My Name: Andy Pohl
- 2014-15 Maine Juniors 18 Gold Head Coach
- 16 seasons of head coaching, including 2013- 14 Maine Jrs. 17 Gold Head Coach and numerous years as 18 Gold Head
- 5 years St. Joseph’s College, Asst. Coach
- Advanced USAV and Gold Medal Squared Coaching certifications
Coach Pohl Outlook:
I look forward to working with some of the best high school players that Maine has to offer. Two years ago the 17 Gold team broke out of the region by competing at the Northeast Qualifier in Philadelphia. Last year also saw two new firsts for Maine volleyball when the 18 Gold team traveled to Atlanta to compete in the Big South tournament, and the 16 National team traveled to Orlando in June to compete in the AAU National Championships. Those ground breaking teams have set the stage for an exciting 18 Gold season this year.
This year’s 18 Gold team is going to attempt to combine all of these things into a single season and a single team. Our schedule will be difficult but I believe our players in Maine are equal to the task. I have little doubt that we can produce one of the strongest teams in NERVA. I believe we’re poised for the most exciting Club season that I’ve ever been a part of and I feel privileged to be able to coach the 18 Gold team once again!
I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun! I started coaching with Portland North during the 2006 season. This will be my 9th coaching season with the Club. I’m excited to once again be coaching the 18 Gold team. Last year I coached the 17 Gold team after taking a one year break from coaching. Prior to that, I had coached the 18 Gold team for 5 years. I was also an Assistant Coach for Saint Joseph’s College of Maine for 5 years. Before moving to Maine, I was the Head Varsity Coach at Nashua High School in Nashua, Montana. I was Head Varsity Coach there for 3 years, and assistant coach for 1 year. During my time in Montana, I attended coaching clinics every summer. Guest speakers at these clinics included instruction from Jim McLaughlin and Dave Rubio, as well as numerous other very successful college coaches. Before getting my start in coaching in Montana, I was a certified high school volleyball official with the Montana Officials Association.
Well… let’s just say that I’ve been around for “a while” now. I have been playing the game for over 20 years and continue to play in leagues and tournaments when I can.
IMPACT Certified, CAP I Certified, CAP II Pending, Gold Medal Squared Levels 1 and 2 completed.
My Day Job:
Information Technology Officer and Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. What is that? Basically, I’m an IT guy and a meteorologist. I get to write computer code to make weather forecasting easier to do and more accurate. I also cover on the forecast desk when somebody is on vacation. Yep, that’s right… I get paid to be wrong!
My home town is Sidney, Nebraska. The only claim to fame that Sidney has is that it is the home of Cabela’s Sporting Goods. One of the many great things about Nebraska is that volleyball and football rule the land. The people in Nebraska are VERY passionate about their sports! I’m usually not too hard to find in the gym. Just look for the guy wearing Husker gear.
There are so many to choose from! Lobster is way up there, but the Nebraskan in me loves a good steak!
Favorite TV Shows:
Big Bang Theory and of course. I enjoy watching football, but I do try to limit myself a bit. I only watch football on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as Mondays, and sometimes Thursdays, and occasionally Fridays.
Working on my house, model railroading, and anything to do with volleyball.
My Role Model:
My father. He taught me how to be objective and see humor in things. Also, my high school football coach. He taught me how to be competitive to the core during the game, but to remember that at the end of the day, it’s still just a game.
Best Thing To Ever Happen To Me In Volleyball:
It seems like the best thing to happen to me in volleyball is always the last team that I coached. I enjoy seeing newer players develop a love for the game, regardless of their ability level. My favorite day of the year is the first day of competition when the new players on the team walk into the gym and see how big and fast the opposing players are. Then, over the course of the day, those new players slowly discover that they too have the talent to play at the highest levels and their confidence begins to grow. It is great to witness this transformation every year!
I am headed to Omaha during July of 2015 to experience firsthand the FIVB Women’s World Grand Prix Finals. I cannot think of anything better… spending some time in my home state watching world class volleyball. It’s going to be awesome!