Coach Craig Barrow started playing volleyball as a freshman in Irvine, California. At only 5’2 he jumped in and took control of the court as the team’s setter. Friends and teammates dragged him out to the beach for pick up games every now and then; but it wasn’t until Craig moved up to Seattle that he really started playing beach. With his step-grandmother living on Alki, Craig couldn’t help being drawn out to the beach.
His first attempt to make friends on Alki beach, was less than successful- when he asked the guys playing pick up if he could join them, they quickly turned him down. But he waited patiently, and when the numbers were in his favor, they agreed to let him play.
The following years were filled with grass and beach tournaments. Craig and his partner for about five years, Jeremy Irey, were a tough match up for any team on the beach. And they eventually won over some of the more experienced veterans in the Northwest area. Coach Craig estimates about 250 tournament wins over his 18 years of playing, including some strong finishes at the largest amateur draw in the world, the annual Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament.
Craig began assistant coaching when he was about 18 years old, and eventually got back to indoor coaching in 2010. He coached a strong U15 teams to third in the gold division at the national qualifiers in Reno; the only U15s team from Washington State to make it that far, that year. Several of the young ladies he’s coached have moved on to play in college; with players at the University of Colorado and Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a Pepperdine beach player.
Craig has four children: Rylan 18, Madison 15, Abby 12 and Garrett 10. Craig is a recent newlywed and his beautiful bride, Christine, is also a very accomplished volleyball player. Craig owns his own construction business, but still finds time for his family and his hobbies; including soccer, baseball, skiing and hunting.