USA Volleyball High Performance Introduces New Girls’ National Training Programs 2013 marks the beginning of a new Olympic Quadrennial, or “quad’ as it is more commonly called. USA Volleyball is busy hiring new National Team coaches for the quad leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, beginning with Karch Kiraly as the head coach and Reed Sunahara as the assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team with additional coaches to be announced in the very near future. A new quad brings with it new athletes in the National Team gym in Anaheim and a shift in the training of our National Team and High Performance athletes. A new quad also gives High Performance the opportunity to add and modify our current training programs to better model what is going on in the National Team gym and simply improve our Athlete Pipeline Training. In that vein, USA Volleyball Indoor High Performance is excited to announce new and updated programming for 2013 and the quad leading up to Rio. Please see the complete listing of all 2013 High Performance Programs, including dates and locations on page 7 of this newsletter. 2013 Women’s Junior National Team and Girls’ Youth National Team Age Groups: Junior and Youth The Junior and Youth National Teams are the highest level of programming in their respective age groups and will represent the United States at the FIVB World Championships this summer. Both teams will train for a number of days in the United States and then travel to the country hosting the FIVB World Championship for their age group competition. These athletes have the longest and most significant time commitment of all programs, however USA Volleyball covers all associated costs for these programs. More Info USA A1 International Training Team Program Age Group: Junior only Athletes in the A1 International Training Team Program will be selected from tryouts to represent USA Volleyball in the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia. This is an international tournament featuring Youth and Junior National Teams and high-level club and professional teams from countries around the world. This group will 1 Team of a country to be announced, then travel to Croatia meet in Venice, Italy and will train for 5 days with the Junior National for the competition. Athletes will have the opportunity to do some sightseeing in a number of European countries during the training, competition, and travel. More info Continues on pg. 5
by: Karen Owoc Clinical Exercise Physiologist & Media Nutritionist 2 If your New Year resolution this year was to lose weight, how are you doing so far? How many times have you resolved to lose weight at the start of each new year and the result just didn't turn out like you had hoped? The key to making this year's fitness resolution a successful one is to establish a goal that's S.M.A.R.T.E.R. than before. In other words, your goal is... Specific and Sets a Simple Health Habit: Oftentimes, goals are too vague and/or too complicated a process. "I will lose weight" does not focus on precise details. And when the process to lose weight becomes too complex, such as "drinking a freshly made veggie protein shake three times a day" when you're shooting in the field all day, then the likelihood that you'll stick with your goal is pretty slim. Measurable and Meaningful: First, losing weight should be YOUR desire and not that of someone else and your goal should have measurable objectives. Be sure you have concrete criteria for measuring your progress. Aim for quantifiable results. It's easier to assess whether your objective has been met if you commit to a specific number. When losing weight, use several different measures to evaluate your progress. Don't just rely on how many pounds you've lost. The scale doesn't reflect a change in body composition. It cannot differentiate between fat, muscle and water weight. Use a combination of measures, such as inches around your belly, waist-to-hip ratios, percentage body fat, or even pants size, to evaluate whether you've met your objective. Attainable and Appropriate: Failure to achieve weight loss goals is often the result of being too ambitious at the outset and forgetting to allow for limits on your time, energy and resources. Successfully achieving your goal comes down to setting a goal that's realistic for you and actually attainable. Realistic with Ready Resources: You can do anything you set your mind to doing, but it's important to honestly evaluate your ability and commitment to making your dream come true. To help you along, make sure you have available resources to support your pursuit, whether it's a friend, spouse, weight loss program, trainer, or fitness equipment. If you're the type that needs social support, share your goal with a friend who can also help you measure your progress. Every year a new diet book promises the formula for weight loss, but use common sense and look at the long-term picture. Embark on a lifetime eating plan. A diet that you can't sustain for the rest of your life won't maintain your weight loss. Time-based: Be certain you have a time limit and establish a target date. A time-sensitive goal creates a sense of urgency and it's an effective motivator to take action. And when you act, you increase the likelihood that you'll meet your objective. Without a time frame and a commitment to a deadline, your weight loss goal is just a wish. Enjoyable: Pick healthier foods and exercises that you enjoy. So if you hate to run, don't. An exercise program should be sustainable, not torture. Try walking instead, or spinning, yoga or Zumba. If you opt for a personal trainer, work with several different ones to see whose style/personality you like and whose methodology you find most effective. If you prefer solitude versus social interaction during your workouts, find an activity that supports your preference. Rewarding: Set benchmarks. Weight loss is a slow, gradual process, so find ways to reward your successes along the way to make the journey more fun! Remember... You can start losing weight at any time of the year and on any day of the week -- not just on Mondays! Every day is a new day. With a dream and a plan, you can accomplish your goal. To help you define your plan, fill out the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Weight Loss Worksheet on Karen's website at www.TheHealthReporter.tv.
Name: _______________________________ Class: _________ Date: __________ My goal is:
Develop your plan to accomplish your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal. Use this worksheet to outline your objectives. S: A specific goal will usually answer the "W" questions: • Why is the goal important? Provide specific reasons, a purpose or benefits of accomplishing your weight loss. __________________________________________________________________________________________ • What is expected? What do you want to accomplish? __________________________________________________________________________________________ • Who is involved? __________________________________________________________________________________________ • Identify a location where it's going to happen. __________________________________________________________________________________________ M: A measurable goal will usually answer the 'how' questions: • How much? _______________________________________________________ • How many? _______________________________________________________ • How will you know when it is accomplished?_____________________________ A meaningful goal will answer the question: • Who is the driving force behind this goal?________________________________ A: An attainable and appropriate goal will usually answer the questions: Is your goal reasonable and safe? ______________________________________ How can the goal be accomplished? Specifically, how are you going to lose the weight? If you're going to follow a weekly exercise plan, outline the specifics. For example, describe how frequently, how long, what time of the day, and how hard you are going to exercise each day. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ What are your obstacles? For example, do you need someone to watch your children while you exercise? Do you have a spouse that loves to cook or eat high-fat foods or desserts at home, etc. ____________________________________________________________________________ How will you overcome the obstacles that impede your progress? _____________________________ R: A goal that is realistic with available resources will usually answer these questions: • Are you both willing and able to do the work to achieve this goal? _______________________________________________________________ • Do you truly believe that your goal can be accomplished? _______________________________________________________________ • Where can you get support and intervention if needed? _______________________________________________________________ • What steps will you take to access the resources you need to achieve your goal? _______________________________________________________________ 3 3
Boys’ Player Spotlight: Curtis Stallings Hometown, club and high school: Chesapeake, Va., Coastal Virginia Volleyball Club/Grassfield High School Position: Setter Height, block touch and jump touch: 6-5, 10-9, 11-3
Favorite Warm-Up Song: My favorite warm up song is Kids by Sleigh Bells
Scorekeeping or Line Judging? Why? Line Judging! I always enjoy line judging even though everyone always associates it with being easy and boring. I find it to be really cool.
"Gotta Have" snack between matches at a tourney: “Gotta Have” snack between matches would definitely be a sweet and salty granola bar, and a few clementines.
If you could meet any current or past Olympian, who would it be and why? If I could meet any Olympian I would want to meet David Lee. He has such a presence on the court and truly fills the role of what it means to be middle blocker.
Other sports/activities/hobbies: I used to be a competitive swimmer growing up, and played all the recreational sports when I was younger. I enjoy watching International volleyball in my free time and hanging out with friends.
When did you start playing volleyball? I started playing volleyball my freshman year of high school.
Who was the most influential person in helping you to develop as a volleyball player? The most influential person in helping me develop as a volleyball player is Kevin Jones, my coach. He showed me early that nothing is going to stop me as a volleyball player and a person.
photo provided by Curtis Stallings
What USAV HP Programs have you been involved in? Are these different from other programs you have been involved in? If so, what makes them different? I have been to High Performance Championships in Tucson, Ariz., and Des Moines, Iowa. I also attended the Holiday camp held in San Diego in 2012. These programs are slightly different to other elite level events I have been to before. I attended national swimming competitions similar to High Performance Championships, but HP provides an amazing coaching staff to work with and opportunity to learn and grow with the best players in the country. 4 Continues on pg. 10
(Continued from pg. 1 - new HP programs) USA A1 National Training Team Program Age Groups: Junior, Youth, and Select 5 The A1 Program is the highest level of programming available to athletes in the Select age group and serves as the National Training Team Program for athletes in the Junior and Youth age groups. Athletes selected for this program are in strong contention for making a Youth or Junior National Team in the future. Participating athletes will train as a group for 5 days in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida before splitting into ability-tiered teams of 11 for the USA High Performance Championships immediately following training. Training is conducted by some of the top High Performance Pipeline Coaches in the country and features an intense international skill and system focus, including hands-on opponent scouting training. A1 Teams often play in one age division higher than their own at HP Championships (Youth Teams compete in the Junior Division) Teams are selected based on athlete performance during training. More Info USA Future Select National Training Program Age Group: Future Select only The Future Select National Training Program features the top athletes in the United States born in 2000 or later. This 5-day program features High Performance training geared for athletes who are working to climb the Pipeline as they move to the older age groups. Players are introduced to international volleyball concepts, and training is designed to help athletes appreciate the advantage that being an all-around player will give them as they progress not only through the HP Pipeline but as they are eventually recruited by colleges. In addition, players will be trained positionally based on the position in which they tried out. Located at the Paralympic Training Center for USA Volleyballâ€™s National Sitting Teams, players will also have the opportunity to experience the sitting volleyball game, lead by USA Paralympic Team coaches and players. More Info USA Continental Team Program Age Groups: Junior and Youth In 2012, 19 of the 40 USA Volleyball Regions sponsored Region High Performance Programs by sending at least one team to the USA High Performance Championships; however, that leaves 21 that did not. Athletes who come from regions that do not send a team in their age group or older to the USA HPCâ€™s are eligible for the USAV Continental Team Program. Athletes who participate in a Continental Team Program will go through a parallel training and competition experience as the A1 Program, training for 5 days and then competing in the tournament in tiered 11-player teams. Continental Teams typically compete in their own age group division (Youth Teams compete in the Youth Division). USAV HP is aware of which Regions sponsor programs and know which athletes are eligible for programs when making program decisions. More Info
USA National A2 Invitational Team Program Age Groups: Youth and Select The USA National A2 Invitational Team Program is 6 USAV HPâ€™s newest training and competition program. As spaces in the A1 Program are extremely limited due to the relative small size of the USA HP Championships as a tournament, the A2 Program is designed to give more of the countryâ€™s top athletes the opportunity to work with top HP coaches at a competitive event. Players who participate in the program will train for 4 days as a group, training in all skills and focusing on position -specific areas each day. On the fifth day, players will be split into 16 tiered 8-player teams, in which they will train for a full day under international rules and learn opponent scouting. The final two days of the program feature an international-style tournament culminating in a tournament championship on the final day. Besides the High Performance Pipeline Coaches who are also college coaches working the A2 Program, coaches from across the country will be invited to watch the competition portion of the event this summer. More Info USA National A3 Training Program Age Groups: Youth and Select The USA National A3 Training Program is a traditional USAV HP Training Program, consisting of 5 days of training and a round-robin international-style tournament. Players are introduced to international skills and systems as developed by our USA National Team coaching staff. As with all HP Programs, coaches for the National A3 Training Program come from the USA HP Coaching Pipeline. Athletes who are offered a spot in the USA National A3 Training Program will have the opportunity to choose the location and dates that work best for their family. More Info USA Select National Skills Program Age Group: Select only The USA Select National Skills Program is another new addition to the 2013 USAV High Performance training programs. This 4-day program is a skill-intensive training experience, focusing on giving athletes a high level of game-like repetitions with feedback from USA Volleyball High Performance Pipeline Coaches. Players will be trained in all skills and will spend a portion of each session working on skills pertinent to the position in which they tried out. Players in this program will be introduced to international volleyball concepts and will learn how to apply these to domestic game situations. Athletes who are offered a spot in the USA Select National Skills Program will have the opportunity to choose the location and dates that work best for their family. More Info
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Boys’ Coach Spotlight: Nickie Sanlin USAV HP Programs Coached: Future Select A2 Girls IMPACT certified? Yes CAP certification level: no
PERSONAL What led you to become a coach? Just the love of the game. I had a great career experience at Marshall University and learning from different coaches. I just felt compelled to share what I’ve learned along the way with the next generation of athletes. I just love being in the gym!
photo provided by Nickie Sanlin
What is the best thing about being a coach? Being able to interact with players, coaches and parents from diverse backgrounds. Knowing that at some point during their career as an athlete I had an impact on their lives.
What or who has been most inspiring to you, either personally or professionally? What has been the biggest influence in your career? Personally, my mother. She is a no nonsense woman who has always excelled professionally through hard work and perseverance. She has shown me that no task or job is ever impossible and always to have confidence and believe in yourself, especially in tough times. The amazing supportive people I have met in my journey as a coach. Starting with the individuals who have coached me along the way and the coaches I have met when I transitioned from player to coach. What do you do in your free time? I love to read! I am a very fast reader and I can definitely lose myself in a great book. Not to mention, try to play as much as volleyball as I can in the time I have between coaching and spending time with my family. PROFESSIONAL What is your coaching philosophy? My philosophy is that through their athletic experience I am their guide to help them grow in every facet of life through experiences on and off the court. I am able to nurture the emotional, mental, and physical growth of athletes through situations where they have to hold themselves and others accountable, be responsible and learn from difficult experiences. I believe athletes need to be in an environment that constantly provides challenging opportunities to develop while being provided the necessary encouragement and support. That will help them mature simultaneously as players and as people. What are your personal career goals? Naturally I would want to win championships and win all if not majority of the games I coach in, but my major goal is growth. I want to grow as a person so I can inspire young athletes around me as well as a coach so I can not only give them the best collegiate experience as possible. I want to help those athletes not only develop as players but once they hit the real world be prepared to face life’s challenge and become good people along the way. What does the future hold for you - any exciting plans, developments? I am currently the women’s assistant at McKendree University and I am starting the new men’s program at McKendree with inaugural season starting 2013-2014. Which is the hardest thing you ever had to do as a coach? Probably would be cutting players and trying to get them to understand during that time that this isn’t the end-all be-all of their careers. Just the look on their faces and discouragement in their eyes is sometimes tough to take. to keep pushing. What are some important lessons learned? Don’t take any interaction with players or coaches for granted. You don’t know how in a brief meeting you can impact someone’s life and how they can impact yours. What are you most proud of as a coach? The lifelong relationships I have developed with some of the players I have coached along the way. During this past summer, I had a moment where I was wondering if it was best to continue going down the road less traveled personally and professionally. Then in the mail I received a handwritten card from a player I had the opportunity of coaching at future select camp in Colorado Springs. She was thanking 9 for the time I took with her and how I made an impact on her experience at camp. That card and enclosed picture of us let me know that the road less traveled doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the wrong path, but it might just take longer to get where you’re going. I keep the card and picture in my office as a reminder Continues on pg. 11 9
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What part of your background best prepared you for playing at an elite level? My mental focus and ability to not let pressure get to me has prepared me the best for the next level.
What is the happiest moment in your volleyball career? The happiest moment of my volleyball career was signing my NLI to attend Long Beach in a great California climate. The happiest moment while playing volleyball happened at East Coast Championships in 2009, which happened to be my first year of ever playing volleyball. My team was one of the lowest seeds in the entire tournament, and we beat the top seed of the tournament in our first match of pool play. It was an amazing feeling and is something I will always look back on. Describe some improvements you want to make, in the coming year, in the physical or mental side of your game. One improvement I want to make with my game is to effectively communicate with my team even when things are not going well. Physically, I want to keep my endurance up, and keep my agility quick at all times. Do you want to play volleyball collegiately and/or professionally? Do you strive to represent the USA one day as an Olympian? I have committed to play collegiate volleyball next year at Long Beach State where I hope to take my game to the next level. I hope I have the opportunity to play professional volleyball one day and I do strive to represent the USA one day and be an Olympic volleyball player.
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How would your players describe you as a coach? The strong silent type, where I have view few words to say but when I do it’s straight to the point. They also know I care where it might be a tough conversation that would have to take place, but in the next instance I’m right there with them working out in the weight 11 room. We all strive to motivate each other to push to the next level. How would your players describe one of your practices? High energy and always competitive trying to accomplish in the gym.
photo provided by Nickie Sanlin
Do you have any pet peeves? Walking in practices and in drills, it wastes time in practice and shows a little lack of respect for the importance of what we’re doing. Describe some of your most important career accomplishments. It might sound minuscule to some but my biggest career accomplishment that I take to heart even though it didn't result in a win but did result in the best volleyball my McKendree University women's team played all year. As being brand new in a Division II conference, one of our first matches was to nationally ranked MinnesotaDuluth. The game previous we had a poor showing to a very good Truman State team. We as a staff knew the players had much more and they proved that the following match. With a practically entire new team we took Minnesota-Duluth to five sets, losing a very close match. Not only did the girls push through their fears with a team that physically out-matched us, they played with a renewed sense of hope and with reckless abandon. That's success in my book. They could have easily rolled over with a defeated attitude but everything that we worked hard for during preseason was translated on the court in that particular match. I couldn't have been a prouder coach at that moment... PHILOSOPHICAL What book is a must-read for all coaches? For players? Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg; Mind Gym: An athlete’s guide to inner excellence by Gary Mack Do you have any advice to offer parents? Let coaches coach. It’s difficult to see your children not playing or watch them lose a game, but it’s helping them in the long run to experience that. Negatively interfering with what the coach is trying to accomplish can not only affect your child, but affect the entire team. The whole goal no matter what level the athlete is playing at is if they’re happy where they‘re at! What’s the best advice you could give to someone getting into coaching? Be patient and don’t think you ever know too much. The long hours and hard work will pay off and always be willing to open you mind and your ears to the influential people around you. How do you define success? Success in the coaching world is what’s in your win and loss column, but for me being able to leave your collegiate career saying you gave everything you have to the program and leaving no regrets. If that happens, then I will feel better that the players can use the tools they’ve learned in the game of volleyball and apply them in the game of life. What motivates you? Being able to say I’m giving everything I have and seeing the fruits of my labor. Whether that be in the gym with players, my personal goals in the weight room, or just helping the people I care about.
Girls’ Coach Spotlight: Andrew Wehrli 2012 Programs: Head Coach U.S. Women’s Junior Continental IMPACT certified?: Yes
CAP certification level: 2 PERSONAL What led you to become a coach? I became a coach because I had tremendously influential coaches personally. I knew that I wanted to teach young people life lessons through sports. The lessons I learned have stuck with me throughout my life. What is the best thing about being a coach? The moment where a player recites something that is a core philosophy to why you coach. I confronted a player a few weeks ago about not putting in more time at the gym, and her response was that I always say that there is more to life than just volleyball. I totally did not see that coming. I completely agree with that. Great athletes must have balance to maintain high level play. On the other hand, I also had to help her understand that life demands different commitments at different times. It was in that moment that I realized that my players were actually listening. Great moment. photo provided by Andrew Wehrli What has been the biggest influence in your career? The biggest influence in my career has been my education. I have had the unique opportunity to study exercise science, sports management and sports psychology. I am a certified strength and conditioning coach as well as a performance enhancement expert. These influences have blended science and psychology into my approach. What or who has been most inspiring to you, either personally or professionally? I love reading John Wooden. His philosophies, experiences, and life lessons are timely. His pyramid of success is something that every athlete should read and learn. What do you do in your free time? In my free time, I spend as much time with my family as possible. I have a wonderful wife and an 18-month-old daughter. Between reading books to my daughter and walking to the park, it’s amazing how quickly time goes by. I also spend time watching other sports. I love watching football. PROFESSIONAL What is your coaching philosophy? Process determines outcome. It’s not the victory that determines success, it’s how we executed our fundamentals, our game plan, and adapted to the situation. Practice is a major part of the process. Hard work, team work and heart overcome talent. Sports are a reflection of life. They reveal character. Trust repetition. Practice perfection. Mental toughness is preparation. It is a decision to respond a specific way to a given situation before the situation ever presents itself. Confidence is earned through hard work. Your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. What are your personal career goals? During the course of my career I’ve learned many lessons. I truly just want to be the best at what I do at every level I coach. I want to enjoy each team, each moment, and every opportunity I get. I love the job I have right now. I enjoy helping athletes develop. What does the future hold for you - any exciting plans, developments? I am really excited about our club (Nebraska Elite) this year. We have many great players who are committed to improving. My team is consistently getting better, and we should compete well nationally. I am really excited about the direction of our club looking forward to what comes next. Which is the hardest thing you ever had to do as a coach? The hardest thing that I have had to do as a coach is make necessary changes to player personnel after coaching a team the previous year. I truly appreciate each player’s contributions. However, my job as a coach is to steward the well-being of the whole team. Any competitive 12 environment demands that a coach picks the best combination of players to compete with. That combination always includes role players. Sometimes roles change based on who tries out. It’s never easy, but necessary at times. Continues on pg. 13 12
(continued from page 12—Andrew Wehrli spotlight) What are you most proud of as a coach? Out of all the experiences that I’ve had (coaching a National Championship team in college, Qualifier Championships, etc), I am most proud of the relationships that I have built with players. If it weren’t for the coaches and teachers I had growing up, I would not be the man that I 13 they am today. I am thankful for the opportunity to influence young people each day. I am proud to watch players as they use lessons that learn through volleyball. How would your players describe you as a coach? Probably nuts, but I’d like to think fun-loving. Players would also describe me a genuine, honest and hard-working. I imagine they would probably also describe me as a perfectionist, detailed-oriented, and hopefully competent.
“I absolutely detest the word CAN’T. It’s not a word that is used around me in Describe some of your most important career accomplishments. Earning my Ph.D in sports psychology, M.S. in sports management, B.S. in exercise science. the gym. Can’t is a mindset. Earning advanced certifications in strength and conditioning from nationally recognized organizaIt doesn’t reflect mental tions (NSCA, NASM, ACSM). Finishing third at Nationals in the 14s age division. toughness. Failing at someCompeting in multiple championship matches at USA qualifiers. thing while putting in maxiWinning the NCCAA II National Championship with Grace University in 2006. Head Coaching a Program for USA mal effort is worthy of respect. Not applying yourPHILOSOPHICAL self because it is initially What book is a must-read for all coaches? For players? difficult is a reflection of For coaches, For players, John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success character. I expect every Do you have any advice to offer parents? Be honest with yourself and your child. Effort means more than earning a scholarship. Every player is player that I work with to gifted differently. I work with kids throughout the cycle of development from 10-years old to college have a CAN DO attitude.” All-Americans to Olympians. Every child is gifted differently. I see many parents who create unrealistic expectation on their children because success is what they want as a parent. I have learned so much more through failure than I have through success. This generation of children struggle when they receive honest feedback. They look for constant praise and often choose not to invest effort when they don’t succeed at first. The game teaches many great life lessons. Pick a club where you trust that their mission matches your desire to see your child grow through athletics. Then, let the club and coaches do their job. If your daughter is the star of the team, accept it with humility and expect them outwork everyone else. If your daughter is the worst player on the team, then help her maintain a great attitude and encourage her to focus on small improvements. If you feel like your daughter isn’t getting the respect she deserves, then recognize the life lesson and encourage her to find something to earn that respect. There is a time a place to fight for your daughter, any great coach has the team’s best interest at heart and always maintains perspective on individual improvement. Great coaches empower individual players with the information and tools to help them be successful. If everyone is getting better, then the coach is doing his or her job! What’s the best advice you could give to someone getting into coaching? Be yourself. I spent the first several years of my coaching career trying to emulate great coaches I had and coaches that I looked up to. It didn’t work. I found myself unhappy most of the time. I didn’t see the results that I had expected and kept trying to change myself to achieve those results. I don’t remember what made me recognize that I needed to be myself, but it was one of the exasperated moments when I realized that I just needed to relax. Anyone that knows me well would tell you that I love to have fun and am a pretty laid-back guy. I love to challenge myself and would do most anything to be successful. For the longest time, I tried to focus on only the business of coaching. You come, you train, you win, and you get ready to train tomorrow. I’ve had the greatest successes in both my personal and professional lives as I have relaxed and committed to being myself as a coach. Focus on getting better as a coach. I see many coaches that get into coaching because they have a passion for the game, but they rarely spend time learning more than they know. Don’t be afraid to seek out the experience of the best coaches you know. Almost every great coach loves to talk volleyball. Pick their brains and watch them as they practice. Identify the characteristics that make them great. Don’t be afraid to ask them what their secret is. It’s amazing what coaches will share with you when you are willing to put your ego aside and learn. What motivates you? I’m motivated to be great at what I do because of the effort that I demand from my players. I am motivated because I want to give each 13 team, each player the same type of effort that is expected from them. I am motivated by a great desire to see each player that I work with be success on and off the court. Beyond everything else, I love it when they achieve their goals. Nothing make me more proud! 13
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