John Speraw – USA

A big congratulations to GMS Advisory Staff Member John Speraw!  John was hired as the USA Men's Head Coach this past week.  We are honored and excited to have such a talented group of volleyball...


6-2 With Subs

Considerations For Running a 6-2 With Subs At Gold Medal Squared we believe that volleyball coaches should build their systems around the abilities of their players.  That's a liberating principle...


Practice Planning

Planning Purposeful and Pertinent Practices Written by Jeff White Head Volleyball Coach Brenau University So, you've gone to a few volleyball clinics, read some recommended books, watched a dozen...


Nebraska Western

I have been reading the blogs on the gold medal squared website for a long time now. It is so strange but there is always one that speaks to me at the right moment. As volleyball coaches, I feel like...


Club Volleyball Clinics

This past weekend we were very privileged to have Carl McGown in our gym to run a volleyball clinic for our club coaches. Although our club has been GMS certified for several years now, we asked Carl...


Quite a Stretch

For those of you who have attended one of our volleyball clinics, you will know that we discuss what a waste of time stretching is during practice.  I know, this is a really tough concept to wrap...


Coaching the Young Kids, Part 2

My last blog entry was about teaching kids how to play the entire game by allowing them to perform all skills in practice and matches. There is an offensive system that is great for younger kids...


Don’t Cry That It’s Over

I think this is one of the most perfect quotes for many of us: "Don't cry that it's over. Smile that it happened."  It's been attributed to Dr. Seuss, but it's not confirmed. Which isn't to say it's...


Coaching Volleyball – Tom Black

Coaches, LMU Head Coach (and GMS Advisory Member) Tom Black talks about what what got him in to coaching volleyball, what inspires him, and how he transitioned from coaching men to coaching women....


Coaching Volleyball – Teaching the Step-Hop

Volleyball Coaches, We have been experimenting with a step-hop (or split-step in Tennis) with our passers, and have been encouraging a small hop for both back-row defenders and front-row blockers....