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.
AVP Tour Pro, 1983 – 2001, 19 Tour Victories
Raised on the beaches of Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, the sport of beach volleyball has played a major role in Brent's life from a very young age. In the indoor scene, Coach Brent competed at the high school powerhouse program, Mira Costa High School, where he earned 1st Team All-CIF honors as an outside hitter in his senior year. From there he journeyed from San Diego State University to El Camino College (where he earned 1st Team All-State honors and his accomplishments earned him a place in the California Community College Men's Hall of Fame) to a professional season in Italy and then finally to Loyola Marymount University where he completed his indoor career.
While he saw a great deal of success indoors, it was beach volleyball that hooked Coach Brent. He enjoyed a very notable career on the AVP Tour from 1983-2009. During that time he played in 317 professional tournaments (4th All-Time) and won 18 Titles (20th All-Time). Based on his incredible achievements and reputation amongst those within the beach volleyball community, Brent was named to the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) Hall of Fame in 2015. Most recently, Coach Brent has been coaching both indoor and on the beach. While working with youth players Brent relishes seeing the joy in kids' faces when they realize that they are improving.
Joe Rich joined the GCU beach volleyball staff as the assistant coach for his first season in 2017-18. Rich played volleyball for the All-Marine team from 1991-1995 and played professional volleyball from 1996-2000. In Rich’s five years of professional beach volleyball starting in 1996, Rich played on three notable tours including the MPVA, EVP Tour and most notably the AVP Tour. Along with his professional career starting in 1996, so did his coaching career, starting at Network Volleyball Club. Since 2005, Rich has coached indoor volleyball players that are transitioning to the sand courts, mentoring them in their transition and coaching them on the slight differences between the ways athletes approach each game.
From 2010 to 2014, Rich began coaching at DEVA and Epic United Volleyball Club, and from 2014 to 2017, Rich owned Diggz of NWI, which operated seven indoor volleyball courts and two sand volleyball courts. Rich also acted as the club director and as an instructor to players of the club. Rich, a native of Chicago, Illinois, has over 25 years of coaching experience, both on the beach and on the hardwood.