Coach Trumbo on the Future of Stevenson Beach Volleyball

dave_trumboToday, Stevenson University Head Indoor and Beach Volleyball Coach Dave Trumbo joined Stephen to talk about the inaugural season for his beach team and great ways a student-athlete can enjoy the sport of beach. Some of the areas covered include:

  • The first practice in Maryland the first week of March, short-weather right? It was.
  • The first match win
  • The travel schedule for the 2nd year
  • The future of a two sport athlete at Stevenson

For the entire interview, visit here.

To connect with Coach Trumbo as well as, more information on the Stevenson program, visit here.

Webber International Coach on Selecting A Partner

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Coach Brian Goodhind of Webber International

Today, Stephen McCarthy will talk with Head Coach Brian Goodhind of Webber International University on the numerous variables related to the selection of a partner.  We will attempt to cover the entire spectrum of players from high school players who are looking for a local partner to college players and the coach is making the decisions to a pro level when your success and failure depend on your decisions. We cover personality, talent level, friendship, while attempting to answer the question of who is the best partner for you and your long term success?

For the complete interview, visit here.

Brian Goodhind Bio:

Brian just finished his sixth season at Webber and his fourth as the Head of the volleyball program. Brian came to us from Warner Christian Academy (South Daytona, FL), where he was the Co-Head Coach. While with Warner they won Back to Back State Championship’s while he was there (2009, 2010).

For complete bio, click here

How To Train Ugly

This week, Trevor Ragan of trainugly.com joined Stephen to talk about “how to train ugly.”  Trevor has had a tremendous amount of success breaking down the old, traditional view of training (i.e. control every aspect of the athletes technique, and drill over and over and over the same way, then hopefully eliminate enough mistakes to create success) with concepts like random vs block training and the growth mindset (touch the ball often, learn through mistakes and develop the ability to live in the moment and produce the results.) He shared his journey from talking to the researchers who knew about the concepts of motor learning and then ultimately, attempting  to educate coaches and athletes about a new way, how they can train ugly, have fun and have more success.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Oxygen Supplementation for Athletes

live_o2_logoToday on the show, Stephen McCarthy discussed the use and role of oxygen supplementation for young athletes, as well as, elite athletes.  LiveO2’s own Tom Butler joined the show to talk about the following ares related to his experiences in the world of oxygen.

  • History of Oxygen Supplementation and the benefits
  • Current success stories with athletes
  • The Story of LiveO2 and why it does what it does, and why it is important to the long term development of athletes.
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LiveO2 Adaptive-Contrast System

For the complete interview, visit here.

For additional information on LiveO2, visit our website.

Climbing The Hill as a Small School Standout

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Beach Volleyball Coach Russell Brock of LSU

Today, Stephen McCarthy will talk with Head Coach Russell Brock of the LSU Tigers beach volleyball program about some of  his ideas for players who do not live in hot bed locations to get noticed and eventually, play college beach volleyball. Coach about his personal experiences and what he recommends for players who come from smaller or lesser known schools.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Russel Brock Bio:
Russell Brock was selected to lead LSU’s sand volleyball program on December 4, 2013 by vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva.

Brock has spent the last eight seasons with the Rice University indoor program. He served as a volunteer coach from 2006-08 before being promoted to assistant coach from 2009-13. During his tenure, the Owls racked up 141 wins which included two NCAA Tournament trips and school’s first-ever Conference USA championship in 2009.

Before joining the Rice program, Brock spent 11 years at Baytown Christian Academy in Texas. He acted as the school’s athletics director, operations manager and coached the girls volleyball, boys soccer and boys basketball teams. Under his leadership, the volleyball squad captured four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state titles.

Brock was standout at the University of Southern California where he amassed 956 digs en route to the program’s all-time record, a mark he held for 10 seasons. He also set a NCAA mark with 45 matches with 10-plus digs. Brock graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in exercise science. For complete bio, click here

Beach Coach Russell Brock of LSU on the Art of Making Adjustments

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Beach Volleyball Coach Russell Brock of LSU

Today, Stephen McCarthy will talk with Head Coach Russell Brock of the LSU Tigers beach volleyball progam about some of his go to strategies for elite performance on game day.

Areas covered include:

1, Ideas for players who do not live in hot bed locations to get noticed and eventually, play college beach volleyball
2. Game day strategies and the variables associated with high level play
3. The art of making adjustments to what is happening on game day.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Russel Brock Bio:
Russell Brock was selected to lead LSU’s sand volleyball program on December 4, 2013 by vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva.

Brock has spent the last eight seasons with the Rice University indoor program. He served as a volunteer coach from 2006-08 before being promoted to assistant coach from 2009-13. During his tenure, the Owls racked up 141 wins which included two NCAA Tournament trips and school’s first-ever Conference USA championship in 2009.

Before joining the Rice program, Brock spent 11 years at Baytown Christian Academy in Texas. He acted as the school’s athletics director, operations manager and coached the girls volleyball, boys soccer and boys basketball teams. Under his leadership, the volleyball squad captured four Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state titles.

Brock was standout at the University of Southern California where he amassed 956 digs en route to the program’s all-time record, a mark he held for 10 seasons. He also set a NCAA mark with 45 matches with 10-plus digs. Brock graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in exercise science. For complete bio, click here

Scouting: The Role Information Plays In the Players Life

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Beach Volleyball Coach Wayne Holly of Tulane University

Coach Wayne Holly of Tulane University and Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project discuss the topic of scouting, its importance to some athletes and not so much for others.  In today’s world of sport, many hours are spent on scouting the competition, but how many times does the theory of randomness ruin the best laid plans of players and coaches. While I do not believe we found all the answers  during our discussion, it is food for thought for how young people can better understand themselves and use scouting information to their advantage.

For the complete clip, visit here.

Game Day Strategies with Georgia State Coach Beth Van Fleet

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Beth Van Fleet of Georgia State

Today, I was joined by Coach Beth Van Fleet of Georgia State and Coach Wayne Holly of Tulane University to talk about game day strategies and what athletes need to know to compete at the highest level.

Coach Van Fleet talked about the how and why preparation and training apply directly in game day situations.  Secondly, what are some of the specific areas you should account for on game day, like nutrition and hydration.

In the second half,  Coach Holly discussed what type of information he passes along to his players, as well as, what are the areas athletes can control, what areas they are not able to keep tabs.

Beach Volleyball Coach Wayne Holly of Tulane University

Beach Volleyball Coach Wayne Holly of Tulane University

Coach Holly talks about motives and why you play the game and how it directly applies to the the results you receive from the game.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Perfection or Efficiency: A Perspective within Elite Performance

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

arizona_ncaa_beach_volleyballOver my recent history, I have noticed a trend that athletes feel that if they are perfect, do every action more perfect than somebody else that they will become an elite athlete. Or said in a different way, the more perfect I am, I will be better than you. Well, I hate to break it to young people, being more perfect is not the answer. The answer is can you perform a coordinated action that produces the results needed exactly at the time you are producing those actions.

Athletes today need to realize that practicing is needed and perfecting your sport is a worthwhile goal, but the term we are looking for is efficiency in the moment, not perfection.

To further my point, click here for an interview I completed with head volleyball coach Tom Black from Loyola Marymount around the same subject.

Still looking for more information, take the following athletes:

  1. A tall person who can jump out of the gym, but does not have any sort of sport IQ. But can produce amazing amounts of speed and power on the court or field.
  2. A relatively tall person who can jump relatively high and is not real fast, but fast enough, but can out think and read the situation faster than another athlete

Which one is the better player? I would argue number #2.

Again, my hope is not to solve the world of sports problem with one small post, only to challenge young people to think through what and why they do what they do. Don’t just strive to be perfect in every way and think that the good grade will correlate to success on your sport.

Lastly, quoting Michael Johnson, a Olympic gold medalist in track and field,

I want you to work the way I have, to arrive at a place where you are running your own particular races at 95,96,97 percent efficiency. And every once in a while, as with me in Atlanta, you might come within a whisper of the very limits of your ability, within sight of perfection. -pg. 205, Slaying the Dragon

So the question is to pursue perfection realizing that getting it right all the time is not the answer, it is the pursuit or chasing of elite efficiency in the moment is the way to chase elite performance life and sport.

Bio on Tom Black:

black_tomTom Black enters his sixth season as LMU’s head coach with the start of the 2015 fall indoor volleyball season after being hired on January 19th, 2010. Serving as head coach since its inception, Black recently completed his fourth year as head coach of the LMU sand volleyball program in the spring of 2015.

The Future of Volleyball with St. Marys Rob Browning

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Head Volleyball Coach Rob Browning of The St. Mary’s Gaels

St. Mary’s head volleyball coach Rob Browning joined to talk about the upcoming beach volleyball season and how the sport may change for the next couple years with the recent announcement of a NCAA championship. On top of that, Coach Browning will chat about the history of BYU volleyball and his thoughts on what a few of the great qualities of elite players.

For the entire interview, visit here.

To connect with Coach Browning, click here