Literary Roundup

Volleyball by Michael O'Hara

“Volleyball: Fastest Growing Sport in the World! The Basic Guide to the Sport Challenging Soccer”
by Michael O’Hara

Olympian and five time Manhattan Beach Open winner Michael O’Hara has authored a book which serves as a complete guide to volleyball, told through the experiences of O’Hara and several other of the sport’s greats. “Volleyball: Fastest Growing Sport in the World! The Basic Guide to the Sport Challenging Soccer”, contains sections written by Gabby Reece, Doug Beal, Sinjin Smith, John Kessel, Gary Sato and O’Hara himself, with each voice lending a unique and varied perspective.

The book covers everything from prep (Youth and High School Volleyball for Girls & Boys by Kessel), to beach (U.S. and International Beach Volleyball by Smith) and even injury prevention (An Overview of Volleyball Injuries and Their Prevention by Dr. Jonathan Reeser). The handbook contains something for everyone, and should be a staple on the shelf of any coach, player and volleyball enthusiast.

“From the Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program”
by Frank Zaccari

Former high tech executive Frank Zaccari put his business expertise and love for the game into the fascinating read, “From the Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program.” The book chronicles how proper leadership and business managing principals helped in turning UW’s volleyball program from a disorganized, losing system to an incredibly successful, winning program.

Zaccari outlines 10 “turn-around rules” that he says are the path to success. The first is “Find the Right Leader”—which UW did by bringing on head coach Jim McLaughlin in 2001—followed by “Clearly Articulate the Vision”, “Inspire People to Believe”, “Review All Aspects of the Organization and Make Adjustments as Needed to Stay on Course,” along with other business-savvy rules.

In his final chapter, aptly titled “Mission Accomplished,” Zaccari clearly states his philosophy: the rules of business can be applied to any organization, no matter the size or for-profit status. One dollar from the sale of each copy of “From the Ashes” will be donated to the UW volleyball program.

Originally published in March/April 2011

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