We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Joe Baleto and Chris Hannemannas the new directors of Mercer Island Volleyball Club. “Joe and Chris intend to take this club to a whole new level and I’m excited to see it happen” -Elise, Founder.

Athletes in the Seattle Bellevue area have great potential and with the direction of these top ranking coaches, a stronger and more competitive volleyball community will grow in King County.

Joe and Chris will offer U12, U13, and U15 age divisions in Mercer Island and West Seattle. Because they are branching off to other areas in the King County Community, the club name will change from Mercer Island Volleyball Club to Dakine. By bringing in their sand club, athletes can train for a college career in both sand and/or court right here with one club and throughout the seasons.

Please CLICK HERE for upcoming tryout information (as the season approached)

Here’s a little background on these seasoned directors:


Puget Sound Volleyball Academy Coach, 2010-2016
West Seattle High School Head Volleyball Coach, 2010-2014
Elite Volleyball Sand Instructor, 2007-Present
Seattle University Assistant Volleyball Coach, 2000-2007
Seattle University Men’s Club Volleyball Coach, 1990-2000
Seattle Juniors Girls’ Volleyball Coach, 1988-1990
Seattle Athletic Club Men’s Volleyball Team-Player, 1992-1996
Association of Volleyball Professionals-Beach Player, 1989-1990
His 2012 16U team won the Emerald City Classic in the Open Division, and his 16U and 18U teams have won Regionals for the last two years.


An international and domestic Professional Beach Volleyball player since 1989. Chris earned his “AAA” Beach Volleyball rating in CA in 1989, then immediately started traveling the globe winning individual and Tour Championships from countries such as Spain, Australia, South Africa, Canada and Germany to name a few. Chris has travelled, competed, and taught the Sport of Beach Volleyball around the globe for over 25 years!

Domestically Chris has won numerous Tour and Individual Beach Championships throughout the years. Chris has been a Jose Cuervo National Beach Tour Champion, Budweiser National Beach Champion, Molson Golden Pro (EVA) 13 time Champion, EVP Seattle Champion, 2 time Motherlode Men’s Open Champion, 2 Time Seaside Men’s Open Champion, and most recently 2013 Men’s Kauai Dinosaur Champion. Chris has won numerous Seattle Men’s Open titles while residing here, rarely losing a match in years of competing in the sands of Alki Beach in the last decade. A founding member of Seattle’s, APA and AVA volleyball associations, he continues to compete at a high level.

Chris is currently the Washington State representative for the Professional Coaches of Beach Volleyball Inc., a national organization of the finest beach coaches in the country.   Chris produced his own Beach Volleyball camps for numerous years in the 90’s in FL, and has continued to consult on and produce volleyball events and camps throughout the United States.


We are conveniently located and we train athletes from all over the Seattle and east side area. We welcome you!  All of our teams compete nationally and through focused instruction, we strive to take each player to a higher level of skill, all while maintaining her love for the game





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