Successful Volleyball Coaches Tell All

Coaching Volleyball Champions by Ard Biesheuvel and Mary Dyck
Coaching Volleyball Champions by Ard Biesheuvel and Mary Dyck

What is a champion? What makes a successful volleyball program? This book was developed with those specific questions in mind. Eleven of North America’s most successful coaches agreed to share their answers, their principles of leading and coaching, and an abundance of practical advice for youth coaches or world champions in “Coaching Volleyball Champions: Principles and Practices of Successful Coaches” by Ard Biesheuvel and Mary Dyck.

The featured coaches include: Carl McGown, USA Volleyball; Marv Dunphy, Pepperdine; Al Scates, UCLA; Jim McLaughlin, University of Washington; Garth Pischke, University of Manitoba; Laurie Eisler, University of Alberta; Terry Danyluk, University of Alberta; and others.

Seven of the coaches have produced outstanding men’s teams while four coaches have led women’s programs. The featured coaches combined have won more than 60 championships at the collegiate and international level and continue to rewrite the record book.

Each chapter features an interview with a coach, where the writers ask questions such as: What are the most important ingredients of a championship team? How do you build team chemistry? What are your thoughts on player positions? How do you balance coaching with the rest of your life? As a bonus, each coach provides his or her five favorite drills. The 56 drills are reproducible for immediate use by coaches at all levels.

Excerpt From the Forward of “Coaching Volleyball Champions”

“It’s one of the best collections of anecdotal volleyball knowledge I’ve ever read. Ard and Mary have interviewed some of the best coaches, not only in North America, but the world – and most importantly, they’ve asked the right questions and gotten some great answers. All of the information you need to coach a team (teach, train, develop team culture, and compete) is contained in these pages. There are no lists, there isn’t any spoon feeding going on – but anyone who can read between the lines will find the principles required for building successful (in all of its numerous definitions) teams and programs.”

– 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning coach Hugh McCutcheon

For more information visit Coaching Volleyball Champions.

Originally published in July 2012

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