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The VolleyNerd Podcast

The VolleyNerd Podcast

By Davis Ransom
A Volley-talk show for anyone who loves volleyball! We talk culture and all things volley. We debate, go in-depth with unique perspectives, and get nerdy about our favorite sport: volleyball! Crushing over 30 years in the world of volleyball, host Davis Ransom takes listeners into the heart of and soul of the game we love so much: volleyball!
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Play Pain-Free Volleyball with Kha Tran from Athletic Truth Group and @painfreevolleyball
Kha Tran not only helps others to keep themselves playing harder and longer through joint health, he also has used the ideas he describes on this podcast to go from having painful, sore knees, to full, pain-free confidence. Many of the ideas Kha recommends on this pod are only now developing larger support in the volleyball community, but they should be in every “VolleyNerd’s” knowledge base. Check out this fascinating talk with Coach and Trainer Kha Tran from Athletic Truth Group and @painfreevolleyball !
October 30, 2021
Get Fueled Up! Energy Management for Leaders with Dale Bacon
This episode is a bit of a different type of podcast for us! We go in detail with Pastor and Leadership Educator, Dale Bacon, in order to find out how to make the most out of our energy as leaders. This episode is so rich with great ways to think about how we can truly be at our best when our best is needed. Speaking with Dale Bacon was absolutely insightful and I know our listeners are going to get a lot out of it!
September 05, 2021
De-fense (Clap Clap) De-fense (Clap Clap) with TVNP Host Davis Ransom
Everyone that plays, coaches, or even watches volleyball knows the excitement of watching a stellar defensive team dig tons of balls. In this episode, TVNP Host Davis Ransom examines ideas about how to get your teams to play with relentless defensive intensity. There is so much to think about in this talk, that any VolleyNerd will hear it and leave with something to take action with in their gym.
July 28, 2021
How To Dominate the Net (Blocking is Hard) with UCSD Men’s Assistant Coach Jake Penolio
Loaded with blocking tips, fundamentals, and key principles, this episode features Jake Penolio, former pro middle blocker, and key figure of UCSD’s current success. He starts with fundamentals and goes all the way through tactics against some of the most difficult offenses. This talk was so rich, that it should be mandatory listening for any young middle!
July 09, 2021
The Vaue of Varied Experiences with Michael Bonner, Director of Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club
Michael Bonner has been all around the game of volleyball. He has been a highly successful coach, club director, referee, and more. Through his experience with some of the most successful clubs in Southern California, Coach Bonner has built up an incredible toolbox of information. He joins The VolleyNerd Podcast to discuss how having a wide range of experiences has helped take his coaching to the next level.
June 08, 2021
Coaching Emotions with Doctoral Candidate Britney Oliver Sillas-Navarro
So often in coaching it is not the skills of the team that allow the team to win, but the strength of their will and how well the team control the state of their emotions. In this episode of The VolleyNerd Podcast we talk with Doctoral Candidate Britney Oliver Sillas-Navarro about how important emotions are to the learning process, some ways that coaches can help their teams learn to understand and manage their emotions, and ultimately how emotions can allow us all to get the most out of ourselves. She couples this with practical applications that any team can use to improve upon their emotional responses!
May 22, 2021
How To Win @ Serving with TVNP Host Davis Ransom
Serving is so, so crucial to success in volleyball. Analyzing, in detail, your own approach as a volleyball coach to serving, can really help you and your athletes. From fundamentals and tactics, to mindset and game management, this talk by TVNP host Davis Ransom discusses his manner of approaching serving with his teams and athletes, in hopes of stimulating conversation with others about what they believe about these cool, important questions.
March 22, 2021
Program Building with Nabil Mardini
How do you build a program from the ground up? Nabil Mardini has done it. As the head coach for L.A. Pierce College (CA) he won multiple state championships with a program that went 0-25 his first year there. Find out what he does to make his programs so successful! Not only is Mardini an experienced coach, he is also a successful businessman, and a beloved volleyball clinician. This candid talk goes into Mardini‘s philosophy and practical applications of how to build a volleyball program into a championship contender.
March 17, 2021
Physical and Mental Toughness with Luis Cuatok (Part 2)
This super practical episode gives coaches games, drills, and ways of thinking about how to train toughness that will make any team better! Many coaches hope for tougher players, and harp on their players to become tougher, and that may work well for some athletes, but highly successful youth coach Luis Cuatok offers a different way of helping our athletes to grow both mentally and physically tougher, and it involves no yelling and screaming or failure shaming. In fact, with these methods the athletes actually like getting tougher!
March 06, 2021
Physical and Mental Toughness with Luis Cuatok
Physical and mental toughness are often elusive. In this episode we go into what toughness looks like on the volleyball court and how we can start to develop it within our athletes. Luis Cuatok thinks deeply about this topic and shares a bunch of super interesting information about why toughness matters and why us coaches can do more to help our athletes become strong-willed in the best way possible.
February 25, 2021
Evoking Joy in Volleyball with Loren Anderson (Part 3)
Loren Anderson from Rise Volleyball Academy takes a different approach to club volleyball. In this episode we explore why volleyball should be viewed as a lifetime game, why adults sometimes need to allow children to learn lessons through experience (even when they know better), and why modeling and influence may be the best teachers for creating lifelong learners.
February 20, 2021
Evoking Joy in Volleyball with Loren Anderson (Part 2)
An important discussion challenging the status quo in youth volleyball. The owner of Rise Volleyball Academy discusses why we are often off-base with how we, as coaches, are handling numerous situations. This episode also had tons of awesome ideas for how to illicit and encourage athletes’ love for the game. One idea: stay out of their way and let them learn. So much more...
February 11, 2021
Evoking Joy in Volleyball with Loren Anderson (Part 1)
Loren Anderson is the Owner of Rise Volleyball Academy in Idaho and they do things differently out there! They pride themselves on evoking Joy through volleyball! This enlightening discussion makes me think about why we do things the way we do. Loren discusses the rationale and practical aspects of how Rise Volleyball Academy is so extremely successful in their unique way.
February 06, 2021
Competing at the Highest Level of College Volleyball with UCLA Assistant Coach John Hawks
This episode focuses on UCLA Men’s Volleyball Assistant Coach John Hawks and how he helps his teams consistently compete at an extremely high level. Coach Hawks has had an amazing coaching career and on this episode of The VolleyNerd Podcast we talk about how he evaluates talent, how he has tremendous respect and rapport with the athletes he works with, how he seeks out highly motivated (often multi-sport) athletes, and so much more. A great conversation with a super-knowledgeable coach!
January 08, 2021
Pro Beach Grind with Skylar del Sol
Dynamic, up and coming beach athlete Skylar del Sol talks with The VolleyNerd Podcast about “The Grind” of working your way up the ladder into the elite ranks of beach doubles volleyball. He drops some really cool Inside information about the challenges and joys of being a pro beach volleyball player while still “adulting”. He also shares some really great ideas for players who are trying to make their way to the top rung of beach volleyball, including how to use video, take care of your body, and how to make the best of the conditions and a lot more. Skylar shares how The Grind is tough, but it is also tremendously memorable and rewarding.
January 01, 2021
Difference Makers in the Recruiting Process with Kara Hill from My Recruiting Solutions
Kara Hill is a leader in the juniors volleyball recruiting space. By connecting with coaches about what they wanted she crafted a business model that is a win-win for athletes AND coaches. This talk has AWESOME info for both coaches and players about what makes a difference in the recruiting process! Kara Hill knows the ins and outs of the business and expands on how running a campaign, considering yourself a brand, and opening up options for recruits is the way to go! She shares so much wisdom and so many practical applications!
December 27, 2020
Competitive Team Culture with One of the Nation’s Top Club Coaches, Luis Cuatok
Many coaches simply hope that their team’s culture will be championship level. Other coaches are more intentional about creating the culture that is necessary for their team’s goals. In this talk with one of the countries top youth club coaches, Luis Cuatok, we take a look at how to create a really powerful, high-level culture! Based on insights from Jeff Janssen, with actionable steps, this pod is a must for anyone who is interested in team building and the complex nature of group dynamics!
December 18, 2020
Ultimate Underdog Mentality with Gonzaga University’s Faith Smith
The ultimate underdog, 5’5” setter Faith Smith from Gonzaga University, has such an incredible mindset that has helped her to be so successful in her sports career. We talk about how relationships, confidence, and intentional training has affected her and allowed her to maintain such a positive, person-centered, leader. This talk is so fun and you can sense her enthusiasm through the mic! Plus, we reminisce about how we won a championship together!
December 08, 2020
Learn Volleyball Faster with Alex Haapamaki
Great talk with Coach Alex Haapamaki from Sweden! He explains how a mentor can help athletes transfer skills from practice to the game and how to help athletes develop their own inner coach. Also we discuss why science is a great starting point, but not an end point when it comes to training in your particular environment. Such interesting views from a coach who is getting it done his own way!
November 29, 2020
Empower Your Goal Setting Process with Luis Cuatok
Top club coach Luis Cuatok examines how to make goal setting more powerful and effective, even through the middle of the season and all the tough parts! We explore why makes his process so meaningful and how coaches can use it for themselves.
November 19, 2020
From Motivation to Inspiration with Michael Hawke
Coach Hawke has a unique viewpoint on how to motivate players that includes essentially no physical punishment whatsoever. On this episode we talk about how coaches can get more out of our players by taking more of a collaborative approach and by taking a few steps back to really determine what motivates us. This one’s a very thought provoking episode that will be sure to make any coach think about how we approach discipline, inspiration, and interpersonal dynamics.
November 09, 2020
Coaching Styles with Texas A&M Corpus Christi Head Coach Steve Greene
A coach’s unique coaching style is critical to his/her success, but developing our own style and making it work can be challenging. Steve Greene has a unique, player-centered style and has been highly successful despite being an “army of one”. This insightful talk focuses on how he developed his coaching style, how he does things differently, and how more coaches can be themselves in order to be more successful.
October 20, 2020
Mental Training for the Masses with Ariel Haas
Mental training is so key for high-performing athletes and even younger athletes to make the most out of their sport! Highly successful Coach Ariel Haas has had The ability to put into practice some of the most affective mental training techniques with his teams with a lot of improvement and growth shown from his athletes. In this show he goes through how you can start and thrive with mental training.
October 07, 2020
What Why and How Volleyball Needs to Change with legendary coach and thought leader Terry Liskevych
Legendary American volleyball coach, marketer, leader, and mentor, Terry Liskevych has done nearly everything in the sport of volleyball and he still wants to help make it better! The Founder of the Art of Coaching, Coach Liskevych joins us to talk about where volleyball should go next in order to make it into a game for fanatics. We also discuss how the United States can develop a richer, more abundant appreciation for our favorite sport!
October 01, 2020
Running Toward the Unknown with Ultra-Marathoner Cameron Schmidt
Completing a 100 mile run just to know what it was like is just one example of how Cameron Schmidt takes on life. In this episode of the podcast we catch up with Cameron, discuss some really interesting ideas about leadership, and learn how we can apply his unique take on life to the world of volleyball.
September 24, 2020
Finding Better Ways with Former Australian National Team Coach Mark Lebedew
Head Coach of Polish Pro Club Warta Zawiercie, Mark Lebedew is one of the world’s most unique thought leaders in volleyball. A contrarian by either nature or experience, Coach Lebedew discusses why challenging everything is good, why GMS and Art of Coaching are fundamentally flawed, and how examining contradictory theories can lead coaches to being even better. Basically, we examine how coaches can be better. So much good stuff!
September 10, 2020
Motivation: More Than Just Being Positive with Cort Peters
Expert Mental Performance Coach, Cort Peters joins The VolleyNerd Podcast to discuss the complex nature of motivation and how being positive is only one (very important) rung on the motivation ladder. He uses some fun stories to express important ideas about how sports can be utilized to make ourselves better for the long-term. Should the winning team run if they win? What is the best motivator for long-term success? How can coaches help their players stay motivated? All on this pod! Check out @thevolleynerdpodcast on Instagram and TikTok for more interesting content
September 07, 2020
Sports Performance for Volleyball with Zach Penolio
Owner/Founder of Flux Sports Performance, Zach Penolio joins the pod with great insight into training volleyball athletes and how to physically account for the unique demands of the game. We talk about when to start training, how to have a great warm-up, what a high-level workout looks like, the asymmetry of volleyball, developing “landing gear”, and how hitting with torque can damage our athletes if they don’t have the strength to decelerate very quickly. Such rich content for any player or coach who wants to take their game to the next level!
September 01, 2020
Good, Better, Beast: What Volleyball Coaches Can Learn from Business with Executive Coach Rob Lisama
Rob Lisama has been an Executive Coach and a Volleyball Coach for over 20 years and has a reputation of integrity and compassion. He shares insightful concepts from the world of business leaders that can definitely help anyone be a better volleyball coach!
August 28, 2020
Hormesis For Volleyball and How To Make Stress Work For You
Stress is a part of competition. Coaches need to know how to teach it before the game starts. This episode is all about hormesis and the helpful effects of low to moderate amounts of stress on athletes. Check this article out for more info:
August 27, 2020
2nd Year College Player Panel
Four college sophomores with unique approaches to their recruiting process and school selection goals join us to discuss the differences between club and college volleyball and how they adjusted to their new environment and made their new schools their homes.
August 24, 2020
A Motivation Story with All PAC-12 Beach Volleyball Student-Athlete Charlie Ekstrom
Ever since the first time she played beach volleyball she knew it was the sport for her. Growing up with the discipline of a martial artist, Charlie Ekstrom is a model of motivation. Now at Stanford, she has become one of the top female beach players in the country! She tells us her story and how motivation has affected her both as a person and as a volleyball player.
August 21, 2020
Origins of Club Beach Volleyball with Owner/Founder of 692 West Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith has been around since the very beginning of juniors beach volleyball. On this podcast he talks about how Club Beach Volleyball came to be and how the explosive growth is shaping the game!
August 17, 2020
A Determination Story with U. of Washington’s Cailin Onosko
Cailin Onosko’s story of the ups and downs of transforming herself into a Pac-12 DS/L is so motivating! In this episode she shares how her love for improving and making the people that she loved proud contributed to her long-term success.
August 12, 2020
Trends in Juniors Beach Volleyball with Tamarack VBC Founder Andrew Bennett
Coach Andrew Bennett has been a key figure in turning beach volleyball into a legitimate year-round club sport. His unique insights into where the sport is going are thought-provoking. His fun, team-focused approach to competitive volleyball has helped to turn his club into a powerhouse and move juniors volleyball as a whole closer to the college model.
August 11, 2020
A Passion Story with Hannah Mackenhausen
South Carolina Beach Volleyball Commit Hannah Mackenhausen shares her story of how she grew to find so much joy for volleyball. She also shares the work she puts in to be great!
August 07, 2020
Coaching Through COVID-19 with Oregon Institute of Technology with Ken Murczek
Oregon tech coach Ken Murczek got the job during the COVID-19 pandemic and still has yet to meet with his team in person. This unique time calls for unique measures and Coach Murczek goes into how he’s been handling all the dynamics that go into being a college head coach during a global pandemic.
August 07, 2020
Offense That Works with Davis Ransom
In this episode, The VolleyNerd, Coach Davis Ransom talks offensive philosophy and breaks down why and how the most common offensive plays work.
August 06, 2020
Brazil and USA Club Volleyball Compare and Contrast with Rodrigo Suelotto
Both the United States and Brazil are two of the strongest volleyball programs in the world, yet they approach many facets quite differently. In this episode Top Professional and Club Coach Rodrigo Suelotto discussed what each country can learn from the other.
August 04, 2020
The Recruiting Process with Dianne DeNecochea
Dianne DeNecochea’s experience in professional volleyball and coaching her daughter in club led to her starting a niche recruiting agency, ProactiveVolley. In this podcast she shares so much great insight about how to navigate the recruiting process!
August 02, 2020
Building a Culture of Discipline and Pride with Kelly Drobeck
Everyone talks about building a strong, competitive culture. Coach Kelly Drobeck has done that year in and year out with her teams. In this podcast Coach Kelly Drobeck goes into detail about how she has made her programs so successful: by making practical the themes of discipline and pride.
July 31, 2020
What Can Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Learn from One Another? with John Landicho
Currently the Head Men’s Coach at Miramar College, and with 5 State Championships with the girls at Franco’s ParkerHigh School, Coach John Landicho is the right person to talk to about how we can learn from each other to make each other better!
July 31, 2020
Beach and Indoor Volleyball Compare and Contrast with Justin Marshall
One Beach Lead Coach and Park University Assistant Beach Coach Justin Marshall joins the podcast to discuss how beach and indoor can benefit one another. He offers some really insightful similarities and differences between the beach and indoor games, cultures, and teaching methods.
July 30, 2020
Max Potential with Top Club Coach Luis Cuatok
One of the top club coaches in the country, Luis Cuatok joins the volley nerd podcast to discuss how to maximize the potential of our athletes. He starts with philosophy and then gets into practical tips for how to insure that your team is moving consistently forward.
July 27, 2020
The Ultimate Sideout The Movie Podcast
In this podcast we do a deep dive on the movie Sideout from a VolleyNerd perspective and have fun breaking down one of Volleyball’s best movies OF ALL Time!
July 26, 2020
Junior College Men’s Volleyball with David Proffitt
San Diego Mesa Head Men’s Coach David Proffitt gives us his take on why athletes choose junior college volleyball, The Cal Promise Program, and enhanced stats for winning at the JC level.
July 25, 2020
Level Up with Paul Araiza
Leveling up your game is hard. College Beach Volleyball Coach Paul Araiza dives into what it takes to take your game to the next level. He talks about taking charge of your confidence by putting in the work and shares his story of the grind to becoming an AVP Pro.
July 23, 2020
Mental Skills Training with Roxanne Brunsting
Self-determination theory, the importance of a mission statement, how to manage our energy, self talk, and many more topics are discussed in this important overview of mental skills training from UCSD All-Everything, Roxanne Brunsting
July 21, 2020
An Intangibles Story with Chelsea Speaks
Chelsea Speaks won a Bronze Medal in club as a setter then played for Fresno Pacific University for four years. She had to switch to libero in order to get on the court and she did! Check out her story of competition and fierce determination!
July 21, 2020
A Mental Health Story with Taimani Toilolo
Sophomore Outside Hitter Taimani Toilolo joins The VolleyNerd Podcast to discuss dealing with mental health as an athlete. She goes into her ups and downs and how they have led her to become who she is today.
July 20, 2020
A Recruiting Story: Challenge Accepted with Colleen Kennedy
Getting recruited to play college volleyball is a huge challenge even if you are a star in high school and club. Incoming Cal Poly Pomona setter Colleen Kennedy shares her recruiting story and how she ended up deciding on Cal Poly Pomona through the highs and the lows of the recruiting process.
July 15, 2020
Even Faster Ways to Get Good with Tod Maddox
Playing volleyball and whole training are great, but there are even faster ways to accelerate our athletes’ learning. Coach Tod Mattox from The Art of Coaching and the Head Coach at The Bishops School, goes in depth on practical methods that we can use right now to help our athletes fulfill their highest potential.
July 15, 2020
Steal This Practice Template!
This practice template can be applied to a lot of different practice goals, has a lot of application to the match, and has a cumulative effect. Steal it!
July 14, 2020
Motor Learning and The Science of Skill
Mastering the fundamentals of motor learning allows coaches to help their athletes speed up their learning. Who doesn’t want to speed up learning?
July 14, 2020
Coaching Groundhog Day with Sean Thomas Part 2
Coaching experience is a huge benefit when it comes to helping your players, as long as you learn for each experience! Beloved youth coach Sean Thomas explains his philosophy and how to make the most out of each day.
July 10, 2020
Coaching Groundhog Day with Sean Thomas
How can coaches make sense of all the experience they have? How does he “coach like jazz”? Beloved Coach Sean Thomas goes into how to make the most out of each experience for your athletes and for yourself as a coach. Part 1 of 2
July 10, 2020
Tryouts: Lions and Gazelles with Andrew Clifton (Part 2 of 2)
How to handling cutting people, an imaginary 1s team draft, and how to be competitive and yet loyal to your clientele. Head coach of Johnson and Wales University (Denver) Andrew Clifton joins host Davis Ransom to discuss the craziness of tryouts.
July 08, 2020
Tryouts: Lions and Gazelles with Andrew Clifton (Part 1 of 2)
Johnson and Wales University (Denver) Head Coach Andrew Clifton joins TVNP to discuss tryouts and the many dynamics that are involved. Nerd out on volleyball and learn how to nail a tryout!
July 07, 2020
Effective Practices with Allan Jeffrey Part 2 of 2
Gaining the full support of the entire team, including the parents, can be the key to a successful season. Check out how experienced Coach Allan Jeffrey sets up his process-focused practice. environment.
July 04, 2020
Effective Practices with Allan Jeffrey Part 1 of 2
Creating a great practice can be difficult. Experienced volleyball coach Allan Jeffrey explains some of the things he does to create an awesome, competitive practice environment. Part 1 of 2
July 04, 2020
A Grit Story with Yuliya Ushakova
In this episode former D1 middle blocker Yuliya Ushakova tells us her story of grit and how she was able to remain resilient despite setbacks.
July 02, 2020
The Assistant Coach Accelerant with Daniela de Kervor
In this episode we discuss the importance and challenges of being an excellent assistant coach. Elite Assistant Coach Daniela de Kervor brings her experience to The VolleyNerd Podcast to examine how we can make the most of the teamwork between an assistant coach and the head coach and accelerate our athletes’ learning.
July 02, 2020
Coaching & Competing In the Same Club with Tony (Dad) and Kayla Lee (Daughter)
Father and daughter combo Tony and Kayla discuss the dynamics of having a coach as a dad and an athlete for a the same club!
June 30, 2020
The Fastest Way To “Get Good”
In this episode The VolleyNerd shares the fastest way to get better at volleyball. It’s faster than drills. It’s faster than lessons. What could it be? How do we know? Why don’t more people do this? Nerd out and learn THE FASTEST way to get at volleyball!
June 27, 2020
How I Became a VolleyNerd
In this episode I explained how The VolleyNerd became The VolleyNerd.
June 24, 2020