Coach Linda Elliott
Coach Linda’s first solo coaching was for USAV (then USVBA) in 1981!
Since then, her passion has followed her around the world – literally!
In the early 80’s Linda was the Head coach at Longwood College (now LU) and Asst. Coach at Virginia Commonwealth University, being named one the top 10 leaders in the sport at that time and part of the roll out for the IMPACT conducting clinics for coaches as CE.
Moving to Panama in 1989 she wrote and implemented a specialty volleyball curriculum for the DODEA schools in Panama, 1st – 6th grade, coached at Cristobal high school, and conducted clinics for the high school coaches and P.E. teachers. Linda continued her playing for the Colon Regional Women’s Volleyball team leading them to 2nd place in Nationals and being awarded the Indoor MVP Player of the Year 1995. Linda was honored to coach the regional men’s team from last place to 2nd place at Nationals in 1995. Linda also played beach volleyball and was introduced to the then “controversial” speed of the game with rally scoring, small courts, and use of the feet. She earned the national beach volleyball championship in 1995.
Next stop – Japan. There, she turned her focus 100% on her family by building a football program for the high school and expanding programs for the teens of the base through her position with MWR. The programs continue to this day with many of her initiatives still in tact. Linda continued coaching while adding Personal Training to her resume. She coached the men’s base team and played men’s beach volleyball (no women’s beach volleyball was available in southern Japan at the time.) Her primary focus during those years was, however, the building of quality youth programs for the base for the families to thrive.
In 2001 Linda moved to Italy and much to her surprise, now in her 40’s, was able to once again play both indoor and on the beach. The politics of our sport caught up again, but Linda enjoyed a professional status and grew both as a player and a coach. Linda turned her coaching focus to elite camps and improving the officiating as officials were required to be familiar with both USA and FIVB rules and regulations. It was a rewarding “give back” time. Traveling and playing in Italy was indeed a joyous reward!
Having moved back to the United States in 2007, after 18 years abroad, culture shock took it’s toll and Linda took her time in returning to coaching as a focus. Linda stayed connected “through dabbling, without commitment.” When the NCAA opened its doors to beach volleyball and USAV began the BCAP program, Linda knew it was time to return as a full-time focus.
LinMar Beach is the result of her athletes encouraging her to have a club.
*Linda was a full-ride scholar athlete recipient for U of Arizona