As Malcolm Gladwell discussed in his bestseller, “Outliers“, to become an expert in a skill it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. Coaches spend countless hours running their players through drills pushing toward that 10,000 hour goal but eventually, this routine becomes boring for both the players and coaches. In order to help athletes reach their maximum potential successful coaches use variations in their drills to keep their team engaged and excited about the routine of practice. In this course, Chris McGown shares ideas about how to implement drill variations in your practices to make reaching those 10,000 hours feel more attainable to your players.

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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.