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Coach Dave 13/14s

I grew up in Colorado Springs where unknown to me, I was developing a future coaching philosophy that would become an obsession to help young people deal with the hurdles of learning and become self-motivated to learn.  As a former national class athlete I had the good fortune to have some great coaches but also had to tolerate verbal abuse from adults that used their position of power in sport in a very negative way and truly did not consider the ramifications on the athletes they were purportedly helping.

Growing up, my main sports were Basketball and Track & Field. In Track & Field I was fortunate enough to qualify for three and compete in two AAU National Championships, qualifying in High Jump, Triple Jump & 800 medley relay. I was ranked 10th in the country in High Jump & was part of a National Record holding 800 medley relay team where I ran one of two 100 meter legs.

Volleyball entered my life in college.  My then girlfriend & now wife Sherri (Nov 1986), a former all-city player at Kennedy HS, asked me to join a rec team at CSU and I fell in love with the sport (I was already in love with Sherri). We began our doubles career after college where I continued to learn much over the years. 

To say I’m competitive is an understatement. I get very obsessive of becoming the best I can at sports, hobbies & since 2008, coaching volleyball. To that, in 1995 I was runner up “A” division for the city cup in Darts, yes, Darts. In the summer of 1998 I finished ranked 10th in the “Thin air tour” of Disc Golfs open division. I still have an 18 hole putting course with a Mach 2 basket in the back yard.

On September 8th 1998, my wife and I welcomed our daughter Shannon into the world to be followed on Aug 22nd 2000 by our son Flynn, avid athletes, former Junior Olympian swimmers and yes, volleyball players. My daughter is attending Montana State University as an Industrial Engineer major and my son will be a senior at Wheat Ridge HS and is currently training for his first MMA fight (Hopefully near the end of the year)

I started coaching in 2004 because I wanted to introduce my children to basketball, a sport I love and to share the learning experience with them. That was 15 years ago and I certainly have grown up and learned valuable lessons with each Basketball and now strictly Volleyball team I coach (80+ & Counting) and try to apply those lessons to my coaching. 

I am a coach geared toward the mental aspects of learning in a competitive environment and guiding my players outside of their comfort zones in order to push past their capabilities to improve their abilities, while learning to overcome the mental trials that come along. I do this through praise, imagery and encouragement.  I believe my connection with the players is a big reason for receiving the 2016 YMCA Denver Metro Sports Branch Volunteer of the year & the 2017 Denver 7 Everyday Hero.

My Coaching history:

Susan M. Duncan Y – Volunteer Coach (2004-)Summer Volleyball Camp; Director/Head Coach, (2015-),

Gold Crown - Head Coach (2010-)

A-West H.S. 6th-8th Grade Gold Crown Volleyball - Program Director/Head Volleyball Coach (2016-)

CORE Values (2018-)

 My players are also fortunate that I make 54 flavors of ice cream ;-) of which most are named for former and current players.

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