By Kyle Koso
Sure, there are times when the competitive juices between volleyball coaches start to churn. But it’s also nice to know you can work back from heated emotions to sharing a cold one together.
One of the touches of kindness at the Triple Crown Volleyball NIT is the now-standard and much appreciated Coaches Party and Check-In, held in 2018 at one of the banquet rooms at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Club and college coaches did a little paperwork and then filed away their concerns for the rest of the night, enjoying some food and drink and the chance to reconnect with their peers.
“The Triple Crown organization, and specifically Sean Hardy, does a great job connecting college staff and club coaches, and help makes this big community look like a small one,” said Brennan Dean, director of Wave Volleyball. “It’s great to find out what’s going on in each other’s programs, where teams happen to be and what the college needs are. It’s a really enjoyable experience, to get a platform like this where we can hang out, eat and drink together … it’s very special.”
No doubt, the chance to slip away from the whistles and work of the day was appreciated. Friday marked a packed day on the TC NIT slate with college camps, unsigned player workouts and other responsibilities, all one day before the tournament begins in earnest.
“There’s a room of competitive people here with a deep desire to win and achieve; there’s a lot of respect toward one another, and there’s a lot of collaboration and deep friendships,” Dean added. “People move around, in college and the club world, but you build larger friendships through those connections.”