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A little insight into AVCA Hall of Fame Coach Mike Hebert

One of my best moments coaching at the University of Minnesota was a pre-season match against, at the time, #4 ranked Cal. Yes, the U of MN swept Cal 3 sets to 0, of which is a highlight in itself, but looking back, it isn't what made that moment great. During the second Cal timeout in set 1, Mike pulled me aside and he said, “Just look at this clipboard as I pretend to write something…” I was a bit bewildered. He then said, “Can you feel it?” I was still confused. “Listen to that crowd. Look at the fans going crazy. Awesome isn't it? This is what its all about.”

It was an awesome moment, in many respects…

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2 comments

  1. Great story. And it captures how Mike H. has not lost sight into the fun that can be had.

    I had a similar situation this past season during the Illinois match. I was fortunate to be able to sit on the bench for the match. During the fifth set, MN called time out. As the team came out of the time out, Mike sat down, looked back at us and said “Having fun yet?”.

  2. Great story. And it captures how Mike H. has not lost sight into the fun that can be had.

    I had a similar situation this past season during the Illinois match. I was fortunate to be able to sit on the bench for the match. During the fifth set, MN called time out. As the team came out of the time out, Mike sat down, looked back at us and said “Having fun yet?”.

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