Coach Hanson: Turning Weakness into Strengths
June 7th, 2016
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by Bri Hintze

Ohio State University Men’s Volleyball just won their 2nd NCAA Championship. With Pete Hanson as their coach, this is no surprise. Coach Hanson has served as the Ohio State head men’s volleyball coach for the last 31 seasons and has been named the National Coach of the Year three times. This season, their situation was a unique path to victory that all can learn from. Their setter, Christy Blough, was experiencing some stress reactions that were borderline stress fractures. Despite Read More

Coach John Cook: What Makes a Real Winner
December 25th, 2015
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by Bri Hintze

We had the wonderful opportunity to interview Coach John Cook from the Nebraska Huskers. As you know, the Nebraska Huskers just won their 4th national title on Saturday night, and this is their third title with Coach Cook. In an interview with Omaha News, Cook said about its 4th National Title, “Last night was probably the pinnacle night for the history of college volleyball of this country. It felt like a Super Bowl.” If anybody would know what the pinnacle Read More

Insights from Joe Trinsey Part II: Video, Data and Tech
December 1st, 2015
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by Bri Hintze

Last time Joe Trinsey, expert volleyball coach and elite statistician, talked a little about how he began using data in his coaching and outline a simple way to implement it. Let’s continue that conversation as he gives a little more insight into video analysis, simplifying the data, keeping up on trends and looking to the future of tech in sports.   For a coach who hasn’t really implemented video analysis, where should he or she begin?   Set up a Read More

Insights from Joe Trinsey Part I: Using Data in Coaching
October 21st, 2015
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by Bri Hintze

  Joe Trinsey, expert volleyball coach and elite statistician, found a few minutes to share with us his experience and thoughts about using data in making smart coaching decisions.   First Statistical Analysis The first “statistical analysis” I ever did was when I was coaching club, and it was mind-bogglingly simple. I noticed that most young teams (I was coaching U14) aren’t really playing against each other, they’re playing against the ball. Whichever team could get a decent set and Read More

Data Analytics: the Future of Volleyball
October 6th, 2015
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by Bri Hintze

Data analytics is here and is the biggest thing to happen to Volleyball since who knows when. It used to be a product only the biggest and best volleyball schools could afford, but now even smaller schools are investing money and making it possible to have some sort of analysis on their opponent. Why is it so important? Coach RJ Abella from the University of South Carolina shares his insights with us after working with analytics for years. “You can Read More

Q&A with Coach Dan Meske
September 14th, 2015
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by Bri Hintze

Coaching philosophies differ from team to team and across all levels of competition. Learning about what others do in the profession can help generate ideas for your program. We were recently privileged to hear from Dan Meske, women’s volleyball head coach at University of Augustana in Sioux Falls, S. D. As a first-year head coach, his reputation is still being built, but Meske does have eight seasons of experience at Nebraska, helping the team to a 216-44 record, three Big Read More

Recruiting: UCLA Assistant Coach Brad Keller’s perspective
August 14th, 2015
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by Bri Hintze

With the launch of the VolleyMetrics blog, we’d like to provide short insights on how to make your coaching job a little easier. Hearing from other coaches can help spark other ideas in training regimens with your team. I had the opportunity to chat with UCLA volleyball men’s assistant coach Brad Keller. The usage of video in volleyball is different than it used to be when Keller played at Loyola Marymount University in 2002. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen Read More