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Tell a Story

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Tell a Story

Posted on 24 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

Terry Pettit Hugh McCutcheon 300x150 Tell a Story volleyballAt the last AVCA Convention, I listened to Hall of Fame Coach Terry Pettit’s seminar on Program Building: The Part They Didn’t Tell You About. Terry’s message in the seminar was about telling a story.  I also read an article written by Kathy DeBoer AVCA Executive Director on USA Men’s Olympic Team Gold Medal Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon in the AVCA Coaching Volleyball Magazine, June – July 2009 issue, Building a Sustainable Model of Success (click here to read the article).  Hugh’s message, “Coaches are sales people first, then change agents.  We define principles as absolute truths, and work from there to as oppose to coerce thoughtful dialogue is the key”. Continue Reading

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Week 6 – Team Trust

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Week 6 – Team Trust

Posted on 23 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

Tie Dye Carolina Juniors Volleyball 16s Shock 300x266 Week 6   Team Trust volleyballOnly a month and a half ago, we were a bunch of individuals.  Individuals that were unsure of themselves as players, uncertain of this team, and didn’t have a clue about this new coach.  But for some reason, you decided to let your guard down and listen to what I had to preach, to move in ways that were unfamiliar on the court, to take on new disciplines off the court, and slowly open up to the team about you.  You took a chance, you took a risk, and the reward is trust

Trust comes in various forms, little and big.  Little trust is knowing that a teammate “has your back”.  We line our bags up at each practice to help build trust.  We know that if you leave something behind, we’ve got your back.  We trust that you are making a conscious Continue Reading

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Week 5 – Team Consistency – Play Like Rockstars

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Week 5 – Team Consistency – Play Like Rockstars

Posted on 17 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

Team Picture Beast of SE February 300x186 Week 5   Team Consistency   Play Like Rockstars volleyballThis season we are going to play like rockstars!   You will perform your craft in front of a large audience.  Your band inspires you to keep rhythm.  Sound amazing?  It is! But to be a great rockstar, it ironically requires great discipline and consistency.

Miley and Taylor are away from their friends most weekends, just like you are away from yours at tournaments.  And their band, much like your teammates, inspires them to keep rhythm.  They have to study for school on the road.  They have to practice with their band before performances.  They have to exercise and eat right to stay in top shape.  Sound familiar?  Rockstars maintain a true discipline. Continue Reading

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Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove

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Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove

Posted on 14 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

steve jobs Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove volleyballIf you couldn’t tell, I have a techie side to me ;)  I subscribe to the TechCrunch feed and this article came across the line.  Great article on leadership.

Editor’s note: When venture capitalists invest in early stage startups, more than anything else they are investing in the founders of the company and their ability to lead their employees through the most improbable set of circumstances to take an idea from a germ to a real and profitable business. In this guest post, Ben Horowitzt Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove volleyball of VC firm Andreessen Horowitzt Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove volleyball explains the leadership traits he and his co-founder Marc Andreessen look for before they invest in a startup. SOme of their investments include Skype, Zynga, Factual, and RockMelt. Before becoming investing partners, Horowitz and Andreessen co-founded Opswaret Notes on Leadership: Be Like Steve Jobs, . . . And Bill Campbell, And Andy Grove volleyball, which they sold to HP for $1.6 billion, and prior to that Horowitz was an executive at Netscape. Continue Reading

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Week 4 – Team Discipline

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Week 4 – Team Discipline

Posted on 10 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

For the past few days I was fortunate to travel to Tampa, FL for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Annual Convention.  In addition, I watched the NCAA Final Four Championships and one of the best volleyball matches ever played between # 1 Penn State and #2 Texas.  I hope you also had the opportunity to watch this amazing match and could imagine yourself on the court. Continue Reading

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Week 3 – Distraction

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Week 3 – Distraction

Posted on 05 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

It’s beginning to look a lot like…distraction.  Distraction?!?!  Yes, distraction.  It is very easy to become distracted by important things in life during the Holiday Season.  Important things include academics, family, and friends.  Continue Reading

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John Wooden on True Success

Posted on 04 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

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Preventing Volleyball Burn-Out

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Preventing Volleyball Burn-Out

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

junior nationals volleyball burnout 300x199 Preventing Volleyball Burn Out volleyballPreventing burn-out is not easy on the juniors volleyball circuit. There are a lot of underlying pressures to keep a girl playing. To prevent burn-out, your child’s volleyball goal must be identified (and this needs to be your child’s goal, not a parent’s wish for a child). Continue Reading

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Setter hits his own set – and wins point!

Posted on 03 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

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Week 2 – Team Discipline

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Week 2 – Team Discipline

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Chuck Rey

Our second week of practice was as successful as our first.  The Team is discovering its positive identity and friendships are blossoming.  The forming stage of a team is exciting.  Let’s remember this feeling as we continue throughout our journey. Continue Reading

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Coach Chuck Rey is Assistant Coach at Miami University


Prior to this position, he was Assistant Coach at Winthrop University, the University of Minnesota and Georgia Southern University.

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