Meet The BeachDig Team
Cindy Phillips - BeachDig Founder and Head Coach
Coach Cindy is a recognized leader and pioneer in the beach volleyball community. She is a BCAP certified coach with over 15 years of beach coaching experience and has also spent many years competing as a professional beach vollebyall player.
Her pro career boasts impressive accomplishments including three Dig The Beach National Championship titles, a Toyota Pro Beach East Championship, an Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP) National Championship, a 5th place international finish on the Norceca tour, two 9th place finishes on the NVL (National Volleyball League) and a 17th place finish on the American Volleyball Professionals (AVP). Cindy has coached with and trained with some of the top players in the game, including Olympic Gold Medalists, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh.
After founding Club Beach Dig, the nation's first and now largest junior's beach volleyball club, USA Volleyball presented Cindy with the Earnest Langford Pioneer Award for her initiative and contribution to youth volleyball. Click HERE to see Cindy's interview with USA Volleyball.
Cindy also serves as the President and Co-Founder of the Equal Footing Foundation, and hopes to further spread opportunity and commitment to health and fitness via sports for youth of all backgrounds.
BeachDig Directors and Head Coaches
Tina Kinkead - San Diego Director and Head Coach
Coach Tina joins BeachDig in 2016 as San Diego's new Director/Head Coach. Tina has dedicated most of her life to volleyball as both a player and coach. Her coaching career spans 24 years, and she has experience at all levels, from grade school, to high school, club, and college. At the college level, Tina began her career as the head coach of the men's volleyball program at her alma mater, Santa Clara University. From there, she went on to serve as the assistant for the women's programs at both Creighton University (Division I) and Point Loma Nazarene University (NAIA).
Tina has a tremendous amount of experience coaching high school volleyball in San Diego as well. She has either head coached or assisted at the following high school programs: The Bishop's School (where she is currently the assistant Varsity coach and head Junior Varsity coach), La Jolla High School, Cathedral Catholic, and Vista High School. Her varsity teams have made it to the CIF San Diego section semifinals at least 9 out of the last 11 years. In addition to team success, Tina has been instrumental in helping numerous players achieve college scholarships and opportunities to further their playing careers while pursuing higher education.
Tina has also coached at the club level in Southern California for over 20 years. She got her start in club volleyball when she started and managed her own club in the High Desert area of San Bernardino County. Tina pioneered club volleyball in this region, which has grown tremendously in recent years. Tina has also coached club volleyball for many years in the San Diego area.
As a player, Tina received a full scholarship to play Division I volleyball at Santa Clara University after having been named the Arizona state female "Athlete of the Year.” At Santa Clara, her team won the West Coast Conference and played in the NCAA Tournament. After college, she continued competitive volleyball on the beach. She earned her AAA rating several times by winning many CBVA tournaments. She also competed in the AVP for a few years.
Tina has a passion for volleyball, but her love for the game is fueled by her desire to work with children to become better players and stronger, more confident children. Tina's coaching philosophy can be described as follows: as a coach, her goal is to teach her players to be confident and to enjoy striving to become better players and people; she wants to share her love and passion for the sport in hopes of showing them what volleyball has to offer. The benefits of volleyball go well beyond the court; they extend to lifelong lessons.
Carol Hamilton - San Diego Head Coach
Carol has an extensive and impressive volleyball resume as a player and a coach. She played college volleyball at Cal Sate Dominuguez Hills. In 2005, Carol played her first season of professional volleyball in Stuttgart, Germany.
By 2008, her transition to the beach proved just as impressive as she qualified and finished 17th in two AVP events. Later that year Carol accepted a contract to play in Finland. During her time in Finland she coached one of the youth teams at her club. In 2009 she returned back to the beach to continue playing on the AVP.
Since returning from Switzerland she has coached with BeachDig, the La Jolla Torrey's, and is the head JV coach and Sand Volleyball Coach at La Jolla Country Day. Her most recent success is being chosen to coach with the indoor National Team, which is a huge honor!
Amanda Wiggins - San Diego Head Coach
Coach Amanda is on the rise as both a professional beach player and a coach!
Over the last four years, Amanda has competed in over 25 events and finished last season ranking 32nd on the tour.
She now has five top 10 finishes and three top 16 finishes, with the most notable being her three 9th place finishes in New York, Cincinnati, and Huntington Beach this last season.
Amanda continues to play with and be coached by some of the top athletes and coaches in the sport.
In addition, this past year, she was selected to be a part of
the Elite Developmental Program with USA Volleyball, a program that helps train Olympic hopefuls.
Kendra VanZwieten - Florida Director and Head Coach
Kendra has been a part of the BeachDig family for many years and now our Director for the whole state of Florida. She is a BCAP certified Beach Coach, and she is also still a very successful Professional Beach Volleyball Player. Kendra has also coached and trained along side Misty May-Treanor and her dad Butch. Several of the BeachDig athletes that Kendra has coached are now playing college sand volleyball on schoarships!
She competes on various professional tours that travel across the world including the AVP Tour (top tour in the US) and international tours including NORCECA and the FIVB World Tour. She is consistently ranked one of the top 20 women's beach volleyball players in the country. She has over 2 dozen wins on the tours that travel up and down the East Coast of the US and is coming off of her best year yet with several top main draw finishes on the AVP tour, 3 top 3 finishes in international competition on the NORCECA tour and a Bronze medal in FIVB World Tour event in Xiamen, China.
Coach Kendra is also a strength and conditioning specialist, working with hundreds of volleyball players to help them acheive peak performance both indoor and on the beach.
Learn more about the volleyball specific training that Kendra offers.
Monyka Paul - Tampa/Clearwater Director and Head Coach
Coach Monyka has been our Orlando Director and head coach for the past few years and has recently moved to the Tampa area. We're excited to have her heading up our Tampa/Clearwater division.
Monyka is originally from Michigan where she attended Western Michigan University to play volleyball. She was a four year starter and letter winner at WMU from 1997 & 2000. She was honored on the ALL-MAC Freshman Team in 1997 and received MAC player of the week and MAC defensive player of the week and scholar-athlete of the week honors on several occasions. Monyka lead her team to a Mid American Conference Championship in 2000 and was voted MVP. She is also honored to be one of the seven players to make the WMU All-Decade Team (1994-2003).
Monyka has been a Physical Education teacher and volleyball coach for eight years now. She also is a very successful open level player on the beach!
"I believe hard work pays off and attitude is everything!" - Coach Monyka
Adam Milewski - Head Coach in Pompano, FL
Coach Adam has been a high level BeachDig coach for over 5 years now. His extensive indoor coaching background equally matched in the sand where he has always been one of our most popular and requested coaches.
Adam has been coaching both boys and girls volleyball in south Florida for the past 8 years. In 2009 Adam receivied the "Outstanding Coach" award from USA Volleyball. He is currently coaching indoor at Lynn University, Boomers Volleyball Club and St. Andrews high school.
Adam has also enjoyed success as a player, both indoor and on the beach, where he continues to play today.
Always the coach to go above and beyond, Adam is a great asset to the BeachDig family and has had a significant impact on so many of our players over the years. He has helped developed some of our top athletes over the years, several who are now playing sand volleyball in college.
This year you'll find Adam coaching at our Delray divsion.
Ben Wales - Minnesota Director/Head Coach
A self-professed “Beach Rat”, Ben comes from a volleyball family and he got his competitive start on the SAVA Beach Volleyball Tour. With multiple wins and strong finishes in the SAVA and EVP tours throughout the Midwest, he continues to develop his skills on the beach.
Ben hopes to instill his work ethic, love for the game, and attention to the technical and strategic side of the Sand Doubles game on the players he coaches.
Ben brings the added, valuable benefit of being a personal trainer. He is passionate about helping to develop healthy, well-conditioned players that move and jump well on the sand and stay injury free.