The Impact of Coaches

By Darci Miller | Aug. 20, 2013, 12:22 p.m. (ET)

Darci Miller, USA Volleyball Communications Intern, Phone: 719-228-6800, Email:
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2013) - USA Volleyball created the IMPACT (Impact Mastery and Professional Application Coaching Theory) course in 1988 to offer the entry level volleyball coaching education required to coach a USA Volleyball junior program. In 1995, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Director of Coaching found and adapted a quote by renowned educator, child psychologist and psychotherapist Haim Ginott to explain the role a coach plays on a team and in the lives of athletes. It was shared at a national coaching symposium, and has since been adopted by numerous national governing bodies as a key tenet of their coaching philosophies. This video features world class and grassroots coaches sharing these words.

"I have come to the frightening conclusion
I am the decisive element on the court
It is my personal approach that creates the climate
It is my daily mood that makes the weather
As a coach, I possess tremendous power
to make a child's life miserable or joyous
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations it is my response that decides
whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and
a child humanized or dehumanized.”

Our coaches include, in order of appearance: Hugh McCutcheon, head coach of the University of Minnesota’s women’s volleyball team and former head coach of the U.S. Indoor National Teams; T.R. Ellis, head coach of the Chaparral High School (Parker, Colo.) girls’ volleyball team; Karch Kiraly, head coach of the U.S. Women’s Indoor National Team and three-time Olympic gold medalist in indoor and beach; Sue Gozansky, CAP Cadre-certified former head coach of the UC Riverside women’s volleyball team, assistant coach of the Pomona-Pitzer women’s volleyball team and AVCA Hall of Fame inductee; Bill Hamiter, head coach and high performance director for the U.S. Sitting Volleyball Teams; Rita Buck-Crockett, CAP-certified head coach of the Florida International University sand volleyball program and Olympic silver medalist with the U.S. Women’s Indoor National Team in 1984; Jon Aharoni, CAP Cadre-certified former coordinator of beach volleyball coaching and development for USA Volleyball; Ben Thomas, head coach of the Chaparral High School boys’ volleyball team; Paula Weishoff, head coach of the UC Irvine women’s volleyball team and assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team; Patricia Daugherty, CAP Cadre-certified beach volleyball high performance coordinator for USA Volleyball; and John Kessel, director of sport development for USA Volleyball.