Imagine you get to talk with one of the world’s great volleyball coaches. For example, you bump into them in the hotel at the AVCA convention. You don’t have much time, though. You can ask them one question. In that scenario, what would that question be?

This is a question that popped into my mind. Of course, that’s my work on the Volleyball Coaching Wizards project. I get to ask a whole bunch of really successful coaches lots of different questions. In pondering that, though, I found myself wondering what one question would be the best one to ask if that was all I got.

For me the question I ask would vary based on the coach. They all have different backgrounds and experiences, different strengths and weaknesses, and differing perspectives on things. As a result, I’d try to ask something that would really let me drill down on a topic they might have some unique insight or perspective.

But this isn’t about me. It’s about you, dear reader. I want to hear what you’d ask. Use the comment area below let me know.

You can make it something general – a question you’d ask more or less any Wizard-type coach. Alternatively, you can put in a specific question you’d ask a certain coach.

Either way, write your questions below – and who you’d ask them of, if you want – down below. It just might be that I can get them asked and answered!

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Talent Strategy Manager (oversees the national teams) and Indoor Performance Director for Volleyball England, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy. His volleyball coaching experience includes all three NCAA divisions, plus Junior College, in the US; university and club teams in the UK; professional coaching in Sweden; and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. He's also been a visiting coach at national team, professional club, and juniors programs in several countries. Learn more on his bio page.

    1 Response to "If you could ask just one question …"


      As a coach of a pro team – What percentage of your coaching is on technical improvement against tactical / game plans? And Why?

      I ask because I’m fascinated to know if coaches in general take it as a given that the players are technically proficient and therefore need lithe to no coaching in that area. If so would that lead to a loss of technical mastery by the coach, becoming more tactical and game plan oriebtated?

      Clayton Lucas

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