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“I can’t wait to get started,” he says. “The young women have displayed great attitudes and already demonstrated to me that they want to be great at what they do.” Ferguson, who coached two national players of the year and earned national coachof-the-year honors at Southern Cal, has a definite plan in mind as to how he, along with his players, will achieve the level of success that they all desire. He refers to that plan as “Our Way” and the message has worked for him at Southern Cal and as he built a career as a prominent club coach as well. From a volleyball standpoint, Ferguson’s keys are straightforward – serve tough, ball control, game plan defense, game plan offense – with the latter two foundations meaning that his team will have its distinctive style but be able to adapt as necessary from opponent to opponent. The other “half” of his program philosophy is similarly simple but meaningful. “When we say “Our Way,” that means we will be above reproach athletically, academically and socially,” Ferguson states. It likely won’t take a great deal of convincing for his new team to embrace the fact that this “Our Way” approach is the proper way. “He (Ferguson) has been successful and is well-known in the volleyball world,” junior
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Caroline Wolf says. “His coaching style has obviously worked before and we’re confident that he will be a very good coach for us as well.” Ferguson shares that confidence and speaks highly of what the Wake Forest program, whose last winning season came in 2010, has to offer. “Wake Forest is the type of school where
you can have it all from an academic, athletic and social standpoint,” he says. “You can compete for championships here and do so with great student-athletes. It worked for me at Southern Cal. There’s no reason that it can’t happen here.” Success the Demon Deacon Way – it begins anew this fall.
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