In about a week and a half I’m going to be attending the Fort Worth clinic being run by The Art of Coaching Volleyball. I’ve been invited by the organizers to interview the three lead clinicians, John Dunning (Stanford), Russ Rose (Penn State), and Terry Liskevych (recently retired from Oregon State). I’ll sit down with each of them for something like 45 minutes and we’ll record some stuff for them to use on their website and stuff down the road.

I’d like to get your thoughts on interesting questions to throw at the guys.

Here’s the qualification, though. I want to step back from the technical and tactical stuff they normally focus on in their clinics. I’m not going to ask them about drills or games and playing systems. There’s plenty of that material out there.

Instead I’m going more in the Volleyball Coaching Wizards direction. By that I mean I want to focus on the underlying sets of philosophies and coaching developmental considerations which serve to motivate the technical and tactical stuff.

So, with that in mind, what questions should I put on my list?

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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.

    2 replies to "Questions for John, Russ, and Terry?"

    • Adam

      How about a question regarding the rules of the sport? Something along the lines of why we continue to change the rules of our game despite the fact that it is not likely to make a difference to a tv audience. How have the changes they have seen in their own players relate to rule changes? At what point do changes to the game take away from it’s integrity as set out by the sports international governing body? As somebody that has played and been involved in coaching the sport for a long time I am getting more and more frustrated by how much the FIVB, and other sport governing bodies at all levels tweak the rules for our sport. In fact maybe this is a question for both you and Mark as well? Maybe you have written about it already 🙂

      • John Forman

        Hi Adam – Mark and I have definitely both talked about rules-related stuff, and even blogged about it from time-to-time. That strikes me as being less of a coaching question and more of a direction of the sport one. Since my time with the guys will be limited, I want to stick more with the coaching side of things.

Please share your own ideas and opinions.