Optimum Beach, founded in 2014 by current owner Pri Piantadosi-Lima, is committed to teaching and applying a unique and impactful training methodology to players of all levels and ages. After finishing her Division I indoor career, Pri became a stand out player on the FIVB World Tour and the AVP for over 15 years. The experience she gained competing at some of the highest levels in beach volleyball and training with some of the best players and coaches in the game has allowed her to develop an exceptional and established approach to training the mental and physical game. Pri’s undeniable love and passion for the sport and for coaching shines through and has created a culture amongst all of the Optimum Coaches that is known for mentoring and inspiring their players to personal growth and development that can be applied in life and in the game of beach volleyball. She coaches from the inside out and invests first in her players as people then as athletes.
Optimum Beach values building authentic relationships between all players and coaches, and believes these relationships are the foundation that allows the mental training and skill training to be effective. We believe that Pri’s innovative implementation of mindset training sessions being applied through various techniques and strategies throughout practices is what sets Optimum Beach apart. Since day one, the Optimum slogan has been, Coaching Mentoring Inspiring. We believe this is evident everyday and continues to be what makes us different. Our uplifting yet demanding culture has produced success at all levels from players in the FIVB, top 5 NCAA Division I programs, and to countless podium finishes in junior tournaments. Pri and her staff have a unified method of coaching and have established a culture with universal standards of how we train. Simply put, Optimum cares about the whole athlete and we coach to succeed in life, and on the court. Additionally, our Optimum staff also assists extensively in college recruiting. We help guide our players though the recruiting process from the beginning to end, with strategies to find the best schools, how to email coaches and navigate the conversations leading up to your decision. We help you and your family with comparing opportunities and our experience allows us to help guide your family to make the best decision to fit your son/daughters needs.
Optimum Beach NY is dedicated to growing the beach volleyball athlete as a whole. Our tried and true system consists of over 30 years of cumulative experience shared between our coaches. We pride ourselves on setting up our players for success both on and off the court. We are sure that you will leave our sessions prepared and ready to compete at the highest level.
Coach Steph has competed as a junior, collegiate and professional beach volleyball player. Early in her career, Stephanie was a 3 time USA HP Beach Volleyball player and was ranked among the top 20 USA Beach Volleyball players in the country.
Stephanie was the first NY Beach Volleyball player to be awarded a full DI scholarship for Beach Volleyball. She went on to compete at Eckerd College. In her first year, she led her team to the 2016 AVCA Small College National Tournament and was awarded the Triton Award for athletic excellence, named MVP and team captain her senior year. She was ranked as a 2017 and 2018 Top 20 Collegiate BVB Pair by collegebeachvb.com.
Now as a Professional Beach Volleyball player, Stephanie competes on various tours including AVP and BeachDig. Growth mindset is at the foundation of her coaching as with all Optimum Beach coaches. She values the importance of work ethic and trusting the process towards greatness which she instills each day as a coach.
Benjamin Naouai has competed as a junior and in open levels in the Northeast and Florida. He played for Long Beach high school and has been playing indoor volleyball for more than 4 years at Academy volleyball Club (2017 – 2019). He then went on to play the Johnson and Wales Men’s DIII volleyball (2019 – 2020).
Currently, Benjamin holds the title as 2020 u18 AVP national champion. He shares his passion of beach volleyball with younger athletes, something he is very proud of. He aspires to be his best while coaching Optimum athletes and helping them focus on the process first.
Coach Timothy Kraics joins the Optimum Beach Volleyball Family for his first year on the staff. He just completed his third year as head coach at The Long Island Volleyball Club (First year with the boys, second and third year with the girls). He was a 4-year starter on the varsity volleyball team at Ward Melville HS, where he earned All-County honors as both a libero and a setter and was a 3-time recipient of his league’s top libero award. He was the top rated libero at the 2004 USA Volleyball High Performance Camp. He was a member of the Bronze medal-winning Scholastic team at the 2003 Empire State Games. He also played on the 2004 and 2005 Open Empire State Games teams with Matthew “Dezy” Distefano.
Coach Tim went on to play Division I varsity volleyball for the 4 time national champion USC Trojans. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics while at the University of Southern California. He currently works in real estate finance and is both Impact and Safe Sport certified.