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Volleyball Coaching Job Search Log – Apr 3, 2015

Attending the CEV Champions League Final 4 last weekend was a bit of a bust in terms of developing direct new job-related contacts – at least from an immediate term perspective. There is the potential for longer-term impact, however.

I got a rejection email from San Francisco with regards to their assistant coach vacancy, as well as for the UT Martin head coach position. I should note that in the latter case the rejection email was sent simultaneously to a number of coaches and they didn’t bcc the recipient list, so now we all know who applied and got shot down.

Also found out that the Lake Erie (Division II) head job has been filled – by a guy with a name an awful lot like mine! The Marist head job has also been filled.

A new contact on LinkedIn actually informed me of a Division II head job in the middle part of the country that has just opened up. The posting hasn’t gone up on any of the boards I follow, so I had to go to the school’s employment section to find the listing. I’ve applied for it, along with another Midwestern position for a program getting ready to be full Division II.

I’ve also seen that a Division II job in the Northeast has also come open, along with another in the upper Midwest. Neither has posted officially at this point. In one case there’s an on-going search for a new Athletic Director, which could slow things down.

I also applied for another Division I assistant job – one at a fairly high level.

Report from the CEV Champions League Final 4

Back in 2015 I spent a weekend in Berlin attending the Final 4 for the men’s CEV Champions League. The event was hosted by Berlin Recycling Volleys, which was coached by my friend Mark Lebedew. He is author of the At Home on the Court blog. The other three teams involved were Zenit Kazan from Russia, PGE Skra Belchatow, and Asseco Resovia Rzeszow – the latter two from Poland. Berlin put up a good fight, but lost 3-1 to the Russian side in the first semifinal. Rzeszow then won the second semi 3-0. Berlin won a tight 3-2 battle of the losing teams to win the bronze medal. Kazan retained their championship by a 3-0 score line.

The atmosphere in the place was fantastic – helped by the home team’s performance, of course. Max Schmelling Halle was at capacity, setting an attendance record. Here’s a clip I posted on showing the end of the set Berlin won against Kazan.

Berlin’s bronze was their best ever Champions League finish. It was great to see a friend have that kind of success. [Note: In 2017 Berlin reached the Final 4 for the first time without being host. They only took 4th, though.]

During that weekend I got to spend a fair amount of time talking about coaching with Alexis Lebedew. He’s Mark’s brother, who authors the Coaches Corner blog and worked with Mark and their father to publish the Platonov coaching book. He and I literally spent just about 4 hours talking in the gym on that Friday afternoon while Kazan and Berlin were doing their final training sessions.

I also got to spend time with Ruben Wolochin from TV Bühl, along with his assistant Santiago. That is one of the German professional teams I visited back in August 2014. We talked about how things went with the team this season and what the future might bring for them. Of course we also talked about the play going on as I sat with him during the non-Berlin matches.

There were a few hiccups along the way, but all in all it a very good experience. I would highly recommend attending that sort of event to any volleyball coach. If nothing else, as I’ve said before, analyzing the play of top competitors will show you that just because they are bigger, faster, stronger, etc. it doesn’t mean they don’t make the same mistakes our players make.

USA Volleyball High Performance Clinic 2015

I mentioned a couple weeks ago on social media that I’d committed to attending this year’s USA Volleyball High Performance coaching clinic next month at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The clinic fee is extremely reasonable when you consider it comes with room and board. The big expense for me is the travel from England. Ouch!

Actually, it was the prospects of developing news contacts that ended up being the bigger factor in my decision to commit to the cost. The educational side of things is important, of course, but right now I’m in the middle of trying to get myself back into full-time coaching, as I’ve been documenting in my job hunt log. Contacts could come in quite handy in that respect. In fact, one of the head coaches whose assistant position I’ve put in for is a clinic presenter (though I would imagine she’ll have finished the search by then).

Anyway, the other day I got the schedule for the event, which covers an evening and two full days. It looks like this:

Thursday (Feb 5th)

18:00-18:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks
18:40-19:40 Flashback to Fourteen Women’s and Men’s national team staffs, Women’s Junior and Girls’ youth national team staffs
19:45-21:30 Welcome Social

Friday (Feb 6th)

8:00-9:10 What Does it mean to Play Well? Blocking Julio Velasco
9:15-10:15 First Things First: The Competitive Power of Serve Receive Laurent Tille
10:15-10:40 Small group topic discussions
10:45-12:15 Game On Steve Shenbaum
13:15-14:15 Promoting More Process: Bingo with the National Team Karch Kiraly
14:15-15:15 Getting the Most Out of Your Practice: Practice Planning and Motor Learning Jamie Morrisson
15:20-15:40 Small group topic discussions
15:55-16:40 Mindfulness and Performance Mark Aoyagi
16:45-17:40 Same Continent, Different Coaches: Playing for Team USA Over the Decades Stacy Sykora, Tracy (Stalls) Insalaco, Christa Dietzen, Kayla Barnworth

Saturday (Feb 7th)

8:00-9:05 Structure and Spirit in Defense Laurent Tille
9:10-10:10 High Performance Championship Team and Technique Training Rod Wilde and Shelton Collier
10:10-10:30 Small group topic discussions
10:45-11:30 A Legacy of Success – Program Development Across Cultures Julio Velasco
11:35-12:20 Volleyball Decision Making: Combining the Art and the Science Joe Trinsey, Nate Ngo, Jesse Tupac
12:25-13:10 Collegiate National Team Training Bill Neville
14:15-15:15 Scouting to Win: Developing Strategies in Match Preparation Jim Stone, Tom Hogan, Lindsey Devine, Brook Coulter, Erin Virtue
15:15-16:15 What Does it Mean to Play Well? Offense Julio Velasco
16:15-16:35 Small group topic discussions
16:45-17:25 The French Touch: Practice Organization the French Way Laurent Tille
17:25-18:10 Empowering Your Staff Karch Kiraly, Doug Beal, Jim Stone, Tom Hogan
19:30-23:30 Attendee Social

Pretty intense, eh?

Along with the official socials and the small group discussions, there are the shared meals and Friday night to spend time with fellow attendees. Should be an interesting couple of days.

Naturally, I will provide a full report. 🙂

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