16 Under Armour Blue - Head Coach


Coach Fun Facts

  • Has a vinyl record collection of 1000+ albums
  • Climbed to the “Top of Texas” (Guadalupe National Park)
  • Grows Bonsai trees
  • Spends free time biking, reading, and gardening
  • Greatest accomplishment is raising three successful daughters

Coach Bio

This season (2020-2021) Jeff Beal is the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s second 16s team – 16 Under Armour Blue.

Jeff Beal has been coaching volleyball for 18+ seasons. His interest in playing volleyball began as a player after graduating from college, learning the game from the sons of missionary parents who grew up playing volleyball and soccer in Brazil. Jeff has over 8 years of USVBA (now USAV) indoor and sand playing experience. His interest in coaching volleyball began when his daughters started to play in school and his local community center created a youth league.

He has been involved coaching youth sports his entire life, having coached gymnastics while in high school and college, to soccer, basketball, and volleyball as an adult. Jeff believes strongly that youth sports should be a means for players to learn life skills. Using his philosophy of “Be a Teacher First,” he will educate, train, motivate, and care for his players teaching them to become more responsible for their own development and improvement.

Born and raised in Bryan, Texas, Jeff graduated from Bryan High School (1980) and attended Jacksonville State University (JSU) on a Gymnastics athletic scholarship. He was a three-year captain of his Men’s Gymnastics Team competing in 3 National Championships (1983,1984, and 1985). He graduated from JSU with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics (1985 with honors).

Jeff is married to Marilyn Beal and has three successful daughters, Kristen, Lexi, and Alayna. He works as a Software Engineer and Consultant. He is IMPACT certified and a member of the AVCA. When Jeff is not coaching you might see him on a bike (mountain or road), listening to live music, or gardening. This will be Jeff’s first season with the Roots Volleyball family.