Wheeler BeachWheeler Beach opened for the sand volleyball program's inaugural season in 2014. It is located between Carolina Softball Stadium and Carolina Tennis Center. The complex is the first collegiate sand volleyball facility of its kind and the first ever in the SEC. Read More
The first head coach in South Carolina beach volleyball history, Moritz Moritz looks to continue the process of building the program into a national contender in his fourth season with the Gamecocks. This past season, Moritz once again improved the team win total by 6 more wins reaching 20 wins which was the first time in program history. The 2015 season also featured the program’s first win against a top 10 opponent (Florida International). Moritz also had his pair of Macie Tendrich / Katie Reilly named to the CCSA All Tournament Team. His Gamecocks finished with a 20-16 record and a top 20 ranking. Married to the former Kevann Tuell, the couple has two children, son Curren and daughter Gracyn. Moritz earned his bachelors from Colorado State in 2006.
RJ Abella completes South Carolina’s first-ever beach volleyball staff as he will serve as the team’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. As recruiting coordinator, Abella recruited Julia Mannisto who was named one of four inaugural AVCA High School Beach Volleyball All-Americans in 2014. He also signed freshman Carly Schnieder and Katie Smith who were named AVCA High School Beach Volleyball All-American Honorable Mention as juniors. Abella served the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for both the indoor and beach volleyball programs at South Carolina. The 2015-2016 season, Abella became a full-time beach volleyball assistant coach for Moritz. Previously Abella spent six years helping Missouri Valley power Wichita State to its best NCAA volleyball finish in history with a regional semifinal appearance in 2012. In 2013 Abella was named to the 2014 AVCA 30 under 30 list which comprises of 30 up and coming volleyball coaches under the age of 30 years old. Abella earned his bachelors from Wichita State University in 2009. He also serves as a volleyball analyst for the SEC Network.
Luke Higgs has been involved with the beach volleyball program for two seasons. Luke grew up in Hilton Head Island, SC playing beach volleyball and coaching the local youth and adults. He currently serves as the volunteer assistant coach for the program.