Sam Shweisky is the head men’s volleyball coach at Princeton University. I worked at Princeton eons ago under the (somewhat legendary) previous coach and know that it’s a great place to work. Not only are the athletes motivated in the classroom, but also on the court. The coaching staff has a different model there, because Shweisky also serves as the women’s assistant coach.
Shweisky has a Sports Psychology background, so talking to him about coaching was fun and the only reason I had to stop was because I had another meeting scheduled. He’s one of those guys who loves to talk coaching. He’s a cerebral guy who has put a lot of thought into his coaching style and has a reason for everything he does.
At Princeton, Shweisky has coached a couple conference Newcomer of the Years and has been voted Coach of the Year himself. Keep coming back as we discuss:
- Replacing a popular coach
- What makes a good assistant coach
- How to create realistic discomfort in practice
- Managing the feedback process with your players
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!