CAP Certified Olympians Recognized

By Kristina Harter | July 11, 2013, 5:04 p.m. (ET)

Kristina Harter, Communications Intern, Phone: (719) 228-6800, Email:
USAV Facebook - @USA_Volleyball @USAV Beach

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 11, 2013) – Nearly 200 CAP certified coaches were recognized during the first-ever USA Volleyball CAP Coaches Recognition Program June 28-July 2 for their participation in the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Dallas and Reno. 

The purpose of this new recognition program is to both reward current certified coaches for their continued participation in USA Volleyball’s Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP), beyond the initial required IMPACT level, and to build future attendance at CAP courses in order to increase the number of certified coaches taking part in the USA Volleyball Girls’ and Boys’ Junior National Championships as well as at other USAV junior events.

“With the launch of this recognition program we hope to build further interest in the USAV CAP certification program and elevate the overall level of coaching knowledge within our junior coaching community nationwide,” USA Volleyball Director of Coaching Education Diana Cole said. “The USAV Education program, beginning with the initial required IMPACT level of certification, is important in helping to spread and solidify the USAV Coaching Education philosophy of positive, science-based coaching and effective feedback. 

IMPACT through CAP Level III courses allow coaches at all levels nationwide to learn from some of the best coaches in the country to speak a common language elevating the learning going on in their gyms. This opportunity will help elevate the experience of those athletes and their families within our sport Cole said.

“I am continually impressed with the level of effort and commitment shown by the CAP certified coaches participating in our courses. With this first-ever Recognition Program at the JNC’s, we wanted to express our appreciation for their efforts, accomplishments and participation with USA Volleyball.”

Among those recognized during this event were three CAP-certified coaches with Olympic ties.

Missy McLinden, a 1988 U.S. Olympian, was honored and is currently the director and a coach for Freedom VBC (Keystone Region).  McLinden said CAP Level I certification has given her tools to succeed as a new club director and reiterated the qualities of a good coach.

“The CAP Course has greatly benefitted my club,” McLinden said. “I have been involved with volleyball as a player and as a coach for many years. So, I have experience in the coaching arena, but not as much in the area of club director. The CAP I course gave me more confidence in being a director. When I was speaking with my coaches, I was able to draw back on different situations that came up in the CAP course. I referred back to it quite often.”

In addition to learning, McLinden said she was able to connect and build relationships with other coaches in at Freedom VBC through the classes.

“I was able to bring another coach from my club and it was a very good learning experience and a good bonding experience. It was a nice way to start off our new club.”

Lori Endicott-Vandersnick, a two-time U.S. Olympian (1992, 1996) and 1992 Olympic Games bronze medalist, was also recognized. She is currently CAP II certified and operates as the director and coach for the volleyball program at the Springfield, MO Community Olympic Development Program (Heart of America Region).

Mike Hulett was the third honored CAP certified coach with Olympic ties. He served as the head coach of the 1996 and 2000 U.S. Men’s Paralympic Volleyball Teams and also guided the U.S. Women’s Paralympic Volleyball Teams to bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008. Additionally, he is CAP Level V certified (lifetime), and currently coaches and directs the Adversity VBC (Great Lakes Region).

Just like other professions, Hulett believes that coaches need to learn from the professionals to be successful. 

“It can’t be stated enough: coaching is a profession and requires professionals with professional training," Hulett said. "Young athletes deserve the best guidance possible. Parents who pay large amounts of money to have their children participate clubs deserve quality. CAP provides the professional education and ongoing resources and guidance for the professional coach.”

As a lifetime Level V coach, which was awarded to Hulett based on his past Paralympic Head Coach service, he received five entries into the Mizuno & Molten gear raffle, and a gift certificate for $250 off a CAP Level I initial certification course to gift to a non-certified coach of his choice.

“The different color polos signify the level of coaching accreditation the coach has achieved and also helps promote USA Volleyball’s Coaching Accreditation Program to other coaches, players and their parents,” Cole said.

Cole is hopeful that the significance of the CAP coaching credentials will catch fire among clubs across the country and encourage others to obtain higher coaching education.

As parents see coaches from other club programs wearing the CAP polos with the different associated colors, they will likely start to ask their own son or daughter’s club coach about their own certification level,” Cole said. “The USAV CAP polo becomes an exclusive item coaches are proud to wear as visible recognition for their efforts and commitment to pursuing their volleyball ‘higher education’.”

Each CAP certified coach participating in the GJNC received a Mizuno Polo Shirt embroidered with their certification Level (Red for CAP I, White for CAP II, Navy for CAP III, and Hulett received Royal for CAP V). They also received a USAV Coaching Education tote bag, lanyard, luggage tag, Mini Volleyball Book, stickers, etc. 

Level I coaches also received an entry into the Mizuno & Molten gear raffle held on July 8th (which was webstreamed live from the USAV Office in Colorado Springs, Colo. – the video of the winner’s announcement is posted on the Education Coach Recognition Program web page), one free CAP Re-certification Module Credit, and a gift certificate for $100 off a CAP Level I initial certification course to gift to a non-certified coach of their choice.

McLinden said she was grateful for the perks that came along with the CAP certification and hopes to have all her club coaches certified in the near future.

“I am now taking over the leadership of another club in our area, Synergy VBC,” McLinden said. “It is a much bigger club than my current club. I'm using the discount coupon I received in my swag bag to get a fellow coach certified. My plan is to get all of our new coaches at Synergy certified - that's over 30 coaches!”

Level II coaches received two entries into the Mizuno & Molten gear raffle, two free CAP re-certification module credits and a gift certificate for $125 off a CAP Level I initial certification course to gift to a non-certified coach of their choice.

Level III coaches received three entries into the Mizuno & Molten gear raffle, three free CAP re-certification module credits and a gift certificate for $150 off a CAP Level I initial certification course to gift to a non-certified coach of their choice.

For coaches looking into the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program, consider McLinden’s piece of advice.

“Get CAP certified - more coaching knowledge equals being a better coach for the kids and parents,” she said.

For more information on the CAP Coaches Recognition Program click here.