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.
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.
We are excited to enter year three of our deal with Prime Video, bringing the AVP, the athletes and our sport to over 105 million Amazon Prime members each and every tournament, expanding our fan base and inspiring people across the world to become a fan of the game we love.
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.
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2020 season with Amazon Prime Video!
Huntington Beach Open: May 1-3
Austin Open: May 15-17
AVP Gold Series, NYC Open: June 5-7
Seattle Open: June 19-21
Hermosa Beach Open: July 24-26
AVP Gold Series, Manhattan Beach Open: August 14-16
AVP Gold Series, Championships in Chicago: September 4-6
Hawaii Open: September 18-20