There’s a piece in the April/May 2015 edition of the AVCA’s Coaching Volleyball magazine worth a read (if you can find it). Terry Pettit’s column Writer’s Desk has a talk with Nebraska head coach John Cook. In it Terry asks John to say the first thing that comes to mind when he mentions some other coaches. They include Mick Haley (USC), Dave Shondell (Purdue), Kelly Sheffield (Wisconsin), Geoff Carlston (Ohio State), Christy Johnson (Iowa State), John Dunning (Stanford), and Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota) individually. The replies are mainly two short sentences and they look to hit on the essence of the coach in question.

Thinking about those replies got me wondering whether the coaches about which they were said would agree or disagree. Or do they otherwise see themselves in a similar or different fashion. That then got me wondering what I would want other coaches to say about me in a similar context, and how that may vary from what they actually would say now.

I’m definitely going to give it some thought.

What would you like your coaching peers to say about you?

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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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