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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

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