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

Well, I’m now less than a week away from being in Sweden for my initial visit. That means my focus is on the upcoming move – packing and otherwise preparing. I was also busy traveling to and from an academic conference in Glasgow, which kept me occupied for the better part of three solid days. I did do a couple of coaching-related things the past week, however.

As I mentioned in last week’s update that I would be doing, I had a conversation with the second of our American signings – the middle, Chelsey Bettinson. As with the others, it was mainly a start at getting to know each other. She inquired as to my preferred blocking scheme. She did a lot of swing blocking at Washington State. I told her I haven’t made any decisions yet as I need to get a look at the team and players to see what I think will end up working best. It’s basically the same thing I said to Camryn when she asked me what my plan was for the offense. I don’t tend to have one system I try to play to, but instead look to try to maximize what the squad has to offer.

The other thing I continued to do was player evaluations. We’re still looking to fill the third foreigner slot with an outside hitter. The Sports Director for Svedala sent me a number of players to look at to that end.

In my next entry I’ll be able to give you some initial impressions. I’ll arrive in Sweden on Thursday!

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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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