I met Christy Johnson-Lynch, head volleyball coach at Iowa State University, years ago when she was an assistant coach. Not only is she an amazing coach, she’s an impossibly humble person. Because quite honestly, she’s got many reasons to have a big head.
She was a two-time all-American at the University of Nebraska, won a national championship while she was there, and played professionally after college. As a coach, she’s coached seventeen all-Americans and been a national coach of the year. When she got to Iowa State, they’d had nine consecutive losing seasons and now she’s the winningest volleyball coach in their school’s history.
She’s the coach the rest of us coaches are jealous of because she’s never (I mean never) been unsuccessful. She would, because of the aforementioned humility, disagree with that statement.
Stay tuned for more on Johnson-Lynch’s interview:
- On being a big-time, yet modest, coach
- Managing team expectations
- Building trust with your players
See you next time!
Join me in a series of interviews with successful coaches. I believe what we learn from our coaching peers can be applied to our teams, our recruiting efforts, and how we behave as professionals. These interviews will be less Q & A and much more philosophical in nature, keep coming back to see who I’m talking to and what they’ve got to say!