Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Way of the Champion

Jerry Lynch writes an inspiring book called The Way of the Champion. He discusses techniques to center yourself, to develop MINDFULNESS, and has an excellent chapter about overcoming adversity.

In this executive book summary, Parin Patel highlights key points.


Can't get enough volleyball? The rumor mill has it that Melrose scrimmages today and Friday (Lynnfield) at the Middle School Gym. Saturday they travel to Medway for the annual Medway play date where the team matches up in 20-25 minute games with some top area teams.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Thoughts on a New Season

I am not so close to either the players or the coaches to have any opinion whatsoever about the team. Certainly, Coach Celli and his staff return much of the core from last year's team, although valuable players always graduate. So it has ever been, so will it be. 

But certain immutable truths drive results. First, never doubt the importance of attitude - positive attitude, team spirit, and the capacity to fight through adversity. 

“What you really believe about the source of great performance thus becomes the foundation of all you will ever achieve.” 
― Geoff ColvinTalent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else

Attitude encompasses your self-talk, visualization, goals, and ability to simulate in practice what you will face in matches.

Second, believe that character distinguishes great teams from excellent ones. 
Character drives your process which informs results. Sometimes you can be outscored yet do your best and claim success. Conversely, you will win matches where you have not done your best. The graphic above comes from Brett Ledbetter's What Drives Winning. 

Third, confidence, appearing as self-trust, defines success. I'm not talking about the fool's gold of selfish bad choices, but the willingness to take the shot when the opportunity arises. Great players make signature plays and have both 'go to' and 'counter' moves. Excellent teams win points. Championships are forged on action. Decision determine destiny. Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski says "basketball is about making plays not running plays." 

Finally, trust your leadership. The four most powerful words you can hear are "I believe in you." Channel that trust into commitment, decisiveness, sacrifice for the team, and persistence. 

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

Enjoy the season. Play hard, play smart, play together, and have fun. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Champion's DNA

This contains an excerpt from my basketball blog and a video called "A Champion's DNA" which is part of a basketball CoachingU DVD set. Everything within applies to volleyball, other sports, and your academic performance.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Melrose Volleyball 2015

The 2015 roster is posted on

The team has the usual blend of youth and experience. 

  • 3 Seniors
  • 7 Juniors
  • 5 Sophomores
Melrose has a lot of experience up front both outside (Cataldo, Mulcahey, and Torpey) and inside (Crovo, Leyne, and Federico). Lily Fitzgerald competes at setter with Emily DiPietro, and Kaitlyn MacInnes will be pushed in the back row by a host of youngsters and junior Katie Donovan. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Opening Day, New Season

Lincoln, Abraham “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

Today, volleyball tryouts began. If Forrest Gump applies to volleyball, then "volleyball is like a box of chocolates, you never know for sure what you're going to get."

The summer program saw a large turnout at volleyball camps and four players play on the Bay State regional team - Marissa Cataldo, Victoria Crovo, Kat Torpey, and Kaitlyn MacInnes.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 Schedule

The 2015 schedule is out and offers games against battle-tested and highly regarded squads. The marquis home matchup may be NDA (Hingham).

Sunday, November 23, 2014

All In

Are you willing to pay the price for success?

Allie Nolan receives yet another recognition with selection as a Boston Globe All-Scholastic. Congratulations on an outstanding career.