The Value of a Serious, Thoughtful Coaching Philosophy

Looking back, I did not realize how unprepared I was for what lay ahead. Despite this relative unpreparedness, I found myself at the University of Wyoming, coaching players who were only a few years younger than me. I’m thankful I was not asked to articulate my coaching philosophy during the job interview. As I began my career, possessing a well-constructed coaching philosophy wasn’t on my radar.

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Controlling the Uncontrollable

Usually, when discussing the factors that might impact winning, the focus becomes a selected metric of importance, such as the number of kills per set or errors per set. These statistical items are undoubtedly significant and do impact winning. However, neither coaches nor players are in total control of on-court success. Here are a few…

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Don’t Assume Playing = Learning

Coaches are, by default, teachers. Their players are, by default, learners. How to best transmit the information the coach may possess and impact learning by the student is a constant subject of debate, as it should be. Teachers and coaches should constantly test and experiment with new and better methods of instruction.

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“Not Everything That Can Be Counted, Counts”

Observing your team in action can be a powerful way to evaluate progress. It is important to incorporate statistics into the process. Critical thinking is needed to use all the observational and statistical information appropriately.

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Serving With Intent

The serve in volleyball is the first point scoring opportunity. I have listed some strategies that coaches and players should consider.

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Plus, Minus, and Equals Training System for Club Volleyball

Frank Shamrock was the first mixed martial arts fighter to hold the UFC Middleweight Champion title and retired as a four-time undefeated champion. During his reign as the UFC Middleweight Champion, Shamrock was the world’s No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound UFC fighter. Shamrock now trains fighters and has a routine for all his fighters that volleyball…

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Nebraska’s Offense is a Game-Changer

Nebraska is currently ranked #2 nationally. They have a young group of athletes that incorporates the backrow attack in their offensive system at a tempo that will be challenging to defend.

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