Courtney Thompson, Chris McGown, Bailey Tanner, and Tom Black provide us with a 25 lesson course specifically dedicated to setting.  Topics covered are principles, teaching keys, footwork patterns, mental training, live examples and much more!  Courtney is one of the most decorated setters in American volleyball history.  Bailey is one of the most decorated setters in Pac-12 history.  Tom Black was responsible for setter training during the 2016 Rio Olympics quad. 

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Spiking and Transition - 17 Lessons

Serve Receive and Passing - 10 Lessons

Serving - 17 Lessons

Setting - 25 Lessons

Blocking - 13 Lessons

Individual Defense - 17 Lessons


Chris McGown
Chris McGown
Co-Founder, Gold Medal Squared

Chris got his first experience coaching volleyball in 1991, working alongside his father Carl doing High School summer camps.   Working each summer with those youth teams put in place an early love for seeing players improve, and an appreciation for how much could be accomplished with good coaching.

After almost a decade working in the corporate world as an engineer, Chris found his way back into coaching in 2003, when he joined Gold Medal Squared full-time.   He spent 2009-2015 as a coach at BYU, returning to the school where he was a player in the 90s.   He spent two years as a volunteer with the women's program, and four years as the head coach of the men's program.   In 2013, he was named the AVCA National Coach of the Year.   

In addition to heading up our Coaching Clinic products at GMS, Chris currently consults and occasionally coaches with teams at every level.   JHS, HS, Club, NCAA programs, professional, and National Teams.   Most recently, he was an assistant coach with the Netherlands women's national team, where they were silver medalists at the 2017 European Championships.   


Courtney Thompson
Courtney Thompson
2-Time Olympic Setter, World Champion, NCAA Champion

Courtney Thompson, former setter for the University of Washington, and Team USA, has put together a 26 lesson educational course for volleyball coaches.  This course includes principles, mechanics, overcoming adversity, live examples and more!

Courtney Thompson is a former volleyball player, a former member of the United States women's national volleyball team and Brazil club Rexona Ades Rio, a participant of the Olympic Games (20122016), bronze medalist of the 2016 Olympic Games2015 World Cup, silver medalist of the 2012 Olympic Games, and a gold medalist of the 2014 World Championship. She won the 2005 national championship while playing for the University of Washington, and she set an NCAA record in career assists per game.

Courtney is now working closely with Gold Medal Squared, attending several coaching clinics a year and providing curriculum support for our staff.  

Tom Black
Tom Black
Head Coach, University of Georgia

Black, an accomplished collegiate and international coach, is currently the head coach of the women's volleyball program the University of Georgia.

Black came to Athens with 12 years of NCAA collegiate head coaching experience with time at UC San Diego and Loyola Marymount, accumulating a career record of 242-115 after posting six seasons with 20-plus wins. 

Working with some of the top athletes in the country, Black has been extremely active with the U.S. Women’s National Team over the last few years, working alongside U.S. head coach Karch Kiraly. Black most recently served on the staff at the 2016 Rio Olympic games as an assistant coach, as the United States garnered a bronze medal. 

Bailey Tanner
Bailey Tanner
All American Setter - University of Washington

Bailey Tanner recently completed one of the most prolific careers for any Husky setter, earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention and AVCA All-Pacific North Region honorable mention as a senior.  As a junior, Bailey stepped into a new role as the lone setter and thrived, earning AVCA All-America Second Team honors and a spot on the All-Pac-12 Team.  Bailey played every set and led the Pac-12 in assists per set with 10.92 as the Huskies won the Pac-12 title.