May 2, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – Local coach and former professional beach volleyball standout Claire D’Amore has been named the program’s first assistant sand volleyball coach, head coach Steve Walker announced on Thursday. D’Amore’s official start date will be on July 1.
“We are excited to bring Claire on as the first ever assistant sand volleyball coach here at the University of Arizona,” Walker said. “She is widely regarded as one of the best technical trainers in the sand game and that will serve our program well. We will have a number of players crossover from the indoor team to the sand next spring and more than likely every spring thereafter. Her ability to teach and develop players in the sand game will be a great asset for us."
D’Amore comes to the U of A from Desert Sand Volleyball LLC, where she is the owner, director and coach of the club program. While in charge of the club program, D’Amore was responsible for organizing and coordinating team schedules, practice, player development and recruiting. In addition, she managed all aspects of business, marketing, program development, community outreach, sponsor support and sport recognition programs.
In addition, she has had success in her volleyball playing career as she was a member of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) from 2006-10, where she established herself as one of the top defensive players on tour. She also played internationally with three first-place finishes in events in New Zealand, Jamaica and El Salvador. D’Amore earned a “AAA” rating (the highest rating) at age 17 by the California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA). While competing in the CBVA, D’Amore won every Open event played in 2008-09.
"I am extremely excited to work with Coach Walker and the University of Arizona Wildcat family," D'Amore said. "The addition of sand volleyball as an emerging sport is an excellent opportunity for current and future Wildcat student-athletes to participate in an exciting and challenging atmosphere. I anticipate our team to be a strong competitor in the future and I cannot wait to get in the sand and start working with the players.”
D’Amore is a 2004 graduate of Northern Arizona University where she earned a bachelor's of science in health promotions and education. She had a storied career on the volleyball court for the Lumberjacks where she was a two-time all-conference selection. In addition, she earned three tournament MVP honors and seven all-tournament selections. She became the first player in NAU history to record 500 kills, 2,000 assists and 500 digs. Additionally, she was the first player in school history to record five career triple-doubles.
"From her experience as a professional beach player and work as a sand volleyball clinician Claire has developed great relationships with coaches at the high school and club level,” Walker added. “Regionally and on both coasts we expect her presence on staff to so really help with the recruitment of high level prospects."
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