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Volleyball Coaching Wizards is an excellent compendium of eight diverse coaches with different philosophies, from different cultures and different levels that have one common theme – championship teams. This book’s unique format of ‘coaches interviewing coaches’ provides both depth & valuable insights into the many facets of their success.
Co-Founder, CEO/President – The Art of Coaching Volleyball
Head Coach USA Women’s National & Olympic Teams – 1985-1996
Head Coach – Ohio State Men, Pacific and Oregon State Women
FIVB Coach of the Year 1995
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These eight master coaches combine for:
– Numerous trips to the Olympics and other international competitions
– 2 CEV Champions League gold medals and an FIVB World Club Championship
– 18 collegiate national championships and over 2500 match victories
– 20 high school state titles
– More than 50 club level (professional/adult) championships
– Nearly 20 years in world beach volleyball
– Numerous Coach of the Year awards and Hall of Fame inductions
Why these coaches?
We’ve done more than 35 interviews with truly great coaches (with lots more to come). We picked these eight because they represent a true cross-section of volleyball coaching. In these eight interviews we have:
- Four coaches who have coached at the national team level
- With four coaches who have coached in professional volleyball
- Also, four coaches who have coached college or university volleyball
- And four coaches who have coached youth volleyball
They are from five different home nations, with experience coaching in numerous others. They’ve worked with both female and male athletes. Some have been mainly full-time coaches while others have coached around full-time day jobs. We have both indoor and sand covered as well.
Basically, they represent the driving concept of the Volleyball Coaching Wizards idea.
What is Volleyball Coaching Wizards?
The Volleyball Coaching Wizards project is about identifying great coaches from all categories of volleyball and making their experience, insights, and expertise available to people all over the world. We interview coaches from across the globe, all age groups, both genders, all competitive levels, indoor and beach. They share with us their philosophies, their thought processes, and their methodologies. We then share that with you.
This is not about drills and games. There are other great places to get that type of material.
Instead, Volleyball Coaching Wizards is about the thinking that surrounds the technical and tactical side of things. It’s about letting you see what great volleyball coaches have in common, and where they differ despite all having great success over their career.
There are two main goals of the Wizards project. One is to provide both information and inspiration to volleyball coaches everywhere. The other is to help develop a real volleyball coaching literature, one which matches what can be found in other sports.
Praise for Volleyball Coaching Wizards
Listen to what Stelio DeRocco has to say about the Wizards project. Stelio is a former Australian and Canadian national team coach. He is also a well respected professional volleyball coach of teams in Italy and Romania, and most recently Poland.
Who is behind Volleyball Coaching Wizards?
As is true of the Wizards, the two individuals behind the project have a wide volleyball coaching experience.
John Forman is the author of the Coaching Volleyball blog. His experience as a coach includes Juniors and high school, college and university in the US and U.K. He also coached professionally in Sweden. Further, he founded and ran the largest juniors club in his native Rhode Island.
John is the author of multiple books and dozens of articles. He also published the book Inside College Volleyball, which is about US college recruiting. John earned a PhD from the University of Exeter. He holds a CAP II certification from USA Volleyball and is a Level 3 coach for Volleyball England. He is also a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Mark Lebedew authors the At Home on the Court Blog. He coaches professionally in Poland. That follows five season Germany where his teams won three straight league titles and a CEV Champions League bronze medal. He has prior professional experience in Belgium and Italy. Mark is also Head Coach for the Australian Men’s National Team. He previously assisted internationally for both Australia and Germany.
Mark holds a German DSB A license and an Australian NCAS Level 2 and has been an FIVB Coaches Instructor since 2009. He partnered with his brother and father to publish My Profession: The Game. That’s an English translation of the last book by legendary Russian coach, Vyacheslav Platonov