It is my plan to attempt to really blog my journey through the AVCA Convention in Seattle. Mom is always interested in what I’m doing, and this will keep her up to date for when I don’t always call. And I’m already feeling a little guilty leaving the volleyball-loving Fiancé in snowy-cold Oxford, OH, especially after she just relocated from sunny-warm Austin, TX. Seattle is not a cheap ticket this time of year and we have this wedding to plan and save for, so we thought it best to save a little money so we can feed a few extra people at the wedding. The sacrifices she makes for me is incredible. I’m a lucky guy. Continue Reading
A recent Inc. article came out with 12 motivational quotes for 2013 (why 12, I don’t know?). So I decided to embark upon a journey to find 13 volleyball quotes for 2013. Unfortunately, it was more difficult than I imagined. Quotes of many of our great coaches and players are scarcely found throughout the internet. Google searches found some poor selections. I literally read through a number of journal articles to find many of these quotes. The task ended up being quite rewarding as I learned a bit through the research. Following are my findings
1. “Most change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. As we start a new year, let’s find the practicable and ‘celebrate-able'; let’s stay congruent with our messaging, creative in our efficiency, and, most of all, let’s give ourselves new opportunities to dream.” ~ Kathy DeBoer Continue Reading
It’s funny, last night I was watching the USA Mens Team take on Italy in the World League (and congrats to the USA Men for earning a spot in the finals), and was listening to Kevin Barnett talk about Head Coach Alan Knipe not having his line-up set for the Olympics. New-comer Paul Lotman is battling it out with veteran and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Riley Salmon, on the outside. Why I find this amusing is while Kevin Barnett was disappointed the USA Mens Team roster wasn’t set and that “winning the World League was more important”, the USA Women’s Team played a “2nd string” line-up throughout half of the World Grand Prix.
You think Alan Knipe has an interesting dilemma on the Mens Team, how about Hugh McCutcheon on the Women’s Team? Megan Hodge was named World Grand Prix MVP and Best Scorer, but she probably will not start on the Olympic Team. Jordan Larson and Logan Tom will likely start ahead of her (oh yeah, and that leaper, Destinee Hooker, will play opposite). The main reason, the game comes down to serving and passing. Jordan and Logan will start over Megan because of passing. In addition, both players are smarter, more effective hitters than Megan. Continue Reading
This past Sunday, I was in a volleyball conundrum. The USA Men and the USA Women played at the same time. Ironically in very different time zones as the men played France in France and the women played Brazil in Brazil. Both coming out victorious, 3 sets to 1 set, on the opponent’s home court. I spent part of my Sunday flipping screens on my computer to watch them both. Continue Reading
With the New Year here, I wanted to express one of my New Year’s Resolutions. I probably should be working on CoachRey.org website, but I learned that I had to delete all the work put in last week and reinstall, so I’m a little discouraged at the moment. My mind is wandering… Continue Reading
Today, I listened to an audio recording of USA Volleyball’s Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon’s Q & A presentation at last December’s AVCA Convention in Kansas City. A question raised to Hugh was, “How does the world perceive the success of USA Volleyball when it does not have a professional league?”. Hugh’s response was based on the United States’ culture of “fighting until the end”, competitive advantages, and coaching methodologies. Of which I agree, but these are small pieces of a larger puzzle. An Open Source puzzle. Continue Reading
This 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
At 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
Marv Dunphy wrote a great article in the January 2009 Coaching Volleyball Magazine on how the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team won the Gold Medal. Much overall praise goes Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon’s vision and system.