Calvary Christian Academy
Spruce Creek High School
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Kelsey Lehtomaa Frouge
SUNSHINE STATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE APPOINTS ANDREA KNESER TO
COMMISSIONER OF GIRLS BEACH VOLLEYBALL
SSAC is now excepting Girl’s Beach Volleyball pre-registrations for the 2017-18 school year
Brandon, Fla., Thursday, May 11, 2017 – The Sunshine State Athletic Conference (SSAC) today announced the appointment of Andrea Kneser to commissioner of the conference’s Girls Beach Volleyball league, which recently completed its first year in operation.
Kneser has more than 11 years’ experience with Girl’s Beach Volleyball as a player and a coach. Kneser currently serves as the head coach and program director for Bradenton Christian School’s Indoor and Beach Volleyball teams, and is a former Junior Olympic Athlete.
“Andrea’s expertise and enthusiasm for beach volleyball will elevate SSAC’s offering of the sport to interested students across Florida,” said Stuart Weiss, president of SSAC. “We’re thrilled she has agreed to join us and take our Girls Beach Volleyball program to the next level.”
SSAC’s Girls Beach Volleyball league is the first of its kind in Florida for high school students interested in competing in the popular sport. Last month, the league hosted 22 Florida schools with the Florida Region of USA Volleyball in the first state tournament of the sport in at its sand volleyball complex in Tavares.
In addition to Kneser’s appointment to commissioner, the SSAC announced its now allowing schools to pre-register for girl’s beach volleyball for next season. Schools interested in joining the league can reach out to Stuart Weiss, president at SSAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since its inception in 2008, the SSAC has become a fully functioning multiple sport athletic organization comprised of 45 private and charter schools. For more information about the SSAC, visit www.sunshinestateathletics.com.
The Sunshine State Athletic Conference – Florida’s premier independent athletic conference – formed in 2008 as an alternative for Florida independent football programs. The Conference has grown into a multiple sport athletic organization made up of private and charter schools located throughout Florida. The SSAC’s focus is to promote good sportsmanship and fair play, and strives to maintain high standards and a level playing field so all its members and student-athletes have the opportunity to succeed. The goal of the Conference is to provide membership with a safe, equitable, and enjoyable athletic experience.
Andrea Kneser couldn’t hold back tears when she found out how much one of her mentors valued her. She was with her Bradenton Christian beach volleyball team at the Sunshine State Athletic Conference championships when Stuart Weiss, the SSAC president, pulled her aside.
“Did you know Jim Hoffman was stepping down?” she remembers him asking. Hoffman had been the conference’s beach volleyball commissioner and started coaching Kneser when she was 11.
“He couldn’t think of anybody else to pass the torch on to besides you,” Weiss continued. “Would you take this on?”
A little more than a week later, Kneser had a new set of responsibilities. The SSAC board had convened and agreed with Hoffman, naming the Panthers’ head coach the conference’s new beach volleyball commissioner.
Even though her new job came together quickly, Kneser already has lofty visions for the 2018 season. She wants to double or triple the number of teams from this spring, turning 23 into, potentially, more than 60. After having two public school teams in the conference this year, she sees huge growth potential in that market.
“We’re talking about marketing, the communication plan, what we’re going to do to get the word out there,” Kneser said. “We’re definitely expanding on the public-school front.”
The most substantial endeavor is setting up a potential national championship with Arizona, the only other state with a substantial high school beach volleyball league.
While there’s no exact plan in place, Kneser said Mizuno is involved and the potential championship game would be played in conjunction with the 2018 NCAA championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. The game would likely either pit both state champions against each other or feature all-star teams of the top pairs from each state.
Kneser plans to remain Bradenton Christian’s head coach for 2018 — many of the SSAC’s other officials are coaches or athletic directors at member schools — although she knows where her most important job lies.
“I know my main priority will be growing the sport,” Kneser said, “because I love this sport.”
The SSAC...Competition Without Compromise!