"The structure of your practices is the main reason for your success or lack of success as a coach."

- Bobby Knight, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach

In this course, Chris McGown talks all about practice planning and gives us examples from his father's and his days with the BYU men's teams. Topics covered include:

  • Principles to follow when planning practices
  • Most important skills and fundamentals to practice
  • Important statistics to look at
  • Different practice priorities at different times of the season
  • Structure of practices
  • Drill suggestions and ideas
  • Mixing athletes during practices
  • Weekly and daily practice plans
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.