This story – from my second year coaching at the University of Exeter in England – falls into the category of “better lucky than good”.

Please don’t hate or envy me too much for what I’m about to tell you. 🙂

As I documented in my coaching log, the Exeter women’s team I coached in 2013-14 received a first round Championship playoff bye. That meant they went straight through to the BUCS Final 8s. Everyone else had to battle it out that week for the seven other spots. You may be aware that I also coached the university men. They too qualified for Championships that season by placing 2nd in their league. They were drawn in the round of 16 against a team from Northern Ireland.

Get this…

The men didn’t have to play their way into Final 8s either. The opposition forfeit (apparently their setter couldn’t go for the match). This meant a second year in a row finishing in the top 8 for the guys. And as with the ladies, the men also qualified for the 2014-15 season’s new premier league.

I asked one of the club captains if they’d made a deal with the devil to have this kind of luck. 😉

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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.

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