board members

The United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) works with a highly effective board that maintains oversight, assists with development, and conducts their fiduciary duty.  

Allen Adams-President

Allen Adams started playing volleyball at 12 years old, and played through High School and College.  He graduated in Engineering from BYU. Allen is President/Owner of Electronics Firm in Los Angeles. He coached Pony Baseball, AYSO, USYVL and Junior High Girls Volleyball. He also enjoys playing volleyball, currently playing in Senior Games. Allen enjoys working and coaching the youth.

Randy Sapoznik

Randy Sapoznik-Secretary

Randy Sapoznik is the Executive Director of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL) and co-founder of the USYVL, Sapoznik is credited with providing a natural pipeline tool for young children to experience the sport and to develop an appreciation for good sportsmanship and lifelong participation. Prior to founding the USYVL, Sapoznik was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Park & Sun Sports in Englewood, Colorado and owned his own sporting goods company called Beach Court, located in California. Sapoznik graduated from the California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in Geography.  



Bill Martinez-Treasurer

William (Bill) Martinez has been a Volleyball Fan/player for well over 40 years. Bill is a former USYVL coach. Bill has been a USYVL Board member for 8 years and served as the Board President from 2006-2010. Bill and his family are still active players in the recreational volleyball leagues. Bill is an administrator at Pepperdine University with over 20 years of service.

Dain Blanton

Dain Blanton grew up in the volleyball community of Laguna Beach, California.  His extensive volleyball career can be highlighted by the 2000 Olympics where he won the gold medal in beach volleyball. 

In high school he received several awards such as Orange County Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast League and was a Volleyball Mag Fab 50 recruit.  At Pepperdine University in Malibu, Dain led the Pepperdine Waves to a National Championship.  

While playing on the AVP and FIVB, Dain became the first African American pro player in the history of beach volleyball to win a major title.  He also established Dain's Day in 1997 where he runs volleyball clinics to expose kids throughout the Los Angeles urban areas to the sport of beach volleyball. 

With a degree in public relations, Dain is successfully making a career in Sports Broadcasting.  He is working with Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket, MLB, NCAA, AVP and FIVB. 

Marv Dunphy

Marv Dunphy is widely recognized as one of the best coaches in the sport of volleyball.  He is the Head Men’s Volleyball Coach at Pepperdine University.  This is his 29th season leading the Pepperdine Waves, with 12 of those seasons taking them to the NCAA Finals and four bringing home the NCAA Championship.

He was also the Head Men’s Volleyball Coach for the 1988 United States Men’s Olympic Gold Medal Team.  He was an assistant coach in the 2000 Olympics and has consulted for the 1996, 2004 and 2008 Olympics.  In 1994, Dunphy was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Every year, Dunphy runs the Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camp which just completed 34 years in operation.  It is one of the most successful and highly acclaimed camps in the United States.

Jennifer Johnson Jordan

A former UCLA Bruins standout, professional beach volleyball champion, and 2000 Sydney Games Olympian, Jenny Johnson Jordan currently serves as an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins Sand Volleyball squad. She comes from a rich tradition of Bruins and athletic pedigree. Her father, Rafer, was an Olympic gold medalist in the Decathlon in 1960 and a Silver medalist in that event in 1956. She was a member of the UCLA's 1991 NCAA National Championship volleyball team. Also at UCLA, she was a two-time All-Pac-10 Conference First Team honoree ('93 and '95) and a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

A winner of 10 professional beach titles worldwide, Johnson Jordan ranked in the Top 10 in points every year she competed on the BVA and AVP Tours and was honored in 2002 with the AVP Special Achievement Award. She has been a High Performance Coach for USA Volleyball and is also USAV Beach Cap Certified.

Distinguished as both a player and coach, Johnson Jordan holds a bachelor's in communications from UCLA. Johnson Jordan is married to former UCLA All-American wide receiver Kevin Jordan (class of '95). The couple have two children.

USYVL Board Member Lolita Lopez

Lolita Lopez

Lolita Lopez has been a journalist for nearly two decades, in the two largest television markets in the U.S. Prior to joining NBC4 in Los Angeles, Lopez was a news reported and sports anchor at WPIX-TV where she also served as the on-field reporter for the NY Mets. 

Lopez is a graduate of Harvard University where she played volleyball and ran track and field. She was a two time co-captain of her volleyball team and played both setter and outside hitter despite her short stature. Thank goodness for the high jump!

A life long lover of the sport of volleyball, she continues to play in co-ed leagues, in open gyms, on grass and on sand - anywhere she can. She coached her daughter's youth volleyball team and loves to share her passion for the sport with young girls and boys. She credits the discipline and confidence she has had throughout her life and career with the physical mental skills she gained on the court.

Aside from serving on the Board of USYVL, Lolita is also a board member of Huntington Hospital and The Collegiate Women in Sports Award which annually chooses the top female collegiate athlete.

A breast cancer survivor, she lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

 USYVL Board Member Gene Rodrigues

Gene Rodrigues

Gene Rodrigues is a lifelong volleyball enthusiast. He fell in love with the game 40 years ago as a player on his college club team and has remained connected to volleyball ever since. Today, Gene still competes indoors at national senior tournaments and with his friends on the sand courts of Manhattan Beach, where he lives. Gene volunteers his time with USYVL to share the game he loves with kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn this lifetime sport.

Gene's other passion is for clean energy and a healthy environment, which is the focus of his practice as a vice president with ICF International. In recognition of his work on clean energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Gene its 2012 Climate Leadership Award for individual leadership.

 Kurt Rambis

 Kurt Rambis-Honorary

Kurt Rambis was named the ninth head coach in Minnesota Timberwolves history on Aug. 10, 2009. Rambis, 51, joined the T-Wolves after serving as an assistant coach on Phil Jackson's Los Angeles Lakers staff for seven seasons (2001-04, 2005-09).

As a player, Rambis played 14 seasons in the NBA. Rambis and his wife Linda have three children. Rambis became aware of the USYVL when his children participated in the league and developed an immediate love for the sport of volleyball.