Coaching Volleyball Magazine October / November 2015 - Page 3

Contents October/November 2015 Volume 32 • Issue 6 17 On the Cover Engaging with the administration is a key component of a successful coaching tenure. See what some administrators and coaches had to say as they weighed in on the coachadministration dynamic at the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention. Cover photo courtesy of Midwestern State VB. Features Departments 8 Mind Game Our Game Kathy DeBoer, AVCA Executive Director Concussions are an ever-present problem in the world of athletics and have recently been a particularly prominent concern as we learn more about their potentially devastating effects. Here, we share some information about recognizing concussion symptoms, reintroducing the athlete to play and some signs to watch out for. Even a typically low-impact sport can present serious concussion risks. 12 Be Engaged At the 2014 AVCA Annual Convention, we asked a panel of administrators and coaches to sound off on what they believe to be the most important components of developing a strong relationship between the coaching staff and the athletics department. See what they had to say about how you can get to know each other better and work together for the good of the program. 17 Study Abroad While we tend to examine the profession of coaching from an American perspective, we also want to continue to push the boundaries and offer a glimpse into what coaching at the international club level can entail. Check out the introductory article in our new series about coaching in Sweden and the day-today experiences of working in such an environment. On the Court News of Interest Convention Highlights Club Corner Leon Blazer Media Issues David Portney Played Out Assistant Coaches Committee Writer’s Desk Terry Pettit Getting Fit Ken Kontor 4 6 10 22 24 25 26 28 19 The Grieving Coach The experience of losing someone can be painful and have a rippling effect on family and career situations. Matthew Helm shared with us some thoughts based on his own experience of dealing with loss, and how it can help you gain perspective and grow as a professional and a person. COACHING VOLLEYBALL | October/November 2015 | 1