Guest Blog: Manual Volleyball (week one)

Tim O’Connell is the head coach of Manual’s volleyball team and is going to do a guest weekly blog post about his team. If you’re interested in doing a weekly blog post about your team, feel free to email Conor Revell at

As a coach, the buildup to a season is one of the best and most agonizing experiences you can go through. The anticipation of the new year, new players, seeing the returning veterans, all make you excited. The prospects of this being the year. The one we’ve been waiting for. Then, it happens. And even if you get everything you hoped for, and every player shows up ready, willing, and able to contribute, there’s always a glitch. A former player wants to try out. A new freshman is the best player on the court. A varsity player decides not to come back. An injury. Attitudes…..

And so it goes.

So, these will be the daily occurrences of the Manual volleyball team. I’ll report results, as well as everyday business. As I’ve learned through coaching, there’s never a dull moment when you’re dealing with 30 plus teenaged girls.

Day 1 and 2: Tryouts

Looking over my prospects for varsity, this could be my deepest team since I’ve been here. My defensive specialists and outside hitters return. The new mix at middle hitter and right side are quite capable, so again, we look good at every spot. Except setter. That’s the only spot I do not have a returning veteran. But……and there’s always one of those, in walks a freshman with pretty hands. And it’s like the skies open up! The missing link just walked into my gym. So, things turned from a “what am I gonna do” moment, to a “I can’t wait to let her loose” moment. Now, I know that running a team as a freshman is a huge responsibility. And there will be bumps in our road. But, we have a driver. And she’ll get better everyday. Better today than you were yesterday is our motto.

Now it’s our goal!

Stay tuned, 6 a.m. two-a-days start tomorrow.