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AVCA Seattle – Finals Days

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AVCA Seattle – Finals Days

Posted on 22 December 2013 by Chuck Rey

AVCA Seattle was awesome. The last couple days of Convention get busier and busier. I’m home now after a red-eye flight from Seattle. Fortunately, the Championship match only went 4 sets so I could bolt out of Key Arena in time to catch my 11:00 pm flight. If it went 5 sets, I don’t think I would have made my flight. It was a great match and props again to our school sponsor Adidas for setting me up in their suite for the match. Congrats to Penn State and Russ for their 6th school championship.

As for the Convention, I think Seattle was one of the best host cities. Not necessarily for the far west coast location, as it inhibited many people east of the Mississippi to attend, and the Convention is the biggest revenue generator for our non-profit organization. But Seattle is a pretty remarkable city, despite the constant and persistent rain and dreary weather. It’s not a place I would want to live, but a great place to visit.

AVCA annual meeting 150x150 AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyballThe last couple days consisted of the AVCA Annual Meeting, learning that our association is now over 6,000 members! Following the meeting was a Super-Session that included Karch Kiraly, Cathy Gregory, Mike Sealy, Nina Matthies, and Bill Ferguson. It is always great to learn and hear from such incredible coaches. We also heard of a great story from Karch about the experience with his kids at the Olympics in Atlanta. Kids certainly bring life into perspective, even a gold medal match. There was a Courtney Thompson setting session, a Chris McGown (yes, son of Carl McGown) court session on blocking and defense. But my favorite part of this session is seeing Bonnie Kenny, 30 consecutive year attendee of the AVCA Convention taking notes. We are never too old to learn.AVCA supersession 300x225 AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyball

The AVCA does allow some time for coaches to play volleyball one night in the marketplace and there were even a few kids of coaches there playing in the sand. They were good too! It was a lot of fun cheering on the kids as they beat the adults icon wink AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyball

I did grab some lunch at Athenian, a restaurant part of Sleepless in Seattle was filmed, enjoyed some Manhattan chowder, and another Starbucks coffee to warm me up on the chilly, wet Seattle winter day.

The last few sessions attended included a statistics discussion with Kevin Hambly and Todd Deganais (Central Florida Head Coach) about “True” Hitting avca kids beach 300x225 AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyballEfficiency (more to come about where statistics are going in volleyball). John Kessel presented on Jump Serving and Serve Receive. Another super-session with more great coaches and Mike Hebert presented on Examining the How and Chris McGown volleyball AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyballWhy of Coaching including a bit about his new book which I’m about a third of the way through – Thinking Volleyball, of course highly recommended.

I did end up walking to Key Arena for the Finals and of course ran into a bunch of Santa’s on my way there. Only in Seattle.

The AVCA Convention sincerely is the Most Wonderful Volleyball Time of the Year. Even though Christmas is just a few days away, it is quite an expense, it really is a truly priceless opportunity to listen and learn from the greatest coaches of our game, see some great volleyball, and connect with coaches from all over the world. What I enjoy most are the impromptu meetings that will only happen at Convention.Bonnie Kenny volleyball 225x300 AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyball Sleepless in Seattle Volleyball 150x150 AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyball Thinking Volleyball 150x150 AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyball True hitting efficiency 150x150 AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyballSeattle Santas 150x150 AVCA Seattle   Finals Days volleyball

I’m worn out. This is probably the blandest of all posts about the Convention. Blogging throughout the time there was a bit cumbersome, to say the least. I don’t think it is something I will do again, but hope I could share with you some of the experience if you couldn’t make it this year. Plan to be in Chicago for the Men’s Convention around their Final Four in May or in Oklahoma City next year for the women! Cheers, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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Bill Gates Believes the AVCA Convention is Extremely Important

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Bill Gates Believes the AVCA Convention is Extremely Important

Posted on 19 May 2013 by Chuck Rey

Bill Gates volleyball 300x200 Bill Gates Believes the AVCA Convention is Extremely Important volleyballThe now philanthropic Bill Gates starts this TED talk by saying, “Everyone needs a coach.” In Bill’s riveting speech about teachers, he provides information on why the United States is performing so poorly in all education subjects in comparison with the rest of the world. Shanghai, China ranks #1 in the world in Reading, Science and Math. Part of the reason Shanghai is #1 is because younger teachers get the opportunity to watch master teachers. Continue Reading

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Givers vs Takers

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Givers vs Takers

Posted on 14 March 2013 by Chuck Rey

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At the AVCA Convention in San Antonio, I enjoyed dropping in on a session by Russ Rose and Terry Lyskevych. As fascinating as it was to listen to two fellow Chicagoans give their perspective on the lay of the volleyball land, I enjoyed as much watching the crowd. John Cooke sat in front of me (although he looked as if he was sleeping…as he sometimes does) to take in their words. I wondered if he were there to enjoy the conversation, to learn new ideas for their own team, or to take a nap. In any case, I found it fascinating that the elite of the elite coaches were present.

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AVCA Louisville and NCAA Volleyball Championship

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AVCA Louisville and NCAA Volleyball Championship

Posted on 09 December 2012 by Chuck Rey

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Will you be there?

I look forward to a couple new teams this year, Oregon and Michigan, while the experienced teams of Penn State and Texas will have to battle it out in the semi-finals. I think it will be Penn State and Oregon in the Finals, and I hope it’s another great one!

I’ll also be presenting at the AVCA Convention to the First Time Attendees on Wednesday at 4:30pm followed by a reception at 5:45pm. Come by and heckle me. If you’ve been to Convention before, we are looking for Big Brothers / Big Sisters to pair-up with a First Time Attendee. You can do so at the Reception.

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AVCA Convention – What Every First Timer Needs to Know

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AVCA Convention – What Every First Timer Needs to Know

Posted on 08 December 2011 by Chuck Rey

AVCA First Time logo 300x225 AVCA Convention   What Every First Timer Needs to Know volleyballFive years ago, I attended my first AVCA Convention in Sacramento, CA.  I was excited and anxious, but I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  I, along with 3 First Time Attendees from the 2010 AVCA Class, Brian Swenty, Kyrsten Becker, and Mary Leventis, are here to guide you through one of the greatest volleyball experiences you will attend, the 2011 AVCA Convention in San Antonio, TX! Continue Reading

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USA Volleyball’s Success is Open Source

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USA Volleyball’s Success is Open Source

Posted on 03 March 2011 by Chuck Rey

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AVCA Convention – How Lucky We Are

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AVCA Convention – How Lucky We Are

Posted on 19 December 2010 by Chuck Rey

carl mcgown avca convention 300x200 AVCA Convention – How Lucky We Are volleyballThis past week in Kansas City at the AVCA Convention and Final Four was thoroughly enjoyable.  It was 24 hours of volleyball.  Blissful.

Even though volleyball is one of the most popular sports in the world, we, in the United States, are fortunate it has not blown-up yet (it will).  It provides us the accessibility for legends Continue Reading

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Come See Me!  I am Presenting at the AVCA Convention Today

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Come See Me! I am Presenting at the AVCA Convention Today

Posted on 15 December 2010 by Chuck Rey

chuck rey avca convention 225x300 Come See Me!  I am Presenting at the AVCA Convention Today volleyballToday is the day of my first presentation at the AVCA Convention here in cold Kansas City, MO.  The presentation starts at 4:30 (CST) in Room KCCC 2503AB.  The topic is AVCA Convention 101: What Every First-Time Attendee Needs to Know.  My intention is to make this the best convention experience for you.

Even if you have attended the convention before, it wouldn’t hurt to have your input for the new-comers as well as make them feel welcome on this initially overwhelming experience. (I believe I already have a couple returning conventioneers in the crowd to heckle me).

Come meet the newest members of the AVCA Convention!

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AVCA Convention Presentation

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AVCA Convention Presentation

Posted on 12 December 2010 by Chuck Rey

avca convention 2010 ncaa volleyball 300x139 AVCA Convention Presentation volleyballThe most wonderful time of the volleyball year! After a great weekend of sweet sixteen and elite eight matches, it leads to the AVCA Convention, held in Kansas City this year, and the Final Four matches.  The year of volleyball parody is evident with only one of the top four seeds making it into the Final Four.  Should we be surprised it’s Penn State?  We should stop doubting Russ Rose and his ability to coach and recruit, but 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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The Most Wonderful Time of the Volleyball Year!

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Volleyball Year!

Posted on 10 December 2009 by Chuck Rey

NCAA Volleyball Championship AVCA Convention The Most Wonderful Time of the Volleyball Year! volleyballThis is it…the Most Wonderful Time of the Volleyball Year. The NCAA VolleyMadness is in full swing, the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight are this weekend. Certain matches of the Sweet Sixteen will be viewable online and the Elite Eight matches will be shown on ESPNU (NCAA Volleyball Championship Schedule).  The following week is when volleyball mayhem Continue Reading

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How to Become a College Volleyball Coach Question

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How to Become a College Volleyball Coach Question

Posted on 17 April 2009 by Chuck Rey

I was looking at your resume and trying to figure out how you made the jump to college coaching. I would love to coach at that level, but am not sure when and how is the best way. Obviously the competition is steep. 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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