So You Want to Be a Great Volleyball Coach


62 critical tips to take you from clueless to confident

After four decades of coaching high school and juniors’ volleyball, Tod Mattox has learned a great deal through trial, error, more trial, more error … and a lot of success. In this book, the longtime head volleyball coach at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California, cuts through the clutter and shares 62 specific keys that will help you focus on the most important aspects of developing a great team.

The book is filled with illuminating insights like:

  • The first 5 volleyball movements every coach should teach.
  • How to create a “cheat sheet” with different lineup possibilities in all six rotations so you don’t become frazzled during a match.
  • What defensive system you should use if your players aren’t physically capable of blocking, and how to transition toward a system that includes blocking.

Mattox shares his epiphanies and his mistakes, explains his fixes, describes the whys of his ever-evolving methodology and frequently illustrates his points with entertaining anecdotes. Whether you’re just getting started as a coach or have years of experience in the gym, this book is sure to be a valuable resource as you navigate your journey from tryouts to post-season tournaments.