This is an entry in my volleyball coaching log for 2015-16.

Not too much to report this week. Since I’m in Germany, my interactions with the team and club are back down to pre-England departure levels. There is one piece of news, though.

We’ve officially now filled our allowed three foreign player slots. Recall that we signed a pair of former Washington State players at the setter and middle positions. We’ve now added a former Clemson outside hitter.

Mo Simmons was a 4-year starter who accumulated over 1000 kills and 1000 digs in her collegiate career. She was also selected to the USA National A2 squad in 2013, which offers an indication of her ability and talent. Her final season for Clemson was 2013 when she led the ACC in kills/set and scored nearly 600 points. Over the past year she’s been coaching and playing in the PVL. Here’s the story of her signing from the Clemson website.

The combination of Camryn, Chelsey, and Mo gives the team a lot of high level experience as all three come from Power 5 conferences. From that perspective, I think it may be the strongest trio of foreign players the club has ever had. I’m looking forward to getting into the gym in a couple weeks to see what we can make of things.

Adding Mo to the roster gets the squad up to 9 confirmed members. Five are returners from last season (S, MB, OPP, OH, L), and we have a player from the 2013-14 squad returning (L/OH). We have another player who will join the squad from another club pending finding a place to live, another potential returner from the 2013-14 squad, and maybe 1-2 other younger players.

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John Forman
John Forman

John is currently the Men's & Women's Head Volleyball Coach at Medaille College, as well as Global Director for Volleyball for Nation Academy (formerly Charleston Academy). His previous experience includes the college and university level in the US and UK, professional coaching in Sweden, and both coaching and club management at the Juniors level. Learn more on his bio page.

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