Sean Fallowfield brings with him volleyball expertise and a unique perspective from his 30-plus years as both a collegiate and professional player, a coach and a passionate observer. Fallowfield’s very first coaching job was at UCLA’s volleyball summer camp in 1984, under the tutelage and legacy of Al Scates. He has since added his alma mater, UCSB, as well as Stanford to his roster of summer camp coaching.
Fallowfield has coached on both the men’s and women’s side of the game. His earliest full-time position was as assistant head coach at Golden West College, helping the team earn a state championship in 1998. Then at Newport Harbor High School, Fallowfield was both junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach, where his JV squad was three-time league champions and his varsity club was a 1991 CIF finalist. More recently, Fallowfield served as a roving coach for all squads at Loyola High School from 2010-12, as well as leading Marymount High School’s freshman squad to an undefeated season as head coach and a CIF 1A Championship as varsity assistant coach. In 2012 as JV head coach, he led his squad to a league championship, as well as both the CIF 1AA title and the state championship as varsity assistant coach. Fallowfield also ran the campaign and ushered in the inaugural season as head coach for women’s sand volleyball at Marymount in 2012.
Fallowfield has also coached at the club level, for girls at Sunshine and boys at MB Surf. He has led his teams (age groups 14’s, 15’s & 16’s) to multiple tournament championships and the ability to consistently reside in the top 5 rankings.
Fallowfield’s volleyball knowledge base began as a Southern California native both on the beach, as well as a standout player at San Clemente High School; a decisive aspect in his team’s competing in the CIF finals his senior year and being inducted into the San Clemente HS Hall of Fame.
He would later be named the MVP at Santa Barbara City College where the team won it’s only state title ending in Fallowfield being named California’s JC Player of The Year.
Fallowfield then joined the US Junior National Team to train at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. Fallowfield was recruited in 1983 to attend UCSB, and while there earned All-Tournament, All-League, and All-American honors as a pivotal player toward UCSB making the playoffs each year he played. His college career included honors such as UCLA’s Kilgour Cup in 1985, where Fallowfield was selected All Tournament.
In 1984, Fallowfield joined the newly formed AVP tour and subsequently competed on the tour until 1996. In addition to numerous top-5 finishes, his career best win state side was 2nd, as well as garnering an FIVB finalist spot twice. Fallowfield’s passion for the sport of sand volleyball grew as he toured globally. He enjoyed a long career playing in eight different countries with a multitude of fascinating partners, and garnering Open wins in each country he played.
Fallowfield spent much of his time in Italy, and in 1992 was voted the Italian Beach Tour MVP. He also coached the Italian National Team in 2018. Learning to speak the language has helped him; he has continued his relationships with the Italian volleyball community and consults players for both the Italian and world league sand volleyball tours. Fallowfield also coaches current AVP beach professionals.
Fallowfield continues to increase his knowledge of volleyball and thrives on the nuances the game demands. His training and certifications from USA Volleyball, HFHS and Gold Medal Squared provide him the coaching foundation on which he infuses his dedication to wellness and cultivating balanced athletes.
Fallowfield lives in Newport, CA. He enjoys travel, animals, collecting and restoring vintage American automobiles, and the continual journey of self-discovery. On any given weekend, you can still find him on the beach, watching and playing the sport he loves.