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I Think We're Good Here: Volleyball Podcast

Author: Matt West and Jackson Metichecchia

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Your hosts Matt West 3x All-American and Jackson Metichecchia current Assistant coach at the University of Nevada Reno dissect the sport of volleyball through the life experiences our guests have to share.
27 Episodes
This weeks episode stars Team USA Paralympic Captain James Stuck. It’s a tremendous honor to have our first veteran on the podcast. On this episode James describes “getting blowing up” in Iraq and losing his leg, finding his passion for volleyball, moving to Oklahoma 5 months after starting volleyball to seek out his newfound dream in becoming a national team player, the difference between standing and sitting, the rivalry between Team USA and the Brazilians, the ways in which he finds peace of mind in success, his growth and maturation process as an athlete and leader, and finally his ability to move forward and just keep giving. Enjoy!
This weeks episode stars 3x National Champion, 3x All American, and All Time Great Cardinal Jenna Gray. It is a lengthy episode but it can be split up into two segments. In the first we talk about Jenna's start as a volleyball athlete in Kansas, her desire to do everything her sister did, being a gym rat, almost going KU, the evolution of their teams at Stanford, her relationship with both Kevin Hambly and John Dunning plus much more. The second half which start about an hour in we discuss her evolution as a setter and how her game has needed to progress quickly as she enters the professional circuit with her team DSC in Germany. We talk about the decision making process, location, tendencies, habits, behavior, attitude, and much more!
Today’s episode stars the great Australian volleyball player in the history of Australian Volleyball Paul Carroll. PC is currently serving as the associate head coach for the Pepperdine Men’s Program his Alma Mater. This podcast covers his illustrious career as a Wave and as a Professional Athlete. Paul was a 3x All American, AVCA POY, and a walking bucket. Paul discusses his unique upbringing as a Australian volleyball player, his start as a setter, assimilating to American culture once arriving to Malibu, his bitterness about not winning a National Championship, the legacy he has left behind during his time at Berlin, and his time now as a coach. Listen up!
On this episode we talk to current Men's and Women's Head Coach of Fort Valley State University and the Host of Motiv8 MVB Podcast! FVSU is apart of the HBCU Conference. Larry walks us through being a black man in a predominately white sport/world. We bounce off all the walls in this conversation going from sports, politics, police brutality, and everything else in between. It's definitely an uncomfortable conversation, but totally necessary. We want to hear from everyone and hear their perspective. That's the most important part of this podcast: learn, educate, and start getting comfortable being uncomfortable hearing some tough truths. Give it a listen!
Today’s episode stars All-Time Great Husky Krista Vansant. Krista is AVCA POY, EPSNW POY, 3x All American, Ex USA National Team Member and the current Assistant Coach at Indiana University. Krista talks about her upbringing as tenacious gym rat, running an offense at the tender age of 8 years old, always playing up in club and how it prepared her for the rest of her career. The pride, joy, excitement, and sense of failure she felt at the University of Washington. Her defeating year abroad in Switzerland. What her short stint at USAV taught her and her development as a coach. Listen to it right here!
Today Jackson and I are the guests! Our Hosts Matt Tarantino and Rich Barraza take the mic and the lead the discussion. Learn about my upbringing in a volleyball family and Jackson rude awaking that it was actually cool to play volleyball in the valley. We talk about everything from different coaching styles, parents in club volleyball now trying to form super teams, our takes on personalities we want from our athletes or teammates, and of course things we’ve learned from Marv himself. Take a listen!
Todays episode stars All Time Great Cardinal Cassidy Lichtman. Cassidy discusses her current endeavors with the Non-Profit The Non-Profit is dedicated to creating better people through sports. The idea is to provide young athletes with guidance in to how to be better teammates, build character, respect, etc. Cassidy also discusses her struggle with chronic leg pain since the age of 9 years old, her upbringing as a gym rat in San Diego, her time as a multi-position athlete in a time of specialization both at Stanford and the USA gym. Her brief time as a coach in which she won a National Champion with Stanford and her reasoning for coming out of retirement to play for the new Athletes Unlimited Sports League.
Todays episode stars Ole Miss Head Coach Kayla Banwarth. On this podcast we will hear Kayla discuss her limited volleyball exposure living in Iowa, the culture of Nebraska volleyball, her first time being apart of the USA team, the sacrifices she made to be an olympian, winning a world championship, the devastation of losing a semi final match of the olympics, how culture over talent created the fortitude to bounce back and become bronze medalists, how she is applying her playing knowledge/experience to her program now, and of course Big Daddy Hacks!
Todays episode stars University of Washington assistant coach Jason Mansfield. Jason discuss his various coaching destinations, from his tenure at Stanford to Illinois and now U of W. The difference in culture, process and style each one has presented. The challenges he has willingly faced both as a father and coach. What teaching the game of volleyball means to him and what his style of teaching highlights.
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For those of you that want a brief introduction to what our Volleyball Podcast is all about take a listen and enjoy some of our favorite moments from our top viewed guests! We've got Olympians, World Champions, All Americans, Physical Specimens, Hot Takes, and All World People! Come take a listen!
Today’s guest is the University of Washington Head Coach Keegan Cook. In this episode Keegan talks about the responsibilities that come with being a young coach, his 10 years at SMC, working with one of the greatest coaches of all time Jim McLaughlin, the tough conversations that come with the territory, having banter with his assistants and much more!
Our guest today is the Head Coach of LMU Lions Aaron Mansfield. On this episode Aaron discuss his maturation process as a coach from his beginnings at UCSB, to Santa Clara and now LMU. He talks about wanting to become the first non-power 5 school to win a ring. The difference between the Art and the Science of being a good leader and his stance on how importance the mental side of the game really is.
This weeks guest is Current Stanford Athlete Jaylen Jasper. For those of you tuning in that haven’t heard, Stanford recently announced that they will be cutting their Men’s Volleyball Program. We brought Jaylen on to discuss his journey to Stanford, what Stanford means to him, and to tell us and our listeners what is currently going on with the program and how we the volleyball community can help. You can help by following the process @savestanfordmvb and signing the petition using the link below:
This weeks episode features all time great Husky Courtney Thompson. Courtney is a World Champion, Olympic Silver and Bronze medalist. An NCAA National Champion and 3x First team all American. Court has always had a chip on her shoulder and her ability to compete and make the people around her better is what makes her quite possibly the most contagious personality to ever set foot in the American Sports Center. Courtney walks us through her volleyball journey starting with strongly disliking the game at the ripe age of 12, attempting to watch her first volleyball match ever and having it rained out, to State Champion at Kentlake High School, going in to the University of Washington a nervous wreck, being a disaster the first two years and winning a ring. She also touches on the cultures of both of the Olympic quads she played in and how vastly different they were and the pro’s and con’s to both of them. Enjoy!
David is one of if not the hardest working person in the business. Listen to David talk about how he developed his work ethic, where his excitement and curiosity to learn the game stems from and what keeps him fired up to keep learning. Dealing with knuckleheads, learning how to be patient, teaching volleyball to a group that doesn’t speak your language nor cares to learn it. How he makes his athletes better people and trying to establish a quality culture.
This podcast details how All-Time Great 49er Josh Tuaniga was able to become a back-to-back National Champion, 4x All American, and AVCA Player of the Year. Josh discuss his love for studying the game even from the young age of 13, his admiration for his older brother Gus, having a great mentor like Tyler Hildebrand, and waking up at 4:30 just to set Nick Amado balls for 30 minutes to get the edge the needed to go back to back. 
On this episode, hear Kim discuss her path to becoming the greatest thing to ever come out of the USA National Team tryout. Kim talks about everything from her club career in Portland, Oregon to becoming the MVP of the FIVB World Championships. Kim also discusses the difficulties she overcame through using her Christian faith, crying restlessly her first year abroad and dealing with one of the toughest losses of her career. 
Today’s guest is All Time Great Trojan Micah Christenson. Micah is the current national team captain, 3x all-American, world cup, world league, italian superego champion,  an  olympic bronze medalist, 2x gatorade player of the year as a basketball athlete, and self proclaimed hawaiian Dirk Nowitzki. Here him talk about coming up through the USA pipeline, becoming the national team setter, his time in italy, losing in the the semi finals of an Olympics, bouncing back, his plan's to play until 2028 and more!
Listen to all time great bruin Micah Ma'a talk about growing up on the island, the influence families such as the Mckibbin's, Shoji's, and Crabb's had on his game, winning 7 Junior National Championships, becoming a position less player in an era where specialization is praised, exploring his curiosity, playing for Speraw, and how fighting has earned him respect with his teammates. Give it a listen!
Listen to All Time Great Cornhusker Jordan Larson discuss her evolution as a volleyball player. From an 8 year old gym rat to current USA National Team Captain. You'll hear everything from winning championships to toxic environments to having a great time playing on team that maybe weren't the best on paper, but still incredibly memorable. 
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