A Willingness to Argue

Given the events of recent months, the health benefits of a primal scream might be under-utilized. The Edvard Munch painting of “The Scream” comes to mind. The wonderfully simple picture…

If You Want to be Great, Get a Coach!

I was recently conversing with an experienced high school coach that is probably in the autumn of his career. He has worked hard at his profession and always produced competitive,…

Outcome-Based Stats vs. Player Development

“You can identify value, or you can create value” Chris Long The current environment prevents watching a live baseball game. So instead of watching baseball, I’ve been reading about baseball….

Allow Your Athletes to be Athletic

One of the first questions that I pose to players, regardless of age, is, “are you a good dancer?” Occasionally you get a fearless player that proclaims her dance moves…

When Things Go Bad? Be on the Lookout for Good!!

We are all in uncharted waters in dealing with the virus that is impacting our daily lives. We are dealing with unanticipated stresses and disrupted life environment. One of the…

Incorporating If/Then Into Volleyball Skills

One of the most underutilized skills in volleyball is vision. The ability for a player to take in visual information and implement it into their game is not a point…

Using Five Whys in Your Coaching Toolkit

“There comes the point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in”. ~Desmond Tutu…

What Can Be Learned from The Howling Bear?

“Be curious, not judgemental” -Walt Whitman Nikolay Karpol, former coach of the Russian (Soviet Union) women’s volleyball team won five medals (two gold, three silver) at the Olympic Games, along…

The Checklist Manifesto for Volleyball

“A Checklist Manifesto” is a compelling book written by Dr. Atul Gawande that explores how doctors, pilots, and construction engineers use checklists to manage extremely complex challenges. In all these…

Focus On The Learning Process

A confluence of events occurred recently when Ohio State University selected Jen Flynn Oldenburg as the new women’s volleyball coach. At the time Jen was announced as the new Buckeye…