Coaching Career 

  • 2015-Current:  A4 Volley Head Coach/A4 Volley Beach Director
  • 2015-Current: USA Beach National Team Coach - Head Coach USA Beach National Team with Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena.  Co-Coach USA Beach National Team with Brooke Sweat/Lauren Fendrick
  • 2014-2015: A4 Volley Head Coach 16-Purple/14-Purple: 16-Purple - SCVA Regional Championship and Top 5 over all finish in SCVA. 14-Purple - 4th Overall Volleyball Festival
  • 2014: Volunteer Assistant Coach Loyola Marymount University Women's Volleyball - responsible for team scouting and preparation, in-game adjustments and all facets of practice
  • 2014-Current: USA Beach Volleyball High Performance Coach - U19/U21 HP Coach, Holiday Camp Coach, HP Tryout Coach/Evaluator
  • 2012-2015: Head Volleyball Professional/Director Jonathan Club
  • 2011-2014: Sports Shack Volleyball Club - Head Coach 18s/17s/14s, Silver Medal 2013 USA Nationals 17s
  • 2002-2006: Thousand Oaks High School – Co-Head Coach Girls/Boys, Marmonte League Championships three straight years both girls and boys, CIF Semi-Finals girls/boys
  • 1998-2001: Minnetonka High School, MN - Program Director/Head Coach Girls
  • Collegiate Camps: Ball State University, University of Rhode Island

Playing Career 

  • 1996-Current: AVP Professional Beach Volleyball Player
  • 2003: USA Beach Player, FIVB World Tour
  • NCAA Division I players: Ball State University - Final Four Participant (3rd Place)
  • US Olympics Festival - Silver Medal

In addition to his professional coaching, Paul is an active volunteer coach with the Special Olympics, NCAA Youth Education Through Sports program, and Digs 4 Kids, which provides underprivileged kids opportunities for academic and athletic achievement.  Paul is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Performance Technologist (CPT), has completed the Beach Coaching Accreditation Program (BCAP), Impact/Beach Impact program, and is part of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

Paul Baxter has a high passion for sports and a desire to compete.  As a professional himself, he was a consistent top 10 finisher at the highest level of beach volleyball in the country with numerous final four finishes.  He is now transferring that desire from the playing side over to coaching at all levels of the game, which includes top USA Beach Olympic hopefuls and down to A4 youth.

"I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   My whole, immediate family still resides in Minnesota.  I was involved in all sports growing up.  Up until my high school years I was involved in everything, hockey, soccer, tennis, baseball, football, basketball and even some homemade leagues of pool hockey and whiffle ball with the crew.  I just loved competing.  My dad played collegiate hockey and I followed suit growing up.  When an organized Junior Olympic team was formed during my freshman year of high school I was captivated and I continued to play hockey and tennis.  My senior year I completely focused on volleyball.  I was fully hooked with the game, watching the AVP every summer weekend on NBC.  I knew that I wanted to pursue the sport on a professional level!"