Sinjin Smith

Founder/President/Master Coach

Christopher St. John “Sinjin” Smith is one of the greatest beach volleyball players in the history of the sport. Sinjin’s accomplishments as a player earned him a place in both the International Volleyball Hall of Fame and the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame. He and longtime partner Randy Stoklos won more professional beach tournaments as a team (114) than anyone before or since and Sinjin’s 139 career victories rank second all-time among individual players. He has won multiple World Championships, “King of the Beach” Invitationals, Manhattan Beach Opens and has represented the United States in the Olympic games. Sinjin played for the USA Indoor National Team for 4 years and was a collegiate All-American at UCLA where he won two National Championships and a finals MVP for the Bruins. He was the second volleyball player ever inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame. In his youth, Sinjin was a fixture at legendary Sorrento Beach where he learned the game from pioneers like Ron Von Hagen and Gene Selznick. Sinjin is a longtime resident of Pacific Palisades where he lives with his wife, Patty, and the couple’s three children, Hagen, Stanton and Sinjin, Jr.

For all his records as a beach volleyball player, Sinjin is perhaps just as well known for his service to the game off the court. Author, commentator, entrepreneur, actor, coach, ambassador—even model—Sinjin has been a cultural force in the sport his entire life. He’s made appearances in television series, commercials and motion pictures, including the hit TV show Magnum P.I. and the Tri-Star feature film Side Out. Sinjin has appeared on the pages of many magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Esquire and Volleyball Magazine. Now retired from active competition, Sinjin is called upon regularly to provide commentary for media outlets such as NBC Sports, Turner Sports, Fox Sports Net and ESPN2.

Sinjin is a USVBA All-American and former member of the Board of Directors at USA Volleyball, as an athlete representative. He has served as President of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) and as the President of the FIVB’s Beach Volleyball World Council. Currently, Sinjin is a member of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission presiding over the sport in over 219 member countries including the Olympic and International Games. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization as well as the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL.)

As Master Coach of SinjinVolleyball, Sinjin hopes to share the knowledge and experience he’s accumulated over a lifetime dedicated to the sport with the next generation of athletes, parents and coaches.

Won 139 Opens (2nd All-Time)
Won 34% of Opens he entered
Won 114 Opens with Randy Stoklos (All-Time Team Record)
Won 49% of Opens he entered with Randy

See Sinjin’s comprehensive career statistics at bvbinfo

2015Unites BVC, Crescent clubs and NCSVA under Sinjin Volleyball brand
2007Founds NCSVA
2002Inducted into CBVA Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame
2003Inducted into International Volleyball Hall of Fame
2001 – ????Works as FIVB Adivsor, Executive, Commissioner
2001Starts Beach Volleyball Camps with Randy Stoklos
2001Retires from competitive play
• Most tourneys played (416)
• 2nd in victories (139)
• 4th in winnings ($1.6MM)
1996Takes 5th in Atlanta Olympic Games with Carl Henkel
1994Wins bronze medal at Goodwill Games (Russia) with Bruk Vandeweghe
1992UCLA retires #22 jersey
World Champion for 5th time
1990Plays Billy in movie Sideout
Earns over $200,000 on AVP
Wins FIVB World Champ's
1989First player to 100 victories
Wins 7th Manhattan Open
1987Wins first FIVB sanctioned tournament in Brazil
1986Makes 22 of 24 AVP finals, wins 17
1984AVP forms; makes 14 of 15 finals, wins 9
1983Launches Sideout brand
1982Begins full-time partnership with Randy Stoklos
1979–1982Plays with the USA Volleyball Indoor National Team
1979–1981Wins 18 of 23 tournaments with Karch Kiraly, including 3 at Manhattan Beach
1979Wins first Manhattan Beach Open with Jim Menges
1979Wins 2nd National Title, Finals MVP and All-America honors at UCLA
1977Plays first Open with Ron Von Hagen and wins first Open with Mike Normand
1976Sets UCLA to National Title