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Al Scates – Unsung Coaching Legend

Al Scates - UCLA Volleyball unsung coaching legend

Here at UCLA we’re awfully proud of John Wooden. We have a statue of him, an athletic center is named after him and you can buy T-shirts with his face on them at Ackerman.

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How Fatherhood Made Me a Better Coach


Six weeks into season, just after a typical grueling preseason and two tournament weekends later, my wife gave birth to twins. I do not recommend having a child during season, nonetheless twins, but God has his own plan. The ensuing ...

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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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The Frenzied Coach


This pretty much sums up what technology has done to coaching, and many professions. In contemporary technological civilization, which can boast of remarkable labor saving inventions, human beings paradoxically work more than they have ever worked before… Increasingly, people’s lives ...

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