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Beach Coaching Staff

Caylin Sterling

Caylin Sterling

Director of Beach Programs

Caylin (Woodward) Sterling enters her ninth season on the BAVA indoor and beach staffs this season, now taking over the Director of Beach Programs role starting in 2023. She is also currently a volunteer assistant coach with Stevenson University's women's beach volleyball team. 

As a collegiate player at NCAA Division I school the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, she served as a captain three seasons and eventually graduated as the first player in program history to record at least 1,000 career kills and digs in her career. Cay went undefeated in the UMES Collegiate Sand Invitational in 2009. She was also named Second Team All-Conference in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as both a junior and senior and capped off her career in 2009 with the team's MVP award, she graduated in 2010.

Following her collegiate career at UMES, Cay played professionally for Gislaved Voleyboll Klubb in Sweden in 2010-11 and Reggio Calabria SS Cuore in Italy in 2011-12.

The native of Garden Grove, Calif., got her first taste of coaching at the Regis University Volleyball Camps in Denver. There she spent two summers working with players aged 12-18 on position-specific and overall game skills. She was later a youth coach at Gold Medal Squared Elite Volleyball Training in Arizona.

In 2012, she coached at the University of Albany, where she assisted the Great Danes with a number of responsibilities including recruiting, scouting, training and compliance and administrative tasks. She spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Bucknell University. 

In the 2021-22 season, she was an offseason training assistant coach for Stevenson University's beach volleyball team, helping them win the Division III national championship. 

Cay has coached BAVA indoor 16's, 17’s, and 18's, and is IMPACT and Safesport certified. She regularly competes at the open/AAA level in women's and coed beach and grass tournaments. 


Eric Hammond

Eric Hammond

BAVA Beach Head Coach - Advanced Programs

National champion (2022) collegiate beach volleyball coach Eric Hammond has been helping to lead BAVA’s juniors beach programs since the summer of 2016. He served as BAVA's director of beach programs for seven years. 

Eric spent 12 years coaching women’s collegiate indoor volleyball at the Division I level.  He is currently the head men's beach volleyball coach, and assistant women's beach volleyball coach at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md. His role with the men's beach team makes him the first NCAA men's beach volleyball head coach in history. 

Over eight years as the top assistant and, later, recruiting coordinator at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, he helped the Hawks post seven straight seasons of 20 or more wins, four undefeated conference regular seasons and six MEAC Northern Division regular season championships. UMES posted a 61-3 record in conference play during that run. Eric played a major role in the 2011 and 2012 teams winning the MEAC Championship and earning the program’s only two berths in the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Eric was the head beach volleyball coach and tournament director for the UMES Collegiate Sand Invitational in 2009. The Hawks won the event, led by an undefeated run by now BAVA coach Caylin (Woodward) Sterling and Christina Estebane.

From 2013-2017, he was the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at Towson University. During that time, the Tigers reached a top 75 ranking in NCAA Division I, earned several CAA conference individual honors, and a CAA regular season championship in 2015.

In the spring of 2017, Eric was the head beach volleyball coach for the Tigers outdoor season. The unofficial beach season culminated in an undefeated 4-0 match record in the two-day Mustang Invitational hosted by Stevenson University.

Since 2012, Eric has worked for USA Volleyball’s Beach High Performance programs with males and females in several age groups. He serves as a coach for tournaments and camps and an evaluator for tryouts. He has worked USAV Beach camps around the country, including the world-class Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. He was a training and tournament coach for the USA U17 Boys A2 team at the USAV High Performance Championships in Hermosa Beach and Santa Monica, Calif. in the summer of 2015, and returned to Hermosa to coach the USA U19 Women's A2 team in the summer of 2016. In 2019, he coached the USA U19, U17 and U15 Boys A2 teams in Cartersville, Ga. In 2020, he was selected as the head coach for the USA U15 A2 Girls team set to convene in Tavares, Fla. That training was canceled due to the pandemic. 

Since 2007, he has coached indoor volleyball camps for both females and males in the U.S. and Canada. He also spent two years as a head coach with the former Delmarva Juniors/Timeout Volleyball Club.

During the spring of 2019, he led the beach training for Loyola University Maryland's NCAA Division I indoor team competing unofficially in the sand.

In the 2021-22 season, he was an assistant coach for Stevenson University's beach volleyball team, helping them win the Division III national championship. 

Eric is nationally certified by USA Volleyball in Beach Coaching Accreditation Program (BCAP) level 1, Increased Mastery and Professional Application of Coaching Theory (IMPACT) and SafeSport, and by The Art of Coaching for beach volleyball.

He has worked as an editor and writer for multiple national volleyball magazines. For nearly a decade, he served as the conference representative on the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) Assistant Coaches Committee for the MEAC and then the CAA, and was the founder and chair of the AVCA Assistant Coaches Publications subcommittee. Early in 2020, Eric was elected as one of only two coach representatives nationally for USA Volleyball's Beach Assembly. 

The Maryland native grew up playing beach volleyball in the Mid-Atlantic area. He competed for the Salisbury University men’s club volleyball team for two years, primarily as an opposite/right side.


Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith

BAVA Beach ParaVolley Head Coach

Sarah enters her second year as a coach with BAVA Beach, and becomes the very first head coach of our debut Beach ParaVolley program. Beach ParaVolley is an adaptive, standing version of beach volleyball played with three-member teams. It works within the Paralympic system. 

Sarah grew up competing at an elite level in volleyball, gymnastics, swimming and diving, and lacrosse out of Spring Grove, PA, near York. She played for Yorktowne Volleyball Club and Spring Grove Area High School. She played four years as a defensive specialist/libero at NCAA Division I Towson University. 

USAV IMPACT and SafeSport certified, Sarah has coached indoor volleyball in the PA area for several years. She now travels to local tournaments and national qualifiers working as a certified USAV referee. Sarah has competed in multiple outdoor tournaments in both women's and co-ed. She is a certified orthotist-prosthetist, volunteers with Camp No Limits, and works full-time for the Hanger Clinic. 


Beth Radford

Beth Radford

BAVA Beach Assistant Coach

Beth is entering her second season coaching with BAVA Beach, but she has been coaching for BAVA's indoor program for 18 years now.

During her four years at Northern High School, they won three Southern MD Athletic Conference titles and three Maryland State titles. Beth was named First Team All-Calvert County and First Team All-SMAC two times, All-Calvert County MVP, First Team All-Metro, First Team All-American Scholar Athlete, Second Team All-American, three years on First Team All-SMAC, one year Second Team All-SMAC, three years First Team All-Calvert County, All-Calvert County MVP, Second Team All-Metro, and First Team All-Metro. She was inducted into the Northern High School Hall of Fame in 2003. She also played seven years of club volleyball for Southern Maryland Juniors. 

Beth was the varsity head coach at Northern High School in Calvert County 2011-2012. She has coached BAVA 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s.

Beth is a graduate of The University of Maryland College Park. She is SafeSport and USAV IMPACT certified. 


Sabrina Ness

Sabrina Ness

BAVA Beach Assistant Coach

Sabrina enters her first year with BAVA Beach as an assistant coach of the Beach ParaVolley program. Sabrina grew up in Maryland competing in swimming and volleyball and was the captain for both sports during her senior year at the Academy of the Holy Cross High School. During that time, she also played for 3 years at the MVSA Volleyball Club. Sabrina went on to play 2 years of club volleyball at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Sabrina was a swim instructor and head coach of the Adelphi Summer Swim team for 3 years. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic training. One of her four clinical rotations was with the NCAA Division I University of Pittsburgh’s women’s volleyball team. She worked as a personal trainer and studio coach at Gold’s Gym from July 2018 until April 2020. 

Sabrina served as a Red Cross Volunteer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from July 2018 until February 2019. Sabrina is a certified athletic trainer, personal trainer, USAV IMPACT, and SafeSport certified. She is currently finishing up her second year of Physical Therapy School at the University of Maryland Baltimore, where she will earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in May 2023.


Dani Williams

Dani Williams

BAVA Beach Assistant Coach

Dani is entering her first year of coaching for BAVA Beach after one season on the indoor staff. She grew up in Connecticut and played all four years at Joel Barlow High School, three of which she played on varsity and was captain her senior year. Her team won their conference championship all four years. During the off-season, Dani played club at TCA her freshman year and CT Juniors her sophomore and junior years.

Dani went on to be captain of the club volleyball team at Loyola University Maryland. While attending Loyola, she helped coach clinics and camps for middle and high schoolers in Connecticut during the summers alongside her former coaches. 

Dani is USAV IMPACT and SafeSport certified.