Apart from giving me an outlet to write about things in volleyball that interest and intrigue me, the main themes of this blog (and Facebook page and Twitter feed) are to share ideas from backgrounds to which not all coaches necessarily have access, and to maintain volleyball history. Volleyball as a sport has a very poor sense of its own history and what little literature there is fractured into smaller language groups. For example, English speakers have no real access to the collected wisdom of incredible coaching talents like Platonov or Velasco whose main work has been carried out in other languages.
In another attempt to address this issue John Forman (blogger at ‘Coaching Volleyball’) and I have begun a new project entitled ‘Volleyball Coaching Wizards’. The goal of the project is to identify and interview as many of the great volleyball coaches in the world (wizards, if you will) and disseminate their accumulated wisdom in as many forms as we can. In our minds, coaching wizards do not only coach professionals, and are not necessarily famous. They can just as equally coach high school teams or national teams but their knowledge and experience will be helpful to all. Initially, the interviews will be available as downloadable audio files and ultimately we would like to put them into a book form.
Until now we have had about 200 coaches nominated (you can nominate a wizard here), 30 confirmations and seven completed interviews. This will be a long term project. Details of subscriptions are currently being finalised and will be released soon. In the meantime, sign up for our mailing list here, and receive a link to one of the first interviews. And support us on Facebook and Twitter and You Tube. On those platforms you can also link to clips from some of the completed interviews to give you a taste of what we have in mind right now, but the finished project will be moulded by the input of many.
One of the first interviews was with well known Canadian coach Stelio DeRocco. Completely unprompted (I promise!) he explained how he saw the value of the ‘Volleyball Coaching Wizards’.