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Susan Dueckman

Hi Jim,

I’m a veteran teacher, but very new to volleyball.  I have coached for 2 seasons, but really have very little training.  I am now launched into a head coach position, yet I have never developed my own real philosophy of coaching.  This is new to me!

What do you recommend for someone in my position?  I am coaching grade 9-10 girls, most of whom are club players outside of the high school.  So far, I’ve kind of let them drive the team, but there doesn’t seem to be a sense of team cohesiveness, and I am losing the battle of trying to be the first priority for our club girls.  They do not belong to the same club (hence, different coaching styles and philosophies, but definitely better experience from them)  I feel like a fish out of water.