Craig W: Club director and head coach

COACHING BACKGROUND

Craig returns for his 15th year with Marin Juniors, his 13th as club director.  He has coached 13.1, 14.1, 15.1, 16.1 and 18.1 teams in previous years.

Craig is currently in his 10th year as the varsity head coach at Marin Academy. In his eight years, the Wildcats have compiled a 208-85 record, 2010, 2012 and 2013 league championships, eight trips to the NCS playoffs, the 2008 NCS championship, and three consecutive trips to the state championship tournament. He has also coached at Lick-Wilmerding and San Rafael High.

  • USA Volleyball - High Performance tryout coach, Northern California
  • USA Volleyball - High Performance Camp instructor, Colorado Springs & San Francisco
  • NCVA High Performance - Assistant coach for USA Volleyball HP Championships
  • Gold Medal Squared Certified (2003, 2007)
  • Positive Coaching Alliance Certified (Levels I, II, III)
  • USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program - Level I
  • IMPACT certified
  • NFHS certified

EDUCATION

BS Engineering with dual major in Economics, Harvey Mudd College

Masters of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

OTHER BACKGROUND

  • Currently employed at Esurance as Search Marketing Manager
  • Partner at Black Market Surf, custom screenprinting and design
  • Grew up in Oakland and El Cerrito, graduated from El Cerrito High. Didn't start playing volleyball until the end of high school...joined a buddhist church to play on a coed team.  Played for the collegiate club team as a setter for three years. Currently living in San Rafael.

PHILOSOPHY

It is amazing what individuals can accomplish with desire and effort, and never underestimate the power of teams that fully believe and trust in each other.  Good and bad things will always happen -  celebrate success and take responsibility for setbacks. Never be satisfied, be very afraid of being mediocre. And enjoy the people and the little things along the way.

WHEN NOT ON THE SIDELINES...

Craig is probably on the other sideline, watching, camera in hand, capturing those funny, fleeting moments or just enjoying the action. Otherwise likely outside, fishing, hiking or snowboarding.

WHAT PLAYERS SAY

"...thank you so much for everything you've done. You inspire me to work so hard but somehow its always fun."
"I have done sports my whole life and had so many coaches, but I can honestly say you're the best coach I've ever had...thank you so much for a great season"
"thanks for an unforgettable season. You were the most patient and effective coach I've had"
"Craig does a very good job in communicating with the team, when off and on the court. He talks to us about everything and really communicates what he wants from and what he sees from us. He does a very good job in telling us exactly what to do which i think helps us. Craig knows that we can be a great team, so he pushes us and always wants to the best out of us which is great! Craig is awesome!!"
"My coach is very patient with are team, and let us try to fix are own mistakes before helping us. I think this makes the players smarter on the court. By fixing their own mistakes they can learn to be more of their own individual. And make them more confident. Also Craig makes you realize that you want more of a challenge, because that is how you learn to get better"

WHAT PARENTS SAY

"you have added so much to her life as a mentor, teacher and friend.  She has been lucky, so lucky to have you these past few years."
"I have never seen any coach so composed and supportive of their team. Thank you for finding a way to challenge and inspire my daughter without screaming at them"
"Took time to discuss with our daughter her preferred coaching style and then adopted this through the season. Gave lots of positive feedback and constructive criticism.  He was very approachable and helped with scheduling conflicts."
"Craig expects a lot from the girls. He is like a quiet storm. The girls take him seriously and realize that he applies himself, 100%, to his job as a coach and role model."
"Craig has a gentle, but firm coaching style.  I think that the girls respond to his coaching without feeling intimidated.  I know that, because my daughter likes and respects him, she tries hard to listen to and execute his suggestions.  I think that Craig's "1 on 1" evaluations and talks have helped my daughter want to achieve a higher level of playing."