Say Hello to Summer

The weather is warming up. The men’s NCAA indoor is warming up. It’s just about my favorite time of year when we crown a new men’s champion and launch the beach season.

On the following pages we get you up close and personal with Bill “Fergie” Ferguson, the coach of the current No. 1 men’s program in the country, USC. As someone I thought I kind of knew, I was intrigued to learn the truth about the road that has brought this often controversial coach to the forefront of the men’s game. Interestingly enough, I had to start our conversation by coming clean with him: “You should know, I have had a problem with you for about six years now,” I told him. What ensued was one of the most honest, intimate and—I must admit—inspiring conversations I have had about the game and I’m excited to get to share that with you. Combined with Ed Chan’s excellent pictorial presentation of the No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up between SC and BYU, we get a good look at perhaps a historical comeback story in the making.

We also check in with Hugh McCutcheon as he plans for his future and what that might mean for the US Team’s hopes for Gold in 2012. We are also very excited to launch two new sections in this issue, the first of which is our “VB Lab” series. VB Lab enlists a group of stellar volleyball athletes to help bring some clarity to readers trying to make the difficult decision of what volleyball products they may want to purchase. Our second new feature is called “Play Here Now” and provides readers with not only information on how to register or buy tickets for great volleyball events, but also where to stay, eat and find entertainment while you’re there.

Finally, summer is right around the corner and our annual summer preview of 2011’s trend-setting swimsuits is here. Whether you’re looking to win a championship or just lay back on the sand and watch someone else do it, this preview has a suit for you.

Originally published in May 2011

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