About Wasatch Beach Volleyball
Wasatch Beach Volleyball was formed by Mike Manczuk and Mark Zimmerman, long-time beach volleyball players and friends who are passionate about the sport and committed to its growth and development. The mission of Wasatch Beach Volleyball is to grow the sport by bringing the fun and excitement of pro-style beach volleyball to Utah through developmental initiatives and an extensive schedule of competitive events.
WBV Player Reps and Board
Mike Manczuk (Co-founder WBV)
Mike Manczuk has been involved in the sports and fitness business since the early 1980's. Mike has represented many familiar health and fitness companies including Pro Form, Icon, Weider, MetRx, Worldwide, ABB, and Albertsons. Mike has created and managed several promotional events and has appeared on numerous occasions as a spokesperson, model and trainer in videos, on product packaging and in print media.
A Wasatch Front resident for 29 years, Mike enjoys skiing the double black steeps and mountain biking from Moab to the Wasatch Back. His proudest and most challenging achievement is being the father of his active sport-loving son, Kaden Christopher. Visit Mike's other business at www.rent2ownutahhomes.com
Mark Zimmerman (Co-founder WBV)
Mark Zimmerman learned to play beach volleyball while living at the beach in San Diego prior to moving to Salt Lake City in 1990. Like other players who learned by interpreting and applying what he saw other players do, Mark understands the value of early coaching and ongoing mentoring to help players become the best they can be. His experiences underscore the value of an ongoing commitment to fitness and solid nutrition to assure a long life as a beach volleyball player.
Kiera Powers (Roberts) (Women's Player Representative)
Kiera played as an outside hitter and libero at BYU-Hawaii in 2000. She has been the Wasatch Beach women's representative and has been on the board since 2011 and has been playing and enjoying sand volleyball since 2008.
Laura Downey (Women's Player Representative)
Laura played at Kansas State University from 1999 to 2003. She was named Libero of the year in 2002 & 2003 and was part of the Big 12 Championship team in 2003.
Laura enjoys spending time with her family, her dog, the outdoors and laughing a lot.
Derran Cannon (Men's Open Player Representative)
Derran Cannon grew up in Salt Lake City. While he excelled at every sport he played, his passion for volleyball prevailed. Derran played volleyball through his high school and college years and then played one Pro season in Europe. He has been decorated with many honors, including All Conference, All Region, and MVP designations. Derran can now be seen in the summer playing volleyball in his tennis shoes.
Joe Nelson (Men's Open Player Representative, Social Media)
Joe grew up in Holladay, Utah, where he and his brother played volleyball in their backyard. He played throughout middle school and high school. Upon graduating, Joe went up to the University of Utah, where he walked on to the Men's Volleyball Club team. As a freshman, Joe was a starting outside hitter and was awarded 2nd-team All-American at nationals that year. After his mission, Joe continued to play at the U of U for 3 years in the fall and spring, but his eyes were set on summer, and the beach. Whether it's sunny, cloudy or raining, you'll usually find Joe at the beach doing what he loves the most.
Brad Schvaneveldt (Men's A Player Representative, Website Admin)
Brad grew up in Murray, Utah, where he got his first experience in competitive volleyball when he and a few friends decided it would be fun to try out for the high school club team. But it wasn’t until he went to Utah State in 2001 when Brad developed a strong obsession for volleyball. For years he played primarily indoor until his friend and regular doubles partner, Brandon McKee, talked him into playing in some grass tournaments.
Brad started playing regularly in the sand in 2009 at Wasatch Beach and hasn’t turned back, and his love for the game has grown even stronger since. He has been a competitive player in Men’s A and finished in the top 10 in 2011.