Coach: Kevin Cary School: Mountain Vista Sport: Volleyball How many years have you devoted your life to coaching? What got you into coaching …
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Coach: Kevin Cary
School: Mountain Vista
How many years have you devoted your life to coaching? What got
you into coaching initially?
I have dedicated 15 years of my life to coaching so far. I began
coaching basketball and swimming while I was in college. Then my
wife got me hooked on coaching volleyball. She may regret it now
that I spend so much time with it.
What is your history with volleyball? What’s most exciting about
it to you?
I have been playing volleyball since high school. I toyed around
with the club team at the University of Wyoming after I was done
swimming for UW. I grew up playing all other sports from an early
age, and then got into volleyball, so it is still relatively new to
me, and I am constantly learning new aspects of the game.
Can you describe a moment or two when you found coaching to be
While coaching youth volleyball, I had some players who were
there to try out a new sport. And now they have found it to be the
sport they want to play over any others. I'm proud that they love
it that much and think that I might have had a part in their
As a coach, what is your No. 1 goal every time you walk into a
I want the team and players to find success, and that looks like
more than just wins. There needs to be growth from the beginning to
the end. There needs to be milestones which get met. And the sport
needs to remain enjoyable.
What is usually the first thing you take care of walking into
I figure out who the players are going to be so I can fit the
system around their strengths. We always want to utilize the best
assets of each player.
What is the first thing you establish as a coach in preparation
for the coming high school season?
As a coaching staff, we establish how the program will be made
up based on who tries out. We want to make sure we are using what
we have, instead of making the players fit the system.
We all know being a head coach requires a lot of time and
devotion. How much does family and friend support come into play
when trying to guide a successful preps sports program?
Family support is vital. It always helps when your family
understands the rigor of the job, and when they are there for you
when you get a chance to come home and see them once in a
What is most rewarding about working with high school athlete
The most rewarding factor about working with the high school
athlete is watching them grow as a person and as an athlete from
the time they are a freshman until they graduate. You get a chance
to build a relationship with them. The next important thing is
having that community support. You can't get a gym full of people
to come watch a club team.
Say your team just won the state championship, given your
choice, where would you want to celebrate?
In the gym with the rest of the student body there to cheer you
What do you do for entertainment that doesn’t relate to
For entertainment, when I have a free moment, I enjoy playing
with my two daughters, being around my lovely wife, playing poker,
watching sports and napping.
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