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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


10 Days into the 2012 Volleyball Season

10 Days in to the Volleyball Season Perpetually Dissatisfied and Always in a Hurry This is the second quote on our whiteboard. This time next week we will have played 3 matches. There just is never enough time to get everything in place - NEVER. One...


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...


Five Coaching Strengths that Produce Champions

This summer's Olympics got us thinking: how do we as managers and leaders become coaches who elicit greatness in others? A study of the coach-athlete relationships that yield successful performance, released by the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2010,...


Times are Changing

This article was sent to us by a client.  Did you ever think Drill Sergeants would do away with the yelling that exists during training?  How does this relate to coaching?  It seems that the "tyrant coaching style" is becoming more "old school." ...