Marina Caldas

Marina Caldas


Marina Caldas

Marina Caldas

marina caldas



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Playing Experience

  • Played for a great club in Brazil, BotaFogo Club, until adult age
  • Played for the University of Arkansas
  • Played beach volleyball in the professional league in Brazil
  • Played for the club HTV in the Regional League in Germany
  • Awarded an All-Star Team

Coaching Experience

  • Coached their beginners’ team for 12 months
  • Coached Middle School for Geffen Academy

Coaching Philosophy

Marina’s coaching philosophy is summed up in three points: 1. Be present, 2. Be engaged, and 3. Lead by example.


About Marina

Marina Caldas is a native of Brazil and grew up playing volleyball for the BotaFogo Club. She played beach volleyball for a professional league from 1997 through 2002, winning three consecutive titles in 1999 including the Campeonato Cidade do Rio de Janeiro de Vôlei de Praia and the City Championship for under 21 athletes.

She graduated from Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro in 2004 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. She played for one year at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and was named to the All-Star Team. In 2005-2006 Marina played for HTV Damen 1 Volleyball club in Germany. She returned to Brazil to play professional beach volleyball (2009-2010) qualifying for the Circuito Banco do Brasil de Vôlei de Praia and finishing in 3rd Place at Torneio Regional Sudeste/Etapa de Uberaba.

While in Germany she coached the HTV beginners’ team for one year. After relocating to California, she coached the Geffen Academy girls’ middle school team (2022-2023) and was the boys’ varsity team assistant coach. She became the head coach for the club team at Mount Saint Mary’s University in 2022. This is her second-year coaching for the Sunshine Volleyball Club.

Marina’s coaching philosophy is summed up in three points: 1. Be present, 2. Be engaged, and 3. Lead by example.

She loves being a part of the athlete’s growth and watching them fall in love with volleyball. Marina lives in Santa Monica with her two daughters, who likewise are volleyball players, and her pet cat. She is also a yoga instructor and loves to incorporate yoga into her volleyball practices.

“It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish, It’s all a matter of discipline.“


“Without goals, training has no direction.”
– Natalie Coughlin

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