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The AVCA Seattle – a real blog

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The AVCA Seattle – a real blog

Posted on 17 December 2013 by Chuck Rey

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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

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13 Volleyball Quotes for 2013

Posted on 08 January 2013 by Chuck Rey

misty may gold medal 13 Volleyball Quotes for 2013 volleyballA 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 icon wink 13 Volleyball Quotes for 2013 volleyball

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

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At the 2011 AVCA Convention

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At the 2011 AVCA Convention

Posted on 16 December 2011 by Chuck Rey

NCAA Volleyball Championship 300x202 At the 2011 AVCA Convention volleyballAnyone that is everyone with volleyball in the United States is here at the AVCA Convention.  I had a great time presenting to the AVCA Convention First Time Attendees.  Presenting for the second time gave me a great opportunity to provide better advice for this year’s AVCA Class and it was much easier on the nerves.  Following the presentation, Brian Swenty, Kyrsten Becker, and Mary Leventis did a great job with the post First Time Attendees reception.  Bravo to them. Continue Reading

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Mike Hebert’s Wish to Help Parkinson’s Disease

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Mike Hebert’s Wish to Help Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on 02 February 2011 by Chuck Rey

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Me We They Volleyball

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Me We They Volleyball

Posted on 29 September 2010 by Chuck Rey

me we they volleyball Me We They Volleyball volleyballAs many of you know, I had the privilege to spend time with Head Coach Mike Hebert while at Minnesota.  People still ask what I learned most from my experience…and I have a journey full of ideas.  Much of what I learned was through listening, watching, small talk, and brainstorming.   The times I appreciate most were those brainstorming sessions – bouncing ideas around.  I recall a time talking about what makes an ordinary person extraordinary and coming up with a list of things great players do.  This list was ranked and separated into levels.  The levels were used to recognize the number of items on that list an extraordinary player accomplishes during their volleyball career. 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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Thinking Critically About Volleyball Serving Strategy

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Thinking Critically About Volleyball Serving Strategy

Posted on 08 August 2009 by Chuck Rey

volleyball serve usa men Thinking Critically About Volleyball Serving Strategy volleyballAt the University of Minnesota, Mike Hebert introduced me to the works of Dr. Paul Arrington. Dr. Arrington is a humble man from Hawaii that has been around volleyball for many years.  He has coached juniors for over 25 years in Hawaii, much of his work has been published by the AVCA, he is quoted in countless books, and he is now an Assistant Coach at Dartmouth University.  He chose Dartmouth because he prefers to live in a small town.

Dr. Arrington spends countless hours studying and researching top programs.  He compiles a wealth of data to come to factual conclusions that often proves or disproves common volleyball theory.  Dr. Mike Hebert believes Dr. Arrington’s work is consistent with the late, great Dr. Jim Coleman, one of the early revolutionary strategists of volleyball.  That’s a lot of volleyball doctors icon smile Thinking Critically About Volleyball Serving Strategy volleyball Continue Reading

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Farewell to Minnesota – Winthrop Volleyball, Here I Come! :)

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Farewell to Minnesota – Winthrop Volleyball, Here I Come! :)

Posted on 31 July 2009 by Chuck Rey

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Volleyball Drills on the Internet

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Volleyball Drills on the Internet

Posted on 17 May 2009 by Chuck Rey

minnesota volleyball 300x199 Volleyball Drills on the Internet volleyballWhen I first started coaching, I scoured the internet for the best volleyball drills – the drills that would make my team great. I also purchased AVCA’s 101 Winning Drills, Mary Wise’s Volleyball Drills for Champions, and the like. Then I was fortunate to witness practices run by some of the great coaches, Mike Hebert, Mary Jo Peppler, Bill Neville, and Beth Launiere. To my surprise (and maybe dismay), they all ran similar drills! I came to realize there are only so many ways to teach a particular skill. Ultimately, its not the drills that makes a team great, its how the drills are applied by the coach and executed by the players. 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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The Mental Game

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The Mental Game

Posted on 26 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

volleyball brain The Mental Game volleyballThe mental game. Do we coach it enough? Do coaches know how to coach it? In club, it is sprinkled throughout practices. When I coached at Georgia Southern, the team had the benefit of working with a sports psychologist. He provided some great team insight and exercises, but he wasn’t utilized enough. I think many collegiate programs incorporate a sports psychologist with their programs because its what everyone else is doing, to “keep up with the Jones’s”. Mick Haley uses a team psychologist, Mike Voight, throughout the season with, I believe, great benefit. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Mike Hebert handles the team psychology lessons. He prepares his “Championship Manual” during the Continue Reading

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Winning at Volleyball without Height

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Winning at Volleyball without Height

Posted on 11 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

chrissiezartman Winning at Volleyball without Height volleyballDuring the season at the U of MN, Mike Hebert received an email from a club coach of which he passed along to me. The club coach was concerned with devising an offense system for a team with very little height. The club coach was quick to point out that the team had three great liberos. Here is my reply with Mike’s blessing, it also gives some insight of things I learned at the U of MN:

I hope this email will help save some trees and save you some money from all the paper you are using trying to devise an offense. But let’s look at two things first: 1) Defense 2) Height, and then we can discuss offense. Continue Reading

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Karch Kiraly’s visit to the University of Minnesota

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Karch Kiraly’s visit to the University of Minnesota

Posted on 09 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

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So I offered a little insight into what Mike Hebert is like in an earlier post, so why not continue on with Karch Kiraly? icon wink Karch Kiralys visit to the University of Minnesota volleyball “Working” at the U of MN offered incredible accessibility to the greats of the game. Continue Reading

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What is IPE?

Posted on 26 February 2009 by Chuck Rey

I.P.E. is an acronym for In Play Efficiency. It is simply the opposite of hitting error percentage (IPE = 1 – error %). It’s putting a positive spin on hitting errors. Many coaches tell players, “Don’t make hitting errors”; this focuses on the negative. Instead, IPE focuses on the positive and encourages players to keep the ball in play. For example, Penn State’s Hitting Error % for 2008 was .126. This roughly equates to 1.3 hitting errors for every 10 attempts. The positive spin on Penn State’s error % or what we consider “IPE” is .874 (1 – 0.126). This means for every 10 attempts, 8.7 swings were in the court. IPE is a positive hitting goal for any team. A player can easily recognize an IPE goal of .900 or simply to keep 9 out of 10 attempts in play. An
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A little insight into AVCA Hall of Fame Coach Mike Hebert

Posted on 18 February 2009 by Chuck Rey

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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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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