[5:40] Great players don't make great coaches
[7:21] Shifting from assistant to head coach
[13:38] The challenges that come with winning a national championship
[15:15] Building a program is bigger than X's and O's
[17:02] Writing a Championship Manual
[26:15] Creating time and space to talk about world events
[30:41] Looking past wins and losses
Coach Forward is an interview-style podcast hosted by Jason Mejeur (Coach J), accomplished Coach, Mentor, and Founder/CEO at MaxOne. To see the MaxOne platform, schedule some time here.
I’m excited to be joined today by Coach Craig Skinner.
Coach Skinner is the head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Kentucky, where he has led them to national prominence as the programs winningest head coach over his 18 year tenure.
In 2020, Coach Skinner led the Wildcats to the NCAA National championship - the first for any SEC team and was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year.
The Kentucky Women’s Volleyball program has won consistently under Coach Skinner, making 17 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
In addition to Skinner’s success at Kentucky, he was selected as the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Junior Women’s National Team, where he led the team to the gold medal in the Under-20 Championships.
Prior to joining the Wildcats, Skinner spent five seasons as an assistant at Nebraska under John Cook and was named head assistant coach in 2003. During his tenure, the Huskers put together a 154-11 record and claimed the 2000 NCAA title with a perfect 34-0 record.
About Jason Mejeur (Coach J)
Jason has 15+ years of experience coaching basketball at the college and high school level and has lived on the sidelines and in the locker rooms working to build teams and inspire athletes. His mission is to build authentic relationships with his players so that he can impact them beyond the basketball court.
More recently, Jason founded MaxOne to be a platform that makes coaches' lives easier and helps them use technology to have a bigger impact on the lives of their athletes.
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