Wow! We are finally here, and it feels so good to be HOME! It’s a new home of course, and with anything new comes excitement, a little nervousness, and a rush of motivation and determination to make CITY Volleyball everything we dreamed it to be.
On my 18 year journey of coaching volleyball, I’ve learned more than I could ever imagine. At only 19 years old, I coached my first high school match, and when I look back, all I can think about is what a baby I was: so many lessons to be learned, so much experience to be gained. Over the years, there were tough losses, challenges I thought I wouldn’t overcome, and even times I thought an early retirement was the only option…LOL! But although there were tough times, there were so many more times that filled my life with joy, success, fun, and relationships with players and families that I will love and appreciate until the end of time.
And now sitting here at my new home, all I know is how grateful I am for this journey and how I can lay my head down to sleep at night knowing that the work I have done through my career has left positive and empowering imprints on the girls I have been lucky enough to coach. When they tell me the ways this sport and their experiences have shaped them as young women, I feel an immense pride in what we have accomplished. I feel like I’ve always been on the right path; doing work that truly matters and makes a difference in people’s lives. And this is the mission I wish to continue and, for the first time, I can honestly say that I will be able to do it my way! There’s no more “going with the program” and there’s no more moments where I won’t be aligned with the organization that I am involved with. This time, it will be our program; with the right priorities and the best intentions! There will be challenges and hard times, there always are… there’s beauty in the struggle.
But I am finally arriving at a place I can call my own and can build with like-minded coaches and families who LOVE the sport of Volleyball and see the bigger picture that includes building character, leadership andcommunity; all the while giving back to those that need our help…I can finally say that my dreams have come true. As they say…HOME is where the heart is. And my heart is with CITY VOLLEYBALL.
We nurture empowered women to act as agents of change. Our young women don’t just sit at the table, they own the table. Our mission is to transform lives in the now, so that more lives will be transformed in the future.
The journey to leadership is not easy. It requires recognizing and then overcoming personal challenges and preconceived limits again and again and yet again.
Volleyball is a means in and through which self-imposed fragilities can be confronted, understood, and ultimately conquered. Our mission at CITY Volleyball is to field teams that are comprised of individuals operating at their highest potential, functioning as a cohesive whole, unified in the pursuit of a single goal. CITY Volleyball’s operating principle understands winning to be a holistic process rather than an accumulation of points. In other words, we believe that by focusing on the journey of preparation, the destination of victory lies is inevitable.
My vision is unique insofar as it is vision of nurture rather than of measure, of cultivation rather than judgment. Each player is simultaneously understood to be both an investment and a stakeholder in the success both of their lives and the club. The uneven, non-linear path that is coextensive with greatness is given space and time to unfold itself in the lives of the individual young women who compete with us.
The skeptic is surely justified in asking, “But will they win titles?” But as far as CITY Volleyball and I are concerned, this is precisely the wrong question. Proper questions ask whether each player is achieving to potential, whether the team is operating as a unified whole, and whether each and every decision regarding team management is made with the long-term interests of both individual players and the team as a whole. Those are the proper questions. When those questions are lived as operating principles, they inspire confidence, grit, loyalty, and sacrifices. They inspire greatness.
And when greatness is achieved, titles follow.
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