Olympic gold medalist plays Professor
Olympic gold medalist Todd Rogers studied the way each player passed the volleyball. Rogers got into ready position — knees slightly bent, arms extended, eyes on the ball — and showed the players how to pass correctly.
The Professor was at work in Bridgeport’s Fairchild Wheeler High School gymnasium on Jan. 13 and 14.
“Todd Roger’s nickname is The Professor because he is considered to be one of the most knowledgeable players in the game,” said Mizuno
East Volleyball Club and Roger’s beach volleyball coach Mark Fishman.
Rogers, the Olympic beach volleyball player and former All-American at University of California, Santa Barbara, was invited to be a guest coach by the (MEVBC), the only New England club to send teams to the Boys National Volleyball Championships the last four years.
Rogers is known for his ability to be both a teacher and player on and off the court. He also talked to the coaches and showed them what to work on with their players.
“I’m sure 99 percent of these coaches are telling them the same thing but when I come in it resonates and click,” Rogers said. “It’s from a different viewpoint — from someone who’s done fairly well in the sport, coaching at a high level, etcetera.”
MEVBC coaches want to teach more than volleyball skills, they want to teach the players how to strive to be the best they can be in life.
Fishman said, “We want to teach players to push yourself in what you choose to compete in.”
The coaches want to create structure and become a positive catalyst for their young players.
Clearly, Rogers is not the only professor. The coaches want to make sure the players know how to compete on the court and in real life.