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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

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Coaching is Hard

This post is certainly long overdue. As such, I’m going to combine a couple of different topics into one post. You will forgive me, but like many of you, I’m deep into preparing for a season with considerable promise. Club Coaching is Hard I coached an 18’s club team is past club season. I learnt…

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The Games Go On Without Us

The reason winning a gold medal is so exhilarating is because it is so difficult to achieve.  Not only do you have to be good enough compared to the rest of the world who is desperately trying to achieve the same thing, but you also need to withstand the circus that is the Olympics and…

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Let the Games Begin

The preliminary round is over and it’s time for the “win or go home” quarterfinal matches.  The winners of those 4 matches are guaranteed to be playing for Gold or Bronze on the last day of the Olympics. By far the biggest surprise of the tournament has been Bulgaria.  We played them in the World…

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USA vs. Tunisia!

Our last preliminary round match starts in an hour versus Tunisia.  If you saw Tunisia play you would see that they are much better than their 0-4 record indicates.  They have a few players who can unload on the ball and they are scrappy on defense.  They play hard all the time and certainly play…

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A Day in the Life of the USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team

A Day in the Life of the USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team 9:00am Breakfast Most of us eat breakfast at the Grab-and-Go stand right in front of the USA housing area.  This convenient setup is new to the Olympic Village area.  Before if you wanted food the only place to get it was the main…

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Update From London

Our Men’s team is off to a very good start with 3-0 wins over Serbia and Germany—two very good teams that our team was able to make look average at times.  Our next test comes against Brazil, who beat Russia in 3 straight yesterday.  We are the two undefeated teams in our group now. If…

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Memorable Moments in USA Volleyball History

A Look Back—Memorable Moments in USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball History As the team prepares for its first Olympic match tomorrow versus Serbia, let’s take a look back at one of the most memorable moments in USA Olympic Volleyball history. Teamwork Athens, Greece, August 25, 2004 The Quarterfinals of the Olympic Games in Athens matched USA…

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John Speraw – Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Gold Medal Squared Advisory Member John Speraw for being named the MPSF Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year.  John is in his 10th year at UC Irvine, and will be competing for his 3rd NCAA Championship in six years this weekend in Southern California. John is going on year three as an advisory…

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Coaching the Kicking Game – Doug Blevins

In Chico CA, NFL football has been particularly exciting to watch over the last couple of years.  Aaron Rodgers is a hometown hero and it’s been thrilling to watch his success.  This year, in particular, all of the long-time 49’er fans had something to be excited about.  While I’ve become more of a baseball fan…

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