Motivation & Leadership

From BYU to GMS: Heather Olmstead Joins GMS Advisory Staff

Heather Olmstead Joins GMS Advisory Staff   Are you someone who believes Gold Medal Squared is only suited for the men’s game? Were you concerned GMS didn’t have enough female leadership? Well, 2018 is a year for change. Please join us in welcoming BYU Women’s Head Coach, Heather Olmstead, to the new GMS Advisory Staff…

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Courtney Thompson Joins GMS Advisory Staff

Courtney Thompson Joins The GMS Advisory Staff Gold Medal Squared (GMS) is pleased to announce their partnership with Courtney Thompson as a member of their Volleyball Advisory Staff.  Courtney Thompson is an accomplished athlete: Two-Time Olympic Medalist (2012 Silver, 2016 Bronze) 2014 World Champion 2005 NCAA National Champion She is also one of the founders of…

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“The most we can hope for…”

This past weekend I took my staff to an off-site retreat.  While there we had a chance to discuss the pending season.  We also talked a lot about the ways we need to grow and develop as a staff.  It was one of the best staff meetings I’ve been involved with during my career. At…

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How Good Are You Going to Become?

“To reach a goal you have never before attained, you must do what you have never before done.”  R G Scott Coaches, here is a message I think we need to communicate clearly and repeatedly to our athletes: The question is not how good are you now. The question is: How good are you going to…

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Messages We Send

Messages we Send – Written by GMS Staff Member Rob Browning During a match we are constantly sending messages to our team, and our players are receiving them!  Most of the messages we send, we do so unintentionally, but our players are still listening and watching. Knowing that, let’s make sure the messages we are sending…

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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 in their athletic journey. One thing that might shape our observation and…

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Leadership Doesn’t Have a Title

A few weeks back GMS Staff Member Tom Melton wrote this in the Volleyball Toolbox forum.  I thought I’d share it here as well.  Enjoy! Since yesterday was 9/11, there were many wonderful tributes posted on Facebook.  For some reason, this post resonated with me and made me think about leadership.  This is from the…

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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 because it is very simple, it is effective, and it allows multiple players to perform multiple skills in different…

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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 not a powerful statement. Last Friday, our team played Oklahoma in the 1st Round of the NCAA…

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Teaching the Young Kids

Teaching the Young Kids As the club volleyball season gets underway, I would like to share some thoughts on my experience Coaching Volleyball players from 8 to 14 years old. I will do this in parts over the next couple of months. It’s great when kids are excited to play volleyball, and it’s even better…

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