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Thinking Mike Hebert

The literally thousands of posts, comments, tweets, etc. about Mike has been positively overwhelming. The lives Mike touched are obvious and I have really enjoyed reading how deeply and personally impactful Mike was on so many levels. Mike connected with ...

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Lebron James and Cutting Sugar

For an athlete, besides the negative heart and blood conditions that can arise from excess sugar intake, sugar causes inflammation. Increase inflammation increases recovery time. As Lebron states, he occasionally eats sugar during season, but cuts it out during the ...

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My Pete Hanson Moment

There are a few coaching legends in volleyball and Pete Hanson is one of them. I only met Coach Hanson one brief moment in time, but it was enough to make a lasting impact. When I was coaching at Miami ...

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19 Volleyball Quotes for 2019

John Kessel, USA Volleyball’s 2019 Frier Award Recipient (and fellow blogger) It is befitting for this year’s top quote to be from one of the game’s great life teachers, elected to receive the 2019 Harold T. Friermood “Frier” Award, (USA ...

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Shake a Ref’s Hand

How many times at the end of a volleyball match, or any sporting event, do we see the officials, referees, umpires, etc. hurriedly “escape” from the field of play because coaches, players, and fans demonize their role as peacemakers? Ironically, it ...

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NBA Finals NOT Sold Out – As Volleyball Continues to Grow

There is a paradigm shift in sports. Volleyball continues to grow. Sports Illustrated reported that Game 1 of the NBA Finals was NOT sold out: https://www.si.com/nba/2018/05/31/nba-finals-game-1-not-sold-out-oracle-arena-warriors Major League Baseball attendance is DOWN:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2018/04/12/heres-the-real-reasons-mlb-attendance-is-down/#882f84936f23 The NFL TV ratings and attendance is ...

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The Solution to Stop the Early Recruiting Epidemic

It’s simple: College coaches need to stop honoring the verbal commitment. Men’s Basketball and Football laugh at the verbal commitment. They know the verbal commitment is non-binding and really “doesn’t mean anything”. Men’s Basketball and Football don’t have this early ...

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The Miracle Season – Volleyball Movie

What? Could it be? Maybe?!?! Possibly!?!? A truly good volleyball movie. Don’t get me wrong, Side Out is a true 90’s classic (and yes, “Side Out” is spelled as two words), but The Miracle Season looks legit. Could it be ...

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DataVolley Mastery

I fought the good fight. I’ve tried to find a DataVolley substitute. Not because DataVolley isn’t good, because DataVolley is complicated to learn. I was always a big fan of StatEasy, but that didn’t pan out. Kyle Mashima has a ...

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We’re #1 – Volleyball is #1!

After my last post of the astronomical, super bowl like numbers volleyball is generating, Jamie Davis, USA Volleyball’s new CEO speaks about the upward rise of volleyball with his most recent statement, “Volleyball on a roll being the No. 1 ...

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