Assistant Coach/Head Beach Volleyball Coach
Cesar Benatti will begin his third season with the CSU Bakersfield program in the Fall of 2016. Benatti was named head beach volleyball coach at CSUB on June 29, 2016 and will begin his first season at the helm of the Roadrunner beach squad in the Spring of 2017.
Benatti played professional volleyball in Brazil until 2000, when he started as an assistant coach in Esporte Clube Pinheiros. In Pinheiros, Benatti was a two time state champion and a two time Metropolitan area champion. From 2002-2009, Benatti was the conditioning and assistant coach at Club Athlético Paulistano. In his time with Athlético Paulistano, Benatti’s 17 and under team was Metropolitan champions in 2006 and state champions in 2007.
Benatti also worked as head coach at three universities in Brazil; FMU from 2002-06, University Mackenzie from 2006-09,where he won two state championships, and Casper Líbero from 2012-14, winning several local tournaments.
From 2009-11, Benatti worked with CSU Bakersfield director of volleyball Giovana Melo at Western Nebraska Community College. Benatti was part of the Western Nebraska staff that led the program to three Region IX Championships and 2010 NJCAA Division I National Championship.
Benatti returned to Brazil in 2012, becoming the head coach at one of the main volleyball programs in the State of São Paulo, Ibirapuera, which holds more than 80 Volleyball athletes training and competing for the club, in four ages/gender categories.