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….

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…

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…

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…

Don’t Be A Presenter, Be a Teacher!

The challenge of coaching is no different than the challenge of teaching any academic offering. There is a need to transfer information in a timely and impactful manner. Coaches will…

Kaizen, Chunking and Coaching Volleyball?

Volleyball is very difficult to play correctly. There are so many moving body parts, not to mention a moving ball. Also, much of the game is with feet off the…

In Search of a Meaningful Evaluation

The fall volleyball season is history, and now we enter a different season. This season doesn’t have matches or practices but is equally consequential. The postseason is the time for…

Sometimes It’s Best to Do Nothing

In soccer, the most exciting moments are when a penalty kick or a shootout occurs. A goalie and the kicker matched in a duel that can determine the outcome of…