Beach volleyball coach is digging for the win

Photo of Cesar Benatti, head beach volleyball.

Photo of Cesar Benatti, head beach volleyball. Photo by

Madalyn Powers, Sports Editor

For head coach Cesar Benatti the 2021-2022 beach volleyball season has been a big one. The team accomplished a goal. Benatti set years back by being a top 20 ranked team in which they accomplished when the  AVCA,American Volleyball Coaches Association, were released on March 1 as number twenty.  

With this season already starting off great the team itself is also doing really well with a  6 – 1 win only losing to #18 spot Pepperdine. Benatti couldn’t stress enough, “Pepperdine has been our only loss and that was a close 3 – 2 game. With them being 4th in the nation this has been the best season yet.” He also couldn’t exclaim enough how proud he is of the women on the team with all of them improving every week.  

For Coach Benatti, choosing to come to CSU Bakersfield eight seasons ago was an easy one.. Benatti had worked with Indoor Head Coach Giovana Melo before at a junior college in Nebraska when asked to come be an assistant coach here at CSUB. Eight years later he is the head coach of his own beach volleyball team. Something he never imagined.  

When discussing the future of the program Benatti emphasized the want to become a national powerhouse. And for the first time in program history beach volleyball is completely separate from indoor. With the program getting larger as of December 2021 Benatti solely went to coaching beach volleyball. With that came five full time beach players and a  staff with a main focus.