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“A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player.”
~ John Wooden

Biographical Sketch

For over 25 years, I have had the ‘volleyball bug’. Currently, serve as the Associate Head Coach at Miami University where I have coached for four seasons. Prior to Miami, I spent four years as Assistant Coach at Winthrop University. For a year, I was the Volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of Minnesota, and I started my ten-year collegiate coaching career, at Georgia Southern University. Before coaching collegiately, my juniors coaching career consists of various head and assistant coaching roles at Carolina Juniors Volleyball Club (NC), Bluffton High School (SC), Low Country Volleyball Club (SC), Arizona East Valley Juniors, and Saguaro High School (AZ).
With those schools and clubs, we have achieved a NCAA Rank as high as #6 in the Nation, a MAC Championship, Big South Conference Championship, five 20+ win seasons, nine AVCA All-Academic Team Awards, and won multiple high school and club region championships

The players I have been fortunate to coach include a USA National Team Member, All-Americans, a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, two Big South Conference Players of the Year, a Big-Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year, a Big South Conference Setter of the Year (including lead the NCAA in triple-doubles for a season), and multiple Big-Ten, Big South, and MAC, Conference All-Team Members.

In addition, I am a member of USA Volleyball, coached USA Volleyball OVR High Performance Team, and of the AVCA including a six time AVCA Convention Featured Speaker; have a volleyball website, www.CoachRey.com, that has attracted over one million visitors and ranked third as “Blogs that Make a Difference” by USA Volleyball. My playing career started in the Chicago area at New Trier High School and the beaches of North Avenue. I continued on as a player at Arizona State University, AVP qualifiers, and participated in numerous open level outdoor and USA Volleyball indoor tournaments across the country.

Most importantly, I am an active presenter and mentor with Athletes-In-Action, attend Oxford Bible Fellowship, and have a beautiful wife, Lori, that is a personal trainer whose profession is practiced daily chasing around our 1-year-old twins.

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The top three priorities in my life are:

1. Faith
2. Family and Friends
3. Coaching

The top three coaching priorities:

1. Passing on my love and passion for the game
2. Discipline fundamentals that become habit
3. Team spirit and unity striving towards a common goal

The principles that I always stress are:

• Practice like a champion
• Be a great team player
• Be positive

If you want to play for me expect the following:

• To be loved and treated with respect but not favoritism
• To give 100% effort, on and off the court
• To be driven toward excellence

I expect the following from my players:

• Dedication to academic excellence
• Personal discipline and inner motivation
• A complete commitment to the team

I will never compromise on:

• Playing by the rules
• Being honest with my players
• Respecting the game

Coaches I would like to emulate:

• John Wooden
• Doug Beal
• Jim Valvano

The athletes I would like my players to emulate:

• Jackie Robinson
• Kerri Walsh-Jennings
• Karch Kiraly

9 comments

  1. Hi Coach Rey!

    Love reading you page. It’s offered a ton of guidance for me. Recently, I’ve been looking into getting a graduate assistant position at the D1 or D2 levels. I’m from Michigan, so as a male, I didn’t grow up playing volleyball. But I picked up volleyball in college at Grand Valley State, played 5 years on the Men’s Club team, and also started coaching high school, AAU, and assisting with GV’s varsity team.

    I’ve talked to a lot of my coaching mentors about how to proceed into a coaching career, and they all say take the GA route. I used your resume as an example of how I should structure mine. But I still feel unsure about how someone can get a Graduate Assistant position for a school they have no connections to? Do you have any advice about how to go about this? I’ve applied for a few positions that were listed online, but I know that not every school makes it public but most major universities still have GA’s! Is it improper to just email every school and coach that I’m interested in working with, or is that expected?

  2. Brian – thanks for reaching out. I sent you a private email. Chuck

  3. Hi Chuck,

    I stumbled onto your site looking for a great way to end my volleyball season with my rep team. Love would I see and I’m always looking and open to new info and tips. I am so impressed with you credentials and I especially love your biography. I am a Level 1 volleyball coach with Volleyball Canada. I love this game and I feel blessed to coach as well as be a full time teacher. I would love to share something that I am not sure is for you but it has helped me in a big way with helping my team reach their goals.

  4. Hi Teresa,

    Thanks for reaching out and a purpose of my blog is to connect with passionate people, like you, through the sport we love. Be great to learn what helped you, which may be able to help others.

  5. Chuck,
    Welcome back to Rock Hill. I’m looking forward to watching your teams play.

  6. Hi Coach Rey! I am having a super duper hard time finding volleyball camp for my teenage son for the summer. Most camps are for girls. Could you recommend any camps both indoor and beach for boys? We are most likely going to be in San Diego / LA area.. appreciate your assistance… Thank you so very much..

  7. I don’t have a lot of California connections. My recommendation is to contact Pat Powers, former USA National Team Player that runs a ton of camps. He lives in LA. (760) 473-8236 pat@vbclinics.com https://www.vbclinics.com Don’t hesitate to reach out to California schools in the area or even the USA National Team.

  8. Hi Coach Rey, I stumbled upon your website when searching which organization was the best for our daughter, USAV or AAU. It’s all so confusing. Our daughter has played club – USAV for three years 13s, 14, and 15s. She also plays High School Volleyball. The season is over, but she still wants to play in some capacity. I was referred to an AAU club that has just launched. However, I am somewhat skeptical. Can you advise on what to ask/look for? Should I stick with USAV only? It is not about the money, she loves and has a passion for volleyball. I am a novice at how all this works. I just want the best for her. We are not driven by her obtaining a scholarship as we are financially sound – although that would be nice! Any help you can provide will be most appreciated, and I love reading your site. Very informative and professional.

  9. Per NCAA Rules, as a Division I coach, I am not allowed to comment because your daughter is of recruit-able age.

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