This course covers the skill of digging in its entirety and will give you insights on how to help your back row players become their very best.  In this course you'll learn:

  • The principles of individual defense.
  • The keys of digging.
  • The proper defensive posture.
  • The mechanics of each defensive skill, with video examples of each.
  • How defenders can improve their vision.
  • What coaches can do to train defensive players.

Our staff takes you through everything you need to teach this skill to beginners as well as advanced players.  We'll bring you insights gained over 30 years of coaching athletes at every level, with clear video examples and whiteboard explanations. 

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.   


Heather Olmstead
Heather Olmstead
Head Coach, BYU Women

Heather Olmstead is entering her 6th season as the head coach of the BYU women's volleyball team in the fall of 2020.

She has led the Cougars to four Sweet-16 appearances and the Final-4 in 2018, a year in which she won the AVCA National Coach of the Year.

Mary Lake
Mary Lake
Libero, BYU & USA

Mary Lake is a former 3-time All-American at BYU. She went to the Final-4 in 2018 and played with the USA National Team in the summer of 2019, helping lead USA to a World Championship.