Questions for John, Russ, and Terry?

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
About the Author: John Forman
John currently coaches for an NCAA Division II women's team. This follows a stint as head coach for a women's professional team in Sweden. Prior to that he was the head coach for the University of Exeter Volleyball Club BUCS teams (roughly the UK version of the NCAA) while working toward a PhD. He previously coached in Division I of NCAA Women's Volleyball in the US, with additional experience at the Juniors club level, both coaching and managing, among numerous other volleyball adventures. Learn more on his bio page.


  1. Adam says:

    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 John Forman says:

      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.