BVA Tour "Finds
Its Voice" in Pro Beach Announcer Sam Lagana
(from BVA Press Relations)
"Voice of Pro Beach Volleyball" returns to the sand for the 2001 BVA Tour.
Calif. (February 1, 2001) --- Beach Volleyball America (BVA), the official U.S.
men's and women's pro beach volleyball circuit, announced today the addition
of Sam Lagana of Pacific Palisades, Calif. as the "Voice of the BVA Tour." Lagana,
who is currently announcing the Los Angeles Avengers arena football home games
and USC basketball, will serve as the BVA Tour's lead announcer for the 2001
is legendary in the sport of beach volleyball," said Lori Okimura, Chief Operating
Officer of the BVA Tour. "After taking a brief hiatus from the sport, we were
fortunate enough to convince him to join our team. His professionalism will
enhance the fan-friendly atmosphere that exists at BVA events."
"The BVA Tour
represents what is truly good about beach volleyball" Lagana said. "The combination
of women's and men's competition in the Olympic format postured toward interacting
with fans of all ages is where beach volleyball needs to be! Charlie and Lori's
vision for the BVA Tour is encouraging and the ability to include families,
youth and seasoned fans into our events is more in line with my value system
and a better way to grow the sport. I have a renewed energy to be back on the
beach announcing the sport that I love with the BVA Tour."
In addition to
his experience in pro beach volleyball, Lagana provides commentary for a variety
of sports including events for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Federation
Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), Davis Cup Tennis, collegiate basketball,
billiards, polo as well as civic and charitable events. He has provided voice
over or announcing talent for commercials and for events televised on NBC Sports,
ESPN and Fox Sports and made a cameo appearance in the 1990 motion picture "Side
Out" playing himself.
As a professional
in the industry, Lagana brings the added benefit of his business acumen to the
competition staff of the BVA Tour. Lagana currently serves as the Executive
Director of the John R. Wooden Award for the Outstanding Collegiate Basketball
Player of the Year and as the Director of Sports Marketing and Business Development
of the historic Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Lagana has been
a featured speaker for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at
development seminars in Marketing and "Development of Fan Interaction." He aided
in the development of the Arthur Ashe "Safe Passage Foundation" in Los Angeles,
serves on the City of Los Angeles Coastal Zone Committee and is a Past-President
of the United States Youth Volleyball League (USYVL). He is also a member of
the Los Angeles Sports Council and the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce.