Want to see Dave Rubio present in person? He'll be at the upcoming Phoenix Coaching Clinic on May 14-15, 2016.
Advice to a Young Coach
Rubio says there’s no substitute for hard work and long hours. He views a strong work ethic as an essential quality for an upcoming coach.
Books that Coaches Should Read
Like many coaches, Rubio likes “Moneyball,” and two of his favorite coach/authors are John Wooden and Pat Riley.
Communicating with Today’s Kids
Rubio has found that texting is a good way to communicate with young players. They like it, and it’s time efficient for the coach, too. As Rubio points out here, a short text takes less time than a phone call.
Being Their Coach Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Being Their Friend
Rubio’s goal is to be a longtime mentor, who players can come to for advice while they’re playing for him but also after they’ve graduated.
How Dave got into volleyball and coaching
Rubio caught the volleyball bug as a kid because his dad loved the game. He still has it.
Practice is the Highlight of the Job
Rubio enjoys the process of training and teaching his players a whole lot more than he enjoys matches. Here’s why:
How a Former “Hothead” Has Adjusted to Coaching This Generation of Players
Young players today look at coaches more as an equal than an authority figure, Rubio says. With that in mind, his coaching style has changed in recent years.
Put a Little Belichick in Your Coaching
Rubio says he’s gotten more and more detail oriented as the years have gone by. He talks in this video about why he thinks being well organized is essential to success.
Rubio: Sand Volleyball is Good for Indoor Players
Along with being a good offseason workout and a great way to refine your skills, beach volleyball has another benefit, Rubio says. It’s fun!
Helping Players Gain Self Confidence
It can be tricky to get players to believe in themselves. Rubio talks about some of his methods here:
To Swing Block or Not to Swing Block
Rubio doesn’t like swing blocking, but his team does swing block. Here’s why:
Taking a Program from Top to Bottom
Rubio sets a high standard for his team, which means the workload is heavy. But he continually reminds his players that the effort will pay off in the long run for the players who buy in.
What He’s Learned About Coaching in 22 Years at Arizona
Rubio has come to realize the importance of how he communicates with his players. Here’s what he says about it:
What Makes a Great Coach?
Don’t let your ego get in the way of doing your job, Rubio says. Avoid negativity, and view yourself as a teacher.