RAY K: HEAD COACH, 12 BLACK

COACHING BACKGROUND

Ray began coaching youth sports in 1991, coaching swimming, water polo and even some little league baseball.  In 1994 he began coaching volleyball and never looked back.  He has coached boys and girls at every age from 5th grade through high school varsity. Ray returns for his seventh season with Marin Juniors, his third as head coach of the 12 Black team.

playing BACKGROUND

Ray was a swimmer and water polo player in high school, and didn't take up playing volleyball until college (after he somehow failed to make the water polo team which won the national championship that year).  He loves the sport of volleyball and still plays as much as possible, usually spending the summers competing in outdoor grass doubles tournaments. He also enjoys many other sports including, softball, surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking and more.

 

Craig returns for his 14th year with Marin Juniors, his 12th as club director.  He has coached 13.1, 14.1, 15.1, 16.1 and 18.1 teams in previous years.

 

EDUCATION

Ray graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994 with a degree in Computer Science.

OTHER BACKGROUND

  • Currently employed at Mark Day School as the Technology Specialist

PHILOSOPHY

Play hard, kick butt.

WHEN NOT ON THE SIDELINES...

He likes to travel and has visited almost 50 different countries.  He has just returned to the US after spending 6 months in Russia teaching English.

WHAT PLAYERS SAY

"Ray helped me work on a lot of things and now I'm a much better volleyball player. For example he helped me with serving, passing, hitting, and everything. He was also funny and nice. He was serious and intense at the right times which is a good thing."
"My coach, Ray, cared about each individual as a person and not just how they played on the court. He played and joked with us. All in all he always made sure that we were safe and made sure that we ate and everything."

WHAT PARENTS SAY

"...technically excellent and I feel like my daughter grew a lot as a player this season and has loved her teammates and has loved being coached by Ray. She really respects and listens and responds to Ray while having a good time."
"1. Strong ability to demonstrate technical volleyball skills / techniques
2. Enthusiasm and dedication towards the club and the team
3. Openness and inclusion with parents and an interest in sharing volleyball knowledge with parents/team
4. Building life lessons that extend beyond volleyball
5. Desire / passion for sport and team to win
6. Prepared and organized
7. Cares about club at a larger level beyond just the team - has strong relationships with club members (coaches, players, director)
8. Fun, energetic, cares a lot
9. Girls liked coming to practice and playing"