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fly fishing, Kessel and McCutcheon

Posted by devo on July 2, 2009

I found this John Kessel blog on fly fishing and volleyball interesting.

A gym is a gym is a gym the world around – but when you get out on to a stream in the country or state you are helping, you see the real world. I have been fortunate to catch nature’s dumbest animal, the trout … in Australia, New Zealand (where 17 year old Hugh McCutcheon came up and said, “Mr. Kessel, I want to come to America and play volleyball, they said you can help me.” … back in the late 1980s) …

Thirty years ago, in Fly Fishing magazine (Aug 79), Dave Engerbretson wrote one of my favorite articles about teaching of all time, called “Parents, Kids & Fly Rods.” He sets several great “rules” for teaching youth, here is how he leads up to the first one.

And make sure you look at some of the other Kessel links in the right side column.

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McCutcheon coach of the year

Posted by devo on June 4, 2009

USA Volleyball Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand), who led the U.S. Men’s National Team to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games before taking over the U.S. Women’s Team in December 2008, has been named the 2008 National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

McCutcheon, 39, is the first volleyball coach to receive the award since the program was initiated in 1996. McCutcheon and the other honorees will be presented with their awards on June 13. more@USA Volleyball

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Karch to coach

Posted by devo on April 17, 2009

Karch Kiraly (San Clemente, Calif.), the most decorated player in the history of volleyball and an international legend – both indoor and on the beach – has been named an assistant coach of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.

U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon (Christchurch, New Zealand) hired Kiraly as an assistant coach for the program which won the 2008 Olympic Games silver medal in Beijing. Along with McCutcheon, he joins a staff that also includes assistant coach/technical coordinator Jamie Morrison (Dana Point, Calif.) and athletic trainer Jill Wosmek.

“We all know how great Karch was as a player, and I strongly believe that he will have similar success in this game as a coach,” McCutcheon said. “His addition to our staff is a huge boon for this program. His knowledge, experience and drive will be invaluable.”

Kiraly, 48, has been recognized by many as the greatest volleyball player ever. more

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Coach Hugh McCutcheon on Coaching

Posted by devo on January 30, 2009

The closing session Hugh McCutcheon (USA Women’s Coach) spoke about the need for “generalized specialists” who are good in all areas of the game but really good in 1-2 skill sets. He noted how we are specializing too early in volleyball. There is not rocket science, the way you get good at passing is by passing, and the way you get good at the game is by playing the game. Trying to teach the game from a generalized basis, you will be better at working together as a team, and win more of the little things that are being lost. “When you start teaching the game, the most important thing is to make it fun…for if at the end of the day if the game is not fun, it will be really hard to keep them around.” see the full blog post

The blog – Functional Path Traininghas some interesting links. Check it out.

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McCutcheon on the Olympics and life

Posted by devo on January 13, 2009

This article by Bill Dwyre – Los Angeles Times – is worth a read.

Life has settled down somewhat for Hugh McCutcheon, the man for whom the Beijing Olympics became the best of times and the worst of times.

He is home in Irvine, Calif., but also back in Minnesota frequently, where his mother-in-law, Barbara Bachman, has recovered from the stab wounds she suffered in the attack at a tourist spot. The same attacker, Tang Yongming, killed her husband, Todd, the 62-year-old chief executive of a Minnesota gardening business.

As the inevitable momentum of life pulls him forward, McCutcheon admits to having frequent moments of amazement over what happened to him, his family and his volleyball team in Beijing, and how it changed him, probably forever. “There is no page in the book of life,” he says, “that tells you how to be a gold-medal winner and have your father-in-law murdered.” When it gets too overwhelming, he thinks about it as a “testament to the randomness of life.” more@ Herald Net

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US volleyball buzzing

Posted by devo on December 16, 2008

Several correspondents have alerted me to the buzz in USA volleyball  …

After leading the U.S. men’s volleyball team to a gold medal in Beijing, Hugh McCutcheon will take over as head coach of the women’s national team.

McCutcheon accepted the position for the four-year period leading up to the 2012 London Games, according to USA Volleyball chief executive officer Doug Beal.

“This is a great opportunity for me to further develop professionally,” McCutcheon said in a statement Monday. “I’m excited by the challenges this change presents, and I’m optimistic that some of the knowledge we’ve acquired with the men’s program can translate to the women. There will be differences in systems and aspects of developing team culture but, at the end of the day, the fundamental principles of volleyball are not gender-specific.” more@USAToday

Also see USAVolleyball

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National Volleyball Symposium

Posted by devo on July 24, 2008

Coaching to Success

Advance Notice of the National Volleyball Symposium
Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra
17th-19th October 2008

Key note speaker:
Hugh McCutcheon, Head Coach USA Men’s National Team
Plus Australian presenters from:

  • National Team Coaching Staff: Indoor and Beach
  • AIS sport support service staff
  • International referees

The intent is to present three streams:

  • Coaching: Friday to Sunday
  • Refereeing: Saturday/Sunday
  • Club/Association Development: Saturday/Sunday

Further information:
PO Box 3323 Belconnen ACT 2617 Australia
Phone: 61-2-6247-6633 ~ Fax: 61-2-6247-6722 ~ E-mail:

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Hugh McCutcheon – USA Men’s Coach – to visit Aus

Posted by devo on July 14, 2008

UPDATED: Originally posted 13/07/08

Here’s a date to put into your diary now –
unless you coach schools in SA or QLD

Volleyball Australia will be holding a National Volleyball Symposium at the Australian Institute of Sport from the 17th to the 19th of October 2008. It’s been 9 years since we had Taras Liskevych out here – far too long. So let’s support this chance to hear from one of the best. Unfortunately, these dates clash with schools cups in 2 states!

Three streams – Coaching, Refereeing and Club/Association Development – are on the agenda to be presented over the 3 day conference.  The key note speaker will be Hugh McCutcheon, Head Coach of the USA Men’s National Team, as well as presentations from National Indoor and Beach Coaching staff, International Referees and AIS sport support service staff.

Check out the Volleyball Australia site, and Devo’s Volleyball,  for more info as it becomes available. Christian Stapff, Sport Development Manager at the AVF, tells me that more detail will be available as early as next week.

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