A number of current, former, and future USC volleyball players have had success in recent international beach volleyball competitions, this summer.
USC sand volleyball head coach Anna Collier will coach Team USA in Kazan, Russia
Women of Troy set to begin second season of competition next week.
Former USC men's player Jeff Carlson, who has international playing experience with the beach game and also has coached on the beach, is in his first year as a volunteer assistant coach with the Women of Troy sand team.
Carlson appeared in 24 matches in his 4-year (2009-12) USC career as a setter and outside hitter, with 4 starts. The Trojans appeared in the NCAA Final Four 3 times (2009-11-12) during his tenure.
Carlson, 22, has been a coach at the USA Beach Volleyball High Performance Camp for the past 3 years and is a Beach IMPACT certified coach.
He and former Trojan 2012 National Player of the Year Tony Ciarelli were second at a 2012 NORCECA event in St. Lucia (and sixth in Chula Vista), ninth at the 2012 Jose Cuervo Huntington Beach tourney, tied for fifth at the 2011 World University Games beach competition in China, were fifth at the 2011 USA Volleyball international development qualifier beach tourney in Playa Del Rey (Calif.) and then were 13th at the National Volleyball League beach tourney in Malibu (Calif.). The duo also participated in the 2010 AVP Hermosa Beach Open and was runner-up at the 2008 FIVB Youth (U-19) Beach World Championships in the Netherlands. He and former Trojan Tri Bourne were seventh at the 2012 Jose Cuervo Belmar tourney. He and Connor Hughes tied for fifth at the 2010 FIVB Junior (U-21) World Beach Championships in Turkey and he also competed in the 2009 FIVB Junior World Beach Championships in England with Will Montgomery. He was on the 2008 USA Volleyball Men's Junior National A2 team.
He earned his bachelor's degree in public policy, management and planning in 2012.