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CYBO – Team Culture with Hugh McCutcheon

First guest post! My volleyball nemesis and fellow Coach Your Brains Out host John Mayer writes about our interview with the great Hugh McCutcheon. Enjoy!

Team Culture with Hugh McCutcheon

by John Mayer

In the year 2005 I was a part of the Pepperdine National Championship winning team. About a week after we won our championship over UCLA I got a call from the men’s national team coach, Hugh McCutcheon. He asked me if I was interested in going to Colorado Springs to train as a libero with the team. I was honored that he even considered me but after some thought I decided to stay in California and pursue my dream of competing on the AVP. For the next few years I went on lose a bunch of matches, get dumped by partners, and eventually become a “main draw player.” Hugh on the other hand went on to lead the men to a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics. As the grail knight in Indiana Jones would say, “You did not choose wisely.” Continue reading


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Coach Your Brains Out

In April of 2015, I started a coaching podcast with John Mayer and Nils Nielsen. We spent our first episode huddled over an iPhone talking about warmups. The conversation went all over the place and the audio was rough, but it was fun to get together and talk volley and different coaching ideas. I titled the podcast “Coach Your Brains Out” as a joke, thinking we’d come up with something better later. We never did.

Over two years and one hundred and something episodes later, we’re still going strong putting out an episode a week. We usually record remotely now and our sound has gotten better thanks to some microphones. We’ve also added Andrew Fuller to the crew. It’s crazy to look at the list below and see all the amazing guests who’ve come on and shared with us. If you’re into coaching or playing sports (especially volleyball) then this podcast is for you. I’ve learned a lot doing this podcast; it’s made me a better player and coach. That’s why I still do it. Continue reading