Like Heck She Isn't a Volleyball Player: 27 Essays to Make Coaches Think
A collection of essays from Jim Dietz, head volleyball coach at Lincoln Land Community College and the Director of the Capital Area Volleyball Club, both in Springfield, Illinois. Dietz, author of "The Human Side of Coaching" (Championship Productions), explores more than just the game of volleyball, all with the intent of helping himself and others become better coaches. More
This is a collection of essays about volleyball, and about life. Some are confessional in nature, offering a personal perspective on Jim Dietz's decisions around the game over his 25+ year career. Each essay explores more than just the game of volleyball, all with the intent of helping himself and others become better coaches. According to Dietz, "If I can explain my thoughts clearly to readers, I better understand the ideas myself, and in turn, make myself a better coach." The essays are all built on the assumption that whoever reads them shares USA Volleyball’s mantra of “Grow the Game Together." Encourage young people to play. Enjoy the play of young kids. But don't forget that volleyball is a life-time experience -- volleyball is for everyone!
The essays can be read in any order. Some are short; some are long. Dietz holds strong opinions, and readers will agree with some essays, and may hate others. Some will reinforce what readers already believe, and others..... will make them question their beliefs. But if it makes the reader think, then it's all good. "I think it is important we respect our differences and remain open-minded enough to take those differences, synthesize them, and create new, better ideas. If any of these essays spark ideas, share your new thoughts everywhere possible. Please!"
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