New Mexico Spring Coaches Clinic Announced!

VB Clinic Flyer_2018

**Online registration:

The 11th Annual New Mexico Spring Coaches Clinic to be held on April 7, 2018 at Rio Rancho HS. Our clinic is a one day, (8) fifty minute session event.  This clinic has been very successful in providing our coaches with valuable materials to take back to their gyms. It has been my wish to continue to have collegiate coaches; state championship coaches, club coaches, as well as successful mentors/coaches in general, share some of the things that make their programs successful!

Hotel: Quality Inn, Rio Rancho                                                                                                                                                                                                  4081 High Resort Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM, 87124                                                                                                                                              Phone: (505-892-5998)  (Ask for clinic rate)

**All callers must ask for RIO RANCHO VOLLEYBALL CLINIC rate when booking in order to get discounted rate. Only the Reservations booked by calling the hotel directly to 505-892-5998  with request of RR VOLLEYBALL CLINIC rates will qualify for discount.  All other reservation booked by third party travel agencies or online or toll free reservation line will not qualify for discount nor hotel will be able to modify them at hotel once booked.  Deadline to book rooms at RR VOLLEYBALL CLINIC rate is midnight on Saturday, MARCH 31st, 2018. 

Clinicians that have committed for this years’ event are:

BJ LeRoy (Sheboygan, WI), BJ LeRoy is a USA Volleyball CAP Cadre member with 25 years of coaching experience. He is the Badger Region Education Chair, currently building the region’s coach mentoring program. He has coached everything from adults to 4 year olds, indoor & out, boys & girls.  BJ studies educational methods and “reaching” youth in sport. He lectures on combining teaching with coaching; motor learning; safety in sport; youth sport development; and coaching education. BJ is an administrator for the largest volleyball coaching organization in the world, “Volleyball Coaches and Trainers” (Facebook) with over 16,000 members.  Topics: 1) Using Constraints to Train Your Team-Recent Addition to Motor Learning Theory, 2) Applying Constraints in the Gym to Train What You Need 

Sara Lippitt (Tucson, AZ), Sara Lippitt is the owner of Dig it With Sara where she applies over 10 years of coaching experience running private and group lessons in addition to team training. She currently coaches with Club Cactus Juniors Volleyball Club in Tucson, Arizona, where’s she has been coaching for the last 5 years. Sara is CAP II certified with USA Volleyball and her CAP II essay was published in Volleyball USA magazine in Fall 2015.  Topics: 1) Getting the Most Out of Your Practice, 2) Applying a “Growth Mindset” in Volleyball

Pat Madia (Minneapolis, MN), Pat Madia brings his volleyball experience to our clinic.  Pat’s experience includes coaching 9 years for Niagara Frontier Volleyball in Buffalo, NY. He was Head Coach of the Academe of Aurora Panthers for two seasons, & Program Assistant Coach for St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute for 6 years. He served as the WEVA Region Coaches Education Committee Chairperson for 1 year.  Pat is USA CAP I & II Certified. Topics: 1) Building a Volleyball Program, 2) Progressing Drills to Fit Abilities & Age Groups

Jim Hardy (Seattle, WA), Jim Hardy has coached school & club player’s grades 3-12.  Jim has also managed Senior Amateur & Semi-pro Baseball teams.  He has been a clinic coach for 12 years prior. Bill Neville, GM2, & John Kessel heavily influence his volleyball background & philosophy.  Topics: 1) Evolution Serving Technique for On-Court & Rosters, 2) Playing Time & Position Specialization in Sub-varsity Programs

Last year we drew about 70 coaches!  We continue to attract coaches from West Texas, Eastern Arizona, and Southern Colorado.  This clinic is open to all interested individuals involved in coaching volleyball at all levels.

Cost for the coaching clinic will be $50 per coach from each volleyball program and $65 for walk-up registrants. Registration will include handouts, lunch, and other misc. materials. Door prizes will be given after each speaker!   You can contact me at: 505-962-9510 or email me at


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Toby Manzanares HOF Inductee

Toby Manzanares


Volleyball, with state championships in 2002, ’03, ’05, ’06, ’07, ’09: The one they call “Manz” said his greatest thrill has been “the opportunity to coach some fine athletes and individuals at RRHS and to have had a great coaching staff over the years. I think our win (3-0) vs. La Cueva in the semifinals of the 2002 state championships (was also a thrill). We were clearly the underdogs and shocked an undefeated La Cueva team with a solid, gutsy performance by my team. We were able to avenge the losses to La Cueva and Eldorado, the two losses of that season. The state championship vs. a great Eldorado team was the cap to a nice season and made RRHS athletic history.

Coach “Manz” is one of 7 inductees for the first Hall of Fame class at RRHS in 2014.

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Rio Rancho Alum is “Leaving Her Mark” at New Mexico Highlands

In this day and age of constant transfers, players graduating early and even numerous coaching changes, solid contributions from a player who will commit four years to an institution have become an ever-increasing rare phenomenon. Not so for senior Darian Mullen, who put in her four years and was rewarded by becoming the New Mexico Highlands volleyball leader with 1,318 kills (3.22 kills per set).

Continue reading the article HERE!

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