• Jack Fleming

Guy Molloy - 8 Ways to Develop Your Coaching


“It’s not important what your values are, just simply that you have them.” - Mike Dunlap

2. Culture and Leadership - It is the sea we swim in. - You must create a place where people love coming to work or practice every day. - Culture can be defined as your standards, the structure of your environment. - ABC 123 = Always Build Culture, Know Your Priorities

3. Signature Style of Play - What makes you different to everybody else, Lindsay Gaze the best at this. - What do you really believe in? - Be consistent every day with this, cut deep with your teaching. - Better to go an inch wide and a mile deep than the opposite. - Don’t be a jack of all trades, master of none. - When your style of play becomes clear, everybody will try and poke holes in your system. - This is a great thing, just be ready for it. - Book recommendation — Thinking Volleyball by Mike Hebert

4. Game Knowledge - While you have your system, keep up with what is on the horizon and what you will be up against. - TECHNICAL and TACTICAL skills, not just one. - Wooden: dive deep into one area every off season. - Never be afraid to go back and coach beginners, or interview for a job beyond your ability.

5. Teaching Methodology - Coaches are teachers at the very essence, want my programs to be a learning environment. - Are you a part-whole or a whole-part-whole teacher? - Can depend on the complexity of the concept or the skill - Whole = 2–2–1 press 5v0/5, Part = 1v2 Trapping, Back to the whole = 5v4 (advantage to the defence) - Book recommendation — Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones - Constant clapping and repeated pointless phrases is not coaching, use your voice meaningfully or else the players will stop listening. - Praise — Prompt and Leave concept: “Fred I like the way you’re going to the rim (praise), now just get your eyes up a little earlier and the decision will come easy (prompt) and then go coach somebody else (leave) - ‘Keep and Add’ — “Johnny, keep carrying your hands above the ball on your close out now add a slightly lower stance so you can defend the drive.”

6. Practice Planning - Write a draft, have a core curriculum of drills you can go to. - Know your themes for that month, should link together like chapters in a book. - Don’t be hostage to the wins and losses in your season, stay with the process. - Nothing worse than the coach who changes his offence and defence every 2–3 weeks. - Film practice, evaluate which drills worked well and which didn’t.

7. Game Coaching - Do you have plan A, plan B and plan C ready before each game? - Coach off the whiteboard in practice so that your players are adaptable. - International play challenges your priorities, can only be good at 2–3 things. - If you use film wisely your players will improve with each game. - Plan B or C usually involves turning up the dial defensively, trying to generate some positive momentum. - Make sure your players have spent time practicing these plans, or else don’t expect them to go well.

8. Scouting - 20% on the opposition, 80% on ourselves. - Get to the point, no generalised language be specific and don’t waste verbage. - Situational (SLOB/BLOB) can definitely help. - Less = more - Coaching it’s a craft, slow down, be an apprentice and enjoy the journey for longevity.


Most proud of the fact that I have been doing this as a profession for 20+ years.

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