Back Setting

There's currently a discussion going on in the volleyball toolbox forum regarding back setting.  I thought I'd share Tom Black's response here.. Thanks for this question. My urge is keep setting as simple as possible, so I’ll stay consistent with...


Setting off a Lead Leg

Setting off a Lead Leg Spend any time discussing setting with another coach, and “what type of footwork do you teach?” pops up pretty quick. It tends to be a hot button issue at our GMS clinics as well (something has to take swing blocking’s...


The Success of our Players

The Success of our Players Written by LMU Head Coach Tom Black Watching players at the high school or club, collegiate, and international levels, it’s always interesting to see who succeeds at the next level, who stumbles, and who has a curvy path...


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. Click here to read the full article


The Feedback Trap(s)

One of the many debts I owe to Ron Larsen is the day he handed me a study taken of John Wooden's feedback. The study codified Wooden's coaching and linked it to the actions of his players in order to judge it's effectiveness. It was an eye-opening...


Training Setters

Perhaps no other skill in volleyball is taught so differently as setting. I have seen many great setting coaches train their setters in completely dissimilar fashion, and as I look at the skill, and some of the world's best setters, I wonder if we...


The Pulse of your Team

How’s your team? Are they happy? Do they feel fresh, mentally and physically, or are they run down? Is team chemistry good? What do they like most about practices, or being on the team in general? What do they dread about practice? Are they doing...


Observations in the Sand

This spring, we've added to our our women's volleyball program at LMU the grueling task of sand volleyball. We've set our portable offices by the waters of Marina Del Rey. We've toiled amidst the horrific backdrop of sun sand and waves, yet we've...


Why Athletes Disengage

My first overseas volleyball experience was bitter-sweet. The sweet parts for me were the opportunities to get to know a new culture, the chance to learn a new language, and the chance to get to make some amazing friends. Even better was getting paid...