May 10, 2009

Future Hall of Fame Volleyball Coach!

Hi. I'm in middle school and I've only been playing volleyball for 2 years but its now something i love, and that I'd like to continue doing for future years to come. An assignment that I have for a class of mine is what our dream job is. For me, one thing I'd love to do is become a college volleyball coach. So, i was wondering what some requirements to become a college volleyball coach are. Do you have to have a college degree, and how much prior coaching experience is needed? Also, how much time do you spend each day coaching? Thank you for taking the time to read this, I really appreciate it.


I am glad to help with your class assignment and maybe point you in right direction to a lifelong and rewarding career! All I ask in return is don't vote for any more rule changes!!!

If you look at the web page, on the left hand side bar you will notice a link for Employment. When you highlight this link, a side menu pops up and you want to click Membership; the next page that pops up has another link in the middle of the page to view for athletic positions (coaching and staff) at schools which post openings (NCAA schools and other associations). When you click this link, another page pops up (and this page is rather confusing - don't know why the NCAA reformatted this section because it seems more complicated), on this page, look to the left side bar and there will be a very small link that says "Browse Jobs" - Click this link and you will see a breakdown of many different positions. On this page, just click "Volleyball" to see all available volleyball positions listed on the NCAA website - Quite a long Internet journey, but is is here you can see the requirements needed for various positions.

Most volleyball job listing will have "required qualifications" and additional "preferred qualifications". In a sense, the "required" gets your resume accepted, and the "preferred" is what gets your resume through the first round of selections.

Having applied for my fair share of positions, the majority of Head Coach jobs require:

1. An undergraduate degree from a four year college or university.
2. A certain number of years of college or high school coaching experience (usually ranges from 2 to 5 years).

Additionally, any number of college Head Coaching jobs prefer:

1. Experience as a player at the college level.
2. NCAA coaching experience (any Division).
3. Demonstrated success recruiting high caliber volleyball student-athletes.
4. Demonstrated competitive success at the NCAA level.
5. Masters degree.

The qualification for an assistant coach vary according to the position (first, second, part time, etc.), but the required qualifications can include:

1. Undergraduate degree from a 4 year institution.
2. Collegiate playing experience.

Preferred qualifications for assistants entail:

1. Experience with various computer software.
2. Experience with statistic and video software.
3. Experience interacting with members of the volleyball community.

As a rule, to be a college volleyball coach (assistant or head) you must have your undergraduate degree - There are times when an assistant may be hired without a degree, but it is usually stipulated that the assistant must obtain their degree within a certain time period.

In general, Athletic Directors like to see that a coaching candidate either has playing experience or demonstrated success as a coach (if they did not play volleyball). Also, to be selected as a head coach, it would be important that a candidate bring a few years of experience to the position, even if they have a great playing resume

As for the actual amount of time coaching, it is the least amount of time that college coaches spend with the position. Surprisingly, actually being on the floor coaching the players is the smallest amount of time I spend as a Head Coach. Part of this is because of NCAA rules - The NCAA is very specific about how many hours per day and per week we can spend training the student-athletes, both in the playing season and during the non-traditional season (a fancy way of saying the 'off-season') and part of it is just what needs to be done when you run a college volleyball program.

Being a College Volleyball coach entails so many other details which take up a significant amount of time. Please allow me to list the various things that volleyball coaches must do other than coach the players:

  1. Develop recruiting priorities and coordinate travel for recruiting.
  2. Travel to/from club and high school volleyball matches to recruit.
  3. Submit expense reports for recruiting travel, including completing supporting NCAA recruiting paperwork (listing all recruits, sites, etc. from trip).
  4. Evaluate and rank recruits while watching volleyball matches.
  5. Manage the recruiting database.
  6. E-mail, write and telephone recruits.
  7. Coordinate and host Unofficial Visits.
  8. Coordinate and host Official Visits, including transporting Prospective Student-Athlete to and from airport, transport PSA and family around the campus and town.
  9. Submit expense reports from Official Visits, including NCAA supporting documentation.
  10. Complete paperwork for National Letter of Intent and scholarship signing day.
  11. Monitor signed player application process (including housing application), NCAA Eligibility Certification and NCAA Amateurism Certification.
  12. Coordinate all Team Travel details.
  13. Travel to/from Traditional season matches and tournaments.
  14. Submit expense reports for Team Travel, including NCAA supporting documentation.
  15. Film all home and non-league away matches.
  16. Send copies of recent matches to conference opponents or upload to central video database for distribution to conference opponents.
  17. Break down opposing team match films in preparation for upcoming matches.
  18. Break down own team film to determine practice focus for upcoming matches.
  19. Develop practice plans after results of matches, film breakdown, travel itinerary and any injuries.
  20. Obtain supplier bids for team equipment and clothing.
  21. Order all team equipment and clothing.
  22. Check status of order, confirm arrival of product, make changes, send out clothing for screening and embroidery.
  23. Submit NCAA documentation concerning number of hours spent training, traveling, lifting, etc. for the volleyball players during the season (one report per week, signed by the players).
  24. Pass the annual NCAA rules and regulations examination, after reviewing all NCAA rules changes and updates.
  25. Develop the Non-Traditional season plan.
  26. Coordinate Non-Traditional season team travel.
  27. Travel to/from Non-Traditional season competitions.
  28. Coordinate all camp and clinic plans, inclusive of securing facility space, producing and mailing camp information, registering participants, securing camp coaches, securing insurance, preparing all pre-camp school documentation and contracts, completing all post-camp payments, completing all post-camp school documentation, completing all post camp NCAA documentation, etc.
  29. Attending all required athletic department meetings.
  30. Attending all required school meetings.
  31. Meeting with the marketing and promotions administrator to review season plans.
  32. Meeting with the Director of Athletic Facilities to review program needs and conflicts.
  33. Directing team managers and support staff.
  34. Develop community outreach projects and complete community outreach projects.
  35. Assist in non-volleyball athletic department events or functions as directed by the administrations.
  36. Develop and successfully raise funds for the volleyball program.
  37. Participate in Athletic Department booster and fund raising events.
  38. Review and manage the academic success of the volleyball team.
  39. Manage the dynamics of the team to develop on and off court success.
  40. Attend conference and national coaches meetings as directed by Athletic Department.
These are my Top 40 other things than coaching which college volleyball coaches must do. Yet, given a bit more time, I could probably list another 40 things which coaches do each and every year.

After reading my list, I think I should have studied harder in college!!! Not really - I very much enjoy being a college volleyball coach and would not wish to be employed doing anything else!

I hope my answer is of help for your assignment and I wish you the very best as you continue down the road of volleyball - It is a great game and maybe you can enjoy a wonderful career.