Book, Coaching Volleyball Successfully

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In Coaching Volleyball Successfully, Sally Kus presents the formula she used to build and sustain the most successful high school volleyball program ever. From establishing a philosophy and planning productive practices to game-time decision making and player evaluation, this book will help you coach your team to championship-level performances season after season.

Kus compiled an amazing 794-29 record at the high school level, prompting Volleyball Magazine to call her program the best ever in the history of the sport. Coaching Volleyball Successfully is the first publication of Kus winning blueprint. Now you can put her expertise to use on your side of the net!


PART I: Coaching Foundation

Chapter 1. Developing a Volleyball Coaching Philosophy

Chapter 2. Communicating Your Approach

Chapter 3. Motivating Players

Chapter 4. Building a Volleyball Program

PART II: Coaching Plans

Chapter 5. Planning for the Season

Chapter 6. Planning for Practices

PART III: Teaching Individual Skills

Chapter 7. Developing Essential Skills

Chapter 8. Coaching Key Drills

PART IV: Teaching a Team System and Tactics

Chapter 9. Coaching Offense

Chapter 10. Coaching Defense

PART V: Coaching Matches

Chapter 11. Preparing Your Team

Chapter 12. Handling Match Situations

PART VI:Coaching Evaluation

Chapter 13. Evaluating Players

Chapter 14. Evaluating Your Program

Sally Kus is the head volleyball coach at the University of Buffalo. Before taking over the reigns at UB in December of 2001, Kus enjoyed four successful seasons at Daemen College (New York), where she was named NAIA Conference Coach of the Year twice. A veteran coach at the collegiate, high school, and club levels, Kus is best known for her remarkable 23-year coaching tenure at Sweet Home High School in Amherst, New York, where she compiled a record of 794-29 with teams that Volleyball Magazine called the best prep program ever in the history of the sport. Kus coached her teams to a National Federation of State High Schools record of 292 consecutive wins (1978-1987), six consecutive state titles (1990-1995), and a number one national ranking by USA Today (1991). Kus was named the National Women's Sports Foundation Coach of the Year in 1983 and National Federation Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1987, and she was inducted into the National Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996. Kus is a 1970 graduate of the University of Akron and a graduate of the University of Buffalo, having earned a master's degree in health and physical education in 1974. She coached the girls' scholastic team at the Empire State Games from 1978 to 1991, where her teams won 10 gold and 3 silver medals. She is the founder and coordinator of the nationally renowned Cheetah Junior Olympic Development Program and is a USA Volleyball National Coaching Accreditation Program clinician (CADRE). When not coaching, teaching, or speaking at clinics about volleyball, Kus enjoys traveling, water sports, and shopping. She and her husband, Larry, live near Buffalo, New York.

"Sally Kus is one of the top instructors in USA Volleyball's coaching accreditation program. Coaches at every level will give their players a far better athletic experience on and off the court if they learn from the ideas in this book." John Kessel Coaching education director, USA Volleyball

"Coaching Volleyball Successfully is a must-read that explores the elements that have brought success to Sally and her athletes. These gems of wisdom come from the former coach of a high school program that set the level of play for which most of us strive." Patti Perone Horseheads High School varsity coach Southern Tier Volleyball Club coordinator and coach

"Sally demonstrates why she has been recognized as one of the top high school coaches in the nation. Her skills as a physical educator and her commitment to her players and the game of volleyball shine through in each chapter." Russ Rose Head volleyball coach, Penn State University

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