Observing Skaters

The first time I took our son to the local skate park over a year ago I sat and watched as he made his way around the pavement.  But I’m not very good at sitting and watching—I’d rather be...


The Only Way To Coach

There has been a lot of talk in the volleyball community about the central premise of Gold Medal Squared, and the misconception that "GMS says there is only one way to coach/play/train, and that...


Expectations

How many of you have coached a team and had what was termed as a "big win"? Three weeks ago my team experienced exactly that. We played a team everyone assumed would be victorious against us. We...


Breaking the 10,000-Hour Rule

Why is Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White, affectionately known as the “flying tomato,” the only skateboarder to land a front-side, heel-flip, 540 body varial or Armadillo? How long should it take...


Yeats and the Volleyball Season

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing  - William Butler Yeats At LMU we play in the West Coast Conference. And it is a...


The Ultimate Over-Achievers

This past weekend, unbeknownst to many here in the United States, the Wallabies (Australia) defeated the Springboks (South Africa) and advanced to play the All-Blacks (New Zealand) in the second...


Self-Esteem

What I've come to greatly appreciate in working with the crew at GMS, is the cadre of coaches in the company and those you get to meet. These relationships have proven critical in my own coaching...


The Dog Days

I was reading a fishing report a few weeks back, and it was entitled “The Dog Days of Summer.” The report went on to explain the current fishing conditions, the hot weather, how to avoid...


Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Serve for the Cure!

At the end of every summer camp season, Mike Wall and I plan a fall fishing trip. Last year, was no different than any year.  And, like most year's, Mike caught the biggest fish. We spent a few days...


Science and Coaching

Annie Murphy Paul wrote an article that was published in the NY Times on September 10, 2011 titled The Trouble with Homework. (You can read it yourself here) The article discusses different ways that...