Known today as “The Voice of Volleyball” Kevin first became a part of the sport in junior-college before transferring and becoming an All American at Pepperdine University. Joining the US National Team in 1997, Kevin earned MVP honors twice and was selected to the 2000 and 2004 Olympic rosters during his nine-year career.
After retiring in 2006, Kevin transitioned into the broadcast booth, beginning with the 2007 World League. NBC hired him as an analyst for all Indoor volleyball during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has kept the same role through the 2012 London Olympics as well as the 2016 Rio Games.
Kevin is one of the few former athletes who has made the jump to professional sportscaster. He is now a host and play by play across a variety of networks and sports. Calling basketball, volleyball and a variety of racing for the Pac-12 Network, Fox Networks and other national and international broadcast entities. Additionally, he is in the ninth season of The Net Live Podcast, featuring interviews and analysis across more than 400 episodes.
He resides in Redondo Beach with his wife Arian, sons Rees and Max.
Camryn Irwin is a broadcast journalist and former professional athlete based out of San Diego, California. Irwin has been a part of Pac-12 Networks on-air talent since the fall of 2016, where she’s served as an analyst for indoor and beach volleyball broadcasts, along with sidelining and hosting for Pac-12 Football. Fall of 2017, Irwin was on the move, while covering Pac-12 sports, she also worked with Facebook and Stadium Sports in their inaugural season of football and basketball coverage. Most recently, Irwin called the 2018 NCAA Beach Volleyball National Championship as an analyst for ESPN, a role she also held in 2017 as a sideline reporter with Turner Broadcasting.
Irwin’s love for sport began with the game volleyball, playing at the collegiate and professional levels. She played two professional indoor seasons, one in Austria (2014), and one in Sweden (2015).
Between Irwin’s two professional seasons, she spent a year serving as an on-camera host and producer for WSUCougars.com out of Washington State University, where she also competed collegiately. Irwin’s work included football game-day cover stories, spring football coverage, color commentary for the women’s volleyball team plus the production, writing, and editing of weekly video features.
Being deeply passionate about the game of beach volleyball, Irwin is pleased to join Amazon’s AVP Broadcast Team for the summer of 2019.
After graduating high school and receiving a scholarship in volleyball, Dain went on to earn his teaching credential in Physical Education, win a volleyball National Championship and graduate with degree in Public Relations while at Pepperdine University. Upon graduating he joined the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour and became the first African American to win a major title when he won the Hermosa Beach Grand Slam in 1997. From there, Blanton directed his energy and attention toward a new goal of becoming one of the best players in the world. On September 26, 2000, Blanton and his volleyball partner Eric Fonoimoana struck gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. It was one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport when they took down the world’s top-seeded team from Brazil.
In 2007, Blanton turned his focus to sports broadcasting. He began broadcasting beach volleyball games for a small cable station and from there, continued to climb the laddier.
Blanton is currently the broadcast analyst for NCAA women’s college volleyball for ESPN as well as Pro Beach Volleyball worldwide (AVP and FIVB Tours). Along with joining the Amazon Prime Video and the NBC Sports broadcast teams for all AVP events throughout the country, Dain has found his passion in motivating, mentoring and being a role model to help others.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the AVP has been forced to suspend the 2020 nationwide tour & all fan-attended events. However, the AVP is still bringing volleyball to your living room in 2020 with the all-new 2020 AVP Champions Cup Series, Presented by Acer — three tournaments, three teams per gender crowned champions, only ONE team per gender with the ultimate reward of the golden Champions Cup. Learn more about this new format and the excitement it entails.
Be sure to tune into Amazon Prime Video starting Saturday, July 18th for ultimate return of beach volleyball. Live matches, recap coverage, on-court and post-game interviews with athletes, and expert commentary for each tournament will be available for free to all Amazon Prime members, giving fans the access they deserve and athletes the spotlight they have earned.
Watching AVP on Amazon Prime Video is simple and all it requires is that you are an Amazon Prime member. You can watch on your mobile device, desktop or connected TV device here. If you are not an Amazon Prime member, you can start a one-month, free trial here.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the newly formatted 2020 season with Amazon Prime Video!
The Monster Hydro Cup: July 18 & 19
The Wilson Cup: July 25 & 26
The Third Cup: August 1 & 2