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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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CYBO – Successful Partnerships with Peter Haberl

On this episode of Coach Your Brains Out, Dr. Peter Haberl talks about an extensive study on Olympic beach volleyball partnerships and what makes a team successful over the long-term.

Dr. Haberl works as a sports psychologist for USA Volleyball and I’ve met with him a few times this off-season to talk about my own new partnership. One of the big takeaways from our interview is the idea of having a shared team philosophy and the communication of those values.

“You don’t need to have the same personality…but what you need to share is a common philosophy and a common motivation.”

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