Dawn Redd (Coach Dawn)




Coach Dawn's Favorite Sports:

Volleyball, Beach Volleyball

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Coach Dawn Writes

My blog is a place for coaches at all levels who are interested in building teams, motivating their student athletes, and coaching ideas that work. You won't find drills or job postings there, but you will find thoughts from a self-proclaimed coaching nerd who wants to help coaches and teams thrive.

Coaches Corner: Creating Realistic Discomfort For Your Team
source When I asked Sam Shweisky, the head men’s volleyball coach at Princeton University, how he prepared his team to handle challenges or being put in uncomfortable situations, I liked his answer about “realistic discomfort”.  So...[Read on]
Coach Dawn: How To Successfully Follow A Popular Coach
source There’s no easier coaching job than following a coach that the team–rightly or wrongly–didn’t like or respect.  In that situation, everything you say is a breath of fresh air, the players hang on your every word, and t...[Read on]
Coaches Corner: Sam Shweisky
source 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 motiv...[Read on]
Coach Dawn: Follow These 8 Principles To Reach Success
source In a TEDtalk titled, Success is a Continuous Journey, Richard St. John talked about being on top of the heap…and then getting complacent, overconfident, and cocky.  Which led him losing all of his clients and the aforementioned success...[Read on]
Great Coaching Advice…From A Coach Smarter Than Me via @CoachDawnWrites
source The first year I started coaching, I went to my first major coaching convention.  A week-long affair, I learned so much about the profession that I thought my head would explode.  As a young coach, fresh out of college, I was living in a...[Read on]
Coach Dawn Writes: How To Motivate Our Teams
source Daniel Pink focuses on how we’re motivated in a TEDtalk called, “The Puzzle of Motivation“.  He spends a lot of time going into why we’re going at motivation all wrong and in an outdated way.  In example after exa...[Read on]
Non-Verbal Communication via @CoachDawnWrites
source “Our bodies change our minds And our minds change our behavior And our behavior changes our outcomes.“ In a TEDtalk called Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are by Amy Cuddy, I learned that how we present ourselves is amazingly powerf...[Read on]
Advice For New Coaches via @CoachDawnWrites
source I was watching the local news last night and my favorite station was debuting a new meteorologist.  Just for background, I live in a smallish city, so we seem to be the testing ground for all new and untested TV personalities. This poor guy ...[Read on]
Play Like A Girl via @CoachDawnWrites
source I don’t know if you’ve seen this #LikeAGirl youtube video, but you should check it out.  The throw/run/play/etc. “like a girl” phrase is still a thing on athletic fields and PE classes all over the country.  Watch...[Read on]
Coaches Corner: Evaluating Drills For Effective Practices
source I’m a big fan of evaluating my program after each season. Everything from hotels and restaurants we used to game schedule and practice plans. I certainly don’t think that evaluation must necessarily lead to changes, though it should le...[Read on]

Today on the Women's Sports Calendar:

Little League World Series
Aug 14 - 24: Williamsport
Dukes OceanFest
Aug 16 - 24: Waikiki Beach

Full Calendar of Women's Sports