Ed Ratledge, Director/Founder
Director and founder of VolleyOC, Ed Ratledge has been coaching and playing volleyball for the last 20 years. As a 12 year veteran of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), Ed knows the level of dedication it takes to make it as a pro beach volleyball player. He has two tournament victories on the NORCECA tour and has been ranked as one of the top 20 American volleyball players for most of the last decade. Before his professional career, Ed played at UCLA, where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and was named first-team GTE Academic All-American in 2000. That year Ed helped UCLA win a national championship and set the school record for most kills in a game (21). After playing for a year on a professional indoor team in Portugal (Benfica), Ed finished his indoor career to focus on becoming a professional beach volleyball player on the AVP and a coach for youth players. Read more about Ed’s beach volleyball career here.
Ed began his coaching career in 1999 as a volleyball coach for the UCLA youth summer volleyball camp and then shortly after started his own summer camp in Newport Beach called “Ratcamp”. Some of his dedicated regulars from that camp include aspiring Pro volleyball players Matt Hilling and Blaine Nielsen.
In 2010, Ed started coaching the City of Newport Beach adult beach volleyball classes at Corona del Mar. Shortly thereafter, he added youth beach volleyball classes, club, and camps to the City of Newport Beach Recreation Department lineup.
Ed started running CBVA youth tournaments in 2004 in Newport Beach and now runs 17-20 tournaments per summer at the Newland Street Volleyball Courts in Huntington State Beach. In 2012, Ed also ran a youth and pro exhibition at Downtown Disney. Ed has also run more than a dozen special event tournaments and clinics for corporate picnics and employee team-building where he sets up and organizes everything one needs, including the sand!
In addition to coaching and tournament directing, Ed has been a referee for Orange County Volleyball Officials Association for the last 15 years and runs the volleyball program for the Marriott Renaissance Clubsport, Aliso Viejo. Ed is Married to Jessica and has one son, William, 3 who are both often seen on the job with Ed.
Pedro Brazao, Associate Head Coach
From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pedro has been a Pro Beach Volleyball player since 1999 in the Brazilian tour with four open tournament wins. Played in the World Tour (FIVB) 2001, ‘03, ‘04 with a 5th place finish in the FIVB World Championship 2003 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Started playing in the United States in 2008 and was awarded Rookie of the Year. Has two 3rd place finishes in the AVP playing with beach volleyball legend Jose Loiola - San Diego ‘08, and Matt Prosser - Chicago ‘09. Pedro has coached VolleyOC programs since 2010.
Danko Iordanov, Associate Head Coach
Danko grew up in Varna, Bulgaria where he started playing volleyball at age 11. He graduated from Rutgers University where he played as an Opposite and Outside Hitter for 4 years on a scholarship. He has been playing Beach Volleyball competitively in California since 2005.
Indoor accomplishments: While at Rutgers-Newark from 1999-2003 - several All-tournament team and All-conference EIVA selections. Surpassed 1,000 kills and was names Rutgers’ Male Athlete of the Year in 2003. He was also a Scholar-Athlete and member of the Dean’s list. Played 2 years in the Bulgarian Pro League for Cherno More-BASK with a 4th place Championship and a 3rd place for the Bulgarian Cup finishes.
Beach Volleyball: U-21 Balkan Champion in 1997. First Place at the Bulgarian Tour 1998. Danko has maintained “AAA” rating on the CBVA tour since 2006, where he won the Cal Cup Tournament in 2009. He has been in the top 100 on the AVP consistently and finished the current 2013 season ranked in the top 50.
Danko has over 20 years of volleyball experience at the highest level. He understands the transition from indoor to beach and back to indoor. As a coach he believes that working hard on the fundamentals in a fun and competitive environment is of the greatest importance for players of all ages. He teaches by both explaining and performing and believes in positive reinforcement. Strategy is a big part of the game and teaching players about it can make them successful at the next level.
Personal: Parents are Mariana Yakimova and Todor Yordanov who were both professional athletes. Mom was a rhythmic gymnast and dad a soccer player. Has one brother – Bogdan. Danko is married to Kristen Endow.
Andy Ces (coming soon)