Over the years, that I have played and coached I've read or been sent some very thoughtful and inspiring Dear Volleyball letters.
Some have been written to me from players who were inspired by their training and team experience and some were actually written to the sport of volleyball thanking it for the life lessons of motivation, teamwork, hard work, focus, patience and other disciplines and principles the sport teaches just through participation and a strong desire to improve.
Dear Coach April
To the coach that always said yes you can and never no you can’t,
Seven or eight years ago I nervously stumbled in to your gym not knowing what to expect, I just knew I recently started playing volleyball and that i wanted to get better. I knew that I just developed a deep passion for the game and wanted to advance my skills in every way possible.
At the same practice, I quickly realized you meant business when there was an overload of sweat dripping down my face and my stomach was overturned, nearing the edge of an exercise induced vomit. As a result my hands were deep in my pockets while you were instructing and explaining the next drill and you stopped mid sentence looked me directly in the eye and said in the most stern voice I have ever heard:
“you’re a volleyball player, we’re at volleyball practice, take your hands out of your pockets, be an athlete and pay attention”
At this point I knew I had to come back. I knew you would help mold me into the player I wanted to be.
I’ve taken many bus rides and carpools and everything in between to make sure that every Thursday Friday and Saturday were dedicated to being to being in Coach April’s gym. Months later I was in the gym with 6 others being coach privately by you.
Two hour boot camps turned into five hour work sessions and I loved it. I missed birthday parties, weddings, and even funerals because I refused to miss a practice because the desire of the game.
Years later, now playing college ball, I’ve been struggling with returning to the basics and redefining myself as a player post my 6 knee surgeries and all it took was 2 practices under you to regain my confidence and rejuvenate my love and desire to get better at this sport and you didn’t even try to or know that you did it. It just happened. So thank you Coach April.
Thank you for always saying yes you can and never no you can’t.
Thank you for showing me that throwing your body at a hard wood floor doesn’t have to hurt.
Thank you for showing me to reach new heights. (literally to swing)
Thank you for showing setting requires all fingers not just six.
Thank you for showing me that volleyball requires focus.
Thank you for showing me that you truly can leave your baggage at the gym door.
Thank you for developing my love for this lifetime sport.
Thank you for growing the sport of volleyball in Vegas and being a great coach to everyone that steps in your door.
You’ve got me fired up and ready to work this upcoming season.
You rock Coach April!
Ps. if you’re not Coach April and read this far go to boot camp and get better and follow Missouri Valley College Volleyball because as Coach Tamika Drake likes to say “It’s about to go downnnnn”
"Northwestern … thank you for letting me live my dream of being a DI athlete, and thank you for making my college experience about more than just athletics."— NCAA Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) July 13, 2018
Recent @NUVball graduate @tayytash pens a letter to her alma mater. #NCAAVBhttps://t.co/pS6xdPb5gH
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In addition to studying and memorizing motivational quotes these letters serve to reinforce important individual life lessons learned both from you and from the experiences of others.
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