Director for the Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament in Tucson, AZ. The event was the largest grass and sand volleyball tournament in the state with over 200 players and $3,000 in prize money and sponsored by Club Sportswear.
After graduating with a degree in Finance, Brian entered the corporate world by working for The Vanguard Group and American Express. He continues his passion for the game as a coach at Sonoran Foothills.
Professional Beach Volleyball Player, 1988 – 1998
Brett was a High School indoor volleyball standout before turning his attention to the beach volleyball game, forgoing an opportunity to play Division 1 indoor. After earning his pro tour card at an early age, he travelled the world playing in numerous countries and with a variety of professional tours including the AVP, FIVB, MPVA, JSVBA, AOVA, Jose Cuervo Series, and others.
His career highlight was defeating Gold Medalist Eric Fonoimoana and Eric Boyles, the #4 team in the world, 15-6 at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open Championships. Brett received several sponsorships including Club Sportswear.
AVP Tour Pro, 1983 – 2001, 19 Tour Victories
Brent turned pro at the age of 20 and won his first tournament in 1986 in Santa Cruz, CA. Considered to be one of the top players in the world for 15 years, he won 19 tournaments with Scott Ayakatubby, Karch Kiraly, Ricci Luyties, and Mike Whitmarsh.
Frohoff was one of the best side out players of his time – his flawless serve receive and rangy hitting made it difficult for opponents to score points. He was also one of the best setters on Tour and would take even marginal passes and deliver perfect set after perfect set.
Michael “Pix” Pixler
As a Player
Pix started playing volleyball in high school physical education, but later realized his love for the sport. With help from a friend who knew more about volleyball, he decided to focus on fully understanding the game and develop the skills to play competitively.
After high school, Pix went to Arizona State University and played for the ASU men’s cub team as well as an adult team, Asics Arizona. Wanting more out of himself and the sport, he decided to pack everything up and move to California. He decided to play for Orange Coast Community College and then continued his career at California State University Long Beach. During this time, Pix was playing beach volleyball where he obtained his “AAA” rating and qualified for his first AVP at the Huntington Beach qualifier.
While playing his first year on the AVP circuit, he had an opportunity to play indoor volleyball professionally overseas for Volley Amriswil in Switzerland. After finishing the year in Switzerland, Pix came back to the US to play in the next season of beach volleyball. Falling in love with the beach game, Pix decided to forego another year in Switzerland and concentrate on improving his beach skills. Pix continues to play competitive beach volleyball; still learning and growing within the sport.
As a Coach
Pix is a versatile volleyball coach who has coached beach and indoor volleyball teams. He is adept at helping players to reach the highest levels of the sport, developing training regimens that match players’ abilities and creating strong competitive teams by emphasizing teamwork and self awareness. Pix specializes in coaching all levels of competition while still focusing on the fundamental aspects of the sport. He is a technical skills coach that incorporates the “why” into training, drills, and practice.
Pix is also a Certified Sports Psychology Coach (CSPC) which concentrates on helping youth athletes achieve the mental and physical growth within the sport of volleyball. He encourages his athletes to have a growth mindset; understanding that making mistakes is part of learning and vital if players are to learn, improve and ultimately be successful.
Pix is excited to see the love of the game of volleyball passed on to his daughter, Kaia. When not on a sand court playing or coaching, he can be found in the gym cheering for her and her indoor team.