Theo Edwards

2011 and/or USAV HP Programs Coached: 2012 Youth A1 HPC’s, 2013 Select A1 HPC’s
IMPACT certified? Yes
CAP certification level: N/A


  • What led you to become a coach?

To make some money while I was in college, I got into coaching and developed a new love for the game.  

  • What is the best thing about being a coach?

I have been fortunate enough to be able to coach for a living, very few people get the opportunity to do something that they are passionate about and because of that I haven’t worked a day in my life.

  • What has been the biggest influence in your career?

My players. Each interaction I have had with all the players I have coached is unique. To be an influential part of my player’s lives as they grow and develop is such a blessing and I learn something from each one of them!

  • What or who has been most inspiring to you, either personally or professionally?

Jeff Campbell, he is a great Coach, who has taught me a lot about the game. He is extremely passionate about his work and in my opinion may be one of the best “teachers” in the men’s game to date.

  • What do you do in your free time?

I don’t get a lot of free time in my schedule, especially during season but when I do have the opportunity I love to go fishing.


  • What is your coaching philosophy?

A few things that define my coaching philosophy are as follows:

  1. Playing time is not given it is earned through Hard work, effort and execution.
  2. Physical preparation: Teaching and repetitions are the two tools I use to prepare each volleyball player and push them to their maximum potential.
  3. I coach with a growth mindset, and demand that my players focus on learning and effort rather than the results.
  4. Mental Preparation: These are four things I instill in myself and my players:
    1. Intensity – Exhibit an exceptional focus and concentration
    2. Professionalism- Exhibit honor, respect and sportsmanship
    3. Composure – Keep cool under pressure
    4. Enthusiasm – Be passionate, have fun and enjoy the game of volleyball  
  • What are your personal career goals?

A few of my career goals are to one day be a head coach at the Division I level, and to work with our men’s national team. 

  • What does the future hold for you - any exciting plans, developments?

This year, I embark on my fourth season with Cal State Northridge and my fourth year with USA volleyball and High Performance.

  • Which is the hardest thing you ever had to do as a coach?

I think one of the more difficult things that many coaches deal with is being away from home. During the summer and most of the playing season I am either in the office or on the road. Leaving my wife Kate and my son Oliver at home for weeks or even months at a time is extremely difficult.

  • What are you most proud of as a coach?

Last year, I had a player come to me and say that I was a huge influence in his life. He said that I had helped him get through a difficult year for his family and that he was thankful for my support. Moments like this definitely remind me why I coach and give me something to be proud of. 

  • What are some important lessons learned?

Players don’t care how much you know, it’s how much you care.

  • How would your players describe you as a coach?

Patient, caring, demanding, competitive

  • How would your players describe one of your practices?

My practices are demanding… Repetitions, Repetitions, Repetitions followed by game speed Repetitions. 

  • Do you have any pet peeves?

No ball hits the ground without a diving effort.

  • Describe some of your most important career accomplishments.

One important accomplishment that comes to mind is, winning a gold medal with a select team in the international division at the High Performance Championships.


  • What book is a must-read for all coaches? For players?

“Mindset” by Carol S. Dweck, a must read for all Players and Coaches

  • Do you have any advice to offer parents?

Teach your kids responsibility, hold them accountable for their actions and help them learn from their mistakes. These are the kids that become great athletes and have successful working careers.

  • What’s the best advice you could give to someone getting into coaching?

Have patience, and never stop learning, the day you feel like you know it all is the day you become a bad coach.

  • How do you define success?

I define success not by wins and losses. Success to me is getting your players to buy into the common goals of the team. Pushing them to work hard day in and day out, and getting them to learn to play as a cohesive unit.

  • What motivates you?

My family. My wife Kate is so supportive of me and my work, she is my motivation for success and I wouldn't be where I am today without her.