This episode of SANDCAST: Beach Volleyball With Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter, features one of our favorite coaches in the world: John Mayer. As a player, Mayer was one of the best defenders of his generation, the 2015 AVP Defensive Player of the Year and the 2015 AVP MVP. Since 2018, he has been a full-time coach, leading the LMU Beach Volleyball team to new heights: four straight WCC Championships, four straight WCC Coach of the Year honors, and three consecutive berths in to the NCAA Championship. Not bad for, as Mayer says, “little LMU.” We talk all about that rise, as well as:

  • Mayer’s unique coaching style that is less top down and more experimental
  • How he has changed as a coach since he took over LMU in 2015
  • LMU’s meteoric rise from a winless program to one of the best in the country
  • How diving into motor learning and ecological coaching has shifted his perspective on teaching, coaching, and leadership

And so, so much more. Cannot recommend this episode enough!



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