AVP Academy Managing Director
2016 Olympic Coach Scott Davenport is a professional beach volleyball coach for top professional and youth teams, most recently, leading a Canadian women’s team to a 5th place finish at the Rio Olympics. He has worked, and continues to work with various levels including Olympians, FIVB, AVP, NORCECA, NCAA, USAV, SCVA and AAU. His teams have acquired over 50 podium finishes and garnished numerous international and domestic individual honors, including FIVB Best Blocker, FIVB Best Defender and USAV Beach team of the Year. Scott’s developmental program consistently sees his teams improve their rankings every year.
In 2017, both of his teams have has tremendous success. The team of Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Parades earned final four finishes in 6 of the 7 FIVB events they competed in (1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze medals) and are currently ranked #2 in the world. The team of Kelley Larsen/Betsi Metter-Flint have won 3 events this year (2 FIVB events and The AVP San Francisco Open title) and have earned 2 other AVP finals appearances. They are currently the #1 ranked AVP women’s team.
AVP Academy Director of Coaching
Jason began playing professional beach volleyball for New Zealand on the FIVB World Tour for 9 years. Over this time he learned the game from some of the top international coaches, such as, Hugh McCutcheon (Olympic Gold and Silver Medals), Jeff Conover (Olympic Silver Medal). Craig Seuseu and Mike Dudson. While competing on FIVB tour Jason earned a ranking in the top 20 in the world for most of his career. Jason played in 12 AVP events finishing 7th 5 times and 9th 3 times. He was nominated best defensive player 3 times and most inspirational 2 times on the FIVB tour.
Jason was the Olympic coach for the top Canadian Men’s team Saxton/Schalk, earning 5 medals in the last two years and 20 top ten finishes and most recently a 9th place finish at the Rio Games. He also coached women’s Vanuatu National Team from 65th in the world to 17th in the world at the end of 2016. Vanuatu also won most inspirational player and nominated best Defensive player. Jason currently coaches the top USA Olympic men’s team of Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who are currently the #1 ranked team in the world starting the 2017 season.
Director of Technology and Education
Adam Schulz is the current Director of Technology and Education for AVP Academies as well as the assistant coach for the Canadian Olympic beach team of Pavan/Bansley who finished 5th at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He brings a high level of volleyball analytics having work as the head scout for both the Canadian indoor and beach women’s programs over the last 8 years. He spent 2 years as an international assistant coach in Brazil working with both the men’s and women’s program in Rio De Janeiro. Before working with the Canadian National programs he was a collegiate player and then Club and Collegiate Coach
Dr. Lee Hancock
Director of Sports Psychology
Dr. Lee Hancock is a High Performance and Sport Psychology coach for professional and youth athletes as well as teams, coaches, students, and parents. He has worked, and continues to work, with performers in the Olympics, MLS, FIVB, AVP, and the NCAA, as well as with people in multiple youth sports organizations and clubs in order to ensure (and help define) success. Lee develops and implements unique discussions, workshops, programs and systems that teach people how to manage and thrive in pressure filled situations and perform at their optimal level – consistently.
Director of Nutrition Education
Nicole Springle is a Registered Dietitian who holds both a Honours Bachelor Degree and a Masters in Applied Nutrition from the University of Guelph. Nicole has provided nutrition support to Canada’s developing and podium-level athletes for the past 7 years. In her role as Lead, Sport Nutrition, Nicole oversees nutrition services for all of the CSIO’s partnered national and provincial sport organizations while providing targeted nutrition support for swimming, figure skating, wheelchair basketball, beach volleyball and golf.
As a recognized leader in sport nutrition, Nicole was recently appointed Nutrition Lead for Own the Podium’s National Sport Science and Medicine Advisory Committee and has also acted as co-chair for the Dietitians of Canada Sport Nutrition Network, representing over 300 dietitians across Canada. She is a seasoned presenter and has authored numerous articles for magazines, newspapers, and textbooks. In addition, she has shared her expertise and enthusiasm for performance nutrition and optimal health as an educator in post-secondary institutions and conferences, as well as for numerous media outlets including Breakfast Television, Global News, and City TV News.
Director of Corporate Development
Bill Inman has nearly 20 years of experience building business from idea stage to multi-million and billion dollar companies. Bill has served in C-level and executive leadership positions at several companies including some of the nation’s largest workforce management companies. His passion in business is to develop game-changing companies that create a positive impact.
As an entrepreneur with a strong background in online and cloud based applications as well as services, Bill has helped launch and grow companies in multiple industries including entertainment, staffing, social networking, personal development, footwear and media production. Bill has delivered national and global solutions for his clients including ESPN, Gatorade, Unisys, Carl Karcher Enterprises, Disney, Tesla, Capital One, and Discovery Communications.
Bill has been regularly invited to speak at national events for B2B and B2C organizations like HR.com, the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Institute of Human Resources. He has also written and been featured in articles by industry press including U.S. News and World Report, Gartner, The Fordyce Letter and ERE.
Bill graduated from the University of California, Davis where he played baseball and football on multiple NCAA top ten ranked teams. He has a passion for sports and beach volleyball and has been involved in promoting and managing the sport in a number of organizations including the nations premier high school program Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach where he lives. Bill’s daughter, Alexia, is a highly ranked beach player who is committed to play beach at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017.