Canyon enjoyed a long and successful career as a Professional Volleyball Player.
His career highlights include:
#1 Ranked Player in US 2000-2001,
Ten Years in Top ten on the AVP tour
8 Open Wins, Belmar, NJ (3), Huntington Beach, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Tempe AZ, Grand Haven, MI
Runner-Up in 1997 World Championships, 3rd place in 2003 LA FIVB Open
Long Term Partnerships with Dain Blanton, Brian Lewis, Mark Kerins, Matt Olson, Casey Patterson, and most successfully, with Mike Whitmarsh.
He was sponsored by Nike, Oakley, Speedo, Ray Ban, Honda, Sideout, and Zola Acai,
Played in over 200 events all over the US and world… from Australia to Austria to Brazil to China
Mr. Ceman grew up in the volleyball hotbed of Manhattan Beach where he was first exposed to the sport of volleyball at age 11. Though basketball and tennis were his early loves, he found his home and passion in the vibrant volleyball community at the beach and at Mira Costa High School.
At Mira Costa, Canyon was part of an undefeated State and National Championship Team, and was named All – CIF, and national Player of the Year at Club Nationals. He played beach volleyball tournaments from age 16-20 with David Swatik, where they rose through the beach ranking system from Novice through AAA, and finally competed as amateurs on to the AVP tour.
At Stanford, Canyon was a 3-Time All American Setter, and 1993 National Collegiate Player of the Year… Stanford was ranked #1-5 during those years, though the peak year-end achievement was NCAA Runners-Up in 1992. Some prominent teammates included Mike Lambert, Matt Fuerbringer, Joe Burghardt, Duncan Blackman, Dave Goss, Bob Hillman, Mike Hoefer.
Canyon played his last meaningful indoor volleyball in 1995, with brief stints on the US National Team, and in the Belgian Pro League.
Soon after the last ball dropped in his collegiate volleyball career in 1994, Canyon joined his partner David Swatik on the sand. They experienced early success with top 10 finishes that catapulted Canyon into the top 32 in 1994… from which he would never look back… climbing to the #6 ranking by 1997, and the #1 ranking in 2000 and 2001. He was ranked in the top 10 from 1996 to 2004, with 8 wins and 50+ Podium Finishes. From 2005-2008, Canyon floated down the rankings as his health and commitment waned… but the passion and appreciation for the lifestyle and sport remain to this day.
His favorite experiences were his long and successful partnership with Mike Whitmarsh, numerous matches against the greatest players in the world (especially a run in 2002 of 6 straight wins against Karch Kiraly), his first title at the 1997 Hermosa Open, and his last at Tempe, AZ in 2003. International Travel from Brazil, to Australia, to Austria to South Africa. Playing on beautiful beaches in front of huge crowds in places like Chicago, Belmar, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, etc…
His painful regrets include not winning the Manhattan Beach Open despite 4 semifinal/ final appearances, and not making the Olympic team.
After his retirement in September of 2008, Canyon remained involved in the sport as a coach of Tyra Turner/ Angie Akers (#5 ranked team on the FIVB tour in 2009), and Brad Keenan/ Nick Lucena (Nick is currently part of the second ranked American team on the FIVB tour and an Olympic Hopeful). He also served as an executive on the business side of the sport… (CFO of the AVP in 2009-10).
Canyon is grateful for all the life experiences, friends, opportunity and travel that the sport of volleyball has provided.