Stepping Up When it Matters (it always matters)

We have all heard about the great competitors who raise the level of their game when it matters most.  I’m not buying it. Great competitors, from May/Walsh to the USA men’s gold-medal teams to Michael Jordan, compete with a sense of urgency even...


Helicopter Coaches

The other day I was reading an article in a magazine about Helicopter Parenting—the term given to parents who hover over their child’s every move. The author gave 5 suggestions to avoid doing for our children what they can and should do for...


Lessons From the Las Vegas Invitational

This past weekend I coached my first ever 3 day Juniors Tournament in Las Vegas. I've spent many days recruiting this tournament, but have never stayed long enough to see the finals. This year, my club team played well enough to be in the final of...


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...


Super Bowl - Consequence of Little Things

The 2011 PAC 12 Season is looking like it will be the last where a true double round-robin is used to determine the conference championship.  As such, our staff is working hard to ask a lot of important questions about the nature of our conference,...


Expectations

How many of you have coached a team and had what was termed as a "big win"? Three weeks ago my team experienced exactly that. We played a team everyone assumed would be victorious against us. We prepared for this match just like any other match; we...


Yeats and the Volleyball Season

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing  - William Butler Yeats At LMU we play in the West Coast Conference. And it is a tough this year…really tough.  The teams that...


The Ultimate Over-Achievers

This past weekend, unbeknownst to many here in the United States, the Wallabies (Australia) defeated the Springboks (South Africa) and advanced to play the All-Blacks (New Zealand) in the second semi-final of the Rugby World Cup.  Over the past...


The Dog Days

I was reading a fishing report a few weeks back, and it was entitled “The Dog Days of Summer.” The report went on to explain the current fishing conditions, the hot weather, how to avoid rattlesnakes, and the challenges of trying to catch fickle...