Coaching Wizards on Social Media

By becoming a member of the Volleyball Coaching Wizards, you can of course access interviews with these great coaches. But that is not the only access you can have to them. Many of them are active on social media and the internet and you can continue to follow their adventures and struggles on the path they have chosen.

Carl McGown did not have his own twitter, but his company Gold Medal Squared can be followed here.

Mick Haley can be followed via the USC women’s volleyball twitter feed.

Vital Heynen has a particularly interesting twitter feed.

Simon Loftus regularly tweets his thoughts and observations here.

Ismo Peltoarvo is not as active as some others, but perhaps he can be persuaded to share more if more people join him here.

Jim Stone is active on twitter, has his own website Volleyball Training Solutions and is also a contributor to the Art of Coaching Volleyball.

Mark Lebedew has a twitter feed here and also regularly writes on his blog.

A future interviewee, Giovanni Guidetti can also be found on twitter.

If anyone can fill in any spaces, feel free to drop us a line in the comments.


What Does A Volleyball Coaching Wizard Do?

There are a lot of volleyball coaches, many of whom are good. But there are not many who are Volleyball Coaching Wizards.

It is difficult to define exactly what makes a Volleyball Coaching Wizard. I am not even sure that we knew the answer to that question when we started the project. But after 15 odd interviews, there already seem to be a few themes emerging. None of these themes should be terribly surprisingly, but they are worthwhile pointing out. The coaches love volleyball and love their work. They are lifelong learners. They are open to new ideas and possibilities.

One coach who exemplifies all of the qualities is German National Team Vital Heynen, who was incidentally one of our first interviewees. Exactly how open he is to new possibilities is currently in the news as he begins a ‘Hellweek’ with his team in preparation for the European Championships. Interestingly, he is not doing it with the express purpose of improving his team is the short term.

„I don’t think there’s a direct effect of the rules to winning the Europan Championship. My hope is that in five years some of the guys will tell me – Hey coach, we learned something in that week, we learned something about ourselves…“

Read more about Hellweek here.

And hear Vital’s whole interview by becoming a member here.

Below is a snippet.