What it Takes to be Great

This is one of the original "articles" from our old website; we are reposting the entire series here on our blog. Research now shows that the lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success. The...


Life is Competition – By Carl McGown

Life is Competition Article Written by Dr. Carl McGown The May 10, 1999 issue of Sports Illustrated contained a headline article entitled “Our Favorite Dynasties.” In this article SI selects its...


You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Written by Dr. Carl McGown Our volleyball coaches clinics run for three full days, usually eight hours a day. Time is precious when you only have 24 hours to learn about coaching, so we have always...


Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication by Dr. Carl McGown The philosopher William Of Occam (1300-1349) reputedly said: "Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem." This statement has come...


We Coach the Way We Were Coached

We coach the way we were coached. This is a powerful statement that we discussed in the first session of a GMS clinic. Most of us either teach the game in the same manner it was taught to us, or else...


Volleyball Lineups

Volleyball Lineups Joe Trinsey attended one of our GMS coaching clinics, and, as a like-minded nerd/coach type, decided to apply some principles to his coaching. This meant gathering and analyzing...


Change

In our coaching clinics we often talk about change, as we are trying to talk many of our attending coaches into changing the way their teams are playing and training. We want teams to play "GMS...


Stretching?

Luka Slabe, our friend from Slovenia, has sent us this article about stretching. Naturally we love it, which is what Luka said when he sent it.


Arizona Success Story

I received this email from Sheri Bain, head coach of Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff Arizona.  Sheri and her staff host our high school volleyball camps up in Flagstaff.  Their coaching...


8th Grade Success!

We receive a lot of questions from coaches who work with Junior High athletes (or younger). Often times coaches wonder if the way they coach should change based on age and gender. Clearly different...