The latest research on how people learn a sport like volleyball tells us that learning is very context-specific and task-specific. This means our coaches know how important it is to make practice activities as game-like as possible and to maximize each player’s meaningful interactions with the ball. That’s why we discourage traditional 2-person pepper and will not waste a player’s time by running laps around the gym.
Most importantly, Gators Volleyball coaches never forget that we are coaching people (not just volleyball players). We know that our athletes have to know that we care, before they care what we know. We measure success in terms of how of our athletes come back to play again next year.
Any potential volleyball coaches out there? If you enjoy working with kids and share our love of the game of volleyball, then we want you! There are so many wonderful and brilliant girls who just want to play some great volleyball, and coaching them is an incredibly rewarding experience.
You don’t necessarily need to be a star player to be a great coach, and we will provide you training and resources to get you up to speed. We are making preparations for the upcoming club season, so now is the perfect time to get involved! Click the “Contact us” link to let us know of your interest, and let’s talk some volleyball!
In my 14 years of coaching I have have worked with all age groups from U12 through U18. I am a firm believer in a positive coaching environment where players are encouraged to take the risks necessary to improve and learn new skills. I like to run my practices in a way which maximizes opportunity for meaningful and gamelike interactions with the ball – “no laps, no lines, and no lectures”. My goal in coaching is to foster personal improvement, physical fitness, competitiveness, team spirit, and a sense of community through a lifetime interest in the great sport of volleyball.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach the sport I love to a new generation of girls. It is my belief and has been my experience that anyone with the passion to learn can become a skilled and fabulous volleyball player. But most importantly it is my belief that volleyball is all about having fun.
As a coach I believe in the importance of performing the small things well. For example, I focus a lot of energy on honing mechanics before adding complex strategies and tactics. By providing positive feedback and infusing fun in practices, I hope to develop a culture in which our athletes acquire a lifetime passion for volleyball. My aim is to build confidence in an athlete so they have a positive experience, while learning, growing and playing a great team sport like volleyball. I first started playing volleyball as an adult and was urged to coach by a good friend who I refer to as my mentor. For 30 years, I’ve coached high school, club, and collegiate volleyball, as well as being a clinician at numerous camps and clinics. I look forward to the opportunity to work with Gators Volleyball coaches and athletes this year!
Volleyball to me is one of the truest team sports, and that is one thing that I love about the game. I was first introduced to volleyball when my daughter started playing in 5th grade. She and I both fell in love with the sport, and ever since then I have played and coached volleyball. I have coached over 10 years along with playing in several leagues. During that time I have coached nearly all age groups and levels up to and including Open. During that time my teams have placed 2nd in New England at U14 and 3rd in New England at U16. The biggest achievement for me is watching the girls fall in love with the sport and seeing what is possible and then doing it. Volleyball is a great confidence builder, and I believe it helps the girls develop tools that they will use for the rest of their lives. I'm excited to the to work with Gators coaches and athletes this year!