March 21, 2012

Wednesday Webinar and 6 on 6 with U of Wisconsin - Green Bay head coach Debbie Kirch

Before moving into our newest 6 on 6 article, wanted to remind VolleyFamilies of the Wednesday Webinar -Recruiting Reset.
Recruiting Reset will be on Wednesday, March 14th at 9 p.m. Central Time.  Follow these instructions to join:

Cut and past the below address into your browser address bar:    

Click "Guest" - Type your name - Click Enter Room.

Very simple and a great way to get information about focusing your recruiting efforts as we are halfway through the 2012 club volleyball season.  This will be a live webinar, so you will be able to submit questions via the Chat Box!

I first met Debbie Kirch when we were both assistants at different Big 10 schools back in the day.  I coached against her after we each took our first head coaching positions, when they invited us in for a tournament at UWGB.  As silly as this may sound, I went and check out the bay, and it was green!!!!

Debbie has done a fantastic job of taking a down program and lifting it into a consistent winner.  She is a class act who still does things the Old School way; leads the players, improves their skills and empowers their academic success.

6 on 6 with U of Wisconsin Green Bay head coach Debbie Kirch:

1.    What drew you into the profession of college volleyball coaching? Loved playing the sport, loved “sports” in general. After playing in college, just wanted to be involved in athletics somehow whether it was “writing” (I majored in sports journalism, considered sports information), or coaching. Got a GA position as an asst vball coach and loved it! So just continued.

2.  If you could change one thing about the sport of college volleyball, what would that be? Wish it hadn’t gotten so specialized. Feel we spend a lot of time at the college level trying to make players “good volleyball players” again because they have been trained so position specific.

3.  Who is the most famous person you have met and where was it? Met Dennis Green the former NFL coach when he was the coach at Northwestern University. Got an interview with him when I was working on the high school newspaper at Evanston Township High School. The article I wrote earned me a scholarship.

4.  Where is your favorite vacation spot? That’s a tough one. I love going to Mexico because when I do, I do absolutely nothing! But when I was a kid, our family started going up to a resort in northern Minnesota to fish every summer and we continued to go up until last year. Now we have a new place that is closer, but same thing. Love fishing, love spending time with my family, love being somewhere where phones don’t work! Just a great week of family time.

5.  What is the least enjoyable part of your job? Recruiting. Not the actual job – I love to get to know potential student-athletes and watch them develop as players. But the time we spend away from home, traveling to tournaments, living out of a suitcase, time away from family. We spend a great deal of time on recruiting – long list of kids, corresponding, watching them, talking to coaches, hosting them on visits and the reality is, we don’t get the majority of the kids we spend all that time on.

6.  If you could not be a coach, what could you see as your profession? Sports journalist. Love everything about sports and would love to be around it in some capacity.

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