201+ Volleyball Quotes to Inspire and Motivate Your Team

Looking for a great way to inspire your team?

Being armed with volleyball quotes that resonate with your team and teach important lessons can be incredibly motivating and effective.

Reading them is also simply a great way to learn!

That's why I first started collecting them. To put together a list of advice from some of the smartest minds to ever be around the game of volleyball.

Below, I'll share with you the complete 200+ list of volleyball quotes that I've put together over the last few years.

I guarantee you'll find something worthy of sharing with your team!

Marv Dunphy Volleyball Quotes

“Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going. It is a game of intuition, imagination, improvisation - but most of all, of reciprocity. Of teamwork. There is no way to freelance in volleyball.”

“If we control the ball, they pay.”

“The best passing drill is pass - set - hit. The best setting drill is pass - set - hit. The best hitting drill is pass - set - hit... Anything less than a game situation, unless very well planned, has the possibility of introducing artificial situations, and complete transfer to the game might not occur when drills are constructed in this manner.”

“It is not how tall you are, it is how GOOD you are.”

“How a coach says ‘no’ is more significant than how a coach says ‘yes’.” 

“Superior athletes want to be accountable for their own results.”


John Kessel Volleyball Quotes

“You have to learn every day. You can’t be playing every day, but you can be practicing. If you cannot be practicing with a net and others daily, you still can be learning about the game by reading, watching and imaging. You must learn every day, if you want to be a real volleyball player.”

“In volleyball there are many reasons for errors but not a single excuse.”

“Volleyball is like going to church… Many attend, but few understand.”

“Think positive, real volleyball happens too fast to think any other way.”

“The meaning of volleyball is to give meaning to volleyball, as the meaning of coaching is to give meaning to coaching.”

“Perform the best you can for when you find that you perform your best, there is still so much more in volleyball to do better, harder, faster, and smarter. It is just like when you go for a long journey. You go as far as you can see, and when you get there, you can see farther.”

“There are three choices in life and sport - either you do it, you don't do it or you think about it. Most humans think about it. We will do it.”

“Coaching is something that takes place only when learning does. No matter what you are doing in your practices, if your players are not learning something significant, you're really not coaching. If a player fails in a game, the coach may have failed in practice.”

“Never mishandle hope or self-confidence - those are elements of life, not just a game.”

“You cannot turn your winning attitude on when you think you 'need it.' You must work on it every day, every practice, every match - win or lose. Focus on playing to win, not playing to lose, for there is a season of difference between the two.”

“The pessimistic coach complains about the play. The optimistic coach expects it to change. The realistic coach adjusts what he can control.”


“The sport of volleyball will never give you something that you can't handle; whether you do handle it is another question.”

“Players need you to care, especially when they do not deserve it.”

“Too many coaches have too big a mouth and not big enough ears.”

“You can be harsh on your players and still coach, but it is easier when you are kind to them.”

“It is ok to err, but it is not ok to stop playing; it is ok to lose, but it is not ok to give up.”

“Kids on a team are like flowers in a bouquet, there is always one that wants to face a different way than the arranger desires.”

“Study hard, practice hard, play ferociously.”

“Never underestimate your players; they can do it with enough game-like practice. Coaches must put more emphasis in practice and in life on making student-athletes aware of what they could or can do, rather than what they couldn't or presently can't do. The focus must be on solutions, not problems; what is wanted, not what is feared.”

“If there is something a coach might wish to see changed in a player or team, the first place to check and see if it could not be done better is in yourself.”

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“Focus on winning the contest with yourself.”

“Alter strategies and tactics, but never your principles.”

“There is nothing less important in life than the score after one game of a two out of three game match.”

“I am here to give my players the little push they need, just like they needed long ago, when first learning the art of the swing. All you needed then was a little push, and quickly you were pumping away, flying higher and higher, without any more help from the 'coach.'”

“The wise coach takes all the heat when his players lose, and gives them all the credit when they win.”

“It's hard for these athletes to stay healthy. They are constantly being bombarded with unhealthy advertising. Peer pressure can override the body's demand for health. Being healthy goes beyond 'not being sick' (where all lab reports indicate health), to feeling optimistic, energetic, strong and happy with their bodies. Teaching them to take charge of their bodies is a job of coaching. Help them gain discipline in conditioning, nutrition and attitude/emotional control.”

“You must allow your players to become the athletes they can be. Don't make them into anything just to become the kind of winners fans, friends and others think they must be.”

“There are two basic situations in volleyball - either you got the ball or you don't.”

“Make your mistakes with confidence. It is the only way you are going to learn anything. Never be afraid to do a skill, no matter how simple or hard it may seem someone has done it, and so can you, with enough committed practice and confidence.”

“Coaches must be flexible, for then they won't get bent out of shape.”

“There is no such thing as 'staying in shape; you either work to get better, or you allow yourself to get worse.”

“Most volleyball players are made in the winter, spring and summer, for come fall, everyone practices equal time.”

“Volleyball rules are simple. If it is on the floor, pick it up and get it into the air. If it is in the air, keep it off the floor.”

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“The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.”

“If you’re going miss a serve, miss long rather than into the net. When you serve long, there’s still a chance the other team will play it.” 

"Never back down, never fear anyone, for the best opponents will help you to play your best."

"Play your heart out each game, so you can look your teammates in the eyes and ask, without saying it, 'I played full out, did you?'"

"Too many players are so afraid to do anything that they seldom venture to do anything."

"The sport of volleyball will never give you something that you can't handle; whether you do handle it is another question."

"Study hard, practice hard, play ferociously."

"Good players win volleyball games for you, not tall players."

"Being left-handed has its advantages in volleyball. Few people know enough about your spike and serve to give you advice."

"Less effort in this game makes more results."

"An advantage to volleyball is that you have a scoreboard to tell how you have done as a team. The thing is, in life there is no scoreboard, at least not one that you can see."

"The substitute that thinks his place below him, will certainly be below his place."

"Don't ask yourself what you did wrong; ask yourself what you did right."

"Coaches and players at the start must think their way through problems where a more experienced person would react out of habit and memory. One must not gain this experience, however, without being careful of empty redundancy. Do not fall into the error of the artist who boasts of 20 years of experience at his craft while, in fact, all he has had is one year - 20 times."

"Use volleyball quotes to motivate your teammates to play hard."

"Most of us are referees at heart; we like to call throws and errors on someone else."

"Shared victory is a double victory, shared defeat is half-defeat."

"Trying simply provides an excuse for not doing."

"A coach must sometimes see players with his heart, and hear them with his eyes."

"Work hard - beat out half the team. Be committed, play fair as a team player - Beat out another quarter of the team. The last quarter is your desire and beliefs, and where you are playing."

"Ethics is for people with full bellies."

"False teammates are like our shadows. They keep close to us when we are all walking in the sunshine, but they are gone the instant we just go into the shade, let alone the darkness."

"If you are serious about volleyball, the only months to stop playing are those without a vowel."

"Coaches need to have the ability of tact - to teach the team to rub out mistakes rather than to rub them in."

"Nothing makes a player more productive than the last minute."

Karch Kiraly Volleyball Quotes

“I never prepared to win the Olympic gold. I only prepared to win the next day.”

“We are all going to fall short. We are going to have some bitter losses, very painful defeats and failures. We have to use those to come back even stronger. That's what makes it sweeter, when we can overcome those and figure out a way to win. The great teams can do that, and those are the gold medal winning teams.”

“Practice like it's competition and compete like it's another day on the practice court.”

Not everything you're going to do in volleyball - or in life, for that matter - is exciting or fully functional, but if you have the willpower to make each minute count, you'll benefit in some way. And it will make you a better player and a better person in the long run.” 

“No volleyball play can begin without a serve, and the serve is the only technique that is totally under your control. In other endeavors, you cannot succeed without believing in yourself, and that belief is completely under your control.

“Playing against better competition makes you better and more focused, so you can do what you have to, to win.

“I just think about what I am doing on my side of the net, which requires focus. Even after all the years I've been playing, I still get butterflies before each match.”

“Sometimes your opponents will try to intimidate you by staring at you before they serve. You can avoid the cold-war tactics by staring at the ball instead of their eyes. It tells the server: "Hey, I'm ready for anything you've got - give it to me".”

“Over the years, I realized that if I’d done everything possible to prepare myself for matches and tournaments, it took a weight off my shoulders and allowed me to play without fear of losing. When you’ve done everything you can to train yourself for competition, you’ll sleep well when the tournament is over, win or lose.”

“No volleyball play can begin without a serve, and the serve is the only technique that is totally under your control. In other endeavors, you cannot succeed without believing in yourself, and that belief is completely under your control.”

“My general rule, which I have followed throughout my coaching career, is that everyone doesn’t necessarily get treated the same way, because I’m not sure that’s possible. But everyone has to be treated fairly.”

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“Volleyball is not like a formula so we must give players some freedom.”

"It's hard to give a career like this up, when I tell my wife I'm going to the office, and it's the beach."

"The beach game taught me great lessons about how to elevate the play of my teammate, or teammates, and how to anticipate and expect the ball so much more than the indoor game ever could. It taught me - even forced me - to be a much better all-around player. That allowed me to help our USA Olympic Team in many more ways than I ever could have otherwise."

"When you’ve done everything you can to train yourself for competition, you’ll sleep well when the tournament is over, win or lose."


"There's nothing worse than the feeling of wishing you had another chance at a play because you weren't ready. Every athlete has those feelings to mull over, and over and over ... Don't even expose yourself to the possibility to being caught off-guard."

"I didn't want to use anything as a crutch and ever have excuses heading into a match."

"It's a serve and pass game."

"Most people put a hat and glasses on to go incognito. I take them off."

"The indoor game is much more of a team game, having to work effectively with a group of 15 to 20 people, striving to improve every day, every drill, even every contact. The beach game is much more of an individual game within a team sport, much less about organized practices with coaches and much more about just playing the game."

"We play at the world's most beautiful beaches but in the world's most challenging conditions. It is not like you play one match and you go back to air conditioning. We do it all day long."

"I want to be as self-reliant as possible and do it all from within."

"I don't have to get myself pumped up or calm myself down. As we get into the later rounds of a tournament and there is more at stake, I have even more adrenaline. If we make the finals, it's just an extra opportunity to win a tournament at my age. That doesn't come along that often."

"I still get excited just attending a final four, because the process is so long, so arduous, so challenging, that when it finally arrives, the adrenaline can't help but take over. I love the sense of accomplishment and camaraderie that the indoor game can engender."

"When I was on the U.S. men's indoor team, I was on the road 200 days of the year and sometimes in the worst conditions. We didn't have the food or luxuries we wanted. We didn't have a laundry service. So every night after the match, I soaped up my uniform in the shower. I learned to rely on outside things as little as possible, whether it was music or massage. I just got out of the habit of relying on outside things."

"I couldn't be messing around and acting like an 11-year-old if we expected to compete well. I wanted to compete well, because it was great to see the looks in the eyes of men—like, "Wow, I am having a hard time beating this kid.""

Lloy Ball Volleyball Quotes

“The will to win is more important than the skill to win. It is possible to achieve only what you actively pursue. Cogito, ergo sum. I think, therefore I am. Keep your head high and work hard every day, because you’ll never get that day back.”

“Competing, training and doing anything to win was my drug. Entertaining the crowd and going into battles with teammates was what I lived for. Winning titles became my obsession.”

“I must give 100% in every practice, game, weight training, video, or anything I do related to sports and life.”


“Being a volleyball player is what I was born to do. I loved every day of it. I loved every practice, every weight training, every video meeting, every match! I loved playing in front of people. I loved entertaining them.”

“With all of that go along very high expectations! Some players do not like that. They don’t want the stress and pressure from the club to win. I loved it. I knew that it was NOT acceptable to lose.”

"It's just the easiest way to score a point."

Doug Beal Volleyball Quotes

“To have a successful program, you must be able to develop an overall plan or blueprint of the goal. You then do your best to break down that ideal image into building blocks useful for laying the foundation of a winning program.”

“A coach should take the athletes to their limits, should go beyond the comfort zone… If you are concerned about being friends with the players, you are not going anywhere.”


“The best way to quickly construct succeed team is to allow the best or most experienced players to set standards or reference points for younger players during the everyday practice.”

“It is critical the coach exhibit the following traits:
a) The coach must be prepared at all times.
b) The coach must demonstrate to the team that he is extremely organized.
c) The coach must demonstrate confidence.
d) The coach must demonstrate technical and tactical competence.
e) The coach must demonstrate maturity.
f) The coach must be a behavioral role model for the players.
g) The coach must define leadership as seeking the answers when an unexpected situation or a conflict presents itself that must be resolved.
h) The coach must demonstrate flexibility and must demonstrate the ability to deal with players on a multitude of levels.
i) The coach must never forget that his own will to win, his own leadership, his own competitiveness, his own persona will be transmitted through the team and that the team’s success or failure will be his success or failure.”

“Good players rarely look like the game is stressful for them, and they never seem rushed because they adjust their position all the time based on what’s happening. They’re always compensating for the movement of their teammates and the movement on the other side of the court, whether it’s blocking or back court.”

Hugh McCutcheon Volleyball Quotes

“It’s a grind in the best possible way. It’s not a grind that wears you down. It’s a grind that polishes you.”

“Coaching is about finding a system that works for your players. There are some underlying principles which are applied in any coaching situation but it’s about picking the lock to get this group of players to play the best volleyball they’re capable of playing for a long period of time.”

“Practice is the battle you must win.”


"It's not all rainbows and ponies."

"We weren't more physical than Russia, we didn't play faster than Brazil, but we 'out-teamed' our opponents."

Ryan Miller Volleyball Quotes

For those of you that are just getting started the biggest tip I can give you is play as much as possible. Play doubles, play pepper, play 6 on 6, whatever just play. The best way to develop your skills as a young player is to play.”

“We went into that season knowing we had great individual players, but by the end of the season we knew we had a great team. Six guys working as hard as they could every time we stepped on the floor. That is the mentality you need to be champions.”

“One of the most important skills of a middle blocker is being able to read the game. You have to be able to see things almost before they happen, otherwise you will miss them and end up getting lost. The more you play the easier it will be to read the game. It is important in all aspects, blocking (maybe the most important, for a good middle blocker), hitting, serving, playing defense, etc.”

Debbie Green Volleyball Quotes

“For the first year and a half I just wanted to quit every day. It was so bad and no one wanted me on the team…I’m the last person to tell someone that they’ll never be successful in volleyball because that was all I ever heard for years, that I was too short.”

“I never went to a prom or to movies like other high school girls did. My entire life was volleyball. I’d play six days a week, with Monday the only day I’d take off.”


“Volleyball has allowed me to travel throughout the world, to see so many interesting places, to meet so many interesting people including my husband and three presidents, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.”

Rita Crockett Volleyball Quotes

“My coaches were all good, all pleasant. They were hard, but they made me who I am.”

“Everyone ate the same, drank the same, had the same sleep schedule. We had to be one.”

“My first priority was my team. That meant I needed to make sure that I had my mind together and that I was physically fit and ready to go. I remember, I would run hills – and I didn’t like to run. But I doubted that these other people on their time off were running hills backwards. I did that on my own, gave something extra to get where I wanted to go.”

Lindsey Berg Volleyball Quotes

“Be a leader. A setter should be high energy. It’s important that you learn how to give positive, constructive criticism. It’s crucial that you make your teammates feel comfortable. You should never be the most silent player in the gym.”

“I’m not the most physical person, not the tallest, not the skinniest. You can’t listen to anybody. Just know your dreams. Know how hard you can work. Work hard, have fun doing it, and you can really make it places that you really never thought you would. Dedication, passion and heart gets you where you want to be.”

Caren Kemner Volleyball Quotes

“There are six people around the court and it’s literally like a ballet. And fundamentals are at the core of everything you do.”

“Once you get the taste of ruining somebody’s great hit, it stays with you. And it changes the game. A great defensive play is worth about five points in emotion.”


“I’ve never played a ball that’s exactly the same as the ball before.”

Nicole Davis Volleyball Quotes

“Doubt kills the soul, and I’ve allowed it to affect me at times, but every time I fall victim to it, I come out stronger on the other end and I remember how important belief is to the process of achieving anything important, and I keep dreaming and working for bigger and better things to come.”

“My goal for this tournament was to do and say everything I could to contribute to the process of us winning, to inspire my teammates to continue our work, and work in the right way, to avoid the mistakes of our past and to become a stronger team every day.”

“We believe and we say out loud every day that our team is full of special people, that what we are doing is part of something that is much bigger than ourselves, that we are committed to and doing things the “right” way, and that we will succeed in reaching our goals for these reasons. Our belief and strength as a group is what won us this World Championship.”

David Beard Volleyball Quotes

“Volleyball is the sport through which I am able to express my God-given talents of being an athlete. It is a sport which involves relating, pushing, and encouraging your teammates. It has helped evolve me into the person I am today.”

“If you don’t succeed it doesn’t mean you are a failure. If you do succeed it doesn’t mean that you are king of the world.”


Mike Hebert Volleyball Quotes

“Volleyball wasn’t just a sport, it was a religion”

“Coaches must be critical thinkers, not protectors of the status quo.”

“There is no such thing as a universally accepted way to teach volleyball skills, nor is there only one way to design systems of play. Coaches must make decisions about how to accomplish both.”

“Teaching the chemistry-related skills is more important than coaching the technical skills.”


“I think it’s important that the players understand, that they know there are things demanded of them, but they choose to accept those demands and accept the accountability for what it is that they have to do rather than me beating them over the head with it.”

“Individual and team discipline ultimately come down to practicing a small set of principles over a long period of time. Success is not a matter of mastering subtle, sophisticated theory, but rather embracing common sense with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence. Said in yet another way, discipline is to an athlete what scales are to a musician. Mastering the scales is what allows the musician to perform music. Mastering the skills of self discipline is what enables a person to become an accomplished elite athlete.”

Mark Pavlik Volleyball Quotes

“I feel that the coach’s role is extremely critical in training and creating the environment in which the team can improve… I think I am more concerned about practices than I am about matches.”


“I have the philosophy that the team is going to win or lose the match. I tend to be more demanding in practice where the work gets done. During the matches, I like to help the team use what they have been trained to use.”

“I think the best coaches are the most observant. They are good in convincing young people what it takes to succeed in life, not just on the court. I do not think about coaching as being the boss. Rather, I am here to see how all the parts fit together. I am in the middle of this storm, and that is where the calm is supposed to be.”

Vladimir Grbic Volleyball Quotes

“Volleyball is a sport where you need support to develop. This is not a sport of money. Volleyball is a sport for smart people, passionate people who know how to communicate.”

“You can learn the player technique, tactics, strength, everything but psychologically, emotionally transfer to them the passion is a challenge for the coaching staff. Coaches need to inspire, to be idols, to transfer love for the sport.”

“It’s the most important to teach the young players to enjoy the game, to play with the passion.”


Viacheslav Platonov Volleyball Quotes

“Victories come when their time comes. Often later than you wish. Patience is an essential quality of a coach's profession.”


“For the players to put their minds and vigour into the game is not enough for victory. They must also put in their souls. The team that gives up to the game all its strengths and puts into it its mind and soul cannot leave the court defeated.”

“Only those who do not work do not make mistakes.”

“Demonstration of individual talent involves originality and it is easy to destroy natural talent.”

“In my opinion the teaching of volleyball technique must always be correlated with tactical tasks.”

Matt Anderson Volleyball Quotes

“I didn’t want to be that guy. I didn’t want to be the ‘young guy.’ I started turning it into a healthy rage to come into the gym with the attitude, ‘Yeah, I might be young but there’s a reason I’m here. I’m not just here because I’m lucky. I deserve to be here.”

“My goal is just to win. Whether it is Russian Championship, Cup or the Champions League. There is a huge amount of pressure, but that is how players grow. You have to be mentally strong. Russian players are especially good on that field. When they lose a point, they do not think about it, but focus on the next one. I think the same way.”

Don Shondell Volleyball Quotes

“Team chemistry is an elusive thing. There are probably as many definitions for it as there are coaches. “Let’s all pull on the same end of the rope” and “Let’s have some fun out there” are examples of appeals to team members to play with chemistry.”

“At every level of volleyball, parents will be involved. It appears that the model coach has the confidence of the parents of the players. They seem not only to support but also to assist the coach.”

"Effective blockers are unquestionably the keystone of a successful defense."


Misty May Volleyball Quotes

“It takes a lot of hard work and dedication just like any pro sport. Especially for beach volleyball you don't have to be tall or as fast as other sports. You just have to have the skills.”

“Kerri and I stay motivated because we hate to lose. What's great about beach volleyball is you can always find something to get better at. I don't think about losing. It could happen. I just go out there and play. I couldn't tell you any numbers or winning streaks. I just go out and do it.”

“I would like to instill in people just to work hard. As long as they keep at it, their dreams will happen.”


“I'm stronger than I think I am. Mentally, physically.”

“We practice every day, either doing team stuff or working out as an individual. In the offseason we work out with weights, just trying to get stronger.”

“All my life, I’ve dreamed in gold.”

Kerri Walsh Volleyball Quotes

"Adversity, if you allow it to, will fortify you and make you the best you can be."


“I love that our sport is sexy. I think it is appropriately so.”

“Breathe, believe, and battle. My former coach, Troy Tanner, told us that before each match. Breathe - be in the moment. Believe - have faith that you can rise above it. Battle - you gotta be prepared to go for as long as it takes.”

“We don't have a World Series or a Super Bowl, so to be able to come home with a gold medal is amazing. I want to do it again in four more years.”

“We had two goals…One was to cherish every moment together, cherish the journey because the journey allows you to learn and grow. The other was to win a gold medal.”

Miscellaneous Volleyball Quotes

“A good setter is like a waiter.” – Julio Velasco

"If you want to stay fit, surround yourself with a couple of chicks who are fired up, so that the one day you're not, you can feed off their energy." - Gabrielle Reece

“Volleyball anchored me at a time in my life when I needed it. It gave me a reason for being this big, big girl.” - Gabrielle Reece

"From the beginning, my philosophy has been to stake my course, show results and force others to copy me." - Arie Selinger

"You have to be willing to fail, to improve." - Al Scates

 “I believe that as long as you want to do it, and your heart is willing to put forth the effort, anything is possible. A lot of people told me I would never be a good volleyball player or high jumper because I never specialized. But I always knew that I could, believed I could, so I didn’t listen to what they said. I just followed my heart and did it.” – Tayyiba Haneef

“Careful attention to teaching floor defense fundamentals is essential to preparing a successful team.” - Bill Neville

"On the surface, a duck looks nice and calm, but underneath the surface of the water it's trying really hard to stay afloat. At Stanford, it may seem like everyone is a genius, but they have to work really hard to get there." - Foluke Akinradewo

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference between volleyball success and volleyball failure.” – Felicity Luckey 


“The skill of setting is crucial to every team’s success…The ability to attack and score points effectively corresponds to a player’s ability to deliver a ball that is expected and located at the point the attacker wants it.” – Sean Byron

“The best thing we can do is take care of the things we have control of and not be concerned with things we can’t. We can control our standard of training, preparation and commitment to executing our system at a high level each time we take the floor.” – Alan Knipe

“There is pressure on every play. You can't make a mistake, but that also means your opponent can't make a mistake. It makes the matches more exciting to watch.” – Holly McPeak

“I grew up on the beach and played side-out scoring all my life, but rally scoring is better for our sport. There is pressure on every play. You can't make a mistake, but that also means your opponent can't make a mistake. It makes the matches more exciting to watch.” - Holly McPeak

“Players want to play volleyball for many reasons, one of which is to have fun participating. Players who are not kept active in practices nor allowed to play in matches will quickly lose interest.”  - Marc Hansen

“Every player needs to be ready to play every possible attack ball all the time.” – John Betcher

“If someone in the team has problems, the other teammates have to make up for his bad day. It is part of every team sport, not just volleyball.” – Matey Kaziyski


“That concerns me. You're either getting better or you're getting worse. I don't think you stay the same in sports. If we want to achieve something special in the game, then these players have to recognize that they're responsible every day for getting better.” - Russ Rose

“I've heard people say that maybe we'd be better served had we lost. I was kind of wondering what profession they were in. I wouldn't want a lawyer representing me to think like that. I wouldn't want a doctor operating on me to think like that.” - Russ Rose

"I'm not trying to set the bar high. We're just trying to compete. We want to grind. This is what we do." - Russ Rose

“Most change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. As we start a new year, let’s find the practicable and ‘celebrate-able’; let’s stay congruent with our messaging, creative in our efficiency, and, most of all, let’s give ourselves new opportunities to dream.” - Kathy DeBoer

“Great coaching begins with hope.
Great coaching is communicating through posture, language, chalk talks, and intimate conversations the ultimate belief that good things are going to happen.
Great coaching is being able to communicate to an athlete that she already has the “right stuff” to get the job done.
Great coaching understands the necessity for risk and the value of failure.
Great coaching is more concerned with the process and less concerned with the outcome.” - Terry Pettit

“When the ball is in play, there is always a better place to be than where you are.” – John Betcher


“Training is specific. The maximum benefits of a training stimulus can only be obtained when it replicates the movements and energy systems involved in the activities of a sport. This principle may suggest that there is no better training than actually performing in the sport. This text maintains that the principle of specificity is the single most pervading factor that influences the improvement of performance from a physiological perspective. Training effects are, in the main, so specific that even minor departures from movement forms, velocities, and intensities result in undesirable training effects. This means that incorrectly designed training activities will have no carry-over value for a particular movement form, and may even have the potential to negatively influence activities.” - Carl McGown

 “I had to learn to be honest with myself. I had to recognize my pain threshold. When I hit the floor, I have to realize it’s not as if I broke a bone. Pushing yourself over the barrier is a habit. I know I can do it and try something else crazy. If you want to win the war, you’ve got to pay the price.” - Flo Hyman

 “To be true to one’s self is the ultimate test in life. To have courage and the sensitivity to follow your hidden dreams and stand tall against the odds that are bound to fall in your path. Life is too short and precious to be dealt with in any other fashion. This thought I hold dear to my heart and I always try to be true to myself and others that I encounter along the way.” - Flo Hyman

"Pushing yourself over the barrier is a habit. I know I can do it and try something else crazy. If you want to win the war, you've got to pay the price." - Flo Hyman

“You have to study psychology. A coach is a teacher, the player is his pupil, who apart from physical ability and knowledge of the game has a character which the coach has to get to know.” - Nikolai Karpol

 “Sometimes the players argue with one another, sometimes the coach needs to get involved and sometimes he should not. However, it is fundamental to problem solving that he must be fair and he must always work for the good of his pupils.” - Nikolai Karpol

“We have a responsibility as coaches to train athletes in a functional way. Our lifestyles promote poor posture, and our training methods develop imbalances in our athletes. Our goal at Nebraska is to develop functional athletes who play without pain and do not compensate on the court. If we can succeed with our program, the Huskers will always have an edge on the court.” – John Cook (Head Coach of the University of Nebraska Women’s Volleyball Team)

“As a player and as a coach, I have to say that both professionalism and passion are equally important in both cases. This is fundamental value.” - Andrea Giani

“Don't ever let the ball hit the ground without a body hitting the ground with it.” – Unknown


“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” – Jim Rohn

“Do it now. Procrastination can be a great enemy.” – Terry Liskevych

“I want people to walk away thinking that my team always wins and loses with class, that they give 100-percent effort every time they step on the court and that they are always supportive of each other.” – Lyndsay Mashe

"He was another coach to us. You always hear about superstars, but it's the guys who allow the superstars to happen that are really special. In the finals against Brazil, Lloy would go up to Tom and say, "What do you see happening on the other side of the net right now?” And any time I would get nervous or Reid would get nervous, Tom would talk to us. Without Tom, I don't think we would have won the gold." - Riley Salmon, on the important role Tom Hoff

“It was unbelievable. It was so great to work like that and be able to pull it out at the very end. We played so well together, helping each other out at just the right time. We never gave up and it all worked out better than we could have hoped for against such great opposition. We were in one of the toughest matches I've ever played.” - Sarah Stratton

“Volleyball is not just a sport, it's a way to express your anger without hurting someone.” – Unknown

“It doesn’t matter how good you look playing it, it matters how well you play it.” – Unknown

“Every amazing setter needs a great pass. Every amazing hitter needs a great setter. Everyone needs their team.” – Unknown


“Any hitter can hit hard. Only great hitters can hit it to the floor and make something out of every ball.” – Unknown

“Coaches can teach you all the things in the world. But nobody can teach you to want to get the ball.” – Unknown

“Every time you touch the ball you are part of a point scoring opportunity. Hustle and make it count.” – Unknown

“Volleyball. It’s in your heart, or it’s in your face.” – Unknown

“Volleyball goes point by point. You miss a point? Figure out your mistakes and move on. Because the longer you hold on to that point, the more points you lose still thinking about it. Focus on the point at hand.” – Unknown

“A good team can win a volleyball game when they are ahead, but only a great team can win when they are behind.” - Unknown

“Blocking success can be measured in various ways, but perhaps the most important is the psychological intimidation of the opponent.” – Unknown

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