Episode 02 - A Coach’s Purpose with Kerry MacLean

March 4, 2018
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome Maverick Volleyball Club president Kerry MacLean to discuss a coach's purpose. 
(2:30) - How can a club volleyball coach focus on the process
(3:15) - Be a lifelong learner
(3:40) - Invest time in practice planning (for those interested, Chris Lawson did an OVA webinar on How to Design Good Drills in the General Preparation Phase)
(4:20) - Expose the athletes to the various aspects of a high performance environement
(6:10) - Provide playing opportunities to all athletes  
(9:00) - Develop your own character
(11:00) - Kerry's bio
(13:30) - What was Kerry's playing career at McMaster like?
(15:45) - Why Kerry got into coaching so early?
(18:10) - What is Kerry's coaching style?
(21:50) - What would Kerry do differently if he had to start his coaching career?
(24:20) - Coaches should collaborate with officials, not confront them
(28:00) - What should be the mission statement of a club coach?
(31:00) - When and how should coaches focus on process or results? 
(34:15) - What should coaches do to get better? 
(36:05) - Make use of Internet resources (i.e.: Art of Coaching, online matches such as Laola1.tvFIVB YouTube channelOUA.tv)  
(38:00) - How to avoid or overcome typical issues rookie coaches often face
Thanks for listening and don't miss our next episode with Maverick Volleyball Club Director of athlete development Bruce Dunning!

Episode 01 - The Intro Pod

February 27, 2018

Welcome everyone to the From The First Chair Podcast! Frank St-Denis and Thierry Lavigne are proud to launch this new project with the goal of creating positive and constructive conversations related to coaching volleyball, lifelong learning and everything in between.  In this episode, our hosts tackle the following topics:

(01:30) - The main goal of the From The First Chair Podcast

(03:30) - How the podcast will work

(04:14) - Thierry's bio

(06:30) - How Thierry walked on at Laval as a tall and unknown kid

(09:20) - How Thierry got into coaching

(13:15) - Thierry's first lesson as a young coach

(17:31) - Thierry's coaching philosophy

(19:25) - Frank's bio

(21:18) - How Frank went from an intense tennis player to a passionate and driven volleyball coach

(26:24) - Why does Frank coach so much?

(33:09) - What would Frank do differently if he had to start his coaching career over?

(39:10) - What's next for the podcast and where to find it.


Thanks for listening and don't miss our next episode where we examine a coach's purpose with Maverick Volleyball Club president Kerry MacLean!