Swing Blocking, by Carl McGown

Swing Blocking, by Carl McGown It was in 1985 that what is now Gold Medal Squared was founded. We called ourselves Canyon Volleyball then (we lived in Provo Canyon), and we sent out brochures to all the schools in Utah, and most of the schools that...


GOOD FOR AND GOOD TO

GOOD FOR AND GOOD TO YOUR TEAM - Carl McGown Fred Sturm, who is now the head coach of the Danish Senior Men’s National Volleyball team, is one of the USA’s greatest volleyball coaches. From 1978 to 1985 he was the coach of the Stanford women’s...


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 school teachers can make homework better; however,...


Swiss Men's Volleyball, 2011

This is a long story (hopefully you will find it interesting) to deliver a short and very important coaching message. Since I retired in 2002 as the head coach for the BYU men’s NCAA volleyball team I have been fortunate to find several other...


Volley Suisse

In July I was lucky enough to be able to go spend a week in Nafels, Switzerland with my dad and most of the Swiss National Team as they prepared to go to the World University Games that are happening right now in China. Summer in Switzerland is as...


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 20 favorite teams of the 20th century. The top five...


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 thought that it was very important for us to include...


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 to be known in science as Occam's Razor and it...


Still More on Talent

General vs Specific Abilities We have beat this horse practically to death, but every time I do a clinic and we start talking about Generality vs. Specificity the coaches can't seem to wrap their heads around the idea that "Talent" or some kind of...