Volleyball Coaching Wizard Jim Stone

Following Collegiate Success with National Team Work

After a distinguished career coaching in one of the strongest conferences in NCAA Division I volleyball, Jim Stone has turned his focus to working with the future of the USA national team program.

His resume includes:

  • Over 500 wins in 26 year coaching NCAA Division I volleyball, including 3 Big 10 titles and 15 trips to the NCAA tournament
  • Coached two AVCA Players of the Year and 19 All-Americans.
  • Regional and conference coach of the year on four occasions
  • Member of the US National Team coaching staff.

Here’s some of what Jim discusses in his interview:

– Making player assessments in tryout situations
– Putting together a coaching staff
– Managing players who have never failed before
– Developing as a coach
– Comparing the US and other systems

Play this excerpt for a taste of the sort of insights and ideas you’ll get from the full interview:

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Volleyball Coaching Wizard Ruth Nelson

Developing Volleyball’s Future Generations

Ruth Nelson coached at the highest levels of the sport in the college, professional, and national team ranks. Recently, though, she has turned her attention to coaching kids at the very beginning of their journey and says she’d never go back.

Her resume includes:

  • Over 500 wins in 16 years of NCAA Division I coaching
  • US Women’s National Team assistant coach under Arie Selinger and Head Coach of the US Junior National team.
  • Coached in the US professional league Major League Volleyball
  • AVCA Hall of Fame inductee

Here’s some of what Ruth discusses in her interview:

– Being a new sponge in terms of your development
– Reasons for avoiding early specialization in young players
– Being a trainer vs. a coach
– Working with the new generation of athletes

Play this excerpt for a taste of the sort of insights and ideas you’ll get from the full interview:

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Additionally, Ruth’s interview is featured in the first Volleyball Coaching Wizards book.

Volleyball Coaching Wizard Iradge Ahrabi-Fard

Volleyball Coach and Researcher

Iranian Iradge Ahrabi-Fard started his career in his native land, but rose to international prominence while coaching in the US. As a professor of physical education, he has helped link coaching with research. He has published numerous volleyball coaching related articles.

His resume includes:

  • Member of the inaugural class of AVCA Hall of Fame inductees
  • Over 500 NCAA Division I victories in 19 seasons
  • 1999 AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year
  • 1997 AVCA Excellence in Education Award winner
  • Consultant and coach for USA Volleyball

Here’s some of what Iradge discusses in his interview:

– Adapting what you learn to your own coaching
– The importance of proper rest/recovery for athletes
– Coaching across different cultures (and sports)
– Being a professor and a coach
– A number of research observations

Play this excerpt for a taste of the sort of insights and ideas you’ll get from the full interview:

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Volleyball Coaching Wizard Tom Tait

Father of the Penn State Volleyball Programs

In the 1970s Tom Tait, a professor of kineseology, took charge of both the men’s and women’s teams at Penn State. They were club programs at the time, but he eventually saw both elevated to full varsity status. After handing off the women’s team to Russ Rose, Tom carried on for several more years with the men before shifting is focus to coaching education.

His resume includes:

  • 6 NCAA tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish
  • 1986 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year
  • 5 times Eastern Collegiate Coach of the Year
  • EIVA Coach Emeritus
  • Member of the inaugural AVCA Hall of Fame induction class

Here’s some of what Tom discusses in his interview:

– Learning from successful coaches
– The history and development of Penn State Volleyball
– Training attackers to hit with power
– The importance of understanding athlete movement

Play this excerpt for a taste of the sort of insights and ideas you’ll get from the full interview:

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Volleyball Coaching Wizard Mick Haley

Making Winning Championships a Habit

After enormous success at the Junior College level, Mick Haley became the first coach of a non-West Coast university to win an NCAA Division I National Championship when he did it at Texas. After coaching in the Olympics, he once more led a college team to the top while running the USC program.

His resume includes:

  • 2000 Olympics coach for the USA Women’s National Team
  • NCAA Division I National Championships with two different universities.
  • 6 Junior College National Championships
  • Well over 1000 career victories
  • Member of multiple coaching halls of fame.

Here’s some of what Mick discusses in his interview:

– Coach development and education
– Working with male vs female players
– When things aren’t as good as you’re used to
– Creating a volleyball powerhouse at Texas
– The influence of the international game on US coaching

Play this excerpt for a taste of the sort of insights and ideas you’ll get from the full interview:

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Closing in on 30 with three more commitments

You know you’ve earned some respect when other Wizards are recommending you for this project. That is the case with all three of today’s additions.

Craig Fail (UK)
As head coach of the Scottish Women’s National Team, Craig led the team to bronze in the 2013 CEV Small Countries Division Final and to qualification for the 2015 edition taking place this month. He spent several years as assistant with the Scottish men’s senior national team, as well as head coach of the Junior team. At the club level where he has coached for nearly 30 years, Craig’s 2003 Falkirk women’s team win the 2003 Scottish Cup, and his 2014-15 City of Edinburgh VC women won the Division I title, the Division I play-offs, and the National Cup Final.

Marilyn McReavy-Nolen (USA)
A member of the original class of AVCA Hall of Fame inductees in 2003, Marilyn was specifically cited by Ruth Nelson below during Ruth’s own induction speech in 2014 as being one of volleyball coaching’s luminaries. She became only the 3rd coach to reach 800 wins in NCAA Division I, and did it over 31 seasons with six different programs. Her honors include induction in to the Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame in 1978, being named a “Leader in Volleyball” in 1992 by USA Volleyball, selection as one of the inaugural recipients of USA Volleyball’s All-Time Great Coaches Award in 1996, and the AVCA Founders Award in 1999.

Ruth Nelson (USA)
An inductee into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2014 – which at least one other Wizard coach thinks was a ridiculously long wait – Ruth doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. Ruth racked up more than 500 victories during a 16-year NCAA Division I collegiate coaching career, and coached the likes of Flo Hyman and Rita Crockett. She also served under Arie Selinger as assistant coach of the US national team, as well as head coach of the Junior national team, in the World University Games, and in Major League Volleyball

 

Starting the new week with more Hall of Famers

We start this week off with three more Hall of Fame coaches joining the list of those who have agreed to be interviewed for Volleyball Coaching Wizards – in one case, a multiple Hall of Fame inductee. We also have a highly respected (and decorated) Juniors coach and a member of the USA Volleyball national team staff who also happens to have coached for more than 25 years in the Big Ten.

Mick Haley (USA)
A 2006 AVCA Hall of Fame Inductee, Mick became the first coach of a non-West Coast team to win an NCAA Division I championship when he led Texas to the title in 1988. That wasn’t even his first national championship, though. Mick won a total of 6 junior college championships at Kellogg Community College between 1973 and 1979, amassing over 300 combined wins and earning himself a spot in the Junior College Coaches Hall of Fame. At Texas he won over 500 matches in 17 seasons during which the team won 13 conference titles and make 15 trips to the NCAA tournament. Mick coached the US Women during the 1997-2000 Olympic cycle, finishing 4th overall in Sydney. He has since been at the helm at the University of Southern California we he’s won 2 national championships and made six semifinals appearances, with well over 300 total wins to run his career tally north of 1000 in NCAA Division I alone.

Mike Lingenfelter (USA)
Co-Director of the Munciana club, Mike counts four national championships, four national runner-ups, and three third place finishes to his Juniors club coaching credit. At the high school level he also led Wapahani High School to two state championships and has been awarded state Coach of the Year three times.

Bill Neville (USA)
A member of the 2012 AVCA Hall of Fame class, Bill has been a fixture of the USA national team program for decades, and even coached the Canadian national team for a while. He was an assistant coach during the 1984 Olympics when the US won it’s first gold medal. Bill served as Technical Director for USA Volleyball for much of the 1980s and developed the Coaches Accreditation Program (CAP) during that time. He has also coached collegiately at Montana State and the University of Washington.

Jim Stone (USA)
A current member of the USA Volleyball coaching staff, Jim spent 26 seasons as head coach at Ohio State where he amassed over 500 victories. His teams won 3 Big Ten titles and made 15 trips to the NCAA tournament, reaching the semifinals twice. He earned AVCA Regional Coach of the Year and Big Ten Coach of the Year four times. His former players include two AVCA Players of the Year and 19 All-Americans. With the USA program, Jim has head coached the Youth National Team at the likes of the NORCECA Championships and World Championships over the last several years. He was also an assistant coach with the Senior Women’s National Team during the FIVB Grand Prix in 20012.

Tom Tait (USA)
A member of the inaugural 2003 AVCA Hall of Fame induction class, Tom is the founder of the Penn State volleyball program. He started with women’s club team in 1974, then started the men’s program in 1976 and coached them until 1989. His teams made 6 NCAA tournament appearances and were runner-up in 1982 to UCLA. Tom was the 1986 Volleyball Monthly National Coach of the Year, was five times the Eastern Collegiate Coach of the Year, and earned Coach Emeritus status from the EIVA in 1990. On the international stage, he head coached the U.S. Olympic Festival team and was the 1982 Junior National Team assistant for the Pacific Rim Championships, mentored the 1983 World University Games team, and assisted at the 1983 Pan American Games.

A bunch of Wizard nominees in one place

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) provides a bit of 1-stop shopping for prospective Volleyball Coaching Wizards in the form of its Hall of Fame. Since 2003 more than sixty people have been selected. Not all of them fall into the coach category, however. For example, equipment manufacturer Sports Imports is on the list for contribution to the sport, which is fair enough. Trimming those types of entries from the list, we have the following:

Al Scates
Andy Banachowski
Arnie Ball
Barbara Viera
Bill Neville
Bob Sweeney
Brian Gimmillaro
Carl McGown
Carol Dewey
Carol Russo
Charles Erbe
Dave Shoji
Debbie Chin
Debbie Green
Debbie Hunter
Debby Colberg
Deitre Collins-Parker
Dixie Grimmett
Don Shaw
Donald Shondell
Doug Beal
Elaine Michaelis
Fran Kalafer
Iradge Ahrabi-Fard
Irene Matlock
John Dunning
Larry Bock
Linda Dollar
Lisa Love
Liz Masakayan
Lois Webb
Louise Crocco
Margaret Worthington
Marilyn McReavy-Nolen
Marv Dunphy
Mary Jo Peppler
Mick Haley
Mike Hebert
Peggy Martin
Rudy Suwara
Russ Rose
Ruth Nelson
Sandra Vivas
Sandy Hoffman
Sandy Vong
Steve Shondell
Stewart McDole
Sue Gozansky
Sue Woodstra
Teri Clemens
Terry Liskevych
Terry Pettit
Tom Tait

Most folks on this list are from the college ranks, but there are a few from the high school level, along with some national team coaches as well. If you have any thoughts about anyone above, feel free to leave a comment below.

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